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A Verse That Stumbles?

I’ll admit, as the Lord revealed to me that His name is Jehovah, there was ONE verse that stumbled me.  So I sought the Lord in prayer, for understanding.  This is what He revealed to me.

(First, we must remember that although the KJV translates YHVH (Yehovah) as sometimes Jehovah, and other times LORD or GOD, if we were reading the Hebrew text, it would say Yehovah (Jehovah) in ALL of these places.  When a person, or angel, or God Himself said ‘Jehovah, GOD, or LORD’, the Hebrew listener would have heard ‘Yehovah’.  In order to remind us of that, I’m going to insert the Hebrew name in parentheses after the translated name, in the verses that follow).

Here is the problem verse:

‘And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.’  (Exodus 6:3)

Because it appears to contradict by this verse:

‘And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD (Yehovah) it shall be seen.’  (Genesis 22:14)

How could Abraham have named a place after Jehovah/God if he did not know His name was Jehovah (Yehovah)?  This type of ‘knowing’ must not be what was meant.  Is there another type of knowing?  Yes.  There is a knowing by revelation . . . by EXPERIENCE.

God uses many variations of His name to express different aspects of His character.  All of these names are fulfilled in the relationship of Jesus Christ to man.  They foreshadowed and pointed the way to what Jesus Christ would do.  We do not know EXACTLY what the meaning of ‘Jehovah’ is.  But the Bible gives us a few clues:

  • The Hebrew Word ‘hovah’ HVH means: ruin, disaster.

The name Je hovah (Ye hovah) ends with this.  But what could the Je/Ye part of His name mean?  I believe the answer is to be found in the very same passage as the verse that stumbled me . . .

‘And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them . . .

. . . And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I [am] the LORD (Yehovah), and I will BRING YOU OUT from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will RID YOU OUT OF their BONDAGE, and I will REDEEM you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD (Yehovah) your God (Elohiym), which BRINGETH YOU OUT from under the burdens of the Egyptians.’  (Ex 6:3-7)

So, here we have it:

I am Jehovah . . . I will bring you out . . . rid you of bondage . . . and redeem you.  I am Jehovah which brings you out of bondage.

This is how God defines His name.  Bring out of, rid of, redeem from . . .what word encompasses all these definitions?  Deliver.

I am Jehovah . . . I will deliver you . . . deliver you . . . and deliver you.  I am Jehovah which delivers you.

And indeed, this ties back to the verse that was apparently a contradiction:

‘And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD (Yehovah) it shall be seen.’  (Genesis 22:14)

What happened there that caused Abraham to build an altar called Jehovahjireh?

‘And they came to the place which God (Elohiym) had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

And the angel of the LORD (Yehovah) called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here [am] I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God (Elohiym), seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me.

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind [him] a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD (Yehovah) it shall be seen.’  (Gen. 22:9-14)

Jehovahjireh . . . In the mount of the Lord, IT SHALL BE SEEN.  Je (deliverance from) hovah (ruin) shall be seen.

And this passage is a perfect illustration and confirmation of how God delivers!  Here on mount Moriah He delivered Isaac from ruin and destruction, while providing a foreshadowing of how Jesus would deliver US from ETERNAL ruin and destruction.  Some even say that Mount Moriah was the same mount where Jesus was crucified.  If this is true, it provides another motive for obscuring the name of God: to remove any connection between deliverance and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Back to the original verse and its meaning:

‘And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.’  (Exodus 6:3)

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew (EXPERIENCED) God as ‘El Shaddai’ (which the concordance defines as: Almighty; most powerful).  But they had not known Him as their deliverer.  This verse was spoken to Moses just before He delivered them from Egypt.  They would now know (EXPERIENCE) firsthand, His deliverance.

‘For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.’  (Romans 11:25-27)

 

Please note: this author does NOT in any way acknowledge, support, or condone the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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” 18.  Islam is the restoral of moon worship Abraham gave up when he left the Ur of Chaldees. Abraham left moon worship of Iraq for the one true God. His son Ishmael was cast out and went to Arabia where he continued to worship the moon God. The crescent moon atop every mosque is the symbol that Ishmael went back to the very moon worship that his father Abraham abandoned.”

