Editor’s Note: When it comes to whether the Lord will have a new name when He returns, you might say: “The Bible records: ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8). ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). This shows that the Lord Jesus will still be called the Lord Jesus and His name will never change.”
Have you pondered why the name Jehovah became Jesus if God’s name never changes? Since the Lord Jesus took on a new name when He came to work, then can’t He have a new name when He returns in the last days? In fact, the Book of Revelation long ago prophesied that the Lord Jesus will have a new name when He returns. It’s just that we overlook this. Let us fellowship and explore this issue below.
Revelation clearly prophesies that the Lord Jesus will have a new name when He returns. For example, it says in Revelation 3:12: “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My new name.” “My new name” mentioned here means that the Lord Jesus will have a new name when He returns in the last days. Since it’s a new name, He cannot be called Jesus again—this is for certain. This proves that the Lord Jesus’ name will change when He returns.
Perhaps some people will say: “Since the Lord Jesus will have a new name when He returns, then how are we to understand this verse in the Bible: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8)? If we want to understand this question, let’s first take a look at what God’s words say: “There are those who say that God is immutable. That is correct, but it refers to the immutability of God’s disposition and His essence. Changes in His name and work do not prove that His essence has altered; in other words, God will always be God, and this will never change. If you say that the work of God is unchanging, then would He be able to finish His six-thousand-year management plan? You only know that God is forever unchanging, but do you know that God is always new and never old? If the work of God is unchanging, then could He have led mankind all the way to the present day? If God is immutable, then why is it that He has already done the work of two ages? … And so, the words ‘God is always new and never old’ refer to His work, and the words ‘God is immutable’ refer to what God inherently has and is. Regardless, you cannot make the work of six thousand years hinge upon a single point, or circumscribe it with dead words. Such is the stupidity of man. God is not as simple as man imagines, and His work cannot linger in any one age. Jehovah, for example, cannot always stand for the name of God; God can also do His work under the name of Jesus. This is a sign that God’s work is always progressing in a forward direction.”
From this passage, we can understand that the words “God is immutable” are referring to the immutability of His disposition, His essence and what He has and is, and don’t mean that His name never changes. Although God performs different works and adopts different names in different ages throughout the course of His salvation of mankind, whether God is called Jehovah, Jesus, or the new name in the last days prophesied in Revelation, God’s essence never changes and God is forever the one God—this will never change. It is just that God’s work is always moving forward and developing and His name changes accordingly, for He is ever-changing and always new. God uses His different names to represent and delineate the different ages. For instance, in the Age of Law, God took the name Jehovah. People all held the name of Jehovah as holy and only clung to this name until the Age of Law ended. When God came to do His work of redemption under the name of Jesus, establishing the Age of Grace and concluding the Age of Law, the name Jehovah was no longer mentioned. Everyone began to revere the name Jesus as holy and only by praying to the name of the Lord Jesus could people gain God’s salvation. However, the Pharisees back then who resisted the Lord Jesus failed to understand that God’s name had changed with the shifting of the ages and the transformation of God’s work, and they clung to the name Jehovah. When God changed His name and used the name Jesus to perform His work, they didn’t seek and investigate but willfully judged, condemned and blasphemed the Lord Jesus. And they even crucified the Lord Jesus and were thus cursed and punished by God. Likewise, when the Lord returns in the last days, He will have a new name. As for us welcoming the Lord Jesus’ return, therefore, we must be careful and have a heart of humbly seeking. This is too important.
Now we know that the Lord Jesus will have a new name when He returns in the last days, so what’s His new name? Actually, this was prophesied in Revelation long ago.
The Book of Revelation says: “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God Almighty reigns” (Revelation 19:6). “And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give You thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because You have taken to You Your great power, and have reigned” (Revelation 11:16–17). Aside from these verses, Revelation 4:8, 15:3, 16:7, 16:14, 19:6, 21:22 and many other prophecies in the Bible all mention the “Almighty.” This shows that the Lord will use the name the Almighty to begin a new stage of work to save mankind. As long as we accept God’s new name, then we will be welcoming the Lord Jesus’ return.
As of now, in the whole world, only The Church of Almighty God is testifying that the Lord Jesus has returned and His name is Almighty God. Almighty God has expressed the truth of millions of words and is doing a stage of the work of judgment beginning with God’s house. And the name Almighty God just fulfills the prophecies in Revelation. Let’s read two passages of Almighty God’s words: “I am your strong tower, I am your shelter, and I am your backup. Moreover, I am your Almighty One; I am your all! Everything is in My hands, and everything is in your hands, too. This includes not only today, but also yesterday, and even tomorrow!”
