Now let me get on with the content of this video. On May 9th, 2017 Steven Anderson posted a video where he pointed out that Dr. Sam Gipp had taught a heretical concept pertaining to the name of Jesus. Bryan Denlinger then posted a video on May 12th entitled “Answering A Heresy Being Taught By Sam Gipp,” where he played through the pertinent part of Dr. Gipp’s sermon and explained why it was wrong. Bryan also posted two follow-up videos entitled “A Public Rebuke Of Sam Gipp” and “Was I Wrong About Sam Gipp?”. I am not providing a link to Steven Anderson’s video, because I would prefer to provide his YouTube channel with as few views as possible. Bryan did ask Steven to provide a link for Dr. Gipp’s full sermon to be sure that he was not taken out of context. Steven had to post the full sermon since it had since become password protected. Here is a link to that post of the full sermon. Even though that is another post by Steven Anderson, I believe the availability of that post is important for people who want to verify the information.
I believe that Bryan Denlinger did an excellent job in his video “Answering A Heresy Being Taught By Sam Gipp,” and I am not looking to correct it in any way. If you haven’t seen that video, I would encourage you to watch it in order to have a good understanding of why Sam Gipp’s sermon was incorrect. However, I would like to add one thing to what Bryan shared. I only came across this truth in the Bible because I happened to be studying Zechariah 6 just before all of these videos came out. I find it ironic that Sam Gipp tried to use Zechariah 8 to prove that Jesus’ name should be Emanuel. He states that Jesus received the name “Jesus” when He was born (at 17:19 in Bryan’s video). If he would just turn back two chapters he would have seen a reference to Jesus’ name in the book of Zechariah.
Zechariah 6:11-12 says, “11Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; 12And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall build the temple of the Lord:”. Verse 11 verifies that God is telling Zechariah to speak to Joshua. In verse 12, God tells Zechariah to say that Joshua is “the man whose name is The BRANCH.” That means that Joshua has the same name as someone else who holds the title The BRANCH. When the title “The BRANCH” (with all capital letters for the word branch) is used in the Bible is a title for Jesus. I will show you that in scripture in a moment. However, the name Joshua is a Hebrew name. If that name is translated into Greek, it becomes the name Jesus. So basically, God is saying in verse 12 that Joshua (or Jesus) the high priest of that day has the same name as the man who will be born in the future to fulfill the role of The BRANCH (the Messiah). Therefore, Jesus (the Messiah) received his name through prophecy in Zechariah 6:12. Watch the video to learn more about this.