God’s name is Jehovah, and “Jehovah’s Witnesses” cultists say it is the name of the Father alone, denying that Jesus is God. As I wrote yesterday, their own Bible mis-translation, the New World “Translation,” changes many verses which show Jesus is Jehovah, one with the Father. Thus, they deny the doctrine which has become known as “The Trinity” — the Biblical teaching that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One, yet Three.
We’re looking at a few passages which, even in their “Bible,” teach that Jesus is Jehovah.
Yesterday, in part one, we looked at the difficulty of trying to speak about the Lord to someone in this cult, because they always check in their “translation” of the Bible, which has changed so many important verses, and they trust it implicitly.
However, we saw that even their “version” shows that Jesus is THE Shepherd — and it also shows that Jehovah is THE Shepherd. Therefore, we know that Jesus is Jehovah. The verses, even in their “Bible,” that teach this can be very useful in witnessing to those who are deceived by this cult.
At the Right Hand
Continuing on from that post, we’ll see something else the New World “Translation” has to say, this time from Psalm 110.
Psalm 110:1 (New World “Translation”)
The utterance of Jehovah to my Lord is: “Sit at my right hand Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.”
References to this verse appear repeatedly in the New Testament, speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ sitting at the Father’s right hand (such as Mark 16:19, Acts 2:34, Ephesians 1:20, I Peter 3:22, and several passages in Hebrews). Psalm 110:1 clearly tells of the Father (“Jehovah”) saying to Jesus (“my Lord”, Hebrew Adonai), “Sit at my right hand.”
The “Jehovah’s Witnesses” like this verse, and will often take you to it themselves. It seems to them to fit their doctrine. The Father is called “Jehovah” here but Jesus is not. Jesus is given a title of respect (“my Lord”), but not the name which they believe is the Father’s alone. They teach that Jesus is to be honoured and respected, but is not Jehovah. This verse, for them, perfectly illustrates what they believe.
Note: There are places where the Father is called “Lord” (Adonai), such as in Joshua 3:13 and others, so the fact that Jesus is given the title (which means “Master”) does not prove what they want it to mean. But certainly, this verse, if it stood alone, would fit their belief.
For the purpose of discussion with a “Jehovah’s Witness”, the key point here is the relative position of the Father and the Son. If the Son is “at the right hand” then the Father is to the left. When a “Jehovah’s Witness” takes me to this verse, I ask him to verify that. The Father is on the left hand, Jesus on the right hand, the two side by side on the throne. That is what they were taught, and they will confirm it.
Psalm 110:5 (New World “Translation”)
Jehovah himself at your right hand Will certainly break kings to pieces on the day of his anger.
Psalm 110:5 in the New World “Translation” clearly identifies the one at the right hand as Jehovah.
Jesus is at the right hand, in Psalm 110:1. The Father is not the one at the right hand, but at the left. Four verses later, the One at the right hand (Jesus) is named as Jehovah. Jesus is Jehovah. The New World “Translation” of the Jehovah’s Witnesses says so.
Question for “Jehovah’s Witnesses”: Who is at the right hand in Heaven? Your New World Bible says it is Jesus, just like ours says, and it also says it is Jehovah. It has Jehovah at the left hand in verse one, and at the right hand in verse five. Jesus and the Father are both Jehovah, according to Psalm 110. Why do your teachers say that Jesus and the Father are not both Jehovah?