PERSONIFIED LOGOS:

THE SON OF THE ALMIGHTY

 

His Names, Official Titles, and Mission

The Concordance of the Holy Bible states that the title ‘Son of God’ is interchangeable with the title ‘Son of Man.’ We realize that both titles refer to God’s Son, Jesus Christ, but for very different reasons. One refers to His supernatural conception, establishing God’s Fatherhood, while the other title, because of His being born of Mary, emphasizes His natural life, being subjected to the same trials as the rest of mortal man, including temptation, suffering, and death.

We will now discuss all the different names for -

THE SON OF GOD

 

and their meanings, which will enlighten us as to the position He holds in relation to His Heavenly Father, and to Humanity as a whole. His Holy conception is discussed as follows:

“....And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, ‘Hail, thou that art highly favoured, The Lord (God) is with thee: blessed art thou among women.’

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; And of his kingdom there shall be no end.’ Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’ And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the (LOGOS) power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called The Son of God....For with God nothing shall be impossible.’ And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me, according to thy word.’ And the angel departed from her.”

(Luke 1:26-35, 37-38 KJV)

He is also called -

THE SON OF MAN

“....But he, (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.’”

(Acts 7:55-56 KJV)

Why is He called the Son of Man? Because He was born naturally of Mary -

“....And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there,

the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:4-7 KJV)

He was made lower than the angels, that is, being subject to death, He was not immortal -

“....But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels

for the suffering of death....”

(Hebrews 2:9 KJV)

He took upon Himself the nature of Man -

“....For verily he took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things, it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren....”

(Hebrews 2:16-17 KJV)

And was tempted like as we are, yet without sin -

“....Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

(Hebrews 4:14-15 KJV)

 

He Learned obedience (to God) by the things which He suffered -

“....Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things

which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became

the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”

(Hebrews 5:8-9 KJV)

And He had to taste death as ordinary mortals -

“....that he, by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

(Hebrews 2:9 KJV)

But He was resurrected by God, and THEN became Immortal, Incorruptible, and given His exalted position by His Father.

“....The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”

(Acts 5:30-31 KJV)

“....Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;

death hath no more dominion over him.”

(Romans 6:9 KJV)

“....Which he (God) wrought in Christ, when he (God) raised him (Christ) from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion,

and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

(Ephesians 1:20-23 KJV)

Just as His title, ‘The Son of Man’ shows Jesus was naturally born of Mary, so does the prophetic pronouncement that God gave at the very beginning of the history of Mankind, when HE referred to HIS Son as the ultimate conqueror over the Serpent, also known as Satan. In the natural, but prophetic sense, this title refers to Jesus Christ as -

 

THE SEED OF THE WOMAN

 

“....And the Lord God said unto the woman, ‘What is this that thou hast done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.’ And the Lord God said unto the serpent, ‘Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat, all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’”

(Genesis 3:13-15 KJV)

Whereas, in the spiritual, and also prophetic sense, or in the total fulfillment of the above prophesy, this text refers to the two classes of people living at the end times. These people represent the ‘seed’ of both parties or participants referred to in the above text. Those who oppose and misconstrue the Word of God will emulate the ‘serpent nature,’ while those possessing the ‘woman nature’ will allow God’s Word to wholly control them, just as Jesus Christ did. The resulting ultimate struggle between these two classes will be Armageddon.

“....But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,

made of a woman, made under the law. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Spiritual seed.) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father.’ Wherefore, thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

(Galatians 4:4-7 KJV)

The prophet Isaiah told of the promised birth of Jesus Christ by a virgin, and said His name would be -

EMMANUEL

“....Moreover the Lord (God) spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord (God).’ And he said, ‘Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?’ ‘Therefore the Lord (God) himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name, Immanuel.’”

(Isaiah 7:10-14 KJV and in the Hebrew to English Leeser Translation)

“....Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, ‘God with us.’”

