Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Do you know God's names, and where they came from. . .? Part 10

While this post is part of a very interconnected series, I don't want to presume that we start with the same knowledge or presumptions about God. . .so for starters one could ask: "Who is God?" "What are his names?" Or "What do his names say about him?" Well the names and their origins are a very good starting place.

Gad - the origin of the term "God".

"In the Hebrew and Chaldean languages 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.' (Which Jews to this day spell God like.) It could just as well be spoken as "Gad, Ged, Gid, GOD, Gud, Gawd," or ANY other vowel sound."

The Definition Of The Word Gad, (from which God comes):

"Gad is a Syrian or Canaanite deity of good luck or fortune. . . identified with. . . the Sky-deity. "

Strong's definition for #H1408: "Gad" (gad); a variation of #H1409; Fortune, a Babylonian deity.
This is seen in the name of Jacobs son Gad meaning "luck".

A poor translation of Gen. 30:11 renders the word Gad as "troop", and makes the sentence read:
"And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, 'A troop comes!' So she called his name 'Gad'"  

Now lets read these verses in a better translation:
"And when Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son, Leah said, 'What luck! So she named him 'Gad' (Gen. 30:10-11 Tanakh)

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).

We see the acknowledgement of "troop" meaning the God of luck or fortune in different translations of the same Bible verse! So according to the original and right translation, Leah was really more saying "here comes my luck" or "what luck, (a boy)!". . .which makes a lot more sense with that man centered society then "a troop" coming in a time of peace, and with having a singleton child. Especially considering the fierce competition to be the favored wife through bearing children, especially a male heir for Jacob. . .

Another example of the poor use of "troop" is found (as usual) in the KJV translation in Isaiah 65:11
 "But you are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop. . ." (KJV) What sense does "that troop" even make?
 The same verse in the NIV says, "But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune. . ." (Here "Fortune" should include "the god of" before fortune, as it does elsewhere. . .)

Other references for this name "Gad" are found in the Gesenius Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, page 157. There we read:
"...Fortune... specially the divinity of fortune, worshiped by the Babylonians and by the Jews exiled among them; elsewhere called 'Baal'." In Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible, under "Ba--al Gad:" it says 'lord of fortune!' Other sources of research also testify of "Gad" being the Sun-deity or Baal. "There can be no doubt, therefore, that Gad, (Gud, Ged, Gid, Gawd. . .or GOD) originated from Baal (Bel), the god of good fortune."

So then Gad, God, Gud. . . are all associated with the "Sky god" of luck/fortune, or Baal, whom the ancient astrologers identified with Jupiter, the Sky-deity or the Sun-deity. Could that belief have derived from the fact that the original Gad would have came from the sky, or perhaps even Jupiter I wonder? Could he have been idolized later as bringing luck or fortune to you if you found favor with him, or were "his child"  and thus the association with luck or fortune? Makes sense to me. . .

As for the name Gad being synonymous with Baal though, this is not a shocker to many.
Every educated and "good" Jew likely knows about the pagan origins of many newer terms in the Bible though, and consequently avoids the newer, generic terms like "God". . .opting instead for ones like Yahweh.

                    So what about that name for "God"?
The Name Yahweh comes from the root YHWH, from which all the other forms of it (with the added vowels) are derived. YHWH in all it's variations all lead back to the sky god/ Sun god/Baal, and is  seen 6820 times in the Old testament alone.
There are many different additions to the name YHWH though that are said to describe him. These are :

· YHWH, Yahuah (I AM that I AM)

· YAHUAH NISSI (Yahuah My Banner)

· YAHUAH RAAH (Yahuah My Shepherd)

· YAHUAH RAPHA (Yahuah Heals)

· YAHUAH SHAMMAH (Yahuah Is There)

· YAHUAH TSIDKENU (Yahuah Our Righteousness)

· YAHUAH MEKODDISHKEM (Yahuah Who Sanctifies You)

· YAHUAH JIREH (Yahuah Will Provide)

· YAHUAH SHALOM (Yahuah Is Peace)

· YAHUAH SABAOTH (Yahuah of Hosts)

· YAH shortened and poetic form of Yahuah, the name found in the Son's
 (Yah is also found in compound names such as Eli(J)Yah  which according to the Hebrew means "Yahuah is Elohim".)
So here we see that Yahuah (with all it's forms) is equated with Elohim, the root of which is "El", meaning "The mighty one".  Titles like "Mighty One",  do not necessarily refer to a god though, in what is generally thought of as a god anyways - Nimrod proclaimed himself as "mighty one" also. 

 Elohim, in Hebrew means gods, (which is traced back to all gods like Baal) or spirits/Angels. In the singular, it is El, meaning the supreme Canaanite god. Thus the early Hebrews worshiped the same God or gods as their "heathen" neighbors.

El too is part of many compound names that are descriptive in the Hebrew. Names like:

· EL OHIM (Strong One)
· EL OLAM (The Everlasting GOD)
· El SHADDAI (Yahuah Almighty)
· El ELYON (The Most High GOD)

Most translations today, despite all these nuances, have simply changed the names (and singular or plural) of El into "God"! It is correctly used as it's plural form 10% of the time or 216 times in the Old Testament for "gods" and mistranslated 2366 times for a singular "God".

 A good example of how the English translation seems to intentionally mislead the uninformed into believing in one biblical God can be found in Genesis 3:5. "For God [Elohim] doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods [Elohim], knowing good and evil." (Gen. 3:5 KJV) Modern translations convert both Elohim's to the singular God (instead of making them both plural as they should be) to hide a critical embarrassment. Of course, neither would perfectly fit as it is, because the grammar would be lacking with out adding a "the" before the first god. . .

Another example of the Bible contradicting itself is in John 10:34, 35 which has Jesus saying, "Is it not written in your Law, 'l said you are Gods?' (referring to Ps 82:6 where the Hebrew word "Elohim" is used.)

Another memorable example of the plural of gods is in Samuel 28:13 where the witch of Endor saw the future and made some accurate predictions. "And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods (Elohim) ascending out of the earth." (KJV)

So, either the witch was wrong, or she actually had powers and saw the gods coming out of the earth. . .

"In the following verses Elohim was translated as God singular in the King James Version even though it was accompanied by plural verbs and other plural grammatical terms."

Gen 35:7 and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed (plural verb) himself to him when he fled from his brother (Genesis 35:7, ESV)

"Here the Hebrew verb "revealed" is plural, hence: "the-gods were revealed". A NET Bible note claims that the Authorized Version wrongly translates: "God appeared unto him"."

The singular form of Elohim is Eloah and it is used only 55 times in place of "God." This seemingly intentional mistranslation hides the pluralistic nature of the Hebrew pantheon of gods. To the Israelites, Elohim encompasses all supernatural beings: spirits, angels, semi-gods and so forth. So whenever they spoke of  Elohim, they were inferring some or the entire pantheon.

According to the true Hebrew translation, (which is consistent with all previous beliefs that their beliefs were derived from) there were many gods involved in creation. There was not one single god all by himself, though there was consistently believed to be one top ruler of the counsel of the gods.

If God was one, then why was he said to be jealous of other imagined gods? Furthermore, why does the Bible so often speak of God in plural and in a counsel? "God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment." (Ps. 82:1)

We see evidence of this pantheon of gods from the very first verse in the Bible! "In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1:1) Which then explains the true meaning of, "Let us make man in our image." (Genesis 1:22)

According to the "pagan" definition of all immortal beings as gods, Christianity is just as polytheistic.
Even in the Ten Commandments, "God" recognizes the existence of other gods. There is a big difference between, "you shall have no other gods" vs. "there are no other gods." (Ex. 20:3)

"Bear in mind that Christianity is on even shakier grounds in maintaining the existence of only one God first, by canonizing Jewish Scripture the Christian Fathers gave recognition to Yahweh and the pantheon of lesser gods mentioned by name throughout the Old Testament. In conclusion, if the English translators stuck to the original god names, they would not be able to deceive their readers into believing that Judaism was always a monotheistic religion."

