THE SEVEN FOUNDATIONAL BIBLICAL TRUTHS
There are seven foundational biblical truths which are:
1. The truth of God
2. The truth of the Son of God
3. The truth of God’s Creation
4. The truth of Sin and God’s Judgement
5. The truth of Israel, God’s chosen nation
6. The truth of the Church, God’s chosen people
7. The truth of the Kingdom of God
Let us now consider each of these truths in turn.
1. THE TRUTH OF GOD
There is only one true God who is Father God. He is the Father of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and the source of all creation; all living and non-living things. There is no other God like Him (Isaiah 43:10). Father God is Spirit, Eternal, 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.
The terms, ‘the Spirit of God’ and ‘the Holy Spirit’, which occur approximately 120 times in the Bible, refer to the spiritual presence and power of God or to Father God Himself who is Holy and Spirit. The Bible speaks about one true God who has a Son and it never speaks about one triune God consisting of three co-equal Gods of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as taught in the false doctrine of the Trinity. Several times, the Bible says that the Son sits at His Father’s right hand, but nowhere does it say that the Holy Spirit sits next to the Father or the Son because there is no third Person of God in heaven or on earth.
Father God is Spirit, but He is also a Person. It is important to understand that Father God is an actual Person seated on His throne in heaven. He is not a formless, ethereal, impersonal spirit. God has created us in His own image; we are persons and God is also a Person. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible encourages us to have a personal relationship with our heavenly Father, 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 YHVH, also spelt as YHWH. YHVH is referred to by the term Tetragrammaton because it does not contain any vowels and nobody knows its exact pronunciation. However, since Yahveh and Jehovah are the two most commonly accepted pronunciations of YHVH, we are happy to refer to Father God as Yahveh or Jehovah.
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 YHVH. On the contrary, the Bible often encourages us to use the personal name of Father God.
The personal name of Father God, Yahveh or Jehovah, 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 Yahveh or Jehovah.
Isaiah 42:8 (YLT)
I am Jehovah (Yahveh), this is My name, And Mine honour to another I give not, Nor My praise to graven 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).
Of course, there are other names of Father God mentioned in the Bible, but most of these names are descriptive for Yahveh or Jehovah such as Jehovah-Shalom (Judges 6:24), or they are titles of God such as Adonai, meaning the Lord (Genesis 15:2).
The name God is the God family name
God is a family of Father and Son, and just like in a human family, Father God and the Son of God have their own family name. It is 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 altogether they occur approximately 4000 times in the Bible. Most of these times, God refers to Father God, Yahveh 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 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 in Genesis 1:1, is a family name representing either or both members of the one God family of Father and Son.
The only true God
Deuteronomy 6:4 (NKJV)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God (Elohim) is one LORD.
This verse is more accurately translated in Young’s Literal Translation with the personal name of Father God, which is Yahveh or Jehovah.
Deuteronomy 6:4 (YLT)
Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God (Elohim) is one Jehovah.
This is a key scripture recited by Jews in their Shema prayer to confirm their belief in the one true God. Yes indeed, there is only one true God who is Father God whose name is Yahveh (Jehovah) Elohim; Yahveh being His personal name and Elohim being His family name. Jesus Christ Himself says that His Father is the only true God.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Jesus Christ says that our eternal life depends upon us knowing and believing the truth that His Father in heaven is the one and only true God and that it was His Father who sent Him (Jesus Christ) into the world. The Bible confirms this same truth again in 1 John 5:20.
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him (Father God) who is true; and we are in Him (Father God) who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This (Father God) is the true God and eternal life.
When Jesus Christ says that His Father God is the only true God, of course, it does not mean that He, Jesus, therefore is a false God. What Jesus means is that there is no other God greater than His Father God and everything including Jesus Christ Himself originated from Father God, who is the only true God with no origin.
However, there is a huge difference between the Son of God and everything else that has originated from Father God. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the only begotten Son of His Father meaning that Father God Himself birthed His Son, whilst everything else in the whole universe has been created by Father God through His Son Jesus.
