God is a Family, not a Trinity. God is the Family of God the Father and God the Son. The most important and central truth of the Bible is that there is only one true God, who is Father God (John 17:3), and there is only one true Son of God, who was begotten (birthed, not created) by His Father God before the world was created (John 17:5, 1 John 4:9). So, the true Christianity of the Bible is totally and absolutely founded upon believing in the one true Father God AND in the one true only begotten Son of God.
1 John 2:23
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
The Holy Spirit is not a Third Person of a so-called Trinity. In Chapter 26, ‘How and Why the Trinity is False and Unbiblical’, we explain the biblical truth of the Holy Spirit in detail. However, this chapter is devoted to understanding the scriptural truth of the God Family, God the Father and God the Son.
THE TRUTH OF GOD THE FATHER
There is only one true God who is Father God as confirmed by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Himself.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Yes indeed, there is only one true God who is Father God because He alone is truly eternal with no beginning and no end, and He alone is the source of absolutely all things, all living and non-living things. Father God is Spirit and He is the Almighty Most High God (Revelation 21:22, Psalm 78:56, Hebrews 7:1). There is no other God like Him (Isaiah 43:10, 44:6). Father God is Holy, Righteous, Love, Just, Gracious, Merciful and Forgiving. He is Omnipotent (all-powerful), Omnipresent (all-present) and Omniscient (all-knowing) through the presence and power of His Spirit, which emanates from His Person and sustains all of His creation.
It is important to understand that Father God is not a formless, ethereal, impersonal spirit, but He is an actual Spirit Person seated on His throne in heaven. Father God has created us in His own image; we are persons and Father God is also a Person. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible encourages us to have a personal relationship with our heavenly Father God, which is similar in ways to a child having a personal relationship with a loving earthly father.
The Personal Name of Father God
Just like all of us, Father God has His own personal name and so does the Son of God. The Bible challenges us to find out the names of Father God and His Son.
Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?
We all know that the personal name of the Son of God is Jesus in English, which is Yeshua in Hebrew, but do we all know what the personal name of Father God is?
The personal name of Father God in Hebrew is the four-letter word YHWH, also spelt as YHVH, and referred to by the term Tetragrammaton because it does not contain any vowels. Therefore, nobody knows its exact pronunciation. However, there are three recognised pronunciations and spellings, which are Yahweh, Yahveh and Jehovah. We do not believe that any one of these is more correct than the other two, however, our preferred pronunciation and spelling is Yahweh, and that is the one we have chosen to use in this book.
Nowhere does the Bible tell us, as orthodox Jews believe, to avoid calling upon the name of Father God just because nobody knows the exact pronunciation of YHWH or its other spelling YHVH. On the contrary, the Bible often encourages us to use the personal name of Father God.
The personal name of Father God, Yahweh, occurs over 6200 times in Hebrew Old Testament Scripture, yet very few people know that Father God has a personal name. This is because, without any justification, the personal name of Father God has been mistranslated to represent a title ‘the LORD’ in most popular English Bibles like the KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB and RSV.
The Bible specifically says many times, over and over again, that Father God’s personal name is Yahweh.
I am the LORD (Yahweh), this is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.
King David, a man after God’s own heart, knew the tremendous importance of knowing the personal name of Father God. In Psalms, King David urges us to love God’s name (Psalm 5:11), to sing praises unto His name (Psalm 7:17), to know His name (Psalm 9:10), to declare His name (Psalm 22:22), to exalt His name (Psalm 34:3) and to bless His name (Psalm 96:2).
Yahweh (YHWH) translated as ‘the LORD’ in most English Bibles is the one and only Personal name of Father God given in the Bible. The other name given for Father God in the Hebrew Scriptures is Adonay, which occurs about 400 times. Confusingly, it has also been translated as ‘the Lord’ in most English versions of the Bible, but written in lower case. Adonay is not Father God’s Personal name, however, it is one of His titles, meaning ‘Master’ or ‘Sovereign Ruler’. Since Father God’s proper Personal name YHWH cannot be accurately pronounced, it has been replaced (we believe very unwisely) by the name ‘Adonay’ in Jewish Bibles.
The Family Name of Father God
We have already seen that Father God’s Personal name is Yahweh, but what about His family name? It is very important to understand that the name God is not the personal name of Father God, but it is His family name. The name God is the translation of the Hebrew word Elohim and the Greek word Theos, and together they occur approximately 4400 times in the Bible. Most of these times, God refers to Father God, Yahweh God, who is the only true God. However, on a few occasions, the Bible also refers to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, as God. This is because the name God is the God family name representing either or both members of the one God (Elohim) family of Father and Son.
Let us prove the truth that God is a family name by looking at the very first verse of the Bible.
In the beginning God (Elohim in Hebrew), created the heavens and the earth.
Now, let us ask you a question. Who created the heavens and the earth? Which of the following five answers is correct
- God the Father
- God the Son
- God the Father through His Son
- The one God Family of Father and Son
The Bible confirms in John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16 that Father God created all things through His Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, all of these five answers are correct proving the truth that the name God, Elohim, is a family name representing either or both members of the one God family of Father and Son.
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
This scripture confirms that the whole family in heaven and earth will bear the Family name of Father God, which is the name Elohim. It is an extremely exciting truth of the Bible, to know and believe that Father God, through His only begotten Son, is in the process of increasing His Family to ultimately include all men and angels, without a single exception, as His created sons of God.
Hebrew 2:10-12 (NIV)
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”
Yes, it is Father God’s purpose that through His Son’s sacrifice on the cross, He will bring many sons to glory by bringing them into His Family. Other scriptures confirm that many sons literally mean the whole of humanity, without a single exception.