 

Quoted from: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

It is still hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that God is a God of judgment.  After all, my relationship with Him has been as a child with a patient, loving, merciful father.  He protects me, and provides for me.  He is my constant companion and friend.  Yet, the Scriptures admonish us not to present Him as being only a God of Love.  In His own words, He is a God of love and judgment.

To His friends, He demonstrates love, patience, goodness, peace, kindness and gentleness.  But to His enemies, He is a consuming fire.  Upon His enemies, He visits judgment.

None of us is born an enemy of God.  We choose to be His enemies, by setting our minds and hearts in opposition to Him, and in opposition to truth.  It is our own attitudes and actions that separate us from God.  Yet, even then, He holds out His arms to us in forgiveness and reconciliation.  But when we continue to reject Him, and live in opposition to Him, we invite judgment upon ourselves.

When people say things like the things I am about to say, many people close their hearts and make accusations about the speaker’s motives and character.  You can say what you want about me.  I have never been popular, so it really doesn’t matter.  But, in the hopes that you won’t close your heart, but will listen and understand the message I hope to convey, I will take a little time to qualify my comments.

Sometimes it is really easy for me to look at people and feel they are deserving of judgment.  Some people are so vile and corrupt . . . others are so evil, that it seems they really merit judgment–and soon!  I can feel this way about people I spend time around, or the culture that surrounds me.

However, I have no intimate understanding of people in other places or cultures.  I have no opinion as to whether their lifestyles merit judgment, because I have no idea how they live.  So, when I question whether God is judging a nation somewhere, it is not because I feel they should be judged.  I really have no opinion in the matter, because I am not acquainted with them.

It has really caught my attention, over the last couple of years, that Indonesia is suffering one catastrophe after another.  They are constantly being hit with earthquakes–the most recent being a 7.7 magnitude quake a couple of days ago.  And I have thought–could God’s judgment be upon Indonesia?  And I have wondered–don’t they have a large Islamic population?

If they do, and if they are suffering God’s judgment–could it be because of their practice of Islam?

Islam worships a false god–an idol.  Allah is a false god.  He is not the same being as the Jews and Christians worship (Jehovah, The Creator).  God’s first commandment for His people is that they have no other gods before Him.  Could it be that it is His first rule because it is the one that matters to Him the most?

Allah is not just a false god, he is a false god that claims he is the God of gods–the supreme God!!  This is a case of stealing the identity of the Most High God and destroying His reputation by the abominable things that the imposter says and does!  Islam is an abomination!

Could it be that the practice of this abomination, and the worship of this imposter (Allah), is enough to make God angry enough to pour out judgment–desolation?–on those nations that practice it?

Today, Indonesia was hit with a tsunami and a volcanic eruption–within hours of each other!  Tsunamis scour the ground and sweep away everything in their path.  Is this not desolation?  Volcanoes can scour the ground with an eruption of hot gases, or cover the ground with ash, lava, or mudslides, obliterating everything in the eruption’s path.  Is this not desolation?

Indonesia--volcanic eruption 10/10

Indonesia--volcanic eruption 10/10

And yes, as it turns out, Indonesia does have a large Islamic population–the largest in the world!  Over 170 million, according to adherents.com.

Right behind them, in second place, is Pakistan, with 136 million Muslims.  What has been happening in Pakistan lately?  Massive flooding, destruction of roads, buildings, farmlands and homes.  Millions whose homes were damaged or destroyed are struggling financially as they try to rebuild.  The national economy, must be virtually destroyed–before the floods it was built on billions of dollars of international loans.  Almost 6 million acres of farmland were damaged (farming is the basis of Pakistan’s economy).  Is this not desolation?

 

Pakistan--2010 flood victims

Pakistan--2010 flood victims

Pakistan--flooding 2010

Pakistan--flooding 2010

I am not certain that any of these events are God’s judgment–but I think they could be.

