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YHVH Revealed

Introduction

NOTE: the Tetragrammaton is variously written as YHVH or YHWH

Two years ago now Mark Mickelson presented a paper in the UCG Doctrinal Committee claiming that the name “YHVH” was exclusively and only the name of God the Father, and that God the Father was the LORD [YHVH] of Hosts as well.  This if accepted would be a profound doctrinal change for UCG.  

Even though his Paper was still before the Doctrinal Committee Mark has presented nine specific dedicated sermons and numerous mentions in other sermons over nearly two years claiming that the word “YHVH” refers exclusively to God the Father and that the LORD [YHVH] of Hosts is God the Father.  

The UCG position is that the word YHVH refers to both the one who became Jesus Christ and to God the Father.  I have provided a link to the UCG Doctrinal paper on the subject at the end of this post.   

The truth is that many scriptures do refer to the Son as YHVH, but other scriptures refer to God the Father as “YHVH”; and when the assumption enters that “YHVH” refers only and exclusively to God the Father, or only and exclusively to the one who became the Son: we have left the facts for our own opinion.  

I shall show that the word YHVH refers to BOTH the Father and to the Son in his glorified state.  The word YHVH is the collective name of the God Family, and like the word God, refers to all persons in the God Family. 

The Creator

NOTE: the Tetragrammaton is variously written as YHVH or YHWH

The scriptures are clear that God the Father created ALL things BY Jesus Christ, therefore God the Father was the Executive Creator and the one who became Jesus Christ was the very Implementing Creator who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh.  

Ephesians 1:9   And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid [the fact that God [YHVH] was two persons was hidden in the word “God” [YHVH] until Jesus revealed the existence of the Father and the Son.  Israel knew God [YHVH] but they did not know that YHVH consisted of TWO persons]  in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  

The Redeemer was also the Creator

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16  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: 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Hebrews 1:2-5 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, 1:5 when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 

Jesus manifested [revealed] God the Father; the people previously worshiping YHVH but not understanding that YHVH was a collective family name of more than one person, the Father and the Son.

17:6 I have manifested [revealed] thy name [revealed the Father]  unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

One thing among many things that Jesus did, was to manifest or make known God the Father and reveal that YHVH was two persons to the spiritually faithful!  A point which the Jews could not accept and stumbled at.

Christ declares plainly that all that he taught and did was from God the Father; and that he did nothing of his own self. There is absolutely NO difference between Christ and God the Father in their teachings, commandments, actions and in their very natures!  They are united, they are ONE together; they are one YHVH. That is the meaning of the Shem’a.

Jesus specifically stated that he had come down from Heaven

John 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Again it is written that Christ had come down from heaven and is now back in heaven

John 3:13  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

There is no doubt that the one who gave up his God-hood to become Jesus Christ was the very implementing Creator, under God the Father as the ultimate  Executive Authority.  The Being who became Jesus Christ was NOT some angel nor did he come into existence at his human conception;  He was the very Implementing Creator of humanity!

 

YHVH

Genesis 1:26  And God (Elohim, plural: Mighty Ones) said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:.. [From the very beginning, creation is represented as a collaborative effort of two Beings, here speaking as one Elohim.] 

Genesis 3:22 reflects the same plurality of Beings,  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:..

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God [Elohim; Mighty Ones] created . . .  The term translated God here is Elohim which is a uni plural word like family and refers to a group of “Mighty Ones.”  The singular of Elohim being El meaning a Lord or Mighty One, a ruler.

Later, because men had made many gods [mighty ones] it was no longer adequate to simply call the true God Elohim [Mighty Ones] since one Elohim would only be one of multitudes of gods; and  the Creator Mighty One therefore identified himself to Moses as YHVH to separate YHVH from all the other mighty ones or gods of the nations, and to separate himself from the mighty ones of Egypt.

This introduced a specific name for the True God to differentiate the Creator from other mighty ones [Elohim].  The term Elohim originally meant – until men perverted it – a family of at least two Creator beings; one the Executive Creating Authority who later became God the Father and one the Implementing Creating Authority who later gave up his God-hood to become the Son.

The term Elohim meant at least two creating Beings and the word YHVH also identified the  same two Creator Beings as eternally existing and as separate from all other mighty ones. 

The name YHVH means simply “I AM” or “I Am self existent and eternal;” and this description fits and is applicable to BOTH the Father and the one who became the Son. 