In fact, it is the destiny of each and every human being and each and every angel, to enter the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, as created sons of God, and be part of the one huge Family of God; the Elohim Family of the one true Father God, Yahweh Elohim, and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim. This is indeed God’s Plan for All, the glorious Grand Family Plan of our heavenly Father God.
This is why the Bible refers to both angels and men, not only as sons of God but also, as gods (elohims), (Genesis 6:2, Psalm 82:1, Psalm 82:6, John 10:34). Of course, in this present fallen evil world, there are many false gods, who are strange foreign gods and pagan gods, also referred to as elohims in the Bible (Genesis 35:2, Exodus 12:12), but this will all change once the only true Elohim, Father God, has reconciled to Himself absolutely all things on earth and in heaven having made peace through the shed blood of His Son on the cross (Colossians 1:15-20).
THE TRUTH OF GOD THE SON
Approximately two thousand years ago, a Man called Jesus Christ was crucified in Jerusalem by the Roman authorities, under the insistence of religious Jews, because He claimed to be the Son of God. Who truly was this Man called Jesus Christ? Was He a Trinitarian son of God, as believed by Traditional Christianity? Absolutely not! Was He a created angel, as believed by groups like Jehovah Witnesses? Absolutely not! Was He only a man, as believed by some groups of Unitarians? Absolutely not! Then, who was He? He was none other than the only begotten Son of His Father God. It was He, whom Father God sent into the world to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
The sad and shocking fact is that the world of Christianity, as we know it today, denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and it denies that He is the Saviour of the world. All Christian denominations say that they believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Saviour of the world, but in reality, what they say and mean and what the Bible clearly says and means are two absolutely different things.
1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
Yes indeed, Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of His Father God. It would have been impossible for God the Father to send His only begotten Son into the world if He did not have a Son to send in the first place. So this verse, like many others, clearly confirms that Jesus Christ pre-existed as the only begotten Son of God before He existed as the Son of Man through His virgin birth.
The Bible is clear that the only begotten Son of God was born of His Father God before the world existed, before the heavens and the earth were created, and it was He who became flesh, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world, and to save this whole fallen world of sinful men and sinful angels, without a single exception.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten (monogenēs) Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 is the most quoted verse in the whole of the Bible, but most Christians do not understand or realise that the doctrine of the Trinity totally contradicts this truth that Jesus Christ is indeed the only begotten Son of His Father God. The Greek word for ‘only begotten’ is monogenēs. Let us now fully understand the huge significance of this God-inspired Greek word, and that there is no other Jesus Christ than the Jesus Christ who is the only begotten Son of God.
Monogenēs is a compound word consisting of mono meaning only, and gennesis, meaning birth. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, tells us that the monogenēs Son when referring to Jesus Christ means that He is the one and only Son begotten (birthed) by His Father God, and that the Son is absolutely unique in that He is of the same nature and kind as His Father. Above all, the Bible itself clearly and powerfully confirms that this is the true meaning of monogenēs, as we fully demonstrate below. Any other meaning of this word brings contradiction into the Word of God.
Monogenēs is used nine times in the original Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament. Three times it refers to a single child born in a Jewish family (Luke 7:12, 8:42 and 9:38). A monogenēs child means that it is the one and only child (son or daughter) born into that family.
Four times monogenēs is used to emphasise the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten (born) Son of His Father God, in John 1:14, John 3:16, 18 and 1 John 4:9. We have already quoted two of these verses, John 3:16 and 1 John 4:9 above. So, let us now give you the remaining two verses where the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the only begotten (born) Son of His Father God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten (monogenēs) of the Father, full of grace and truth.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten (monogenēs) Son of God.
Jesus is a monogenēs Son, meaning that Jesus is the one and only Son born of Father God in the One God Family of Father and Son.
One time, in John 1:18, monogenēs is used to confirm the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten God, proving the truth that God the Father (Yahweh Elohim) gave birth to God the Son (Yeshua Elohim).
John 1:18 (NASB)
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten (monogenēs) God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
This is how the New American Standard Bible (NASB) correctly translates this verse in accordance with the oldest known Greek Manuscripts, P66 and P75. Most Bible versions reject the original inspired meaning and mistranslate it to say ‘the only begotten Son’ instead of ‘the only begotten God’.
Jesus Christ is both, the only begotten Son of God and the only begotten God. God the Father begot God the Son who is of the same nature and kind as His Father because He originated from His Father’s very Person (John 8:42). Spirit God the Father, Yahweh Elohim, birthed Spirit God the Son, Yeshua Elohim, before the world existed, before anything was created, which was before the creation of the heavens and the earth.
Some modern English translations of the New Testament like the NIV and RSV which support the doctrine of the Trinity, have downgraded the importance of the Greek word monogenēs. They mistranslate monogenēs to mean ‘the only Son’ instead of ‘the only begotten Son’. In fact, to call Jesus Christ ‘the only Son of God’ brings contradiction into the Word of God because the Bible refers to many sons of God. Both angels and men are also called sons of God in the Bible. The crucial difference is that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, whilst angels and men are all created sons of God.
Yes, Father God, the only true God actually gave birth to His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Here, we are talking about the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ before the creation of the world, and not His fleshly virgin birth approximately two thousand years ago. God the Father, who is Spirit, begot (birthed) God the Son, who is also Spirit. Spirit begot Spirit. The Spirit birth of Jesus Christ happened in the beginning, the beginning of all beginnings, before the foundation of the world, before Father God created the universe and everything in it through His only begotten Son.
How could God the Father have begotten God the Son? Father God is Spirit and He did not need a wife to beget His Son. The truth of the Bible that Father God actually birthed His Son presents a massive stumbling block for most people to accept the Word of God at its face value. We shall soon explain this life-changing and God exalting truth in greater detail.