One of the problems with trying to make all the gods into one with the generic names, is that sometimes one "god" is pretty obviously not another one in the text. . .

 One such example is in Isaiah 65:11. "But you are those who forsake the Lord, (YHWH/GAD), who forgot my set-apart mountain, who prepared a table for fortune (or Gad), and filled bowls of mixed wine for Destiny." (Or literally "Meni".) As GAD is the deity of fortune, Meni is the deity of Destiny. Suddenly it goes from a sentence of condemnation for idolatry, to a statement of fact of their past hospitality towards GAD and his presumably fellow deity Meni.

Though often the generic naming justifies the doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible, it is also contradictory on the doctrine of the Trinity in many places that cannot be denied. Nonetheless, the "trinity" is one, in that they all originate from one name.

 Even coming from a christian source we see that "YHWH, YAHUAH also known as Yahuwah/Yahuweh/Yahweh and Yahveh, YAH ("I AM that I AM"). . . Along with YAHUSHA, translated as Joshua the Messiah / "ha Mashiach" (YHWH's only Son) and his Ruach (Spirit) ha (the) (Q) (K)odesh (Set Apart, Separation or the Separator) or רוחהקודש the "Spirit of YHWH" are all One!"

And all originating from GAD or Baal. So if you didn't catch that, let me reiterate; Yhwh, (God) Yhwh's only son, *Jesus) and the spirit of Yhwh/God are all one, that one being Baal! Though you won't catch that site admitting to that. . .

What many feel is a generic "Pagan" title of "GAD or GOD" that "Yah" and "El" (and all their forms) come from, are in reality the origin of the Christian's faith! 

Maybe you are still not convinced though, and believe that some name is worthy of the true deity, and you will just worship "the unknown god" for lack of a better term until you find out what is the right one. . .sound familiar? That is the foolishness that Paul in the Bible spoke of. . .and yet his solution was not much better.

Well, we know so far that God is generic and a "Heathen" term, and a lot of others too. . .but what about Lord? Is that a safe one to use when praying? I hate to burst your bubble here too, but the title, "lord", is applied to all ancient deities, if the word "god" is not used for them.

In most cases "lord" and "god" are used interchangeably for idols or sky deities. For instance:

Strong's Hebrew Number 1168 Hebrew word: Ba'al {bah'-al}Strong’s shows:

Baal = "lord" (Baal equals Lord).

Strong’s says: Lord or Baal was the "supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites."

Baal also means "Master" as much as it means "Lord". "Protector", "Healer", "Savior", etc. are also of "Pagan" origin, and describes none other then the sky deities.

The Lord also translates to Adonay/ ADONAI in the Bible. (Adonay, much less it's variations, occur 430 times in the Old Testament.)

The "mythological" ODIN is called by this same name.  ODIN itself though is a title indicative of Kingship. Priam Herman L. Hoeh has traced Odin's lineage back to Jacob, which would, not surprisingly confirm that he was of the kingship line of the Hebrews, that later passed on to many groups as they moved around.
 Lord is used very generically and can refer to numerous gods in history, and even in the Bible!

Take this verse for instance: "For I know that the LORD [Yahweh] is great, and that our Lord [adon] is above all gods. (Ps. 135:5) It doesn't make much sense to be talking about one God! THE Lord is only "great" vs. OUR Lord "is above all gods" seems suspicious to me on many points. . . but then, it is already a closed book on "God" actually being plural throughout the Bible, so we should expect numerous names of different gods to show up in the same passages.

And yet, despite all this proof of different gods and also yet from the "pagan" origins,
most translations today, have simply changed the name of YHWH to "The Lord" to simplify matters. "Lord" is substituted for Yehovah -a form of YHWH-over 6,400 times.

