The Trinity reflected in human history
The Bible reveals that God is a trinity consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is clearly taught in the New Testament but it can also be found in the Old Testament.
Elohim, the Hebrew word translated as God, is a plural word and God often uses the plural in speaking of himself. For example, in Genesis 1:26 he says,
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Isaiah 9:6 foretells the birth of a child who will also be God.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The trinity is clearly shown in Isaiah 48:12-16.
Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last. My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together. Assemble, all of you, and listen! Who among them has declared these things? The LORD loves him; he shall perform his purpose on Babylon, and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans. I, even I, have spoken and called him; I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way. Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there. And now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit.
The speaker is clearly God because he say that he created the earth and the heavens, and yet he speaks of being sent by the Lord GOD and his Spirit. It is clear from this that it is Jesus, the second member of the trinity, who is speaking.
All of human history, from the creation of Adam until the creation of a new earth to replace this one, can be divided into three parts and one member of the Trinity has a prominent role in each part.
In the past the Father created the universe and chose Israel to be the vehicle thru whom he would reveal himself to the world. This lasted until after Jesus Christ had completed his work of redemption for our sins and returned to heaven.
The present stage began when the Holy Spirit came on the disciples at Pentecost. Now all believers are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ and have him living in us. He is the one who guides us and reveals God’s will to us. This will end at the rapture when all believers are taken out of the world.
After this Jesus will return to earth and rule directly. That will be the final stage before the end of this present world.
When the Father was ruling he gave us the part of the Bible known as the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit gave us the New Testament. Is it possible that when Jesus is ruling he will add a third part to the Bible? The book of Revelation contains a warning against any man adding to the Bible, but that doesn’t mean that God can’t add more to it.
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The New Testament was written in Greek. If there is a third testament what language will it be in? Zephaniah 3:9 says,
At that time I will change the speech of all the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord.
Perhaps during the Millennium God will reverse the curse placed on the human race because of the building of the tower of Babel and restore the language people originally spoke.