The Names of God
(Names, Titles, Concepts
and Images of God)

by Don R. Hender

Volume I ~ A-E



Section

~ A ~

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ABBA:  This is a personalized, family, intimate and familiar term for father, more to be considered as ‘PaPa’ or ‘Daddy’, as used in the Hebrew language. And though the uses are from the more prominent Greek New Testament such as in Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6, its Hebrew significances would indicate its common use in an Old Testament setting as well. It is Aramaic for father, and in Talmudic times it was further used as a title of love and honor to one’s PaPa. It was used in the language of Jesus and the apostles, and also by later Greek-speaking Christians, as an intimate name for our Father in Heaven, the Father of our spirits.

Since Jesus Christ, in his many roles, can be 'he who represents or stands in the stead of the Father' to mankind particularly as Jehovah the God of the Old Testament; it may also be used to refer to Jesus Christ in that and a gospel respect.  Thus it may also be used as a term of respect and endearment directly to Christ as one comes to understand that through the Gospel Plan we do become sons and daughters of Christ and He our Father through the waters of baptism, being that second birth where by we enter back through the ‘parentage’ of Christ into the presence of God.

Mark 14:36  “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

As Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemene that night of the atonement as recorded in Mark, it is obviously clear that Jesus is speaking to his Father, Abba, in Heaven, who is also our Father in Heaven, to that Elohim from whom we all in spirit do spring. Considerling the logistics of the matter, Jesus, who is Jehovah in the flesh, is speaking to God the Father of Spriits, Elohim, who's Celestial Heaven is located nigh unto Kolob, some many lightyears distance [A light-year is the distance which light can travel in one year, some 6 trillion miles distance. The observable universe is some 93 billion lightyears distance (93,000,000,000 times/muliplied by 6,000,000,000,000 miles distance)]. It is but the Spirit, the Holy Ghost, who does so make such communication possible between man upon this earth and 'Our Father Who Art in Heaven'. It futher seems remarkable Jesus should be albe to so confidently commune in such personable and intimate terms to begin his pray of address with the name 'Abba', Papa or Daddy.

We stuggle to comprehend and understand such powers and abilities of God that allow such communication and presence to be so felt lightyears distance. Yet we must know that it is so. God's abilities to so perform are not so limited. And it is not unlikely that the arrangement of the first such title to be listed in referencing God, is Abba. Of the some 1500 such name titles of reference which this text does list, consider that 'Papa' or 'Daddy', the very personable and intimate name we may address God the Father by, is 'Abba'; the very first name so listed. He must want us to know and understand, that though his distance in a physical and material sense it of such great distance, that he is of this very close and personable nearness to man that by the power of the Spirit, we may 'direct connect' to him by prayer. What is man that Thou art mindful of him? And this can only be answered by the very fact that He is our Father in that very close and intimate relationship by which we may call him Abba, and expect him to be there to hear us and understand.

Romans 8:15  “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

In Romans is speaks of receiving of the Spirit of adoption.  This likely refers to the Gentiles coming under the scope of the House of Israel and becoming ‘Sons of Abraham’ and ‘Sons of God’ by the adoptive process of their conversion and baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ.  And though it can have reference to God the Father, it also clearly has multiple reference to Abraham and becoming the children of the God of Abraham, who in Old Testament terms is none other than Jehovah who is Jesus Christ.   Thus here we do have Abba being used in reference to Christ, the adoptive father of the gospel process.

Galatians 4:6  “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

Here again is the same type of connotation as found in Romans just cited.  In one very real sense we do become the sons and daughters of Christ as is clearly understood in the many Book of Mormon references to that fact.  Yet in another very real respect, Jesus Christ as the Son does but bring us to the Father, giving all honor and glory to his name.  Thus, when one comes to understand the dualistic and even the multiplicity of the nature of the Godhead, such reference could be seen are referencing at least two, the Father and the Son, if not all three of the members of the Godhead in their roles they fill in unison one with the other.

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Able to Save to the Uttermost:

Hebrews 7:25  “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

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Above All Things:

D&C 88:41  “He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.”

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Abundant in Goodness:

Exodus 34:5-6  “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,”

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Abundant in Truth:

Exodus 34:5-6  “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,”

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Acquainted With Grief:

Isaiah 53:3  “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

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Adam:  ‘Adam’ of the Garden of Eden is not God the Father who is Elohim, nor is Adam God the Son, who is Jehovah.  But the name ‘Adam’ is one of the names of God bestowed upon Adam as being of the ‘race of God’ and as the first of that race to lead all men into this mortality.

Moses 6:9  “In the image of his own body, male and female, created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created and became living souls in the land upon the footstool of God.”

The verse Moses 6:9 makes perfect sense when one understands the meaning of the word Adam. The word ‘Adam’ means ‘Man’.  Thus the previous verse establishes that Adam and Eve, Adam meaning ‘Man’, are jointly of the race of ‘Man’ being created after the image of the ‘body’ of God, meaning the body of God the Father.  It does not mean that Eve is the same person as Adam but that they both come under the name of being ‘Man’, the children of God, after the image of God.

Now, not only is Man of the race of God, but the word ‘Man/Adam’ is used as a descriptive name or title of God.  Thus ‘Son of Man’ is the same as saying the ‘Son of God’.  And ‘MAN’ is one of the various names of God the Father as he is know as ‘MAN OF HOLINESS’. Thus it must be considered that Adam was named with one of the names or titles or God as many of God’s mortal servants are throughout the scriptures so named or renamed.

Moses 6:57  “Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus Christ, a righteous Judge, who shall come in the meridian of time.”

As the next topic will discuss, ‘Man’ or ‘Adam’ not only is a name given to God the Father and to Michael (who is Adam of the Garden of Eden), but ‘Adam’ is also a name assignable and given to Jehovah.

In some scriptural references, understanding that Adam is the same word as ‘Man’, makes them somewhat ‘redundant’ when they speak of the ‘man Adam’.  It is like saying the ‘man Man’.  But we have come to view the name Adam as a particular name of the first man called ‘man’ or Adam by God.  Thus to some extent, in understanding the full meaning of the word Adam or Man, we must retrain our mind that Adam means the same as the word ‘man’.  And in many cases and senses of meaning, Adam does but refer to Man and can even be applied to us all, for we are of the race of ‘Man’.

Now it should be quickly clarified, though it seems obvious.  When it is said that Adam means Man and Christ is the Son of Man and God the Father is the Man of Holiness, we are not stating that Adam, Man, is the same as God the Father, the Father of the Son Jesus Christ.  What is being stated is that all of mankind is of the race of God being the spirit children of God and we, like Adam and Eve can be referred to under the name of Adam, as the meaning of the name is ‘Man’.

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Adam, Last: (New Adam)

We all followed the ‘Man’ Adam by way of the fall into this mortality.  We all follow the ‘Man’ Jesus back to the presence of God by way of the redemption from the fall, the atonement and resurrection.  In this sense, Christ is the ‘last Man’ or the ‘Last Adam’ and it is likely that this is the inference of Paul as he speaks in 1 Corinthians.  Yet because of the phrase ‘quickening spirit’, we may also have a dualistic inference, which could also include the third member of the Godhead performing in unison with the mission of Christ.

                  

1 Corinthians 15:45 “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

Adam was a ‘type’, ‘foreshadow’ or ‘figure’ of him that was to come, even Jesus Christ.  And it was the one to one relationship of the ‘first Adam’ (Michael) with the ‘last Adam’ (Jesus Christ) which provided through Christ’s ‘quickening, atonement and resurrection which did provide redemption from the fall. (see also Romans 5:14-15) Adam means ‘man’ and is found as a common noun in Hebrew.  ‘Man’ is another name for God the Father and also his son Jesus Christ.  ‘Who is ‘Man’ that thou are mindful of him?’ Man is of the race of God.  Christ is the Son of Man meaning the Son of God.  Adam was called ‘Man’ and Jesus is also known by that name, ‘Man’ or ‘Adam’.  And so are we, all after the order of Adam or Man coming into this world, and by Man or Adam, we also find our way out of this mortal existence through Jesus Christ, that Man or Adam who is the only way, who opened the door for us to return to God.  ‘For by ‘Man’ came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be make alive.’  Thus even Adam was given one of the names of God, ‘Man’, as we all are of the race of Man.  And Christ was the ‘Man’ or the ‘Adam’ by whom our quickening doth come.  Not that Adam and Christ are the same ‘Man’, but that they, as the race of ‘Man’ or the race of God, are both addressable by that name, as are each of us as children of God. This takes on a significance in our temple ceremony as we are as though we are Adam in following after him.  And likewise, are we as Christ, that last Adam as we follow him unto salvation.

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Adam-ondi-Ahman:  As discussed under the topics ‘Adam’ and ‘Ahman’, Adam means Man and Ahman is a one of the names of God.  However, ‘Man’ is also one of the names of God indicating that we are of the race of God.  Adam-ondi-Ahman, as explained below, is considered to be the land where Adam or Man dwells with God.  God has come to live with man.  That was the prime reason that Jehovah was selected and ordained with the powers of God, was so that we in this second estate would have the presence of God among us (See Immanuel and Emmanuel).  But when we come to ‘live with God’, that is the time that we will become a part of that great city of Zion, the city of Enoch, which is God’s Kingdom come to earth.  This will be at the Second Coming when Chirst will return ‘in heaven’, heaven or the Kingdom of Heaven, that is Zion, the City of Enoch, returning with Him.  And he will appear in all of his brightness and glory to rule and reign a 1000 years.  Thus the most literal translation would be ‘Man-with-God’, ‘Man-united with-God’. ‘Man-walks with-God’, or ‘Man-dwells with-God’.  Whatever the Adamic word ‘ondi’ means, it is certainly associating ‘Man and God’, one with the other in association with the City of God, the City of Zion.

 

“. . . Ahman is one of the names by which God was known to Adam.  Adam-ondi-Ahman, a name carried over from the pure Adamic language into English, is one for which we have not been given a revealed, literal translation. As near as we can judge—and this view comes down from the early brethren who associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was the first one to use the name in this dispensation—Adam-ondi-Ahman means the place or land of God where Adam dwelt.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 19)

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Administration of the Comforter:

D&C 90: 11  “For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

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Adon/Andi/£dhôn/Adonai:  meaning Lord, ‘Jehovah’ or ‘Master’ or "Our Sovereign". It is Another name used commonly by Jews in place of the ‘ineffable name for God’.

  Though we are cautioned about the too frequent and vain or vane use of the holy and sacred name of God, this is more in the line of ‘not taking the name of God in vain,’ that is without being in true worship or sacred reference, than it does with the absolute forbidding to use God’s Holy Name.  In fact, when taken to the extreme of ‘never’ using God’s name, it is more of the spirit of the Devil which uses such policy to censor God’s name from our vocabulary and keeping us from coming to a true understanding of Him.  We do use God’s Holy name, but we are to avoid taking it in vain, that is without truth of heart dedicated to Him.  Many people do use God’s name in vain in the respect that they are mere hypocrites, using and calling upon His name merely to be seen and heard of the world and for other such vain reasons.  When we are not sincere and true in our intent to God, then taking his name upon our lips in a vain process.  It is like partaking of the Lord’s Sacrament unworthily.  Not that one is without sin in so doing, for that is the purpose of calling upon God and partaking of the sacrament, to have our sins removed.  But if we are not truly coming before the Lord in meekness and humility, believing upon him with true and real intent, then it vainness to us and we are taking damnation upon ourselves in proceeding to do so.

English       Hebrew         Example Scripture
 
Lord                     Adon                      Joshua 3:11
 

Lord                    Adonai                    Genesis 15:2&8

Joshua 3:11  “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.”

Joshua 3:11                     hinn©h    Behold,

                                                     ’£rôn    the ark of

                                          ha\bb‰rîth    the covenant of

                                                 £dhôn    the Lord of

                                                      kol-    all

                                               \’¡rets    the earth

                                                 ‘³bh©r    passeth over

                                         li\phnê/khem    before you

                                         ba\yyard©n :    into Jordan.

Genesis 15:2  “And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?”

Genesis 15:2               va\yy³’mer    And said,

                                                 ’abhr¡m    Abram

                                              £dh³n¡y    Lord

                                                 y«hvih    GOD,

                                                     mah-    what

                                                    titten-    wilt thou give

                                                         l/î    me,

                                             v‰\’¡n³khî    seeing I

                                                   hôl©kh    go

                                                      ‘£rîrî    childless,

                                      û\bhen-mesheq    and the steward of

                                                    bêth/î    my house

                                                                is

                                                        hû’    this

                                             damme¤eq    Damascus?

                                               ’«lî‘ezer :    Eliezer of

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Advocate (with the Father):  Advocate is translated from a Greek name, which can also be taken to mean ‘intercessor, helper and/or comforter’.   Our formal English definition of the word is such as: ‘One who pleads the cause of another; One who defends, vindicates, or espouses a cause by argument; A pleader in favor of something.  This seems to be a ‘nice’ concept to consider that Christ is ‘pleading’ our case before God.  But Christ being our Advocate seems to imply much more than these canned dictionary definitions can reveal.

All the scriptural references, which use the title Advocate are recorded since the Lord’s atonement.  And it may give the impression that until the Lord performed and completed his atoning sacrifice; he was not performing as our Advocate.  But this can obviously be seen to not be the case, because from the very councils in the preexistence, it was Jehovah who stood and stated clearly, ‘Here am I, send me’.  And all through the war in heaven, the creation, and as the God of the Old Testament, Christ has been standing as that intercessory and interceding member of the Godhead in our behalf.  The plan and role of Jesus Christ did not just happen as limited by his mortal existence.  It began in Heaven before the foundation of the world and it will extend on well beyond the Second Coming of the Lord as our King David or Beloved King.

Christ is the Father’s representative unto us.  He is our activist, supporter, promoter and  sponsor with, to and of the Father.  It is by and through Christ that we come to the Father.  In all things, Christ represents, acts for, of, as and though he is the Father, having been placed in that position by the Father as our advocate and mediator with the Father.  It is this very relationship by which Christ acts as the Father and speaks as the Father and is essentially the Father to us in all things.  He is our God, placed there by the Father for the duration of this probation as the Father was beyond the ‘second estate’ and need to place an ‘advocate’ representing Him in this second estate for us to commune through.  That representative of God the Father in all things is Jehovah, who is the same as Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jehoshua – Joshua (God is help) – (Jehovah is Salvation)

Intercedes extending his mercy and forgiveness in the place of God’s punishment where by justice is served.

1 John 2:1  “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”

D&C 29:5  “Lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your

advocate with the Father; and it is his good will to give you the kingdom.”

D&C 45:3-4  “Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him—Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified; Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.”

D&C 110:4  “I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.”

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After the Order of Melchizedek:

Psalms 110:4  “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

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Ahman:  A name of God is most familiar as being a part of the name ‘Adam-ondi-Ahman.  Adam meaning ‘Man’ and Ahman meaning ‘God’ is set forth in association one with the other by the connecting word ‘ondi’, the meaning of which is not had at this present time.

“. . . Ahman is one of the names by which God was known to Adam.  Adam-ondi-Ahman, a name carried over from the pure Adamic language into English, is one for which we have not been given a revealed, literal translation. As near as we can judge—and this view comes down from the early brethren who associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was the first one to use the name in this dispensation—Adam-ondi-Ahman means the place or land of God where Adam dwelt.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 19)

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Alien:  This ‘alien’ is not that of being from outer space, but of being considered a ‘foreigner’ of another land.  Before the resurrection, there is evidence that the brothers and sisters of Jesus where not considered to be among is follows.  In this Christ was considered but ‘alienated’ from the sibling members of his family, his brothers and sisters.

Psalms 69:8  “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.”

Perhaps King David associated himself with this same feeling.  He had potential of being alienated from his ‘kinsmen’ in a number of possible scenarios.   David was the son of Jesse an Ephrathite, yet through Boaz, he was of the bloodline of Judah.  Jesse was the son of Obed, and Obed was the firstborn of the marriage between Ruth and Boaz.  Under the Law of Moses (Deu. 25:4-10), Obed was legally of the seed of Mahlon, as Boaz acted as the redeeming kinsman to raise up seed to the dead (Mahlon and the house of Elimelech) as stated both in Deuteronomy chapter 25 and Ruth chapter 4.

Jesse had apparently assumed the rightful role of being ‘an Ephrathite’ just as Mahlon and Elimelech had been, and as Obed the firstborn of the ‘redeeming’ marriage would have dictated.  But David associated himself more with his bloodline relationship, that of being of the blood of Judah.  And David selected Judah over Israel or the house of Ephraim and Joseph.  Yet Judah under one of David’s sons, Absolom, did reject David and Israel his true legal descend did accept him.

In the end, David was in a state of being rejected both by Israel, Ephraim/Joseph his legal heritage’ and by Judah , his bloodline heritage.  The Jews desired a new King other than David’s selected son, and David had thus alienated himself from both his tribes of kinship.  There is also one other time that David could have felt alienated.  Samuel had anointed David to be the new King.  Judah supported David in this against the house of Joseph and the then Benjaminite King, Saul.  This initial spurning of David by Israel in favor of Saul may have played a role later in David rejecting Israel and selecting Judah over them, though Israel had supported David in the civil war caused by David’s son Absolom.

They say that it is lonely at the top.  David being at the top had various opportunities to feel alone and alienated from those who would have otherwise have been David’s kinsmen.  Thus the Psalm is dualistic in that it can be applied to both David and Christ.  As a hymn of Jehovah, it does apply to Him first.  We today have the same tendency to make a hymn or song a personal application to ourselves, though it was not initially written as such.

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Alive for Evermore:

Revelation 1:18  “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

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All (our):

Hymn 6 Redeemer of Israel:1  “Redeemer of Israel, Our only delight. On Whom for a blessing we call. Our shadow by day And our pillar by night, Our King, our Deliv’rer our all.”

Our total reliance upon the Lord can be illustrated by the reliance which Israel under Moses had upon the Lord their God.  He was their source of livelihood for forty years in the wilderness. He went before them when they would move and stood by them at night.

He provided them their daily life as he was the manna, which was given to them daily.  Our God is the same to us, though we do not often recognize him from all and all that he has given us from the very breath of live to all that we have from day to day.  We are totally reliant upon him.

Exodus 13:21-22  “And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”

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All, and in All (All, in All):  Christ is the whole Plan of Salvation.  Christ is Salvation, and there is none else whereby we may be saved.  He is ‘All’.  The condescension of God speaks of the entire mission of Christ in 1 Nephi 11. (See Condescension of God)  Christ is the only one we can look to, to be saved.  He is our ‘All’.

Colossians 3:11  “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:  but Christ is all, and in all.

As we work out our Salvation, Christ enters in and He is then in all of us.  This developing unity of becoming one with Christ is the same unity that Christ and the Father share.  They are separate beings, just as we are from Christ.  But as we make the way of our lives that of truth and light which transcends eternity, be then become one in that which is required for eternal life and exaltation.  And that is truth and light or the intelligence level of performance of the body and spirit in unison doing what is right and righteous and in Christ and God, rather than to take the broad road to chaos of lies and deceit, which leads to destruction and misery rather than truth, light, joy and happiness.

2 Corinthians 1:19-20  “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”

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All Fullness:

Lectures on Faith 2:2  “We here observe that God is the only supreme governor and independent being in whom all fullness and perfection dwell; who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; without beginning of days or end of life; and that in him every good gift and every good principle dwell; and that he is the Father of lights; in him the principle of faith dwells independently, and he is the object in whom the faith of all other rational and accountable beings center for life and salvation.”

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All-Searching Eye:

2 Nephi 9:44  “O, my beloved brethren, remember my words. Behold, I take off my garments, and I shake them before you; I pray the God of my salvation that he view me with his all-searching eye; wherefore, ye shall know at the last day, when all men shall be judged of their works, that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my soul, and that I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your blood.”

Jacob 2:10  “But, notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do according to the strict commands of God, and tell you concerning your wickedness and abominations, in the presence of the pure in heart, and the broken heart, and under the glance of the piercing eye of the Almighty God.”

Mosiah 27:31  “Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye.”

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All Things Are Before Him:

D&C 88:41  “He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.”

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All Things Are by Him, and of Him:

D&C 88:41  “He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.”