We know that the word YHVH refers to the one who gave up his God-hood to become the Son, Jesus Christ; because YHVH SPOKE to Moses! and it is written:  

John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 

If YHVH is specifically and only God the Father and no one has every heard the Father’s voice; how is it that YHVH SPOKE to Moses? 

Note:  The Luke 3:22 and Matthew 17:5 voices were angels speaking by the Holy Spirit on behalf of the Father or Jesus lied, and Jesus did not lie!

Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Yet we know that YHVH can also refer to God the Father because David wrote:

Psalm 110:1 The LORD [YHVH]  said unto my Lord [Adonai the Son], Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Here David declares that God the Father [YHVH] said to the Son . . .  Does this mean that the name YHVH is exclusive to the Father?  or does it simply mean that the name YHVH was used of the Father and a different term for the Son for the sake of clarity in that passage? 

David was inspired of the Holy Spirit to write this and it is not right to assume that David fully understood what he wrote. Why, because Israel understood YHVH to refer to one Being, not yet understanding that there were two persons in that family of creative beings. 

Israel – when they were faithful – worshiped YHVH as God, without knowing that the God YHVH was composed of two beings. 

Jesus told the Samaritan woman: 

John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 

Yes, Israel did know and worship the God YHVH, thinking that YHVH was one Being – when they were faithful – but they did not know or understand that the God YHVH consisted of two eternally self existing Creator Beings. 

In the scriptures there are times when the word YHVH obviously refers to God the Father, and there are times when the name YHVH can only refer to the Being who became the Son. 

Israel did not understand this and considered the name YHVH to refer to only one Being which is why they stumbled at the Son, considering him the physical son of David and not understanding the prophets concerning the Son.

In Isaiah 48:17 YHVH is called our Redeemer, and the ONLY Redeemer is the one who would give up his God-hood to become flesh and be sacrificed as the Lamb of God for the sins of the people.

Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the LORD [YHVH], thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD [YHVH] thy God [Elohim]  which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

No man has seen God [Jesus obviously speaking of God the Father since he himself was saying this] or heard His voice at any time. 

John 5:37  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 

The term Elohim meant at least two creating Mighty Ones; and the word YHVH means a collective God Family of ever-living individuals.  

The name YHVH means simply “I AM” or I Am the self existing God who lives forever;” and this description fits and is applicable to BOTH the Father and the one who became the Son.

Again we know that the word YHVH refers to the one who gave up his God-hood to become the Son, Jesus Christ; because YHVH SPOKE to Moses!

Someone said to me that the above means that only those particular people have not seen or heard God the Father.  Such a comment forgets John 1:18

The Father was not seen or known until the Creator the Son came in the flesh and revealed HIM.

John1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [revealed] him.

If YHVH is specifically and only God the Father, and no one has seen or ever heard the Father’s voice; how is it that YHVH SPOKE to Moses?   How is it that Adam and Eve saw their Creator and he spoke with them, and Moses with the elders of Israel saw YHVH in his glory and YHWH spoke with Moses (Ex 33)?  

The Being who spoke with all Israel at Sinai and was seen by Moses and the elders, was YHVH; and he was the Being who became the Son; He was NOT the Father!

The Father was not seen and did not speak to any person at any time 

Then who was the God who walked with Adam and Eve?  Who ate with Abraham before going on toward Sodom?   Who was the God that  spoke with Moses face to face? and identified himself as YHVH?   (Ex. 33:11)  Who did Moses see in glorified form, even being imbued with a small measure of that radiance himself thereafter? (Ex. 34:29)  Who did Moses, Aaron and the seventy elders see and eat before on the mountain? (Ex. 24:9-11)

The word honor or worship means to obey; and we are to worship or obey Christ as our Head, because he is our espoused Husband and Creator; and he is utterly faithful to his Father who may become our Father in Christ. We are also expressly commanded to obey the Father, both by the law and directly by Jesus Christ. 

How can we obey BOTH the Father and the Son?  Because they are ONE in total agreement!

1 Corinthians 11   Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances [of God], as I delivered them to you. 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God [The Father].

In keeping with Isaiah 9:6, the ‘Alpha and Omega’;  (Rev 1:6, 1:11, 22:3; and in Rev 21:6) says  And he [Jesus Christ] said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end [ie the ever-living one YHVH]. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Even Jesus refers directly to Himself as God!   

