The Messiah is to be God
Prophecy: Messiah is to be God
As it was written in the Tanakh (NIV & TLV),
Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Titles of the Messiah
In Isaiah 9:6 the Messiah is to rule and provide blessings and peace that will have no end. He has four honorary titles:
- “Wonderful Counselor” is pointing out that He has supernatural wisdom, ability to govern and lead the people. He is great and wonderful, for He had a great plan to carry out long ago which can amaze all mankind (Isaiah 25:1). This plan is contained in chapters 2, 11 and 24 through 27 of the book of Isaiah.
- “Mighty God” indicates the nature of Almighty God Himself. (Isaiah 49), the Son of the Most High.
- “Everlasting Father” means that He is eternally present and His kingdom will never end.
- “Prince of Peace” means that He is the peace (Shalom) and He can give spiritual peace to all who believe in Him.
How did Messiah Jesus Fulfill this Prophecy?
No Man can See God and Live
Here is a conundrum: How could a human being see the Lord and live according to Exodus 33:20?
Exodus 33:20 “But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
God can Appear Himself to His People in Human Likeness
According to the Tanakh, this is what He did:
For example, our God revealed Himself to Abraham in the flesh when He visited him. In Genesis 18:2, Abraham greeted the three men ( שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים ) who came to visit him. However in verse 13, it was revealed that the person with whom Abraham had been conversing was a divine Person because He called Himself God (Adonai) (יְהוָה ).
Another example is that Jacob wrestled with God. In Genesis 32:25, it began with a man ( אִישׁ֙) wrestling with Jacob. However, in verse 30, Jacob (Israel) realized that this man was God, so he said he saw God ( אֱלֹהִים֙) face to face.
Genesis 32:25 “When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.”
Jesus is God
It is through the Jewish Messiah that we see the Father because Jesus said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9).
In the New Covenant, the gospel of John describes that Jesus is the creator of everything: He is the father of time and eternity.
Jesus was a wonderful counselor when He was on earth and you can depend on Him now. He counseled Nicodemus to recognize that He couldn’t do these miracles unless He was from God Himself (John 3:10-15). He counseled the woman at the well to face her sinful past and trade her shame for salvation (John 4:28-30). He counseled the paralyzed man by the pool, and provided healing and power (John 5:1-9).