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All Things Are Round About Him:

1 Corinthians 8:6  “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

D&C 88:41  “He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.”

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Almighty:

Moses 1:25  “And calling upon the name of God, he beheld his glory again, for it was upon him; and he heard a voice, saying: Blessed art thou, Moses, for I, the Almighty, have chosen thee, and thou shalt be made stronger than many waters; for they shall obey thy command as if thou wert God.”

Psalms 91:1  “HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

2 Nephi 23:6  “Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.”

Matthew 28:18  “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

It was given Him by His Father and by this divine investiture does the Lord work among us, both in the Old and New Testament from the beginning and before the foundation of the earth to the end thereof.  The same Almighty Power of the Father was given the Son from the Beginning.  And by that almighty power was the creation accomplished.

Revelation 1:8  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

D&C 84:96  “For I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, to scourge them for their wickedness.”

D&C 121:33  “How long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.”

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Almighty God:

Moses 2:1  “And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I reveal unto you concerning this heaven, and this earth; write the words which I speak. I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest.”

Moses 7:66  “But before that day he saw great tribulations among the wicked; and he also saw the sea, that it was troubled, and men's hearts failing them, looking forth with fear for the judgments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked.”

1 Nephi 17:48  “And now it came to pass that when I had spoken these words they were angry with me, and were desirous to throw me into the depths of the sea; and as they came forth to lay their hands upon me I spake unto them, saying: In the name of the Almighty God, I command you that ye touch me not, for I am filled with the power of God, even unto the consuming of my flesh; and whoso shall lay his hands upon me shall wither even as a dried reed; and he shall be as naught before the power of God, for God shall smite him.”

Jacob 2:10  “But, notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do according to the strict commands of God, and tell you concerning your wickedness and abominations, in the presence of the pure in heart, and the broken heart, and under the glance of the piercing eye of the Almighty God.”

Revelations 19:15  “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

D&C 20:21  “Wherefore, the Almighty God gave his only Begotten Son, as it is written

in those scriptures which have been given of him.”

D&C 88:106  “And again, another angel shall sound his trump, which is the seventh angel, saying: It is finished; it is finished! The Lamb of God hath overcome and trodden the wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.”

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Alpha (and Omega):  Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet.  It means and implies the ‘beginning’.  Christ or Jehovah is with whom the Plan of God begins.  He was the firstborn of the Father in the spirit.  And in the preexistent councils in heaven, before the foundation of the earth, God the Father selected Jehovah to be the Redeemer and Savior of mankind.  Jehovah was the first selected to bring salvation to God the Father’s spirit children as they passed through their second estate.

3 Nephi 9:18  “I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

Revelations 1:8  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

      In Revelation 1:8, the Lord God said, "I am the Alpha and Omega...who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."  This encompasses the whole of the plan of God from the preexistence to the final coming and end of the earth.

The attributes of God implied by the title of Alpha and Omega beyond the obvious reference to some distinct beginning and ending of a run of time, are quite enlightening to contemplate.  And it brings to mind the image, which is brought out in the book of Moses chapter 1, that God is ‘Endless’ and ‘Eternal’ without beginning or end.  That he existed before the creation and was the author of the creation.

Notice that all these concepts and titles of deity, which Jesus claimed for Himself, are names and titles which are also applicable to the Father. Jesus, identifies Himself as "the Living One" and exclaims, "I am the First and the Last" (Rev. 1:17, 18).  Certainly as Abraham was shown the intelligences of the preexistence, it was stated to him that essence of which intelligence is made truly has no beginning, thus we all are like unto God in this respect that we too have had no beginning and are without end, being eternal in the nature of our eternal spirits (Abraham 3:18-).

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught:

             “The mind or the intelligence which man possesses is co-equal with God himself. I know that my testimony is true; hence, when I talk to these mourners, what have they lost? Their relatives and friends are only separated from their bodies for a short season: their spirits which existed with God have left the tabernacle of clay only for a little moment, as it were; and they now exist in a place where they converse together the same as we do on the earth.

             “I am dwelling on the immortality of the spirit of man. Is it logical to say that the intelligence of spirits is immortal, and yet that it had a beginning? The intelligence of spirits had no beginning, neither will it have an end. That is good logic. That which has a beginning may have an end. There never was a time when there were not spirits; for they are co-equal [co-eternal] with our Father in heaven.”

(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 353)

And:

             “Intelligence is eternal and exists upon a self-existent principle. It is a spirit from age to age, and there is no creation about it. All the minds and spirits that God ever sent into the world are susceptible of enlargement.”

 The Power to Advance in Knowledge

             “The first principles of man are self-existent with God. God himself, finding he was in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself. The relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. He has power to institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligences, that they may be exalted with himself, so that they might have one glory upon another, and all that knowledge, power, glory, and intelligence, which is requisite in order to save them in the world of spirits.”

(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 354)

      Once again, Jesus declares, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End" (Rev. 22:13).  Christ, our eldest brother, the first born in the spirit of God the Father, though without beginning and end as is the nature of us all, is our beginning and end as to the plan of God’s salvation for man.  There is no other that we need go beyond than Christ.  He is the Father’s selected representative and whom we all must go through to obtain our salvation.  He is our beginning and our end in the Plan of Salvation.

Revelation 21:6  “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

D&C 63:60  “Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ.”

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Altar:

Hebrews 13:10  “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.”

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Altogether Lovely:

Song of Solomon 5:16  “His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”

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Amen:  Amen means ‘so be it’ or ‘so it is’ in a statement of confirmation agreement.  In Hebrew it can further mean truly, certainly or faithfully, which is similar in meaning and does expand the concept of the name.  If is also associated with the name of God known to us as Ahman.  In Revelation, one of the names of Christ is given as Amen, which seems to indicate a finishing divine confirmation and assurance of all that God has given and promised.  In other places such as D&C 121:33-46, it has the implication of bring to an end or to a close such as ending of an unrighteous man’s priesthood.  Thus in terms of Alpha and Omega, it is more of the Omega or ending confirmation that seems to be reflected.

Revelation 3:14 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;”

The pronunciation similarity between Ahman and Amen cannot help but be noted, Ahman being one of the names of God (See Ahman).  Further in the corruptions of God, this name does also frequently appear and must be considered as coming from the true source of God, becoming a corruption of him (See Amun).

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Amun:  The Egyptian God Amun or Amun-Re (Amen-Ra/Amon-Ra) can readily be seen as a corruption of what was once the true concept of God (See Ra).   In the Egyptian concept he is ‘the hidden one’ which brings to mind the Invisible God or one who has been hidden from man or unseen by man.  Amun becomes the Sun God Ra in the Egyptian evolution of the corruption of God.  He is the Supreme God, the God of Gods.  His symbol is the Ram and is often symbolized as a man with a ram’s head (See Ram).  In ancient Greece he is worshiped as Ammon, Text Box: Image of a standing Ram at the tree of life from Uragain resounding the name of God, Ahman, in their corruption of him.

The intertwined threads of the truth of God mixed with the concepts of man are unmistakably apparent in such corruptions.  It should always be understood that the truth of God came first through Adam and then through Noah to all of mankind.  It is mankind’s corruption of the true God which evolves through the influence of Satan into such corruptions as are seen and are so apparent in these other closely related false images of God.  

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Anchor of the Soul: Now our great hope is in Jesus Christ, that is that we have eternal life through his atonement and resurrection (Moroni 7:41 & see also 'Hope' thru 'Hope of Their Fathers').

Hebrews 6:19-20 "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."

Ether 12:4 "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."

And with out this anchor of hope in Jesus Christ we would be left unto the buffetings of Satan.

Mormon 5:18 "But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her; and even as she is, so are they."

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Ancient of Days:  The ‘Ancient of Days’ is a name given to Adam.  And we recognize it to be Adam.  But there is evidence that would suggest that this name, like many names given unto the followers of God, is but of God’s own names, whether the name of the Father or the Son or both.  Certainly God the Father is more ancient than Adam, and Christ being the first begotten in the spirit is more ancient is the rest of us, including Adam in that respect.  Of course Adam is the ancient one of mortality from whom we all descend, but there does seem cause to consider that Adam’s name of the ‘Ancient of Days, is a given adopted name unto Adam from God, to whom it also applies.

Many non-LDS scholars apply this name to Jesus Christ, that is Jehovah being the ancient of days.  Job writes that wisdom and understanding is a function of the length of days.  The logic is the more ancient the more ‘intelligent’.

Job 12:12  “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.”

Christ was and is the more intelligent than all the spirit children of God the Father.  Since Christ as Jehovah was the first born in the spirit, he is the most ancient of us all.  Thus the logic in Job seems to fit.  And Jehovah, Jesus Christ, could will be called the most ancient, or the ‘Ancient of Day’, in this respect among the spirit children of God the Father.

Abraham 3: 19  “And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.”

When one reads Daniel’s account, one could certainly perceive that it is a description of God.  But we are told otherwise.  But first read Daniel considering how it might be interpreted to be God.

Daniel 7:9    “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.”

Some consider this to be Christ, others consider it Adam as defined as the Ancient of days in the Doctrine and Covenants.  If Adam wears but one of the names of God in the ‘Ancient of Days’, then who is to say for sure?  Joseph Smith taught regarding this event recorded in Daniel 7:9 the following:

             “Daniel in his seventh chapter speaks of the Ancient of Days; he means the oldest man, our Father Adam, Michael, he will call his children together and hold a council with them to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. He (Adam) is the father of the human family, and presides over the spirits of all men, and all that have had the keys must stand before him in this grand council. This may take place before some of us leave this stage of action. The Son of Man stands before him, and there is given him glory and dominion. Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ, that which was delivered to him as holding the keys of the universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family.” ~ (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 157)

Two other confirming scriptural verses are presented from the D&C as follows:

D&C 27:11   “And also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days;”

D&C 138:38   “Among the great and mighty ones who were assembled in this vast congregation of the righteous were Father Adam, the Ancient of Days and father of all,”

But in fairness, it might be considered that the name, ‘Ancient of Days’ is but a borrowed or shared name with that of God the Father and even Jehovah.  For many of the names of men are.


A N G E L

Even the Great God Jehovah did perform as an Angel of administration to the Earth.  Angels are ‘messengers of God’ who perform various ‘ministering tasks’.  They can be beings of ‘spirit’ who have yet to come to earth or who are awaiting the resurrection.  They can be resurrected beings such as was the Angel Moroni or immortalized humans such as John the Beloved and the three Nephites.  And no rank is limiting of who can be considered an angel performing in the work of God.  In this last respect, even our Great God Jehovah of the Old Testament has often worked as an Angel of God in the work and glory of God.  One must further considered that God’s very ‘Messenger of God’, the Holy Ghost, has also so functioned at times as an Administering Angel.

D&C 130:5  “I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it.”

What this scripture from D&C 130 clarifies is that only those who have come down to this earth’s ‘second estate’ can or do minister to it.  This precludes the concept that any others who have not so dwelt, do dwell or yet will dwell upon this earth, can or do minister unto it.  This means that God the Father had to select one from among us, his spirit children to act, preside and be the God of this Earth under His direction.  God the Father selected Jehovah, his firstborn son in the spirit to be that ministering God.  And He anointed and ordained him with the power of God.  And it is by this ‘Divine Investiture’ by which Jehovah did rule as the God of the Old Testament and is our Lord God, Jesus Christ of the New Testament and of the Second Coming.  He acts as, for and in behalf of the Father in all things and it is only through him that we may return unto the presence and glory of God the Father.

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Angel:  The ‘office’ or condition of an ‘angel’ is to minister unto this earth.  It must be understood that even Jehovah and the Holy Ghost, members of the Godhead, could, did and do function in the office and calling of ‘angel’ at various junctures in time.  This fact is clearly state by Joseph Smith in D&C 129 where he uses the resurrected Jesus Christ as an example of one type of angel.

D&C 129:1-3  “THERE are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones— For instance, Jesus said: Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. Secondly; the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.

Joseph Smith was considering those who had already been to the earth in this identification of ministering angels. But there are also others who have not yet come to earth and are of the Pre-Spirit World Heaven of God. Thus there are also 'Angels' who have ministered unto the earth being yet but 'spirit beings'. Jehovah who is the same as Jesus Christ was but a God of Spirit who did minister in the stead of the Father as the God of the Old Testament. And also such is depicted when Peter, James and John did minister unto Adam well before they were human in the flesh little alone resurrectd beings of flesh and bone. And then there is that Angel who visited Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. Just who is or who was that angel who ‘strengthened’ Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane?  Many consider him to be a ministering ‘angel’ sent to bare a portion of the burden of Christ’s suffering. Yet as the Holy Ghost was sent to abode upon the Christ and sojourn with him, and even that Christ was to suffer in Gethsemane alone, I have considered yet another possiblity as to the identity of that particular 'Angel of God'.

The 'Original Artist’s' image had wings on this angel, which are here graphically removed to convey the true nature of the event

Suffering Jesus, blood stained and worn, in the arms of his brother and co-member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost.

~ Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

The the angel was strengthening him that he could endure the suffering is not doctrinally consistent with the fact that Christ did ‘tread the winepress alone’.  He only could suffer and take upon himself the sins of the world.  Thus we are faced with supposing this witnessed angel presence to have been of some other nature than that supposed and reported by Luke.

There is another consideration for the presence of that angel by Jesus’ side in Gethsemane.  Christ had the constant companionship of the presence of the Father, which is provided by God’s messenger, the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost abode with the Savior as his constant companion.  At the time of Christ’s suffering, the Holy Ghost could not abide in him, as the Savior had to ‘tread the winepress alone’.  Therefore the Holy Ghost, that angel of the presence of the Father, had to step apart from the being of the Savior.  He could stand by him he but could not bare any of the suffering for him.  That ‘angel’ who stood by in the presence of Christ in Gethsemane very logically would be none other than the spirit of that being we know as the Holy Ghost.  Christ had asked his apostles to watch with him.  At least the presence of the Holy Ghost, withdrawn from him in order that Christ would suffer alone, stood close by him as witnessed by the gospel of Luke. And after the suffering had past, then that special angel could comfort him and even stregthen him after the suffering had occured, but not during that suffering.

Considering yet another 'Angel of God, we ask, 'Who is or was the ‘angel’ comedown from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit with a great chain in his hand to bind Satan?  Two verses of Revelations must be considered together to yield this answer. They follow below.

Revelations 20:1  “AND I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.”

Revelations 9:1  “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.”

The fifth time or dispensation of time, the 5th thousand years, was the time of the coming of Christ to the Earth.  He is the ‘Star of the Morning’ or the ‘Morning Star’, the ‘Star of David’, the ‘Offspring of David (See Morning Star, Offspring of David, Star of David and Star of Jacob).

Revelation 3:7  “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;”

These keys to hell, the pit, are verified by the Lord that he holds them as he states in Revelations 1:18.

Revelation 1:17-18  “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

It would seem that these keys are the very sealing powers of heaven and earth. They where held by Elijah and delivered by him. Yet they are the key of David and the priesthood of Christ.

Isaiah 14:15  “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

It is by the power and authority of the priesthood after the order of the Son of God which will exercise its power over Satan and bind him and cast him down to ‘hell’, to the sides of the bottomless pit.  While Michael may lead that final battle against Satan and his angels, it is still by the authority and power of the Priesthood of Christ that it is accomplished.

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Angels and Authorities and Powers Being Made Subject Unto Him:  His Father has placed him above and over all.  All things are subject unto Him, the Son of God, Jehovah even Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:22  “Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

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Angel Ascending from the East:

D&C 77:9  “Q. What are we to understand by the angel ascending from the east, Revelation 7th chapter and 2nd verse?

“A. We are to understand that the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, he crieth unto the four angels having the everlasting gospel, saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And, if you will receive it, this is Elias which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and restore all things.”

D&C 77:14  “Q. What are we to understand by the little book which was eaten by John, as mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelation?

“A. We are to understand that it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to gather the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.”

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Angel of God:  Angels are the messengers of God.  They deliver messages from God.  Often Angels will speak the words of God as though they are God, but they are merely speaking by way of divine investiture the words of God.  And as it states in the Doctrine and Covenants, whether it is by the mouth of God or by the mouth of his servants, it is the same (D&C 1:38).  On certain occasions the ‘angel’ might even be a member of the Godhead as was the case when Jehovah appeared unto Moses and Abraham.

Genesis 21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

Which angel spoke to Hagar we do not know.

Exodus 3:2  “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”

We understand that the angel of the LORD who appeared unto Moses was Jehovah himself, which is confirmed in the book of Moses.

Judges 13:6   “¶ Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:”

Judges 13:17-18  “And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

Which angel of God, also identified as the angel of the Lord, delivered the information concerning the birth of Samson is not know, but perhaps a slight hint is that his name was ‘secret’ and could not be declared.  Angels do often declare their names as in the case of Gabriel’s administration to Zachariah, Mary and Joseph.  The only being who’s name is never given is the Holy Ghost.  He it is that is to remain cloak in anonymity so as not to confuse his worship as a member of the Godhead with that of the one true God of worship who has been appointed as such by God the Father, and that is Jehovah, even Jesus Christ.

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Angel of His Presence:

Abraham 1:15  “And as they lifted up their hands upon me, that they might offer me up and take away my life, behold, I lifted up my voice unto the Lord my God, and the Lord hearkened and heard, and he filled me with the vision of the Almighty, and the angel of his presence stood by me, and immediately unloosed my bands;”

Isaiah 63:9  “In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.”

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Angel of the Lord:

Genesis 16:7  “And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.”

Exodus 3:2  “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”

Judges 13:6   “¶ Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:”

Judges 13:17-18  “And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

Acts 7:30  “And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.”

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Angel Which Redeemed Me:  Jacob in blessing Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh refers to his God, Jehovah in Genesis 48:15-16, as the ‘Angel Which Redeemed Me’.  The ‘which’ is better translated as ‘Who’.  This sets out clearly that Jehovah is and was the Redeemer and the same person as Jesus Christ, who we understand from the New Testament witness to be our Redeemer, the Redeemer of Isreal.  They are the same.

Genesis 48:16   “The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

Here in again is evidence that Jehovah who is the same as Christ is referred to by the name of being an ‘Angel’.  This has great significance when consider many other scriptures such as those in Revelation where this angel and that angel performs this and that.  Often that ‘angel’ is none other than Christ, which becomes obvious when one has that understanding that he may be referred to by the title of ‘Angel’.

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Anointed (his):

1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind:  and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

Psalms 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

Psalms 84:9  “Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

Isaiah 61:1  “THE Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

Luke 4:18   “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

Acts 4:27  “For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,”

Acts 10:38  “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

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Anointed King:  In the book of II Samuel, David was anointed by Saul to be the king of Israel.  This anointing of the ‘Beloved’, which the name of David means, is but a foreshadow of what is to come in the divine posterity of David.  The ‘Beloved’ Son of God, Jesus Christ, was anointed before the foundation of the earth.  That anointing detailed that it would be He, the Beloved of the Father, who was to be made King.  Thus the ‘Anointed King’ title is born by Christ, as God the Father did anoint him to be such among us.  Christ is the Reigning King of the Millennium.  He is the King David of the Millennium.  And he was anointed to be that king as part as his calling and anointing by God the Father in the preexistence.  (See David)

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Anointed One:  In the LDS Bible Dictionary is the name given as the ‘Anointed One’ which is identified as Christ with the following explanation and scriptures:

“ANOINTED ONE ~ Jesus is spoken of as the Christ and the Messiah, which means he is the one anointed of the Father to be his personal representative in all things pertaining to the salvation of mankind. The English word Christ is from a Greek word meaning anointed, and is the equivalent of Messiah, which is from Hebrew and Aramaic, a term meaning anointed. See Ps. 2: 2; Isa. 61: 1-3; Luke 4: 16-32; Acts 4: 23-30; Acts 10: 38.”

Yet none of the listed scriptures ever do use this title of the Lord as the ‘Anointed One’.  There is one scripture which speaks of two ‘anointed ones’.

Zechariah 4:12-14  “And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be?  And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

Zechariah is then cross-referenced to Revelations:

Revelations 11:3-4  “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.”

Then from a latter day revelation we learn the following:

D&C 77:15  “Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?

“A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.”

