The 12 relatively short Bible Books called “the minor prophets”, from Hosea to Malachi make many references to “Yahweh”, but no references to Jesus Christ by name. There is one notable reference to Jesus, in a verse which predicts his birthplace, and mentions something very significant in doing so:
“But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2 NRSV).
Matthew 2:1-6 confirms that Micah 5:2 accurately predicts the birthplace of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. But Micah 5:2 also does something else very significant. It says that Jesus had an “origin”, a beginning”, in the distant past. This scriptural fact overturns the key Trinitarian claim that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is eternal. Jesus’ having an “origin” is powerful proof that he is not eternal. This Biblical fact that is Jesus is not eternal is further contrasted with this:
“Are you not from eternity, Yahweh my God? My Holy One, You will not die” (Habakkuk 1:12 HCSB).
Not only does this verse explicitly say that “Yahweh”, who is Almighty God, is “eternal”, it goes on further to say that He “will not die”. This stands in stark contrast to Jesus, his Son, who “died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
Another major Trinitarian claim is that Jesus Christ became a “God-man” while on earth, an assertion without any Biblical evidence. It’s just made up. On earth, Jesus “became flesh” (John 1:14), “fully human in every way” (Hebrews 2:17 NIV), but not a “God-man”. Such a designation is impossible on the face of it because of what the scriptures say, for example:
“I am God and not a man” (Hosea 11:9 NIV).
How can we be absolutely sure that God cannot be a man?
Jesus said: “God is a spirit” (John 4:23 GWT).
Thus, we have proven that the Minor Prophets have debunked such major Trinitarian claims as:
- Jesus is eternal, by two separate proofs
- Jesus was a “God-man” on earth
- Therefore, Jesus Christ cannot be Almighty God