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I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to Me, declares ETERNAL. Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your SOVEREIGN, O Israel. Amos 4:11-12 (NIV)
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    Who or What is "God"? 

    by Charles J. Voss

    this is a redacted version of  L. R. Collins' article by the same name

    You cannot judge a book by the cover or an article  by its title.  This article
     is not taking issue with our ETERNAL CREATOR.  You must read it
     to see who it is taking issue with.  You may be surprised.


    Have you heard the song "Everything You Know Is Wrong" by 'Weird Al' Yankovic?  He truly 'hits the nail on the head' because there are so many different beliefs in this world. We start our lives believing in fairy tales because that is what our parents told us.  Most of us believed in Santa Clause, the tooth fairy and the rabbit that laid dyed chicken eggs in the yard and flower beds at "Easter" time.  It was a "fairy tale life" for most children until a certain age when they begin to think for themselves and start asking questions.  Then, around age 5, 6, or older, the "fairy tales" stop and a small glimpse of reality seems to set in.


    But, guess what?  Reality does not truly show because the "fairy tales" just become larger, more intense and more convoluted.  This is a Quest to find the truth in a profoundly confusing world.  The main problem is that sometimes truth is hard to accept.  It may be that we would like to know truth, but when truth comes our way it may seem so farfetched that we do not want to deal with it in any way.  I have literally been told by people that they do not want to know the truth.  They seem to want to just stick their head in the sand and pretend everything is okay.


    To genuinely understand truth, sometimes we have to study hard and dig deep to find out what is actually and truly being stated.  On the surface, we may think we know what something means, but when we do a search and find out hidden meanings, we may discover that what we believed is indeed the opposite of what the truth really is.

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    Seeking for truth is not always easy.  What will we do with the truth once we find it?  If we know truth then we might have to change our way of doing things.  We might just have to line our behavior up with the Hebrew Scripture (Tanakh or Old Testament).  What a novel idea!  


    The only reason there are different religions is so we do not have to align ourselves up to the SOVEREIGN's way of doing things.  What does He know anyway?  After all He is just the One who created this cosmos with the earth in it.  So, what does HE know?


    Well, this study is intended just for those searching for truth.  If you read this study without having a heart to find truth, you will probably become angry. You see, truth does not necessarily come in an attractive package.  In addition, truth is certainly not very attractive when we come to realize that we all have been deceived all of our lives.  So, read this study at your own risk. 


    He was Named "Gad"

    The first time the English word "God1" is used in the Hebrew Scripture is Genesis 1:1 it is a mistranslation of the Hebrew. The mistranslated Hebrew word is "hwla/hla 'ĕlôahh" (Strong's #H433) and the BDB Definition is: "God." This led to the misunderstanding of the word "myhla 'ĕlôhı̂ym" (Strong's #H430) as a plural word which it is not. Elohiym is singular and refers to the ONE Supreme Being Who is the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN CREATOR.

    1. Ed Note: I use the quotation marks to indicate that these are not my words, but belong to someone else.  I prefer to use the English word ETERNAL or the words CREATOR, SOVEREIGN, The Mighty One, or The Righteous One of Israel respectively. The problem with the English word "God" is what this article is about. It is a pagan heathen word as you will see.


    Be aware that the original Scriptural Hebrew Scriptures do not use vowels so the letters gd could be gad, ged, gid, god or gud. The first usage of this name is not Genesis 1:1 but Genesis 30:11.


    The very word "God" in Scripture is in Genesis. No, not Genesis 1:1, but Genesis 30:11.

    Genesis 30:10-11 (King James Version). And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son. And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.

    I suspect that all those who worship "God" will "raise a fuss" and argue that, "'Gad' does not mean 'the SOVEREIGN'."  Nevertheless, take your time and do not come to a decision until you have honestly viewed and prayed about the evidence. 


    The above verse is quoted from the New King James Version and you might think that by itself it looks innocent enough.  Just remember that we are questing for truth.  If truth were abundant in this world you would not need to search for it.  


    I do not know any religion that totally aligns and agrees fully with any other.  Do You?  Therefore, if all are different then only one could be correct. The odds would favor all having some truth and much error like the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden. So, what does that tell us?  Simply, that ETERNAL has allowed Lucifer to seed and spread much misinformation amongst the religions of the world.  The adversary brags that she has deceived the whole world.


    For an example of that let's go back over the verse above and see how Dr. James Strong, a Protestant scholar, and the King James boys have used a lot misinformation to hide the truth and make it difficult to find.  Sometimes we have to look deeper into the definitions to get the real meanings of words.

    Genesis 30:10-11 (New King James Version). And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, "A troop [#H1409] comes!" So she called his name "Gad" [#H1410].


