Revelation 19:12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has names written (inscribed) and a name written (inscribed) which no one knows but he himself. — Revelation 19:12, World English
But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but only the Father. — Mark 13:32, World English
God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name. — Philippians 2:9, World English
In an effort to in effort to offset the default reasoning regarding Mark 13:32 that Jesus is not Jehovah, the argument is being presented that Jesus does not know the day or the hour in the same way that God does not know the name of His son, as spoken in Revelation 19:12. This would assume that the word “know” is used in the same sense in both scriptures. The evidence, however, indicates that the application of the word “know” is different in Revelation 19:12 than it is used Mark 13:32. The word “know” can mean knowing as in personal experience. To realize this difference of application one should also realize that the word “name” can refer to “one’s rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deed“.
Obviously, in Philippians 2:9, the “name” that the only true Supreme Being gives to Jesus is not a certain appellation, but rather it is using the word “name” in the sense of office, rank, authority. The only true God has exalted Jesus to an office, rank, authority, that is above every name, with the evident exception of the name or office, rank, authority of being the Most High. Likewise, in Revelation 19:12, I believe the name written is not speaking someone knowing this or word that is used for his appellation, but rather of the “office” or “authority” that has been given to Jesus. No one else knows such an office, as only Jesus has been appointed to that office. Someone may say that the joint-heirs will be given the same exact office of Jesus, but this is not true, since there is only one head of the body, and Jesus is that head; the joint-heirs will never have that position of being the “head”. — Colossians 1:18.
The Revelation is given in signs, symbols. Revelation 12:19 is not speaking of literal physical crowns nor of Jesus having a literal physical eye that is literally and physically a flame of fire. These are used symbolically. Likewise, it is not speaking of a literal name inscribed, but rather the name inscribed signifies the office that the only true God has only given to only one person in the universe.
The Bible writers never claimed that Jesus is the ultimate “source” of his own power. — Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Psalm 2:6-8; 45:7; 110:1,2; Isaiah 9:6,7; 11:2; 42:1; 61:1-3; Jeremiah 23:5; Ezekiel 34:23,24; 37:24; Daniel 7:13,14; Micah 5:4; Matthew 12:28; 28:18; Luke 1:32; 4:14,18; 5:17; John 3:34; 5:19,27,30; 10:18,36-38; Acts 2:22,36; 3:13-26; 10:38; Romans 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:27; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Colossians 1:15,16; 2:10; Ephesians 1:3,17-23; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:2,4,6,9; 1 Peter 3:22.
Of course, since the Most High knows a name, office, authority, power that is higher than that of Jesus, He does not know that “name” that he has given to Jesus, since knowing that name would place Him below Himself, and deny Himself as being Who He IS. — Exodus 3:14,15.
See my study:
The Unipersonal God Exalted Jesus
=== Ronald R. Day, Senior.
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