Here Jesus plainly says that he is God [the YHVH family of Elohim] and was from the beginning!  and will exist until the end!  Not that there will be an end, but meaning that he will always exist!

The Alpha and Omega is the one who was alive but died and was made alive again!  (Rev. 1:8, 11 & 18)  The same will become the God of all overcomers, [the Head of the faithful under God the Father] with God the Father for all eternity!

For further proof that Jesus the Saviour is YHVH, see Isaiah 49:7 and  Isaiah 60:16, where He — YHVH — is  the Redeemer and Saviour and also  “the Mighty One of Jacob”  Isaiah 48:17,

All of these scriptures show that  YHVH is the first and last. Jesus Christ is  clearly included in the word YHVH of the Old Testament! 

Thomas also left no doubt, in proclaiming the glorified Jesus as his Lord and God. (John 20:28)  (If he’d been incorrect, wouldn’t Jesus have corrected him? 

John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD [YHVH] and my God [Elohim].

The account in John was written six decades after the event.  If Thomas had overstated or misstated, wouldn’t Jesus have corrected him, wouldn’t John have clarified or qualified the statement during those decades?

 Both before His birth and after His death, Jesus is referred to as God. 

Isaiah 9:6 makes a definitive identification, by affirming that one of the names and roles of God’s Son, Jesus Christ is the Mighty God!

Isaiah 9:6 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. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

“YHVH” is the Hebrew word that is  translated as “LORD” [all caps]. Found more often in the Old Testament than any other name for God (approximately 7,000 times), the title is also referred to as the “Tetragrammaton,” meaning the “The Four Letters”.

YHVH comes from the Hebrew verb “to be” and is the special name that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM; and He said, thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you… this is My eternal name, and this is how I am to be called for all generations’ (Exodus 3:14-15). 

The LORD who revealed Himself as YHVH in the Old Testament is revealed as Yeshua (Jesus, Joshua, Savior) in the New Testament.

Jesus identified himself with his own mouth as the “I AM”;  the writers of scripture identified the one who became  flesh as the Creator, the “I AM”,  the God of humanity; along with the Father in heaven!  

Let us consider the greatness of the sacrifice that was made for our salvation; the death of the very Creator of man and of all things.

In John 8:56-59, Jesus presents himself as the “I AM.” When challenged by some Jewish leaders regarding His claim of seeing Abraham (who lived some 2000 years earlier), Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.”

Those Jewish leaders understood that Jesus was claiming to be YHVH. This is clearly established when they tried to stone Him to death for what they considered blasphemy.

Paul quotes Joel 2:32 “Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD (YHVH) will be saved.  in Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [the NT Greek not using the word YHVH but still a direct quote] shall be saved.

Calling Yeshua (Jesus) Lord [in the Greek] is the same as calling Him YHVH, and declaring that Yeshua (Jesus) is YHVH [in the Hebrew].

YHVH refers to the Creator who gave up his divinity to become man and was sacrificed for his creation as well as to God the Father.

Even the word Ekklesia means ONE  body, yet composed of many members  (I Cor. 12:12). A husband and wife are  ONE FLESH, yet two persons.

Jesus Christ himself claimed that he was the “I AM”, Luke 22:70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am22:71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. Clearly the people understood what he meant when he said I AM.

HEAR the words of Jesus Christ himself:

John 8:56 your, father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. His audience understood correctly from this statement that Jesus was declaring that he had known and been known by Abraham. 8:57  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

They inquired of him how he could make such a claim when he was not yet fifty years old. 8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. Jesus openly declared himself to be God; using the very name of the God of the ancients “I AM” 

God told Moses  Exodus 3:14 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. 

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: [because he called himself by the name of God] but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

This is a very important issue.  The position that the word YHVH refers exclusively to God the Father, makes Christ a liar and denies the divinity of Christ; and therefore denies the efficacy of His sacrifice; Leaving us without an atonement or means of reconciliation with God the Father.  Further this error prevents an understanding of a very large part of the scriptures.

Either Jesus Christ pre-existed as the “I Am”   [YHWH], or he sinned and lied, making His sacrifice of no effect!

The term Elohim means Mighty Ones and refers to all that is called god, and even includes human authorities like rulers and judges.