Thus it seems that the only mention of ‘anointed one(s)’ are but two prophets.  Yet we know that Christ was anointed by his Father and thus it has become common to refer to him as the ‘Anointed One’.

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Another king:

Acts 17:7  “Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.”

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Apostle of our Profession:  It is important to realize that Chirst himself held the office of an Apostle of God, for Christ as God does minister in all of the offices and ordinance of the Holy Priesthood.  And just as a High Priest is still a Deacon or Priest of the Aaronic Priesthood, so is God still holding and administering in all the offices of the priesthood of God.

Hebrews 3:1  “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”

44

Appear(s) in the Presence of God for Us:  This concept goes hand in hand with the title of ‘Advocate’, that Christ is our immediate mediator and advocate in the presence of God for and in our behalf.

Hebrew 9:24  “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

45

Appointed Heir:

Hebrews 1:2-3  “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

46

Appointed to Be the Greatest:

D&C 50:26-27   “He that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all.   Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son.”

47

Ark of the Covenant:

Joshua 3:3  “And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.”

48

Arm (his):  Just as ‘Word’ as the ‘Word of God’ is a name title by which Jesus Christ, Jehovah, is known, also the ‘arm’ of God is a name title by which Jesus Christ is known.  It is descriptive in nature, describing the relationship between the Father and the Son as the Son is the Father’s strong right arm.  And it also become descriptive in how the Son, as Jehovah operates as our Lord and God, as he was appointed and anointed as such by God the Father to so function.

Psalms 77:15  “Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.”

(See 2 Nephi 3:4, 2 Nephi 25;21 for Joseph’s connections and associations)

Jacob 2:25  “Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph.”

D&C 90:10  “And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.”

D&C 123:17  “Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”

49

Arm of the Lord:

Isaiah 53:1  “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”

D&C 90:10  “And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.”

50

Arrange by Lot the Inheritances of the Saints:

D&C 85:7  “And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;”

51

Ascended Up on High:

D&C 88:6  “He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;”

52

Atoned:

Moses 6:54  “Hence came the saying abroad among the people, that the Son of God hath atoned for original guilt, wherein the sins of the parents cannot be answered upon the heads of the children, for they are whole from the foundation of the world.”

53

Atonement:

Romans 5:11  “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”  (See Romans 5:6-21)

D&C 76:69  “These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.”

54

Atonement of Christ:

AoF 3.  “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”

55

Atoning Blood of Jesus Christ

Helamen 5:9  “O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.”

56

Atoning Sacrifice:

D&C 138:2  “And reflecting upon the great atoning sacrifice that was made by the Son of God, for the redemption of the world;”

57

Author of Eternal Salvation:

Hebrews 5:9  “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”

Since the fuller Hebrew name of Jesus is Jehoshua, which means ‘Jehovah is Salvation’ or ‘Jehovah in whom is Salvation’, Jehovah can be seen as the author of eternal salvation.  It is found in and through him and none else.  Salvation begins and ends with Jesus Christ and none other.  He is our ‘source’ of eternal salvation, thus he is the author of eternal salvation.

58

Author of our Faith:

Hebrews 12:2  “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Moroni 6:4  “And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.

59

Author of Life:  The term ‘Prince’ is used in being the source of or what might well be considered as being the ‘author of’.  In this case the ‘source’ or ‘author of life’.

Acts 3:15  “And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.”

60

Author and Perfecter of our Faith:  ‘Finisher’ in this case is the one who makes ‘complete’ or ‘perfects’ the finished product.  This Jesus is the ‘source’ and ‘perfector’ of our faith.

Hebrews 12:2  “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

61

Author of Eternal Salvation:

Hebrews 5:9  “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”

62

Author of Salvation:  Here as in the case of Acts 3:15, the term ‘captain’ or ‘prince’ relates better as being the ‘head’ or ‘source’ of.  That is the ‘author’ of salvation.

Hebrews 2:10  “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

63

Avenger of God’s Elect:

           

Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.  God’s ‘elect’, who have been trodden down by the wicked of the earth, will be avenged by God.  God is the ‘Avenger of His Elect’.

64

Avenger of All:

1 Thessalonians 4:6  “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.”

65

Avi’Ad Shalom:

“The Messiah is called by seven names and they are: Yinnon, Tzidqenu [“Our Justice”], Tezmah [‘Shoot’], Menahem [‘Comforter’], David, Shiloh, and Elijah.” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87). And another such list from that same source states that the Messiah is called by eight names:  Yinnon, Tezmah, Pele [“Miracle”], Yo’etz [“Counselor”], Mashiah [“Messiah”], El [“God”], Gibbor [“Hero”], and Avi’Ad Shalom [“Eternal Father of Peace”].” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87 S. Buber’s note)  (See ‘The Messiah Texts’ pages 20-22)



Section

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66

Balm of Gilead:  A ‘balm’ can be taught of as a ‘healing ointment’ which when applied heals the ailment.  Christ is the ‘balm of Gilead’, the healing physician that heals the ailments of all mankind.

Jeremiah 8:22  “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?”

67

Banner to Them that Fear Thee:  This ‘banner’ to them that fear God has it parallel in the ‘Ensign’ that is raised to the nations.  That ‘Ensign’ being Christ the Lord and his latter day gospel.

Psalms 60:4  “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.”

68

Bare Our Sins:

1 Peter 2: 24  “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

1 Peter 3:18  “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

1 Peter 4:1  “FORASMUCH then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

69

Bearer of Glory:

Zechariah 6:13  “Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”

70

Bearer of Sin:

Hebrews 9:28 “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

71

Beautiful:

Isaiah 4:2  “In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.”

72

Beautiful . . . feet:

Isaiah 52:7  “¶ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”

 73

Before All Things:

Colossians 1:17  “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

74

Beginning:

Colossians 1:18  “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

75

Beginning of the Creation of God:

Revelation 3:14  “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;”

76

Beginning and End:

Moses 2:1  “And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I reveal unto you concerning this heaven, and this earth; write the words which I speak. I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest.

Revelations 22:13  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

77

Beginning and Ending:

Revelation 1:8  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

78

Being:

Mosiah 4:19  “For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?”

Alma 26:35  “Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.”

Mormon 9:19  “And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.”

Lecture on Faith 3:1.  “In the second lecture it was shown how it was that the knowledge of the existence of God came into the world, and by what means the first thoughts were suggested to the minds of men that such a Being did actually exist; and that it was by reason of the knowledge of his existence that there was a foundation laid for the exercise of faith in him, as the only Being in whom faith could center for life and salvation; for faith could not center in a Being of whose existence we have no idea, because the idea of his existence in the first instance is essential to the exercise of faith in him. . . . ”

79

Beloved:  (See David)

Moses 4:2  “But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me, Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.”

2 Nephi 31:15  “And I heard a voice from the Father, saying: Yea, the words of my Beloved are true and faithful. He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.”

Matthew 12:18  “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.”

This reference began in Matthew 12:17 was quoted from the writings of Isaiah is found in Isaiah 42:1-3.  Curiously enough, the Isaiah version which has survived does not contain the concept of ‘my beloved’.  The phrase seems to have been completely written out of the Hebrew Old Testament for whatever reason.  Compare the text of Isaiah from where the quote was taken.

Isaiah 42:1-3  “BEHOLD my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.”

The wording difference between the Matthew version and the Isaiah version may reflect the various translations and compilations of the scriptures.  The Greek of the New Testament yielding a slightly variant reading seems to only account for part of the differences, as there seems to be some missing elements in the Old Testament Isaiah.  This is also further reflected in the difference between Luke 4:18-19 and Isaiah 61 1-2.  It seems that the set of scriptures once quoted read by the Savior and those of his times have there differences from the Old Testament version which has survived and come down to us today.

Ephesians 1:6  “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

80

Beloved Son (My, of God):

Moses 4:2  “But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me, Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.

2 Nephi 31:11  “And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son.”

Matthew 3:17  “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 17:5  “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”

Mark 9:7  “And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.”

Luke 3:22  “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

81

Better Testament:  Also called the New Testament and/or the New Covenant, the Better Testament is not one that was brand new at the time of Christ.  It was ‘New’ only in terms of the Law of Moses, which was the Old Testament or Old Covenant from the time of Moses and for Israel until Christ came to ‘restore’ again the ‘higher law’, which had been lost.  This covenant of the higher law was that of the promises and blessings of the fathers held from Adam to Noah and from Melchizedek unto Abraham.  It was the very covenant of the fathers which Abraham did seek after.  And from Abraham it did pass to Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and thence to the seed of Ephraim, but it was lost to Israel because of their corruption in Egypt.  And while the Lord would have restored it to them through Moses, the people were not worthy of it.  Thus the Lord gave them the ‘lesser law’ under the ‘lesser priesthood’ of Aaron.  And this lesser law and priesthood is what is known as the Old Testament or Old Covenant.  It was not the covenant of Adam, or from the time of Adam.  Adam had the ‘higher covenant’, the ‘Better Testament’, as did all the patriarchal fathers.  The Old Testament or Old Covenant was the lesser law of the Law of Moses given by God to him from Mount Sinai.

Hebrews 7:21-22  “(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

82

Better Than the Angels:  Though Christ is among and functions at times as an ‘angel’, he was raised above the angels, being made better than the angels, in that God the Father selected him to be his representative, advocate, mediator, savior and redeemer of mankind.  One the one hand being made the servant of all and on the other hand being raise up because of that service to be over and above all.

Hebrews 1:4  “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

83

Bind Up the Brokenhearted:

Isaiah 61:1  “THE Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

To ‘bind up’ a wound give comfort and some degree of relief from the wound, but is limits what God is capable of doing to the lesser degree of what temporal man might be accepted to do.  It diminishes the power of God to that of a lesser performance on the level of common man.  This is a tendency found in the Jewish prepared Old Testament post the era of Jesus Christ when the Messiah was being diminished to the level of a mortal man’s performance.  But we have a more contemporary reading of Isaiah from the New Testament which preserves what God can do.

Luke 4:18   “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

In the New Testament preserved version, which must be considered referencing a more ancient text than does the Old Testament rewritings, it states more of a miraculous performance by the Messiah.  There the Messiah does not merely ‘bind up’ the wound, he fully ‘heals’ it   This correlates with Christ’s real performance, and he went forth ‘healing’, making the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dead to rise, and the various infirmed to be fully recovered.  And this level of performance, when applied to a ‘broken heart’, means it is healed and feels the pain no more at all.  It is not just ‘bound up’ and comforted.  It is healed meaning the broken heart is gone and full happiness returns.

84

Birthright of the Firstborn:  In understanding the blessing of the birthright of the firstborn, it needs be clearly established that Jehovah who was selected by God the Father to be the Messiah was the ‘firstborn’ son of God the Father in the spirit.  The rest of the spirit children of God the Father are Jehovah’s younger brothers and sisters.  It was by the right of the firstborn by which the Father selected Jehovah, Jehovah being fully worthy of such selection.  This relationship of Jehovah, Christ, being the Firstborn of the Father and how it relates to God’s Kingdom, the Church, upon the earth is well stated in the Doctrine and Covenants section 93.

D&C 93:21-22  “And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn; And all those who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the Firstborn.”

God’s Everlasting Covenant made with man in the beginning can be called and referred to as the ‘Covenant of the Firstborn’, for it involved the Firstborn of God the Father being anointed with the fullness of the Father being ordained with the power of God.  And it is  this promised ‘Covenant of the Firstborn’ which provides the Son of God, the Firstborn Son of God, to come to earth and provide the Redeeming Atonement of Salvation whereby man is saved from the Fall of Adam.

As we review through the ‘Covenant and Birthright of the Firstborn’, the promises made unto the Fathers, the Everlasting Covenant of God with man, we must clearly note that none of the scripturally recorded bears of the ‘Covenant of Abraham’, of the fathers, was ever born by the firstborn son of any of these earthly Patriarchs.  And though the nature of the true Patriarchal Order is that of the Firstborn, neither Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph nor Ephraim were the first-born son of their earthly father.  Thus the reference to the ‘Covenant of the Firstborn’ cannot be based upon such earthly conveyance of the covenant but can only be considered upon the basis of Jehovah being the Firstborn Son of God the Father.

Once it is understood that the Covenant of Abraham is based upon the Birthright of Jehovah being the Firstborn of God the Father in the spirit and the Only Begotten Son of God the Father in the flesh, a fuller understanding of the Covenant of God made with Abraham can be attained.  A very essential part of the blessings and promises of the fathers and therefore the Covenant of Abraham is that Jesus Christ was to be the promised ‘seed’ of that very covenant.

Gen. 25: 31

                  Sell me this day thy birthright.

     Gen. 27: 36

                  took away my birthright.

     Gen. 43: 33

                  firstborn according to his birthright.

     Gen. 48: 20

                  he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

     Num. 3: 10

                  shalt appoint Aaron and his sons.

     1 Chr. 5: 2

                  birthright was Joseph’s.

     Jer. 31: 9

                  Ephraim is my firstborn.

     Heb. 12: 16

                  Esau . . . sold his birthright.

     D&C 86: 9

                  ye are lawful heirs.

     D&C 113: 8

                  priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage.

     Abr. 1: 4

                  appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed.

     Abr. 2: 11

                  right shall continue in thee.

Gen. 19: 31

                  firstborn said unto the younger.

     Gen. 29: 26

                  to give the younger before the firstborn.

     Gen. 48: 18

                  Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn.

     Ex. 4: 22

                  Israel is my son, even my firstborn.

     Ex. 12: 12

                  (Ps. 78: 51) smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.

     Ex. 13: 2

                  Sanctify unto me all the firstborn.

     Ex. 13: 13

                  (Num. 18: 15) firstborn of man . . . shalt thou redeem.

     Ex. 22: 29

                  firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

     Ex. 34: 20

                  All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem.

     Num. 3: 12

                  (Num. 8: 18) taken the Levites . . . instead of all the firstborn.

     Deut. 21: 17

                  right of the firstborn is his.

     Josh. 6: 26

                  (1 Kgs. 16: 34) lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn.

     1 Chr. 5: 1

                  Reuben the firstborn . . . defiled his father’s bed.

     Neh. 10: 36

                  firstborn of our sons . . . bring to the house of our God.

     Ps. 89: 27

                  make him my firstborn, higher than the kings.

     Jer. 31: 9

                  Ephraim is my firstborn.

     Micah 6: 7

                  give my firstborn for my transgression.

     Matt. 1: 25

                  (Luke 2: 7) till she had brought forth her firstborn son.

     Rom. 8: 29

                  might be the firstborn among many brethren.

     Col. 1: 15

                  God, the firstborn of every creature.

     Heb. 12: 23

                  (D&C 76: 54, 94; D&C 77: 11; D&C 78: 21; D&C 88: 5; D&C 107: 19) general assembly

                  and church of the firstborn.

     Abr. 1: 3

                  right of the firstborn, on the first man.

85

Bishop of Your Souls:

1 Peter 2:25  “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

86

Blessed  (One):  The ‘Blessed’ can refer to God the Father and the Son, in terms of application to God.  It is also stated in reference to men.  In Jewish writings and Rabbinical writings it is often said in reference to God, ‘Blessed be He’, as a common phase of reverence and adoration for the God of Israel.  It is easy to see from the following scriptures that this common phrase is but a ‘shorthand form’ of many of the scriptural verses of ‘praise’ to the God of Israel.

Genesis 14:20  “And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.  And he gave him tithes of all.”

1 Chronicles 16:36  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.”

Psalms 41:13  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.”

Psalms 89:52  Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.”

Psalms 106:48  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD. “

Job 1:21  “21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

There are also a number of scriptures which give praise of blessedness not only to God but to those who come in the name of the Lord.  Remember, Christ declared that whether it be by his own voice or the voice of his servants, it is the same (D&C 1:38).

Ps. 118: 26 (Matt. 21: 9; Mark 11: 9; Luke 13: 35; Luke 19: 38; John 12: 13) Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

That the Jews, even in the days of Christ referred to the ‘Father’ as the Blessed, is shown by the following scriptures.

Mark 14: 61  “But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

2 Cor. 1: 3  (Eph. 1: 3; 1 Pet. 1: 3)  Blessed be God . . . the Father.’

This Jewish of Israelite form of praise of God is preserved in both the Book of Mormon and in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Alma 26: 8  Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.”

D&C 36:3  “And you shall declare it with a loud voice, saying: Hosanna, blessed be the name of the most high God.”

87

Blessed and Only Potentate.

1 Timothy 6:15  “Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;”

88

Blessed and only Ruler:  Potentate is a ‘ruler’, thus ‘blessed and only ruler’ (see item before).

1 Timothy 6:15  “Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;”

89

Blessed for Evermore:

2 Corinthians 11:31  “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.”

90

Blessed Hope:

Titus 2:13  “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

91

Blessed of God:

Psalms 45:2  “Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.”

92

Blessed One:

Hymn 69 ‘All Glory, Laud, and Honor  v1:  “All glory, laud, and honor To thee, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of children Make sweet hosannas ring.  Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, Who in the Lord’s name comest, The King and Blessed One.”

93

Blessed Redeemer:  This is more of an implied name

Luke 1: 68  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,”

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Blood:  By the blood, the atoning sacrifice, of Jesus Christ is the Plan of Salvation accomplished.  The blood of sacrifice performed in the Law of Moses is a similitude of the blood of Christ.  It was in represented effect, the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, which was stuck upon the posts of the doors of the House of Israel in Egypt, which accomplished the ‘passover’ of death.  Just as Christ’s atoning blood of the everlasting covenant of God accomplishes the ‘passover’ of spiritual death, that man may be resurrected and live forever, that the passover of death was performed in Egypt.

Exodus 12:7  “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.”

Luke 22:44  “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Mosiah 3:7  “And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.”

D&C 19:18  “18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—“

John 6:54  “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Ephesians 1:7  “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Revelation 1:5  “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”

Revelation 5:9  “9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”

D&C 38:4  “I am the same which have taken the Zion of Enoch into mine own bosom; and verily, I say, even as many as have believed in my name, for I am Christ, and in mine own name, by the virtue of the blood which I have spilt, have I pleaded before the Father for them.”

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Blood of Christ ( ):

Moses 6:60-62  “60 For by the water ye keep the commandment; by the Spirit ye are justified, and by the blood ye are sanctified; Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.  And now, behold, I say unto you: This is the plan of salvation unto all men, through the blood of mine Only Begotten, who shall come in the meridian of time.”

Mosiah 4:2  “And they had aviewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.”

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Blood of God’s Covenant (thy):  Christ is the ‘blood of God’s covenant’.  It is by his atonement that the ‘pit’, that is ‘hell’ or the ‘spirit prison’ my be opened and controlled.  (See also Angel).  By the work of the ‘eternal sacrifice’ of Jesus is the keys of the power over the captivity of the sins of men resolved and men are set free to return to the presence of God.

Psalms 142:7  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.”

Isaiah 24:22  “And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.”

Isaiah 42:7  “To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

Isaiah 61:1  “THE Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

Zechariah 9:11  “As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.”

1 Peter 3:18-20  “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the bunjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

Moses 7:38  “But behold, these which thine eyes are upon shall perish in the floods; and behold, I will shut them up; a prison have I prepared for them.”

Moses 7:57  “And as many of the spirits as were in prison came forth, and stood on the right hand of God; and the remainder were reserved in chains of darkness until the judgment of the great day.”

D&C 76:73  “And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh;”

D&C 128:22  “22 Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free.”

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Blood of the Everlasting Covenant:  (See also Everlasting Covenant)

Hebrews 13:20-21  “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

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Bosom of the Father:

Moses 7:47  “And behold, Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of Man, even in the flesh; and his soul rejoiced, saying: The Righteous is lifted up, and the Lamb is slain from the foundation of the world; and through faith I am in the bosom of the Father, and behold, Zion is with me.”

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Bowels Shall Be a Fountain of Truth:

D&C 85:7  “And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering,

whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the

saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;”


B R A N C H

The term 'BRANCH' is used variously in respect to both Christ and those who are of Christ's or even Israel's, Joseph's or Ephraim's remnant 'Branch' of the Olive tree(s) of Israel.

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BRANCH:  In a vision of the preexistence and the high council hearing between Lucifer and his accusation against Jehovah, Christ is referred to as ‘God’s Servant the BRANCH’.

