151 – THE TRINITY 1
What is the Trinity? It is the union of three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in one deity. The three are distinct, equal, and, consequently, coeternal and co-substantial, in a single individual nature. Each of these persons is God. However, there is only one God. The word is not found in the Scriptures, but there are texts that indicate its existence. When Jesus resurrected, he gave the following command to his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matt.28:19). “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are variety of ministries, and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons” (1 Cor.12:4-6). “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Cor.13:14). “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; on Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph.4:4-6). “And this is the commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us” (1 John 3:23-24).
Biblically, the existence of the Trinity is a reality. Let us examine to see if the Christian Trinity rules this world, for the Christians believe that the Trinity, that is, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit created this world. They quote Gen.1:1, which says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. The word used there is Elohim, and this word is in the plural (gods), therefore, the Trinity. Elohim in the singular is EL. Jehovah or Yahweh, which is the same name, declared that he (Jehovah) works alone. “See now that I, I am He, and there is no god besides Me; it is I who put to death and give life, I have wounded, and it is I who heal; and there is no one who can deliver from My hand” (Deut.32:39). Jehovah was the one deciding alone to destroy humanity through the Flood, (Gen.6:7).Jesus was not with him. He was also by himself when he appeared to Abraham as El Shaddai—god almighty (Gen.17:1).
He alone, without the presence of Jesus, made the covenant of the circumcision (Gen.17:7-14). He appeared to Moses as an angel of Jehovah (Ex.3:2). But Jesus is not an angel. A warrior angel served Jehovah (Josh.5:14-15). This angel of Jehovah who guided the people in the desert for forty years, appeared to Balaam, as Satan: “But God was angry because he was going, and the angel of Jehovah took his stand in the way as an adversary against him” (Num.22:22). In translations, the word Satan is translated as “adversary,” but in the Hebrew original we read SATAN. In the same chapter(Num.22:32), again the angel of Jehovah declares himself to be Satan, and not Jesus Christ.
There are other Old Testament scriptures that reveal that Jehovah ruled with the help of angels.“Jehovah has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all. Bless Jehovah , you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word!” (Ps.103:19-20). There is a clearer text showing the way that Jehovah governed in the Old Testament. Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, and Ahab was king of Israel. Ahab invited Jehoshaphat to battle with him against the king of Syria and take back Ramoth-gilead. Ahab was wicked, but Jehoshaphat was a good king. He accepted the invitation of Ahab, but told him his condition: he would ask of Jehovah first. After that, the prophet Micaiah answered from the part of Jehovah, saying:“Therefore, hear the word of Jehovah. I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left. And Jehovah said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that” (1 Kings 22:19-20).This text makes it clear that Jehovah consulted the angels in his decisions, and so, there was no government of the Trinity, that is, of the Father, the son and of the Holy Spirit. The worse thing is that, in response to the question of Jehovah, a spirit went out and said: “I will entice him.” Jehovah uses lies to govern (1 Kings 22:21-23). Now, the Holy Spirit is truth, he speaks only the truth (1 John 5:6; John 16:13). The word of God, the Father, is the truth, and the truth of Jehovah is the lie, therefore they are not the same person. “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). And it is very clear that Jesus was not with Jehovah when that lie was spoken, for he declared: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). When Jesus was arrested and taken to Pilate, Pilate asked him: “You are the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:33-36). Some other time Jesus said to the Pharisees: “You are from below; I am from above; you are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). Whoever studies the Bible can conclude with assurance that there was no rule or authority of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, but there was the authority of Jehovah and his fighting angels.
And what about after the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Did the government of the Trinity begin then? The wars went on, just as in the Old Testament. The corruption increased, according to the Bible. In the book of Revelations, we read concerning the end of times: “And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean thing of immorality, and upon his forehead a name was written, a mystery, ‘BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus” (Rev.17:3-6). Babylon is the apostate and corrupt church. If the church deviated from the truth it is because the Trinity did not govern it. By another token, the apostate church promoted a ferocious persecution against the faithful, and cruelly killed them. Therefore, there is not the rule of the Trinity in this world. In chapter 13 of Revelations, the beast made war against the saints and overcame them. Therefore, the government of this world is in the hands of dark powers (Rev.13:1-8). The government of this world is in the hands of the beast, that is, the devil. If the Trinity is governing, the power of the beast is stronger, and that is absurd! According to the same book of Revelations, the government of this world will only pass on to the hands of Jesus after the last trumpet (Rev.11:15). The Trinity will govern only in the future world.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira