Why does God refer to himself in the plural in Genesis 1:26 and 3:22?
GENESIS 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Let us make man in our image.
That is just the “royal we” used by kings, popes, bishops, etc.
EZRA 4:11 This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even unto Artaxerxes the king;
They sent the letter to “him” the king. Not to the king and his councillors.
Look at his reply.
EZRA 4:18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.
“Us” is plainly the use of the "royal we".
Look at your problem if you see three in Heaven Who create Adam and Eve on earth.
Adam and Eve, a man and a woman, are not the image of three Men in Heaven.
All the following statements are unscriptural:
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
One God in three Persons.
Three Persons in the Godhead.
Jesus is in the Godhead.
First Person of the Godhead.
Second Person of the Godhead.
Third Person of the Godhead.
Father and Son are co-equal.
Father and Son are of the same essence.Even more tricky. "God the Son" is never mentioned in the Bible.
"God the Father" is never mentioned in the Old Testament, only in the New Testament.
To explain "us" in Genesis, Trinitarians quickly say that "God the Father", "God the Son", and "God the Holy Ghost" were all present. But none of these three expressions ever appears in the Old Testament. So their explanation is wrong.
Trinitarians cannot explain why "God the Father" is not mentioned in the Old Testament.
So the Trinity Godhead is built upon unscriptural statements.
This is real mutilation of Scripture thanks to Greek philosophy.One-in-three and of-the-same-essence are expressions from Greek philosophy, not from the Bible.
Then comes a huge problem:
The Trinity God has no name.
The Father is JHWH or JHVH or YHWH (depending on who you listen to).
But that “name” is unpronounceable. So it is always translated as LORD. "LORD" is not a name.
God’s name was secret in the Old Testament.
“I AM” is not a name. It is a statement of self-existence.
Samson’s parents saw God as the Angel of the Lord. God in an angelic Body.
JUDGES 13:18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
JUDGES 13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.God's name was never revealed in the Old Testament.
All the "names" of God like Elohim and Adonai were titles that meant God, Lord, Self-Existing One, etc.
The Holy Spirit is never given a name in Scripture.
So Jesus, as the “Son of God” is the human name of God.This is the only name that we can apply to God.
Never say “God the Son” if you respect Scripture."God the Son" and "God the Holy Ghost" are never used in Scripture.
Try finding one name for this Trinity. Impossible.
So the churches keep talking about, ‘In the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” but cannot tell us what that name is.So the church, fooled into accepting the Trinity at the Council of Nicea in AD 325, has lost the name of God.
The Egyptians never tried to find one name for their Trinity.
They had enough brains to know that three separate Persons cannot have one name.
Any guesses where the Trinity idea came from? Egypt played a big role.To compensate for the fact that they had lost the name of God, the Roman Catholic Church copied the IHS of the Egyptian trinity as the first three letters of the Latin expression "Iesus Hominum Salvatore", which mean Jesus Saviour of the people.
Nowhere did the Bible ever ask us to copy a pagan symbol and pretend to give it a Christian meaning.
That doesn’t explain why the word "Elohim" is grammatically plural though.
GENESIS 1:1 In the beginning God created.
In Hebrew, it is "Elohim bara". "God created".
“Elohim” is a uni-plural word just like “sheep” is a uni-plural word.So Elohim can refer to one or more than one Persons.
You can have one sheep or many sheep.
So you have to look at the verb.
"Bara” is a singular verb, just like “runs”.
So “the sheep runs” means one sheep, even though “sheep” could refer to many sheep.
"Bara” being a singular verb makes “Elohim” a single Person.
GENESIS 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image,
If you follow the logic of Trinity as three Persons then,
“Let us make man in our own image” is not the Royal WE that kings, popes, cardinals, and even bishops use.
You then have the impossible situation where three Men in Heaven create two people on earth.
One of whom is a woman.
That is not an image of Heaven. There is no explanation for this discrepancy.The unscriptural "God the Holy Spirit" also has no name, even if we alter JHVH or YHWH by artificially adding in vowels to make an artificial unscriptural name Jehovah or Yahweh.
This mental manipulation still only gives us two names for three Persons.
But more importantly, it does not give us ONE name for the Christian God.
Today's Christians are thus fooled (foolish virgins. Clean, saved people who are fooled by Greek philosophy into unscriptural beliefs) into serving a nameless God.
Amos prophesied of a time when we would not be allowed to mention the name of God.
AMOS 6:10 ... Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
Surprisingly for us, it is the church that forbids us to mention that Jesus is the name of the Lord God Almighty.
A Bride takes on the name of her husband.
We can only take on the name of Jesus in water baptism.
That is why the churches forbid this water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. That stops the foolish virgins taking on the name of Jesus. Thus they never qualify as the Bride.
The Jews followed Moses (a name) through the waters of the Red Sea. They came out alive.
The Egyptians followed Pharaoh (a title) into the water and died.
People baptized in the nameless "Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" will follow those titles into the Tribulation and die.
Muslims have the same problem. "Allah" in Arabic means God. But "God" cannot be the name of God. Thus "Allah" is not the name of God, "Allah" just tells us that He is God. So the Muslims also do not know the name of God.
But “us” being the "Royal We" used by the King of the universe, together with the singular verb “bara” does explain the choice of the singular form of the uni-plural (singular or plural possibility) of Elohim.
