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You state, “…we accept Yahshua as an Elohim.” Can you explain what you mean by this?

Q.   You state, “…we accept Yahshua as an Elohim.” Can you explain what you mean by this? As I look at the early church, I find myself having to change my whole thinking. I actually began my quest 7 to 10 years ago with the question of just who is the real Jesus. After growing up in church and marrying a pastor’s daughter and raising 4 children, 2 of which serve as missionaries in New York City, here I am in a spiritual quagmire.

A.  You are not alone in your journey. We have spoken to countless people who have found themselves in the same situation. After following mainstream Christianity for most of their lives, they realize that what they have believed is not scripturally correct. We know this is not an easy transition and commend you for being willing to question your beliefs, as most are unwilling.

The word “elohom” is Hebrew and equivalent to the Greek theos. Below are definitions from the Strong’s Concordance for both words:

elohiym (el-o-heem’); plural of OT:433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.

theos (theh’-os); of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with NT:3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

In addition to Strong’s, below is another definition for elohim from the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:

1) (plural)
a) rulers, judges
b) divine ones
c) angels
d) gods
2) (plural intensive – singular meaning)
a) God, a god, a goddess
b) god-like one
c) works or special possessions of God
d) the one true God
e) God

Based on these sources, both elohim and theos provide for multiple meanings. While it can refer to Yahweh, our Heavenly Father, it can also refer to false gods, angels, and mankind. In short, it refers to any exalted position. Regarding the Messiah, few would debate that He is to be exalted. For this reason, He is counted as an elohim. Also, Thomas in John 20:28 refers to Him as a theos. The notable difference between Elohim (including Theos) and God is how they are perceived within Christianity. Today, God is understood as a reference to a singular deity (or deities as it pertains to the Trinity). However, elohim and theos, from where god is derived, contains a much broader meaning and can refer to anyone in an exalted position.
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Is Christ a proper title to use in reference to our Savior?

Q.   Is Christ a proper title to use in reference to our Savior?

A.   Christ comes from the Greek christos and means, “anointed.” It’s equivalent in meaning to the Hebrew mashiyach, from where we receive the English word Messiah. While “Christ” contains no pagan etymology in itself, we refrain from its use in an effort to make a distinction between a Greek and Hebrew faith. Since the Messiah was Jewish and taught a Jewish (Hebraic) faith, we prefer the Hebrew Messiah over the Greek Christ.

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You state that sacrifices will be restored in the Millennium. Didn’t the Messiah’s sacrifice cover the sins of all of mankind, past, present, and future?

Q.   In my study of the scriptures, I do not believe that the animal sacrifices will be practiced during the Millennium. Hebrews 9:12 says that the Messiah entered into the Holy place not with the blood of goats and bulls, but with His own blood, and did so for all time. If the blood of goats and bulls could not take away sins during the time of the Israelites, what makes you think that it would during the 1,000 year reign of the Messiah?

I am sorry, but I have to respectfully say that this simply is not true. There will not be animal sacrifices during the Millennium. I personally believe that this belief seriously devalues the Messiah’s own blood poured out for all of mankind.

A.   Thank you for the correspondence. While we certainly understand your position and why you believe what you do, Ezekiel makes it clear that animal sacrifices will be restored in the millennial Kingdom. We see several examples of this in Ezekiel 44-46. Consider the below examples:

“And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith my Sovereign Yahweh. And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession. They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs,” Ezek. 44:27-29.

“Thus saith my Sovereign Yahweh; In the first month, in the first day of the month, thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary: And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it upon the posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court.” Ezek 45:18-19.

“Thus saith my Sovereign Yahweh; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened. And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.”

Some have claimed that Ezekiel’s prophecy is not pertaining to the Millennium, but was a conditional promise based on Judah’s repentance. However, several key passages in Ezekiel 44-48 suggest that this is future and could not be historic.

