Isaiah 52:6 – My People Shall Know My Name

Isaiah 52:5 Now therefore, what do I here, says Yahweh, seeing that my people is taken away for nothing? those who rule over them do howl, says Yahweh, and my name continually all the day is blasphemed.
Isaiah 52:6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore [they shall know] in that day that I am he who does speak; behold, it is I.

Unless stated otherwise, all Bible quotes are from the World English Bible version.

The claim is being made this is a prophecy of the Son’s first coming, and we have been asked to to take note that Jehovah (Yahweh) said that the people of Israel shall know his name. Thus we have been asked: “Why would God say that if the Israelites already knew his name Yahweh?” The answer supplied is: “Because God would be known with his other name, ‘JESUS’”.

First, we do not agree that the prophecy is directly concerning the Son’s first coming. The context indicates that the prophecy is concerning the time of Jesus’ second appearing, when there will be “times of restoration of all things, whereof God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from ancient times.” (Acts 3:21) Pointing to the Millennial reign of Christ, verses 13- 15 picture the high exaltation and honor of Yahweh’s servant Son, our Lord Jesus:

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.
Isaiah 52:14 Like as many were astonished at you (his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men),
Isaiah 52:15 so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they understand.

It is regarding the time when “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9) It will be at the time that Isaiah prophesied, stating: “Holy, holy, holy, is Yahweh of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3) It will be at that time when Jehovah’s “judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.” (Isaiah 26:9) At that time, Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled:

Isaiah 2:2 It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be raised above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
Isaiah 2:3 Many peoples shall go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Yahweh, To the house of the God of Jacob; And he will teach us of his ways, And we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:4 He will judge between the nations, And will decide concerning many peoples; And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning-hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more.

Nevertheless, Jesus’ first coming was announced by John the Baptist as though these blessing were to about come true. John, however, preached of repentance toward Yahweh under the Law Covenant, for the Law and Prophets were until John the Baptist. (Matthew 11:13; Luke 16:16) John’s ministry, however, did not return Israel back to God, since Israel as a whole did not accept the ministry of John. Nor were those who repented actually being justified by the law, but rather it provided a demonstration  “that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through the faith of Jesus Christ.” — Galatians 2:16.

The ministry of Jesus called for faith in Jesus as the one promised in the prophets who was to have the words of Jehovah in his mouth. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19) Israel, however, rejected their Messiah, so that Jesus said to them just before his death: “you will not see me from now on, until you will say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of [Jehovah]” (Matthew 23:39 — Holy Name restored, see: Psalm 113:2; 118:26)  By this statement, Jesus shows that he was not Jehovah, but he came in the name of Jehovah; and the also pointed to a time to come when Israel, as a whole, would recognize this. Thus, there is a second coming of Jesus in which Isaiah 52 will be completely fulfilled.

However, those who put their faith in Jesus are said to be tasting or partaking of the things of the “age to come”. (Hebrews 6:5) God “calls the things that are not, as though they were.” (Romans 4:17) For those who believe in this age, it is reckoned as though they were already in the age to come, and thus that the old things have passed away. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 21:1-5) Therefore, many of the scriptures pertaining that “age to come” have already begun to have fulfillment in the new creatures in Christ beforehand — before the day of the full fulfillment. But those being selected as the seed of Abraham in this age are only the first fruits of God’s new creation. (James 1:18) Once Satan is abyssed, then the seed of Abraham can proceed with the blessing of all the families of earth, and it will be then that Israel will recognize Jesus as the one who was sent in the name of Yahweh, thereby also recognizing the name of the one who sent Jesus.

Why would Yahweh say that His people would know His name, if they already knew his name? One needs to take into account that knowing the word itself that represents God’s name is not what is being referred to. Jehovah stated: “my name continually all the day is blasphemed.” — spoken of evilly, in a bad way. The word “name” can simply refer to a word, but it also can mean more than the just the word that is applied to a person. It can refer to the character of that person, his reputation.  It is in a similar sense that “a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1) The success of Jehovah’s work is to Him “for a name” an honor. (Isaiah 55:13) Additionally, to the obedient Jehovah promises an “everlasting name.” (Isaiah 56:5) “The name of the wicked will rot.” (Proverbs 10:7) Does this mean that the word used to distinguish the person would rot? No. It is the reputation of the person bearing the name that actually rots, not the word used to represent the name. Likewise, to know the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob means to know the true personage that is represented by that name, to know the good represented in His name, as opposed to the blasphemies often attributed to God. There is no reason to assume that Jehovah was speaking about another alleged name of Himself, such as trinitarians would like for us to believe that “Jesus” is another name for Jehovah, and then that Jesus is one of three persons all of whom they believe to be Jehovah. Jesus is not Jehovah, but he was sent by Jehovah.

See also:
Jesus is Not Jehovah (Yahweh)

The Name of Messiah

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3 comments to Isaiah 52:6 – My People Shall Know My Name

  • Born Again Christian:
    If God really meant that his people would know the character of his person or reputation, then He could have just used, “Therefore the people shall know me.”

    Yahweh took his name for a purpose; it is not just the character of his person or reputation that is to become known, but rather his character and reputation as connected with the meaning of His name. HE IS WHO HE IS — He does not deny Himself, and whatever he promises will come true.

    Does the Holy Name Mean “The Eternal”?

    Born Again Christian:
    You gotta remember that in the eyes of the Jewish people, they only knew one coming of the Messiah, and of course God knows this. Whether this prophecy is for the Son’s first coming or second coming, that is beside the point. The point here is that the people of God who were the Jews already know his name Yahweh. The only reason why God would say “Therefore my people shall know my name” is that there is another name where He would be revealed to them and that is Jesus.

    I have to highly disagree, since nowhere in the Bible is the name of the Son of Yahweh ever said to be another name for Yahweh. Indeed, there is NO scriptural reason at all to think that the name of the one sent by Yahweh is a another name of Yahweh. If Yahweh were speaking of another appellation, why did he not say something like: Therefore my people will know my other name, or something similar? It was in relation to Yahweh’s character as associated with His name that he made Himself known to Moses, that the children of Israel were speaking against (Isaiah 52:5), and thus it is that name which is to become known — revealed in its true character — to them when Yahweh sanctifies His name before them and before all nations. — Ezekiel 36:22

    Jeremiah 24:7
    I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Yahweh: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God; for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

    Ezekiel 16:59 For thus says the Lord Yahweh: I will also deal with you as you have done, who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant.
    Ezekiel 16:60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish to you an everlasting covenant.
    Ezekiel 16:61 Then shall you remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you shall receive your sisters, your elder [sisters] and your younger; and I will give them to you for daughters, but not by your covenant.
    Ezekiel 16:62 I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall know that I am Yahweh;
    Ezekiel 16:63 that you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more, because of your shame, when I have forgiven you all that you have done, says the Lord Yahweh. — World English

    Ezekiel 28:24
    There shall be no more a pricking brier to the house of Israel, nor a hurting thorn of any that are round about them, that did despite to them; and they shall know that I am the Lord Yahweh.

    Ezekiel 38:23
    I will magnify myself, and sanctify myself, and I will make myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am Yahweh.

    • Born Again Christian

      Jesus means “Yahweh who saves”; so when God said, “my people shall know my name” he is referring to Jesus which is also Yahweh but would be known in future times.