The Truth About Yahweh

God's end-time apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, was given understanding that the Trinity was a false teaching. He learned that the holy spirit is not a being, but that it is the very power of God. He also learned that God's purpose for mankind is for them to become members of the God Family (Elohim) and that God's Family is not a closed trinity, but instead, it can grow into the billions.

But there is only one eternally-existing member of Elohim and that is the ETERNAL ONE (Yahweh).

Mr. Armstrong was never able to come to understand this about God. He was not completely able to break free from the pollution of the Trinity doctrine because he believed that Jesus Christ was the God of the Old Testament. God never revealed to him the entire truth of the matter. No one on earth understands the true depth of this matter.

There is a quote regarding this subject in an article written by Mr. Armstrong, Is Jesus God?:

Yes, Jesus is "Jehovah," although this word is a mistranslation used in the American Standard Version. The original name, in the Hebrew, contained the consonants "YHVH." In writing in Hebrew, vowels were omitted, supplied only in speaking. Thus the precise pronunciation of the name is not definitely known, but today it is commonly assumed to be Yahveh, or Yahweh. The meaning, in English, is "The Eternal," or "The Everliving," or the "Self-Existent." It commonly supposed that Yahveh, or, as commonly called, "Jehovah", or, as in the Authorized Version, "The LORD," of the Old Testament was God the FATHER of Jesus Christ. This is a flagrant error!

Mr. Armstrong fully believed that the Yahweh of the Old Testament writings was Jesus Christ, who would later divest Himself of His Godly power in order to be born human of His mother, Mary. However, this is not the case. The full story of the birth of Jesus Christ and the understanding of how such a thing came to be is a most awesome story indeed.

Scriptures quoted in the New Testament from Old Testament writings clarify that the Father of Jesus Christ was Yahweh (the ETERNAL ONE). One such area of scripture is in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost when the holy spirit had been poured out upon the apostles. Peter was inspired to quote some of the Psalms that had been written by King David. Peter was showing the Jews that these verses were not about David, as the Jews supposed, but they were about Jesus Christ and God His Father.

In order to clarify what Peter is quoting, the scriptures will be placed side by side for easier comparison. The bracketed [ ] areas are inserted for explanation.

(Acts 2:25-28) For David spoke concerning him [Jesus Christ], I [Christ] fore-saw the LORD [Yahweh] always before my [Christ] face, for He is on my [Christ] right hand, that / should not be moved: 26 Therefore did my [Christ] heart rejoice, and my [Christ] tongue was glad; moreover also my [Jesus Christ] flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because you wilt not leave my [Christ] soul in hell [Gk.-"hades" meaning the grave], neither wilt you allow your Holy One [Christ] to see corruption [decay of the body after death], 28 You have made known to nw [Jesus Christ] the ways of life; you shall make nw [Christ] full of joy with your countenance.

(Ps. 16:8-11) / [Jesus Christ] have set the ETERNAL ONE [Heb.--Yahweh] always before me because He is at my [Jesus Christ] right hand and / [Jesus Christ] shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my [Jesus Christ] heart is glad, and my [Jesus Christ] glory rejoices, and my [Jesus Christ] flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For you wilt not leave my [Jesus Christ] soul in hell [Heb.-"sheol" meaning the grave]; neither will you allow your Holy One to see corruption [destruction of the flesh], 11 You will show me the path of life, and in your presence is fullness of joy, and at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Peter continues by saying that what is written by David is not about him [David] because he is still dead and in his grave.

Acts 2:29-31 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet [David], and knowing that God [Yahweh] had sworn to him [David] with an oath, that of the fruit of his [David's] loins, according to the flesh, HE would raise up Christ [the Messiah] to sit on his [David's] throne. 31 He [David] seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his_ soul [Christ's] was not left in hell [the grave], neither his flesh did see corruption.

Acts 2:32-36 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the holy spirit, He has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he [David] himself said, The LORD [Yahweh] said to my [David's] Lord, Sit thou on My right hand, 35 Until I make your [Christ's] foes your [Christ'sfootstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made this same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

[Since David was a prophet, he knew what the ETERNAL had promised concerning the Messiah who would be born of his lineage and would one day sit upon his (David's) throne (over Israel), {quote in Psalms 132:11}]

(Psalm 110:1) The ETERNAL [Heb.-Yahweh] said to my [David's] Lord [Christ], Sit you [Christ] at my [Yahweh's] right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.

In the scriptures that we have covered so far, God Almighty [El Shaddai] revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When He called Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, He revealed that His name was the ETERNAL God [Yahweh Elohim], The ETERNAL God told Israel (Isaiah 45) that He was the only one who was God [Elohim], In other words, He was the only one of the God Family at this time. There was no one else!

Certainly the teaching of the Trinity is a lie! In addition, Jesus Christ was not the ETERNAL [Yahweh] of the Old Testament. Indeed, Jesus Christ has not eternally existed. If anyone believes differently, there are scriptures that can be misinterpreted if you read other ideas into them, just as traditional Christianity has done.

Peter explained the verses he quoted from the Psalms (Acts 2:32-36), and he makes it clear that God raised up Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus Christ was dead when He was in the tomb. He had no life in Him. He was not eternal! God, His Father, had to raise Him from the dead.

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