You are my witnesses, says Yahweh. — Isaiah 43:10.

Yahweh here speaks to His covenant people Israel, whose very existence bears witness to Yahweh’s formation of Israel (Isaiah 43:1), their affliction and deliverance from Egypt, and their settling in the land of Canaan. Their very existence testifies that Yahweh’s promises, made long before, were fulfilled.

Israel, however, is a prophetic type of the Messiah, for Yahweh says: “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, And called my son out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1) Matthew 2:15 tells us that this was fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus is called the “faithful witness.” — Revelation 1:5; 3:14.

In the first century, the disciples were told that they were to be witnesses of Jesus in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth. (Acts 1:8) In bearing such witness concerning Jesus, they also are said to be ‘God’s witnesses’, in that it was Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who raised up Jesus, and who had exalted Jesus to Yahweh’s right hand. (Acts 3:13-26; 5:30-32) Having the example before us, all who belong to Jesus, and who bear witness that Yahweh raised Jesus up as a prophet like Moses, are also Yahweh’s witnesses, for one cannot bear witness concerning Jesus without also bearing witness concerning the God of Jesus, since it was Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who raised Jesus as a prophet like Moses, and who raised Jesus from the dead, and who then exalted Jesus as His own right hand. — Exodus 3:14,15; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Acts 3:13-26; 5:30-32; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:14-18; 1 Peter 1:21.

None of this, however, is applied to a sectarian group claiming exclusively to be Jehovah’s witnesses.

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2012 Restoration Light Bible Study Services