Between Ezekiel 44 and 46 a prince is motioned 16 times. While it doesn’t mention this prince by name, Ezekiel 37:25 identifies David as “…their prince.” It reads, “And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.” If David is the prince spoken of in Ezekiel 44-48, Ezekiel’s temple must be prophetic. David is also called “king” in Ezekiel 37:24.

Ezekiel 47:1-12 speaks of a river with trees for the healing of the nations. This language seems to be prophetic. We do not see promises of this magnitude until the Messiah returns.

Ezekiel 47:13 to 48:35 describe the boundaries of the 12 tribes. Based on prophecy, Israel being gathered and restored will not occur until Yahshua’s return, Jeremiah 23:5-8. See also Ezekiel 37:15-28.

Assuming that Ezekiel confirms sacrifices will be restored, do we know the reason why? Scripture indicates that the Messiah’s role will change in the Millennium. This is indicated by the fact that His name will change to “Yahweh our Righteousness,” as stated in Jeremiah 23:6. Based on this, we believe Yahshua’s role will change from “salvation” to “righteousness.” His role in the Millennium will be to restore righteousness to the earth in anticipation of His Father’s coming, 1Corinthians 15:28; Revelation 21:1-3.

Regarding this diminishing Yahshua’s sacrifice, while we understand and appreciate your concern, we do not agree. First, we do not believe that sacrifices will be required for the saints or those from the first resurrection. And second, only those who never accepted Yahshua prior to the Millennium will be required to participate in these sacrifices. Therefore, the inadequacy is not with Yahshua, but with the people.

Saying this, we do not believe this point is a salvational issue, but are convicted based on the evidence that sacrifices will be restored in the millennial Kingdom.

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Why do you apply Isaiah 53 to the Messiah? This is referring to the Jewish people.

Q.   Do you have a passage clearly stating that Yahweh would send the Messiah to die for our sins? Isaiah 53 does not confirm this. I agree with Judaism that Isaiah is speaking about Israel, who is Yahweh’s firstborn son (Exodus 4:22). You have to read Isaiah 51-53 to get the whole picture of whom Yahweh is speaking about. After reading several OT scholarly interpretations of ancient biblical Hebrew, it confirms that Isaiah is speaking of Israel as a nation (at least this is the consensus of those who understand biblical Hebrew and the analytical side of the language).

A.   To apply Isaiah 53 to the nation of Israel is nonsensical! This passage is clearly speaking about a single individual that would atone for man’s sins. Below are several excerpts that confirm this passage is speaking about a person and not to a nation or collection of people:

Isaiah 53:2-3: “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

We see here the personal pronoun “he.” While it may be possible to apply this collectedly to a nation, it’s highly improbable that such conditions could be used to describe an entire nation. Although, considering the persecution of the Jewish people through history, especially during the Holocaust, it’s certainly possible to apply this perhaps to the majority, but not to the entirety.

Isaiah 53:5-6: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Yahweh hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

This passage cannot apply collectively to the Jewish nation. It’s not possible for a nation to be wounded for the transgressions of mankind. This must apply to a single person with the ability to atone for man’s sins.

Isaiah 53:8: “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”

We again see the personal pronoun “he,” indicating a single individual. Also, this man was cut off from the land of the living, i.e., he died. If we apply to this the Jewish nation at large, we would need to conclude that the Jewish nation has died off. However, we know this is not the case. In His mercy, Yahweh has preserved the Jewish people and even restored them to their land.

Isaiah 53:9: “…because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”

While we at this Ministry are slow to criticize the Jewish people and believe that they will always hold a special place with Yahweh, it would be dishonest to claim that the Jewish people have not done violence or are without deceit or sin.

Isaiah 53:11: “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

As we saw earlier, Isaiah prophesies that this person would “bear their iniquity.” How is it possible that a nation bears the iniquity of anyone? This must refer to a single person with the position and moral authority to provide himself as a propitiation for sin.

Based on the above examination, it is far more reasonable to apply Isaiah 53 to a person and not to a nation. And the only person throughout the history of mankind who fits this description is Yahshua the Messiah, the Son of Yahweh.