Let me list the top 10 countries in regards to Muslim population:

  1. Indonesia
  2. Pakistan
  3. Bangladesh
  4. India
  5. Turkey
  6. Iran
  7. Egypt
  8. Nigeria
  9. China

IF the events in Indonesia and Pakistan are God’s judgments on nations that practice Islam, then my own (human) prediction/opinion  is that Bangladesh and India might be next in line for major catastrophes.

Let me remind you again of God’s promise, in case you are living in one of these nations:

“If my people, which are called by my name (Christians and descendents of Jacob/Israel), shall

  • humble themselves,
  • and pray,
  • and seek my face,
  • and turn from their wicked ways;

then

  • will I hear from heaven, and
  • will forgive their sin, and
  • will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

It doesn’t seem like God would suspend judgment upon a country if only His people there repent, but there is precedent for this.  We know that when Abraham plead with God for mercy on the righteous people in Sodom, that God was willing to spare all the extremely wicked, vile inhabitants of the city if there were just ten righteous among them.

“Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?  Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge  of all the earth do right?”

The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”  When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.”  Genesis 18:20-33

I also am reminded of Elijah’s showdown with the prophets of Baal.  The reason it comes to mind is that there seemed to be a question, among God’s people, as to who was really God–so Elijah put them to the test.  I think we face a similar situation today.

My opinion is that if God is visiting  judgment upon a country, and His people there would repent, and humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from THEIR wicked ways–people would be watching.  It would be a showdown, of sorts.  And I believe, as He did before Elijah and the prohets of Baal, that God would show Himself to be God by (forgiving His people and) healing their land.

“Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “O Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”  So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

“Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.”   I Kings 18:21-40

More than anything, I think this is the fundamental issue between Judeo-Christian western civilization and Islam:

Our gods are not the same!  Allah is not Jehovah!

If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Allah is God, follow him!

God created everything from ‘nothing’, yet it was formed of some substance.  That substance was not pure.  It was seeded with corruption.  Everything created from that substance had the ability to either mature into evil–which would eventually consume all good within it–or to mature into good.

When God created darkness and light, He ‘saw that the light was good.’  When he created the land and the seas; the plants; the stars, the sun and the moon; the birds and the animals; He ‘saw that [His creation] was good’.  And when He created man He ‘saw that [His creation] was very good’

Mankind has always interpreted that as ‘perfect’.  God’s creation was not perfect, because the substance from which He formed it was not perfect.  Neither was the Garden of Eden perfect.  But it was a place of protection.  A place of God’s absolute provision, peace, and safety.  Similarly, God’s promise to the Israelites was protection, provision, peace, and safety.

God’s hope for mankind was that they would choose Him, and be content with that–that they would not even learn about evil, much less experience it.  But, through disobedience, sin entered the world.

By the time of Noah, sin had become so rampant that only eight souls could be spared.  By the time of Abraham, only one man sought Him.  Years later, when God led the Israelites out of Egypt, He hoped they had seen enough evil that they would leave it behind and let Him lead them in the paths of righteousness.  But that was not to be.  Most of them died in the wilderness.

The real promise of the ‘Promised Land’ was that it would be a place set apart, a land of abundance, protection, peace, safety, and the presence of God–but first, evil had to be conquered.

The land itself was filled with evil–evil brought about by its inhabitants worshiping the spirit beings (principalities) that God had appointed to oversee the different areas of the earth.  Along with man, angels fell.

It was God’s plan to carve out a small place on the earth, for Himself and His people–a place to which others could come, who wanted to know Him.  God directed His people to purge the land of its inhabitants, because they were consumed with evil, and His angels did war in the spiritual realm, binding the principalities of darkness and preparing a place where He could reside.

There He lived among them.  The land flourished and the people became prosperous.  He gave them guidelines to live by, so that evil could not gain a foothold in their hearts.  He promised His protection, whenever evil would come against them.  But He could not abide evil within them.  God’s war has always been a war against evil, in whatever form it takes.  Woe to him who harbors evil inside himself, for he has made himself an enemy of God.

And there He lived among them–those whom  He had chosen to protect from the evil outside their borders, those whom He would teach to overcome the evil within themselves.

