Please forgive the delay, folks. Life sometimes gets in the way of life, if you get my drift!
[Note: This first set of verses is so profound, I have to place my comments in brackets with the verses.]
Mic 5:1 "Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; They have laid siege against us; With a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek. [Yeshua]
Mic 5:2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah [Beit-lechem, House of Bread, sometimes referred to as like "Ephraim"- Bethlehem, the ancestral home of King David], Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One [Yeshua] will go forth for Me [Yehovah] to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth [Yeshua's] are from long ago, From the days of eternity [Jesus-Yeshua has been around forever]."
Mic 5:3 Therefore He [Yeshua] will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child [Meriam (Mary), the mother]. Then the remainder of His [Yeshua's] brethren Will return to the sons of Israel. [The return of Ephraim to Israel]
Mic 5:4 And He [Yeshua] will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of [Yehovah] the LORD, In the majesty of the name of [Yehovah] the LORD His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He [Yeshua] will be great To the ends of the earth.
Mic 5:5 This One [Yeshua] will be our peace.
[Note: Wow! It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Why can't folks get it? It's because they are not hungry for the WORD. Study Hint; - do a word search for "hunger" in the entire Bible!]
Col 1:13 For He [Yehovah] rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
Col 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Col 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Col 1:19 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
Col 1:20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
[Note: He, Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. I've had Jehovah's Witnesses say this verse is proof that Jesus is a created being, like an Angel. However, when ALL the text is read concerning the relationship between Yehovah and Yeshua it becomes clear that Jesus is the "presentation" of our Spirit Father, Yehovah, to His creation. Physical creation needs a physical image (of the Creator) to be able to even relate to it's Creator. That physical Creator presentation is Yeshua. Yeshua is much more than a creation! He is the very essence of FATHER GOD presented to us so we may relate. Look at the verse again in that light! "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." Please carefully read these verses, for this presentation of the Father is true in Heaven and on Earth, since the beginning!]
Psa 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
[Note: To be read in comparison with Colossians, shown above. Again, Yehovah and Yeshua are equated as One!]
Isa 52:10 The LORD has bared His holy arm In the sight of all the nations, That all the ends of the earth may see The salvation of our God.
[Note: Yehovah has been shown to the entire world, to the ends of the earth, "His holy arm". Who? The "Yeshua" or salvation of God!]
Psa 50:23 "He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."
Job 12:7 "But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Job 12:8 "Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Job 12:9 "Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
Job 12:10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
[Note: Is this just imagery - "the hand of the LORD"? Or, is Yeshua that hand, in light of ALL scripture? This selection of verses remind me of Psalms 14 and Psalms 53, where it states that only a "fool" says there is no God. The word "fool" does not imply a stupid person, but a person who is so incapable of recognizing evil, either in himself or in the world around him, that he is totally corrupt and reprobate. You know, like those people supporting Terrorist HAMAS right now!]
Mat 1:23 "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."
[Note: One cannot quote this verse in Matthew without mentioning Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 8:8. Please notice, the SON is called IMMANUEL, which means GOD WITH US! Now may be a good time to interject the argument that Yeshua and Yehovah cannot be One. My wife of 34 years, The Tigress, has asked me to present the following verses:
Mat 3:16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,
Mat 3:17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."
Mat 26:39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will."
Mat 26:42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done."
These verses, and there are many more, show Yeshua praying to Yehovah, obviously describing His Will versus Yeshua's Will, etc. The first verses show Yehovah proclaiming His Son! The implication here is that two separate entities cannot possibly be One. I will state without hesitation that from our human point of view, Yehovah would not be praying to Himself. It simply makes no sense! But remember, Scripture states that Jesus is FULLY MAN and FULLY GOD! (Yes, another study should be done!) This being the case, I have no problem with Man-Yeshua praying to Yehovah. I believe this is what we are seeing in verses like this. The point of this study is not to convince someone who believes otherwise. Most Christians I have met will never say Yeshua and Yehovah are One. Yet, I BELIEVE THIS WITH MY WHOLE HEART AND MIND! Can I explain it logically in my human way? No! I can't! But I base my belief on the Scripture I have given in this study and I don't believe it lies! Rather, I believe we humans have much to learn! You see, we humans have this arrogance which assumes that we are able to look at something or someone truly HOLY and REVERANT and decipher and explain it in our minds. We DO NOT HAVE THAT ABILITY! We are ignorant and arrogant to think we do!]
Act 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this Jesus whom you crucified."
Act 4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
Act 10:36 "The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)--
1Co 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
[Note: It's important to notice here, the house of Israel, the Northern Kingdom and Judea, are the objects of this revelation. We Gentiles are lucky to even be allowed to come near the Olive Tree! Please notice also, the Ruach Kodesh, the Holy Spirit is required to know and declare that "Jesus is Lord"!]
Php 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Col 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
Col 2:10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
[Note: Yikes! Look, you may not accept my argument, but make sure no one convinces you through empty deception, tradition, and elementary principles of the world, that the fullness of Deity does not dwell in Yeshua's bodily form! Because it does!]
Zec 14:8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.
Zec 14:9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be [the only] one, and His name [the only] one.
[Note: "In that day", the 1,000 year reign! Two phrases are used here that don't appear in the manuscripts. In the last verse "the only" has been added twice by the translators. We cannot continue to refuse the Oneness of Yeshua and Yehovah!]
... Have fun! Part 4 coming up asap ...