2. THE TRUTH OF THE SON OF GOD
The most powerful, central and glorious truth of the whole of the Bible is the truth that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God, His only begotten Son. Please take time to read and prayerfully study this life changing, God exalting truth. Your very salvation depends upon understanding and believing in the true Son of God.
It is a shocking fact that the whole world of Christianity, as we know it today, denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. All Christian denominations say they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but in reality what the Bible means and what they mean are two absolutely different things.
Let us now clearly understand what the Bible means when it says that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
The only begotten Son of God
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten 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.
So, let us now clearly understand from the Bible that there is no other Jesus Christ than the Jesus Christ who is the only begotten Son of God.
1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten (monogenēs) Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
Yes indeed, Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. It would have been impossible for Father God 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 Greek word for ‘only begotten’ is monogenēs. Let us now fully understand the huge significance of this Holy Spirit inspired Greek word.
Monogenēs is a compound word consisting of mono meaning only, and gennesis, meaning birth. 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 born into that family.
Four times monogenēs is used to emphasise the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God (John 1:14, John 3:16, 18 and 1 John 4:9). Father and Son make a family, not a Trinity. 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 (Yahveh Elohim) gave birth to God the Son (Yeshua Elohim). Only the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translates John 1:18 correctly in accordance with the Greek Manuscripts, as we explain in detail later in this chapter.
Some modern English translations of the New Testament like the NIV, 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 one and only true God actually gave birth to His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Here, we are talking about the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ and not His Human virgin birth. God the Father, who is Spirit, begot (birthed) God the Son, who is also Spirit. Spirit begot Spirit. The Spirit birth of Jesus happened in the beginning, before the foundation of the world, before God created the universe and everything in it through His Son.
How could Father God, who has no wife, beget a Son who is also clearly referred to as God in the Bible? How could God beget God? The truth of the Bible that Father God actually birthed His Son is a great stumbling block for most people to accept the Word of God at face value. We shall soon explain this life changing 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 Abraham’s body before Isaac could be born, the Spirit Seed of Jesus was in Father God’s body before Jesus could be born. Of course, the significant and glorious difference between these two births is that Isaac was born a human son, whilst Jesus was born a Spirit Son.
A magnificent event occurred when Father God begot His Son, and this was before God created anything. Father God is Spirit, not a man; therefore, He did not need a wife to beget (birth) His Son. God the Father, who is Spirit, begot God the 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.
In Galatians 3:16 and 19, the Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the Seed. The only way that Father God could have begotten His Son was by Father God having always, eternally, carried the Seed of His Son in His very own Body, right up until giving birth to His Spirit Son Jesus Christ.
Yes, Jesus Christ as the Son of God had a beginning when God the Father begot God the Son. This was the beginning of all beginnings. It is very important to understand that although Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God had a beginning, He is still eternal just like His Father God is eternal. This is because Jesus originated from His Father God, and prior to His birth, eternally existed as the Seed inside the body of His eternal Father God.
Jesus Christ is similar to His Father God in several respects. Just like His Father, Jesus Christ is Spirit, uncreated, eternal, 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 (Acts 3:13, John 14:28).
We need to clearly understand that Jesus Christ had two separate births: a Spirit birth and a Human birth. It is vital for our salvation to understand and believe that Jesus Christ was born a Spirit before the world was created, before He was born a Human through His virgin birth, approximately two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, the only begotten Son of God, by and through His Spirit birth, and not through His Human virgin birth.
The Spirit birth of Jesus Christ before the world existed
The Bible clearly confirms that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born of His Father before the world existed, which was of course, long before His Human virgin birth.
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.
Though 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 an amazingly clear scripture proving the truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ was birthed by His Father God 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 with His Father before the world existed.
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
This is one more scripture that confirms the truth that Jesus Christ existed as His Father’s Son before the world existed. It also confirms that there were two Persons of God, God the Father and God the Son, living together in glory before the world existed.
Jesus Christ received back His glory when He ascended into heaven after His death and resurrection. He now sits at His Father’s right hand in His glorified immortal body; the very same glorified immortal Spirit body that He had before the world existed, but with the added richness of the experience of His humanity, as the Son of Man.