Zechariah 3:8  “Hear now, O Joshua [Jehoshua] the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at:  for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.”

In the Hebrew Bible the full and proper name of Joshua or Jesus is used in Zechariah chapter 3, as it is referencing Jehovah and his name ‘Jehoshua’ or ‘Yehoshua’ given him by the Father.  Christ being the source of Salvation.  Thus from before the foundation of the world was Jehovah named ‘JESUS’, that is ‘JEHOSHUA’, which is the same name.  Christ was not commanded to be named JESUS after anyone else but himself, JESUS or JEHOSHUA being the name by which God the Father called him and named him in the pre-councils of heaven.

Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

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Branch of Righteousness.

Jeremiah 33:15 “In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.”

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Branch of the LORD

Isaiah 4:2  “In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.”

2 Nephi 14:2  “In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious; the fruit of the earth excellent and comely to them that are escaped of Israel.”

Isa. 11: 1  “AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:”

2 Ne. 21: 1  “AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”

Jeremiah 23: 5  “¶ Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.”

Jeremiah 33: 15  “¶ In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.”

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Brazen Serpent:  The brass serpent which Moses raised up before he eyes of Israel was a symbol representing Christ being raised up, lifted up, in completion of the atonement for the sins of the world.  As the symbol of the redeemer, those who looked upon the serpent of brass were healed and lived.  Those that refused to exercise faith in the Lord’s sacrifice to look upon the serpent died.

Numbers 21:9  “And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

2 Kings 18:4  “¶ He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.”

No longer was the ‘brazen serpent’ deamed as a token of Christ and viewed in rememberance of the Savior of man being lifted up for the sins of the world.  But the brass image had become a article or item of worship in and of itself.  It had become a pagan idol of worship, an idol god without symbolizing the Lord God Jehovah any longer.  In such instance the righteous King Hezekiah had the ‘idol of worship’ destroyed.

Helaman 8:14  “Yea, did he not bear record that the Son of God should come? And as he lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, even so shall he be lifted up who should come.”

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Bread of God:

John 6:33  “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.”

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Bread of Life:

John 6:35  “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

John 6:48  “I am that bread of life.”

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Bread Which Came Down From Heaven:  This concept of Christ readily equates Christ not only as the bread of life but with that ‘Manna’ which sustained the Children of Israel in their 40 year sojourn in the wilderness.  (See Manna).

John 6:41  “The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.”

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Bridegroom:

19-20  “And Jesus said unto them, “Can the children of the bride chamber fast, while the Bridegroom is with them?  As long as they have the Bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.”

John 3:29  “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.”

D&C 33:17  “Wherefore, be faith, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and

burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom—“

D&C 65:3  “Yea, a voice crying--Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper

of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom.”

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Bridegroom Cometh:

D&C 88:92  “And angels shall fly through the midst of heaven, crying with a loud voice, sounding the trump of God, saying: Prepare ye, prepare ye, O inhabitants of the earth; for the judgment of our God is come. Behold, and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

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Bright and Morning Star:  (See Angel, Morning Star, Star, Star of David, Star of the Morning)

Revelation 22:16  “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

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Brightness of His Glory:  This is meaning that Christ is the ‘Brightness of God’s Glory’.

Hebrews 1:3  “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

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Brightness of thy Rising:

Isaiah 60:3  “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”

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Broad as Eternity:

Moses 7:53  “And the Lord said: Blessed is he through whose seed Messiah shall come; for he saith—I am Messiah, the King of Zion, the Rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall; wherefore, blessed are they of whom I have spoken, for they shall come forth with songs of everlasting joy.”

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Brother (My):  Somewhere between the immediate brother of the same father and/or mother and the LDS concept of calling everyone in the Church brother and sister, lies the Hebrew concept of Brother.  Kinsman would seem to be the best word to describe who is considered a ‘brother’ in the Hebrew concept.  And the family of Abraham would the the greatest extent which the Hebrews of the Jews would consider to extend their ‘brotherhood’ to.

Matthew 12:50  “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Philemon

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Buckler:

2 Samuel 22:31  “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”

Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 18:30  “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”

D&C 35:14  “And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their shield and their buckler; I will gird up their loins, and they shall fight manfully for me; and their enemies shall be under their feet; and I will let fall the sword in their behalf, and by the fire of my indignation will I preserve them.”

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Bud:  (See also Sprout)

Numbers 17:8  “And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.”

Ps. 132:13-17  “For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.  I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.  I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.  There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.”

Isaiah 27:6  “He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.”

Ezekiel 29:21  “¶ In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.”

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Builder of the Temple:

Zechariah 6:12-13  “And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne:  and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”

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Bundle of Myrrh:

Song of Solomon 1:13 A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

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Burden Bearer:

            Amos

Psalms 55: 22  “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

Isaiah 10: 27  “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”

Isaiah 58: 6  “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

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Bush (‘Burning’):

Moses 1:17  “And he also gave me commandments when he called unto me out of the burning bush, saying: Call upon God in the name of mine Only Begotten, and worship me.”

Exodus 3:2  “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”

Deuteronomy 33:16  “And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.”

Mark 12:36  “And as touching the dead, that they arise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?”

Luke 20:37  “Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

Acts 7:30  “And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

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By Himself Purged Our Sins:  It is an important concept to understand that Christ, ‘by himself’, alone, suffered for and atoned for our sins.

Hebrews 1: 3  “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

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By Whom God Made the Worlds:

Hebrews 1:2-3  “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”


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Came by Water and Blood:

1 John 5:6-7  “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

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Came from God:

John 8:42  “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”

Christ’s problem with being accepted by the Jewish was similar to Joseph Smith’s problem of being accepted by the people of his day.  The Jews professed to be of God, but they were not.  If they had been in tune with the true Spirit of God, it would have testified unto them that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God.  Similarly, the sectarian ministers an the bulk of the people who presented themselves as being of God in Joseph Smith’s day really were not.  Like the Jews in Jesus day, they defined their religion according to their own design and had no real relationship with God and were not in touch with the Spirit of God.  Thus both Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith were sought after and persecuted unto death by those hypocrites who did present themselves to be of God, but were not.

Both Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith had been called and sent by God.  God the Father sent Christ into the world.  Joseph Smith was called and introduced unto the Son by the Father.  Having been so called by and sent by the Father, it was somewhat of a wonderment as to why the men of the sectarian world of Jesus day and the sectarian world of Joseph Smith’s day, both, for the most part, rejected them and did murder them.

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Came Into the World to Save Sinners:

1 Timothy 1:15  “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

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Came Unto His Own and Was Not Comprehended:

D&C 88:48  “I say unto you, he hath seen him; nevertheless, he who came unto his own was not comprehended.”

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Capstone:  Though the term ‘capstone’ is not used in scriptures itself, the concept of the final finishing stone, which the capstone is, is reference.  Unlike the beginning corner foundation stone from which the entire structure is laid out, the capstone is the final stone of the structure put into place.  In the parallel concept that Christ is the beginning and end, the first and last, it is easy to understand that Christ is both the beginning foundation cornerstone as well as the ending and finishing capstone of Christ and his ministry and work and glory.

Acts 4:11

(Commentary on the Pearl of Great Price, p. 365)

            It is sometimes thought that the cornerstone spoken of by Isaiah and Peter (I Peter 2:3-8) applies to the capstone of the Great Pyramid; but how can it refer to any particular pyramid if it equally well fits every pyramid as it certainly does? Besides, the stone to which Isaiah and Peter refer was laid in Zion. "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious; and he that believeth in Him shall not be confounded." Is Egypt in the scriptures ever referred to as "Zion."

1 Peter 2:3-8  “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a crock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”

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Captain (our):

Hymn 82 ‘For All the Saints’ v:3  “Thou art our rock, our fortress, and our might; Thou, Lord, our captain in the well fought fight;--Thou in the darkness drear, our one true light. Alleluia, Aleluia.”

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Captain of the Host of the Lord.

Joshua 5:14-15  “And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”

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Captain of Their Salvation (Man’s, Our):  This is meaning  that Christ is the captain of man’s salvation, our salvation.

Hebrews 2:10  “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

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Carpenter:

Mark 6:3  “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”

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Carpenter's Son:

Matthew 13:55  “Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?”

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Certain Nobleman:

Luke 19:12  “He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.”

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Certain Samaritan:

Luke 10:33  “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,”

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Changes/Changeth/Change Not:  This is the third attributes or traits in the divine character of God as set out in the Lectures of Faith.  We are to attain to these character traits as we progress in becoming as God is.  God does not change.  Thus one of the traits that we must take upon ourselves is to be so consistent as is the Lord.

Lectures on Faith 3:15  Thirdly, that he changes not, neither is there variableness with him; but that he is the same from everlasting to everlasting, being the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever; and that his course is one eternal round, without variation.”

 

Psalms 15 asks who shall dwell in the holy him in the Lord’s tabernacle.  In verse 4, a part of that answer becomes one who changes not, or like the Lord, is unchangeable, consistent in his position of righteousness, never wavering from it.

Psalms 15:1  “LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?”

Psalms 15:4  “4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.”

Malachi 3:6  “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Mormon 9:19  “And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.”

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Charity:

1 Corinthians 13:13  “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Moroni 7:47  “But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.”

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Chief . . .

                   Chief Cornerstone:

                   Read Ephesians 2:20

              Chief Shepherd:

                   Read 1 Peter 5:4

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Chief Cornerstone:

Mark 12:10  “And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:”

Ephesians 2:20  “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

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Chief Shepherd:

1 Peter 5:4  “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

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Chiefest Amoung Ten Thousand.

Song of Solomon 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

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Child Born.

Isaiah 9:6  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

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Child of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:18  “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

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Child Jesus.

Luke 2:27  “And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,”

Luke 2:43  “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.”

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Chosen (My):

Moses 4:2  “But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the

beginning, said unto me, Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.

Moses 7:39 And That which I have chosen hath pled before my face. Wherefore, he

suffereth for their sins; inasmuch as they will repent in the day that my Chosen shall

return unto me, and until that day they shall be in torment;

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Chosen of God:

Luke 23:35  “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.”

1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

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Chosen out of the People:

Psalms 89:19  “Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.”

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CHRIST: Christ is not actually a name though it is often used as such either singularly or in combination with Jesus as in Jesus Christ. Christ is actually a ‘title’ and comes by way of the Latin from the Greek Christos (Khristós), which of course means ‘anointed’ as in the act of anointing with oil by the laying on of hands. The Greek form of the name is a literal translation of Messiah from the Hebrew mashiyakh or the Aramaic m'shikha.  M'shikha is a word which occurs often in the Old Testament and often signifies a ‘high priest’ or ‘king’ or any such a one who has been ‘anointed’ to their position of responsibility, most often in connections with being chosen by God or descended from such rightful lineage as a line from one who has been chosen by God.

2 Nephi 10:3  “Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ—for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name—should come among the Jews, among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify him—for thus it behooveth our God, and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God.”

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?  He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

Origin of the Name of Jesus Christ

 The word Christ, Christos, the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Messias, means "anointed." According to the Old Law, priests (Exodus 29:29; Leviticus 4:3), kings (I Kings 10:1; 24:7), and prophets (Isaias 61:1) were supposed to be anointed for their respective offices; now, the Christ, or the Messias, combined this threefold dignity in His Person. It is not surprising, therefore, that for centuries the Jews had referred to their expected Deliverer as "the Anointed"; perhaps this designation alludes to Isaias 61:1, and Daniel 9:24-26, or even to Psalms 2:2; 19:7; 44:8. Thus the term Christ or Messias was a title rather than a proper name: "Non proprium nomen est, sed nuncupatio potestatis et regni", says Lactantius (Inst. Div., IV, vii). The Evangelists recognize the same truth; excepting Matthew 1:1, 18; Mark 1:1; John 1:17; 17:3; 9:22; Mark 9:40; Luke 2:11; 22:2, the word Christ is always preceded by the article. Only after the Resurrection did the title gradually pass into a proper name, and the expression Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus became only one designation. But at this stage the Greeks and Romans understood little or nothing about the import of the word anointed; to them it did not convey any sacred conception. Hence they substituted Chrestus, or "excellent", for Christians or "anointed", and Chrestians instead of "Christians." There may be an allusion to this practice in I Peter 2:3; hoti chrestos ho kyrios, which is rendered "that the Lord is sweet." Justin Martyr (Apol., I, 4), Clement of Alexandria (Strom., II, iv, 18), Tertullian (Adv. Gentes, II), and Lactantius (Int. Div., IV, vii, 5), as well as St. Jerome (In Gal., V, 22), are acquainted with the pagan substitution of Chrestes for Christus, and are careful to explain the new term in a favourable sense. The pagans made little or no effort to learn anything accurate about Christ and the Christians; Suetonius, for instance, ascribes the expulsion of the Jews from Rome under Claudius to the constant instigation of sedition by Chrestus, whom he conceives as acting in Rome the part of a leader of insurgents.

 The use of the definite article before the word Christ and its gradual development into a proper name show the Christians identified the bearer with the promised Messias of the Jews. He combined in His person the offices of prophet (John 6:14; Matthew 13:57; Luke 13:33; 24:19) of king (Luke 23:2; Acts 17:7; I Corinthians 15:24; Apocalypse 15:3),and of priest (Hebrew 2:17; etc.); he fulfilled all the Messianic predictions in a fuller and a higher sense than had been given them by the teachers of the Synagogue.

Matthew 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

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Christ (The):  Usually the simple addition of an ‘article’ such as ‘the’ does not constitute a separate title, but in the case of distinguishing Jesus Christ as the ‘one’ and ‘only’ Son of God, the savior of the world, the combined title of ‘The Christ’ has obtained a distinct, individual and additional meaning beyond just stating the title of ‘Christ’ on its own.  Thus we will treat it here as a separate and unique title ‘The Christ’ as opposed to just ‘Christ’.

1 John 5:1  “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

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Christ a King.

Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

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Christ Come in the Flesh:

1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

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Christ Crucified.

1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

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Christ in God:

D&C 86:9  “For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the

world with Christ in God—“

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Christ Is God’s:

D&C 76:59  “Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or

things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ's, and Christ is God's.”

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Christ Jesus:  This variation of the name Jesus Christ simply states it in opposite order.  That is, ‘the anointed son of God, Jehovah in whom is Salvation’, being the literal meaning of the reversed words. 

Alma 5:44  “For I am called to speak after this manner, according to the holy order of God, which is in Christ Jesus; yea, I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people the things which have been spoken by our fathers concerning the things which are to come.”

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

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Christ Jesus The Lord:

2 Corinthians 4:5  “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.”

 

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Christ of God:

Luke 9:20  “He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.”

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Christ our Passover.

1 Corinthians 5:7  “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”

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Christ Risen from the Dead.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

Christ the King: Often stated in the Catholic theology as a title given to Jesus is ‘Christ the King’. There is even a ‘feast day’ associated with this title which is meant to say that Jesus Christ should, does or will rule over all aspects of life, including the political life of the state. As such this title can be used in opposition to the concept that Chruch and State must and will always be separated.

An interesting note of parallel with one of Christ’s true ancestors, that being Elimelech the Ephrathite of Bethlehem, is that the name of Elimelech does also mean ‘God is King’ which is as much as stating that ‘Christ is King’. It was during the days of Elimelech that rebellious Israel was about the business of seeking to cast off their system of judges, which judges of Israel where to judge under the umbrella of Jehovah being the King of Israel, and that Israel would have no other King but God, Jehovah, even Jesus Christ. And it is a particularly significant development that King David was chosen to be the ancestor of the Messiah and by that temporal Royal Linage, Christ as King David’s heir would come to once again rule and reign over Israel, both as their master religiously and civilly for all is of a spiritual nature unto God.

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Christ the Lamb:

D&C 76:85  “These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work.”

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Christ the Lord:

Mosiah 16:15  “Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father. Amen.”

Luke 2:11  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

D&C 19:1  “I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.”

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Christ the Son:

Alma 11:44  “Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.”

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Christ’s At His Coming:  Those who did not receive the gospel and accept it in this mortality do have the opportunity to receive the gospel in the spirit world as they wait for Christ’s coming.  Because they have not received of the blessings of the gospel in the flesh and have not entered into baptism, the gate, they are said to be in ‘prison’.  This is a state of being where they are still subject to the powers and temptations of Satan.   And that subjugation implies that they are still ‘bound‘, not having their sins remitted.

D&C 88:99  “And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ’s at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the flesh.”

Since the great work of the Millennium will to ensure that the temple work is completed for all of the ‘dead’.  And the dead must wait for its completion to have such saving ordinances perform, it is concluded that there will be a continuous raising of souls from the dead as they accept the gospel and their work in completed throughout the Millennial Reign.  Only those who procrastinate until the end and are not worthy to be raised into a terrestrial or celestial will have remained in the ‘prison’ of the spirit world for the full thousand years of the millennium (D&C 88:100-102).

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Christ’s First Fruits: (See First Fruits)

D&C 88:98  “They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.”

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Christos:  (khris-tos’ Strong’s number 5547) Christos is the Greek word meaning ‘anointed’ which is the Greek name used for ‘Messiah’, the Hebrew word meaning the same as ‘anointed’.  In the Greek letters, the name ‘Chistos’ begins with the letter ‘chi’ which has the appearance of the English letter ‘X’.  This Greek letter ‘X’ become the second letter in the Greek acronym of the word ‘fish’ which is associated with the early Christian symbol of Christianity, the ‘fish’.  (See Christ, IXQUS and Ichthys)  This ‘X’ letter, being the first ‘Greek’ letter of Christos may well have been one origin of the short form of ‘Xmas’ for ‘Christmas’. (See X or Xmas).

Matthew 16:15-16  “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

It is a seeming ‘curiosity’ in scriptural religious history that many men who play significant roles relative to the Plan of Salvation as Christ’s servants are given names which reference Jesus Christ.  Moses renamed the son of Nun Jehoshua, which was the name given to Jehovah by the Father in the preexistence associating Jehovah to his mission of being the Savior upon being selected and anointed by God the Father to be the Redeemer of mankind.  Jehoshua means ‘Jehovah is Salvation’. 

We don’t know when ‘David’ received his name.  As it is often the case that a man’s name could be changed during his lifetime as is was significantly associated with some dominating event or circumstance.  David could have had another name in his earlier ‘childhood’ and might have been later rename, perhaps by Samuel when he anointed him to become the King of Israel after Saul.  David is the formalized person’s name which means ‘Beloved’.  Therefore David was also given one of the descriptive titles of Jehovah as a formalized name as Jehovah, who is Christ, was the ‘Beloved’ son of God the Father from the beginning. 

Christopher  Columbus had been named after Christ and was the significant person seen in the Book of Mormon prophecy as the ‘discoverer’ of America.

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City of our refuge: Like unto the various cities of refuge established throughout Israel and also like unto that very Holy City of Refuge of the Lord, even Jerusalem, the Lord Himself may be viewed and seen as being so associated as a 'City of our refuge' in that he is our tower of strength, our support and even our protection and deliverance from the on set of the forces of evil.

D&C 45:66-67 "And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God; And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion." (See also 'Jerusalem')

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Cleft of the Rock.

Exodus 33:22  “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:”

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Clothed in the Brightness of His Glory:

D&C 65:5  “Call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth, that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of Man shall come down in heaven, clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God which is set up on the earth.”

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Clothed with a Vesture Dipped in Blood:

Revelations 19:13  “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

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Clothed with Light for a Covering:

D&C 85:7  “And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;”

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Clothed with Power and Great Glory:

D&C 45:44  “And then they shall look for me, and, behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels; and he that watches not for me shall be cut off.”

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Cluster of Camphire:

Song of Solomon 1:14  “My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.”

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Cometh in the Glory of His Father:  From the beginning in the preexistent councils of heaven, Jehovah, Jesus Christ, was anointed and ordained by the Father with all the powers and fullness of the Father, being made our mediating advocate and intercessor with the Father.

Mark 8:38  “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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Cometh in the Name of the Lord:

Luke 19:38  “Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”

John 12:13  “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

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Coming King (our):

So associated with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as well as his first coming, Jesus stands as our King in ages past, present and future. Thus generally he is our 'Coming King' to rule and reign over the people of God.

