QUESTION #3 – According to Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called ‘Mighty God’. The Watchtower teaches that Jesus is rightly called ‘Mighty God’, but this doesn’t mean he is ‘Almighty God’. Since this is the case, how do you explain Jehovah being called ‘Mighty God’ just a single chapter later in Isaiah 10:21? Using consistent logic, wouldn’t this mean that Jehovah is not Almighty God then?
ANSWER – I have used the analogy before. Trinitarian “theology” is like a magician’s card trick. In this instance the trickster pulls two kings from the deck, both of the same suit. While some might be awed, it is a simpleton’s trick.
What the trinitarian refuses to accept is that Jehovah has temporarily appointed his Son to sit upon his throne. That is what the Kingdom of God is all about.
To blur the distinction between Jehovah God and his son, Jesus Christ, virtually all trinitarian-approved Bibles have erased the distinctive name of God and replaced it with LORD. In other words, the tricksters have stacked the deck so that any card (scripture) they pull from it comes up “Jesus.” Even the revised King James Version has been sanitized from displaying the name of Jehovah, where it appeared in the original 1611 version in four places. (YHWH appears in the Hebrew text in almost 7,000 places!)
But consider how the removal of the sacred name of God colors the passage in question. Here is the full text as it appears in the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures: “For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us; and the rulership will rest on his shoulder. His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. To the increase of his rulership and to peace, there will be no end, on the throne of David and on his kingdom in order to establish it firmly and to sustain it through justice and righteousness, from now on and forever. The zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.”
The passage in Isaiah is what is called a messianic prophecy. Scriptures such as found above are the reason the Jews —the faithful ones at least —were in expectation of the coming of the Messiah. But there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that the Jews imaged the Messiah was Jehovah God. Why would they? The verse above plainly states that the child, the son, is “given.” Given by whom? The last verse provides the answer: Jehovah is the One who gives his son. Jesus confirmed this when he spoke to a Jewish Pharisee, telling him: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son.”
Consider another aspect of the prophecy. The given-one will be called “Wonderful Counselor.” A few chapters further on in Isaiah another aspect of the coming Messiah is revealed. Isaiah 11:1-2 states: “A twig will grow out of the stump of Jesse, and a sprout from his roots will bear fruit. And the spirit of Jehovah will settle upon him, the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of mightiness, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah. And he will find delight in the fear of Jehovah.”
The grandson of Jesse was king Solomon, who was reputedly the wisest man who ever lived. Where and how did he acquire such wisdom so that the queen of the south traveled from the ends of the earth to test is great knowledge? Jehovah gave it to him because Solomon asked for wisdom to judge God’s people.
However, when Jesus walked the earth he said that something more than Solomon was here. Indeed, Jesus was greater than Solomon. Although Jesus amazed the elders with his knowledge when he was but a boy, it was not until the spirit of Jehovah settled down upon him that he was filled with superlative wisdom and discernment. That occasion was when Jesus was baptized, when the holy spirit in the form of a dove settled down upon him. That was when Jehovah anointed his Son with his holy spirit. That is when the Son was given to become the King and Messiah of Israel.
Most noteworthy, unlike Solomon who eventually apostatized, the Messiah feared Jehovah. But ought we imagine that Jehovah fears displeasing himself? This is the sort of nonsense trinitarians are required to believe. In fact, anyone who does not suspend their reasoning faculties and embrace such absurdities is considered non-Christian. That’s right, Matt Slick said it. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians because we do not accept the Catholic trinity.
But the point is, the titles given to the Messiah are conferred upon him by Jehovah. Jesus does not take such honors to himself.
As regards the princely rule coming to be upon his shoulders the prophecy of Daniel allows us to peer into Heaven and witness the coronation of the son of man. Daniel relates his enraptured vision: “I kept watching in the visions of the night, and look! with the clouds of the heavens, someone like a son of man was coming; and he gained access to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him up close before that One. And to him there were given rulership, honor, and a kingdom, that the peoples, nations, and language groups should all serve him. His rulership is an everlasting rulership that will not pass away, and his kingdom will not be destroyed.”
This is obviously one key passage that is not in the tricksters’ card deck. You will never hear a trinitarian cite this passage for the reason that it shows the clear distinction between God —the Ancient of Days —and the Son of man, a title Jesus applied to himself. But, undeniably, Jehovah confers rulership, honor and kingdom upon the one who is brought before him. Again, only a fool would suppose that God gains access to himself and bestows honor and authority upon himself. Sadly, though, there are multitudes of fools in the world.
Now, as regards Jesus being a Mighty God, how better could he described that would convey the extent of the power he has been given? Since Satan the Devil is called the god of this world and the enthroned Son of man is ultimately going to overpower and utterly annihilate him, would not Jesus have to possess greater power to destroy legions of demon gods? Surely he would. Thank Jehovah that he has made Christ a Mighty God who now possesses incontestable power, which he will use in behalf of Jehovah’s people in the near future.
But since it is already irrefutably, scripturally established that Jehovah confers wisdom and rulership to the Son, so that he will be called Wonderful Counselor and Prince of peace, it is self-evident that Jehovah also imparts power and mightiness as well, so that during his reign he will also be called Mighty God, just as Jehovah himself is the Mighty God who granted him to sit down on his throne.
And, it should be noted that the prophecy in the ninth chapter of Isaiah is so-far unfulfilled. True, the son and child has been given. And God’s spirit settled down upon him when he was anointed to become Jehovah’s Christ, and by virtue of his being a descendent of David, the son of Jesse, he is entitled to the throne of Israel; still, the Messiah has not begun ruling to the ends of the earth. That is why the verse states “he will be called…” So, his being called by the titles Mighty God, Prince of peace, etc., is a future event. Whereas, Jehovah has always been called Mighty God the Son will become such when he comes in the name of Jehovah to slay all of God’s enemies and usher in a new world of peace and righteousness.
And if you want to believe it, Jesus himself will be almighty too. But just as he does not take the title of Creator, neither does he take Jehovah’s unique title of Almighty, since it is only by Jehovah’s unsurpassed generosity that the Son possesses the fullness of the Father.