If this all doesn't bring it home to you about how the Israelite's god was just one in the council of gods back then, "Additionally, in much Israelite religious practice throughout the monarchic period, YHWH had a divine consort, the goddess Asherah, [she was] the Hebrew equivalent of Ugaritic Athirat."
Oh but you say, "that is the OLD testament, and I think people have messed with it in time". . .or "Jesus was the only true "God"." (For lack of a better term.) Sorry to say, but in the New Testament, typically, the translation of Yahusha/Jehoshua or "Joshua the Messiah",  (all forms of YHWH) is "Jesus". . .

 YAHUSHA is translated as Joshua in the Old Testament, and Jesus in the New Testament. There has been a lot of confusion over Jesus's name, but it is not too hard to trace back to the real story. It goes like this:

"In Bux and Schone, Worterbuch der Antike, under "Jesus", we read, that JESUS's real name was Jehoshua. The Greeks, who venerated a healing goddess Ieso, (a savior who healed) must have immediately equated Jehoshua with their similar "gods" from antiquity, so the Greeks changed Ieso into a regular masculine Iesous to fit Jehoshua.

 Later the latin translation rendered it Iesus. By the year 1611 the letter "J" was officially part of the English language and the King James Bible printed the name Iesus as "Jesus" for the first time. The name "Jesus" has been in use ever since. To hear the long story of the evolution of the name through many languages, check out my source called "evolution of the name. . ." below.

"Jesus" became a very common name, and is one reason why there is much confusion over Jehoshua's real life to this day. His life, healing abilities, leadership qualities, marriage and family tree, as well as his death got confused with numerous people, and in the end, the biblical editors took all the stories of the different famous leaders of the time and wove them together to make the most sense of it and to make every sect happy or pacified. 

This name, as all the others I've mentioned, is of course traced back to Baal, but not just in name we now know.  His life or the myths about him, follows a pattern very similar to many aspects of the said "life" of Baal. A tablet discovered in Nineveh, Assyria and in the possession of The British Museum contains references to the BAAL myth. In it we see some interesting parallels to Jesus:

(1) Baal is taken prisoner.(1) Jesus is taken prisoner.
(2) Baal is tried in a great hall.(2) Jesus is tried a great hall—the Hall of Justice.
(3) Baal is smitten.(3) Jesus is smitten and scourged.
(4) Baal is led away to the Mount (a sacred grove on a hilltop).(4) Jesus is led away to Golgotha.
(5) With Baal are taken two malefactors, one of whom is released. (5) With Jesus two malefactors are led away; Barrabas is released.
(6) After Baal has gone to the Mount and is executed, the city breaks into tumult. (6) After Jesus is executed, there is an earthquake, the veil of the Temple is rent, the dead rise from their graves and walk among the living.
(7) Baal's clothes are carried away.(7) Jesus's clothes are carried away after soldiers cast dice for them.
(8) Baal goes down into the Mount and disappears from life.(8) Jesus descends to "Hell" after being in the tomb.
(9) Weeping women seek Baal at the Tomb.(9) Weeping women seek Jesus at the Tomb.
(10) Baal is brought back to life.(10) Jesus is resurrected—rises from the grave/Tomb.

                    What about "Christ"? Well, as Jesus is connected with Baal already, it is almost pointless to bring up the history of "Christ", but here goes:

"According to The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, the word Christos was easily confused with the common Greek proper name Chrestos, meaning "good." According to a French theological dictionary, it is absolutely beyond doubt that Christus, Chrestus, Christiani and Chrestiani were used indifferently by the Christian authors of the first two centuries A.D. The word Christianos is a Latinism, being contributed neither by the Jews nor by the Christians themselves. The word was said to be introduced from one of three origins: the Roman police, the Roman populace, or more likely from a "pagan" origin. Its infrequent use in the New Testament suggests an earlier pagan origin though they say. According to Tertullian and Lactantius, the common people usually said "Christ" instead of Chrestos."

