As previously stated, the Hebrew word "Yahweh" means the Eternal One or the Self-Existing One. The key word in all this is "One."
As the most basic core of their belief about God, Judaism and Islam believe that there is one God! They both believe that there is only one God who is eternal, who has eternally existed. However, traditional Christianity has never believed this about God.
The basic faith (belief) of traditional Christianity is the Trinity. The Catholic Church established this doctrine during the Nicene Council in 325 AD. This is the same Nicene Council that changed Passover to Easter.
The Nicene Creed states the belief that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God; yet it also states that each one is separate and eternal. This Nicene Creed, which establishes the doctrine of the Trinity, teaches that the Holy Ghost (spirit) is a separate eternal being of a single triune God. These people do not understand that the holy spirit is simply the power of God. God is spirit, and He uses His spirit to do His will. It is His power, and it is subject to Him. It is holy because the source is God Almighty. The holy spirit is not a living being.
Notice how the Trinity doctrine begins:
We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the persons; nor dividing the substance.
The Trinity does, however, confound the truth about God. It continues:
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
The Trinity teaches that all three beings share glory equally and all three are eternal. But to keep with the theme of a trinity, the doctrine also states:
And yet there are not three eternals, but one eternal.
The Trinity teaches that the Father is a separate being of this single triune God and that He has eternally existed. This teaching is also saying that the Son (Jesus Christ) is another of these three beings of this single triune God and that He too has eternally existed.
Throughout the twentieth century, even God's own Church failed to grasp the fullness of what God told Moses.
Throughout the 1800's and into the early 1900's, God's Church was losing His truth. The Church suffered mightily as the proliferation of churches, calling themselves Christian, was exploding on the world scene. This growing movement of new churches, with diverse faiths, held to the false doctrine of the Trinity. All of this had a strong adverse affect on God's people. This period of time was during the church era known as Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6). The era of Philadelphia followed and was led by God's end-time apostle and prophetic end-time Elijah, Herbert W. Armstrong.
God used Mr. Armstrong to restore truth to His Church since it had been dying out during the era of Sardis. In order to restore truth to the Church, God revealed what was true to Mr. Armstrong. God led him to understand that the Trinity was a false doctrine of the Catholic Church. He learned that the holy spirit was not a spirit being, but the power of God.
Although Mr. Armstrong understood that the Trinity was a lie, God did not give him full understanding of what was true concerning Himself and His Son, Jesus Christ. God did not fully lead him out from the pollution of the false Trinity doctrine. Mr. Armstrong still believed that Jesus Christ had eternally existed. God gave Mr. Armstrong enough to conclude that the Trinity was a lie, but He did not lead him fully into the truth. God reserved this revelation until now, at this very end time, during the time of the opening and the fulfillment of the Sixth Seal of Revelation.
The primary reason God reserved the fullness of this knowledge, until now, is to reveal who is His end-time prophet. Those whom God awakens from spiritual sleep, who have been scattered in His Church, will come to see the fullness of what He is revealing; and as a consequence, they will also recognize that I am who I say I am—God's end-time prophet and the spokesman of the two end-time witnesses.
Mr. Armstrong could only see what God revealed for him to see. Only God can reveal His truth to others, and no one can know that truth unless God gives it. God did not give everything about Himself to Mr. Armstrong in regard to the false teaching of the Trinity. This in no way detracts from Mr. Armstrong being God's end-time apostle and prophetic end-time Elijah.
One of the most profound things that God did reveal to Mr. Armstrong concerning Himself and His plan for mankind was that God is planning a family—a God Family. The God Family is referred to in different ways in scripture. One is the Kingdom of God, and another is the very name of His Family—Elohim.
Elohim is a uniplural Hebrew word. It is most often translated simply as "God" in English. But there are other Hebrew words that are also translated as God. Words have great meaning when they are understood for what they truly convey. However, much has been hidden because translations have been interpreted by people who did not know God and did not know His plan and purpose for mankind.
Again, God's purpose for mankind is that, in God's time, people will be given opportunity to become part of the God-kind, members of God's Family. As a reminder, when the 144,000 are resurrected, they will be the first of those born from among mankind to become a part of God's Family. They will be changed into immortal spirit beings, God beings, just like their elder brother Jesus Christ.
Since Mr. Armstrong was given understanding of Elohim being the name of the God Family and that God's purpose was for mankind to become part of His Family, then this revealed more fully the lie of the closed triune Godhead in the fable of the Trinity.
However, the truth in all this is that there is only one God who has eternally existed and His name is Yahweh—the Eternal One, the Self-Existing One. Look at what God told the Israelites:
I am the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh], and there is no one else, there is no God [Elohim] except me. I strengthened you, although you have not known me, so that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is no one except me. I am the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh], and there is no one else. (Is. 45:5-6) Elohim is the name of the God Family. It is similar to a family name like "Jones" or "Smith." Mankind has many family names, but the God kind will have only one family name—Elohim. God Almighty (El Shaddai), who spoke to Abraham, revealed Himself more fully to Moses by saying that His name was Yahweh Elohim.
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