To some this may sound like a stupid question, as it is not something that is questioned. To others, it is an earnest question because they see uncertainty in the original languages. To others, it is an earnest question because the church is false and cannot be trusted. To others, it is an earnest question because they are truly seeking to know if Jesus is Yâhovah ’elohiym.
This is an honest and heart-felt discussion that I have been involved in. The arguments that have been placed show some merit, as in a purely academic study of the original languages there can be seen to be a lack of clarity.
But in my search for the original reference for the “worm” question, I have recently re-read Isaiah 66 and Revelation 19-21 at the same time. Imagine, they are passages on the same exact event and time. In Isaiah 66 there is no question about who is executing judgement on the wicked: it is Yâhovah ’elohiym.
“For behold, Yâhovah will come in fire and His chariots like the whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For Yâhovah will execute judgment by fire and by His sword on all flesh, and those slain by Yâhovah will be many.”
In Revelation 19 the same event occurs, but it is Jesus himself who is the one coming with a sword and with fire to execute judgment, sitting on his horse.
Rev 19:11-16, 20-21 (NASB)
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.”
Now, I guess you can argue that Jesus is just the tool that Yâhovah ’elohiym is using to smite the wicked with fire and sword. But, to me, that seems a far greater stretch of the text than the clear reading that Jesus is Yâhovah ’elohiym executing His judgement personally.