According to Christianity and Mythology, Osiris, another sky-deity of Egypt, was reverenced as Chrestos. In the Synagogue of the Marcionites on Mount Hermon, built in the third century A.D., the title "Messiah" is rendered Chrestos. Not surprisingly then, the title's "Messiah", and "Christ" are used interchangeably in the New Testament, and both said to describe Jesus. Remember, YAHUSHA, (a form of GAD) translated as Joshua/Jesus the Messiah?

 The knowledge of this generic naming of the deities connected with "Heathen" deities or religions has caused some names to be shunned by some religions and sects (i.e. Jews, Muslims) as false gods, while other more ignorant and newer sects just accept "God", (and other common  names for him) as generic names for their "one true God". The funny thing is, they all originated from the Sky god(s), and were almost definitely speaking of the ancient aliens that I have discussed in detail in the rest of this series!
Sadly, those who don't study history, just allow the faith to continue to evolve into more ignorance?

Of course, no one wants to admit to their ignorance of religion's evolution, especially when they are still in the religion, but the many facts are really undeniable when you honestly look at them. Through "patternism" came all the religions of the world, and they have evolved to such a disconnected bunch of religions and sects that at a glance one might think there is no connection with them now. . .but there is!

It all goes back to the start. . .with the first known writing; the Sumerian text. If you haven't been keeping up with my series, the Sumerian text was an ancient work that the later ancient (religious) texts all took their words and stories from. The writings describe men who came down from the sky and seeded the earth with the human race. A creation genetically modified with their own blood (what we know of today as the blood alien to the planet; the RH- blood.) that they called their children. These extraterrestrials were called the Annanaki, later their name was translated "Tall men" (or tall guys) and this is (one of) the names given to the ones we call "Gods" in every religion.

Commonly, the generic word "God", is not understood for meaning "tall men", yet that is precisely what it has always meant. The original "tall men" were sometimes also referred to as Angels, sometimes sons of God, and other times giants, but always they were the ancient aliens. This god-like bloodline that were their"children"/creation has always been venerated and kept pure by many small secret groups. Secret societies like the brotherhood, the Free Masons and the scull and bones society, and are still around. . . only allowing certain families in. . .those today who just happen to be "the elite", who are controlling the world.  There are many strong indications that they know about the bloodline (Rh-) connection, and are (and have been) using their knowledge and special powers to gain control in every way possible. A subject which I discussed in my popular post:

The difference in our blood, and what it means. Part 3

Have you ever noticed how the term "In God we trust" is on the dollar bill in The USA, and right alongside the masonic/ancient "cult" symbols of the third eye, and pyramid? It is not a contradiction to a Christian's concept that this country was founded on a belief in "God", as some want to believe. . .instead, it goes way back to the original -but forgotten- "Christian" beliefs. If you define God as some spirit in the air who answers your prayers and fights your battles, listening to your every thought . . .well, you both don't know history, and you have believed a fairy tale with no evidence for it but your emotions.

As you can see from this post, the names pretty much tell it all, if you follow history and languages at all.

After hearing about all of this myself though, one question remained in my mind:
Why so many names for mostly the same "gods"?
What I found out was, that in the Ancient Near East, a number of deities were known be several names. For example, the Babylonian deity Marduk had 50 names, the Egyptian deity Re had 74 names, and Osiris had 100 to 142 names. Such deities also had hidden or secret names known only by certain priests who supposedly knew the proper way to invoke them without offense. It was believed that these hidden names would give the speakers access to and influence with-and sometimes magical powers over- the named. This is also strongly implied in many verses in the Bible as well.

That, in and of itself, is responsible for much of the confusion over names in the Bible. 

The confusion is not always just about lots of different names for the same gods, or even different gods being made into one though. . . sometimes one god is made into two!

Beelzebub, meaning "Lord of Flies", is a Angel/god whose original name has been reconstructed as "Ba'al Zabul," meaning "Baal the Prince." Considering that Baal is always translated as some form for "God", as we've seen already in this post, it stands to reason that some people have mistaken Beelzebub, (said to be another name for Satan) for "God",. . .but I'll get into that in my next post called: "Are God and Satan really one and the same as some say. . .? Part 11"

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