(Matthew 1:22-23 KJV and in the Greek to English Emphatic Diaglott)

How can Jesus Christ be known by the Hebrew and Greek name ‘Emmanuel,’ meaning ‘God with us,’ when He is not God? As the Apostle Peter states, it is because God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and with power, so the people felt the awe inspiring ‘presence’ of The Almighty, through the miraculous works of HIS Son.

“....Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, ‘Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him,

and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word (Word) which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.’”

(Acts 10:34-38 KJV)

In a much more modest way, God is also ‘with’ the believers. In each of our lives, there have been times when only God could help us, and we felt HIS gracious, protective care over us, that HE was, indeed, ‘with us.’ Because of this, the most wonderful greeting a believer can give another is, “God be with you!”

“....What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can

be against us?” (Romans 8:31 KJV)

Jesus had a very humble birth, born in a stable, and then, because of danger from Herod, He and His parents were forced to become refugees in Egypt. When they returned to their homeland, they settled in the small town of Nazareth. Because the people of that time had a very low opinion of those who came from Galilee, Jesus came to be called -

 

THE NAZARENE

“....And Nathaniel said unto him, ‘Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ Philip saith unto him, ‘Come and see.’”

(John 1:46 KJV)

“....Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, ‘Of a truth this is the Prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Christ.’ But some said,

Shall Christ come out of Galilee?’.....So there was a division among the people because of him....They answered and said unto him, ‘Art thou also

of Galilee? Search and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.’

And every man went unto his own house.”

(John 7:40-41, 43, 52-53 KJV)

It was prophetic that He had such a humble origin. He did not have position, wealth, honor, recognition, or political influence.

“....He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted

with grief: and we hid as it were, our faces from him; he was despised,

and we esteemed him not...” (Isaiah 53:3 KJV)

Because He so willingly gave His life on the cross, as a sacrifice, an ‘atonement’ for the sins of Mankind, Jesus is also called -

 

THE LAMB OF GOD

“....The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,

Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’”

(John 1:29 KJV)

“....Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’”

(John 1:35-36 KJV)

In the beginning of this next quotation, it tells in the last days, that falsehood will be so strongly entrenched in the world, that “all who dwell on the earth shall worship the beast.” God, being ‘all knowing,’ knew history beforehand.

“...And he (the ‘beast’ - the power that promotes religious falsehood),

opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: (the Tribulation!)

and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are NOT written in the book of life.......

 

God knew Mankind would go after strange ‘Gods,’ so HE planned to have a Son who would lead the people back to HIM. HIS plan, from the foundation of the world, was for HIS Son to be a ‘sin offering’ for Mankind. The latter part of this same quotation follows, which refers to Jesus Christ as that sin offering, calling Him ‘The Lamb.’

 

“…. of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.” (Revelation 13:6-9 KJV)

Why is Jesus called a Lamb? Because lambs in the natural world willingly, and meekly go to slaughter. They do not fight to save their life, but seem to accept their fate. So also, did God’s Son, Jesus, in His first coming. We read the beautiful, yet piercingly sorrowful description of the yet unborn Jesus, as the prophet Isaiah prophesied.....

“....Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord

revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness: and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; (wasn’t He?) a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: Yet we did esteem him stricken(on the crucifix!), smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, (and

believed falsehood, worshipping false gods), we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouthhe is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: For the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him….

(Isaiah 53:1-10 KJV)

 

The Holy Bible tells us that the first human pair, Adam and Eve, fell from Paradise because of their disobedience to God. Jesus, as the Lamb of God, gave His life as a ransom for Humanity. By virtue of this huge sacrifice, Humanity has a ‘second chance’ to receive Eternal Life. What was lost through the fall of Adam may be regained through Jesus Christ. Therefore He is called -

THE SAVIOUR

“....And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of Davida Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.’”