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Does Matthew 27:52 verify that there will be three resurrections?

Q.   The order given in 1 Corinthians 15 is 1) Messiah, 2) firstfruits, and 3) those at the Messiah’s Coming. Most just read right over this and assume the next group to be taken is “the firstfruits.” They even assume the “firstfruits” are the 144,000. If the “firstfruits” have not been taken already, then we have to assume they will be taken before the Messiah returns. If you believe this is so, I must ask, who then was resurrected in Matthew 27:52? It becomes clear that the next resurrection is #3, those at His Coming. What are your thoughts and beliefs on these Scriptures?

A.   Before addressing Matthew 27:52, it’s important to realize that Paul in 1Corinthians 15:23 connects the “firstfruits” to Yahshua’s resurrection. It reads, “But every man in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are Messiah’s at his coming.” We see here two resurrections, Yahshua’s resurrection, which was the firstfruits, and those at His coming.

Regarding Matthew 27:52, while the Bible records that many of the saints were resurrected after Yahshua’s resurrection, there is no evidence to confirm that this was a resurrection from flesh to spirit, as we find with Yahshua’s resurrection and promised to those at His Second Coming. Paul in 1Thessalonians 4:16-17 states, “For the Master himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Elohim: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Master.”

The saints who were resurrected immediately after Yahshua’s own resurrection served as a sign of Yahshua’s messiahship. Similar to the darkness and the curtain of the temple being torn, these things were done as a witness to confirm that Yahshua was indeed the promised Messiah and the Son of Yahweh. Since the Scripture does not provide any additional information and does not speak about a resurrection at this time, we assume these saints later died and are waiting for Yahshua’s Second Coming to be resurrected from flesh to Spirit.

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I found a Torah-observant assembly, but they reject the Messiah. Can you provide Old Testament passages confirming the Messiah?

Q.   I found a Torah-observant assembly, but they reject the Messiah. Can you provide Old Testament passages confirming the Messiah? They use Isaiah 43:11 and similar passages to prove that Yahweh is our only Savior.

A.   There are many Old Testament passages that speak to Yahshua the Messiah. Possibly the greatest example is the 53rd chapter of Isaiah: “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of Yahweh revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of Elohim, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Yahweh hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

While many Jews claim this passage is a reference to the Jewish people collectively, clearly the context is referring to a person who would be rejected and die for the sins of mankind. As the last part of verse 12 states, “…and made intercession for the transgressors.” There are many New Testament passages confirming this prophecy, including: Matthew 8:17; 27:57; Mark 15:28; Luke 22:37; John 1:29; 10:11; Acts 8:32-33; 1 Peter 2:22.

Another passage that clearly confirms Yahshua as the Son of Yahweh is Proverbs 30:4. It states, “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?”

Based on the context, there is no doubt this is referring to Creation. Not only does it ask what the Father’s name is, but also the Son’s name? If Yahweh had no Son, why would it ask for His name? This unquestionably supports the existence of Yahshua the Messiah. It also confirms that He preexisted with the Father at Creation. Yahshua also testifies to His preexistence in John 17:5: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” See also John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:15-16.

Below are additional prophecies confirming Yahshua as the Messiah:

Deuteronomy 18:15: “Yahweh thy Elohim will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.”

Acts 7:37: “This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall Yahweh your Elohim raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.”

Psalm 2:7: “I will declare the decree: Yahweh hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

Acts 13:33: “Yahweh hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Yahshua again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”

Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore Yahweh himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:23: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, El with us.”

Micah 5:2: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Matthew 2:6: “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

Regarding Isaiah 43:11, this cannot be used to write the Messiah out of existence. This passage is simply acknowledging the superiority of Almighty Yahweh. Since all things proceed from Him, including His Son, all credit also returns to Him. It should also be remembered that Yahweh gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. “For Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. In their unique ways, both the Father and Son can be considered a “Savior.”