Let us first understand the huge significance of why monogenēs is also used in the Bible, one more time, to refer to Isaac as the only begotten son of Abraham.
The Bible in Matthew 1:2 says ‘Abraham begot Isaac’. Of course, we know that it was actually Sarah who birthed Isaac. However, Scripture says that it was Abraham who begot Isaac because firstly, the seed of Isaac had to have been present in Abraham’s body before the birth of Isaac was possible. In the genealogy of Christ and elsewhere, the Bible speaks in terms of men rather than women begetting children.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten (monogenēs) son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”
We know that Abraham had other sons besides Isaac. So, why is Isaac referred to as the only begotten son of Abraham?
It is because Isaac was the one and only son that God had promised to Abraham through his wife Sarah. The Bible says that Isaac was born ‘according to the Spirit’, unlike Ishmael who was born ‘according to the flesh’ (Galatians 4:29). Therefore, in Abraham and Isaac, we are given a picture of Father God and Jesus Christ.
Abraham begot his only promised son Isaac, whom He was willing to sacrifice at God’s command. Father God begot His only Son Jesus, whom He sent into the world to be sacrificed on the cross for the salvation of the whole world.
Just as Isaac was the only begotten son of his father Abraham, Jesus is the only begotten Son of His Father God. Just as the human seed of Isaac was in his father Abraham’s body, before Isaac could be born; the divine immortal Spirit Seed of Jesus was in His Father God’s Body before Jesus could be born. Just as Isaac had a beginning when he was born of his human father, Jesus Christ had a beginning when He was born of His Spirit Father God. Just as Isaac was subordinate to his father Abraham, Jesus is subordinate to His Father God. Of course, the glorious difference between these two births is that Isaac was born a mortal fleshly human son, whilst Jesus was born an immortal Divine Spirit Son.
Don’t confuse begetting with creating. Father God did not create His Son; Father God begot His Son, meaning He gave birth to Him. The Son was begotten, but everything else in the universe was created by Father God through the Son.
So, when did Father God beget His Son? The clear scriptural answer is ‘before the world existed’. Near the completion of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, before His death on the cross, He longed to have the glory back that He had had with His Father before the world existed.
John 17:5 (ESV)
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
This scripture confirms the truth that Jesus Christ existed as His Father’s Son before the world existed. There was the most magnificent event in the past, before the world existed, before the creation of the heavens and the earth, when Father God, Yahweh Elohim begot (birthed) His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim.
King David was inspired to write in Psalm 2:7, “You are my Son, Today I have begotten You”. This scripture is repeated three more times in the Bible, in Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5, emphasising its great importance. So, let us now understand why the Bible says that it was, “Today” when Father God begot His Son.
Time began when the heavens and the earth were created but Father God is Spirit and He lives outside of time constraints, and He is not restricted by time. Father God is the great eternal I AM with no beginning and no end, and He lives in the eternal present, the eternal now, the eternal “Today”. So, the scripture, “You are my Son, Today I have begotten You”, must be understood from God’s eternal perspective and not from our human earthly perspective.
So yes indeed, Father God begot His Son, “Today” in eternity before time began, before the world existed, before the creation of the heavens and the earth in the beginning. In fact, the birth of the Son of God was the beginning of all beginnings.
In the beginning was the Word (God the Son), and the Word was with God (God the Father) and the Word was God (God the Son).
This scripture is greatly misinterpreted to support the false doctrine of the Trinity, but the fact is that it actually disproves the Trinity. When correctly understood John 1:1 supports the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and the only begotten God.
Please understand that the Bible would never ever say that in the beginning was Father God. Why not? Because Father God has no beginning. However, God the Son Jesus had a beginning, therefore, John 1:1 above says, “In the beginning was the Word”, which is Logos in Greek referring to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
This confirms the truth of the Bible that the Son had a beginning when Father God begot (birthed) Him in the beginning. The birth of the Son of God was the beginning of all beginnings, the most magnificent birth, which was the very first glorious event that happened before anything was created.
John 1:1 also says that the Word was God. Of course, Jesus is God because He is God the Son, and He belongs to the one Holy God Elohim Family of Father and Son. However, God the Son Jesus (Yeshua) is not a co-equal God to His Father (Yahweh). They are two separate Persons of Father and Son, and the Father is always greater than the Son, as clearly stated many times in Scripture.
Jesus Christ is similar to His Father God in several respects. Just like His Father, Jesus Christ is a Spirit Person, uncreated, immortal, holy and righteous, yet He is a separate God, God the Son, who is always subordinate to His Father God and a willing Servant to Him (Mark 16:19, Colossians 1:16, 1 Corinthians 11:3, John 14:28).
The truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was born of His Father before the world existed is also clearly stated in the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 8:24-30 (NIV)
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth. 26 before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 30 Then I was constantly at his (Father’s) side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence.
Although these verses speak about ‘the Wisdom of God’, they are actually referring to Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul says that Christ is the wisdom of God in 1 Corinthians 1:24. Proverbs 8:24-30 above is a clear scripture proving the truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ was birthed by His Father God before the world existed, before Father God created all things through His Son Jesus.
1 John 5:1
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (Father God), and everyone who loves Him (Father God) who begot also loves him (Jesus Christ) who is begotten of Him (Father God).
Once again, the Bible emphasises the same truth that Father God begot His Son and the Son was begotten of His Father. Scripture abundantly confirms that the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ preceded His Human virgin birth, and that it was God the Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, who was actively present throughout the Old Testament.
The first chapter of Hebrews is an amazingly clear chapter about the unique relationship between Father God and His Son, between Yahweh Elohim and Yeshua Elohim, in the God Family of Father and Son.