    For example the Hebrew word dg: and various numbers in Strong's Concordance and BDB definitions:

    #H1408 dg: gad Gad = "god of fortune" (a Babylonian deity).

    #H1409 dg: gâd (in the sense of distributing) fortune, good fortune.

    #H1410 dg: gâd Gad = "troop" Gad, a son of Jacob.

    We will go back over the same material from a different point of view and you compare. A point to remember when doing a search for the truth is to understand a sleight of hand trick used by the Midnight Monks in hiding the truth is that they will spread the meaning over several numbers.


    The English word "troop" translates from the Hebrew word "dg gad" and is pronounced "gawd" in Hebrew. Strong's uses four different numbers to give the complete meaning:

    1) #H1407 (coriander--a plant the seed of which resembles manna)--translated 2 times in KJV as coriander). 

    2) #H1409 ("fortune")--translated as troop 2 times in the KJV).

    3) #H1410 ("a son of Jacob, including his tribe and its territory; also a prophet)--translated 71 times in KJV as Gad).

    4) #H1408 ("god of fortune, a Babylonian deity")--this true meaning is not used by the King James boys.

    To determine what kind of prophet of #H1410 we must look back in Strong's to #H1408 which states "Gad a variation of H1409; 'Fortune, a Babylonian deity,'" but the King Boys translated it as "troop." Therefore, we have caught Dr. Strong again trying to hide the true meaning of words.  It is a deliberate fraud because in the KJV #H1409 is referred to twice, #H1410 is referred to 71 times, but #H1408 is not referred to a single time.  True, the definition is in his concordance, but unless you just stumbled on it you would not find it because Strong's NEVER refers a reader to the true, but hidden meaning.


    Now lets read these verses in the Tanakh:

    Genesis 30:10-11 (TNKH). "And when Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son, Leah said, 'What luck!'2  So she named him 'Gad.'"

    2. Footnote C in the Tanakh states: "Kethib begad, the qere reads ba gad  'luck has come'; is connected with 'Gad.'"


    Next let's read those verses in the New Revised Standard Bible.

    Genesis 30:10-11 (NRS). "Then Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.  And Leah said, 'Good fortune!' so she named him Gad."


    Why would this child of Jacob be named Gad and what does this name have to do with who or what  'god' is?  To answer that, we will turn in Scripture to the place where Jacob and his family were leaving Laban and going to Canaan.

    Genesis 31:19 (KJV). "And he [Jacob] carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan. And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's."

    The NKJV says: "Rachel had stolen the household idols that were her father's."  So, what does that have to do with this topic?

    First: Laban lived in Ur of the Chaldeans in the land of Babel.  Since what Rachel stole was called images or idols, this shows that Laban's family was influenced by the pagan religion of Babylon.  The context shows that Jacob was unaware that the idols had been stolen.

    Second: Just like today, we see people with their rabbit's foot, four-leaf clover or statue of St. Christopher hoping to find "good luck."  Therefore, it should not be too hard to understand these people taking their charms and images along with them when they moved to a strange land.

    Most likely one of the images stolen was "Gad" and the other was probably "Meni."  As we will see, "Gad" is the deity who brings "good fortune" and "Meni" is the deity who determines the "amount of the fortune."  "Gad" was the major or father deity and "Meni" was the lessor or the son deity.  


    Relation of "Gad" and "Fortune"

    We need to remember that Babel or Babylon was the very source and breeding ground for all sorts of myths and false deities. They had one for everything you could think of.  Notice this next verse, a few chapters later, when Jacob discovers the idols presence:

    Genesis 35:2 (NKJV). And Jacob said to his household... "Put away the foreign 'gods' that are among you, purify yourselves and change your garments.'"


    Now, let's go back to our original Scripture, but this time using the New Revised Standard Version and we will check the Hebrew in Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon:

    Genesis 30:10-11.  Then Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.  And Leah said, "Good fortune"! [H1408 & H1409] so she named him "Gad" [H1410].


    We will quote Dr. Gesenius who adds a new thought to this. Since Dr. Gesenius numerically coded his work to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance he combines Strong's numbers H1408 and H1409 as they rightly should be and states: 


    The English words "good fortune" comes from the Hebrew word "gad" pronounced "gawd" in Hebrew and Dr. Gesenius states, "It means 'good fortune,' especially the 'divinity of fortune,' worshipped by the Babylonians and by the Jews exiled among them; elsewhere called 'baal.'  The planet Jupiter, regarded in all the East as the giver of 'good fortune.'"


    [As a side note you can investigate: "Jove" in English translates to "Jupiter" in Greek and to "IOVE" or "IOUE" in Latin. So, who cares?  Everybody--because "IOUE" in Latin is pronounced "yah-weh."]