He allowed the light that emanated from that place to provoke the forces of darkness and evil to wrath.  Driven mad by their rage, they would come against the place of light, and the people of God, and He would execute judgment against them.  This is how He continually purged the land of evil.

Yet, even His people continued to gravitate towards sin, so He let them go into captivity.  They preferred evil, so He gave them over to it.  Too few chose righteousness, and they invited the gods of the surrounding nations into their land.  Eventually He withdrew His presence.

Eventually people covered the face of the earth, and sin abounded.  The time had come to send His son–as savior, and ambassador of the good news about Him.  Jesus came and sought out eleven men in whom He saw the desire for righteousness–and one more, who was locked in a life and death struggle with the powers of darkness, and needed His personal intervention.  He would teach them to overcome the evil within, and to battle the evil without.

He would not promise them His abundance and protection in the earthly realm, because shielding men from evil had only caused them to become complacent and proud.  He would not promise them peace, because it would be their duty to confront evil and battle it head on.  He would not promise them safety, because their motivations in serving Him must be pure. But He would promise them His presence, and power to overcome.

It would be their task to seek out others and teach them, and those would eventually go on to do the same.  He told them to go to the four corners of the earth to share the truth about good and evil, and how to be reconciled to Him.  And He postponed judgment on those who persecuted them, because He wanted to sift the souls and intentions of all men.

Again, as He had done with the nation of Israel, He used the light that emanated from them (‘the Church’ aka ‘Christians’) to provoke the forces of  evil to wrath.  Driven mad by their rage, they would come against the ambassadors of truth,  the people of God, and He would store up judgment against them.  This is how He would finally purge the earth of evil.

We are living in the final days of this part of God’s plan.  The forces of evil are rising up once again, to come against all of God’s people, in the hopes of erasing His presence, His name, and His people from the earth forever.

And, as He always has, God will let His light shine forth to infuriate the forces of darkness into attacking.  This will bring judgment upon them–but this time, judgment will be quick in coming!

Testing And Purging

How Can You Say Your Way Is The Only Way?

There is only one God whose name begins with a capital ‘G’.  There are many ‘gods’, Satan chief among them.  He is one god who goes by many names–today he’s known as Allah. He stirs up false prophets to speak on his behalf–to exalt him as God.  They teach you to live by his laws, laws that put you in bondage and enslave you for all eternity.

You who serve Allah have sold your souls to the devil–as did his prophet Mohammed!

Satan prowls about seeking men to influence.  A bitter spirit, an angry vengeful heart,  a jealous soul–these are all places that welcome him, and where his lies can take root.  There he makes his home.  He is the ‘Father of Lies’ and the originator of jealousy, vengeance, and bitterness.  He seeks to remake men in his image.

Ishmael was jealous from the day the ‘Child of the Promise’ was born–understandably so.  Satan saw that he could influence him, and stirred up his envy and bitterness.  Ishmael did not look, with thankfulness, to the blessing God had spoken over him.  Instead he let hatred grow in his heart, and it has been passed on, through the generations, ever since.

It is hatred born of a lie, born of a belief that he wasn’t good enough.  A belief that God, and his father, had chosen Isaac and rejected him.  Yes, Isaac was chosen–but Ishmael was not rejected, not until the bitterness in his heart had become manifest.  Satan’s hatred, of all that is dear to God, has manifested itself in the hatred of the children of Isaac, by the children of Ishmael, ever since.

Children of Ishmael, shake off the anger!  You were born hating the Jew.  Look beyond the legacy of Ishmael, to your father Abraham–a righteous man!  You also have inherited a blessing, because of him!  You share in his blessing–AND he petitioned God to bless Ishmael as well!  You are doubly blessed!  Pattern your life after his.  Serve the true God, maker of heaven and earth.  Live an upright life, with faith in the goodness and faithfulness of God!

Renounce Satan/Allah!  Turn from his bitter, hateful doctrines.  Reject his false prophets.  Repent of your jealousy and rage!  Forgive, and accept the blessing that God has for you!  And let it be said that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob AND Ishmael!!

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