John 1:18 (NASB)
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten 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. Yes, God begot God. Jesus Christ is Spirit like His Father because He originated from His Father God (John 8:42). Spirit God the Father, Yahveh Elohim, birthed Spirit God the Son, Yeshua Elohim, in past eternity before the world existed, before the creation of the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 2:7 and Hebrews 1:5 say ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You’ confirming again that Jesus Christ was born of His Father God.
‘Today’ refers to the magnificent moment when Father God gave birth to His Son, and as we have already proved from Scripture this glorious event was in the beginning before the world existed.
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," 3 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.
In this scripture, Melchizedek is referred to as ‘priest of the Most High God’, ‘king of righteousness’, ‘king of peace’ and ‘the Son of God’. These titles can only apply to Jesus Christ. So, clearly Melchizedek who met Abraham was none other than the pre-existent only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Please understand that when Hebrews 7:3 above says, ‘without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life’, it is confirming the truth of the Bible that the pre-existent Son of God, Jesus Christ, had no human genealogy. He had no earthly human father or mother, and therefore, He had no human beginning or ending. However, we have seen from Scripture that the Son of God, who is Spirit, had a beginning when He was begotten of His Spirit Father God before the world existed.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him 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.
Jesus is ‘the firstborn over all creation’ meaning that He was the very first Person born before God created anything. Father God gave His Son Jesus authority over all creation. In fact, as we read in the scripture above, it was through Jesus that Father God created all things.
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, a magnificent moment, 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 God Elohim family of Father and Son. However, God the Son Jesus (Yeshua) is not a co-equal God to His Father (Yahveh). They are two separate Persons of Father and Son, and the Father is always greater than the Son (John 14:28).
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 Jesus Christ who was actively present throughout the Old Testament.
1 Corinthians 10:1-4
1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
Yes indeed, the Spiritual Rock that followed the children of Israel out of Egypt was none other than Jesus Christ Himself. This is another clear scripture confirming the truth that Jesus Christ, pre-existed as the only begotten Spirit Son of God before His Human virgin birth. It was indeed the pre-existing Son of God who came down from heaven to earth and became flesh to do His Fathers will, approximately two thousand years ago.
38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
The Son of God, Jesus Christ, came down from heaven to do His Father’s will. God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to save the world (John 3:16, 18, 1 John 4:9, 14). Jesus Christ willingly emptied Himself of His glory and temporarily gave up His immortality, which He shared with His Father God, when He came down from heaven to enter the womb of the Virgin Mary as the Seed to become flesh. This was in order to be born Human, as the Son of Man, to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world (Philippians 2:6-8, 1 John 2:2). He knew that His death on the cross was at the centre of God’s wonderful plan to reconcile and save the whole world (Colossians 1:19-20).
Scripture is abundantly clear that Jesus Christ had two separate births: a Spirit birth and a Human birth. Jesus Christ’s Spirit birth happened before anything was created, before the world was, whilst His human virgin birth happened approximately only two thousand years ago.
Why is this central truth of the Son of God rejected by the whole world of Christianity as we know it today? There are three reasons for this.
Firstly, it is inconceivable to the human mind that Father God, who is depicted as a male Person in the Bible, could possibly give birth to a son without a wife. However, this is the clear truth of the Bible which is repeated many times.
Father God is Spirit and not a man, and we are talking of the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ and not His Human virgin birth. God created human beings, both male and female, in His own image (Genesis 1:27), and He has the characteristics and attributes of both male and female. Therefore, Father God did not need a spirit wife to give birth to His Spirit Son.
Secondly, the theology of man denies that God is a Family of Father and Son and that there are in fact two Gods, a greater God and a lesser God. God the Father is always greater than God the Son (John 14:28, 1 Corinthians 11:3).
The doctrine of the Trinity, which says that there are three co-equal Gods of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and yet these three Gods still make one God, is unbiblical, confusing and illogical. The simple, clear and powerful truth of the Bible is that God is a family of Father and Son, who are two distinct, separate and unequal Gods. God the Father is the Most High God (Hebrews 7:1) and God the Son, whom Father God begot before the world existed, is the lower God.
The truth of the Bible that there are in fact two unequal Gods of Father and Son does not contradict but upholds the central truth of the Bible that there is only one true God, who is Father God (John 17:3). He is the source of absolutely everything, including His Son, and there is no other God like Father God (Isaiah 43:10).
