In the name of God …? Just what is the name of God?
Welcome back and thank you for your interest in my blog K.I.S.S.I.T., where I use the bible to answer questions I had on my quest to find the truth about God. I hope you find what I now call ‘God’s side of the story’, intriguing. Wouldn’t things be a lot clearer if you could see them from God’s prospective?
Resuming where we left off in the last discussion, I gave made the statement that I had found information about God’s personal name. I, unlike the 3rd century Jews that we read about last post, do not believe it to be disrespectful to God to speak His name. The Jews before the 3rd century didn’t have a problem speaking it. Remember last time we found out that, in almost all bibles after the 3rd century, the name of God had been replaced with the word ‘LORD’. When we read the bible now, every time we see the word LORD in all capital letters, the name of God used to be there. I believe what God wants is more important than what people want. Can the bible tell us what God wants us to know about the use of His name?
God was using Moses to free His people from slavery in Egypt, but the Pharaoh was reluctant to let them go. Then God told Moses to tell the Pharaoh this at Exodus 9:15-16: 15“For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth. 16But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.”
There are many more examples of where we are encouraged to call upon the name of God or the LORD. As you read the bible and see the word LORD try replacing it with the name of your choice, Jehovah or Yahweh. When you do, I think you will find God becomes more personal. Think about it like this. If there were twenty men standing in a group and you started calling out, ‘Hey man!’, how many do you think would respond? All of them or just one of them? Take that same group of men and call out, ‘Hey Charles’, more than likely only the one named Charles would respond. Wouldn’t it be the same way with gods?
The bible at 1 Corinthians 8:5 tells us that there are many that are called gods, do they have names? If you’d like to view Wikipedia’s list of deities and their names, simply click on this link.
God wants us to speak His name. I must decide which name I will use going forward. I believe the name Jehovah is rejected by most people living today, because when they hear it, they think of Jehovah’s Witnesses. People reject the name, because of the organization that carries that name. I am not affiliated with Jehovah’s Witnesses or any other organized religion. I have gathered information from them, as well as from other Christian religious sects, such as Baptist, Pentecostals, Holiness, Methodist, Seven Day Adventist and many others on my quest. I will explain later why I reject them all. Right now, though, I will put it into one word: misrepresentation.
I use the New World Translation bible because it does use the name of God that was used centuries before Jehovah’s Wittiness took up the name. It also allows me to understand where the name of God should be and therefore is less confusing for me and more personal. I have been calling God “Jehovah” for decades; I see no reason to stop now.
Back to Jehovah’s side of the story. I know that up until now things may have sounded somewhat routine or familiar. But now we are going to go where no man has ever gone before, or at least looked at things this way before. I would ask you to close your eyes and ears and imagine nothing existing.
No lights, no sounds, nothing but you. That was God before His first creation. Can you imagine being all alone with no one to have a relationship with? This is a very important question because it will be asked again further along in this story.
As I stated in an earlier discussion, the bible does not state how long Jehovah was alone before He created Jesus. But after He did create him, imagine how much joy God would have had. Finally to have a son to talk to, to teach and to show him His innermost self. To allow time for a relationship of immense love to grow between a father and His son, ‘who is like God’?
As time moved forward before anyone else was created, Jehovah would have told his son what was going to happen as a result of His choosing to rule through unselfish love. He would have also revealed to him His plan on how to right the wrong that was to come, because of the gift of free will to all beings. Jehovah and Jesus have a very unique, one of a kind relationship. No other being can say they were made personally by God Himself.
The bible does not tell us who the second being created was, but what we should know is that, at that time, they would have been the second one from God at the time of creation. Remember in Colossians 1:16, in part speaking of Jesus, it says, ‘He made the things we can see and the things we cannot see—–such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.’
Although Jesus was the creator of these things, it was through God’s power or Holy Spirit that he was able to create. This second being was created by Jesus and would have been present and had a hand in helping with some of creation in this unseen world. He too would have had a relationship with Jehovah as a son of God. All spirit beings are considered sons of God. Job 1:6 it tells us this: ‘Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.’
Even human beings are considered sons of God because Paul, in Hebrews 12:6-7, tells us this: “6 The Lord punishes everyone He loves. He whips every son He receives. 7 Do not give up when you are punished by God. Be willing to take it, knowing that God is teaching you as a son. Is there a father who does not punish his son sometimes?”