(Luke 2:10-11 KJV)

“....And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.’” (John 4:41-42 KJV)

“....For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

(Philippians 3:20-21 KJV)

However, our salvation is not without ‘price.’ The following text tells us that we must “give diligence to make our calling and election sure.” We cannot just take the easy way, and say, “I believe.” We must show God and HIS Son just how deeply we believe, and are committed to receiving Eternal Life, through our words and actions during our lifetime.

“....Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

(II Peter 1:10-11 KJV)

 

“....For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God, and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

(I Peter 4:17-18 KJV)

This wonderful Saviour shows us just how we may gain Eternal Life. He calls Himself -

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE

 

“....Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life:

No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

(John 14:6 KJV)

We must walk (or pattern ourselves) in THE LIGHT that He personified and represents.

“....If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

(I John 1:6-7 KJV)

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, (through the Logos Power) and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

(John 1:6-13 KJV)

 

Jesus Christ gave such ‘bright’ spiritual enlightenment to the people of that time, and indeed, is a Light to all kindred, and tongues, and peoples, and nations, who will ‘hear’ His Holy Word, and live thereby. Therefore, He is also called -

 

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

“....Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, ‘I am the light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’” (John 8:12 KJV)

“....As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

(John 9:5 KJV)

“....I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me, should not abide in (spiritual) darkness.”

(John 12:46 KJV)

“....Then Jesus said unto them, ‘Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you, for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light....’”

(John 12:35-36 KJV)

 

 

 

God HIMSELF sent Gabriel, one of the seven Archangels, to Mary, to announce that -

 

“....thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name...

Jesus.

“....He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:31-33 KJV)

This Holy name was chosen by God alone, for HIS beloved Son. It is one of His OFFICIAL TITLES. In the Hebrew language, the name JESUS is actually spelled

JEHOSHUAH and means ‘The Salvation of Jehovah.’ The meaning of this name is even more clearly defined by the angel, as follows:

 

“....But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.’”

(Matthew 1:20-21 KJV)

By this name JESUS, He came during His first dispensation, and by virtue of His death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection, offered Humankind the possibility of Eternal Life. Therefore, He is also called -

THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE

“....Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus,

‘Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know,

that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.’

Jesus saith unto her, ‘Thy brother shall rise again.’ Martha saith unto him, ‘I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die(eternally). Believest thou this?’”

(John 11:20-26 KJV)

....Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming and now is,

when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall liveFor as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this:

for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:25-29 KJV)

Even though others were resurrected before Jesus Christ, they were resurrected mortals, and had to die again. Jesus was the first one resurrected to Immortality, never to taste death a second time. Therefore, He is also called -

THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD

 

“....And he is the head of the body, the church; (meaning believers), who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18 KJV)

“....And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,....”

(Revelation 1:5 KJV)

“....And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the chief-born of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and freed us from our sins by his own blood....”

(Revelation 1:5 The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English)

When Jesus comes the second time, He returns with His other OFFICIAL TITLE, in which He will be called -

The Messiah.

 

This Title is a far more elevated one, denoting the scope of His work encompassing the whole world, instead of just the countries He visited around the Mediterranean Sea, during His first dispensation. In Hebrew, this Title is spelled MASHIAKH, and in Greek, it is spelled CHRISTO. God also chose this name for HIS beloved Son, which the Angel announced, as we read in Luke 2:8-11, KJV,

 

“....And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.’”

 

Whether the spelling of His second Official Title is in Hebrew or Greek, it has the same meaning, namely, ‘The Anointed’ or ‘The King.’ King Christ is anointed to be the King of the whole earth when He returns, not figuratively, but spiritually, and actually! The whole Christianized world reveres Him as Jesus, but hardly knows Him as Christ, The Messiah, The King....,

OUR KING OF TRUTH

“....Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus,

and said unto him, ‘Art thou the King of the Jews?’ ....Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.’ Pilate therefore said unto him, ‘Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, ‘Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I unto the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.’” (John 18:33, 36-37 KJV)

When Jesus was here the first time, at the start of His earthly MISSION, His goal was to enlighten the Jews about the new and living Way. He tried to open their eyes to the change in the focus, from “THOU SHALT!” to “Wilt Thou?” His message inevitably caused great controversy, as the Jews just could not comprehend that He came, not to destroy the Law, but to fulfil what the Law and the prophets had said. (Matthew 5:17-18 KJV) Most of all, He was to perform to perfection, all that His Almighty Father would have Him do, at His first dispensation. We read:

“….And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him, the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach (spiritual) deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.’”

