Shalom Aleichem BPN and "The Breakfast Club." There has been a very sharp attack centered on using Tanakh/Old Testament quotes found in the Renewed Covenant/New Testament that are applied to both Yahuweh and Yahushua to prove the two are one and the same. It is important to fully understand these verses correctly.
The first is found in Rom.14:10,11. It reads, "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord [Alaha/haElohim], every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God [Alaha/haElohim]" (KJV). Paul was quoting Is.45:23 in which the speaker is Yahuweh. So when verse 23 says, "That unto me," "me" refers to Yahuweh. Every knee will bow and every tongue will swear to Yahuweh. Therefore, in Rom.14:11, "Lord" must mean Yahuweh, as does "me" and "God". There is no mention of haMessiah Yahushua [haMashiyakh] in this verse; not even in verse 10. Concerning the phrase "judgment seat of Christ," the Jamieson, Faussett, Brown Commentary says, "All the most ancient and best MSS. read here, "judgment seat of Alaha/haElohim."
Paul does, however, apply portions of Isa.45:23 to Yahushua in Ph.2:10,11. That does not mean he is also applying the Name "Yahuweh" to him as well. Jn.5:23 helps us to understand this. If you don't honor the Son, by extension, you don't honor the Ab/Father. And Jn.15:23; if you hate the Son, by extension, you hate the Ab/Father. If you bow your knees to the Son, by extension, you bow your knees to the Ab/Father. Notice that what is sworn in Isa.45:23,24 is not what is sworn in Ph.2:11. (every tongue shall confess or swear that Yahushua is "Master" [kurios]). That same word (kurios) was applied to men in several other verses such as Jn.12:21. It is only a reference to Yahuweh when it is a direct quote of an Tanakh/Old Testament verse containing the Tetragrammaton which Is.45:23 does not.
The next reference is 1 Pe.2:8, "And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed." Peter is here applying Is.8:14 to haMessiah. It is to be understood in the sense that, since Yahushua is Yahuweh's representative or agent, whatever Yahushua does is credited to Yahuweh or is as though Yahuweh did it. Isaiah says Yahuweh will be a stumbling stone. Yahuweh then causes Yisrael to stumble over Yahushua which makes them both stumbling stones. "The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is Yahuweh's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes" (Ps.118:22,23).
Consider Ex.7:17 when understanding this verse.
"Thus saith Yahuweh, In this thou shalt know that I am Yahuweh: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river. And Yahuweh spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Kemet/Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Kemet/Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. And Moses and Aaron did so, as Yahuweh commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood."
Yahuweh says He Himself will smite the waters with the rod in His own hand. Yet, it was Aaron that held the rod (Ex.7:19,20). Are we to believe that Aaron is also Yahuweh? Neither should we believe that Yahushua is Yahuweh in this verse.
Consider Zech 14:4 in this light as well.
"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Yahrushalayim on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south."
Most people believe "his feet" refers to Yahuweh's feet. Yet, they realize that it is Yahushua who is returning to set up the Kingdom on earth. So they jump to the erroneous conclusion that Yahushua is Yahuweh. As haMessiah's feet land on the Mount of Olives, Yahuweh the Ab/Father will cause it to cleave in two. Yet, as Yahuweh's representative, Yahushua's feet are spoken of as Yahuweh's feet just as Aaron's hand is spoken of as Yahuweh's hand.
Yahushua is not the only one "coming" on judgment day. Yahuweh will come as well, but not in the physical sense that Yahushua will.
Isa 40:10 - "Behold, the Sovereign Yahuweh will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him."
The phrase "his arm" is a reference to haMessiah (Jn 12:38), but "the Sovereign Yahuweh" is a reference to the Ab/Father.
Isa 66:15 - "For, behold, Yahuweh will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire."
This is the language of 2 Peter 3:10-13 when it talks about "the Day of Yahuweh." Yahuweh the Ab/Father will come bringing judgment upon the world. He will do so through His Son Yahushua and the followers of Yahuweh which will be riding on the "chariots" of Yahuweh the Ab/Father. "All the People of Yahuweh" of Zech 14:5 would include Yahushua.
Ex.7:17 is also the key to understanding Zec.11:13 which reads, "And Yahuweh said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of Yahuweh." Since Yahushua was priced at 30 pieces of silver, and since Yahuweh here says, "I was prised at of them," some conclude that Yahushua is also called Yahuweh. Using that same logic, who cast the silver down? Mt.27:5 says of Judas, "And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple..." Are we to believe that Judas is also called Yahuweh?
The next attack on Scripture comes in 1 Pe.3:14,15, "But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" (KJV) Several commentaries and Greek manuscripts read "Christ" instead of "Alaha/haElohim" in these verses. They imply it should read, "But sanctify [Yahuweh] who is Christ." According to the Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures, there are 6 Mss. that have "Christos" or "haMessiah" in the text and 8 MSS. that do not. Since the Hebrew Text clearly says, "Yahuweh of hosts" (Is.8:13), the Greek would say either theos or kurios, not Christos. The Greek text was obviously tampered with by those who tried to prove that Yahushua was the Yahuweh of the Tanakh/Old Testament.
The last attack comes in 1 Pe.2:3,4, "If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [Alaha/haElohim] is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God [Alaha/haElohim], and precious," (KJV). In verse 3, Peter is quoting Ps.34:8 which is speaking about Yahuweh. Some people would have us believe that Peter is applying the Tetragrammaton, YHWH, to the haMessiah in verse 4. The words "as unto" in the KJV, however, are added words not found in the Greek that change Peter's meaning. Delete these words and the Greek text reads, "To whom coming toward" or "To whom drawing near, as living stone..." In other words, the living stone (Yahushua) was drawing near or coming toward Yahuweh as will all living stones in the future (vs.5). The "whom" in verse 4 refers to the "Lord" YHWH of verse 3; "To [Yahuweh] coming, a living stone."
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