Today's name for God is "Avi 'Ad," Everlasting Father from Isaiah 9:6. As I've been uncovering over the past week, sometimes in bible translations designed for today's English, we lose a deeper aspect of God's word by misunderstanding the intent behind the words in the original language. This often happens when one language is translated into another. Even the King James Version of the Bible fails to accurately portray this name of God, because it only capitalizes the word 'Father.' As a result, many people tend to read 'everlasting' as an adjective describing the noun 'father.' However in Isaiah 9:6, Everlasting and Father should both be capitalized because they are both nouns of the name of God. The phrase is a double noun to reinforce the concept of the name.
'Ad is the Hebrew word meaning eternal, everlasting, continual, infinity. God is eternal, with no beginning and no end, since time is part of His creation. As 'Everlasting,' God declares in His name a unique characteristic, which He alone possess. In verse 9:6, we see a proclamation of God as His Eternity characteristic is linked with another exclusive attribute, Father.
God reveals from the name, 'Everlasting Father,' that He from eternity is the only parent responsible for creation. He did not need or have a female partner for creation, but all creation originated from the Father alone. Interestingly in the Hebrew language, the word for Father is Av, pronounced Ab, from where we get the word Abba, daddy. However, in Isaiah 9, the word Av has an additional letter. The addition of 'i' transforms Av into 'Avi' and alters the word 'Father' to become a personal possessive noun. Avi literally means 'My Father.' Using Avi, God clarifies He, as the Everlasting Father, has a personal relationship to us; He is our father.
The name "Everlasting Father" is often understood to be solely the position of God the Father (Jehovah) and rarely associated with the Son, Jesus. However, Isaiah 9:6 makes it extremely clear that the Son who has been given as a child to mankind is indeed the Everlasting Father. There can be no separation between the two identities, they are one in the same person. The Eternal Father declares He is stepping into time, taking human form. This is what is a wonder, a miracle, and why the whole of humanity can stand in awe of this great mystery. The Everlasting Father was the Son born in Bethlehem.
Understanding the unity of Father and Son as one God will equip you to be a better witness. Often times, Jehovah Witnesses come to my door. I admire their zeal but am saddened by their misguided understanding standing of Scripture, which is often reinforced by the horrible, twisted version of God's Word called the New World Translation, which lead them down the path of destruction. Many Jehovah's Witnesses remind me of Saul of Tarsus, who simply need a glimpse of the living Jesus to understand the Truth of God. As Christians, we can be better witnesses to them through the Old Testament because that portion of their 'translation' remains accurate. Most Jehovah Witnesses are under the false notion Jesus and Jehovah (The Father) are not the same person. Using Isaiah 9:6 to identify and clarify the names of Jesus will help them see Jesus is God, because God alone has certain attributes/names like Father, everlasting (eternal), and Mighty God. Understanding the Eternal, Everlasting Father, the Mighty God is the Son, Jesus, may help lead them to a revelation of Jesus. I'm not suggesting we argue scripture, but we need to know which scriptures to use to defend our faith and open the minds of others.
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