(Luke 4:16-19, Isaiah 61:1-2 KJV)

Just as He has two Official Titles, Jesus Christ’s MISSION, His Work, is two-fold. When He visited the Temple, the place He chose to read was Isaiah 61:1-2, the perfect description of His Mission at His first Coming. However, He stopped and closed the book, without quoting the whole passage. The remaining portion of the chosen text refers to His Work during His Second Coming, as King Christ. The following refers to the comfort, inspiration and spiritual joy that Christ, the King, will give the believers, during the time of the absolutely worst condition on the earth, which we call The Tribulation, also known as The Day of the Lord.

“….To appoint unto them (the believers) that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy (spiritual anointing) for mourning, the garment of praise (inspiration) for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, (pillars of Faith!) the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3 KJV)

Let us read some of the other prophesies of His MISSION, that speak of the reason why He was sent, and refer to the all encompassing scope of His Work, during His second coming.

“….And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, (His work under His Official Title Jesus), Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peopleA light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.’ (His work which will be performed as part of His Official Title Christ). “And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and (ominously) for a sign which shall be spoken against.’” (Luke 2:25-34 KJV)

The following prophesy came from John the Baptist, who spoke of the Work of the Messiah, The Christ, during the spiritual Harvest Time, (The Lord’s Day.) The spiritual harvest will separate the believers from the unbelievers, here referred to as wheat versus chaff. During this time, every living soul will show by which spirit he or she is motivated.

“….And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts, of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water: but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloosehe shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.’”

(Luke 3:15-17 KJV)

As Simeon prophesied, there WAS, and WILL BE great opposition to His Work. The opposition started as soon as He was born. The Wise Men from the East came to Jerusalem and enquired as to the Babe’s whereabouts, as even they knew that Jesus was born to be King. King Herod, a Roman king appointed to rule over all Judea, heard rumors about Jesus’ birth, and immediately perceived that the mere presence of the newborn Jesus was a huge threat to him and his continued rulership.

“….Saying, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.’ When Herod the king had heard these thingshe was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born…..Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, ‘Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.’”

(Matthew 2:2-4, 7-8 KJV)

But King Herod’s intent was not to worship, but to destroy, then and forever, the threat to his position and reign. In our time, Christmas is celebrated as the most joyous season of the year. However, very few people realize, when they celebrate the birth of Jesus, that His birth did not occasion tremendous joy in the world at the time. Rather, the ramifications of King Herod’sopposition to Jesus’ birth caused a huge amount of sorrow.

“….And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way….Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.”

(Matthew 2:12, 16 KJV)

This was the first example of the actual opposition that the Word of God in Flesh encountered in His short time here on earth, and was a small foreshadow of the world reaction that will occur at the completion time of His MISSION. He told us this reaction is triggered in the hearts and lives of those who are not inspired, whenever the Word of God is presented.