    Webster's states that among other meanings the word "good" it is a euphemism for "god."  Therefore, what Leah said was "'god fortune'!  So she named him 'Gad.'"  When the boy was born, Leah, daughter of the idol worshipping Laban, followed her childhood beliefs and named him after the major 'god' "fortune."  Accordingly, he was named "Gad."  Remember that both English words, "Fortune" and "Gad," come from the one Hebrew word "gad" which means "the pagan deity fortune."


    One more Scripture on the verses in question, this time from The Messenger. 

    Genesis 30:10-11 (The Message). Zilpah had a son for Jacob. Leah said, "How fortunate!" and she named him 'Gad' ('Lucky').

    So, you might still ask, so what is wrong with all of that? To answer that very important question, let's go to the book of Isaiah.

    Isaiah 65:11 (NKJV).  But you are those who forsake ETERNAL, who forget My Righteous Mountain, who prepare a table for "Gad" [H1409] and who furnish a drink offering for "Meni" [H4507].

    [Ed Note: Modern day table for "Gad" would be a St. Joseph food table or cookies and milk for guy in red Long Johns in the night of December Twenty-fourth. A drink offering would be a glass of wine set on a Jewish Seder table for the 'prophet.']


    In the New King James Version, the footnote for that verse states, "We find that 'Gad' is the deity 'Fortune' and 'Meni' the deity 'Destiny,' both are pagan!  'Gad' [the greater father the SOVEREIGN fortune] determines who gets the "blessing or fortune" and 'Meni' [the lesser son god fortune] determines the amount of the "blessing or fortune."  Be warned, that our CREATOR takes note of those who call on "Gad = deity fortune" or "Meni = deity destiny."  


    To see verse 11 specifically stated in another version, notice the next verse:

    Isaiah 65:11-12 (TLB). "But because the rest of you have forsaken ETERNAL and His Temple and worship gods of 'Fate' and 'Destiny.'  Therefore, I will destine you to the sword, and your fate shall be a dark one; for when I called, you didn't answer; when I spoke, you wouldn't listen.  You deliberately sinned before My very eyes, choosing to do what you know I despise."


    "Gad's" Connection with the Present

    I found it very interesting when a well known TV Evangelist was visiting the Bush White House.  He was quoted in a weekly news magazine as having said; "'God' is a 'God' of wealth, all we have to do is tap into him."  Considering what we have just seen written about the name "Gad" otherwise known as "Fortune," it does seem to fit.


    We have looked at some history about the name of "God, god, GOD," or better stated as "GAD."  Now let's see if we can make a connection with the present.  Notice Webster's New World Dictionary:

    "'God (gad, god) gott, Goth, guth,' probably…any of various beings conceived of as supernatural immortal, and having special powers over the lives and affairs of people and the course of nature; deity, especially a male deity. An image that is worshipped, idol a person or thing deified or excessively honored and admired."   

    Please note: That after all of that then Webster added, "...the Creator and Ruler of the universe." How sick is that!


    The English word "Gad" itself is of Gothic origin.  Webster's states that means: "Gothic: the East Germanic language of the Goths."  It has also been stated that "god" is an old Teutonic word, so we have the following from Webster's: 

    "A member of any Teutonic people; especially a German."

    Now, tell me why--if truth has come down to us through the Hebrew Nation and if, the Scripture is true, then why do we look to the Teutonic peoples for who our CREATOR is?  Why do we look to the Assyrian people who, it seems, have descended from the Chaldeans to tell us what to call the One Who created the Tribes of Israel?  The German people, who in the twentieth century alone killed more than 5 million descendants of Judah, a tribe of Israel.  This just does not make sense!  However, notice that our CREATOR predicted that this would happen:

    Ezekiel 16:28-30 (The Message). "You [Israel] went on to fornicate with the Assyrians. Your appetite was insatiable. But still you weren't satisfied. You took on the Babylonians, a country of businessmen, and still you weren't satisfied. What a sick soul! Doing all this stuff--the champion whore!"


    We will return to Ezekiel 16 later for it is a very interesting chapter.  For review let's look back at the reference, Gesenius Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, page 157.  We read:

    "...Fortune ... specially the divinity of fortune, worshipped by the Babylonians and by the Jews exiled among them; elsewhere called 'baal' (...the planet Jupiter, regarded in all the East as the giver of good fortune...  'Gad,' a son of Jacob, taking his name from 'good fortune'...)."

    Another definition in Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible under the title "Baal" states:

    Master, possessor, the chief deity of the Phoenicians and Canaanites, as 'Ashtoreth' was their chief female deity.