Hebrews 1:2 says, “through whom also He made the worlds”, which confirms the truth that Father God created absolutely all things through His Son. This also confirms the truth that the Son is obedient and subordinate to His Father God.
Hebrews 1:3-4 says, “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
This scripture confirms the truth that the Son, who is the brightness of His Father’s glory and the express image of His Person, is indeed of the same nature and kind as His Father. This has to be so because the Son was born of His Father having originated from the very Person of His Father. Also, this scripture confirms the truth that Jesus Christ died to forgive our sins, meaning the sins of the whole world. Jesus now sits at His Father’s right hand which means that He is subordinate to His Father, and He cannot be compared to any angel because the Son, unlike the angels, is uncreated and much higher than the angels.
Hebrews 1:5 says, “For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”?
This scripture confirms the truth that Father God begot His Son “Today” which, as we have explained previously, means that Father God begot (birthed) His Son before time began, before the creation of the heavens and the earth. This scripture also confirms the truth that the Father and Son are a Family, not a Trinity.
Hebrews 1:6 says, “And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
Jesus Christ is indeed His Father’s Firstborn, His only begotten (birthed) Son, born of His Father before all creation, which agrees with Colossians 1:15 (the firstborn over all creation). The Spirit birth of Jesus Christ before all creation is a separate and distinct birth from His fleshly Human Virgin birth, which was approximately 2000 years ago, when the angels worshipped Him as given in the verse above, thus proving the fact that God the Son can be worshipped as well as God the Father.
Hebrews 1:8 says, “But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
Notice that Father God Himself (Yahweh Elohim) calls His Son, ‘O God’, which absolutely and categorically proves that the Son is also God (Elohim), but God the Son (Yeshua Elohim). As previously discussed, there are two Gods in the one God Family of Father and Son, but the Son has always remained subordinate to His
Father God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. This was approximately two thousand years ago. The only begotten Spirit Son of God, willingly and temporarily gave up His immortality to become mortal, to become flesh, to come as the Son of Man in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Was Jesus Christ’s Humanity in any way tainted by the fallen sinful Adamic nature inherited by all human beings? Absolutely not! Let us now fully understand the true and unique Humanity of Jesus Christ.
Understanding the true and unique Humanity of Jesus Christ, the last Adam
The Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the last Adam and the second Man.
1 Corinthians 15: 45-47
45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being. “The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
It is very important to understand that there were extremely important and radical differences between the humanity of the last Adam (Jesus Christ) and the humanity of the first Adam. So, let us now clearly understand these differences.
As the scripture above says, the first Adam was of the earth, made of dust; he was a created physical person made from the dust of the ground and he became alive when God breathed life into him, which was approximately six thousand years ago. In contrast, the last Adam or the second Man was uncreated, and He was the Lord from heaven, the Spirit Son of His Spirit Father God. Jesus Christ was indeed the immortal, uncreated, only begotten, Spirit Son of God who humbled Himself, coming from heaven to earth to become mortal flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, which was approximately two thousand years ago.
The first Adam sinned and, as a consequence of his sin, he died an earthly death. He had a corruptible body which decomposed in the grave after his death and it returned to the dust from whence it came. The last Adam was sinless when He became flesh and He remained sinless, and He had a mortal yet incorruptible body that did not decay in the tomb, which was resurrected after three days and three nights.
Can you see that the Humanity of the last Adam, Jesus Christ, was unique and radically different from the humanity of the first Adam, and that there was absolutely no physical or biological link between them? Christ was not a descendant of Adam as all of us humans are. Yes, Jesus Christ was sent from heaven into the world by His Father in the likeness of sinful flesh to die for the sins of the whole world, but Christ did not have the sinful Adamic nature and therefore, unlike us, He never sinned.
For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.
Notice that Christ was sent by His Father God in the likeness of sinful flesh but not in the likeness of the sinful nature. Christ did not have the sinful nature that all humans are born with which we have inherited from the first Adam. Christ, who is the image of invisible Father God, had a righteous holy nature, and always has had, and this is why He was able to resist the temptations of the devil and remained sinless. However, in order to be our Saviour, it was necessary for Christ to be clothed with similar, but not the same, flesh as fallen humanity in order to be tempted in every way as we humans are all tempted, yet He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Since this is true, then why does the genealogy of Jesus Christ, as given in Luke, go the whole way back to the first Adam and the Bible also refers to Jesus Christ as the ‘son of David’? This is a valid question, but before we answer it, we need to first understand how Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb and how an embryonic life develops in the womb of a mother. This will help us to know that Jesus did not have and could not have had any of Mary’s DNA nor was He related to Mary by blood or descent in any way whatsoever.
The Bible says that Father God prepared a body for His Son in order for His Son to come into the world.
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me”.
Father God prepared an embryonic fleshly body for His Son and planted this embryonic life in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ prior to becoming flesh, was the Spirit Son, the only begotten Son of His Spirit Father. The Son of God in Heaven at His Father’s side, fully cooperated with His Father’s wish so that He could be sent into the world. Therefore, the Son was transformed from His glorified immortal state into a lowly humble mortal state when His Spirit body became a fleshly body in the womb of the Virgin Mary, in order to die for the sins of the whole world. We need to be very clear that Joseph’s sperm and Mary’s egg played absolutely no part whatsoever in the embryonic fleshly body of Jesus that was planted by Father God in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
The embryonic life of Jesus that was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary was completely of the Holy Spirit (Matthews 1:20) and there was absolutely nothing from Joseph or Mary. Mary was in fact a ‘gestational’ surrogate mother for Jesus, and therefore, she was not his biological mother. Also, it is a biological fact that in a womb that carries a child, the mother and the child have their own completely independent circulatory systems and the mother’s blood does not in any way mix with the child’s (foetus’s) blood. So, we can be absolutely sure that Jesus did not have and could not have had any of Mary’s DNA, and Jesus was not related to Mary by blood or descent in any way whatsoever. However, Mary was indeed a blessed, favoured and honoured woman above all women. God chose Mary so that Yeshua Elohim, Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son could become flesh in her womb and be born as a unique mortal Human Being in order to die on the cross for the salvation of the whole world.