“….Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a swordFor I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34-37 KJV)

Jesus even referred to his Mission as setting a fire on earth, for all the consternation, disruption, and destruction that will come about as a result of it. We read as follows:

“….I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather divisionFor from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”

(Luke 12:49-53 KJV)

 

The proclamation of His Gospel, His Truth, His Word, in a scope and manner that the world has not ever seen, will cause the deepest amount of soul-searching that Humankind has ever experienced. There will be no more ‘fence-sitting.’ Humanity will come into the time that the prophet Joel testified of, as we read in Joel 3:14-16 KJV, as follows:

“….Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake, but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

The majority of the people on the earth at the time of His first coming, hated Him, and finally succeeded in killing Him. Can we possibly think that when He comes the second time, to complete the cleansing and restoration of the earth, that the general populace, those who will be convinced that they have everything to lose, and nothing to gain, will welcome Him back? That class will kill the believers, thinking they can stop the work of the Messiah, whom they will perceive to be the Antichrist. According to the words of Jesus Christ, Himself, we read –

“….Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”

(Matthew 24:9 KJV)

There will be many that will oppose His MISSION, His Word, His Truth, His Judgment, and they shall oppose it until their final end. Therefore, we read as follows:

“….And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;….”

(II Thessalonians 1:7-9 KJV)

 

The prophet Daniel speaks of that time as follows:

“….and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same timeand at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

(Daniel 12:1-2 KJV)

When He came the first time, with his Official Title, ‘JESUS,’ He came as a mild Lamb, a Sin Offering for Humankind. When He comes the second time as ‘MESSIAH,’ King CHRIST will come as a roaring Lion, resembling the King of Beasts in bravery, fearful of nothing. The Ultimate purpose of His MISSION is to conquer over all evil, to destroy all wickedness, to break the bands of death through the Resurrection, to take the earth away from the usurpers, to cleanse it of all traces of Babylon, and establish His Everlasting, Eternal Kingdom, His Paradise, on earth. Because of this, John, the Revelator calls Him

THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

“....And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, ‘Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.’”

(Revelation 5:4-5 KJV)

 

The Official Title ‘Christ’ received its full meaning after His crucifixion, and directly because of it.

“....Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God, hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

(Acts 2:36 KJV)

The Jewish, or Hebrew people mark the start of the natural day at sunset. In the spiritual sense, we can draw a parallel to the first part of His MISSION, when Jesus came the first time, it was at the ‘evening’ of the Day of the Lord. Then came the long, spiritually dark ‘night,’ (the time of the Gentiles), which separates His MISSION into two parts. When He comes as Christ, ‘The Messiah,’ it will be at the early ‘dawn’ of the Day of the Lord. That is why He is called -

THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR

 

“....I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches (believers). I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelation 22:16 KJV)

The ‘Proper Names’ section of the Holy Bible, King James Version, states that another name for the Official Title ‘Messiah’ is -

SHILOH

“....The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” (Genesis 49:10 KJV)

The work of SHILOH, (which means ‘Peaceable’ in Hebrew), includes the ingathering of the people to Him, during the Day of the Lord. Referring to this great work, Jesus Christ allegorically refers to Himself as –

 

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

“....I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (believers). I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:

and I lay down my life for the sheepAnd other sheep I have, which are not of this foldthem also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice;

and there shall be one fold, (instead of thousands of denominations),

and one shepherd (Christ, instead of all the heads of the various religions)…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow meAnd I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, (eternally), neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:11, 14-16, 27-29 KJV)

The Apostle Paul was inspired to refer to Jesus Christ as -

 
THE GREAT SHEPHERD

“....Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV)

We read in The Emphatic Diaglott, that when John the Baptist proclaimed the start of the MISSION of Jesus Christ, he called Him –

THE ROYAL MAJESTY OF THE HEAVENS

 

“….Reform! Because the Royal Majesty of the Heavens has approached.”

(Matthew 3:2, The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English)

It is because of His Heavenly conception and MISSION that He is honored as such. The Emphatic Diaglott refers to the Greek word ‘basilia’ when referencing this title, which meanskingly power, authority, dignity, majesty, as well as kingdom, realm, or reign. In other words, The Messiah, God’s Anointed.