Thirdly, no one can come to know who the true Father God is and who the true Son of God is without revelation from God (Matthew 11:27, John 6:44, John 14:6). During this age, before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, it is not Father God’s purpose to reveal the truth of who the true Son of God is and hence who the true Father God is to most of humanity, including the whole world of Christianity as we know it today.
Traditional Christianity, through its false unbiblical teaching of the Trinity, remains in darkness about the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ, which is the most central truth about who the true Son of God is. To deny the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ is in effect to deny that it was the Son of God who became flesh.
It is very easy to prove that the doctrine of the Trinity is a false unbiblical doctrine. The Trinity teaches that Jesus Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God, who is co-equal in rank and authority to His Father God. But, absolutely nowhere does the Bible mention the word Trinity, nor does it say that Jesus Christ is ‘the eternally begotten Son of God’, nor does it say that He is co-equal with His Father God in rank and authority.
Here are four scriptures which absolutely and categorically prove that Jesus Christ is always subordinate and a Servant to His Father God.
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.
Father God created all things through His Son proving the truth that Jesus Christ was obedient and a Servant to His Father from the foundation of the world.
“You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
These words are from the very mouth of Jesus Christ Himself confirming that His Father is greater than Him. The Trinitarians who argue that Jesus Christ was speaking these words from the perspective of His humanity and not His divinity are talking nonsense.
1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
It can’t be any clearer, Apostle Paul says that the head of Christ is God, Father God.
Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens
Several times, the Bible says that Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of His Father’s side in heaven, which means that the Son is subordinate to His Father and it also means that He is a separate God Person to His Father.
The doctrine of the Trinity, which states that the one God consists of three co-equal Persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is completely false and unbiblical.
Father God does absolutely everything through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
The Bible from Genesis to Revelation speaks about Father God and His only begotten Son, and never about a triune God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is very important to understand that Father God, Yahveh Elohim, is working out His plan of salvation for the whole world through His only begotten Son, Yeshua Elohim. Father God does everything, absolutely everything, through His Son Jesus Christ.
1. Father God creates everything through His Son
2. Father God makes Himself visible through His Son
3. Father God relates and speaks to men through His Son
4. Father God saves the world through His Son
Let us now refer to the relevant scriptures proving each of these four truths.
1. Father God creates everything through His Son
John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16 confirm the truth that Father God creates absolutely all things, living and non-living, through His Son Jesus Christ.
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.
2. Father God makes Himself visible through His Son
When Philip asked Jesus, ‘Lord show us the Father’, Jesus replied, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father’ (John 14:8-9). We see Father God through His Son who is the image of His Father (Colossians 1:15).
1 Timothy 6:16 says: Father God lives in an unapproachable light whom no one has seen or can see. But Jesus came to declare His invisible Father God.
John 1:18 (NASB) says: No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God (God the Son) who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
A dictionary definition of the word ‘theophany’ means ‘a visible representation of God’. The Son of God, Jesus, has always been the Theophany of His invisible Father God, both in the Old and the New Testaments.
The Bible describes several visible manifestations of God in the Old Testament.
Genesis 18 says that one day God visited Abraham and Sarah in Person when they provided food for Him, talked and reasoned with Him.
Genesis 32:24-30 says that Jacob wrestled with God, and saw Him face to face.
Exodus 3:2-6 says that God appeared to Moses in a flame of fire from the midst of a burning bush.
Since Scripture clearly says that no man has ever seen or can see Father God, then all of these visible manifestations of God described in the Old Testament are in fact those of the Pre-Incarnate Son, Jesus, Yeshua Elohim, who represented His invisible Father God, Yahveh Elohim.
It was the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who visibly walked with and talked to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, representing His invisible Father God, Yahveh God.
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 (Corinthians 10:1-4).
It will only be at the creation of the Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, when Father God comes down to this refined and cleansed earth to dwell with all men, that we will see Him face to face (Revelation 21:3, 22:4).
Let us now look at the third truth.
