|"If I shut up the heavens and there is no rain; if I command the locusts to ravage the land; or if I let loose pestilence against My people, when My people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray, and seek My favor and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear in My heavenly abode and forgive their sins and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:13-1
Note: Scriptures are blue.
Based on an article by Lee R. Collins
|EDITORS NOTE: You can not judge a book by the cover nor an article by its title. This article is not taking issue with YHWH. You must read it to see who it is taking issue with, and you may be surprised.|
Someone once said, "A rose by any other name smells just as sweet. "To rephrase the statement, "You may call it whatever you will, but it still remains the same."
'Christianity' has said, "'God' has many names and you may address him by whatever name you wish!" But yet, applied to different circumstances 'Christianity' has said, "If we CHANGE THE NAME of something, it changes what it is!" An example of the latter thought is seen in the customs of 'Christianity,' for example: 'Christmas,' Easter, the resurrection, baptism, bread and wine, tongues, lent, and nearly all other customs of the 'Christian' church. These customs all came right out of GROSS PAGANISM, but the church says, "BY CHANGING THE NAME of the custom and giving it a 'Christian' name, IT MAKES EVERYTHING A-OK."
But, I can not accept that kind of logic. CHANGING THE NAME of something WILL EITHER change the thing, or IT WILL NOT change the thing. You can not have it both ways, sometimes changing it and sometimes not. So, back to the original question, "Who Is 'God'?"
I KNOW that 'Christians' and all others who worship 'God' will raise a "fuss" and argue that 'Gad' is NOT 'God.' But, don't be too hasty, let's see. The above verse is from the King James Version and just by itself it looks INNOCENT ENOUGH. But remember we are looking for TRUTH and the wolf in sheep's clothing looked innocent enough.
The English word "troop" in verse 11 (KJV) comes from the Hebrew word "gad" #H1409 in Strong's 1 and means "fortune" or luck. The English word "Gad" in verse 11 comes from the Hebrew word "Gad" (gawd) #H1410 in Strong's and is "a son of Jacob."
Now lets read these verses in the Tanakh: 2
"And when Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son, Leah said, 'What luck! c So she named him 'Gad' (Gen. 30:10-11 Tanakh)
Footnote C in the Tanakh states: "The qere reads 'ba gad' or 'luck has come;' connected with 'Gad.'"
Next let's see those verses in the New Revised Standard Bible:
"Then Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. And Leah said, 'Good fortune!' so she named him 'Gad'" (Gen. 30:10-11 NRS).
With all of that in mind it is interesting to note Strong's definition for #H1408: "Gad (gad); a variation of #H1409; Fortune, a Babylonian deity. Thus we see that the 'Christian' Dr. Strong did not completely lie about the meaning of the Hebrew word "gad," he said it means "the pagan deity fortune." However, it seems he did try to hide the meaning by making it appear as three different definitions. Yes, wolves in the clothing of sheep, will try to pull the wool over your eyes.
Now let's ask WHY would this child of Jacob be named THIS name, and WHAT does this have to do with WHO 'GOD' IS? To answer that we will go in the Scripture to the place where Jacob and his family are leaving Laban and going back to Canaan:
"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. (Gen. 31:19KJV)
The NKJV says: "Rachel had stolen the household idols that were her father's." So, what does that have to with it?
First: Laban lived in UR of the Chaldeans, A PART OF THE LAND OF BABEL. Since what Rachel stole was called images or idols, then Laban's family was influenced by the pagan religion of Babylon. The context shows that Jacob was unaware of the stolen images.
Second: Just as today we see people with their RABBITS FOOT, FOUR LEAF CLOVER, or STATUE OF ST. CHRISTOPHER hoping for GOOD LUCK, it should not be to hard to envision these people taking their CHARMS and IMAGES along with them as they move into a strange land.
One of those images was "Gad" most likely, and maybe, another was "Meni." You see, 'Gad' as the bringer of good fortune, and 'Meni' as the one who determines the amounts. 'Gad' was the major or father deity and 'Meni' was the lessor or son deity. We do need to remember that Babel or Babylon was the very source and breeding ground for ALL SORTS of myths and false deities, and they had one for everything you could think of. Notice this next verse a few chapters later after Jacob discovers the idols' presence:
"And Jacob said to his household... 'Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments'" (Gen. 35:2).
Let's go back to our original Scripture: "Then Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. And Leah said, 'Good fortune!' so she named him 'Gad'" (Gen. 30:10-11 NRS). Webster's states that among other meanings the word "good" is a euphemism for "god." So, 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," thus, he was named 'Gad.' Remember that both of the English words "fortune" and "Gad" come from the one Hebrew word "gad" which means "the pagan deity fortune."