The Apostle Peter discusses this position that Jesus Christ holds, in relation to God and Humanity, and calls Him –

A PRINCE AND A SAVIOUR

“….The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” (Acts 5:30-32 KJV)

 

Our Messiah, as the greatest of Royalty, will far outshine all the rulers of all the kingdoms of this earth. The prophet Daniel testifies that Antichrist will go against -

THE PRINCE OF PRINCES

 

“....And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. (Antichrist!) And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. (The Tribulation!) And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by ‘peace’ shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”

(Daniel 8:23-25 KJV)

Because Christ conquered over death, and holds the keys to Eternal Life, the Apostle Peter testifies of Him as -

THE PRINCE OF LIFE

“....And (ye) killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15 KJV)

The prophet Isaiah foretold of the coming of the Messiah, and called Him -

 

WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR OF THE MIGHTY GOD,

THE PRINCE OF PEACE

 

In Twenty Four Books of the Holy Scriptures, the Leeser Hebrew to English translation, which is far more clear than the King James Version. We read -

“....For a child is born unto us, a son hath been given unto us, and the government is placed on his shoulders; and his name is called ‘Wonderful,’ ‘counsellor of the mighty God,’ of the everlasting Father, ‘the Prince of Peace.’” (Isaiah 9:6 Leeser Hebrew to English)

Now we wish to compare the translation of the above verse, with The Septuagint, (which is directly translated from Hebrew to Greek, then to English.)

“....For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name is called the Messenger of great counsel, for I will bring peace upon the princes, and health to him.”

(Isaiah 9:6 The Septuagint)

From a comparison of the King James version with the Leeser and the Septuagint versions, we can see that the King James Version quoted below, referring to Jesus Christ as “The mighty God, The everlasting Father,” is not accurate.

 

“....For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV)

How can the Messiah be called ‘Peaceable’ or ‘The Prince of Peace’ (the meaning of Shiloh), and yet He said He came ‘not to bring peace but a sword?’ To the believers, His message, His MISSION, His Promise of Paradise restored, represents the greatest peace that will ever be on the face of the earth. The unbelievers, on the other hand, will bitterly oppose the Work of Christ to the very end of their lives, as they will perceive it to be a threat to the continuity of the world, as it is.

The Apostle Paul also refers to Him as the -

HIGH PRIEST AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC

 

Melchisedec, King of Salem, was known as “the king of righteousness” during the time that he reigned, and as such, foreshadowed the righteous rule of King Christ.

“....For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, ‘Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec....By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.....For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens....” (Hebrews 7:14-17, 22, 26 KJV)

God spoke through the Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah, testifying that King Christ would bear this name.

“‘....Behold, the days come,’ saith the Lord, ‘that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, ‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’”

(Jeremiah 23:5-6 KJV)

The Apostle Paul calls Him - THE JUST ONE

“....Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your Fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers.....When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.”

(Acts 7:51-52, and 54 KJV)

“....The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you...” (Acts 3:13-14 KJV)

Why is He called ‘The Lord Our Righteousness’ and ‘The Just One?’ Another part of His MISSION is the work of FINAL JUDGMENT, carried out under His Official Title, Messiah.True and Righteous are His Judgments. No savvy attorneys or false witnesses will be permitted in this Court. True Justice will prevail. We read as follows -

“….For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:….For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of Man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

(John 5:21-22, 26-30 KJV)

Jesus Christ allegorically refers to Himself as - THE VINE

 

and His believers are like the branches attached to that vine. When attached, they will grow and thrive spiritually (bringing forth fruit.) We must have that close association with the Word in Flesh that the parable of the vine and the branches illustrate. That intimate relationship with the Personified Logos causes the conscientious believer to allow God’s Word to pass judgment on himself or herself while living, to purge the unacceptable nature, the unrighteous deed, the sinful thought, from the intellect, heart and character. Inevitably, wewill meet the Judgment work of the Messiah. We have our choice. Either we go under His Judgment during our lifetime, or we ‘face the music’ on Judgment Day, at the end of time. This ‘cleansing work’ is just one example of ‘bearing fruit.’

