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Wednesday, July 4 2012
Who Is The LORD?
In order to correctly understand the terms "the LORD's Day" and "the Day of the LORD," one must first understand the actual identity of the LORD. It is a vital first step, by means of which the one and only true "LORD's Day" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) can then be distinguished, from which in turn the prophetic basis of "the Day Of The LORD" (see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God) can then be known.
"LORD" is an English rendition of the Sacred Four Letters (the "tetragrammaton"), shown in the illustration, that in Hebrew spell YHVH (or later, YHWH - the difference due to making, or using, a consonant into a semi-vowel) - from which all sorts of translation guesses (only the four consonants were given, no vowels) have been applied, by translators adding their own choices of vowels, which resulted in presumptions (men declared their choices/preferences to be sacred), ranging from "Jehovah" (notice the "v") to "Yahweh" (notice the "w").
The identity of the "LORD" is however much easier and certain. First, consider the use of the word "us" and "our" ("Let us make man in our image, after our likeness") in this famous verse:
"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV)
While some have suggested that the "us" was God speaking to angels, humans were not created in the image and likeness of angels; humans were created in the image and likeness of God, as is plainly stated. So Who were the "us" and "our"? The answer:
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?]. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV)
The "Word was with God, and the Word was God." It was "the Word of God" Who did the actual work of Creation (keep that work word in mind). Who then was "the Word" of God?
"1:14 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." (John 1:14 KJV)
The "Word of God" was born as Jesus Christ. What does the Word of God say about no man having ever seen the Father?
"1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18 KJV)
The Messiah, just before His Crucifixion, in His prayer to God the Father, stated plainly that He was, as the other verses state, "with thee before the world was." The Messiah also identified Himself as the LORD God who did the work of Creation, as sent by the Father i.e. "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."
"17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 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." (John 17:1-5 KJV)
The Messiah came, not only to reveal Himself, but to reveal the Father.
"17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me." (John 17:6-8 KJV)
No human has ever seen God the Father, but many people saw "the LORD God" - from Adam and Eve, Abraham, and many others before and after the Exodus. From all that we've read so far, we now know that they saw Jesus Christ.
"24:9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu [see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood], and seventy of the elders of Israel [see What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?]: 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. 24:11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink." (Exodus 24:9-11 KJV)
Jesus Christ was "the LORD God" of the Exodus ("that Rock was Christ"), Who gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ [see The Church In The Wilderness].
When the Messiah tried to tell the religious leaders of Judah that He was "the LORD God" of the Holy Scriptures, they tried to kill Him.
"8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad [see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham? and A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions].
If they had not been so full of themselves (see Who Was Their Messiah?) and of the religion that they had created in their own image (see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?), they would have understood Who it was that they were rejecting (many of them did, later, awaken to that reality; see The Passed Over Pharisees and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Notice also "our Lord Jesus Christ" - a statement of identity that millions of people read but miss the point of - that Jesus Christ was and is "the LORD."
"1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel [see The True Gospel Of Christ and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God]; 1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit [see The Manner Of Fruit], as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
Fact Finder: What does the "Old Testament" (most of the Messianic prophecies of which have yet to happen) tell us about Jesus Christ, and what did Jesus Christ tell us about the "Old Testament"?
This Day In History, July 4
414: Emperor Theodosius II, at age 13, yielded power to his older sister, Aelia Pulcheria, who then reigned as regent and proclaimed herself Empress ("Augusta") of the Eastern Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
1064: Chinese and Arabian astronomers recorded what they called a bright new "guest star" in the constellation of Taurus. The results of that supernova ("a star that explodes and becomes extremely luminous in the process") can be seen today as the Crab Nebula.
1187: Saladin's Muslim forces defeated Church of Rome "Crusader" forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) at Battle of the Horns of Hattin, overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tiberias (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee). The victory led to Saladin's capture of Jerusalem from the self-proclaimed "King of Jerusalem," Guy of Lusignan, of France.
1190: Richard I of England and Philip II of France started on the Third Crusade.
1609: French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovered (for Europeans; the native people already knew that the lake was there) what was later named Lake Champlain in New York.
1634: The city of Trois-Rivières was founded in "New France" (Quebec, Canada).
1653: "The Barebones Parliament" began; a hand-picked legislative group of 140 men convened by Oliver Cromwell following the Puritan victory in the English Civil War. The name was derived as a mockery of one of its members, "Praise-God" Barbon.
1776: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia by representatives of all 13 of the discontented colonies that had been created in the barren wilderness of "New England," beginning nearly two centuries earlier with the English settlement of Jamestown in 1607 (named after King James I; the King James Version of the Holy Bible was also named after him).
1831: Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics for America (also known as "My Country 'Tis Of Thee"). Many historians find it very strange that the music that he used for his patriotic hymn was the very same as that already long-used for England's national anthem God Save the King - hence the reason that, to this day, God Save the King/Queen and America cannot be distinguished merely from the music.
1884: The Statue of Liberty was presented to the U.S. by the people of France.
1904: Construction of the Panama Canal began.
1918: Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascended to the throne (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: Bolshevik rebel forces in Russia seized and murdered Tsar Nicholas II ("Tsar" is the Russian form of Caesar, as is the German Kaiser) and his family. The revolution began 70 years of communism in Russia.
1946: After nearly 4 centuries of foreign rule by one colonial nation after another, the Philippines achieved full independence from the U.S.
1947: The British Parliament introduced the "Indian Independence Bill" to divide British India into two sovereign countries - India and Pakistan.
1987: In France, Hitler-era Gestapo (in German, "Gestapo" was an abbreviation for "State Police") chief Klaus Barbie (known as the "Butcher of Lyon") was convicted of crimes against humanity and was sentenced to life imprisonment (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1995: A Canadian Navy submarine recovered the bell of the iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, that sank on November 10 1975 in Lake Superior with the loss of 29 men. The sinking was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.