The miraculous birth of Jesus Christ via the Virgin Mary should not be confused with the Roman Catholic unbiblical teaching of ‘the immaculate conception’, which refers to the conception of Mary, not Jesus. It teaches that because of the merits of Jesus, God protected Mary from original sin and that she was sinless, which is totally unbiblical.
The Son of David?
Yes of course, from the world’s perspective, both Joseph and Mary were Jesus’s legal parents who were the direct descendants of King David and Abraham, and ultimately of Adam. Therefore, this is why Jesus is referred to as the son of Joseph, and also the son of David, in the genealogies of Christ as given in Luke 3: 23-38 and in Matthew 1:16. However, it is important to note that Christ Himself rejects any idea that He had any biological connection with King David.
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: 44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make your enemies your footstool”’? 45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
The question that Jesus asked the Pharisees was how He, Jesus, could be a descendant of King David, when He had existed before King David, and King David clearly knew and understood that Jesus Christ was indeed his Lord. Of course, no Pharisee was able to give Jesus an answer.
The truth of the Bible is that the Son of God existed before Mary, before King David, before Abraham and before Adam. Therefore, Christ’s Humanity was radically different from the humanity of the first Adam. There was absolutely no physical, biological or genetic link between them. Christ simply was not a descendant of the first Adam, and therefore, He did not inherit the unrighteous sinful nature of the first Adam which all descendants of Adam inherit. Christ was born with the Righteous Holy Nature, which He inherited from His Father God when He was born of His Father before the world was created. This is why He was able to resist all of the temptations of the flesh and remain sinless throughout His earthly life, and die to forgive the sins of the whole world.
It is very important to understand that Jesus Christ did not have two natures, divine and human, as falsely believed by Traditional Christianity. This false unbiblical theology is known as the ‘Hypostatic Union’. The truth of the Bible is that Jesus Christ has, always has had, and always will have only one nature which is the Divine Holy Righteous sinless nature that He inherited from His Father God.
Believing in the true Christ of the Bible.
Christ says, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and who believes in Me shall never thirst”. Again, Christ says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:35, 47). So, it becomes extremely important for everyone to believe in the true Christ of the Bible.
Let us further understand who exactly the true Christ of the Bible is. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the Firstborn three times with three different, yet very significant, meanings.
Firstly, Jesus is the Firstborn over all creation (Colossians 1:15), which refers to the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ when the immortal Spirit Father God begot His immortal Spirit Son, before all creation and before time began. This was the beginning of all beginnings (John 1:1).
Secondly, Jesus is the Firstborn of Mary (Matthew 1:25), which refers to Christ’s Human Virgin birth. This is when the immortal Spirit Son became mortal flesh, transforming into the embryo in the womb of the Virgin Mary, approximately 2000 years ago, in order to be born out of Mary’s womb as a unique Human baby, the Son of Man. This was for the ultimate purpose of sacrificing His life on the cross for the sins of the whole world.
Thirdly, Jesus is the Firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18), which refers to Christ’s resurrection from the dead after three days and three nights in the grave. Christ is indeed the First Man to be resurrected from the dead, from being mortal to being immortal. Now, let us understand what exactly happened to Christ’s Spirit and His Body when He died on the cross for the sins of the whole world.
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
Christ committed His Spirit to His Father just before He died. When Christ’s Spirit left His physical body at the cross, Christ breathed His last and He died. The Bible says that “the body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26). So yes, Christ truly died when His Spirit left His body. Christ’s Spirit went back to His Father God in an unconscious state for safe-keeping until Christ’s resurrection three days later.
Here, we need to keep in mind the clear distinction between God the Father and God the Son, because the false doctrine of the Trinity brings confusion and contradiction into the death and resurrection of the Son of God. Scripture is clear that God the Father cannot die because He alone is truly Eternal, having no beginning and no end (Deuteronomy 32:40, Psalm 90:2, 102:27, 1 Timothy 6:16). However, it was possible for God the Son to die. When Father God begot His Son in the beginning, which was the beginning of all beginnings, before the creation of the world, it was always within Father God’s Plan to send His Son into the world, to become flesh in the likeness of man and to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. We thank our Father God, and also of course Jesus Christ, that He, God’s only begotten Son did indeed die on the cross; otherwise we would not have a Saviour.
So, what exactly happened to Jesus Christ when He died on the cross? The whole of the Bible consistently teaches that when a person dies, he ‘sleeps’ with no consciousness until his resurrection. So, Jesus ‘slept’ with no consciousness for three days and three nights in His grave. Also, it is important to note that when Christ died, His physical body did not decay because He had a sinless incorruptible body with no Adamic ancestry, unlike our human sinful corruptible bodies, with Adamic ancestry, which came from the dust and will go back to the dust.
After three days and three nights in the grave, the Son of God Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, was resurrected from the dead when His body received back His Spirit from His Father. This is when Christ’s fleshly dead mortal body was transformed into a living immortal, but still fleshly body. After being forty days on earth, Jesus Christ then ascended from the Mount of Olives to heaven, to return to His Father. This is when Christ transformed back into His immortal glorified Spirit body, the very same immortal Spirit body in which He was born in the beginning before all creation, but now with the added richness and experience of His unique Humanity.
