Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 12
According to the Concordances of the Old Testament, the name Jehovah occurs well over 5,000 times, none in the New Testament. Jehovah is the most precious name among the Jews for God. The term Elohim, which we know to mean, the Almighty, declares an attribute of that Deity. There are multiple times when more than one Jehovah occurs in a verse of scripture. This should show any thinking person that the name is not singularly speaking of just ONE who possesses the nature called God! Genesis 19:24, “Jehovah rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of Heaven.” Zechariah 2:8-9, “For thus saith Jehovah….and ye shall know that Jehovah hath sent me.” Zechariah 10:12, “And I will strengthen them in Jehovah, and they shall walk up and down in His name saith Jehovah.” In these passages the term Lord is the term translated from the original word Jehovah.
The name Jehovah defines a peculiarity about whoever is called by this name, it declares them ETERNAL GOD. When the two terms are used together in the scriptures in many places, as JEHOVAH ELOHIM, it declares indisputably that the two are the same, LORD GOD. Indeed there are many names given to Deity throughout the Bible, one author cataloging 280 titles and symbols of Christ, alone. The Russellites claim the word Jehovah occurs in the New Testament. This is completely false! The name “Jehovah” does not occur anywhere in the Greek Scriptures, it is not a Greek word. Many have looked for the word “baptism” in the Old Testament to the same end; baptism is not a Hebrew or Aramaic word and having never been transliterated, it would never occur in that language!! There are multiple places when “Jehovah” is combined with other words to define an action of God. An example would be Jehovah-Tisidkenu, it means the Lord our righteousness, or Jehovah-Sabaoth, this means “the Lord of Hosts”. Yes, it is true that in the New Testament the name Jehovah is not given in reference to Christ, only because the New Testament is written in the Greek language. It is easy to find that since Jesus, as the Logos, the Word, was a member of the Godhead, that the term Jehovah applies to Him, just as He was included in the term Elohim in Genesis 1, and is in the pluralities of Jehovahs in other passages. The easiest way to show this truth is to quote the Old Testament reference and the New Testament fulfillment. .
Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” The term I AM is the Hebrew EHYEH, and is a present tense form of JAH, Jehovah. It is found in three places in the above passage, in Hebrew, where it is translated as I AM. The origin of the word is from the verb TO BE. It denotes timelessness in existence of the one who was, who is, and who is to come: the first and the last, the Alpha and Omega. John starts his epistle with this declaration and closes Revelation with its demand. It declares Christ (or any other member of Deity that is defines) as self-existent, that He lives by His own power without aid, help, comfort, or need from any other being! It declares Him Eternal. He lived in infinite ages before anything came into being!! It declares Him unchangeable. He always will be what He always was. He does not grow wiser every year; He is complete knowledge and wisdom, as well as substance!! It declares Him incomprehensible. What no man, angel, shall ever be able by searching to find out. What He is can neither be described nor imagined. Our strongest words fall infinitely short. And He is all-sufficient. He did not tell Moses what He is, He simply stated whatever it takes to make man happy, I AM!!! He was not boasting!!