            Such as I Thessalonians chapter 5, Zechariah 14, Matthew 24, as well as various other scriptures speak to the Coming of the Lord our King. He will be our Beloved King or our King David, David meaning 'Beloved' to rule and reign on earth for a thousand years.

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Comforter:  The Comforter being spoken of here is the Holy Ghost.  The third member of the Godhead who remains a spirit being in order to perform his functions until the end.

John 14:16-18 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

D&C 88:3  “Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.”

D&C 90: 14  “And from time to time, as shall be manifested by the Comforter, receive revelations to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom;”

(See Administration of the Comforter)

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Commander of the Peoples:

Isaiah 55:4  “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.”

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Compassionate:

Lectures on Faith 4:15  “ . . . when the idea of the existence of this attribute is once established in the mind it gives life and energy to the spirits of the saints, believing that the mercy of God will be poured out upon them in the midst of their afflictions, and that he will compassionate them in their sufferings, and that the mercy of God will lay hold of them and secure them in the arms of his love, so that they will receive a full reward for all their sufferings.”

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Comprehended All Things:

D&C 88:6  “He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;”

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Comprehendeth All Things: 

Mosiah 4:9  “Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.”

Alma 26:35  “Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.”

D&C 88:6  “6 He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;”

D&C 88:41  “He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.”

D&C 88:67  “And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.”

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Conceived of the Holy Ghost:  For one to be received into the presence of God, a form of ‘transfiguration’ must take place.  Thus the Holy Ghost coming upon a person seems to be a preparatory to being overshadowed by the power of the Highest, as it is a necessary part of entering into a state of being received within the glory of God.

Matthew 1:20  “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

The Godly conception of the Son of God in the womb of Mary is portrayed in the New Testament as the Holy Ghost coming upon Mary and Mary being thought of as stationary in her location.  This concept comes from the record of Luke who received his account from various other sources, as Luke was not an original apostle to have heard and know of many of these things first hand.

Luke 1:35  “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

But the Book of Mormon reports that Mary was ‘carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time’ (1 Nephi 11:16-21).  This would suggest that the Holy Ghost did come upon Mary and did carry her away to a ‘Holier Sphere’ where the conception process took place in a manner in which Mary did maintain her virginity, yet the seed of God was placed in her.  (See also Condescension of God)  The virginity of the conception is confirmed by the prophecy of Isaiah

Isaiah 7:14  “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

A virgin shall conceive and a virgin shall bear a son.  This concept is fully supported by Matthew’s account which references this prophecy of Isaiah as it was written in the records of Matthew’s day. 

Matthew 1:22-23  “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

The difference between Matthew’s quotation of Isaiah from his records of his day suggests a slightly different rendering which portrays that Mary was a virgin with child.  Mary had still not ‘known’ a man, until after her delivery of the Christ Child as even her husband had no such relations with her (Matthew 1:25).  To this end one must understand that one who operates by a power that can perform teleportation by the Holy Ghost as exhibited in the life of Christ and his prophets an apostles and appear suddenly in a locked room, certainly has the power to bring about a ‘virgin conception’.  Mary did not ‘know’ any one before she began to have that relationship with her husband Joseph.  The only thing, which did disturb the signs of her virginity, was the actual birthing process of giving birth to the Son of God.  Mary was the faithful wife of Joseph in every respect. She was not the wife of God.  She was merely the surrogate mother of the Son of God performed as a ‘virgin conception’.

Today doctors can inject ‘seed’ by use of a needle syringe.  The power of God needs not such ‘primitive methods’ as used by our most advanced physician.  Gods powers are far and in advance of what man is capable.  And a virgin conception, a virgin being with child and carrying it to term, and a virgin giving birth is all possible unto God.

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Condescension of God:

1 Nephi 11:16-21  “And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?  And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things. And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.  And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!  And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.  And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!”

1 Nephi 11:26-33  “And the angel said unto me again: Look and behold the condescension of God!  And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, of whom my father had spoken; and I also beheld the prophet who should prepare the way before him. And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove.  And I beheld that he went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great glory; and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and I beheld that they cast him out from among them.  And I also beheld twelve others following him. And it came to pass that they were carried away in the Spirit from before my face, and I saw them not.  And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the heavens open again, and I saw angels descending upon the children of men; and they did minister unto them.  And he spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men. And I beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted with all manner of diseases, and with devils and unclean spirits; and the angel spake and showed all these things unto me. And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out. And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people; yea, the Son of the everlasting God was judged of the world; and I saw and bear record.  And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.”

To more fully comprehend to just what extent Jehovah, the God of Heaven and Earth did condescend in  coming to this earth to be slain for the sins of mankind, one needs the comprehension of there being worlds without number.  Of all the worlds created and populated by man, this earth was the only one wicked enough to have crucified the Lord.  Jehovah, the Firstborn Son of God the Father in the spirit and the Only Begotten Son of the Father in the flesh, was the greatest of all the Father’s children.  He was the most intelligent of us all.  And his level of progression and righteousness had already positioned him to the level of God in the preexistence.  One of that level of righteousness needed not of himself to be so tested upon an earth of this wicked level.  Based upon his own merits, His mortal second estate experience needed not to have descended so low as this habitation. The only reason he ‘condescended’ to come to this wickedest of all worlds, was so that He could descend below them all in taking the sins of mankind upon himself in order to effect the infinite sacrifice which would atone for the sins of God’s fallen children and redeem all from the fall.

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Consecrated a New and Living Way:

Hebrews 10:20  “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”

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Consecrated for Evermore:

Hebrews 7:28  “8 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the aoath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.”

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Consolation of Israel:

Luke 2:25  “And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.”

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Constant Companion:

D&C 121:46  “The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.”

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Corn of Wheat.

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

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Cornerstone:

                   Read Ephesians 2:20

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 Counselor/Counsellor.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

2 Nephi 19:6  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

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Covenant:

Covenant of Abraham:

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Covenant of God/Covenant of the Father:

Moroni 10:33 "And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfected in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."

Jeremiah 22:9 "Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them."

Psalms 78:10 "They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law."

2 Chronicles 34:32 "And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers."

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Covenant of Peace:

Numbers 25:12-13  “Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:  And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.”

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Covenant of the People.

Isaiah 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

Isaiah 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

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Covert from the Tempest.

Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

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Covert of Thy Wings.

Psalms 61:4  “I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”


C R E A T O R

Jehovah, who is the same as Jesus Christ, was the Creator.  Having been anointed and given the power of God from the Father, it was Jehovah who was the Creator of Heaven and Earth.  The following sets of scripture will help substantiate this.

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Genesis:

Moses 7:48  “And it came to pass that Enoch looked upon the earth; and he heard a voice from the bowels thereof, saying: Wo, wo is me, the mother of men; I am pained, I am weary, because of the wickedness of my children. When shall I rest, and be cleansed from the filthiness which is gone forth out of me? When will my Creator sanctify me, that I may rest, and righteousness for a season abide upon my face?”

John 1:3   “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Isaiah 40:28  “¶ Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

2 Nephi 9:5  “Yea, I know that ye know that in the body he shall show himself unto those at Jerusalem, from whence we came; for it is expedient that it should be among them; for it behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh, and die for all men, that all men might become subject unto him.”

Mosiah 3:8  “And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.”

Helaman 14:12  “And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.”

Ephesians 3:9  “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”

Romans 1:25  “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

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Creator of All Things from the Beginning:

Mosiah 3:8  “And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.”

Helaman 14:12  “And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.”

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Creator of the Ends of the Earth:

Isaiah 40:28  “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

Crestus: The title Christ has also been associated with the Latin ‘crestus’ which means ‘good’. This is an understandable cross of meanings with the ‘anointed’ Son of God as he is also well known as the ‘Good Shepherd’ and the ‘Good Samaritan’, as well as just out and out being ‘Good’.

197

Crown of Glory.

Isaiah 28:5  “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,”

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Crowned with Glory and Honor:

Hebrews  2:9  “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

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Crucified:

D&C 45:52  “Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God.”

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Crucified for the Sins of the World:

D&C 46:13 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son

of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

D&C 53:2  “Behold, I, the Lord, who was crucified for the sins of the world, give unto

you a commandment that you shall forsake the world.”

D&C 54:1  “Behold, thus saith the Lord, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the

end, even he who was crucified for the sins of the world—“



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Darling (My):

Psalms 22:20  “Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.”

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David: The name David is a formalization into a proper name of the ‘beloved’ or ‘well beloved’.  Of course Jehovah, Jesus Christ, is the Beloved Son of God the Father.  Thus the name David does seem to be another case of a one of the names of Jehovah being given to one who plays a role as a servant of God in bring about Jesus Christ.  There are a number of Old Testament scriptural references to the Redeeming Lord being named and called David, not just the Son of David. 

Further, Rabbinical writings state that David is the name of the Messiah. From Y. Ber. 5a The Rabbis said:  “King Messiah, if he is of those who are alive, David is his name, and if he is of those who have died, David is his name . . .” They associate the ‘Holy One’ as being ‘another David’. And they associate Jeremiah 30:9 and Ezekiel 37:25 as being scriptures about David, King Messiah.  (See ‘The Messiah Texts’ pages 20-22).

From the just previous cited reference: “The Messiah is called by seven names and they are: Yinnon, Tzidqenu [“Our Justice”], Tezmah [‘Shoot’], Menahem [‘Comforter’], David, Shiloh, and Elijah.” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87). And another such list from that same source states that the Messiah is called by eight names:  Yinnon, Tezmah, Pele [“Miracle”], Yo’etz [“Counselor”], Mashiah [“Messiah”], El [“God”], Gibbor [“Hero”], and Avi’Ad Shalom [“Eternal Father of Peace”].” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87 S. Buber’s note)  (See ‘The Messiah Texts’ pages 20-22)

Yet there are many both in the LDS Church and outside, who associate the latter day David as a prophet separate from the Lord Jesus Christ.  In his book titled, ‘A New Witness for the Articles of Faith’, p. 518, Apostle Bruce R. McConkie makes this statement:

"The wresting of the written word assumes that someone of prophetic stature will arise in the Church in the last days, to preside as a Second David, and prepare the way before the Second Coming of the Son of Man. That there may be one or many brethren called David who preside over the Church in this dispensation is of no moment. The scriptures that speak of King David reigning in the last days are Messianic, they have reference to the Millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Bruce R. McConkie, 'A New Witness for the Articles of Faith', p. 518

Again the traditions of the Rabbinic Jews post the era of Jesus Christ’s mortal ministry are partially responsible for this consideration, as are various speculative interpretations of the scriptures by none LDS Christian scholar and LDS Christian scholar alike.  The following are the various Old Testament scriptures which reference this David who Elder McConkie clearly identifies as being Jesus Christ.  After all the name ‘Beloved’, which David is, is one of the names and titles of Jesus Christ, Jehovah.

In LDS doctrine, it is commonly understood that often in the Old Testament, Jehovah speaks by the ‘divine investiture’ bestowed upon Him as though he were speaking as God the Father in the first person.  And in such case, then He, Jehovah, therefore continues to speak about the ‘Son of God’ the ‘Messiah’, which is he, himself, in the second person.  This is done because Jehovah is God the Father’s mediator, and represents God the Father to all of mankind, speaking for the Father as though he is the Father. In the following verse, which speaks of ‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS’ who is Jesus Christ, clarifying identifications are made in brackets [ ].

Jeremiah 23:5-6  "¶Behold, the days come, saith the LORD [God the Father, Elohim], that I [Elohim] will raise unto David [House of David] a righteous Branch [Christ and his people], and a King [Jesus Christ – Jehovah] shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his [Christ’s] days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name [the Messiah’s name] whereby he [Jesus Christ – Jehovah] shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS [This is Jesus Christ, Jehovah, of the Second Coming]."

When one comes to understand the relationship between the members of the Godhead and that Jehovah has been placed as the representative mediator between God the Father and God’s children of the second estate, then one realizes that Jehovah in the Old Testament does speak for, in behalf of and as though he is God the Father having been so authorized by the divine investiture of God the Father upon the preexistent anointing and ordaining of Jehovah as the second member of the Godhead.  Thus in Jeremiah chapter 23, it is Jehovah speaking as though he is God the Father and stating from the perspective of God the Father, that God the Father will bring forth Jesus Christ to be the King of Millennial Reign and names him as ‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS’.

Now in Jeremiah 30, Jehovah again speaks from the perspective of Elohim, the Father and that the Beloved Son shall be the reigning king of the Millennial Reign.  Again clarifying bracketed [ ] identifications are given to aid in understanding.  And as stated by Elder McConkie, it becomes evident that this is Christ who is being spoken of as ‘David their king’.

Jeremiah 30:8-9  "For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts [God the Father, Elohim], that I [Elohim] will break his [Satan’s] yoke from off thy [mankind’s] neck, and will burst thy [mankind’s] bonds, and strangers [all mankind, even Gentiles] shall no more serve themselves of him [Satan]: But they shall serve the LORD their God [Elohim via the mediator Jehovah], and David [Christ the Beloved] their king, whom I [Elohim] will raise up unto them [all mankind]"

As Jehovah performs the ‘will of the Father’ as though he is the Father, being the advocate and mediator between man and God the Father, it often becomes a very fine line which is drawn as to just who is doing what.  Yes, it is the Son, Jehovah, who created the heavens and the earth by the power invested in him by God the Father and in concert with the Father’s blessing.  Yes it is Jehovah, the Son, who performs as the God of the Old Testament, representing as it were God the Father by that divine power of attorney invested in the Son by the Father in the preexistence.  And yes, it is Jehovah speaking in the mediating position between God and Man as Elohim, the Father, in the first persons, and thus referencing himself, the Son, in the second person.  When this concept is accepted and understood, the scriptures become very clear and understandable.

Ezekiel next records Jehovah speaking as the Father upon this very same matter in Ezekiel chapter 34.  In that record Jehovah, speaking as the Father, even refers to himself in the Father’s word, as the shepherd and as Elohim’s servant David a prince. Again clarifying bracketed [ ] identifications are supplied.

Ezekiel 34:23-24  "And I [Elohim] will set up one shepherd [Jesus Christ] over them [mankind], and he [the Christ] shall feed them, even my servant David [Elohim’s servant Son, Jehovah named David]: he [the Messiah] shall feed them [all of mankind], and he [Jehovah] shall be their shepherd [Jesus Christ]. And I the LORD [Elohim] will be their [my children’s] God [Elohim], and my servant David [Elohim’s servant Son, Jesus] a prince among them [all of mankind]; I [God the Father] the LORD [Elohim] have spoken it."

Depending upon the reader’s grasp of perspective, the scripture may tend to be read and understood variously.  If one reads and understands from a ‘limited’ perspective, which the Jews did, applying them only unto themselves, then much is missed in perceiving what it is that is being stated in the more broad and universal perspective of God’s ‘eternal now’.  But when one opens their mind to the many names of God and His Son, and that God the Father and His First born son in the spirit and Only Begotten Son in the Flesh, are known by many of the ‘same’ names and references, as they are united as one in their efforts and purpose, them much more may be perceived and understood.

In the Hebrew complied Jewish Bible, ‘YHWH ‘ is given as the high and only name of God.  It often applies to God the Father, Elohim.  It also has reference to God the Son and has been ‘transliterated’ into ‘Jehovah’.  As the understanding of the Jew had become ‘lost’ in understanding and by their own guarded stance of not speaking the Holy Name of God for fear of taking it in vain and dishonoring it, we have lost much of the distinction in the scriptures between the Father and the Son.  It likely was very misunderstood and not readily accepted that ‘Jehovah’, the God of the Old Testament was He who would come to redeem his people by his condescension as the Son of God.  And they have lost much in understanding that the Son, Jehovah, did speak as the Father in the first person, and did often refer to himself from that perspective in the second person.

Again in Ezekiel chapter 37, Jehovah the Son Jesus Christ is called David, which is one of his names, which was also given to David the son of Jesse.  And as Elder McConkie pointed out, all such verses referencing this ‘David’ do refer to Jesus Christ of the Second Coming.  Bracketed [ ] explanations are again supplied.

Ezekiel 37:24 "And David [Jehovah ~ Jesus Christ] my servant [Elohim’s selected Son to serve all of God’s Children in effecting Salvation] shall be king [Jehovah] over them [mankind]; and they [mankind] all shall have one shepherd [Jesus Christ]: they [mankind] shall also walk in my [God’s] judgments, and observe my [God’s] statutes, and do them."

There is but one shepherd given and that is Jesus Christ.  He is the Son of God the Father.  He is God’s servant who serves all of mankind by taking upon Himself their sins. And he supplies them salvation.  He is the humble servant and Lamb of God.  He acts in concert with the Father as a member of that Holy Godhead devoted to bring to past the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39).  Thus God the Father’s judgments, statutes, laws and commandments are also God the Son’s judgments, statutes, laws and commandments.  They act as one, the Son mediating as the Father’s advocate to our needs.

Besides the words of God being recorded by Jeremiah and Ezekiel in this matter, a third prophet witness of the Old Testament also has recorded God’s words on this same matter.  In Hosea chapter 3, with accompanying bracketed [ ] identifications it states:

Hosea 3:5  "Afterward shall the children of Israel return [scattered Israel is gathered, now as parts of all the nations of the earth], and seek the LORD their God [Elohim the Father], and David their king [Jesus Christ – Jehovah the Son]; and shall fear the LORD [GOD] and his [God’s] goodness in the latter days."

 

David is one of the many names of Jehovah – Jesus Christ.  It is King David, Jesus Christ, who will reign during the Millennial era.  Jesse’s younger son was named after one of the names of God the Son, the Beloved, even David.  David is the Beloved Servant Son of God the Father.  We call him Jehovah in the Old Testament.  We call him Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  And we will call him ‘Beloved’ or David during the Millennial Reign.  All names are His and were his from the beginning.

Once that one understands and establishes in their mind that one of the names of the Messiah is David, then many additional matters become clearer.  Consider that the David mentioned in Isaiah chapter 9 is not David the immediate son of Jesse, but David, who is Christ, the Reigning King of the Millennium.

Isaiah 9:6-7  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of government and peace there is not end, upon the throne of David [Jehovah ~ Jesus Christ], and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this”

Isaiah was a prophet who lived well after king David.  And Isaiah is speaking in the prophetic future.  The David Isaiah speaks of cannot be the past king David.  And it only makes sense coupled with the prophecy of the birth of Christ that the David which Isaiah is speaking of is the Millennial King of the Second Coming who is Jesus Christ, even Jehovah, the Beloved Son who the latter day King David, Christ himself.

Isaiah again references David in a manner which can only represent Christ which is echoed in the New Testament:

Isaiah 55:3  “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”

Acts 13:34  “And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.”

This ‘mercies of David’ are not those of the ancient king David, the immediate son of Jesse.  These only make sense and can be the mercies of Christ, the ‘Beloved Son’, whose name David is the ‘Beloved’.  (See King David and Star of David)

Revelation 3:7  “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;”

It would seem that this key held by the Lord is the very sealing powers of heaven.

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David’s Royal Son:

Hymn 69 ‘All Glory, Laud, and Honor  v1:  “All glory, laud, and honor To thee, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of children Make sweet hosannas ring.  Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, Who in the Lord’s name comest, The King and Blessed One.”

204

Day:

2 Peter 1:19  “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

205

Day of the Coming of the Son of Man:

Moses 7:63-69 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other; And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which have made; and for the space of a thousand years the bearth shall rest.  And it came to pass that Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of Man, in the last days, to dwell on the earth in righteousness for the space of a thousand years; But before that day he saw great tribulations among the wicked; and he also saw the sea, that it was troubled, and men’s hearts failing them, looking forth with fear for the judgments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked.  And the Lord showed Enoch all things, even unto the end of the world; and he saw the day of the righteous, the hour of their redemption, and received a fulness of joy; And all the days of Zion, in the days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty-five years.  And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion; and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, ZION IS FLED.”

206

Day of the Lord:

2 Nephi 23:6  “Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.”

207

Daysman:

Job 9:33  “Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.”

208

Day Spring:

           

Job 38:12  “Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;”

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Day Spring from on High.

Luke 1:78  “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,”

210

Day Star:

2 Peter 1:19  “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

211

Dead (the):

1 Kings 3:22-23  “And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.  Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.”