So, you might ask, what is wrong with that? To answer that lets go to the book of Isaiah:
"But you are those who forsake YHWH. Who forget My holy mountain, Who prepares a table for 'GAD,' and who furnish a drink offering for 'MENI.'" (Isa. 65:11KJV)
In the footnotes for that verse in the New King James, we find that 'GAD' is the deity fortune and 'MENI' the deity destiny, BOTH PAGAN! Therefore, our CREATOR takes note of those who call on "gad = deity fortune" or "meni = deity destiny."
To see that specifically stated in a version, notice the next verse:
"But because the rest of you have forsaken YHWH 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" (Isa. 65:11-12TLB).
But let's move on. We have looked at some history about the name of 'God, god, GOD,' or maybe 'GAD.' But now lets see if we can make a CONNECTION in 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, esp. a male deity. An image that is worshipped; idol a person or thing deified or excessively honored and admired. (Please note: AFTER ALL THIS then Webster states)... the Creator and Ruler of the universe."
Now the word 'Gad' itself is probably of GOTHIC origin. Webster's states that: GOTHIC: the East Germanic language of the Goths." It has also been said that "god" is an old "TEUTONIC" word, so we have the following from Webster's: "A member of any Teutonic people; esp. 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? The Assyrians people who, it seems, have descended from the CHALDEANS to TELL us what to call the one WHO CREATED ISRAEL?? The GERMAN PEOPLE, who in just this century killed more than 5 million descendants of "Yahhoodah" [Judah]!! THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE! However, notice that our CREATOR predicted that this would happen:
"'You have committed adultery with the Assyrians 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, so you worshipped the gods of that great merchant land of Babylon--and you still weren't satisfied" (Ezek. 16:28 TLB)
We will get back to Ezekiel 16 later for this is a very interesting verse.
In the late eighties and early nineties the Priests of the Worldwide Church of 'God' kept putting out a book called 'God' Is... But for some reason they kept on reprinting it, it seemed that they felt they did not have it quite right, somehow. I WONDER WHY?
Lets look at another 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'...)
To do another. In Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible under the title "Baal:"
"Master, possessor, The chief deity of the Phoenicians and Canaanites, as 'Ashtoreth' was their chief female deity,..."
Now look under "Ba--al Gad:" it says 'lord of fortune!'
PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS; Do you REMEMBER: "Baal = lord, fortune = Gad, or Baal-Gad = Lord- God"?? Also remember that In the Hebrew and Chaldean language we find that the vowels are represented by points 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.
Thus we see that ETERNAL considers idolatry as being unfaithful to Him. The allagory of a faithless wife to her husband is, as Israel to ETERNAL. In that regard notice what Halley's Handbook 3 states:
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.
With that thought in mind let's notice Ezekiel as quoted from the Compainon Bible and most especially the footnotes for that verse:
"But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot* because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications** on every one that passed by; his it was" (Ezek. 16:15 TCB)
*playedst the harlot. All these expressions that follow are to be interpreted of idolatry, and not to sins of the flesh, to which they are likened.
**fornications: i. e. idolatrous acts.
Now we will look at the verse mentioned above:
"Thou hast played the whore15 also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot15 with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. Thou hast moreover multiplied fornication15 in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith" (Ezek. 16:28-29 TCB).
The 15's in the two verses refer back to verse 15 above and the footnotes there (i.e. idolatrous acts).
The Living Bible shows us how Israel played the harlot with Assyria:
"'You have committed adultery with the Assyrians 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" (Ezek. 16:28-29 TCB).
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 4 "'Ashshuwr" (ash-shoor') and means "Assyria." But, in the translation of the verse the word "ben" or son is omitted and not translated, even the Tanakh leaves "son" out. This raises the question in my mind of WHY? Why is the word son left out? The only reason that I can see is that the specific Assyrian god being referred to is "Meni " the lessor god, known as "the son." What god is known of today as "the son?" You guessed it, 'Jesus.' Thus, those worshipping "the son" are committing spiritual adultery!!
In summary please understand that this article is NOT intended to prove what our CREATOR's real name is. But rather to answer the question: "WHO IS 'GOD?'"
Because of spiritual adultery Israel will go into physical captivity and then be rescued from it, and then, ETERNAL states:
"For I will take from her mouth the names of the 'baals,' and they shall be remembered by their name no more. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know YHWH" (Hosea 2:17-20).
2. Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.
3. Halley's Bible Handbook Zondervan Publishing, 1965, p328..
4. An interesting sidelight the Hebrew word "'Ashshuwr" comes from the Hebrew word #H838. "'ashur" (aw-shoor') and means "in the sense of going; a step." So I guess the German soldiers have been goose-stepping from time immemorial.