So, Jesus Christ willingly endured a cycle of transformation of His immortal Spirit body in order to become our Saviour. Firstly, His immortal Spirit body was transformed into a fleshly mortal body in the womb of the Virgin Mary, approximately two thousand years ago. Secondly, on the cross, His fleshly mortal body died when Jesus committed His Spirit to His Father God and Jesus’s Spirit left His body. Thirdly, His fleshly mortal dead body lying in the grave was transformed, revived and resurrected to immortal fleshly life when Jesus’s body received back His Spirit from Father God after three days and nights in the grave. Fourthly, and finally, after forty days on earth, Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives, when His fleshly immortal body was transformed back to His original immortal glorified Spirit body, described in Revelation 1:13-18; the same immortal Spirit glorified body in which He was born in the beginning before all creation, but now with the added richness and experience of His unique Humanity.
The only begotten Son of God Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, currently sits on His heavenly throne at His Father’s, Yahweh Elohim’s, right hand. This is the Christ who will soon return in all His glory to establish the Millennial Kingdom of God on earth, and ultimately, the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth. However, there are some significant prophesied events which will take place before both of these phases of the Kingdom of God are established on earth. We give details of these events in Chapters 10, 11, 12,13 and 14.
God’s Plan for All, which is the Reconciliation and Universal Salvation of All, is being carried out through God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ
When Father God (Yahweh Elohim) begot His Son Jesus Christ (Yeshua Elohim), in the beginning before anything was created, before the creation of the heavens and the earth, Father God decided to carry out His Plan for All, for the Universal Salvation of All, through His only begotten Son, and do all things through and by Him until the creation of the Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
This is a profound truth, about which Traditional Christianity has absolutely no understanding. It is the main reason why it developed the unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity, which effectively makes God the Father and God the Son out to be one and the same Person of God, thus confusing the Person of Father God with the Son of God.
To clearly appreciate this profound truth, we need to understand the following three truths:
- Father God creates everything through His Son
- Father God visibly relates and speaks to men through His Son
- Father God saves the world through His Son
Let us now refer to the relevant scriptures proving each of the above three truths.
- Father God creates everything through His Son
John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16 and other scriptures confirm the truth that Father God created absolutely all things, living and non-living, through His Son Jesus Christ.
John 1:3 (KJV)
All things were made by him (Jesus); and without him was not anything made that was made.
For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
It is clear that the only begotten Son of God Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, was born with all of the creative powers He inherited from His Father God, Yahweh Elohim, and therefore, it was through the Son that Father God decided to create absolutely everything, all living and all non-living things, as confirmed by these scriptures above.
- Father God visibly relates and speaks to men through His Son
Both Members of the one God Family of Father and Son have been relating to men since the creation of Adam of Eve, and they will continue relating to men forever. However, it is important to understand that until the creation of the New Heaven and New Earth, Father God relates to men, not directly but indirectly, through His only begotten Son. This has been true in the Old Testament times and it is true now during the New Testament times. Let us now look at the relevant scriptures which clearly confirm this truth.
No one has seen God (God the Father) at any time; the only begotten Son (God the Son), who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God (God the Father), the firstborn over all creation.
1 Timothy 6:16
Who (God the Father) alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
When Philip asked, ‘Lord, show us the Father’, Jesus replied:
He who has seen Me has seen the Father
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
These scriptures clearly confirm the biblical truth that no man has seen or can see Father God because He has remained invisible, and that no one can come to Father God except through God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who is the express image of His invisible Father God. It is impossible for men, not only to see Father God but also, to have direct access to Father God, Yahweh Elohim, without first going through His only begotten Son, Yeshua Elohim.
And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.
This is yet one more clear scripture confirming the profound truth that at the time when Jesus spoke these words, no man, absolutely no man, had heard Father God´s voice at any time, nor seen His form. But, didn´t Father God Himself first speak directly to men from heaven at the time of Jesus´s baptism? No, He did not. One thing we can be sure about is that the Bible is the Word of God and it does not and cannot contradict itself. So, let us examine the relevant scripture in detail.
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Notice that at the time of Jesus’s baptism the heavens were opened only to Him, and only He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him, and only He heard the Father’s voice coming from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased´.
When Jesus said in John 5:37, quoted previously, ‘And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me’, He was referring back to this time when the Father personally testified to Jesus Christ Himself at His baptism. Jesus had to endure many tests and trials, from both men and Satan during His earthly ministry as the Son of Man, and ultimately, he had to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world, thus fulfilling His Father’s mission for sending Him into the world. So, it would have been a great encouragement for Jesus to receive a personal, visual and audible witness from His Father God at His baptism, at the start of His three and a half-year earthly ministry, confirming that He was indeed His Father’s beloved Son in whom His Father was well pleased. Of course, Father God’s words, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ are also directed to the whole world through the written scriptures.
There are only two unique occasions mentioned in the whole of the Bible when Father God spoke directly to men from heaven, once at the time of Jesus’s transfiguration and another time, just before His crucifixion. However, these occurred after the time when Jesus said the words, ‘You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form’ as given in John 5:37, quoted previously.
Since Adam and Eve, and including them, up until the time of Jesus´s transfiguration, no man had ever heard the voice of Father God directly. However, at Jesus´s transfiguration the three disciples, Peter, James and John, were the very first human beings to ever hear the voice of Father God directly, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him’, as given in Matthew 17:1-6.
It was the very same message which Father God had given at the time of Jesus’s baptism, but with the added words, ‘Hear Him’. It was important for Father God to confirm not only to Peter, James and John, but also to the whole world through Scripture, that Jesus is indeed His beloved Son and that His Son is more important than Moses or Elijah, who also appeared in the vision with Jesus at His transfiguration. Jesus and His words are more important than all of the law and the prophets represented by Moses and Elijah.
The second unique occasion when Father God spoke directly to men was at the time of Jesus’s crucifixion.
