Isaiah 9:6 – Not a Series of Names

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6, World English.

Most translations give Isaiah 9:6 similarly to World English translation as above. As a result, in the mind of many readers the singular “name” is thought of as “names”, not a singular name. Indeed, many often refer to the “names” given to the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, when, in actuality there is only one name given.

All throughout the entire Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is depicted as one person. The Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Abraham, is never depicted as being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is identified in Hebrews 1:1,2 as a unipersonal God who speaks through His son.  In Acts 3:13-26, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is identified as the unipersonal God who raised up Jesus as a prophet like Moses, and who raised Jesus from death. This unipersonal God, spoken of in Isaiah 9:7, gives to his Son a singular name, not a series of “names.” That one name that the unipersonal Yahweh gives to his Son is: Pelejoezelgibborabiaadarshalom. Such a name given to a person or thing often describes God, and this singular name is given the meaning: “Wonderful in counsel is God the Mighty, the everlasting Father, the Ruler of peace.” However, even if the phrase EL GIBBOR should be applied as singular title to the one sent by Yahweh (Isaiah 61:1), it still does not mean that this title is being applied to the Messiah as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who sent the Messiah. (Isaiah 61:1) In keeping with the Hebrew usage of forms of the word EL as applied persons or things other than Yahweh, it would simply mean that the Messiah is called a “mighty one of strength.”

We have been asked, Who is the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9:6? Is it not Jesus?

Pelejoezelgibborabiaadarshalom = “Wonderful in counsel is God the Mighty, the everlasting Father, the Ruler of peace.” as per JPS footnote.

Romans 15:33
Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. – World English.

Romans 16:20
Now the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet swiftly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.- World English.

Philippians 4:7
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.- World English.

Philippians 4:9
The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.- World English.

Hebrews 13:20
Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Jesus,
Hebrews 13:21
make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.- World English.

1 Kings 2:33
So shall their blood return on the head of Joab, and on the head of his seed forever: but to David, and to his seed, and to his house, and to his throne, shall there be peace for ever from Yahweh.- World English.

Isaiah 9:7
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of Hosts will perform this.- World English.

The zeal of Yahweh of Hosts performs this.

Thus, our conclusion is that it is “God the Mighty” — the God and Father of Jesus — who is being spoken of as the Ruler of peace.

See also:
Isaiah 9:6 – The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father

Isaiah 9:6 and the Alleged Trinity

Isaiah 9:6 – The Singular Name of the Son Given

Isaiah 9:6 – Father of Eternity

Isaiah 9:6,7 – The Singular Name

Isaiah 9:6 – A Singular Name

         
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