“Although Jehovah, Jesus, and the Messiah all represent My Spirit, these names only denote the different ages of My management plan, and do not represent Me in My entirety. The names by which people on earth call Me cannot articulate My entire disposition and all that I am. They are merely different names by which I am called during different ages. And so, when the final age—the age of the last days—arrives, My name shall change again. I shall not be called Jehovah, or Jesus, much less the Messiah—I shall be called the powerful Almighty God Himself, and under this name I shall bring the entire age to an end. I was once known as Jehovah. I was also called the Messiah, and people once called Me Jesus the Savior with love and esteem. Today, however, I am no longer the Jehovah or Jesus that people knew in times past; I am the God who has returned in the last days, the God who shall bring the age to an end. I am the God Himself that rises up from the end of the earth, replete with My entire disposition, and full of authority, honor, and glory. People have never engaged with Me, never known Me, and have always been ignorant of My disposition. From the creation of the world until today, not one person has seen Me. This is the God who appears to man in the last days but is hidden among man. He resides among man, true and real, like the burning sun and the blazing flame, filled with power and brimming with authority. There is not a single person or thing that shall not be judged by My words, and not a single person or thing that shall not be purified through the burning of fire. Eventually, all nations shall be blessed because of My words, and also smashed to pieces because of My words. In this way, all people during the last days shall see that I am the Savior returned, and that I am the Almighty God that conquers all of mankind. And all shall see that I was once the sin offering for man, but that in the last days I also become the flames of the sun that incinerate all things, as well as the Sun of righteousness that reveals all things. This is My work in the last days. I took this name and am possessed of this disposition so that all people may see that I am a righteous God, the burning sun, the blazing flame, and so that all may worship Me, the one true God, and so that they may see My true face: I am not only the God of the Israelites, and I am not just the Redeemer; I am the God of all creatures throughout the heavens and the earth and the seas.”
Almighty God’s words possess authority and power. We can see from these words that whether He is called Jehovah, Jesus, or the Messiah, He is always God Himself, and that these are just different names He takes in different ages. God adopts a different name in each age because no name can represent His entirety. In the Age of Law, for example, God took the name Jehovah and this name represented the disposition He expressed in the Age of Law, that of majesty, wrath and mercy. The name Jehovah only represented the work God did and His disposition He manifested in the Age of Law. Toward the end of the Age of Law, people became more and more corrupt and were incapable of keeping God’s laws and commandments, so they all faced the danger of being condemned and executed by the law. Then, God, under the name of Jesus, started the Age of Grace and ended the Age of Law. He expressed a disposition of mercy and love, bestowing rich blessings upon mankind. He took upon Himself the sins of all mankind and completed His work of redemption. The name the Lord Jesus merely represented God’s disposition and God’s work in the Age of Grace.
In the last days, people all live a life of sinning and confessing, unable to escape, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t cast off the bonds and fetters of sin. So God uses the name Almighty God to begin the Age of Kingdom and end the Age of Grace. Almighty God, on the foundation of the Lord Jesus’ work of redemption, is expressing the truth and performing the work of judgment starting from the house of God. This is to make us know our own nature and essence through God’s words, clearly see the truth of how deeply we have been corrupted by Satan, know the root of our corruption, and recognize God’s righteous disposition which will tolerate no offense. God’s words also point out a path and direction for us to be cleansed of our sins so that we may completely escape the bondage of sin and attain full salvation. And this precisely fulfills the Lord Jesus’ prophecies: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17).
In the last days, God intends to do the work of judgment, cleansing, designating each to its own kind and rewarding the good while punishing the evil, in order to thoroughly save corrupt mankind from sin and bring an end to God’s six-thousand-year management plan of saving man. This is why in the last days, God will reveal Himself to man in His righteous, majestic, and wrathful disposition that tolerates no offense; and make His inherent disposition and what He has and is open to all, and He will express the truth to judge and purify man. All those who accept God’s new name, experience God’s judgment and cleansing, and thus truly repent and change will be brought into God’s kingdom. However, those who don’t accept God’s work of judgment, still live in sin and don’t have their corrupt disposition changed, will be punished and destroyed by God. In this way, all will take after their own kinds. When God’s work of salvation for mankind is complete, God will begin to reward good and punish evil and then send the great disasters to destroy this evil old world. In the end, God wishes for man to see that from the Age of Law, to the Age of Grace and then to the Age of Kingdom in the last days, the three stages are all done by one God, so that all of mankind may see God’s authority and power. Mankind can see that not only can God create all things but that He can rule all things as well, and see that not only can God become a sin offering for man, but that He can also transform and purify man; He is the First and the Last, and no one can fathom His wondrousness and deeds.
Editor’s Note: After reading this article, have we seen that the Lord Jesus has a new name and that it is Almighty God? Disasters are now growing larger and larger in scale. In this crucial moment, to welcome the Lord’s return is the most important event; to take the initiative to investigate and seek the true way through knowing God’s new name is the path for us to welcome the Lord’s return. If you have any questions, please contact us via Messenger. If you feel this article has been of help to you, feel free to send it to more people.