As believers we must remain committed to the Messiah. If we neglect Yahshua as the Messiah, we jeopardize our salvation. Consider the below warnings:

John 15:1-6: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

2John 7-10: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Yahshua Messiah is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antimessiah. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Messiah, hath not Elohim. He that abideth in the doctrine of Messiah, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him greeting.”

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What is your belief on the Messiah; was He an angel or spirit prior to coming to earth?

Archangel Michael     What is your belief on the Messiah; was He an angel or spirit prior to coming to earth? I am studying with Jehovah Witness and they say He was the archangel Michael.

 

Archangel Michael     We believe that Yahshua the Messiah was an angelic or spirit being in the Old Testament. Scripture seems to confirm that Yahshua was the physical manifestation of Yahweh in the Old Testament. For example, Genesis 18 records three men coming to Abraham: “And Yahweh appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,” verses 1-2.

Since Yahshua stated in the New Testament that no man has seen or heard His Father, the Yahweh who appeared before Abraham was likely the Son, A similar example is found in Genesis 19:24: ” Then Yahweh rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Yahweh out of heaven.” We see here two Yahwehs — one on earth and one in heaven. It’s important to notice that the Yahweh on earth rained brimstone and fire from the Yahweh in heaven. The Yahweh on earth is likely the the Son, the physical manifestation of the Father, and the Yahweh in heaven is likely the Father. The term “physical manifestation” is not meant to convey that the Father and Son are the same being or that the Son was the Father, but that the Son represented His Father in physical form. The Bible is clear that the Father and Son are two distinct beings with the Father being eternal (i.e., always existed) and greater than His Son, 1Timothy 6:16 and John 14:28. According to Colossians 1:15 and Revelation 3:14, the Son was the first of Yahweh’s creation. It’s also important to note that even though Yahshua was described as an angelic being, he was the “Son” of Yahweh from inception.

We also see a connection between the preexistent Messiah and the angel of Yahweh. For example, Exodus 23:20-22 states, “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.”

We see several important parallels between this angel and Yahshua:

 

1- Israel was told to obey this angel. We are instructed in the New Testament to obey Yahshua the Messiah, John 14:21; 15:14.

2- This angel had power over sin. The New Testament confirms that Yahshua was given the authority to forgive sin, Matthew 9:6.

3- This angel had Yahweh’s name. Yahshua in the New Testament stated He came in His Father’s Name, John 5:37. This is why we use the form Yahshua (Yah = Yahweh and Shua = salvation).

 

Regarding whether Yahshua is the Archangel Michael, we do not believe this is the case. Based on Daniel 10:13, it appears that Michael is one of several archangels. The fact that Yahshua is greater than all angels and without equal (except to His Father), likely confirms that He and Michael are not the same. However, Michael may represent a type of the Messiah.

Can you elaborate on the meaning of Hebrews 5:7?

Hebrews 5:7

Can you elaborate on the meaning of Hebrews 5:7?

 

Hebrews 5:7

Hebrews 5:7: “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.”

Based on the context, this passage is likely referring to Yahshua leading up to His execution. From the evangels we find evidence of Yahshua praying to the Father hours prior to His death, e.g. John 17:1-26. In one instance, Yahshua’s agony was so great that he sweated drops of blood, Luke 22:44. His fear was not only due to the horrific torture that He would suffer by the hands of the Romans, but also the inevitable separation from His Father. This can be seen in Matthew 27:46, when Yahshua cried out, “My El, my El, why have you forsaken me?”. When Yahshua took upon Himself the sins of mankind, Yahweh could no longer look upon His Son. At this moment, He was all alone and weighed down with the sins of mankind and separated from His Father.

Based on your website, you seem to state that the Son was the first created being by the Father. Considering that only God who was there from the beginning could atone man’s sins, how do you support this belief?

Yahshua     Based on your website, you seem to state that the Son was the first created being by the Father. Considering that only God who was there from the beginning could atone man’s sins, how do you support this belief?