    Now looking under "Baal Gad" it says "lord of fortune."  Please think about this:

    Do you remember that, "Baal = lord, fortune = Gad, or Baal-Gad = Lord-God"?  Also, remember that in the Hebrew and Chaldean language we find that points represent the vowels because the written form consists only of consonants.  Therefore, "Gad" would only have the consonants "G-D."  It could just as well be spoken as "Gad, Ged, Gid, 'God', Gud, Gawd," or any other vowel sound since the vowels were only noted by points.

    Ezekiel 16 - The Idolatry of Israel

    Our ETERNAL CREATOR chose The Tribes of Israel to be His nation of Priests (Exodus 19:6), a Set-apart nation. Immediately after that Israel made an idol of a golden calf and made sacrifices to it.  From that point forward, Israel continued to go after the b-als (Hosea 2:17) until finally ETERNAL stated:

    Jeremiah 3:20 (TLB).  "But you have betrayed Me; you have gone off and given yourself to a host of foreign 'gods'; you have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband."

    Thus, we see that ETERNAL considers idolatry as being unfaithful to Him.  The allegory of a faithless wife to her husband is illustrated by the Tribes of Israel to ETERNAL. In that regard notice what Halley's Handbook states for Ezekiel chapter 16:

    "Chapter 16 – Allegory of the Unfaithful Wife: This chapter is a very graphic and vivid portrayal of Israel's Idolatry under the imagery of a Bride, beloved of her husband, who made her a queen, and lavished upon her silks and sealskins and every beautiful thing; who then made herself a prostitute to every man that passed by, shaming even Sodom and Samaria."  Halley's Bible Handbook Zondervan Publishing, 1965, p328.


    With that thought in mind, notice how Ezekiel is quoted from The Companion Bible and most especially the footnotes for that verse:

    Ezekiel 16:15 (TCB).  "But thou [Israel] didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot3 because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications3 on every one that passed by; his it was.


    Now we will look at the verse referenced in Halley's above:

    Ezekiel 16:28-29 (TCB).  Thou [Israel] hast played the whore12b also with the Assyrians, because thou wast insatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot12b with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.  Thou hast moreover multiplied fornication12b in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.

    The footnote numbered 3 in verse 15 and those numbered 12b in the two verses above all come from The Companion Bible which states these are idolatrous acts. 

     

    The Living Bible shows us how The Tribes of Israel played the harlot with Assyria.

    Ezekiel 16:28-29 (TLB).  "You [Israel] have committed adultery with the Assyrians [#H1121-#H804] too (by making them your allies and worshipping their 'gods'); it seems that you can never find enough new 'gods'.  After your adultery there, you still weren't satisfied."


    The English word "Assyrians" in verse 28 above is from two Hebrew words in Strong's #H1121 "ben" (bane) which means "a son" and #H804 "Ashshuwr " (ash-shoor') and means "Assyria."  However, in the translation of the verse, the word "ben" or son is skipped over and not translated, even the Tanakh leaves the word "son" out.  This raises the "why" question in my mind.  Why did the Midnight Monk's leave the word "son" out?  The only reason that I can see is that the specific Assyrian "god" being referred to is "Meni" the lessor g-d, known as "the son."  What g-d is known today as "the son"?  You guessed it, the man from Galilee.  Therefore, those worshipping "the son" are committing spiritual adultery!


    In summary, please understand that this article is not intended to prove what our SOVEREIGN's name is, but rather to answer the question: "Who or What Is 'God'?" Which brings us back to where we started and "Everything We Know is Wrong." Crazy Al is correct, but with the exception of natural law. For examples: gravity is real, heat is real, number facts are real, physics is real, the cosmos is real and the Supreme Being is real. He is the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN CREATOR and what He states is real! 


    The SOVEREIGN's Laws are real and He tells us not to break them. If we do break them the punishment we will receive is real. However, His love and mercy are real. When and if we repent and stop breaking His law, in mercy He will forgive us because He is training humanity to love Him as He loves us. Why is that? 


    It is simple really, He is building a Family of Beings like Him. Spirit beings cannot have children, so He created the cosmos with the earth in it which is able to support human life and humans can have children.  He knows that humans cannot rule other humans and He has allotted us about six thousand to prove that to ourselves. We learn it through the school of hard knocks, you break the law and you suffer the pain.  


    When we finally learn our lesson and live by His laws there will be peace on earth. Since we have not learned so far He will step back into the human dimension. He will stand on the Mount of Olives, which will split into and He will call for the Mashiach and the prophet Elijah to stand from their graves and administer punishment to the wicked and peace to the righteous.


    He sets before us today life and death and recommends that we choose life. If we do we will be there with Him--if not we will cease to exist.