28 Father, glory Your name. Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.’
The crucifixion of the Son of God was, and is, the most important and central event in God’s Plan for All for the Universal Salvation of the whole world. So, it was for the sake of the whole world that Father God spoke directly to the world from heaven, at the time of Jesus’s crucifixion. Apart from these two unique occasions, no man has heard Father God’s voice, and of course, no man has ever seen His form, except the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
The Bible does say that one day all men will see Father God face-to-face, but it will only be at the creation of the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth. This is when our invisible Father God, Yahweh Elohim, will come down from His current dwelling place in heaven to dwell with all men on this earth after it has been refined and cleansed during the Great White Throne Judgement Age to become the New Heaven and the New Earth (Revelation 21:1-4 and 22:4). This will happen only after all things on earth and in heaven have been reconciled, without a single exception, to Father God through Christ’s finished work on the cross for the salvation of the whole world (Colossians 1:15-20).
The important and profound truth of the Bible that we all need to understand is that Father God, Yahweh Elohim, spoke to and visibly related to men only through His only begotten Son, Yeshua Elohim, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, throughout the Old Testament. People like Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and the prophets of Israel did not have any direct access to Father God; however, they did have indirect access to Father God through God the Son who represented His invisible Father God and was His Spokesperson.
The phrases ‘the Word of God’ and ‘the Word of the Lord’ mentioned about 300 times in the Bible, refer to the pre-incarnate Son of God, God the Son, who is indeed the Word of God (John 1:1, Revelation 19:13), and it was He who inspired the Scriptures, which are the written Word of God. This means that Jesus was, and is, His Father God’s Spokesperson. Jesus represents His Father God and He speaks on behalf of His invisible Father.
When the Bible says in Genesis 2:18, “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”, it was God the Son who said these words on behalf of His Father God, Yahweh Elohim.
The expression, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel”, used by the prophets of Israel, occurs many times in the Old Testament Scripture, as in Isaiah 37:21 below:
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria,”
However, it should be clearly understood that Father God, the LORD God of Israel, did not relate directly to the prophets of Israel, but indirectly through His only begotten Son. It was always God the Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, Father’s Spokesperson, who was actually doing the speaking and relating to the prophets of Israel on behalf of His invisible Father God.
1 Samuel 3:21
Then the Lord (Yahweh – meaning Father God) appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
Notice that the Bible clearly confirms that Father God, Yahweh, appeared to Samuel and related with him indirectly by and through the ´Word of the Lord´ referring to Father God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
When the Bible in Genesis 18 says that one day God visited Abraham and Sarah in Person when they provided food for Him, and talked and reasoned with Him, it was God the Son and not God the Father.
Again, in Genesis 32:24-30 when Jacob wrestled with God, and saw Him face-to-face, it was God the Son and not God the Father.
Exodus 3:2-6 says that God appeared to Moses in a flame of fire from the midst of a burning bush, and again, it was God the Son and not God the Father.
Apostle Paul was inspired to write that it was indeed the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who visibly related to Moses and the children of Israel during the Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land: ‘For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ’ (1 Corinthians 10:4).
Throughout the Old Testament, Father God always related and spoke to the Children of Israel through His only begotten Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ. But Father God did not choose to reveal this truth to the vast majority of the Israelites. Therefore, the Jews in the New Testament days could not accept Jesus’s claim that He was the Son of God and that He existed before Abraham was born.
Now, let us see what John 8:58 actually says.
John 8:58 (NIV)
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am (eimi)!”
Please note that Jesus is not saying that His name is ‘I AM’, and Jesus is not saying that He is the same I AM as His Father God. In this verse, Jesus is simply confirming that He existed before Abraham existed. This is the meaning of the Greek word eimi translated ‘am’, which is confirmed by Strong’s Concordance number G1510.
John 8:58 does not prove the doctrine of the Trinity. This verse simply proves that Jesus existed before Abraham existed.
God’s only Begotten Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ Himself has also related to men directly and visibly as ‘Melchizedek, King of Righteousness’ ‘the Angel of the LORD’, and specifically as ‘Michael the archangel’. Let us now look at the relevant scriptures proving these truths.
Melchizedek, King of Righteousness
Melchizedek is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 14:18-20, when He met Abraham as the ‘King of Salem’ and as ‘the priest of God Most High’ and blessed him with the gift of bread and wine. This was when Abraham was returning after defeating his nephew Lot’s capturers. Melchizedek is again mentioned in the Bible, in Psalm 110 and in Hebrews chapters 5, 6 and 7. There can be no doubt that Melchizedek was none other than the pre-incarnate only begotten Son of God, Yeshua Elohim, Jesus Christ, when we consider the reasons given below:
- In Hebrews 7:2, Melchizedek is referred to as the ‘King of Righteousness’ and the ‘King of Peace’. These titles can only be attributed to God the Son and they cannot be attributed to any man because the Bible says that no man is righteous, no, not one, and that the way of peace ‘they have not known’ (Romans 3:10, 17). However, Jesus Christ is indeed the King of Righteousness and He is our Peace (Ephesians 2:14).
- Hebrews 7:3, speaks of Melchizedek, “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” Again, this description can only be referring to God the Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ and it cannot be referring to any man. The pre-incarnate Jesus Christ did not have any human genealogy as He was and is His Father God’s only begotten Son, and He alone ‘remains a priest continually’ as Scripture clearly says that Jesus is ‘the High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek’ (Hebrews 6:20, Psalm 110:4).
- Also, it is very significant that Melchizedek offered the gift of bread and wine to Abraham (Genesis 14:18). Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35) and wine represents His shed blood on the cross for the salvation of the whole world, thus proving once again that Melchizedek was none other than the pre-incarnate only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.