3. Father God relates and speaks to men through His Son
Jesus is the only way to His Father, and no one can come to the Father except through Jesus, as Jesus clearly confirms in John 14:6 below.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
This is an absolutely profound truth. Just think about it! Jesus says that no one, absolutely no one, can come to the Father except though Him. This means that it is impossible for man to have direct access to Father God without first going through His Son. This is true in both Old and New Testament times.
In the Old Testament, the full name of Father God Yahveh Elohim occurs hundreds of times, and it is translated as ‘the Lord God’ in most English versions of the Bible. Yahveh by itself occurs approximately 6500 times and Elohim by itself occurs approximately 2600 times. In almost all cases, these names refer to Father God Himself; Yahveh (the Lord) being His personal name and Elohim (God) His family name.
It is very important to understand that Father God, Yahweh Elohim, spoke to and visibly related to men only through His only begotten Son, 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 acted as His Father’s Spokesperson.
The Bible says that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1). This means that Jesus is God’s (Father God’s) Spokesperson; Jesus speaks on behalf of His Father God. The phrases ‘the Word of God’ and ‘the Word of the Lord’ are mentioned 300 times in the Old Testament. So, when the Bible uses expressions like, ‘the Word of the Lord said’ or ‘the Lord said’, or ‘God said’, it was always God the Son, the Pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, the Father’s Spokesperson, who was actually doing the speaking and relating to men on behalf of His invisible Father God.
When the Bible says in Genesis 9:17, And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” it was God the Son Jesus, the Word of God, God’s Spokesperson, who was actually saying these words on behalf of His invisible Father God, Yahveh Elohim.
When the Bible says in Exodus 20:22, Then the LORD (Yahveh) said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven," again, it was Jesus, the Word of God, God’s Spokesperson, who was actually saying these words on behalf of His invisible Father God, Yahveh Elohim.
Let us now go on to understand Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58, which have been misused to support the false doctrine of the Trinity. When Moses asked God what His name was, God replied:
And God (Elohim) said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'…"
Please understand that Father God, Elohim, was relating and speaking to Moses through His only begotten Son, Jesus. It was the Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, who was actually doing the speaking and visibly relating to Moses on behalf of His invisible Father God. So, yes indeed, Father God, the only true God said to Moses that He was the Great I AM, but He said it through His Son, Jesus.
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 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.
As far as we know, there are only three unique occasions mentioned in the Bible when Father God Himself spoke directly to men from heaven. These occasions were at the time of Jesus’s baptism, transfiguration and crucifixion when Father God confirmed to the world that Jesus was His beloved Son who brought glory to His Father’s name.
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright clourd overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
"Father, glorify Your name". Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify again."
It was important for Father God to mightily and supernaturally support and confirm the earthly ministry of His beloved Son by speaking directly to the world from heaven. Let us now go on to consider the fourth truth.
4. 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.
As we said previously, the most powerful, central and glorious truth of the whole of the Bible is the truth that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God, His only begotten Son.
Jesus is the only begotten Son of the living God by birth, not through His human virgin birth, but through His Spirit birth. Yes indeed, Father God (Yahveh Elohim) Himself birthed His Son (Yeshua Elohim) before the world existed. God the Father who is Spirit begot God the Spirit Son, who is a separate and distinct God from His Father. God the Son always remains subordinate and a Servant to His Father God in the one God Elohim family of Father and Son.
It is our hope and prayer that your time has come to understand and believe this life changing and God exalting revelation about who the true Son of God is.
3. THE TRUTH OF GOD’S CREATION
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
15 He (the Son) is the image of the invisible God (the Father), the firstborn (the Son) over all creation. 16 For by Him (the Son) 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 (the Son) and for Him.
Father God, Yahveh Elohim, is the Almighty Creator who created everything, all living and non-living things, through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim. When the God Family of Father and Son created the universe with the earth, this marked the beginning of time, the beginning of the ages.
The Bible is a book about ages, and in Chapter 5, The Seven Ages in God’s Plan for All, we show that there are seven distinct ages referred to in the Bible. All that is written from Genesis to Revelation is related to one or more of these ages. Everything that God has done, is doing and will do must be understood in the context of the ages, because God has a specific purpose for each age. It is essential to understand that God’s Grand Family Plan, which culminates in the creation of the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, is being worked out in ages by and through His Son Jesus Christ.
