The Answer is Clear in the Original Hebrew
In the beginning, the first man, Adam was given instructions to distinguish the way of Life from death, this is called Torah in Hebrew. Eve began to doubt if what God said was true and eventually they both ended up doing what seemed right in their own eyes:
“…but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” Genesis 2:17
Our countless religious divisions, including atheism, is evidence that mankind still doubts the Word (Torah) of their Creator and continues to choose what seems right in their own eyes.
But all religion aside, our Creator and His Torah still stand, both are Unchanging, the same Yesterday, Today and Forever, Truth, Reality, Spiritual, Eternal and Living; Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:23, 25; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Hebrews 13:8; Romans 7:14.
Who Does God Say He Is?
When Moses asked God His Name, he was given this answer; “I Am,” (הָיָה Hayah #1961), Exodus 3:13, 14. He distinctly stated, “I Am Who I Am, ” The Hebrew word יְהוָֹה, YHVH, is Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay, four letters meaning “He Exists.” His Eternal, Spiritual, Living Name is also translated into English as He Is, Was and Always Will Be.
A character attribute is also called a “name” in Hebrew. Although we can find hundreds of attributes describing YHVH this is the only identifying Name we are instructed to remember Him by, Forever:
God also told Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, (יְהוָֹה YHVH #3068) the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is My Name Forever, (עוֹלָם Olam #5769) and this is how I am to be remembered in every generation...Exodus 3:15,
YHVH Says He Is One
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH #3068) is our God, The LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH) is One (אֶחָד Echad #259)! Deuteronomy 6:4
The word One has several meanings, is it the number 1, one unit, the only one, unique, alone, or one whole, as in united as one? To ensure there are no misunderstandings the Hebrew word אֶחָד Echad is described by a marriage covenant:
For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife, and they will become One (אֶחָד Echad #259) flesh, Genesis 2:24
This same Echad – Unity is also described in the New Testament:
“that All of them may be One, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
There is One body and One Spirit, just as you were called to One hope when you were called; 5 One Lord, (YHVH) One faith, One baptism; 6 One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
Hebrew is a Figurative Language
Figurative language can be misunderstood and mistranslated. YHVH refers to Himself as a Father, Israel as His Firstborn, Messiah (His Anointed) His Son, like One (אֶחָד Echad) family, we are also likened to His children:
So know in your heart that just as a man disciplines his son, (child) so the LORD (YHVH) your God disciplines you. Deuteronomy 8:5
He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the rock of my salvation.’ Psalm 89:26
I will be his Father, and he will be My son. 2 Samuel 7:14
I will be his Father, and he shall be My son: 1 Chronicles 17:13
for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 1 Chronicles 28:6
Endure suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons, (children) For what son (child) is not disciplined by his father? Hebrews 12:7
This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. Romans 9:8
The one who is victorious will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son. Revelation 21:7
Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is the Name of His Son—surely you know! Proverbs 30:4
The Son With the Attributes of God
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government, (rule/dominion) will rest on His shoulders; And His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.“ Isaiah 9:6
“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.” Micah 5:2
For to which of the angels did God ever say: “You are My Son; today I have become Your Father”? Or again: “I will be His Father, and He will be My Son”? Hebrews 1:5
I will proclaim the decree spoken to Me by the LORD (YHVH): “You are My Son; today I have become Your Father. Psalm 2:7
The Son With the Authority of the Father
“Jesus answered,“Destroy this temple, (His body) and in three days I will raise it up again.” John 2:19
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.” John 10:18
“Thomas replied, My Lord, (YHVH) and my God!” John 20:28
“Why do you call Me Good? Jesus replied. “No one is Good except God alone,” Luke 18:19
The Firstborn From the Dead
And He is the head of the body, the Assembly; He is the beginning and Firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence, For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, Colossians 1:18, 19
Jesus was the promised Seed (Son) who would Prevail over death/the serpent, Genesis 3:15. He Is the Spiritual Seed (Son) promised to come through the lineage of Abraham. The One who would bless All nations, Galatians 3:8; Galatians 3:16
You are all Sons of God through faith in Christ (Messiah) Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all One (Echad) in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s Seed and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29.