Yahshua     The Bible is quite clear that Yahshua (the Son) had a beginning and was the first of His Father’s creation. Consider the below passages from the Apostle Paul and Yahshua the Messiah.

“Who is the image of the invisible El, the firstborn of every creature,” Colossians 1:15. In Greek, firstborn literally means, “first begotten.”

“And unto the angel of the assembly of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of Elohim,” Revelation 3:14.

Both the Apostle Paul and Yahshua state that Yahshua was the firstborn and the beginning of the creation of Elohim. Knowing this, logic dictates that Yahshua had a beginning.

Beyond this, Paul in 1 Timothy 6:16 confirms that only the Father contains immortality, i.e., has always existed: “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”

The belief that the Son had to be “God” to atone for man’s sin is the same misguided rationale used by Athanasius at the Council of Nicea in 325 CE, who first proposed the Father and son were co-eternal, co-equal, and consubstantial. According to author Earl E. Cairns, Athanasius “…insisted that Christ had existed from all eternity with the Father and was of the same essence (homoousios) as the Father, although He was a distinct personality. He insisted upon these things because he believed that, if Christ were less than He had stated Him to be, He could not be the Saviour of men. The question of man’s eternal salvation was involved in the relationship of the Father and the son according to Athanasius. He held that Christ was coequal, coeternal and consubstantial with the Father…” (Christianity Through the Centuries, pp. 142-143).

The problem with this reasoning is the Bible never states that the Son had to be “God” to atone for man’s sins. The Bible confirms that the Son was given this authority: “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins…,” Matthew 6:16. Who gave the Son this authority? John 5:26-27 is clear that He received it from the Father: “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.”

Interestingly, the word “authority” in John 5:27 comes from the Greek exousia. Strong’s defines this word as, “…privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence.” Notice that this authority can be “delegated.” In the case of the Son, the Father delegated this authority to Him. The fact that the Father granted this authority to the Son verifies the needlessness for the Son to be “God” to atone for man’s sin. This also shows the error in this common notion.

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From where do you get the idea that the logos equals Yahshua the Messiah?

Logos     From where do you get the idea that the logos equals Yahshua the Messiah? The plan of Yahweh is the concept of all eternity; do you really think you can understand Yahweh’s logos?

Logos     The first chapter of John clearly identifies Yahshua the Messiah as the Word or logos of Yahweh: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. The same was in the beginning with Elohim. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

“Word” in this passage comes the Greek logos. Strong’s defines logos as, “…something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ).”

The vast majority of lexicons provide similar definitions. We also find a connection to the Word or logos in John 1:14. It states there that the Word became flesh: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” This verse undoubtedly connects the Word with Yahshua the Messiah.

Some who reject the Messiah’s preexistence will state that the “Word” in the first verse is referring to the “plan” of Yahweh, while verse 14 refers to the actuality of that plan through the person of Yahshua. The problem is, John does not make this distinction. The context confirms no difference between the Word in verse 1 and the Word in verse 14. Therefore, they must both refer to Yahshua.

Furthermore, the Bible verifies elsewhere that through Yahshua all creation came into existence. Paul in Colossians 1:15-17 states: “Who is the image of the invisible El, the firstborn of every creature: 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. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

There are several important truths we learn from this passage. One, Yahshua was the first of Yahweh’s creation. Two, He is the invisible image or resemblance of His Father. And three, He created all things, both visible and invisible. He was responsible from the smallest atom to the vast stars in the grand universe.

We find similar evidence from the Old Testament for Yahshua’s role in creation. Proverbs 30:4 states, “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?” This passage references creation and specifically mentions the Father and Son. If the Son did not exist in the Old Testament or had no part in creation, why does it refer here to the son?

Based on this and many other indications in the Old and New testaments, there is no denying that Yahshua is the Word or logos that brought creation into existence through the direction of His Father and the power of the Holy Spirit.

For additional information on this, read our booklet: Identifying Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Also, watch our video: Yahshua’s Preexistence.