YHVH is the name of a collective Family of Eternal Beings, a family at present made up of two members, and soon to be expanded with vast numbers of changed to spirit children also in complete unity with the present Two;  who will receive the gift of eternal life!

John 18:4 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. 15:5 And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 18:7  Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

The collective family name YHVH, refers to BOTH the One who became the Father and the One who became the Son, yet Israel knew them only by the name YHVH not understanding that that name was collective and meant more than one Being until the Son came to reveal the Father and provide access to him!

This is NOT understood by those who believe that YHWH refers to only one Being.

Some Old Testament scriptures do speak of the Father, but this was NOT understood in Judaism, which to this day rejects the understanding that God is one family made up of more than one person.

One of Christ’s teachings was to reveal the existence of God the Father and that the name YHVH was collective including more than one person.

Clearly the meaning of YHVH as “The Eternal Self Existing God” is applicable to BOTH the Father and the Son;  YHVH just like Elohim is a uni-plural word that can be applied to many individuals in a family of beings.

The Creator YHVH was made flesh and revealed the existence of the Father YHVH the also eternally existing Father, by expounding on the spirit of the law and the prophets.

By revealing himself as the SON, he also revealed the Father.

Some Old Testament scriptures do speak of the Father as YHVH, but this was NOT understood in Judaism, which to this day rejects the understanding that God-YHVH is one family made up of more than one person.

Modern Rabbinic Judaism has rejected Christ based on their Unitarian take on the nature of God as only one person. that is the point which they have stumbled over.

The term YHVH refers to BOTH the Father and the Son, and its meanings are applicable to both.

The son, Yeshua [Emanuel, Joshua, Jesus ] WAS the Creator “YHVH” and gave up his God-hood to be made flesh to die and to then be resurrected by the Father who was also called YHVH.

YHVH can refer to either the Father or to the Son, just like Elohim; although in the vast majority of cases in the Old Testament;  Elohim and YHVH refers to the Son.

Jesus said “My Father and I are ONE” is it any wonder that the same descriptive names could apply to both of them?

How many people do you know of today, who bear their father’s name? especially their surname?

Elohim is a family name and can refer to any member of the God family; Father and Son.

Yet, we also know that YHVH can at times refer to God the Father because David wrote: 

Strong’s numbers Psalm 110:1 The LORD [YHVH]  said unto my Lord [Adonai Master speaking of the Son], Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Here David declares that God the Father [YHVH] said to the Son . . .  Does this mean that the name YHVH is exclusive to God the Father?  or does it simply mean that the name YHVH was used to refer to the Father and a different term was used for the Son for the sake of clarity?  

David was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write this, and it is not right to assume that David fully understood what he wrote.  Why? because Israel understood YHVH to refer to one Being, not yet understanding that there were two persons in that family of Creative Beings.  

Israel – when they were faithful – worshiped YHVH; but did not understand that YHVH was composed of two persons! 

Yes, the Father is subtly revealed in the Old Testament scriptures, but it takes the New Testament teachings and spiritual understanding from the Holy Spirit to bring out that Jesus Christ was also YHVH and Elohim along with the Father; and gave up his God-hood for the sake of his creation and became a man of flesh.

It takes the New Testament scriptures and the Holy Spirit to understand that there are two individual beings called by the same family names [Elohim and YHVH].

Those who deny that Jesus Christ pre-existed his human birth, or that Christ was YHVH, I ask: Was Christ without sin, always speaking the truth?  Or do you call him a liar, by denying his words when he said that he was the I Am and knew Abraham?  

To deny his words is to deny the perfection of Christ and the perfect atoning sacrifice of the Creator for his creation.  This is a great blasphemy and cuts one off from his sacrifice; for it denies the efficacy of that sacrifice, by calling Jesus Christ a sinner.

Confusion of Persons.

During the Old Testament period the people knew of only one being in the God family, even though there were subtle hints of another. It was when Christ came and revealed spiritual things and the truth that there were two beings in the God family, that we graduate from the spiritual ignorance of Unitarianism, into the New Covenant understanding of the nature and identification of YHVH as referring to BOTH God the Father and to Messiah the Son, and the enormity of his sacrifice in discarding his God-hood to die for his creation.

Was the being who later became the son;  God, YHVH, Elohim?

Yes, he was an Elohim, and he was a YHVH,  the very Creator God and LORD of hosts the spiritual Husband of Israel; before he gave that up to be made flesh.