All of the angels sang together and shouted for joy over the creation of the earth (Job 38:4-7). Therefore, it is evident that the angels were created before the heavens and the earth. Also, it is clear that God must have created the earth in such a beautiful state for the angels to rejoice with singing and shouting for joy.
Man is the pinnacle of God’s creation. God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) for a family relationship with Him. Angels were created to be ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14). God created the plant and animal kingdoms to bless men and for men to have a caring dominion over them.
The Bible supports ‘Old Earth Creationism’, also known as ‘The Gap Theory’. This is the belief that God created the earth many millions of years ago, as opposed to ‘Young Earth Creationism’, the belief that God created the earth only approximately six thousand years ago. We reject Young Earth Creationism because we have found it to be biblically untrue, illogical, scientifically nonsensical, and furthermore it cannot be supported by earth’s geology and fossil record.
There are certain other beliefs in an Old Earth like ‘Theistic Evolution’, which tries to harmonise the false theory of Evolution into the Genesis creation account. As we reject Young Earth Creationism, we also completely reject Theistic Evolution as unbiblical.
In Chapter 24, The Biblical Truth of the Pre-Adamic Age, we give detailed answers to why Old Earth Creationism is biblical, scientifically valid and clearly supported by earth’s geology and fossil record.
4. THE TRUTH OF SIN AND GOD’S JUDGEMENT
Sin is transgression or disobedience of God’s Law and, above all, sin is unbelief in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sin first entered the world through Lucifer, who became Satan, in the Pre-Adamic Age, and then later sin entered the world of man through Adam in the Adamic Age.
The sin of Lucifer and the sin of Adam did not take God by surprise because God is all knowing and He knows the end from the beginning. In fact, it was all within God’s Plan for angels and men to sin because He created angels and men with the potential to sin, and He knew that they would sin. However, God had worked out the solution for sin from before the foundation of the world. The solution being the Saviour, His only begotten Son, who died on the cross to save and reconcile this whole world of fallen sinful men and fallen sinful angels.
Sin brings judgement, suffering, death, destruction and separation from God. God takes full and complete responsibility for the existence of sin and evil, as God is the creator of all things. Without God’s judgement, we would not understand good from evil, light from darkness and the righteousness of God from the unrighteousness of men and angels. Further details are given in Chapter 25, Understanding Evil and Suffering.
God hates sin, but He still loves the sinner. This is a true biblical statement because Jesus Christ died for the ungodly and He died for the sins of the whole world. God’s love for sinners does not suddenly stop when a sinner dies.
Here is an important truth. All of God’s judgements are corrective and redemptive, no matter how horrific they may appear from man’s limited and temporary perspective. All of God’s judgements flow out of His love because God is love and He loves the whole world. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:16, John 3:16). God’s judgements are designed to bring humility, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, which leads to righteousness, reconciliation and salvation.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God punishes an unbeliever or even Satan and his angels forever. Christians must understand that belief in eternal torture in hell is a pagan belief, which was embraced and christianised by Roman Catholicism, and incorporated through mistranslations into Scripture, in the early years of the history of Christianity.
Chapters 15-20 give complete and comprehensive answers to why the doctrine of hell is false and unbiblical.
Chapters 12 and 13, The Lake of Fire Judgement Age – Part 1 and Part 2 give a detailed explanation of God’s merciful and refining judgement of all unbelievers and all fallen angels.
5. THE TRUTH OF ISRAEL, GOD’S CHOSEN NATION
The Bible speaks about three groups of people, the nation of Israel, the Gentile nations and the Church, God’s Elect. These three groups of people are separate and distinct, and they should not be confused with each other.
It is important to understand that God has kept the Israelites a separate and distinct people from the Gentiles, racially through the descendants of Abraham from the line of Isaac and Jacob, and religiously through the Mosaic Law.
God changed the name of Jacob to Israel, and as a result, all of Jacob’s descendants took the collective nation name of Israel. The Bible also uses the name ‘Israel’ for the land of the Israelites. Scripture says again and again, hundreds of times over, that God is the God of Israel, and the Holy One of Israel. The word Israel is mentioned over 2500 times in the Bible.