212

Dead Child:

1 Kings 3:20   “And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.”

213

Dear Son (His):

Colossians 1:13  “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

214

Deceiver (by the Jews):

Matthew 27:63  “Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.”

215

Defense (Our/My):  In what do we need ‘defense’?  Consider that we are set in a world where Satan rules in the hearts of men.  And sins runs rampant in the actions of mankind.  If one turns to the Lord, he becomes our ‘defense’ against the powers of the evil one.  Given that defense, we can enter into the process of overcoming all and returning to God though the Salvation of Jehovah, Jesus the Christ.

Psalms 89:18  “For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.”

Psalms 94:22  “But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.”

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Deliverer:

Hymn 6 Redeemer of Israel:1  “Redeemer of Israel, Our only delight. On Whom for a blessing we call. Our shadow by day And our pillar by night, Our King, our Deliv’rer our all.”

Exodus 13:21-22  “And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”

2 Samuel 22:2  “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;”

Psalms 18:2  “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

Psalms 40:17  “But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.”

Romans 11:26  “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come our of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:”

Isaiah 59:20  ¶ And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

1 Thessalonians 1:10  “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”

217

Descended Below All Things:

D&C 88:6  “He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;”

218

Desire of all Nations:

Haggai 2:7  “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Hymn 59: Come, O Thou King of Kings v1  “Come, O thou King of Kings!  We’ve waited long for thee, With healing in thy wings To set thy people free.  Come, thou desire of nations come; Let Israel now be gathered home”

219

Despised:

Isaiah 53:3  “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

220

Despised by the People:

Psalms 22:6  “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.”

221

Despised of Men:

Isaiah 53:3  “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

222

Diadem of Beauty:

Isaiah 28:5  “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,”

223

Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents of the Heart:

D&C 33:1  “Behold, I say unto you, my servants Ezra and Northrop, open ye your ears and hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, whose word is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow, soul and spirit; and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

224

Died and Rose Again:

1 Thessalonians 4:14  “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

225

Disallowed of Men:

1 Peter 2:4  “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,”

1 Peter 2:7  “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,”

226

Divine Investiture:

F&SDE 4:1  Jesus Christ the "Father" by Divine Investiture of Authority—A fourth reason for applying the title "Father" to Jesus Christ is found in the fact that in all His dealings with the human family Jesus the Son has represented and yet represents Elohim His Father in power and authority. . . .  Thus the Father placed His name upon the Son; and Jesus Christ spoke and ministered in and through the Father's name; and so far as power, authority, and Godship are concerned His words and acts were and are those of the Father.

227

Door:  (See also Gate)

John 10: 9  “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

228

Door of the Sheep:

John 10:7  “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”

229

Dwelling Place.

Psalms 90:1-2  “LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”



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Effectual Working of His Power:

Ephesians 3:7  “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.”

231

Eheyeh  (I AM):

English    Hebrew         Example of Scripture

I AM               Eheyeh                          Exodus 3:14

Exodus 3:14  “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.”

Exodus 3:14                        va\yy³’mer    And said

                                                  ’«l³hîm    God

                                                        ’el-    unto

                                                 m³sheh    Moses,

                                                 ’ehyeh    I AM

                                                   £sher    THAT

                                                 ’ehyeh    I AM:

                                           va\yy³’mer    and he said,

                                                       k³h    Thus

                                                  th³’mar    shalt thou say

                                                  li\bhnê    unto the children of

                                                  yi¤r¡’©l    Israel,

                                                 ’ehyeh    I AM

                                            sh‰l¡ch/anî    hath sent me

        ’£lê/khem :    unto you.

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El:  El is a very shorten form of Elohim, meaning ‘God’.  It is commonly attached to various names meaning they are of God, such as Michael, Gabriel, Daniel and Samuel.  Significantly, a root of the name ‘El’ or ‘la’ is the Hebrew name for a ‘ram’.  Christ being the sacrificial ram comes to mind.  Besides ‘elohiym, another elongated form of the name is elo’ah, which also is translated to and means God.

The keepers of the Jewish scriptures were notorious for shortening, abbreviating and altering the names of Deity.  They attempted to avoid the too frequent use of the Holy Names of Diety, and even to this day they do not pronounce them when read but substitute such names as Adonai, which means ‘Lord’.  This has transferred over into the translations of the King James Version of the Bible to the point that the names of Jehovah (YHWH) and Elohim do not appear as frequently as in the original texts, but the name and word Lord and LORD, God and GOD are substituted for them. 

English       Hebrew      Example of Scripture

God                 El                               Genesis 14:18

Genesis 14:18  “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.”

Genesis 14:18                û\malkî-tsedheq    And Melchizedek

                                                                HEB: King of righteousness.

                                                  melekh    king of

                                                  sh¡l©m    Salem

                                                     hôtsî’    brought forth

                                                  lechem    bread

                                               \y¡yin    and wine:

                                                   v‰\hû’    and he

                                                                was

                                                  kh³h©n    the priest of

                                                    l‰\©l    the God.

                                                  ‘elyôn :    most high

If one uses a Hebrew language Old Testament they will find the original names of Jehovah, and Elohim (‘elohiym), El and such.  And it can easily be seen that the English translations substitutes such names as Lord and God liberally for them.  As members of the LDS Church, we are familiar with the concept that Elohim is God the Father and Jehovah is God the Son.  However, since it is the Son, Jehovah, who is the God of the Old Testament acting for and in behalf of the Father, no such distinction can be made in the use of the names there. 

Often Jehovah will speak as the Father and refer to himself in the second person.  And it is Jehovah who is the performing God of the Old Testament even though he speaks and acts for the Father.  Thus the compilation of the records use both Elohim and Jehovah almost interchangeably and little care has been taken to distinguish between when Jehovah speaks as the Father and when he speaks solely of himself.  Thus no attempt can be successful in trying to divided out when Jehovah speaks as himself or as the Father by considering the two differing names of Elohim and Jehovah because they tend to crossover so frequently.  And they are, after all, both referencing God the Son as the performing God of the Old Testament.

“The Messiah is called by seven names and they are: Yinnon, Tzidqenu [“Our Justice”], Tezmah [‘Shoot’], Menahem [‘Comforter’], David, Shiloh, and Elijah.” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87). And another such list from that same source states that the Messiah is called by eight names:  Yinnon, Tezmah, Pele [“Miracle”], Yo’etz [“Counselor”], Mashiah [“Messiah”], El [“God”], Gibbor [“Hero”], and Avi’Ad Shalom [“Eternal Father of Peace”].” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87 S. Buber’s note)  (See ‘The Messiah Texts’ pages 20-22)

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EL-Elyon (Most High God):

English         Hebrew    Example of Scripture

Most High God       El-Elyon        Genesis 14:18

Genesis 14:18  “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.”

Genesis 14:18                û\malkî-tsedheq    And Melchizedek

                                                                HEB: King of righteousness.

                                                  melekh    king of

                                                  sh¡l©m    Salem

                                                     hôtsî’    brought forth

                                                  lechem    bread

                                               \y¡yin    and wine:

                                                   v‰\hû’    and he

                                                                was

                                                  kh³h©n    the priest of

                                                    l‰\’©l    the God.

                                                ‘elyôn :    most high

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El Olam: (God Everlasing or Eternal)

The combination of these three words becomes interesting: Yahweh [LORD], al / El [God], oulm / eon [everlasing]. It may yield LORD GOD EVERLASTING or LORD GOD ETERNAL. And as 'Eternal' is identified in revealed scripture as being one of the names of God (Moses 7:35), it yields the out come of three proper names. This is similiar to a person who has three names, a first name, a middle name and a last or sur name. That would yield "JEHOVAH ELOHIM ETERNAL." This is were 'al' or 'El' is short for Elohim.

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El-Roiy (God of Sight):  He is the God that ‘sees’.  Not only does he have the living attribute of sight, but he sees all.  He sees into the heart and mind of man, knowing his deepest thoughts and desires of his heart.  Thus he is most able to understand and to judge us with fairness and justice.

English        Hebrew     Example of Scripture

The God of sight   El-Roiy            Genesis 16:13

Genesis 16:13  “And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?”

Genesis 16:13

                                               va\ttiqr¡’    And she called

                                                    sh©m-    the name of

                                                 y‰hv¡h    the LORD

                                           ha\dd³bh©r    that spake

                                                  ’©lê/    unto her,

                                                    ’att¡h    Thou

                                                        ’©l    God

                                                       rµ’î    seest me:

                                                              for

                                                   ’¡mr¡h    she said,

                                                \gham    also

                                                    h£l³m    here

                                                    r¡’îthî    Have I looked

                                                  ’ach£rê    after

                                                    r³’/î :    him that seeth me?

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El Elohe Israel (God, the God of Israel (Gen. 33:20; Ezek. 9:3)):

The name of the altar erected could easily be translated as "God of the God of Israel." And when thought in terms of the true nature of the Godhead, here is a reference to there being a hierarchy of at least two Gods, that is Jehovah and the Father Elohim. This this may easily stated,

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El-Shaddai / El Shaddai (Almighty God - Our Sufficiency (Gen. 17:1, 22:17, 35:11, 49:25; Exo. 6:3; Ezek. 10:5)):

English       Hebrew      Example of Scripture

Almighty God     El-Shaddia                 Genesis 17:1

Genesis 17:1  “AND when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”

Genesis 17:1                           va\y‰hî    And was

                                                 ’abhr¡m    Abram

                                                      ben-    old

                                                   tish‘îm    ninety

                                                  sh¡n¡h

                                             v‰\th©sha‘    and nine,

                                                  sh¡nîm    years

                                             va\yy©r¡’    when appeared

                                                y‰hv¡h    the LORD

                                                        ’el-    to

                                                 ’abhr¡m    Abram,

                                           va\yy³’mer    and said

                                                  ’©l¡y/v    unto him,

                                                      ’£nî-    I

                                                                am

                                                        ’©l    the God;

                                              shadday    Almighty

                                             hithhall©kh    walk

                                             l‰\ph¡nay    before me,

                                              ve\h‰y©h    and be thou

                                                 th¡mîm :    perfect.

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El-Olam (Everlasting God):
English        Hebrew     Example of Scripture

Everlasting God    El-Olam               Genesis 21:33

Genesis 21:33  “¶ And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.”

Genesis 21:33                        va\yyi§§a‘    And planted

                                                                Abraham

                                                    ’eshel    a grove

                                                                OR: tamarisk.

                                    bi\bh’©r~sh¡bha‘    in Beer-sheba,

                                           va\yyiqr¡’-    and called

                                                     sh¡m    there

                                                b‰\sh©m    on the name of

                                                y‰hv¡h    the LORD,

                                                         ’©l    the God.

                                                  ‘ôl¡m :    everlasting

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Elah:  Elah is an Aramaic form of the name of God.  It is likely that same name represented by Elohim, El and Eloah.  And perhaps it is the same root basis for the Arab’s name for God, ‘Ala’.

English  Hebrew           Example of Scripture

God           Elah (Aramaic form)            Daniel 2:18

Daniel 2:18  “That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.”

Daniel 2:18                         v‰\rach£mîn    That mercies

                                              l‰\mibh‘©’    they would desire

                                           min-qµdh¡m    of

                                                    «l¡h    the God of

                                           sh‰mayy\¡’    heaven

                                                        ‘al-    concerning

                                                   r¡z\¡h    secret;

                                                   d‰n¡h    this

                                                              that

                                                         l¡’    not

                                          y‰h³bhdhûn    should perish

                                                 d¡nîy©’l    Daniel

                                       v‰\chabhrô/    and his fellows

                                                       ‘im-    with

                                                   sh‰’¡r    the rest of

                                               chakkîmê    the wise of

                                                                men

                                               bh¡bhel :    Babylon.

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Elder Brother:

F&SDE 5:2 There is no impropriety, therefore, in speaking of Jesus Christ as the Elder Brother of the rest of human kind. That He is by spiritual birth Brother to the rest of us is indicated in Hebrews: "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people" (Hebrews 2:17).

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Elect (Mine):

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

See Matthew 12:18 for comparison, where it uses ‘chosen’

Matthew 12:18  “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.”

1 Peter 2:6  “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”

This may well reflect that the understanding of the preexistence selection of Jehoveh over Lucifer was well know and understood from the ancient scriptures still available in the days of Jesus as this states that God the Father had chosen him, where what remains in the Old Testament merely states that he was the ‘elect’.  And though in one sense both convey a similar concept, when one understands the preexistence council more fully as recorded in Moses and Abraham, then ‘whom I have chosen’ given the a more complete understanding than just stating ‘mine elect’.

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Eli:  Eli in the Old Testament means ‘ascension’.  But clearly in the New Testament usage it means and refers to God. Psalm 63:1 references a phrase, Elohim Eli Attah, meaning O God, You are my God. The relationship between 'Eli' and 'Elohim' both meaning God is distinct making each a reference to the name of God, and which they are virtually the same. That is Eli is Elohim and Elohim is Eli or the same as, Eli being the singular form of Elohim. And thus that the name or title of 'God' being Eli/Elohim, may have a reference to God the Father and/or God the Son is not surprising, they are both after all Gods or God.

Matthew 27: 46  “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

In this form the ‘El’ comes first and clearly has reference to God the Father and his presence with the Savior. Yet as it is that 'man' in mortality may have their relationship to God in Heaven but by the Spirit presence of the Holy Ghost, it ought to be noted that it is the 'withdrawal of the Holy Ghost which the Savior is noting at this juncture and he is so recognizing it as the Spirit of the Holy Ghost need remove itself in order that the mortal Messiah might die. (See Elias ~ Christ’s Last Mortal Conversation with God the Father)

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Elias: (See also Messenger of the Covenant, Messenger of God and Messenger of Salvation).  Elias is the Greek New Testament form of the name of Elijah in the Old Testament.  The scriptures contain many uses of the word Elijah/Elias.  What is best is to first give the meaning of the word.  Elias/Elijah means ‘My God Is Jehovah’ or perhaps even better ‘Yah(u) [Jehovah] Is God’.  As such it is one of the descriptive names of deity, which are ascribed to man just as Jehoshua and David are names of God ascribed to men (See David and Jehoshua/Joshua).  We  will discuss this further as we present the various uses of the name Elias/Elijah.

1)  Perhaps the most recognizable figure we have as Elijah/Elias is the well known Old Testament prophet who was given that name.  This is the Elijah who restored the sealing powers in the Kirtland Temple and was referred to as he who would first come and ‘restore all things’ in Malachi.  It was this Elijah who was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire and was translated because of his degree of righteousness.

2)  Elias is also used as a title for one who is to precede, come before or be a ‘forerunner’ of another and it is also a title for one who ‘restores’.  John the Baptist was such an ‘Elias’ who was sent to ‘prepare’ the way before Christ.  And Christ in his day was the Elias’ who restored the Gospel to the Earth.  The Joseph Smith Translation gives this greater perspective.  John the Baptist reports that he is not the ‘Messiah Elias’ which the Jews were seeking after, but he was the ‘forerunner’ to the ‘Messiah Elias’.

JST John 1:28  “He it is of whom I bear record. He is that prophet, even Elias, who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose, or whose place I am not able to fill; for he shall baptize, not only with water, but with fire, and with the Holy Ghost.” (See JST John 1:20-28 for fuller account)

Christ An Elias

Thus it can bee seen that Christ was called by the title of Elias.  Yet even Christ was not the Elias whose coming was prophesied in Malachi unless one presumes Malachi’s prophecy was dualistic and had more than one application.  Various modern interpretations do not indicate that it was, but that it actually did apply to the Old Testament prophet Elijah.

This ‘Title of Elias’ is further applied to others such as John the Revelator (D&C 77:14) and Noah who is Gabriel (D&C 27:6-7).  And while the apostles concluded that Jesus was teaching them that John the Baptist was ‘the Elias’, a careful reading of Christ explanation might just as well indicate that any prophet of God who had a message and mission from God could very well have this ‘Title of Elias’ applied to them also.

Matthew 11: 9-15  “But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.  For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

In one sense and interpretation, this does identify the prophet, John the Baptist’ as an Elias under the ‘title of Elias’ and even the scriptures state that the ‘spirit of Elias’ or the ‘Spirit of Elijah’ was upon him.

Luke 1:17  “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Two things are to be noted from this verse.  First the latter, the phrase ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children’ can be seen to be taken directly from the same verses in Malachi which are used to present the mission of the latter-day Elijah or Elias.  This takes us back to considering that Malachi’s prophecy is dualistic, referring both to Christ’s time and the latter-days as well.

The second item states that John the Baptist was ‘in the spirit and power of Elias’.  The Old Testament prophet Elijah was translated and taken to heaven.  He therefore is an ‘embodied’ spirit housed within a body of ‘flesh and bone’.  He is no longer a spirit like the Holy Ghost is.  And as such, he cannot dwell ‘in’ another person to give them of his ‘spirit and power’.  This can only be achieved by one such as the Holy Ghost.

This brings us to a 'therefore' conclusion.  Gabriel stated that John the Baptist would be ‘filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb’ (Luke 1:15).  As we learn more about the Holy Ghost, we learn that the spirit is the enabling guide and force behind the performance of every prophet of God, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ included.  It is the Holy Ghost who is the ‘spirit and power’ by which man under such guidance does successfully operate the priesthood powers of God.  This brings us to a third meaning and definition of ‘Elias’.

3) Elias, as the ‘spirit and power’ which can enter ‘in’ to man to operate by the priesthood of God is accomplished by the presence and guidance of the Holy Ghost.  Therefore, as ‘God’s Messenger’ and the power by which men and prophets operate in accordance with the mind and will of God, the Holy Ghost is to be considered an ‘Elias’ or ‘the Elias’ by whose ‘spirit and power’ such things are wrought.  The Holy Ghost is the ‘spirit and power of Elias’ by which John the Baptist and all prophets do perform the works of God.

This conclusion brings a new perspective to some of the events of Christ life.  Certainly Christ worked by the power of the presence of the guiding ‘Messenger of God’, the presence of the Holy Ghost.  Like John the Baptist, Christ would have had the presence of the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost with him.  At his baptism, the descending dove signified the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost did abode upon Christ.  The power of the Holy Ghost often did transport the Christ as in the occasions during his temptations by Satan after the 40-day fast.  And by such conveyance did the Lord pass through those who would have cast him off of a cliff in Nazareth.  The ‘virtue’, which the Lord felt flow from him to heal the woman with an issue, was the flow of the spirit and power which did heal the woman.  And upon the cross, those listening clearly state that Christ did call for ‘Elias’.

Mark 15:34-35  “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.”

Matthew 27:46  “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.”

The present witnesses state that Christ called for ‘Elias’.  And Christ asked ‘why’ he had left or withdrawn from him.  Understanding that it is the presence of the Holy Ghost by which all men, even Christ fills the presence of the Father, one must truly consider what was taking place.  Christ had experienced the ‘presence of the Father throughout his entire life, with the exception of treading the wine press alone in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before when the spirit withdrew and step back from him that he might fulfill the atonement alone’.  And now, at death, the presence of God, the Holy Ghost, the ‘spirit and power of Elias’ was withdrawing from him that he might die.

Christ’s last four statements upon the cross are but a conversation with God the Father through the medium of God’s Messenger, the Holy Ghost.  We hear but one side of that conversation like hearing but one part of a telephone conversation.  We can imagine the Father’s answers to the Son, and Joseph Smith’s Translation does help to clarify them to an extent.  But since the final ‘four’ words of conversation with the Father are recorded partially and variously throughout the four gospels, they must be pieced together.  The following is such an attempt considering that it is the Holy Ghost by the name of Elias, which is withdrawing the presence of the Father from Christ as he dies upon the cross.

Christ’s Last Mortal Conversation with God the Father

“Eli, Elias, lama sabachthani?  ~ My God, Elias, hast thou withdrawn from me?”

As the darkening of death and the numbness of the body’s senses sets in, Christ’s, with dying senses, asks if ‘God’s presence’ is still with him.  Certainly the assurance of the Father’s answer to his dying son came immediately and comfortingly through the Holy Ghost.  We can but image what those words might be.  ‘I am here with you My Son.’

“I thirst. ~ I hunger and thirst for thy presence.”