Was the man Jesus Christ, YHVH – God?

No, he had given up his God-hood to become a man, to become flesh and to die for his creation.  If a man resigns as chairman of a company, he is no longer chairman; but if he is later reinstated he becomes a chairman again; its just that simple!

Is He now a YHVH – God again?

Yes; he has been changed back to spirit and is exalted above all authorities and powers except God the Father.

Israel – when they were faithful – worshiped YHVH as God, without knowing that the God YHVH was composed of two Beings.  

Jesus told the Samaritan woman:  

John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  

Yes, Israel did know and worship YHVH – God when they were faithful – but they did not know or understand that the God YHVH consisted of two eternally self existing Creator Beings.  

In the scriptures there are times when the word YHVH obviously refers to God the Father, and there are times when the name YHVH can only refer to the Being who became the Son.  

Israel did not understand this and considered the name YHVH to refer to only one Being which is why they stumbled at the Son, considering him the physical son of David.  

The understanding that the God YHVH consisted of two separate Beings was unknown in Israel and it was the Son who revealed that truth, revealing the existence of two separate God Beings called YHVH;  a separate God the Father and another YHVH  God Being who became the Son. 

 

The New Covenant

In the Mosaic Covenant Israel was married to God, as an example that the New Covenant faithful will also become married to God;  and a wife is commanded by God to obey her husband [in the LORD, always putting God first].  

Who is the Husband of the New Covenant?  To whom is the bride espoused to?  Remember the Marriage of the Lamb? Please go back and study The Marriage of the Lamb article 

The Mosaic Covenant was a marriage agreement between the Creator God who became Jesus and the descendants of Jacob (Jeremiah 3:14, Isaiah 54:5).

The Mosaic Covenant was a marriage covenant: 

This Mosaic Covenant between Israel and God was a Marriage Covenant, in which God as the Husband promised to protect, provide for and bless Israel his bride; as long as the bride was faithful to live by every Word of Her Husband.

Speaking to Judah God said:  Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

Later speaking of the Mosaic Covenant of marriage which Israel did not keep, God told the prophet:

Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

Isaiah 54:5: For thy Maker [The Creator] is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Like all marriages, this Marriage Covenant would remain only until the death of one of the parties (Rom 7:2-3).

The Being who became Jesus Christ was the God Family personage who married Israel (1 Corinthians 10:4) and we know that it was YHVH who spoke to Moses and married Israel at Sinai!  

Therefore the YHVH who married Mosaic Israel was none other than the one who became Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 10:1   Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all  passed through the [Red] sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Deuteronomy 32:1   Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.  32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: 32:3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 32:4 He is the Rock [who Paul tells us is Christ], his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Long before Jesus was born He was considered the Rock.

Isaiah 28:16: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cor­nerstone, a sure foundation.

Peter applies this prophecy to Christ.

1 Peter 2:6: “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief Cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded” (1 Peter 2:6).

David said:

Psalm 61:2  Lead me to the Rock that is higher [greater] than I 

Psalm 62:1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 62:2 He only is my rock and my salvation [and Paul declares this Rock as Christ]; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

Paul declares that Jesus Christ was the ROCK which led Israel out of Egypt; and Christ is the Rock which leads the “called out” out of sin!.  The law given to Moses was given by the YHVH; Jesus Christ before he was made flesh! 

All things were created by Jesus Christ (Eph 3:9). He was later made flesh and dwelt among men (Joh 1:14), giving up the glory that He had with God before the world began (Joh 17:5).

THEN HE DIED, thus ending the marriage covenant with Israel.

Today the Mosaic Covenant has been annulled by the death of one of the parties. It no longer exists. Neither Israel nor Judah are in a Mosaic Covenant of marriage with God any longer; because the Mosaic Marriage Covenant ended with the death of the Husband!

The Husband of Israel died!  Did God the Father die?  or was it the Son who died?  

Therefore the one who became the Son, was the Husband YHVH of Israel!

The very Being who made a covenant of marriage with physical Israel, is the SAME being who will make a New Covenant with Spiritual Israel! 

Notice that the very Being who was speaking to Jeremiah was the Husband of Mosaic Israel and that that same Being would be the Maker of the New Covenant!

Jeremiah 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

Now what is the New Covenant?  It is the putting of the whole Mosaic Covenant law in the hearts of men and empowering them to keep it.   That includes the Festivals and Clean and Unclean, Brethren. 