We all need to grasp the tremendous importance of Israel in God’s Plan for All, and why and how God is using Israel to demonstrate His justice and His righteousness through the Seed of Abraham who is Jesus Christ Himself (Galatians 3:16).
Further details on this important subject are given in Chapters 6 and 7, God’s Purpose for Israel – Part 1 and Part 2.
6. THE TRUTH OF THE CHURCH, GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE
The Bible says that many are called but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). These few who are called and then chosen are the Church, God’s Elect, true believers, chosen from Israel and the Gentile nations for a special purpose and a special salvation. The Elect, who are also referred to as the Bride of Christ, will be resurrected as the Firstfruits at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The glorious purpose of the Firstfruits, the Bride of Christ, is to bear more fruits of the Great Harvest. The union of the Bride of Christ with Jesus Christ will bear multiple billions of spiritual children born into the Kingdom of God. These spiritual children are none other than the rest of humanity who will rise in the Second Resurrection. Ultimately, following God’s righteous judgement, all people without a single exception will enter into the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
We allocate a whole chapter, Chapter 9, The Truth of God’s Elect – The Bride of Christ, to deal with this little understood and much misunderstood subject of Election.
7. THE TRUTH OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The Bible speaks of the Kingdom of God coming in two phases, the Millennial Kingdom of God and the Eternal Kingdom of God. The first phase of the Millennial Kingdom of God starts at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is followed by the Lake of Fire Judgement Age before the establishment of the final second phase of the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, the Kingdom that starts but never ends.
Many Christians are unaware of the two phases of the Kingdom of God. Let us now prove, from Scripture, that there are indeed two phases of the Kingdom of God.
It is important to understand that when Jesus Christ talked about the Kingdom of God, He was talking about a future literal Kingdom of God, which will come into existence on this earth. He did not talk about or promote a hazy idea of an ethereal kingdom in ‘heaven’ somewhere in the universe or a kingdom set up in the hearts of men. The Bible is very clear about this and it is unfortunate that many Christians do not understand this core message of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ instructed His followers to pray for the coming of the literal Kingdom of God, to be established on this earth.
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus Christ will return to this earth immediately after the prophesied time called ‘the Great Tribulation’. The Bible says that the time of the Great Tribulation will be absolutely horrific and unprecedented. We cover this subject in Chapter 10, The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ must firstly consume and destroy all of man’s ungodly worldly kingdoms before He establishes His Millennial Kingdom on this earth.
And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
The point we must understand is that Jesus is returning to this earth and He is returning to set up God’s Kingdom on this earth, first the Millennial Kingdom and then later, the Eternal Kingdom of God.
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Notice that the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdoms of Father God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The coming Millennial Kingdom of God was so central in the mind of Jesus that He even preached about it when He appeared to His disciples during the time between His resurrection and His ascension into heaven.
to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
This is why the disciples wondered whether He would restore the Kingdom of Israel when He appeared to them during the period of forty days following His resurrection. Jesus spoke of the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel as prophesied by the prophets in the Old Testament.
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”
Notice that Jesus agreed with His disciples that He would one day restore the Kingdom of Israel. However, Jesus said that the time for the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel lay in the future at an appointed time known to the Father. It will be the time when Jesus Christ returns to this earth to establish the Millennial Kingdom.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever (aion), and of His kingdom there will be no end.
When correctly understood, this scripture is speaking about both the Millennial Kingdom of God and the Eternal Kingdom of God.
Please note that the Greek word aion in verse 33 above, which is translated as ‘forever’ here in the NKJV, is a time-related word. In this context, its strict literal meaning is an age or ages as we explain in Chapter 17. The reign of Jesus Christ over Israel (the house of Jacob), when He sits on the throne of David in the Millennial Kingdom, will not last forever. It will last for an age of one thousand years only. The Millennial Kingdom of God will be followed later on by the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth. So, as well as the Millennial Kingdom of God, the scripture above refers to the Eternal Kingdom of God when it says ‘of His Kingdom there will be no end’.