Mistaken by those upon the ground as a request for earthly drink, the Christ references an increased desire to feel of God’s presence, which his dying numbed body which no longer feels distinctly.  A simple statement of reassuring presence is anticipated.  ‘I am here My Son.’

“Father, It is finished, thy will is done.”  Christ’s dying declaration that all had been accomplished is only recorded in the Joseph Smith Inspired Translation.

“Well done My Son.”  No time for length but comfort only, the answer would likely have been short, soft, filled with love and comforting.

“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”  And having said that, Christ bowed his head and gave up the ghost, that is, he died.

4)  A forth use of the name Elias, perhaps being the same as that of the title of Elias, is used in reference to he who took part in the restoration, ‘committing the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed’ (D&C 110:12).  It is anticipated that this ‘Elias’ lived during the time of Abraham and perhaps, like Melchizedek, was held in authority over Abraham.  There is some indication in D&C 27:6-7, that this is the same Elias which announced John the Baptist to Zacharias (Luke 1:11-20 ).  If so, this is the same as Gabriel, which is Noah.  Noah lived a long time, and he did live into the early days of Abraham.  It was through Enoch’s pleading (see Moses 7:50-52) that the blessing remained and did come down through Noah and on to Abraham.  Abraham sought after the blessings of the Fathers, and he had obtained them through the Fathers to Noah and from Noah back to Adam (see Abraham 1:2; D&C 27:10 & D&C 84:14-16).

Elias a Name Title of God Given to Man

Thus the word Elias seems to have many applications.  But if one considers that it origin is from God and that Elias is one of the names of deity bestowed upon man as man works within the parameters of the Plan of Salvation the name becomes more understandable. In terms of an office, it is a ‘messenger of God’, which is called upon to proceed, as a forerunner, preparer, restorer, messenger and other such significant functions performed by such servants of God.  Both Jehovah and the Holy Ghosts are messengers and forerunners of the Father.  Thus they can be referred to by the name of Elias or ‘an Elias’.  Christ is called the ‘Messenger of the Covenant’ and the ‘Messenger of Salvation’.  As the Messenger of the Covenant, we are to understand that Christ is the one who brings forth the New and Everlasting Covenant of the Father, which provides mankind their way back to the Father.  The New Covenant (New Testament) because it was Christ who fulfilled the Old Covenant (Old Testament) of the Law of Moses.  The Holy Ghost functions as God’s special Messenger and is stated as such in scripture many times.  And the Holy Ghost is he who bears witness of both the Father and the Son, being that forerunning witness and comforter to obtaining the further comfort of the presence of the Son and of the Father.

Other such ‘forerunners’ or messengers of the latter-day restoration are such as Moroni, John the Baptist, Elijah, Moses, Elias, Peter, James and John, and other such prophets messengers who participated in the restoration of the Gospel.  This would include even Jesus Christ in association with his appearance to Joseph Smith in the grove and in the Kirkland Temple.

Matthew 16:14  “And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”

Christ was such an Elias, but not the Elias, which many thought him to be.  Consider Christ in the Second Coming.  Will he perform and be identified as an Elias then as he was in the meridian of time?  What Elias do you suppose is the ‘angel ascending from the east’ in John’s revelation chapter 7 verse 2?

D&C 77:9 Q. What are we to understand by the angel ascending from the east, Revelation 7th chapter and 2nd verse?

A. We are to understand that the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, he crieth unto the four angels having the everlasting gospel, saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And, if you will receive it, this is Elias which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and restore all things.

Of the various 'Messengers' of position there is one particular Elias who has a central role as an Elias. Along with Jesus Christ, three other prophet messengers visited the Kirtland Temple, each with keys of the priesthood to restore. Two of these were named by their own names, the names of Moses and Elijah. The third was but called 'Elias'. Some consider that to be his 'name', while others consider it as being but a possible 'name title' of 'Elias' given him. Who could this third temple keys restorer be? In D&C 110:12, it states that this Elias appeared and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying 'that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed.' These were the blessings and covenants of the fathers so preserved as stated in D&C 27:10. Some think this was Abraham as Elias. Yet those blessing upon all of mankind were but preserved though and by Noah as he stood as the 'Father' of mankind since the flood, after Adam. In D&C 27:7 it states that he (Elias) is the one who visited Zacharias. Luke reports in his gospel that the angel who appeared unto Zacharias was Gabriel (Luke 1:19). The angel Gabriel is also he who came unto the virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-27) and also likely he who came to Joseph, Mary's esposed husband. We further have revealed through Joseph Smith that Gabriel was the same as Noah, which is seemingly most fitting that those evelasting keys of the covenant of the priesthood should be passed down from Noah, as Noah was he who received them after Adam and who stands next in authority to Adam (Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 48; HC 3:385-86; Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 157).

In summary, it is interesting that two members of the Godhead may have the prieshtood Godly name title of Elias apply to them, that is Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost as they work in concert between and with God and man. It is also of interest to consider the various prophet messengers who have and do and also could go by same priesthood of God name title, Elias. Any and all from Noah to Moses to Elijah, as well as such as Isaiah, Enoch, John the Baptist and even Joseph Smith. Even some of the Book of Mormon prophets may well so qualify particularly such as Moroni as that angel flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach to the inhabitants of the earth.

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Elijah:  The name Elijah from the Old Testament is the same name of Elias in the Greek New Testament.  Considered by many to be the only the name of the Old Testament prophet who is to return, they fail to consider Elijah as a name of deity bestowed upon man as man functions under the direction of heaven.  (See Elias)

Matthew 16:14  “And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”

“The Messiah is called by seven names and they are: Yinnon, Tzidqenu [“Our Justice”], Tezmah [‘Shoot’], Menahem [‘Comforter’], David, Shiloh, and Elijah.” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87). And another such list from that same source states that the Messiah is called by eight names:  Yinnon, Tezmah, Pele [“Miracle”], Yo’etz [“Counselor”], Mashiah [“Messiah”], El [“God”], Gibbor [“Hero”], and Avi’Ad Shalom [“Eternal Father of Peace”].” (Mid. Mishle. ed. Buber , p. 87 S. Buber’s note)  (See ‘The Messiah Texts’ pages 20-22)

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Elimelech:  This name means Eli (God) melech (king) or ‘GOD IS KING’ and is clearly a referencing description of the God of the Old Testament, Jehovah being King.  Thus the name Elimelech seems but to be another such name bestowed upon a mortal man though being a descriptive title of God, Jehovah, even Jesus Christ.

The Jewish compilers, organizers and editing transcribers of the Bible have been quite successful in nearly writing Elimelech and his son Mahlon out of the ancestry of the Messiah and the role he does play in the tapestry threads of Jesus Christ.  The legal and lawful ‘Levitical’ ancestor of Obed is Mahlon through the Law of Moses, the Law of God, regarding the law of raising up seed to the dead by a redeeming kinsman as contained in Deuteronomy 25:2-10 and practiced by Boaz in his marriage to Ruth, the wife of Mahlon the son of Elimelech recorded in Ruth chapter 4.  The first born son by such a marriage was considered to be the legal seed of such a wife’s first husband so that, that man’s name would not be lost in Israel.  Yet the Jewish Biblical writers have all but written Mahlon and Elimelech out of Israel by over emphasizing the redeeming kinsman’s bloodline in Obed over the Law of God rightful parentage of Obed and thus on down until Christ.

This ‘redeeming kinsman’ concept has it very parallel in that Jehovah, our Brother Kinsman, does redeem us back to being again in the presence of our legitimate Father, God the Father.  Certainly Christ is not so careless as these seeming Jewish authors, to have written the true Father out of the picture.  For Christ gives all honor and glory to the Father.  And by so doing is thereby, himself, exalted.  Yet in this a reverse parallel, as the Jewish have written out the Son in their continued denial of Christ, so they did write out the rightful mortal ancestry and ‘father’ of the Son of David, when they place the Jewish Boaz above and before Mahlon and his father Elimelech who where Ephrathites as was Joshua and his father Nun also Ephrathites.

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Eloah:  Another form of the name Elohiem is ‘Eloah’, meaning again God.

English       Hebrew      Example of Scripture
God            Eloah         Nehemiah 9:17

Nehemiah 9:17  “And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to danger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.”

Nehemiah 9:17                  va\y‰m¡’£nû    And refused

                                               li\shm³a‘    to obey,

                                                  v‰\l³’-    neither

                                                  z¡khrû    were mindful of

                                      niphl‰’³thê/kh¡    thy wonders

                                                   ’£sher    that

                                                   ‘¡¤îth¡    thou didst

                                             ‘imm/¡hem    among them;

                                          va\yyaqshû    but hardened

                                                      ’eth-

                                                 ‘orp/¡m    their necks,

                                          va\yyitt‰nû-    and appointed

                                                     r³’sh    a captain

                                                \shûbh    to return

                                     l‰\‘abhdhuth/¡m    to their bondage:

                                           b‰\miry/¡m    in their rebellion

                                               v‰\’att¡h    but thou

                                                                art

                                                  ’«lôah    a God

                                                s‰lîchôth    ready to pardon,

                                                channûn    gracious

                                             v‰\rachûm    and merciful,

                                                  ’erekh-    slow to

                                               ’appayim    anger,

                                               v‰\rabh-    and of great

                              v\chesedh (chesedh)    kindness,

                                                    v‰\l³’    and not.

                                           ‘£zabht/¡m :    forsookest them

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Eloheeka - 'alei-k': 'Elohim-of-you' ~ Thy God.

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Eloheenu - 'alei-nu': 'Elohim-of-us' ~ Our God.

See: Ps. 99:5,8,9

Now, though while we do worship both Our Father in Heaven as God the Celestial Father of out Spirits and Jehovah/Jesus Christ as our Lord and God of the New and Old Testaments, and often together without thought as there being the one or two; it is also true that they both share many of the same names as the son Jehovah does stand in the stead of the Father in all things and does take the name of the Father upon him even as we take his name Jesus Christ upon us and then act in his name.

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Elohim / Elohiem / Elohiym: (Our Eternal Creator). One of the names of God is Elohim or Elohiem   In the Hebrew Bible, the name occurs frequently as the name of the LORD or Lord of the Old Testament.  But in the Old Testament usage there must be some qualification made.  In the LDS Church we have come to understand that the more proper names of God the Father and God the Son are Elohim and Jehovah respectively.  Elohim also has reference to the ‘fullness’ of the stature of God in its immensity of power.  Thus Elohim can be the multiple or plural of God’s power and it can reference ‘Gods’ in multitude. 

In Hebrew the first chapter of Genesis, speaks specifically and uniquely about
Elohim
being the creator of heaven and earth and of the six day creation.

Since in the LDS Church we reserve the formal name of Elohim as being the name of God the Celestial Father of Spirits and Jehovah as being the name of the Firstborn spirit son of God, there seems to be a problem. That is it seems to read that God the Father was the Creator and not Jehovah as the text of John 1:1-4 does speak of the Word or the Son of God as being the creator. The answer is simple enough. Their is the formal name of Elohim and then there is the common meaning of the word 'elohim.' The meaning of the word is that it is the plural of God, that is Gods. And thus as the book of Abraham chapter 4 reads, the Gods created the heavens and the earth.

Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea states it thus, " ... The Father and Maker as Ruler of all, commanding with a kingly nod, and second to him [Jehovah/Jesus] the divine Word, none other than the onoe who is proclaimed by us, as carrying out the Father's commands." (Church History, Book 1, Chapter 2, Paragraph 4). This matches well the LDS concept of the creation, that being that the Father directed and the Son, Jehovah, performed the temporal creation under the direction of the father.

That the word 'Elohim' or 'aleim' referred to the plural 'Gods' as Abrham did record becomes clear in Genesis chapter 1 verse 26:

Verse 26 only makes sense when there is more God who has performed the Creation a the pronouns used, us and our, are plural to match the plural use of 'aliem' or Elohim. And as an added testimony, it is not until Genesis chapter 2 that the name of Yahweh or Jehovah is used:

This is used in conjuctionwith verse 7 where 'Yahweh Elohim' is who it is that creates the bodies of Adam and Eve from the dust. And this matches the account of Ether 3:16 where Jehovah/Jesus, as a God of Spirit, anouces to Mahoni Moriancumr that it is after that image of his spirit body that he made the physical bodies of Adam and Eve from the elements of the earth.

Note the breakdown of Genesis 1 below:

English      Hebrew       Example of Scripture
God          Elohim          Genesis 1:1

Genesis 1:1  “IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1                           b‰\r©’shîth    In the beginning

                                                     b¡r¡’    created

                                                                HEB: shaped, fashioned, created; always divine activity.

                                                 «l³hîm    God

                                                       ’©th

                                      ha\shsh¡mayim    the heaven

                                                  v‰\’©th    and

                                             \’¡rets :    the earth.

¶ "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens," ~ Old Testament | Genesis 2:4 [See also: Gen. 2:4-25]

It may well be noticed here that the Genesis account does name both Yahweh (Jehovah) and Elohim in the creation process together. The record of Abraham echos this joint involvement as he states that it was such as "Let us go down" and "they went down" at the beginning and in joint effort, Elohim directing and Jehovah performing is the general concensus which even Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea does confirm in his Chruch History record in book one chapter two paragraph 4, "He [Elohim] ... commanding with a kingly nod, and second to him [Jehovah/Jesus] the divine Word ... carrying out the Father's commands."

Abraham 4:1  “AND then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth.”

To fully appreciate that Christ, the is Jehovah, God the Son, is being called by the name of God the Father in the Old Testament references takes some consideration of understanding just what was, is and well be Christ’s role in relationship to mankind.  In the pre-councils of heaven, before the foundation of the world, God the Father selected who from among us would be God the Fathers official and legal representative.  God the Father has already passed and advanced beyond the first and second estates of eternal development.  God the Father need one from among us who would pass through these estates with us.  And God the Father selected his ‘firstborn’ son in the spirit to so represent God to us.

In this respect, Jehovah took upon himself the name of God as God the Father anointed him with the very powers of the fullness of God.  Thus to us, God the Son, becomes as though being the Father.  Jehovah, took upon himself the name of the Father.  And Jehovah acts ‘as the Father’, ‘for the Father’ and ‘in behalf of the Father’ in all things.  Thus for all intensive purposes, Jehovah, the anointed son, is the Father, the advocate and mediator between mankind and that advanced level of Godhood of the Father which we are striving to obtain.  This is was Christ meant when he taught such doctrine as ‘I am come in my Father’s name’ (John 5:43), ‘he that hath seen me hath seen the Father’ (John 14:9) and ‘I and my Father are one’ (John 10:30).

Thus as God the Father’s selected and anointed representative to man, Christ takes upon himself the very names of the Father, his Father and our Father.  Christ in the Old Testament is therefore called Elohim as he acts ‘as’, ‘by’, ‘for’ and ‘in all things’ as the Father.  And thus, Jehovah, even the Christ, takes upon himself the name of his Father.

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Elyon - 'oliun': 'supreme-one' ~ The Lord Most High.

See: Ps. 47:2

As noted before, the names of Jehovah often appear in the Hebrew scriptures in joint with the name of Elohim and its various forms. So here once again not only ought it be noted that 'The Son' does take upon himself the name(s) of God the Father in whose stead he stands in all things. So the name Elohim and its forms even down to the simple El does have but the meaning of GOD. And it is in context of how and unto whom it is being applied that must be considered. In it most formal form you might say that it denotes who Jesus himself denoted to be the One True God, even the Father; that is the Celestial Father of Spirits who is fully exalted in that Celestial Heaven above as the advanced being who stand fully beyond this temporal mortality of which we persently pertain unto. But also it is to be noted that 'El' to 'Elohim' as meaning God, may also in its contexted be applied to and named upon Jehovah who is not only Jesus Christ but also Yahweh of the Old Testament who stood and stands in the stead of the Father as pertaining to this temporal mortality of which he as Jesus Christ was/is as pertaining unto, have come in the flesh to also gain his body that he will and may also fully stand in the Celetial Heights fully clothed with a Celestial Glorified body of Celestial Flesh and Bone.

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Emmanuel:

 

Matthew 1:23  “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

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End:  When the Lord states that he is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, there is a multitude of attributes and characteristics to which this reference can apply.  One of these is in conjunction with God’s Plan of Salvation for man.  Another is in respect to this creation and the purpose of it which has a beginning an end.  Another is in respect to the Lord’s very eternal and endless nature. And still another is in respect to the priesthood and power of God which is without beginning or end.

Though there maybe other respects of the Lords relative nature to be considered in respect to a beginning and an end, we will confine our discussion to these four aspects and how they interrelate to each other.

Eccl. 3:11  “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Hebrews 7:2-3  “To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.”

(Rev. 1:8)

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

(Rev. 21:6)

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

(Rev. 22:13)

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

(2 Ne. 27:7)

7 And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.

(Alma 11:39)

39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last;

(Alma 13:7)

7 This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things—

(Alma 13:8)

8 Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end

(Alma 13:8)

8 Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end—

(Alma 13:9)

9 Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.

(3 Ne. 9:18)

18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

(3 Ne. 9:18)

18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

(D&C 45:7)

7 For verily I say unto you that I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and the life of the world—a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

D&C 49:12  “Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, who was on the earth, and is to come, the beginning and the end;”

D&C 49:12  “Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, who was on the earth, and is to come, the beginning and the end;”

D&C 54:1  “Behold, thus saith the Lord, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, even he who was crucified for the sins of the world—“

D&C 61:1  “Behold, and hearken unto the voice of him who has all power, who is from everlasting to everlasting, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

D&C 78:16  “Who hath appointed Michael your prince, and established his feet, and set him upon high, and given unto him the keys of salvation under the counsel and direction of the Holy One, who is without beginning of days or end of life.”

D&C 84:17  “Which priesthood continueth in the church of God in all generations, and is without beginning of days or end of years.”

D&C 84:120  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.”

D&C 95:7  “And for this cause I gave unto you a commandment that you should call your solemn assembly, that your fastings and your mourning might come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, which is by interpretation, the creator of the first day, the beginning and the end.”

Moses 1:3  “And God spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I am the Lord God Almighty, and Endless is my name; for I am without beginning of days or end of years; and is not this endless?”

Moses 6:7  “Now this same Priesthood, which was in the beginning, shall be in the end of the world also.”

Moses 6:30  “And this is a decree, which I have sent forth in the beginning of the world, from my own mouth, from the foundation thereof, and by the mouths of my servants, thy fathers, have I decreed it, even as it shall be sent forth in the world, unto the ends thereof.”

Moses 6:67  “And thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.”

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End of the Law:  The Law of Moses had its end in Christ.  That is the performances, sacrifices and ordinances thereof.  The trade off is that living the ‘higher law’ of ‘righteousness’ no longer requires the ‘school master’ but as taught the ways of righteousness, they are able to govern themselves.

Romans 10:4  “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

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Endless:

Moses 1:3  “And God spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I am the Lord God Almighty, and Endless is my name; for I am without beginning of days or end of years; and is not this endless?”

Moses 7:35  “Behold, I am God; Man of Holiness is my name; Man of Counsel is my name; and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.”

D&C 19:4  “And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless.”

D&C 19:10-12  “For, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it! For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name. Wherefore--Eternal punishment is God's punishment.  Endless punishment is God's punishment.”

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Enlightened By the Spirit:

D&C 91: 4-6  “Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.”

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Enlighteneth Your Eyes:

D&C 88:11  “And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;”

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Ensample:  (See Ensign, Example, Standard)

D&C 78:13  “Behold, this is the preparation wherewith I prepare you, and the foundation, and the ensample which I give unto you, whereby you may accomplish the commandments which are given you;”

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Ensign ~ Ensign of the People ~ Ensign to the nations ~ Ensign to the World ~ etc.:

An 'ensign' is a type of flag, insignia, standard, pennant or banner and it denotes a symbol, sign, signal or emblem of some membership or association. In terms of Christ's Gospel and his Zion or Jerusalem, it is the banner of Christ's Gospel membership. Captain Moroni made such an ensign from a remnant of his coat as a symbol of that remnant of the coat of Joseph which remained, thus is those of Joseph/Ephraim and his companions also so associated, particularly as Israel as being a part and partcile of this membership so represented. The Latter-day Church is such as that organiztion today, being the Zion of the Lord unto which/who the nations of the earth are being gathered.