Did Jesus Come in the Name of YHVH?
We don’t really see this until we know the full Hebrew Name of Jesus. Transliterated from the Hebrew Jesus’ name would have been Joshua, that ‘s the name Yehoshua in Hebrew. It’s a combination of two Hebrew words, Yeho + shua, meaning YHVH Is Salvation.
Is Yehoshua YHVH?
“Truly, truly, I tell you, Jesus declared, “before Abraham was born, I Am!” John 8:58
The religious leaders picked up stones to stone Yehoshua because they knew what He was saying. It isn’t as clear in translation, but when He said, “I Am,” He was flat out saying He Is “YHVH.”
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.'” Exodus 3:14
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
“YHVH by Wisdom founded the earth, By Understanding He established the heavens.” Proverbs 3:19
“YHVH possessed Me, (Wisdom) at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.” Proverbs 8:22
“You alone are YHVH. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.” Nehemiah 9:6
“For in Him (Jesus) all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16
“Through Him (Jesus) all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3
“He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, (Jesus) the world did not recognize Him.” John 1:10
Can God Become a Man?
Some people have trouble believing God could become a man on earth and still be a Spirit that exits everywhere. Whether or not we can comprehend YHVH’s ability to do whatever He pleases, lets see if the Hebrew reveals YHVH ever appearing on earth as a man:
Abraham had three visitors and he knew one of the men was YHVH.
Then the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH #3068) appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre in the heat of the day, while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent. Genesis 18:1; Genesis 18:10; Genesis 18:13; Genesis 18:14; Genesis 18:17; Genesis 18:19; Genesis 18:20; Genesis 18:22; Genesis 18:26; Genesis 18:29
The Hebrew reveals YHVH’s Name in each of the verses listed above, something that is easily missed with a casual reading of the English.
When the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH) had finished speaking with Abraham, He departed, and Abraham returned home. Genesis 18:33
Worship Only YHVH
“You shall not Bow Down/Worship (שָׁחָה Shachah #7812) to them or serve, (עָבַד Abad #5647) them; for I, the LORD (יְהוָֹה YHVH #3068) your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the father son their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,” Exodus 20:5
And sending them to Bethlehem, he said: “Go and search carefully for the Child, and when you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.” Matthew 2:8
“On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh,” Matthew 2:11; Isaiah 60:6
Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God!” Matthew 14:33
“so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him,” John 5:23
“Lord, I believe,” he said. And he worshiped Jesus,” John 9:38
Isaiah’s Prophesies Were 700 Years Prior to Jesus
“Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? ‘I, YHVH, Am the First, and with the Last. I Am He.‘” Isaiah 41:4
“Thus says YHVH the King of Israel and his Redeemer, YHVH of hosts: ‘I Am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.” Isaiah 44:6
“Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I Am He, I Am the First, I Am also the Last.” Isaiah 48:12
“A voice is calling, “Clear the Way for YHVH in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert/wilderness a Paths for our God.” Isaiah 40:3
John the Baptist quoted Isaiah when he prepared the Way for Yehoshua, (YHVH Is Salvation):
Revelation Confirms Jesus Is YHVH
“John, To the seven Assemblies in the province of Asia: Grace and Peace to you from Him Who Is and Was and Is to come, and from the seven fold Spirit before His throne,” Revelation 1:4
“To the angel of the Assembly in Smyrna write: These are the words of the First and the Last, who died and returned to life.” Revelation 2:8
“And He told me, “It is done! I Am the Alpha (Aleph) and the Omega (Tav) the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life.“ Revelation 21:6
“I Am the Alpha (Aleph) and the Omega (Tav) the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13