We should and will keep these things because we want to; but regardless of what WE want, they are absolutely binding.

31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

The LORD of Hosts

The LORD of hosts made a Covenant with Israel that we call the Mosaic Covenant. 

The LORD [YHVH] became the Husband of physical Israel and the tribes of Israel became the hosts of the LORD. 

We know that the YHVH who spoke to Moses and became the Husband of Israel, was the very one who became Jesus Christ, because it is the same Being in the person of the resurrected Jesus Christ who establishes the New Covenant; therefore the LORD [YHVH] of Hosts [the LORD YHVH of the congregation] is the very Being who physically was called Jesus Christ!  

Here is what the UCG Doctrinal Statement says in revealing who the Husband of Israel was:

Before Israel entered into the marriage covenant, YHWH spoke the Ten Commandments directly to the children of Israel. “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever…” (Exodus 19:9). Moses then went down and warned the people not to come near or touch the mountain. YHWH then spoke the Ten Commandments directly to the people (Exodus 20:2-17). The people were so frightened that they fled from the mountain and asked Moses to speak to them instead of YHWH (Exodus 20:18-21). “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: “You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven”’” (Exodus 20:22). Then YHWH gave the statues and judgments to Moses (Exodus 20:23-24:3). Moses wrote them down and got up early the next morning and built an “altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars” and prepared sacrifices. Then the people came before the altar and the blood of the sacrifices was sprinkled on them. Moses read the words of the covenant, the people agreed to the terms, and the covenant/marriage was consummated (Exodus 24:4-8).

Now note carefully what happened after the marriage covenant was consummated. “Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank” (Exodus 24:9-11). Note carefully the words “they saw God.” Yet Jesus Christ stated that no man had heard the voice of the Father or seen His shape (John 1:18; 5:37). Moreover, Christ stated that no one can know the Father unless the Son reveals Him (Luke 10:22). Thus we can safely conclude that the one who entered into the marriage covenant with Israel was the one who became Jesus Christ. 

 

The Shem’a

Can we all agree that Rabbinic Judaism rejects the pre-existence and the Creatorship of Jesus Christ, and that they reject that Jesus was the Husband of Israel, the YHVH of scripture?  

The Rabbins themselves openly teach that, while completely rejecting the New Testament as well; and how is that described in the scriptures?  

Isaiah 8:14 And he [Messiah the Christ] shall be for a sanctuary [for the godly]; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The word Elohim means Mighty Ones and is a generic term for God, or gods; for any authority. 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is known as the Shem’a and actually uses both YHVH and Elohim to indicate one collective God [as in  “FAMILY”].

The Shem’a is a proof text for the Unitarians, who fixate on the name YHVH in the statement in English  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD”: and ignore the implications of the uni-plural word Elohim.  

Strong’s numbers:  Hear [H8085] (8798), O Israel [H3478]: The LORD [H3068 YHVH  “I AM”] our God [H430 God here being Elohim a uni-plural word like family] [is] one [H259] LORD [H3068 YHVH “I AM”]:

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD [YHVH] our God [our Elohim (mighty ones)] is one LORD [YHVH]:

Clearly meaning that the “I AM” is the Family Name of the God [Elohim, Mighty Ones] family

The term “I AM” [YHVH] designates one as a member of the God [Elohim] family of eternal Mighty Ones!

BOTH the Father and the Son are a part of the “I AM” [YHVH] Family; they are BOTH GOD!  BOTH are ELOHIM!  BOTH are Self Existent Mighty Ones! 

The word YHVH [The Eternal] refers to both God the Father and the Son, for BOTH are Eternal.

The “I AM” Family is ONE Family of [Elohim] Mighty Ones! 

A few points sent to me by a close associate of Mark Mickelson. The contention being that these scriptures prevent Jesus from being YHVH. 

Some confused by their preconceived notion stumble at the words of Stephen, Paul and Peter in Acts. 

If we accept the scriptures that YHVH refers to BOTH the Father and to the one who became the Son, and we reject the non scriptural notion that the name YHVH refers to either the Father or the Son exclusively, Acts is absolutely no problem. 