Isaiah 11:10  “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”

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Eon / 'oulm' - Everlasting - Eternal: Endless or Eternal is a name of God. 

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Ephraim:  Though for the most part the Jewish Rabbis tend to divide the Messiah into two, Messiah ben David and Messiah ben Joseph or Ephraim, the strength of certain Rabbinical writings in relation to the Messiah of Ephraim tend to go beyond the division of the Messiah and do unit him to be the one and only ‘True Messiah’ who God the Father will crown with the crown of glory at his Second Coming.  Read these references, which speak of the ‘True Messiah’ who is named Ephraim, being of Ephraim, and decide if these do not speak of Jesus Christ, the one True Messiah, even Jehovah. (See also ‘True Messiah’ and Messiah ben Ephraim)

(Take from the Messiah Texts p. 202, 193-194, 165, 153, 139, 112-114)

“His name is Ephraim, My True Messiah. He will raise his stature and the stature of his generation and will light up the eyes of Israel, and will save his people, and no nation and language shall be able to stand up against him…”(Pes. Rab. pp. 161a-b; Messiah Texts, p. 112)

Ephraim, My True Messiah, you have already accepted from the six days of Creation.” (Pes. Rab. p. 162a; Messiah Texts, p. 113)

“Then the Fathers of the world say to him: ‘Ephraim, our True Messiah, let your mind be at ease, for you put at ease our minds and the mind of your Creator.” (Pes. Rab ch. 36; Messiah Texts, pp. 113-114)

Ephraim, My True Messiah, fear them not, because all of them will die from the breath of your lips.” (Pes. Rab. ch. 36; Messiah Texts, p. 114)

“Come, honor Ephraim, My True Messiah, and spread before him all kinds of spices from the Garden of Eden . . .” (Pes. Rab. ch. 36; Messiah Texts, p. 114)

“Hence that the Anointed of War will arise in the future from Joseph . . . . [Rachel said:]

God hath taken away my reproach (Gen. 30:23) – because it was prophesied to her that the Messiah would arise from her.” (BhM 6:81; Messiah Texts, p. 165)

“The Holy One, blessed be He, will cause Ephraim, His True Messiah, to put on a garment whose radiance will reach from one end of the world to the other.  And Israel will use its light and will say:  ‘Happy the hour in which he was created!  Happy the womb from which he issued!  Happy the generation whose eyes see him! . . . “ (Pes. Rab. ch. 36; Messiah Texts pp. 193-194)

Since the question about the dual ancestry of the Messiah, being of the blood of Judah through Boaz but of the

I AM EPHRAIM

“In that hour the Holy One, blessed be He, will crown the Messiah and place a helmet of salvation on his head and give him splendor and radiance, and adorn him with clothes of honor and stand him up on top of a high mountain in order to bring glad tidings to Israel. And he will let it hear with his voice: ‘Salvation is near!  And Israel will say: ‘Who are you?’ And he will say: ‘I am Ephraim.’ And Israel will say: ‘Are you the one whom the Holy One, blessed be He, called ‘Ephraim My firstborn, Ephraim is my darling son to Me?’ and he will say, ‘Yes.’ And Israel will say to him: ‘Go and bring glad tidings to them that sleep in Machpela, that they should rise first.’” (Pirqe Mashiah, Bhm 3:73-74; Messiah Texts p. 202)

Since the question about the dual ancestry of the Messiah, being of the blood of Judah through Boaz but of the legal seed through the Law of Moses of Mahlon and Elimelech, Ephrathites (See Ephrathite) is not well doctrinally established at this date, this discussion about one of the names of Christ being Ephraim will end with just one more quote with just a few of explanatory notes.

Pesiqta Rabbati 37:1

"In the latter days, the Fathers [Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph D&C 27:10] will stand up in the month of Nisan [time of the Passover] and say,'Ephraim the Messiah, our righteousness, though we are the Fathers, yet Thou art better than we, because Thou hast borne all the sins of our sons, and hard and evil measure has passed on to Thee, such as has not been passed either upon those before, or those after' Messiah tells them that He did this for their sakes and the sakes of their children. To this they reply: 'Ephraim the Messiah, our righteousness, be Thou reconciled to us, because Thou hast reconciled Thy maker [God the Father] to us'" (Midrash from 845 A.D.)

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Ephrathite:  Being a descendant of those the scriptures identify as being Ephrathites, Jesus Christ is also to be identified by the name of Ephrathite.  Jesse the father of David is stated as being an Ephrathite.

"Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul." ~ 1 Samuel 17:12

Mahlon, the legal rightful father of Obed under the Law of Moses (See Deuteronomy 25:2-10 and Ruth chapter 4), and Mahlon’s father Elimelech are stated to be Ephrathites. 

Ruth 1:2  “And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.”

And if you will, in the Book of Jasher, Joshua, who was given the very name of Jesus or Jehoshua by Moses’ inspiration, and his father Nun are therein identified as Ephrathites.

"And they carried on a great and severe battle against Israel, and the Lord delivered Amalek and his people into the hands of Moses and the children of Israel, and into the hand of Joshua, the son of Nun, the Ephrathite, the servant of Moses." ~ The Book of Jasher 81:54

The Bible presents one very clear meaning of the term Eprathite and that is being a member of the ‘clan’ or tribe of Ephraim.  Only in relation to the House of David does a ‘logically’ deduced, contrived or imagined definition of the word Ephrathite vary from the clear Old Testament meaning and it is solely based upon this Jewish perspective that an Ephrathite, only in terms of the House of David, means being a citizen of Bethlehem. the more consistent and factual definition supported by the scriptures is that it means the same as the word Ephraimite or being of the tribe of Ephraim, the Son of the Covenant, as Ephraim is identified as the firstborn of the Lord.  And Ephraim is the son of Joseph of Egypt and from thence was to come the ‘shepherd’, the ‘stone of Israel’.

Before we leave this topic of ‘Ephrathite and Ephraimite being the same, consider this last source from the Jewish school of the Rabbis.  In the Targum Yehonathan on Exodus 40:11, it states that the MESSIAH SON OF JOSEPH is a descendant from Joshua, the son of Nun.  Joshua was the patriarchal heir of Ephraim and therefore of the Covenant of Abraham (See Bible Dictionary under Abraham, Covenant of and Jacob).  We have shown how Nun was considered an Ephrathite according to the Book of Jasher though Nun was born in Egypt and never lived in the promised land little alone at the ‘town of Ephrath.  Ephrathite meaning Ephraimite is concluded.  Now what makes more sense that the linage of the Messiah, if it is a dual lineage and of both Joseph and Judah, than to come through the linage of the Patriarchs of Ephraim?  Another Rabbinical rendering also make MESSIAH SON OF JOSEPH a descendant of Jeroboam son of Nebath (Zohar Chadash, Balak 56b).  How exactly that plays out may be through the political intermarriages between the two Kingdoms, but who is to say?

(See Seed of Abraham, Messiah ben Joseph, Messiah ben Ephraim, Joseph and Ephraim).

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Equal with God:

Philippians 2:6  “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”

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Eternal:

Moses 7:35  “Behold, I am God; Man of Holiness is my name; Man of Counsel is my name; and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.”

D&C 20:17  “By these things we know that there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God, the framer of

heaven and earth, and all things which are in them.”

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Eternal Father:  The name ‘Eternal Father’ is most often understood to be a name title, which references God the Father, even Elohim as evidenced by the following verse from the Book of Mormon.

1 Nephi 13:40  “And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.”

  Yet, it is a name title, which can also refer to Jehovah as he functions by the ‘divine investiture’ power of attorney ‘as’, ‘for’ and ‘in behalf of’ the Father.  This explains well the verse in Mosiah where the Father and Son are stated as ‘one God the very ‘Eternal Father’ of heaven and earth’ as the name refers to the Father and to the Son acting as the Father by divine investiture. (See also Everlasting God and Most High God)

Mosiah 15:4  “And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.”

Jointly, together, the Father and the Son function as the ‘Eternal Father of heaven and of earth’.  Without the Son’s administration in the name of the Father to this second estate, the will of the Father could not be in effect, for only those who are of this ‘second estate’, as Jehovah the firstborn spirit son of the Father is, can administer to this second estate.  The already Exalted Father of immortal celestial glory was not of this world, meaning He could not minister unto this second estate, himself having progressed far beyond it.  Only those who are of this second estate, having to come and obtain their body of flesh and bone in it and to yet obtain their own Exalted Celestial Eternal Life could so minister to this world as they would be a part of this world/estate where the Father was not.  Thus ‘as’, ‘for’, and ‘in behalf’ of the Father does Jehovah the Son operate by divine investiture having the ‘power of attoney’ of the Father, ministering to us in the name of the Father vicariously acting as the Father. 

Thus in the capacity of providing this second estate with the ministry of ‘God the Eternal Father’, the Father and the Son act jointly, the Father acting through the Son and the Son representing the Father unto us.  Thus they together are the ‘Eternal Father of heaven and of earth’, Jehovah the Christ being the mediator by vicarious performance as the Father and our advocate with the Father.  Thus the Savior can well say, ‘If ye have seen me, ye have seen the Father’.  For we are to work through the mediator, who for all intensive purposes is the Father unto us.  For He and the Father are as one in this capacity of providing us the service of God the Eternal Father.  Christ bridges that gap of God the Father in His Heaven and we as Man upon this second estate.  Of course even the Holy Ghost, that third member of the Godhead, works as a facilitator of this process as well.

D&C 20:77  “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask the in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

Mormon 6:22  “O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.”

Moroni 4:3  “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

Moroni 5:2  “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

Moroni 10:4  “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Moroni 10:31  “And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.”

D&C 20:79  “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they

may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

Joseph Smith-History 1:17  “It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”

Articles of Faith 1.  “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”

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Eternal Father of Heaven:

Mormon 6:22  “O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.”

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Eternal Friend:

Hymn 73 ‘Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice’ v4:  “Father, God, eternal Friend, Thou art Life; there is no end.  All creation everywhere Lives in thee, for thou art there.  Father, God, eternal Friend, Thou art Life, there is no end.”

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Eternal God:

Deuteronomy 33:27  “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”

1 Nephi 12:18  “And the large and spacious building, which thy father saw, is vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men. And a great and a terrible gulf divideth them; yea, even the word of the justice of the Eternal God, and the Messiah who is the Lamb of God, of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record, from the beginning of the world until this time, and from this time henceforth and forever.”

D&C 121:32  “According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest.”

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Eternal Head:

Helaman 13:38  “But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.”

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Eternal Home:

Hymn 31 O God, Our Help in Ages Past : 1  “O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.”

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Eternal Judge:

Moroni 10:34  “And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen.”

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Eternal King:

D&C 128:23  “Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid brocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!”

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Eternal Life:  Our Salvation, our Eternal Life, is bound up in Christ, Jehovah.  Jehovah Is Salvation.  That is the name which God the Father gave unto his Son in the preexistence, Jehoshua which is the same name as Joshua or Jesus in the Greek.  Jehovah is Salvation, it was so established and proclaimed from the very foundation of the world, before the foundation of the world in the pre-mortal councils in Heaven.

John 3:14-16  “¶ And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  ¶ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 5:39  “¶ Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

John 17:3  “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

1 John 5:11  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

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Eternal Sacrifice:  Christ’s atoning sacrifice was not a human sacrifice.  It was an vicarious ordinance of God whereby Christ freely gave himself to suffer for the sins of the world.  The concept of ‘human sacrifice’ is purely a ‘pagan’ and corrupt concept and the Gospel of God does in no way put forth anything such as human sacrifice.  This is a corruption and deception put upon man by the lies of Satan.

            Leviticus:

Alma 34:10  “For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.”

Even As God Is: (See Image of God)

 

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Ever Liveth to Make Intercession:

Hebrews 7:25  “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

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Everlasting:

Psalms 93:2  “Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.”

Proverbs 8:23  “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.”

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Everlasting Covenant:  Question:  Who is the Everlasting Covenant?  Perhaps a strange sounding question, but the answer when considered seems automatic.  Jehoshua, ‘Jehovah is Salvation’, is the same name is Jesus, thus Jesus in essence is the ‘Everlasting Covenant’ of God given from before the foundation of the world and anciently unto the fathers, from Adam down to Ephraim.  And today that Covenant of providing a Redeeming Savior for mankind is brought to earth in its fullness, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

JST  Genesis 9: 21  “And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant, which I made unto thy father Enoch (See Moses chapter 7); that, when men should keep all my commandments, Zion should again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself.”

While it might seem to be a new concept to some that the ‘essence or embodiment’ of a person’s life or their ‘purpose’ can be considered as an ‘everlasting covenant’, it is well supported as the fact of the matter in the scriptures.  In Genesis it states that the ‘everlasting covenant’ is to ‘be a God unto us’.  Of course that covenant is that of the plan of salvation which is the integral essence, embodiment and purpose of the life of Jehovah as God of Creation, of the Old Testament, of the New Testament, of the Second Coming and of the Plan of God’s Salvation.  The scripture follows.  

Genesis 17:7  “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”

Of course that God to Noah was Jehovah, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Firstborn Son of the Covenant of God, our Savior, Redeemer and King.  Jehovah was renamed by the Father with the name of Jehoshua in the preexistence.  And at the ‘council hearing’ before the presence of the Father, Jehovah as Jehoshua and Lucifer renamed Satan, stood as recorded in Zechariah chapter 3.  (See Jehoshua and My Commentary on Zechariah chapter 3.)

Jeremiah 32:39-40  “And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.”

When one comes to understand that Jehovah, that is the same as Jesus Christ, is the very embodiment of the everlasting covenant and is called and referred to as such, then one can more readily understand and appreciate that is was the ‘blood’ of Christ that was the ‘blood of the everlasting covenant’ as recorded by Paul in Hebrews below.

Hebrews 13:20-21  “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

D&C 45:9   “And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.”

The way of life of the everlasting covenant is to live as the bearer of that covenant so lived.  We are to follow after Christ.  Details of what Christ’s life of example requires is set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants.  It includes living God’s commandments, performing all of God’s required performances and ordinances, becoming as God is by entering into Celestial Marriage and by living even as the intelligence of God lives in all truth and light.

D&C 76:101  “But received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant.”

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Everlasting Covenant of Marriage:  In the Plan of God there are three major kingdoms of glory, the telestial, the terrestrial and the Celestial.  Then further within the Celestial Kingdom there are three levels of attainment though all live there together.  These levels are according to the levels of attainment in the priesthood of God.  The following scripture states them as being a ‘border of the priesthood’.  What distinguish those who attain the highest level in the Celestial Kingdom, become as God is to the fullest degree are those who have entered into and abide by the ‘border of the priesthood’ of the ‘everlasting covenant of marriage’.

D&C 131:2  “And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this border of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];”

While it is not clearly stated what distinguishes the other two levels, be must assume they too have to do with such ‘borders’ of performance of the ordinances of the priesthood.  We know and are told that the ‘gate’ or ‘door’ into the Celestial Kingdom is the performance of the ordinance of Baptism coupled with an acceptable degree of ‘pureness of heart’ and living the commandments of God, becoming in life style as God is, righteous.  Just what ‘border’ of performance divides the two other levels of the Celestial Kingdom is not known but it is something less than the everlasting covenant of marriage.

D&C 132 further discusses the ordinances of the new and everlasting covenant, including that of marriage but that discussion is beyond the scope of this text and is a matter of various interpretation as it gets into the various performances and borders of this covenant.

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Everlasting Dominion:

Daniel 7:13-14  “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

D&C 121:46  “The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.”

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Everlasting Doors:

Psalms 24:7-10  “Lift up your head, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.”

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Everlasting Father:

Isaiah 9:6  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

2 Nephi 19:6  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

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Everlasting God:  The name title ‘everlasting God’ has reference to God the Father, that separate being we recognize as Elohim.  This is illustrated by a verse from 1 Nephi chapter 11.

1 Nephi 11:32  “And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people; yea, the Son of the everlasting God was judged of the world; and I saw and bear record.”

Jesus Christ the Son is not his own father, thus ‘everlasting God’ in the preceding verse can only have reference to Elohim, God the Eternal Father.  Yet the name title ‘everlasting God’ does also have reference to Jehovah, the Son, in respect to the ‘divine investiture’ power of attorney role the Son plays in his vicarious performance of acting ‘as’, ‘for’ and ‘in behalf of’ the Father.  Since God the Father is an exalted celestial being of glorified flesh and bone, he cannot personally minister unto us but does work through the mediation and advocacy of the Son, the Son acting as his Father to us in such matters.  Thus the Father can be in His Exalted Heaven and through the advocacy of the Son, He can minister to us in this lowly second estate as though He himself is doing it, though he does it by that strong right hand and arm who is Jehovah, the Christ, His Son.

Now with such understanding that this name title does refer to Father and Son and their shared joint role performed in our behalf, we can comfortably read and apply all the following scriptures as apply to the one as much as to the other and not worry betwixt them as to who is being so called.  For as to the question does it refer to the Father Elohim or the Son Jehovah, the answer is simply ‘Yes, it does’.  In fact it refers to them both in their joint capacity of ‘Eternal Father’. (See also Eternal Father and Most High God)

In the following verse it is clear that it is Jehovah, Jesus Christ, who is being called by the name of ‘Everlasting God’.

1 Nephi 15:15  “And then at that day will they not rejoice and give praise unto their everlasting God, their rock and their salvation?  Yea, at that day, will they not receive the strength and nourishment from the true vine? Yea, will they not come unto the true fold of God?”

Genesis 21:33  “¶ And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.”

Isaiah 40:28  “¶ Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

Romans 16:26  “But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”

1 Nephi 15:15  “And then at that day will they not rejoice and give praise unto their everlasting God, their rock and their salvation?  Yea, at that day, will they not receive the strength and nourishment from the true vine?  Yea, will they not come unto the true fold of God?”

2 Nephi 4:35  :Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness.  Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.”

D&C 133:34  “Behold, this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows.”

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Everlasting Gospel:

Revelation 14:6  “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,”

D&C 79:1  “VERILY I say unto you, that it is my will that my servant Jared Carter should go again into the eastern countries, from place to place, and from city to city, in the power of the ordination wherewith he has been ordained, proclaiming glad tidings of great joy, even the everlasting gospel.”

D&C 101:39  “When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men;”

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Everlasting King:

Jeremiah 10:10  “But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”

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Everlasting Light:

Isaiah 60:19-20  “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.”

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Everlasting Life:

D&C  45:5  “Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.”

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Everlasting Love:

            II John

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Everlasting Name:

Isaiah 63:12  “That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?”

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Everlasting Priesthood:

Exodus 40:15  “And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”

Numbers 25:13  “And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.”

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Everlasting Righteousness:

Daniel 9:24  “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

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Everlasting Strength:

Isaiah 26:4  “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”

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Everlasting to Everlasting:  From Everlasting to Everlasting is the eternal existence of God.  From the preexistent eternal past to the post mortal immortality does God exist and we with him.  We also are without beginning or end (See Intelligence).

Psalms 90:1-2  “LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

Moroni 7:22  “For behold, God knowing all things, being from everlasting to everlasting, behold, he sent angels to minister unto the children of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in Christ there should come every good thing.”

D&C 132:20  “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.”

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Example:  Christ is our ‘example’, which we are to follow.  We are to become even as he is.  And he is like his Father.  He has shown forth the way.  He is the way.  He hath enlightened us all with what must be done, to do even as he has done.  He is that light which guides us to God.  And there is no other by whom we may come unto God.

John 13:15  “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

1 Peter 2:21  “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

2 Nephi 31:9  “And again, it showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them.”

2 Nephi 31:16  “And now, my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved.”

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Exceeding Great Reward (Thy):

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

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Excellency (His):

Job 13:11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?

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Excellency of Our God:

Isaiah 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

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Excellent:

Psalms 8:1  “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”

Psalms 8:9  “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

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Excellent Spirit:

Proverb 17:27  “He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.”

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Express Image of His Person:  Christ is in the express image of the Father, not only in his physical appearance but in all his character traits, attributes and perfections whether intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and emotional.  Indeed he is the very essence, image and similitude of His Father.  And we are to strive to become even as He is.

Hebrews 1:3  “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

All mankind is created in the image of God as they are of the race of God, the offspring of God.