Jehovah knew when He was alone that in the future one of His sons would chose selfish love over unselfish love. This son would begin to have a desire to be God. We can read this in Isaiah where God is using the King of Babylon to predict what was to happen to the son that chose selfish love. Let’s start in Isaiah 13:9-13 where it is talking about the day of Jehovah that is coming. Remember, God uses things that we are familiar with to help us to understand, the things taking place in heaven and on earth. It reads:
9 “Behold, the day of Jehovah cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the earth desolate; and he will destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 For the stars of the heavens and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will make the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will bring low the haughtiness of the violent. 12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold, even man than the gold of Ophir. 13 Therefore I will make the heavens to shake, and the earth shall be removed out of her place, at the wrath of Jehovah of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.”
Notice two things in that passage. It speaks about the constellations of the heavens not giving off their light. It also speaks of the heavens being shaken. In the NWT it gives a name to this constellation, Ke’sil. When I looked up this constellation I found:
Original Word: כְּסִיל
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (kes-eel’)
Short Definition: Orion
noun masculine Orion (relation to above √ obscure); — Amos 5:8; Job 9:9; also תְּפַתֵּחַ ׳משְׁכוֺת כ Job 38:31the cords of Orion wilt (canst) thou let out ? (apparently some mythological allusion, see Di Che, to giant bound in skies; compare Homer ‘Ωρίωνα δοκεύει, and σθέηος Ὠρίωνος); both times associated with the Pleiades; suffix כְּסִילֵיהֶם their Orions Isaiah 13:10, Orion and other constellations of the same brilliancy.
So God is making reference to the constellation Orion, and what does that have to do with a son that disobeys Him later in time? Let’s find out. Wikipedia tells us this:
The Babylonian star catalogues of the Late Bronze Age name Orion MULSIPA.ZI.AN.NA, “The Heavenly Shepherd” or “True Shepherd of Anu” – Anu being the chief god of the heavenly realms. The Babylonian constellation was sacred to Papshukal and Ninshubur, both minor gods fulfilling the role of ‘messenger to the gods’. Papshukal was closely associated with the figure of a walking bird on Babylonian boundary stones, and on the star map the figure of the Rooster was located below and behind the figure of the True Shepherd—both constellations represent the herald of the gods, in his bird and human forms respectively.
The Babylonians knew that God was making reference to their god. Later in Isaiah 14:12-14 it says this to that god, “O how you have fallen from heaven, you shinning one, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the earth, you who were disabling the nations! As for you, you have said in your heart, to the heavens I shall go up. Above the stars of God I shall lift up my throne, and I shall sit down upon the mountain of meeting, in the remotest parts of the north. I shall go up above the high places of the clouds; I shall make myself resemble the Most High.” NWT.
The link I provided by biblegateway.com even goes as far as giving that god had a name, Lucifer. A couple of things we want to take a look at from the scripture above. One, notice that it says this god was once, the shinning one, son of the dawn. What does it mean to be the son of the dawn? It means this god had an early beginning or was at the dawn of the creation process. Second thing I would like to bring to your attention is that this god felt in his heart that he would sit down on his throne upon the mountain of meeting. Could this be the place mentioned in Job 1:6 that we read about earlier?
This all happens later in the story and I’m not trying to go that far yet. But I did need to lay the ground work for how the future came to be the way it is.
So what in the name of God happened?
Visualizing events from God’s perspective, He knew that as time went on one of His sons would begin to have a desire for self. Jehovah knew that ‘desire of self’ is a cancer that would spread from one person to another. Turn to James 1:13-15 and we read, 13 “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”
Psalms 37:28 tells us that God is a God of justice. “For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever but the children of the wicked will die.”
Being a God of justice, Jehovah had to allow this ‘desire of self’ or selfish love, to play out to a time when the cancer had grown so out of control that if He didn’t step in and cut it out no living being would survive this deadly disease.
At the time of the conception of this ‘desire of self’, there was only the spiritual world. This son of God was at one time a shining star of God.
The word Lucifer found in Wikipedia (/ˈluːsɪfər/, LOO-sif-ər), is a name that, according to dictionaries of the English language, refers to the Devil (Satan) or to the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star.
As time went on this shining star of God began to desire the praise and worship that God was receiving from the rest of creation, even though it was he and Jesus that were doing the work. Only Jesus was the one that could bring about life through Jehovah’s power. John 1:3 & 4 says, “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]and his life brought light to everyone.”
You ask, ‘How do you know that Lucifer desired to be God?’ Because earlier we read in Isaiah 14:12-14 where he said, “I shall make myself resemble the Most High.” Now, how does all of that tie into what is happening in our day? I’m afraid you’ll have to come back next week to find out.
K.I.S.S.I.T. is going to get into a whole new world of bible study. When you return you will find out about a war that is taking place and it affects all of mankind.
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