Throughout the Old Testament, God was called by the title “YHVH” or “He WILL BE.” This was the shared name of the invisible God and His image. However, Isaiah gave us the true name of the Father. And Zechariah wrote of the LORD’s Day when he said, “in that day shall the LORD be one, and His name one.”
Zechariah 14:9 – The Name of the LORD will be one
And the LORD shall be King over all the earth;
In that day shall the LORD be One, and His name one.
In the LORD’s Day, the LORD who “shall be King over all the earth” will be the LORD God, as we read in Revelation 11:15: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.”
Christ will no longer be the Lord, but He “will hand the Kingdom over to God . . . that God may be all in all” (I Corinthians 15:24,28).
The LORD God is the First and the Last; He was the LORD in the Old Testament and will be again in the LORD’s Day.
Zechariah said, “it shall the be the Lord one (echad),” meaning that invisible God and His image will again be as “one unit” as they were in the Old Testament.
Zechariah proved that the invisible God and His image really shared one name in the Old Testament. In Zechariah 1:12, we saw the Angel of YHVH, the YHVH of the Armies (Angels), praying to the invisible God, calling Him “YHVH of the Armies!”
But the one name of the Lord, in the LORD’s Day, will be the name of Jesus.
This is proved in Revelation 22. In verse 6, the Angel of God told us that God sent His Angel to John. Then in verse 13, the Angel spoke as God calling Himself “the first and the last” and finally, in verse 16, the Angel spoke for God again, saying, “I, Jesus, sent My Angel . . .”
Isaiah 9:6 – His name will be called Everlasting Father
This is perhaps one of the most controversial verses in the Bible. Almost every believer of God in the world has given it a different interpretation, to agree with their own theological position.
But, if we believe the doctrine of the New Testament, that there is only one God, the Father, and Jesus Christ was His only begotten Son, then this verse will have a very special meaning.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
In the Old Testament, that “one name” was “He WILL BE,” but in the New Testament, that
“one name” was Jesus. The Son was never called YHVH, “He WILL BE” in the New Testament because “He WILL BE” became “I AM,” when Christ became a man. This verse says that the Messiah’s name, the name of Jesus, will be called “Everlasting Father.”
This verse does not say Jesus Himself will be called the Everlasting Father. Jesus said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9).
This verse says that the name of the Father will be Jesus.
The relationship between Matthew 28:19 and Isaiah 9:6 is apparent.
Matthew 28:19 reads: “Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Let us see how Isaiah connects the name of Jesus with the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
|Wonderful||In Chapter 8, we saw that the Angel of YHVH, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, revealed His name as “Wonderful.”|
|Counselor||Holy Spirit – either the teacher in the New Covenant, the Spirit of Christ (Matthew 23:10), or the Counselor, the Spirit of God, sent by the Father “in My name” (John 14:26).|
|Mighty God (El Gibbor)||This should be a substitutionary expression for “God Almighty,” the Father. The Jewish people would never use the expression “God Almighty,” El Shaddai, after Exodus 6:3.|
|Everlasting Father||The name of Jesus would be the name of the Father.|
|Prince of Peace||Son – Ephesians 2:14
“For He Himself is our Peace”
Jesus is the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In Chapter 21 (d), we will see that the early Church understood the name of Jesus as the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 63:16 – Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your Name
Here, Isaiah gave us the name of the Father more precisely.
Doubtless You are our Father,
Though Abraham was ignorant of us,
And Israel does not acknowledge us.
You, O Lord, are our Father;
Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
As we discussed in Chapter 11, “God saves,” Yehoshua, was the earlier form of the name Yeshua, “JESUS.”
The meaning of “our Redeemer from Everlasting” is “God saves,” Jesus.