No fewer than 25 Hebrew words are rendered by doxa in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament. Of these 25 words, 7 are more common, the most important being kabad. This Greek word doxa of the Greek translation of the Old Testament, and the doxa of the New Testament, are usually rendered "glory" in the English versions, a translation of the Latin gloria. If we first look at the Hebrew Old Testament, we find that kabad has usually been rendered "honour" when applied to man, but rendered "glory" when applied to our Heavenly Father. Why were they so keen to apply the word "glory" to our Mighty One? What is the meaning of the word "glory"? Funk & Wagnalls, New Standard Dictionary of the English Language, under "glory", gives the religious symbolic meaning, "In religious symbolism, the complete representation of an emanation of light from the person of a sanctified being consisting of the aureole and the nimbus;" and further on, "The quality of being radiant or shining; brilliancy brightness; luster; as the glory of the sun;" and further on, "A sunburst; any ring of light; a halo." John Ogilvie The Comprehensive English Dictionary, under "glory", explains it as, "splendour, as of the sun." Similar statements are made by The Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's New International Dictionary. The latter states, "glory is the general term for the aureola and the nimbus"aureola being the halo or ring round the sun, and nimbus being the sun-disc.
This meaning, as well as the word itself, would be acceptable if the commonly used Hebrew words of the Old Testament, and the Greek word doxa, have had the same meaning of sun-radiance or circles of light. However, we do not find any trace of sun-radiance or emanation of light in any of these Hebrew words, nor in the Greek doxa. Once more we are rudely awakened to the fact of the adoption of Sun-worship into the Church, the fusion of Sun-worship and the Messianic Faith. In the dictionaries, encyclopaedias and ecclesiastical books, we find many illustrations of our Saviour, the Virgin, and the saints, encircled with radiant circles or emanations of light around them.
What are the meanings then of the Scriptural Hebrew words? Kabad means honour, dignity or esteem in its figurative sense, as well as weight, in its literal sense. Pa'ar means repute. Halal means praiseworthiness or praise. Adar and hadar means to make great. Tipharah means repute. Shavak means to esteem. The Greek word doxa simply means opinion, estimation, esteem, repute or dignity, coming from the verb dokeo, which means "to seem".
Thus, the ecclesiastical symbolic meaning of the word "glory", being that of radiance or emanation of light as from the sun, is totally un-Scriptural. It is strong evidence of the Church's solarisation of our Messiah and of His Father. The Church identified Elohim with the Sun deity, which was the prevailing deity of the Roman emperors, the Roman capital and its empire. However, not only does the concept of "glory" stem from Sun-worship, but we also find proof of "glory" (gloria) as having been a Roman goddess, discovered in the form of an icon personified by a woman, the upper part of her body almost naked, holding a circle on which are the zodiac signs. Pauly-Wissowa also defines Gloria as a personification of fame, the word being found very frequently on the coins of Constantine and his successors. Besides the frequent occurrence of the word Gloria on the coins, the image of this goddess is found on two coins, one of Constantius II and one of Constantine II.
We should therefore eliminate the word "glory" from our religious vocabulary for three reasons:
1) We have been commanded in Exod. 23:13 to "make no mention of the names of other mighty ones, nor let it be heard from your mouth"especially in our worship, applying these names to the One we love, and His Son.
2) The concept of the word "glory" in religious symbolism, as we read in Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary, is that of the emanation or radiance of light, as of the sun. This is proof of the solarisation of our beloved Saviour, identifying Him, as well as His Father, with the Sun-deity.
3) The Hebrew words, as well as Greek word doxa, do not carry the meaning of sun-radiance or sunlight at all. Therefore the word "glory" is an incorrect rendering of those words.
What then should we use instead of the word "glory"? Simply what the Hebrew words and the Greek word mean: "esteem", or "high esteem" or "repute". These words carry the meaning of the Scriptural words and do not stem from the names of deities as far as we know, and should be used wherever our versions have "glory".
13. DIVINE, DIVINITY, DEITY The Hebrew word "The Mighty One" (as well as "el" and "eloah"), has been translated theos in Greek, similar to the related dios in Greek, deus in Latin, related to the similar dius and divus in Latin.134 The Latin dies (day) also originates from the same word, namely, dieu or its related deieu and diuos. 134 Related to this are the Greek Dieus or Zeus, the Teutonic Ziu, the Roman Diovis or Jovis, and the Roman equal of Zeus, namely Jupiter, formed from Dies-piter.135 Most linguists trace these words back to the Vedic deva, corresponding to the Latin deus, meaning "bright", and the Indo-European Djeus, also meaning "bright" or "shining". And this Djeus gave rise to the Old Indian Dyaus and Greek Zeus.136 Dr. A.B. Cook, Zeus - A Study in Ancient Religion, vol. II, p. 276, relates that Hellenic names which are derived from Zeus, e.g. Diodoros, Diogenes, Diomedes, have for their element Dio- and others have Deo-or Deos. Jacob Grimm, Teutonic Mythology, translated by J. Stallybrass, chapter IX, traces all these words back to "the root div, which, while enabling us to make up a fuller formula div, tiv, zio yield the meanings 'brightness, sky, day, god'. Of sanskrit words, dyaus stands the closest to the Greek and German gods' names Zeus, Tius." Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 16, relates, "Deva ... is derived from the Sanskrit Div, 'to shine' ... when Sun-worship was engrafted on the Patriarchal faith, the visible splendour of the deified luminary might be suggested by the name." In the same book, pp. 323 and 20, we read that Demeter, the Great Mother, was called Deo by Sophocles, and she was the mother of Bacchus. Bacchus, the Sun-deity, is also identified with Attes, the son of Cybele, and Attes was also known as Deoius. On p. 95 we also read that the Moon-god was known as Deus Lunus. The feminine Moon-goddess was also known as Diana.137
With the root div or deva or diu all meaning "bright", or to "shine", it is easy to comprehend the heathen nations' affinity for, and worship of, the Sun, the bright sky, the Sky-deity - the deity that brings the day of daylight. These roots are still found in the English words "divine", divinity" and deity" - all derived from the bright Sky-deity or Sun-deity. Does it matter? Yes, if the ancient tribes called their mighty ones: Deva, Dyaus, or anything similar, traceable to the Sky-deity, or Sun-deity, we should eliminate from our vocabulary the words "divine" and "deity" , which we have erroneously been taught to apply to the One that we love and His Son. he commanded us, "make no mention of the name of other mighty ones, not let it be heard from your mouth," Exod. 23:13. Secondly, the word "The Mighty One" means: mighty one, just as "The Mighty One" means Mighty One, and it has nothing to do with "shining" or "brightness" or "daylight" or "day" or "sky". Thirdly, we should be careful not to fall away from the True Worship, namely, worshipping Yah˙weh and His Son. We must be in the Eternal Covenant with the Law of Yah˙weh written into our hearts and written in our minds, Heb. 8:10 and 10:16. If not, the same destiny will be our heritage, as we are warned of, "Then The Mighty One turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven," Acts 7:42.
And the word Theos? Donaldson in his New Cratylus points out that "Th" is frequently pronounced as "Dh" in Greek, thus Theos and Dheos could be the same, if only in pronunciation. Further, B.C. Dietrich, The Origin of Greek Religion, p. 288, reveals to us a pair of deities, Theos and Thea. This proves that Theos is not only a title, but also the name of a Greek idol. The origin of the word (or name) Theos is disputed, but Prof. F. Max Muller feels very strongly that "Theos must remain part of the same cluster of words a Zeus, Dios, Dione, ... Sanskrit Dyaus, Deva, Latin Jupiter, Diovis, Jovis, Diana, Deus, Lithuanian diva, Old Netherlands tivar ... The Greek Theos, if not derived from the root div, has found no other root as yet from which it could have been derived, so as to account for its meaning, as well as its form."138
Although the word Theos is admittedly mostly used as a title, it has been used as a name, and therefore we dare not call our The Mighty One by the name of a pagan mighty one, Exod. 23:13. But even as a title, the word theos is not acceptable, even if it does appear in the Greek New Testament. There are many scholars who are convinced that most of the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic, and that the Greek New Testament is only a translation of the Hebrew/Aramaic original. Other scholars have been less radical and have proposed that, if the New Testament was originally written in Greek, our oldest manuscripts contain substitutions in its rewritten form, because of the evidence that the Tetragrammaton was used in the original New Testament, but has since then been substituted in the oldest extant manuscripts. The Tetragrammaton has been substituted in texts of the New Testament which are quoted from the Old Testament. Sometimes it is substituted by Kurios, such as Matt. 21:9 (quoted from Ps. 118:26), or substituted by Theos, such as Matt. 4:4 (quoted from Deut. 8:3). However, for the most part, Theos is used in the New Testament as a translation of the Hebrew The Mighty One (or el or eloah), such as Heb. 1:9 (quoted from Ps. 45:7). The word theos should not have been used, because, in many instances this word as a title has been used as a substitute for the Name of Yah˙weh , and this is explicity forbidden in Deut. 4:2 and Deut. 12:4. Secondly, the word The Mighty One means: Mighty One, whereas Theos is probably derived from the root div (see above), which means: to shine. Thirdly, the word theos has been used as an important means of merging Zeus-worship with the Messianic Worship. Dr. A.B. Cook in his monumental research on Zeus - A Study in Ancient Religion, vol. I, p. 233, remarks on how "the gentiles conceived Jehovah (as Cook called Him) as Zeus." Zeus was also called Theos, for instance, and Zeus Hypsistos was also known as Theos Hypsistos (pp. 882, 883, 884, 886, 969).
With the Jewish tradition of hiding Yah˙weh 's Name and the Greeks calling all mighty ones theoi (plural of theos), the assimilation and merger of the two mighty ones was made easier - especially if they both can be identified as being "the Great Sky-deity", or both can be identified as the Sun. We have already seen how the Patriarchs of Alexandria and Rome began calling Yahush˙a "The Sun of Righteousness", even "the True Sun". By that time all the idols of the mediterranean countries were identified with the Sun -Apollo, Hercules, Adonis, Mithras, Dionysus, Serapis, Osiris, Horus, Jupiter, Zeus, Hades, Helios, Sol, Oannes, Hermes, Bacchus, Attis, Orpheus, Ixion, Amen, Amen-Ra etc.
Dr. A.B. Cook's observation on how "the gentiles conceived Jehovah as Zeus" - is exactly what our Messiah prophesied of in Matt. 24:15, "the abomination of desolation ... standing in the Separated Place", i.e. the commentators agree that this abomination of desolation is Zeus, mainly because of the frank evidence found in 2 Maccabees 6:2. Why was The Messiah's prophecy given for the end-time, particularly? Because this shocking disillusionment and realisation has been predicted to be a revelation in the end-time. We will come to tis again. it is well known that at some stage the Greeks were trying to identify all the idols with Zeus. It is also known that for a long time, they were avoiding the names of their idols by just calling them by the title, or generic name, theos. In L.H. Gray's Mythology of All Races, vol. 1, p. 312, we read, "Only in a few localities, notably in Crete, does any form of the name of Zeus survive, but the god still lives under the title Theos ('God'), a title so conveniently equivocal that the Christian can use it without heresy and at the same time square perfectly with the ancient pagan belief." What a clear testimony of religious syncretism! Our Mighty One, or His Son, is called Theos, and so is Zeus called Theos. What does it matter? Just this: the words Theos and Zeus are derived from the Sky-deity or the Sun-deity, and therefore unacceptable to our Mighty One. Any form of Sun-worship, or any derivative of Sun-worship which has been adopted into Pure Worship, has been designated by Him to be a "wicked abomination", Eze. 8:9. Apart from Prof. F. Max Muller's statement as to the origin of the word "Zeus" (see above), we also read Dr. A.B. Cook's scholarly conclusion, "The supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, during their historical period at least, was Zeus. His name, referable to a root that means 'to shine' may be rendered 'the Bright One'. And since a whole series of related words in the various languages of the Indo-European family is used to denote 'day' or 'sky', it can be safely inferred that Zeus was called 'the Bright One' as being the god of the bright or day-light sky."139 Dr. Cook then says in a foot note on the same page, "The Greek Zeus and the Old Indian Dyaus represent an Indo-European dieu-s from the root di: die : deia, 'to shine' ." Later on, as we have previously mentioned, Zeus became more directly identified with the Sun. Osiris, the Sun-diety of Egypt, was later identified with Serapis, the Sun-deity in Alexandria. Helios, of course, was the Sun-deity of the Greeks. Zeus was identified with all of them, and the phrase "Zeus Helios Great Serapis" was well known to be an exceedingly common formula in the 2nd and 3rd centuries C.E. 140
Thus, Zeus, whose name is derived from "to shine", "the Bright One", is the one who has entered into the Separated Place, the Temple, the Kingdom of Yah˙weh . The Sun-deity of the pagan nations has taken over - the abominations of desolation! You might say to me: But we do not worship Zeus. Our reply is: All these components, customs, "hows", and names, which are all derived from Sun-worship - in whose honour were they originally instituted? f they were originally used in the veneration of the Sun, can their continued use be justified? Our Heavenly Father has called them "wicked abominations". Any attempt to justify their acceptance by the apologetical "Christianisation" which was done by the Church, can only be refuted in the light of the Word. "Christianisation" of pagan practices are explicitly forbidden in Deut. 12:30-32, Deut. 12:1-3, Jer. 10:2, etc. Even more so, the "Chrstianisation" of idol statues is repulsive in the eyes of Yah˙weh . Many scholars have pointed out the similarity between Zeus-worship and Serapis-worship, as both were identified with the Sun-deity. But more so, the serapis statues most resemble those of Zeus.141 Serapis, the Sun-idol of Alexandria - the same city where Clement and Origen were leaders of the "first theological seminary" - was assimilated to all other Sun-deities.141 The christian apologist Minucius Felix, writing in the 2nd or 3rd century, comments that this Egyptian (Alexandrian) cult of Serapis has been completely adopted by the Romans.142 "Zeus Helios Great Serapis" was the exceedingly common formula.140 Not only did the statues of Zeus and Serapis resemble each other, but we, like others,143 are alarmed at the striking similarity between these statues and that of the images of our Messiah which have been made by the Church! The Law forbids us to make images of our Father or of His Son, let alone calling an image of Zeus or of Serapis by the name of Yahush˙a. He has warned us in Matt. 24:15 about the end-time revelation, or end-time realisation and disillusionment, of the "abomination of desolation" standing in the Temple. Paul likewise warned us of this in 2 Thess. 2:3-4.
Further evidence of the fusion of the worship of Yahush˙a with that of Serapis comes from the historical record of the Roman emperor Hadrian who worshipped Serapis as well as Christ when he visited Alexandria.144 But, even worse, whenever a Christian church was erected on the site of the Serapeum (temple of Serapis), Jerome would exclaim, "The Egyptian Serapis has become Christian!"145 Such was the spirit of syncretism, of identifying pagan idols with Yahush˙a.
We are sorry that we had to use the word "deity" in this article for the sake of making the message clear. However, it too should be deleted from the vocabulary of the sincere believer. Instead of "deity", "divinity", or "god", we should use the Scriptural "The Mighty One" or "mighty one" or "mighty". This latter word, which is an adjective, could well be used as a noun. Instead of "divine", we should say "as of The Mighty One", or "as of the Mighty One", or "Mighty - like".
14. HER, HERR, HEER, HEERE The Jews developed a superstitious belief, after their Babylonian captivity, that the Name of Yah˙weh should be avoided, except for certain occasions i n the Temple at Jerusalem. This was done in fear of profanation of the Name, and to avoid the use of the Name by others. This lead to the idea that the Name is "ineffable". However, this was a pagan doctrine. We read n Legge, Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity, p. 37, "The ineffability of divine names was an old idea in Egypt, especially in the Osirian religion ... The name of Marduk (Sun-idol) of Babylon is in the same way declared ineffable in an inscription of Neri ... The Name of Yahweh became ineffable directly after Alexander. See Halevy, Revue des Etudes juives, t. IX (1884), p. 172. In every case, the magical idea that the god might be compelled by utterance of his secret name seems to be at the root of the practice." However, we believe that this hiding of the Name of Yah˙weh , substituting it with a title, was the work of "the mighty one of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4), in order to facilitate the introduction of the names of many a national pagan idol of the nations, to which the Glad Tidings was being brought to. Secondly, by calling all the deities of the nations only by a title, it was very easy to assimilate them all, identifying all of them with the one deity, whichever you wish to identify them with. This is exactly what happened. With the solarisation of all the deities, the Sun-deity was seen as the one behind them all only having different names. When the Messianic Faith was proclaimed, the same thing happened. Maximus of Madaura wrote in approximately 390 C.E., "There is only one God, sole and supreme, without beginning or parentage, whose energies, diffused through the world, we invoke under various names, because we are ignorant of his real name."146 This is in direct contrast to what Yah˙weh commanded us in Exod. 20:3 and Exod. 23:13, and what Paul tried to rectify in Acts 17:23.
Another point needs our attention. Scholars attest to their findings that many of the Greek idols, or their names, originated in Egypt. Other idols, or their names, are traceable to their Vedic or Sanskrit roots. In our study of the Indo-European languages, we trace many words, names, as well as idols' names, in many of the European languages. One is astonished to notice how some of them are only found in the southernmost countries and only again in the Nordic countries. This will help us in our search for the origin of Herr, the German word for "Lord" - both of them being the substitute for the Name, Yah˙weh , in our versions. This substitution has no Scriptural ground. Indeed, it is directly in contrast to our The Mighty One's command in Deut. 4:2 and Deut. 12:3c and 4, but do read the latter in the KJV or RSV. The writer of Proverbs in Prov. 30:4 challenges and asks us whether we know the Father's Name and the Son's Name. He then follows on in verses 5-6 by reprimanding us not to delete from, nor to add to the Word, as if to say: This is the reason why the Name of the Father and the Name of the Son have been hidden!
German dictionaries tell us that the origin of the word Herr is uncertain. The moment we read this remark we are alerted: Has the Prince of Darkness of this world been hiding his work of darkness again? Can this word or name be traced back to Sun-worship? Indeed, that is what we find, and we have a few witnesses. The Latin and Greek names for a certain Egyptian Sun-Sun-deity are Horus, Horos. However, in the Egyptian language his name is written Hr and pronounced: Her,147 or Heru - the ancient Sky-deity or Sun-deity of Egypt. Budge, From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt, p.6, clearly states, "the sun as a god was called HER at a very early period." Other Sun-deities were to follow, bearing the name Her as the first part of their names: Hercules, the well-known Sun-deity, Hermes, the Greek name for Mercury and in whose name a strong religion became established in Alexandria and Egypt just before Christianity came. Some Teutonic deities' names also started with Her, namely Hermod and possibly Hermann too. Amongst, the Teutons we find the names of a deity Er or Heru.148 Thorr, the great thunder-deity, was also called hergot, 149 and again Herre Got.150 This same author, Jacob Grimm, perhaps the greatest scholar of Germanic languages, as well as of Germanic mythology, comments on an inscription "'der herre' seems to mean the sun."151 it becomes obvious to all that this word was later used as a title and "here is said of heathen gods, angels, emperors." 152 Other evidence as to Her or Har originating as a name, is found where the Teutonic deity Odinn is called Har,153 as well as Har or Herjan.154 Other scholars trace the origin back to the Sanskrit Svar (heaven), and the Zendic Hvar, which is the Sun.155 Har also means "bright",156 and Herman-sul is a Sun-deity.156
But again, Zeus, the great Sky-deity, who later became identified as the Sun-deity, was involved. Zeus was known as Herros in the Aeolian dialect, 157 or as Heros.158 The feminine of this word is Here, also known as Hera. She was the Queen of the Sky, and the sister as well as wife of Zeus, and known as Juno in Rome.
Whether it be the male Her, Herr, Herros, Heros or Heru - it all originates from Sun- or Sky-worship. Similarly, the female Here or Hera also originates from Sky-worship. Our Heavenly Father's Name has been substituted with a so-called title. but this title traces back to the name of the Sun-deity. Likewise, Yahush˙a has also been called Herr or Heer. Therefore, He also became identified with the Sun-deity.
At this stage we would also like to look at the dutch Heere and the Afrikaans Here. These are plurals of Heer, even if only as a "plural majesty", but they also trace back to the Sun-deity Her or Heru. but in its plural form the Afrikaans Here is being spelt exactly like the queen of Heaven's name.
Although it is commonly taught that Herr, Heer and Here are titles, the Indogermanische Etymologishes Worterbuch or Julius Pokorny, on p. 615 of the 1st volume, admits that these three words probably originated as "names of gods".
What does Scripture say will happen in the end-time?
* "For I will take from her mouth the name of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more," Hosea 2:17. the name Baal became a title later on, but most commentators and scholars reveal its origin: the Sun-deity.
* "O Yah˙weh ... the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, 'Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable things.' Will a man make The Mighty One for himself, which are not The Mighty One? Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know My hand and My might; and they shall know that My Name is Yah˙weh ," Jer. 16:19-21.
* "Therefore My people shall know My Name," Isa. 52:6.
* "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the Name of Yah˙weh ," Zeph. 3:9.
* "'It shall be in that day', says Yah˙weh of hosts, 'that I will cut off the names of the idols ...."Zech. 13:2.
* "They will call on My Name and I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; and each will say, 'Yah˙weh is my The Mighty One,'" Zech. 13:9.
* "And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the Name of Yah˙weh shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as Yah˙weh has said, among the remnant whom Yah˙weh calls," Joel 2:32.
* "For I will make My Separated Name known in the midst of My people Israel," Eze. 39:7.
* "If we had forgotten the Name of our The Mighty One, or stretched out our hands to a foreign The Mighty One, would not The Mighty One sear this out?" Psalm 44:20-21.
* "Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your Name O Yah˙weh ... That men may know that You Whose Name alone is Yah˙weh , are the Most High over all the earth," Psalm 83:16-18.
* Has our Messiah not clearly stated in John 17:26b that He will make His Father's Name known to us? Are we allowing Him, Who works in us, to do this work of restitution, of restoring, or giving us pure lips, "a pure language, that they all may call on the Name of Yah˙weh " ? Zeph. 3:9.
15. GAD - GOD, GUD A prophecy for the end-time is given in Isa. 65:11 wherein our Mighty One warns of the apostasy of His people, "But you are those who forsake Yah˙weh ... who prepare a table for Gad, and who furnish a drink offering for Meni." - Revised Authorised Version. All commentators agree that Gad is a pagan deity, and so is Meni. Gad is usually interpreted as the well-known Syrian or Canaanite deity of "Good Luck" or "Fortune", and Meni the deity of "Destiny". This Gad is written in the Hebrew as GD, but the Massoretes afterwards vowel - pointed it, adding an "a", to five us "Gad". However, we find other references in Scripture to a similar deity, if not the same one, also spelt GD in the Hebrew text but this time vowel - pointed to read "Gawd" or "God", in Jos. 11:17, 12:7, 13:5, where we find: "Baal-Gawd" or "Baal-God", according to the vowel - pointed Massoretic Hebrew text. This Baal - Gawd or Baal - God was obviously a place named after their diety.159
The astrologers identified Gad with Jupiter,159 the Sky-deity or the Sun-deity. Other sources of research also testify of "Gad" being the Sun-deity. Rev. Alexander Hislop wrote, "There is reason to believe that Gad refers to the Sun-god ... The name Gad ... is applicable to Nimrod, whose general character was that of a Sun-god ... Thus then, if Gad was the 'Sun divinity', Meni was very naturally regarded as 'The Lord Moon.' "160 Keil and Delitzsch, Commentaries on the Old Testament, comments on Isa. 65:11, "There can be no doubt, therefore, that Gad, the god of good fortune, ... is Baal (Bel) as the god of good fortune. ... this is the deified planet Jupiter ... Gad is Jupiter ... Mene is Dea Luna ... Rosenmuller very properly traces back the Scriptural rendering to this Egyptian view, according to which Gad is the sun-god, and Meni the lunar goddess as the power of fate."161 Isa. 65:11 tells us than that Yah˙weh 's people have forsaken Him and in the end-time are found to be serving Gad, the Sun-deity of "Good Luck", and Meni, the Moon-deity of "Destiny".
As pointed out above, this Gad (GD with and "a" vowel - pointing) is probably the same deity as we read of in the book of Joshua, GD with a vowel-pointing of "aw" or "o", Massoretes cannot always be relied on, but we can rely on the Hebrew Scriptures before the vowel-pointing was done. It could well be that the GD of Isa. 65:11 is the same as the "Gawd" or "God" of the book of Joshua. But, let us not try to establish a fact on an assumption. Let us rather do some research on the word "God".
The word God (or god), like the Greek Theos (or theos) is used in our versions as a title, a generic name, usually. It translates the Hebrew The Mighty One (or The Mighty One), El (or el), and Eloah. However, in quite a few places it is used as a name whenever it is used as a substitute for the Tetragrammaton, the Name of our Father, e.g. Matthew 4:4 etc. If the word God is then used as a substitute for the Name, it must be accepted that the word God has become a name again. How and when did this title or name become adopted into our modern languages? Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition, says, "GOD - the common Teutonic word for a personal object of religious worship ... applied to all those superhuman beings of the heathen mythologies. The word 'god' on the conversion of the Teutonic races to Christianity was adopted as the name of the one Supreme Being ...." Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged, 1st edition, says, "The word is common to Teutonic tongues ... It was applied to heathen deities and later, when the Teutonic peoples were converted to Christianity, the word was elevated to the Christian sense." James Hastings, Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, vol. 6, p. 302, reads, "After the conversion of the Teutons to Christianity the word came to be applied also to the Christian Deity ... Its etymology and its original meaning are obscure, and have been much debated." J.G.R. Forlong, Encyclopedia of Religions, on "God", says, "It is remarkable that philologists are unable to decide the origin of this familiar Teutonic word." Once again, we are strongly suspicious of the rulers of darkness or the Prince of Darkness, having succeeded, once again, in hiding yet another work of darkness. There is much confusion in the European languages between the words gud (good) and god. The Scandinavian languages, like the old Anglo-Saxon, called god gud and called gud (good) god. Calling good god and god gud is bad enough to confuse us. Even worse is that the Old Nether lands languages regarded god as an idol and gud as the correct deity! Jacob Grimm recorded162 this for us, as well as Julius Pokorny and Jan de Vries.163 This inconsistency of spelling confuses us, as it must have confused the people in those early centuries who were still completely or partially ignorant of the True Mighty One and His Name. Jacob Grimm asserts that this was done because of fear, "Such a fear may arise from two causes: a holy name must not be abused, or an unholy dreaded name, e.g., that of the devil, has to be softened down by modifying its form", and then gives examples.162 Other modifying its form", and then gives examples.162 Other scholars have explained that the names of national deities were either hid, or modified, in order to prevent their enemies getting hold of these names -enemies who might use it as a magic word against them. Another reason for this changing of spelling of idols' names was the ritual of abrenuntiatio, i.e. a solemn renouncing of the names of major deities, whenever a pagan became converted to Christianity. One of the three major idols of the Teutonic tribes was called Saxnot. It is well documented how this name was renounced and later on came back in a disguised form, Saxneat. We even found that some idols' name were spelt 17 different ways.
We found further evidence that "gott" or "god" was not only a title, but used as a name too, amongst the Teutonic tribes. Simrock discovered songs wherein "Gott" was used as a beiname for the deity Odin.164 In German, beiname means: surname (or epithet, or appellation). We further found "Goda" as a proper name of an idol.165 Moreover, the same author relates how Wodan, "the name of the highest god" , also called Wotan and Odan, was also called Godan.166 The Teutonic masculine deities each had its female consort or counterpart. Thus we read that this deity's female consort was frau Gode.167 It is commonly known that our Wednesday was named after Wodan or Wotan. In Westphalian we find this day being called Godenstag.168
If the Teutonic pagans called all their idols by the generic name "gott" or "god", shall we continue to call the One that we love by the same generic name/title/or name? Why do we not translate the title The Mighty One (or El or Eloah) with it proper meaning: Mighty One or Mighty? Also, in those places where "God" has become a substitute name for "Yah˙weh ", shall we continue to invite the wrath of The Mighty One by doing this? He has commanded us that we should not destroy His Name (Deut. 12:3c and 4, KJV or RSV). he is sorely displeased with those who have forgotten His Name for Baal (Jer. 23:27), remembering that Baal really was the Sun-deity. "Therefore My people shall know My Name," Isa. 52:6. "Yah˙weh 's voice cries to the city - wisdom shall see Your Name," Yah˙weh 6:9. "For The Mighty One will save Zion ... and those who love His Name shall dwell in it," Ps. 69:35-36. Also read Isa. 56:6-7. If we love Him, we will love His Name. If we love His Name, we will not destroy it (Deut. 12:3c and 4), we will not forget it (Jer. 23:27), we will not substitute it with a title, a generic name, or a name, which had been used for a pagan deity (Exod. 23:13). Also, and even more applicable to this present study, we will stop substituting His Name with Baal (Jer. 23:27 and Hos. 2:16) - that great Sun-deity, also known as Bel, who was the primary deity of Babylon - whether "Baal" applies to the name of the Sun-deity, or whether "Baal" became a title. We are to stop substituting His Name with anything that pertains to a Sun-deity, or even only a title with an idolatrous origin, notwithstanding attempts to justify the "changed meaning of the word".
There is not a single text in all Scripture which prohibits us from calling Him by His Name. They called upon His Name right back in Gen. 12:8 and 13:4, and as "Abraham" again in Gen. 21:33. Abraham called the place in Moria "Yah˙weh Yireh", Gen. 22:14. Isaac called upon the Name Yah˙weh , Gen. 26:25. Jacob used the Name, Gen. 28:16. Leah used it, Gen. 29:33 and 35. Moses proclaimed the Name of Yah˙weh , Deut. 32:3. David declared Yah˙weh 's name, Ps. 22:22, and so did our Messiah, Heb. 2:12, John 17:6 and 17:26. Finally, Yahush˙a promised to do it again, John 17:26b, which is that which is now happening!
The Name Yah˙weh has been substituted in our translations of the Scriptures with the title "Lord" some 6823 times. The short form, Yah, has also been substituted 48 times with "Lord", and only in one place was it retained as: Yah, in Ps. 68:4 (Jah, in the KJV). Further, wherever we read "GOD" in capital letters, that too is a substitute for "Yah˙weh ". This title, "lord", is applied to all heathen deities, if the word "god" is not used for them. In most cases "lord" and "god" are used interchangeably for pagan idols. For instance, Hare Krishna is popularly known as "Lord", and nowadays we hear much about "Lord Maitreya". In 1 Cor. 8:5 Paul says, "There are many gods and many lords". So, who then, do we worship? Surely there is only One that we should worship, with His Son sitting on His right side. "What is His Name, and what is His Son's Name, if you know?" - Prov. 30:4. Why have Their Names been hidden from us?
Let us investigate this most common substitute for the Name Yah˙weh , namely, "Lord". What is its etymology? Dictionaries tel us that it originated from the Old English hlaford, which in turn came from hlaf-weard = loaf-keeper. This may be true, but you do have to strectch your imagination to see a connection between "lord" and hlaf-weard. Nevertheless, even if we do accept it, I would like to propose that, in accordance with the spirit of syncretism, i.e. making your deity acceptable to others, we can readily see how the worshippers of three pagan deities with names similar to "lord", were accommodated by means of compromise. These three pagan deities were Larth, Loride and Lordo. The Church, which evolved after Constantine fused the Messianic Faith with Sun-worship, was enthusiastic to win as many followers as they could, even if it meant compromise or assimilation. Let us do some research on these three idols:
(a) LARTH: There was an Etruscan house deity whose name was Lar, which signified "Lord", also known as Larth,169 who later on became very popular n Rome and became known as Lares (plural), because as idol statues they were usually in pairs. This deity was invoked together with Janus, Jupiter, Mars, Quirinus and Bellona.170 The Greek equivalent of this name was Heros,171 which was another name for Zeus, as we have seen previously in this article. A feminine form was known as Lara,172 who was the beloved of Mercury, the Sun-deity. Another name for Zeus was Larissaeus,173 which also was another name for Apollo. Zeus was also known as Larasios174 or Lariseus,174 while Larasios was also a surname of Helios.174 Typical of the syncretism and polytheism of those days, we read of emperor Alexander Severus (222 - 235 C.E.) who "had images of Abraham, Christ and Alexander the Great among his household Lares."175 These Lares are to be found in the East as well, seen in niches in Hindu houses.176 However, what is the analogy between Larth (Lar) and Lord? Firstly, all sources agree, that this Lar or Larth means: Lord. Secondly, it is well documented that "the" and "d" were virtually interchangeably used, varying from nation to nation. Thirdly, in Old English and Middle English it was common to find the "o" and "a" interchangeably used too. In the Middle English Dictionary, editor S.M. Kuhn, we read177 that lord was earlier spelt lard; that lor became lord; that lor was spelt lar in Old English (meaning: the action or process of teaching or preaching); that Lore-fader was also spelt Larfaderr or Larefadir or larfadir (meaning:teacher); that lorspel was lar-spel in Old English (meaning: that which is taught in religion); and that lor-theu was previously also spelt lar-theow, lardewe, lardewen, lauerd, lordeau (meaning: teacher or spiritual or theological teacher). Thus we can easily see the ease of identifying Lard, Lord, Larth, Lor, Lar, Lortheu, Lartheow, Lardewe with one another. In fact, it is easier to trace the origin of "Lord" according to this well documented evidence, rather than the commonly held belief that it originated from hlaf-weard.
(b) LORIDE: Thor was the well-known Teutonic war-deity. he was also known as a Sun-diety.178 His surname was Hlorridhi, 179 or Loride, 180 The latter also taken to be Thor's son, who had a wife with the name "Gloria".180 This Loride could easily have been contracted to the form "Lord", or perhaps it could only have served to establish religious syncretism with Larth, and Lortheu, and Lard, and Lordeau, and Lord.
(c) LORDO: Lordo181, or Lordon, was another deity or daimon, the daimon of "lodosis", the curvature of the spine or body, which also had a sensual meaning.181
If all this evidence is considered, once can resolve that, apart from the various names which contributed toward the assimilation or syncretism, the most likely origin of the word "Lord" seems to come from Larth (Lard) and Lor-theu (lardewe, lordeau, laured). Thus, although the word "Lord" is not so clearly related to, or originated from, frank Sun-worship, we have enough evidence to trace its roots back to idolatrous worship in the form of Loride, being a surname for Thor (the Sun), and also Lortheu or Lardewe or lordeau (connected with theos or deos or deva), as well as Larth or Lar which was somehow linked with Mercury (the Sun-deity) and Zeus, the Sky-deity who later on became the Sun-deity.
As a confirmation of the conclusion to which we came, we afterwards discovered the following findings of the scholar of English names, Robert Ferguson, in his Surnames as a Science. On pp. 157 and 189 he emphatically states that "Lord" could not have had its origin from hlaford, which was said to come from hlaf-weard. Like us, he states that the origin of "Lord" is from lar lore, and Loride.
What then, should we use instead of "Lord"? The word "Master" is an exact rendering of the Hebrew Adonai and the Greek Kurios. For our Saviou or His Father we can use "Sovereign". The latter word is used in many places in teh Old Testament of the New International Version. If we love the Name of Yah˙weh , as is expected from us (Ps. 69:32, Ps. 119:132, Isa. 56:6), can we be content with this word "Lord" which man has dared to substitute His Name with? Can we say with David in Ps. 5:11, "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You... Let those also who love Your Name, be joyful in You." The Mighty One's end-time prophecy of Isa. 56:6-7 could mean a blessing, or an exclusion to us, "Also the sons of the foreigner, who joined themselves to Yah˙weh , to serve Him, and to love the name of Yah˙weh , to be His servants -everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My Covenant - even them I will bring to My Separated Mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer." Again, He prophecies about this time in Hosea 2:16-17, "And it shall be, in the day," says Yah˙weh , 'That you will ... no longer call Me: My Baal; for I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more.'" The prophecy of Zeph. 3:9 must be fulfilled, "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the Name of Yah˙weh , to serve Him with one accord."
17. THE NON-ORIGINAL, SUBSTITUTE NAME "JESUS", TRACES BACK TO SUN-WORSHIP TOO There is not a single authoritative reference source which gives the name Jesus or Iesous as the original name of Yahush˙a. All of them admit that the original form of the Name was Jehoshua or Yehoshua to Jesus?
Many Hebrew names of the Old Testament prophets have been "Hellenised" when these names were rewritten in the Greek New Testament. Thus, Isaiah became Isaias, Elisha became Elissaios or Elisseus (Eliseus),and Elijah became Helias in the Greek New Testament. The King James Version ahs retained some of these Hellenised names. Since the King James Version was published, the newer English versions have ignored these Hellenised names of the Greek New Testament, and have preferred , quite correctly, to render them as they are found in the Hebrew Old Testament, namely: Isaiah, Elisha and Elijah. Incidentally, the similarity between the Hellenised Helias (instead of Elijah) and the Greek Sun-deity Helios, gave rise to the well-known assimilation of these two by the Church. Dr. A.B. Cook, in his book, Zeus - A Study in Ancient Religion, vol. I p. 178 - 179, elaborates on this, quoting the comments of a 5th century Christian poet and others, on this. Imagine it, Elijah identified with Helios, the Greek Sun-deity! Returning to our discussion on the reluctance of the translators to persist with all of the Hellenised names in the Greek of the New Testament, one could very well ask: But why did they persist with the Hellenised Iesous of Yahush˙a's Name, and its further Latinised form Iesus? It is accepted by all that His Hebrew name was Yahush˙a. So why did the translators of the scriptures not restore it, as they did with the names of the Hebrew prophets? It is generally agreed that our successor to Moses, Joshua. But "Joshua" was not the name of the man who led Israel into the Promised Land. The Greeks substituted the Old Testament "Yehoshua" with Iesous, the same word they used for Yahush˙a in the New Testament. Subsequently the Latins came and substituted it with Josue (Iosue) in the Old Testament (which became Josua in German and Joshua in English), but used Iesus in the New Testament. In the Hebrew Scriptures we do not find the word "Joshua". In every place it is written: Yehoshua. However, after the Babylonian captivity we find the shortened form "Yeshua" in a few places -shortened, because they then omitted the second and third letters, namely: . Everyone who sees the names Yehoshua and Iesous will agree: there is no resemblance between the names Yehoshua and Iesous or Iesus.
Before we continue with our study of the word Iesous and Iesus, we would like to point out that we have been led to believe that the correct Name is Yahush˙a. He said in John 5:43, "I have come in My Father's Name". Again, in John 17:11 He prayed to His Father, "... keep them through Your Name which You have given Me" -according to the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, the United Bible Societies' Third Edition, and the Majority Text - all of which are over-whelmingly accepted today as being far more reliable than the Textus Receptus. Therefore, in John 17:11 Yahush˙a states that His Father's Name had been given to Him. Again He repeats this irrefutable fact in the next verse, John 17:12, "...in you Name which You gave Me. And I guarded them (or it)." See the footnote on these two verses in teh Revised Authorised Version. Read also John 17:11-12 in any of the modern English versions. So, we have Yahush˙a's clear words, in three tests, that His Father's name was given to Him. Paul also testifies to this in Ephesians 3:14-15. What then is His Father's Name? Although most scholars accept "Yah˙weh " and many still cling to the older form "Yehowah" (or Jehovah), we are convinced that the correct form is Yah˙weh.1,6
Two factors contributed greatly to the substitution and distortion of Yahush˙a's Name. The first was the un-Scriptural superstitious teaching of the Jews that the Father's Name is not to be uttered, that it is ineffable, that others will profane it when they use it, and that the Name must be "disguised" outside of the temple of Jerusalem.182 Because of the Father's name being in His Son's Name, this same disastrous suppression of the Name resulted in them (? the Greeks) giving a Hellenised, in fact a surrogate name for Yahush˙a. he did warn us in John 5:43, "I have come in My Father's Name ... if another comes in his own name, him you will receive." The second factor was the strong anti-Judaism that prevailed amongst the Gentiles, as we have already pointed out. The Gentiles wanted a saviour, but not a Jewish one. They loathed the Jews, they even loathed the The Mighty One of the Old Testament. Thus, a Hellenised Saviour was preferred. The Hellenised theological school at Alexandria, led by the syncretising, allegorising, philosophying, Gnostic-indoctrinated Clement and Origen, was the place where everything started to become distorted and adapted to suit the Gentiles. The Messianic Faith, and its Saviour, had to become Hellenised to be acceptable to the Gentiles.
Where did Iesous and Iesus come from? In Bux and Schone, Worterbuch der Antike, under "Jesus", we read, "JESUS: really named Jehoshua. Iesous (Greek), Iesus (Latin) is adapted from the Greek,, possibly from the name of a Greek healing goddess Ieso (Iaso)." Like all authoritative sources, this dictionary admits to the real true name of Yahush˙a: Jehoshua (more precisely: Yahush˙a). It then states, as most others, that the commonly known substitute, non-original, non-real name "Jesus" was adapted from the Greek. We must remember that Yahush˙a was born from a Hebrew virgin, not from a Greek one. His stepfather, His half-brothers and half-sisters, in fact all His people, were Hebrews, Jews. Furthermore, this dictionary then traces the substitute name back to the Latin Iesus, and the Greek Iesous. It then traces the origin of the name Iesous back as being possibly adapted from the Greek healing goddess Ieso (Iaso). To the uniformed I would like to point out that Iaso is the usual Greek form, while Ieso is from the Ionic dialect of the Greeks. This startling discovery, the connection between Ieso (Iaso) and Iesous, is also revealed to us by the large unabridged edition of Liddell and Scott, Greek-English Lexicon, p. 816, under "Iaso". The third witness comes to us in a very scholarly article by Hans Lamer in Philologische Wochenschrift, No. 25, 21 June 1930, pp. 763-765. In this article the author recalls the fact of Ieso being the Ionic Greek goddess of healing. Hans Lamer then postulates, because of all the evidence, that "they changed Ieso into a regular masculine Iesous. This was even more welcome to the Greeks who converted to Christianity." He then continues, "If the above is true, then the name of our Lord which we commonly use goes back to a long lost form of the name of a Greek goddess of healing. But to Greeks who venerated a healing goddess Ieso, a saviour Iesous must have been most acceptable. The Hellenisation was thus rather clever." This then is the evidence of three sourced who, like us, do not hide the fact of the Greek name Iesous being related to the Greek goddess of healing. The Hellenisation of Yahush˙a's Name was indeed most cleverly done. To repeat Yahush˙a's words of warning in John 5:43, "I have come in My Father's Name and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive." There is no resemblance or identifiability between the Name, Yahush˙a, and the Greek substitute for it, Iesous. The Father's Name, Yah- or Yahu-, cannot be seen in the Greek Iesous or in the Latin Iesus, neither in the German Jesus, nor in the English Jesus. President Reagan's name remains the same in all languages. Hitler's name remains the same in all languages. Even Satan has seen to it that all nations know him by his name: Satan. Satan has seen to it that his own name has been left unmolested!
However, let us further investigate the names Ieso (Iaso) and Iesous. According to ancient Greek religion, Apollo, their great Sun-deity, had a son by t he name of Asclepius, the deity of healing, but also identified with the Sun. This Asclepius had daughters, and one of them was Iaso (Ieso),183 the Greek goddess of healing. Because of her father's and grandfather's identities as Sun-deities, she too is in the same family of Sun-deities. Therefor, the name Iesous, which is possibly derived from Ieso, can be traced back to Sun-worship.
We find other related names, all of them variants of the same name, Iasus, Iasion, Iasius, in ancient Greek religion, as being sons of Zeus.184 Even in India we find a similar name Issa or Issi, as surnames for their deity Shiva.185 Quite a few scholars have remarked on the similarity between the names of the Indian Issa or Issi, the Egyptian Isis and the Greek Iaso.186 In our research on the deity Isis we made two startling discoveries. The one was that the son of Isis was called Isu187 by some. However, the second discovery yielded even further light: The learned scholar of Egyptian religion, Hans Bonnet, reveals to us in his Reallexikon der Agyptischen Religionsgeschichte, p. 326, that the name of Isis appears in the hieroglyphic inscriptions as ESU or ES. No wonder it has been remarked, "Between Isis and Jesus as names confusion could arise."187 This Isis also had a child, which was called Isu by some.187 This Isu and Esu sound exactly like the "Jesu" that we find the Saviour called in the translated Scriptures of many languages, e.g. many African languages. Rev. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 164, also remarked on the similarity of Jesus and Isis, "IHS - Iesus Hominum Salvator - But let a Roman worshipper of Isis (for in the age of the emperors there were innumerable worshippers of Isis in Rome) cast his eyes upon them, and how will he read them, or course, according to his won well-known system of idolatry: Isis, Horus, Seb." He then continues with a similar example of "skilful planning" by "the very same spirit, that converted the festival of the Pagan Oannes is not the feast of the Christians Joannes." (The Hebrew name of the baptizer, and that of the apostle as well, was Yochanan or Yehochanan).
Thus, by supplanting the Name of Yahush˙a with that of the Hellenised Iesous (in capitals: IHSOUS), which became the Latinised Iesus, it was easy to make the pagans feel welcome - those pagans who worshipped the Greek Ieso (Iaso), of which he masculine counterpart is Iesous (in capitals: IHSOUS), as well as those who worshipped the Egyptian Esu (Isis). further evidence of syncretism withe the Isis-system is found in A. Kircher, Oedipus Aegypticus, wherein the name of the son of Isis is revealed to us as "Iessus, which signifies Issa, whom they also called Christ in Greek." Another pagan group of worshippers could also be made to feel at home with the introduction of this surrogate name Iesous (IHSOUS) or Iesus, namely the worshippers of Esus. Jan de Vries hold that Esus was a Gallic deity comparable to the Scandinavian Odin.188 Odin, of course, was the Scandinavian Sky-deity. This Gallic or Celtic deity, Esus, has also been identified189 with Mars, and by others with Mercury, and was regarded to by the special deity of Paris.189 Just as Iaso, Ieso, Iesous are derived fro m the Greek word for healing, iasis, we similarly find Isis (more correctly: Esu) and her son Horus (more correctly: Her), regarded as deities of healing as well as cosmic deities,190 or Sun-deities, by others.
The most disturbing evidence is yet to follow. The abbreviated form of the name Iesous is: Ies or in capitals: IHS, or in Greek the capital for "e" id "H". This is to be found on many inscriptions made by the Church during the dark Middle Ages. This fact is also well documented and is generally admitted by scholarly sources and ordinary English dictionaries.191 These dictionaries bear witness to the fact if IHS (Ies) being an abbreviated form of IHSOUS (Iesous).
Furthermore, the shocking fact has also been recorded for us that IHS was a mystery surname of Bacchus, and was afterwards taken as initials for Iesous, capitals: IHSOUS.192 We discovered this in a dictionary of mythology and in an encyclopaedia of religion.192 This revelation was confirmed by a third witness, Dr. E.W. Bullinger, The Apocalypse, footnote p. 396, "Whatever meanings of ... IHS may be given, the fact remains that it was part of the name of Bacchus ..." We then realised, most painfully, that our beloved Messiah was identified with the Greek deity Bacchus, by giving Yahush˙a the surname or other name of Bacchus, namely: IHS or Ies! Bacchus was well known to be a Sun-deity. Bacchus was also a commonly known name for Tammuz among classical writers.193 Tammuz, as you will remember, was known to be the young returning Sun-deity,194 returning in spring. Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, was expressly identified with the Egyptian Osiris,195 the well-known Egyptian Sun-deity. Bacchus was also called Ichthus, the Fish.196 So, yet another group, the worshippers of Bacchus, the Sun-deity, alias Ies (IHS), were conciliated, were made welcome, with the foreign-to-the-Hebrew name of Iesous (IHSOUS) or Iesus. This most appalling revelation startled us, indeed. After being enlightened about the solar origin of the word IHS and its fuller form IHSOUS (Iesous), we are no longer surprised to find the ecclesiastical emblem, IHS, encircled by sunrays, commonly displayed on church windows:
No wonder that we read the testimony of the learned Christian advocate, M. Turretin, in describing the state of Christianity in the 4th century, saying "that it was not so much the (Roman) Empire that was brought over to the Faith, as the Faith that was brought over to the Empire; not the Pagans who were converted to Christianity, but Christianity that was converted to Paganism."197 A further witness to this paganisation of the Messianic Faith is that of emperor Hadrian, who, in a letter to the Consul Servianus, wrote, "There are there (in Egypt) Christians who worship Serapis; and devoted to Serapis are those who call themselves 'Bishops of Christ.'"198 Another testimony comes to us from the letter of Faustus, writing to Augustine, "You have substituted your love-feasts for the sacrifices of the Pagans; for their idols your martyrs, whom you serve with the very same honours. You appease the shades of the dead with wine and feasts; you celebrate the solemn festivals of the Gentiles, their calends, and their solstices; and as to their manners, those you have retained without any alteration. Nothing distinguishes you from the Pagans, except that you hold your assemblies apart from them."199
Yahush˙a, in His final message to us, the book of Revelation, has warned us of this in Rev. 17, Rev. 18, Rev. 19, and also in Rev. 13, Rev. 14, and Rev. 16 -Babylon, Mystery Babylon. The Great Harlot has made "the inhabitants of the earth drunk with the wine of her fornication," out of the "golden cup" in her hand, "full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication," Rev. 17:1-5. The is also described as "sitting on a scarlet beast, full of name s of blasphemy," verse 3. Tammuz, alias Bacchus, had a surname: Ies or IHS. He was also known as the fish (Ichthus), and had the Tau, the cross, as his sign. These three things have survived, and are still with us!
In Acts 4:12 we read, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." This verse clearly tell us that there is only one Name whereby we can be saved - there is none other. It cannot be Yahush˙a as well as Jesus, Iesous, Iesus, or Ies (Bacchus). There is no resemblance between the names of Yahush˙a and Jesus. The one is correct and the other one a substitute. The one contains our Father's Name and the other one not. Yahush˙a has said that He came in His Father's name, John 5:43. In the newer translations of the Scriptures, we read in two places, John 17:11 and 12, that Yahush˙a said that His Father's Name was given to Him. If we believe the Scriptures, if we believe our Messiah, if we believe what Peter said in Acts 4:12, we cannot be satisfied with any substitute name. We must believe, accept, and be baptized into the only saving Name: Yahush˙a. In the end-time, according to Joel 2:32, calling on the Name of Yah˙weh will be necessary for salvation and deliverance. By believing on, calling on, and being baptized in the Name of Yahush˙a, we do "call on the Name of Yah˙weh " , through His Son, "Who had His Father's Name given to Him, by His Father. "I have come in My Father's Name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive," John 5:43. The writer of Proverbs challenges us in Prov. 30:4, "What is His Name, and what is His Son's Name, if thou canst tell?" KJV. a very interesting alternate rendering for Psalm 72:17 is given to us in the centre column of the Reference Kin James Version, speaking about he promised Messiah, "His Name shall be as a Son to continue His Father's Name for ever."
As I have stated, there is no resemblance between the Name Yahush˙a and the name Jesus. neither is there any resemblance between their meanings. Yahush˙a means: "the Salvation of Yah or Yahu." "Jesus" is derived from Iesus, derived from Iesous (IHSOUS) derived, most probably, from the Greek goddess of healing, Ieso or Iaso. her name was derived from iasis ,which means "healing". Further, the short form, or original source of the name Iesous (IHSOUS) is Ies (IHS), the very surname of Bacchus, the Sun-deity. Therefore, the two names differ completely in their origin, and in their meaning. And more important: Yahush˙a's name contains the Name of His Father, which the substitute name does not. Further proof of the Father's Name being in the Son's Name is found in Eph. 3:14-15, "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father ... from Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." Surely, if His family received His Name, His only begotten Son will also have His Name.
Another proof is Rev. 14:1, but this should be read in the newer translations, because the King James Version and the Revised Authorised Version have it both wrong. Rev. 14:1-5, in the NASB reads, "And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Name and the Name of His Father written on their foreheads ... These are the ones who have not been defiled ... These are the ones who follow the Lamb where ever He goes. These have been purchased ... as firstfruits ... And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless." The translators of the King James version must have realised the meaning of this passage in Rev. 14:1, namely, the similarity between the Lamb's Name and His Father's Name. Therefore they took the liberty , even if wrongfully, to omit the words "His Name and". The King James Version therefore only speaks about the Father's Name, while the Greek Text reads, "having His Name and the Name of His Father written on their foreheads." Do we wish to be part of this first fruit company? Then we are to make quite certain that we have the Father's Name and the Lamb's Name on (or in) our Foreheads. The similarity between their Names is obvious. Whether it will be just one Name, Yah, or whether it will be both Yah˙weh and Yahush˙a, is not clearly indicated, and is less important - as long as we have the essential part of the Name, Yah, which transmits its etymological concept of life, everlasting life. Verses 4-5 warn us against defilement, spiritual defilement - the lies that we have inherited, including the lies about the Names. "O Yah˙weh , ... the Gentile shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, 'Surely our fathers have inherited lies ...' Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know ... ; and they shall know My Name is Yah˙weh ," Jer. 16:19-21, a prophecy for the end-time. "Therefore My people shall know My Name," Isa. 52:6. "I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My Name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; and each one will say, 'Yah˙weh is my Mighty One,'" Zech. 13:9. "For then will I restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the Name of Yah˙weh , to serve Him with one accord," Zeph. 3:9. "And Yah˙weh shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be - 'Yah˙weh is one,' and His Name one," Zech. 14:9. he will no longer be called by all those hundreds of names, by which He is known today. His Name will be "one". And His Son, in Whose Name the Father's Name is contained, will subject Himself to His Father in that day, 1 Cor. 15:28.
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