“....I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branchesHe that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

(John 15:1-6 KJV)

In a similar allegory, Jesus Christ refers to Himself as -

 

THE BREAD OF LIFE

 

Through the demonstration of God’s LOGOS Power, the Israelites received bread from Heaven, which sustained them in the desert for 40 years. Jesus Christ is LOGOS Personified, the Word made Flesh. We must partake of this spiritual Bread, His Holy Word, and through study and prayer, nourish our spiritual being, like natural bread nourishes the natural being, in order to gain Everlasting Life.

 

“....Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

(John 6: 47-51 KJV)

 

The true believer allows God’s Word to become ‘flesh’ within him or her. That is, God’s Word controls the individual to the greatest extent, eventually performing a work of total transformation within the believer, creating within him or her ‘a new being.’ This work of LOGOS within the believer was revealed to the Prophet Esdras, in the form of a vision, which we will read as follows:

“….And when I spake these things in my heart, I looked back with mine eyes, and upon the right side I saw a woman, and, behold, she mourned and wept with a loud voice, and was much grieved in heart, and her clothes were rent, and she had ashes upon her head. Then let I my thoughts go that I was in, and turned me unto her, And said unto her, ‘Wherefore weepest thou? why art thou so grieved in thy mind?’”

(II Esdras 9:38-40 The Apocrypha)

This woman went on and told him that she was so very sorrowful because she had been barren for 30 years, and finally God had responded to her hourly prayers to him, and granted her a son, her only child. This son, when fully grown, was ready to take a wife, when he died on his wedding night. She could not be comforted, and was intent to grieve until she died.

Esdras tried to comfort her with comparing her heartbreak to the history of the Jewish people, having been driven out of their land. Then he said,

“….And therefore shake off thy great heaviness, and put away the multitude of sorrows, that the Mighty may be merciful unto thee again, and the Highest shall give thee rest and ease from thy labour.’ And it came to pass, while I was talking with her, behold, her face upon a sudden shined exceedingly, and her countenance glistered, so that I was afraid of her, and mused what it might be. And behold, suddenly she made a great cry very fearful: so that the earth shook at the noise of the woman. And I looked, and behold, the woman appeared unto me no more, but there was a city builded, and a large place shewed itself from the foundations….”

(II Esdras 10:24-27 The Apocrypha)

The ‘woman’ in this vision represents the LIVING Jerusalem, the Most Holy people upon the face of the earth. This spiritual woman’s development in faith, by the LOGOS Power, is symbolized as a ‘living city,’ consisting of the most gorgeous gems, priceless beyond measure. Truly God’s Treasure.

“….Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.’ And he carried me away in the spirit, to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall, great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates, twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: ….And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald, The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, crysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a crysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.”

(Revelation 21:9-12, 18-21 KJV)

We have just read of the glorious description of the Bride, the Lamb’s ‘Wife.’ Now we will read of the description of Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God, when He was glorified on the Mount of Transfiguration. That was just a foreshadow of the glory He shall receive when His Kingdom is established on earth.

“....And after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.....While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.’ And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.”

(Matthew 17:1-2, and 5-6 KJV)

 

“….And he said unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.’ And after six days, Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.’ For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him.’ And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.”

(Mark 9:1-8 KJV)

We marvel at the description of the great glory of the Son of God, when He will be enthroned as our King to rule over the whole world.

“....And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks, one like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, ‘Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.’” (Revelation 1:12-18 KJV)

“….And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

(Revelation 11:15 KJV)

Through the inspired writings of the Apostles and Prophets, and by the guidance of God’s Spirit, we have beheld His Glory, LOGOS PERSONIFIED, the Son of the Almighty! May we be accounted worthy to join the multitudes in praise to Heaven’s Son!

 

“….And they sung a new song, saying, ‘Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.’ And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.’”

(Revelation 5:9-12 KJV)