EZRA 4:18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.
So a Persian king said “us” when referring to himself, as well as saying "me".
It is a plural of majesty. No one word can fully describe a king’s power and glory.
God said we must seek and few would find.
If we do not ardently pursue truth by linking up different Bible verses then we will not find the truth. A casual interest is not enough.
Obvious answers produce mental laziness. Difficulty inspires us to try harder.
Are we prepared to think hard and dig deep?
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.The Bible is written in a way that human wisdom cannot understand it.
God cannot hide the truth from the majority if He makes obvious statements all the time.
MARK Chapter 4 reveals a deep and scary truth.
Unto the disciples, He explains the truth of the parable of the sower because they asked Him to do that in verse 10.
But verses 11 - 12 say,
MARK 4:11-12 ... but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables;
that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand: lest at any time they should be converted and their sins should be forgiven them”.
Jesus is telling us quite bluntly that if we do not love Scripture and prefer denominational man-made opinions that are not in the Scripture, then he does not want us.
Trinity is built upon unscriptural statements, but if you want a direct statement then look at:
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in Him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.All of God's Spirit dwells physically inside the Man Jesus.
That makes Jesus the Son of God. Not, God the Son because God is a Spirit, not a Man. God cannot be flesh.
ISAIAH 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Saviour.
So be careful how you interpret Jesus sitting or standing beside God in Heaven as if He is a separate Person.
Because then you have the Saviour Who is standing beside God.
And Isaiah says you cannot have a Saviour beside God. No Saviour stands next to God.
All the Scriptures have to fit together. But it requires us having to think hard.
There is no easy path to truth.
PHILIPPIANS 2:12 … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.We are not saved from hell by our works.
Paul is speaking about us being saved from the Great Tribulation where the saved foolish virgins will suffer an awful death.
Unbelief and wrong interpretations of Scripture are spreading so widely that soon there will be nobody left who wants to be Scriptural.
MATTHEW 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Error will be so subtle that soon it will fool all of us. Unless God cuts the time short.
The Ephesian Church Age
I said that the True Church would always try to be like it was in the Book of Acts. That is exactly right. But we have discovered that the Word also teaches an invasion of error until there is a complete blackout of truth in the last day when the Lord is about to appear.
Nowhere in the Bible are three Persons seen on a throne.
At times it looks like we see two People, Father and Son.
But never "God the Father" in the Old Testament. Never "God the Son" anywhere in the Bible.
The first manifestation of God was as a Spirit when He was above the Jews. In the Old Testament He referred to Himself as the "Father",
but not "God the Father".
I TIMOTHY 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,
The next manifestation of God was when He hid Himself in the Man Jesus Christ.
This was Emmanuel, God with us.
For the first time God dwelled in a Man Who allowed God to fully express His attributes because this Man, Jesus, was fully obedient to the indwelling Spirit of God.
So the Man, Jesus, became the Son of God because God was dwelling in Him.
(You become a child of God only if you allow a portion of God's Spirit to live in your heart).
Now, finally, God had a Man that He could fully live in, Who never made mistakes, and Who fulfilled all the prophecies. For the first time, God was able to call Himself "God the Father".
The human characteristics of Jesus grew in His human Body.
Thus the Holy Spirit Of God was now a combination of both the supernatural Spirit and the natural human spirit.
The Holy Ghost is now the manifestation of God's Spirit in the church.
So Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the manifestations of God above, with, and in His people.
One God, one Spirit, Who revealed Himself in three different ways during three different times.
Only as a Man did God take on a human name, Jesus, that we can apply to Him.
II CORINTHIANS 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
JOHN 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
How can we see the Father when we see Jesus?
JOHN 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father,
Jesus is fully in the Will of God the Father.
and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
The Father is the Holy Spirit of God that dwells physically in the Man Jesus.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, But the Great Tribulation is Coming and Jesus knows that there is coming a fiery persecution and death for saved Christians who chose to ignore the revealed Word of God.
65-0725 The Anointed Ones At The End Time
I wasn't the One that appeared down on the river; I was only standing there when He appeared. I'm not the One that performs these things and foretells these things that happens as perfect they are;
I'm only one that's near when He does it. I was only a voice that He used, to say It.
It wasn't what I knew; it's what I just surrendered myself to, that He spoke through.
It isn't me, it wasn't the seventh angel, oh, no; it was the manifestation of the Son of man. It wasn't the angel, his message; it was the mystery that God unfolded. It's not a man; it's God.
The angel was not the Son of man;
he was the messenger from the Son of man.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
That's what gets things scrupled up, you see. That, they claim in here that some brethren up there that said that I sent them up there, and they're preaching that men should leave their wives and hunt for their spiritual mate, and that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
Daniel tries to paint a deeper picture.
Only Jesus can wear the white Judge's wig because He is the full truth. The Creator of all.
Only Jesus paid the price for our sins and unbelief. Jesus alone can guide us to believe the truth as it is revealed in our day. That enables Him to save us from the modern-day deceptions of the church systems.
He has to enable us to recognize the mysterious 7 Thunders when they utter so that they can show us how to change these mortal bodies into immortal bodies.
Only then, when our bodies change, can Jesus save us from the Great Tribulation by catching us up to Heaven.
But we, of our own free-will, must subject our self-will to His Word. Our only desire must be submission to Scripture.