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Isaiah 48:16 | Exposing the False Trinity Doctrine

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Come near to me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret. From the time it took place, I was there. And now the Lord Yahuwah has sent me, and His Spirit. (Isaiah 48:16)

The Trinitarian Claim

Some Trinitarians imagine this verse refers to Yahuwah the Father sending Yahuwah the Son.

The Claim vs. The Facts

The Scriptural facts show that there is one speaker at Isaiah 48:16a, another speaker at Isaiah 48:16b and that second speaker is Yahuwah's servant Israel.

The Problem with the Claim

1. The Dishonest attempting to Prey upon the Ignorant

Trinitarians in general don't have a clue what this verse is about. But they do think they get to imagine their three-person-G-d into the text unless you find a reason why they cannot (even though you don't need one). Many folks don't know what to do with this verse. Trinitarians make this claim hoping that nobody will be able to provide them with a response. So they disingenuously suppose this gives them a right to make up whatever they like for the sake of their doctrine. They don't have any evidence for their claim but they really don't care. They are just trying to get other people to believe that they get to interpret this verse however they like if others don't provide them with a response which prevents them from doing as they please. these particular Trinitarians don't know what this verse is about and they hope you don't either. They somehow just get it in their own heads that they get to make up whatever they like to suit their Trinitarian traditions if you can't give them a reason they why they can't. But what kind of person supposes they get to practice eisegesis and make up whatever they like unless someone else prevents them from doing so?

2. Eisgetical Interpretation

It is typical for Trinitarians to resort to the disingenuous practice of eisegesis and read their doctrine into the text wherever they think possible. This is just one more example of their total disregard for the contextual facts and typical of their method of looking for excuses rather than facts.

3. Who is who?

Although they have no evidence for their interpretation, Trinitarians somehow think it is okay to imagine that Yahushua is speaking here as Yahuwah the Son and he is saying that Yahuwah the Father sent him and His Spirit. But the real question isn't who we should imagine into the text but who Isaiah is talking about in this verse.

Knowing that Yahuwah was speaking at the beginning of the verse, it should be rather obvious to anyone that the words which follow, "And now Lord Yahuwah has sent me," are spoken by someone else. It also isn't going to make any sense to suggest Yahuwah is sent and is referring to Yahuwah as Lord Yahuwah which would imply Yahuwah's Lord is Yahuwah.

4. Interpretations of Trinitarian Scholars

This Trinitarian claim illustrates the disregard which some Trinitarians have for any interpretation that does not suit their needs. A simple survey of the opinions of Trinitarian scholars shows that their own scholars do not resort to making such disingenuous claims. Some suppose the one sent is Isaiah, others Cyrus, others Yahuwah's servant Israel, etc. But since these interpretations do not suit the desires of some Trinitarians, they simply disregard them just as they do another other facts which do not suit them.

5. The Spirit sends or is sent?

There is also a different of opinion among scholars about the Spirit. Some argue the verse means Yahuwah sends (1) me, and (2) the Spirit. Others argue that (1) Yahuwah and (2) His Spirit sends "me." In the former case, the Spirit is the second object; in the latter case the Spirit is the second subject. This problem is also disregarded by Trinitarians who make this claim.

6. Punctuation: Where do the Quotation Marks Start and End?

The original Hebrew text did not contain punctuation; there were no quotation marks. So where does Yahuwah start speaking and where does He stop speaking? It also appears that people assume there is one speaker due to the fact that Isaiah 48:16 is one single verse. However, these verse divisions were not in the original text either.

Analysis of the Facts

1. The Preceding Context

Note the preceding context where Yahuwah speaks in the same vein, beginning at verse 2:

Yahuwah of hosts is His name. "I declared the former things long ago and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them.... I declared them to you long ago, before they took place I proclaimed them to you.... I proclaim to you new things from this time, even hidden things which you have not known... They are created now and not long ago; And before today you have not heard them. So that you will not say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’ “You have not heard, you have not known. Even from long ago your ear has not been open, because I knew that you would deal very treacherously.... So that you will not say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’.... Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret, From the time it took place, I was there.

2. I have not spoken in Secret

There is no doubt that Yahuwah said the words, "I have not spoken in secret." Note what Yahuwah says at Isaiah 45:18-19.

I am Yahuwah, and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in some dark land. I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, "Seek Me in a waste place"; I, Yahuwah, speak righteousness, declaring things that are upright.

Yahuwah said the same thing in Isaiah 45. So we can be reasonably certain that Yahuwah spoke the words "I have not spoken in secret" at Isaiah 48:16.

3. The Contextual Facts Provide the Obvious Answer

The solution to this question is really quite easy. In fact, it's right here in the context. Carefully regard the following:

Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last. “Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together. Assemble, all of you, and listen! Who among them has declared these things? Yahuwah loves him; he will carry out his good pleasure on Babylon, And His arm will be against the Chaldeans. I, even I, have spoken; indeed I have called him, I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way. Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret, From the time it took place, I was there.

And now Lord Yahuwah has sent ME, and His Spirit."

Carefully observe how Yahuwah sends "him" and then he says Lord Yahuwah has sent "me."

I have called HIM.... Lord Yahuwah has sent ME...

Secondly, if we just read the context, it becomes completely clear how we should identify "ME" in the expression, "Yahuwah has sent ME. Please remember that chapter and verse divisions did not exist in the original writings of the Bible. All we need to do is read carefully and observe how "ME" is often speaking in this context:

And now MY Lord Yahuwah has sent ME and His Spirit. 48:16

Listen to me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. Yahuwah called ME from the womb; From the body of MY mother He named ME. He has made MY mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has concealed ME; And He has also made ME a select arrow, He has hidden ME in His quiver. He said to ME, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will show My glory.” But I said, “I have toiled in vain, I have spent MY strength for nothing and vanity; Yet surely the justice due to ME is with Yahuwah, And MY reward with MY G-d. And now says the Lord [Yahuwah], who formed ME from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the Lord [Yahuwah], And My G-d is MY strength). Isaiah 49:1-5

In Isaiah, Israel is Yahuwah's servant and routinely depicted as a single man, "Jacob." It is quite clear that "ME" at Isaiah 48:16 is Yahuwah's chosen servant Israel aka Jacob.

Also carefully note the following:

And Lord Yahuwah has sent me and His Spirit.... Yahuwah has redeemed His servant Jacob. Isaiah 48:16-20

Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon him. Isaiah 42:1


The contextual facts make it quite clear there are two speakers at Isaiah 48:16. The first speaker is Yahuwah and the second speaker is Yahuwah's servant Israel who Yahuwah sent by His Spirit. This is made abundantly plain in the following context at Isaiah 49:1-5.

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