YHVH the Son gave up his God-hood, his YHVH-ship,  to become flesh, while God the Father remained YHVH during the physical lifetime of Jesus, and then after Jesus was crucified, he was resurrected by YHVH the Father and raised back up to his previous YHVH ship as he had prayed:

John 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me [together with you Father] with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 

Christ plainly says that he was WITH God the Father and had a glory WITH God the Father; BEFORE the very world began! The Father and the Son are totally united as ONE; One collective YHVH!

There is absolutely no problem with the following statements which are absolutely consistent with YHVH referring to BOTH the Father and the Son [when in his glory].

The ancients knew YHVH; they did not know that YHVH was composed of two Beings!

YHVH, who was collectively the God of the fathers; and the member of YHVH called the Father, raised Jesus back to his pre-flesh YHVH status.  

Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he [Pilate] was determined to let him go.

Jesus who had given up his God-hood and YHVH-ship to be made flesh, was raised up back to his previous glory by God the Father.  This has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus not being YHVH together with the Father BEFORE he gave up his YHVH-ship and was made flesh.  

Jesus GAVE UP his glorious YHVH state to become flesh – and was later raised back to his glorious YHVH state – by the other member of the collective YHVH, God the Father;  what is so difficult about that?  

Yes, it was the God of our Fathers – YHVH being the God of the fathers – and a member of YHVH called the Father, raised up Jesus: but BOTH the Father and the Son [in his glorified state] were part of the collective YHVH, composing the “God of our Fathers” something which Israel did not understand.  

BOTH the one who became the Father and the one who became the Son were members of the collective YHVH family of Mighty Ones [Elohim].  One divested himself of his glory and was made flesh, but the Father had remained in his YHVH glory; and raised up the Son back to the YHVH glory, which he had had before being made flesh.

How many are a part of the collective bride of Christ?  Millions?  Why is it so impossible to grasp that there are two beings in the collective  YHVH family of Mighty Ones?

The ancients knew YHVH; they did NOT know that YHVH was composed of two Beings!

The, until then, unknown member of the YHVH Family – the Father – who was a part of the collective God of the fathers;  raised Jesus back to his pre-flesh YHVH status.  

Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

These two scriptures in no way imply that Jesus was not a member of YHVH before his human birth; because he had given up his YHVH-ship to be made flesh and was later raised BACK to that glory by the Father.  The same explanation holds for Acts seven and Stephen.

BOTH the one who became the Father and the one who became the Son were members of the YHVH family of Mighty Ones [Elohim].  

Just as the chairman of a company resigns; One YHVH Being, divested himself of his glory and was made flesh, but the Father had remained in his YHVH glory; and raised up the Son back to the YHVH glory [just like the former company chairman could be reinstated ] which he had had before being made flesh.

Jesus an Angel?

Some have said that the LORD [YHVH] speaking here was the Father and was declaring that the one who became Jesus was an angel. 

Exodus 33:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: 33:2 And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: 33:3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.

To think that this means that an angel became Jesus is an error resulting from taking a scripture out of context to try and support that assumption.

For only a few lines further Moses reasons that God should go with them and that Christ should be with them, and not an angel as God had said.  Moses wants to know why God has abandoned him and Israel by turning away from the people and sending an angel only.  

In no way does this mean that the Father was speaking and that Jesus was merely the Father’s angel sent to lead Israel.  

The speaker was the Covenant Husband YHVH who became Jesus Christ and YHVH changed his mind and decided; NOT to send an angel; but to go with Israel himself.  It was NOT an angel which went with Israel, but her spiritual Husband YHVH who became Jesus Christ.

33:12 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send [the angel and not God to go with him] with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

Moses asks God to be with him and the people to teach, guide and lead them.

33:13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

God then promises to remain with Moses and the people.

33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Moses replies asking God to let them remain at Sinai and not command them to enter the land if God will not go with them. 

This is a type that spiritual Israel may not enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, if they are not zealously faithful to God.  God will be with us and bring us into the eternal Promised Land, ONLY if we are with him and quick to obey and follow him in all things.

33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence [If God will not be with them then they would stay at Sinai and not go without God into the land of promise]

Moses speaks that it is the presence of God that sets Israel apart from all others. 

It is the same in spiritual Israel; for if we do not diligently follow our God and his whole Word, HOW are we different from any other people?

33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

Then YHVH accepted to remain with the people for Moses sake.

33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.  

Here is a link to the 2005 UCG Doctrinal Paper

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