And they (the Elect, the Bride of Christ) lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Yes, there will be the Millennial Kingdom of God when the resurrected Elect, the Spirit Bride of Christ, will reign with Christ for a thousand years. They will reign over all of the fleshly people who survive the Great Tribulation to enter the Millennial Age, and their descendants born during this thousand-year period. Jesus Christ will return to earth to restore the Kingdom of Israel, sitting on the throne of David, in God’s Millennial Kingdom.
Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison.
At the end of the thousand-year Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God, the earth will enter the next age when Satan is released from his prison of the bottomless pit. This next age will be the Sixth Age of the Lake of Fire Judgement. It is when all resurrected unbelievers and Satan, along with his fallen angels, will be judged in the Lake of Fire, and ultimately all will be reconciled to God. The Lake of Fire Judgement Age will be followed by the Eternal Seventh Age of the Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, which is the age without end.
17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create.”
It will only be at the creation of the New Heaven and the New Earth that God’s Grand Family Plan will be fully accomplished. This is when Father God Himself comes down to this cleansed and renewed earth with its cleansed and renewed heaven (earth’s atmosphere) to dwell with men forever.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
We have clearly shown from Scripture that the Bible speaks of the Kingdom of God coming in two phases. The first phase is the Millennial Kingdom of God, and the second phase is the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
What about the scripture Luke 17:20-21, which some have interpreted to say that the Kingdom of God is entirely spiritual, something that is set up in our hearts only? Let us now examine this scripture in detail.
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within (entos-meaning in the midst of) you.”
Please note that Jesus Christ was speaking to the unbelieving, self-righteous Pharisees, so He did not mean that the Kingdom of God was within or in the hearts of these unbelieving Pharisees.
The Greek word entos translated to mean ‘within’ in a few versions of the Bible should be translated as ‘in the midst of’ or ‘among’ you, as correctly translated in other versions of the Bible like the NIV, NASB, RSV and NLT. What Jesus Christ said to these unbelieving Pharisees was that the only way to enter into the future Kingdom of God was to believe in Him, who was standing in the midst of them, and who was the very personification of the future coming Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God has not come to earth yet. The Millennial Kingdom will be established on earth at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and the Eternal Kingdom will be established on earth following God’s Lake of Fire Judgement Age. There are a number of prophesied significant events that will happen relating to these two phases of God’s Kingdom on earth.
We list below these prophesied events in their chronological order.
1. The true Gospel of the Kingdom of God will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations before Jesus Christ returns.
2. The Great Tribulation will be the most horrific unprecedented time of God’s global judgement, just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It will be followed immediately by massively cataclysmic events, of shaking of the heavens, the sun being darkened, meteorites falling onto earth, a huge earthquake and mountains being flattened, at the actual return of Jesus Christ.
3. Satan will be bound by an angel and put in prison ‘in a bottomless pit’ at the return of Jesus Christ to prevent him from deceiving the nations during the Millennial Kingdom.
4. The First Resurrection, described in the Bible as a better resurrection, occurs when all true believers, God’s Elect, the Bride of Christ will rise as the Firstfruits to meet the returning Jesus Christ in the air.
5. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ to this earth occurs, which is the most glorious event prophesied in many scriptures.
6. The Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God begins on earth. This will be the wonderful thousand-year age when Jesus Christ, with His Bride, will rule and reign over the fleshly survivors of the Great Tribulation and their descendants.
7. Satan is released from his prison at the end of the thousand-year Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God.
8. The Second Resurrection of the rest of humanity also takes place at the end of the thousand-year Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God.
9. The Lake of Fire Judgement Age for the judgement of all unbelievers and all fallen angels begins and continues until Jesus has put an end to all rule, authority and power, and has put all His enemies under His feet. This means that Jesus will reconcile all things in heaven and all things on earth to Father God, having made peace through His blood shed on the cross.
10. The Eternal Age of the Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth begins when Jesus has reconciled all and delivers the Kingdom to His Father. God the Father Himself descends to this refined and renewed earth with its refined and renewed heaven (atmosphere) and dwells with men forever, being all in all. God will wipe away every tear; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things will have passed away.
We describe these ten prophesied events in detail with supporting relevant scriptures in Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.