The Angel of the LORD (the Angel of Yahweh)
‘The Angel of the LORD’ occurs many times in the Old Testament Hebrew Scripture. When we examine these references, we come to the clear conclusion that ‘the Angel of the LORD’ was none other than the pre-incarnate only begotten Son of God, Yeshua Elohim, Jesus Christ.
- The first mention of ‘the Angel of the LORD’ is found in Genesis 16 when He appeared to Hagar and promised her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude” (Genesis 16:10). Only God can make such a promise, thus proving that ‘the Angel of the LORD’ was indeed God the Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, speaking on behalf of His invisible Father God.
- ‘The Angel of the LORD’ blesses Abraham and makes a promise to him, “Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies (Genesis 22:15-17). Again, only God can make such a promise, thus confirming the fact that the Angel of the LORD was none other than God’s only begotten Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, representing His invisible Father God, Yahweh Elohim.
- ‘The Angel of the LORD’ appeared to Moses in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush, and said to him, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God” (Exodus 3:2, 6). This scripture specifically and categorically confirms that ‘the Angel of the LORD´ was indeed God’s only begotten Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, representing His invisible Father God, Yahweh Elohim the LORD God.
It is extremely important to understand that the title, ‘the Angel of the LORD’ does not mean that Jesus was a created angel, as erroneously believed by groups such as Jehovah Witnesses. Jesus, the Son of God was begotten not created, and He is the one who created absolutely all things, living and non-living things including all created angels (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16). Therefore, Jesus is not and cannot be a created angel. The title, ‘the Angel of the LORD’ simply means the Messenger of the LORD. Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, is and was indeed the Messenger of His Father God and He represented His invisible Father God and was His Spokesperson, the Word of God, throughout the Old Testament times.
Let us now also understand that the Bible specifically refers to Jesus as ‘Michael, the Archangel’.
Michael, the Archangel
Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Michael is the one and only archangel mentioned in the whole of the Bible and the name ‘Michael the archangel’ occurs only once, in this verse, Jude 9. However, Michael by itself, referring to Michael the archangel, occurs four additional times, in Daniel 10:13, 21, Daniel 12:1, and Revelation 12:7.
The name ‘Michael the archangel’ itself suggests that it is simply another name of Jesus Christ. ‘Michael’ means ‘Who is like God’ and ‘the archangel’ means ‘the chief messenger’. Jesus Christ is His Father God’s chief Messenger and He is indeed like His Father God.
“At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.
This prophecy, described by Daniel, will be fulfilled at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Notice that ‘a time of trouble’ described in this verse is ‘the Great Tribulation’ referred to by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:21, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be”. This is when He (Michael the archangel), the great Prince, descends ‘with the voice of an archangel’ at the beginning of the period described by Jesus as ‘the Great Tribulation’.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Jesus descends with the voice of an archangel, which will be at His Second Coming, thus categorically proving the fact that ‘Michael the archangel’ is simply another name of Jesus Christ.
‘Michael the archangel’ in the Bible is depicted as the Warrior Angel; He resists, fights and overcomes Satan and his fallen demonic angels.
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
This war which broke out in heaven, occurred during the Pre-Adamic age when Lucifer who became Satan rebelled against God and together with a third of the angels, rose up from earth to try to usurp God’s throne in heaven. It was Jesus Christ Himself, Michael the Archangel, who led the fight with His holy angels against Satan and his fallen demonic angels, and completely defeated them and cast them back down to earth. In Chapter 24, ‘The Biblical Truth of the Pre-Adamic Age’, we describe this amazing and very significant historic event in great detail, which had and continues to have far reaching consequences throughout the whole world.
Again, we need to emphasise the fact that just as in the case of ‘the Angel of the LORD’, ‘Michael the archangel’ does not mean that Jesus was a created angel, as erroneously believed by groups such as Jehovah Witnesses. Jesus Christ was begotten, not created by His Father God, and it was through Jesus that His Father created absolutely all things, living and non-living things, including all created angels. Therefore, Jesus cannot be a created angel. The names ‘the Angel of the LORD’ and ‘Michael the archangel’ are simply other titles of Jesus Christ, amongst many given in the Bible.
Let us now go on to consider the third truth.
- Father God saves the world through His Son
The most important thing that Father God does through His only begotten Son Jesus is to save the world; not a small part of the world, but the whole world. Yes indeed, God’s only begotten Son is the Saviour of the whole world. This is the really Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice, not only for the sins of believers, but also, for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). The sins of the whole world include the sins of all unbelievers and all fallen angels, as the key scripture Colossians 1:15-20 clearly says. A detailed commentary on this scripture is given in Chapter 4, Universal Reconciliation Scriptures – The Riches of Christ.
All of God’s creation, without exception, will be reconciled through the blood of the cross. This is the only way by which the full purpose of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will ultimately be completely fulfilled, in God’s time and in His order. Anything less than the full reconciliation of all things would be tantamount to defeat and failure of what Jesus Christ accomplished through His sacrifice on the cross.
In conclusion, it is worth repeating what we said in the introduction of this most important chapter.
God is a Family, not a Trinity. God is the Family of God the Father and God the Son. The most important and central truth of the Bible is that there is only one true God, who is Father God, and there is only one true Son of God, who was begotten (birthed, not created) by His Father God before the world was created. So, the true Christianity of the Bible is absolutely founded upon believing in the one true Father God AND in the one true begotten Son of God.
1 John 2:23
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
The understanding of this truth comes by revelation and by revelation only, as Christ says:
All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
It really takes the supernatural God-given gift of faith to believe in the one true Father God and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
It is our hope and prayer that your time has come to understand and believe in this life-changing and God-exalting revelation of who the true Christ of the Bible is, and hence also true Father God.