Written By Thomas Perez. January 2, 2014 at 1:15pm. Copyright 2014.
I. Section 1 – The Debate
II. Section 2 – Citations
III. Section 3- The Hebrew Speaketh
IV. Section 4- The Rectifying Differences
I. Section 1 – The Debate
This particular study is a critique, affirmation and examination into the topics discussed in the book “The Apocalypse Theater: Yahweh: The Two Faced God.”
The book claims that the religions of Yahwism’s (namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam) are nothing short of a paradigm shift. However, it must be understood that the authors are not trying to destroy any individual faith, but merely to get them to understand that you don’t necessarily need to believe in a text or system to believe in God. Instead they present Yahwism as a sort of metaphor for a theistic understanding. Moreover, according to the author, “there is also an atheistic understanding to this point – it is every bit as reasonable as the theistic one.”
The book also goes on to cite the cause and reasons for Yahwism. It’s self fulfilling prophecies, each vindicating its own particular persuasion of belief and faith. It is the underlying agenda of Yahwism. The elites (namely the priesthoods, the political structures involved in the dynamics of a given situation) and their own political social/religious agendas; each manipulate the structures or systems of Yahwism to suit their own outlook or criteria within their revealed religions.
It also examines (though briefly) the rise of Zionism and Nazism (it is said that there was a connection at one point). It also looks into the rise of Judo-Christianity, futurism (as in prophetic events) and the so-called evangelical rapture theory popularized by Oxford – via – C.I. Schofield. All of which supports a mind set to Yahwism. I encourage any individual to conduct a thorough investigation into Oxford and it hierarchy.
In Hinduism, this metaphor is the explanation of nothing. Meaning everything came out of nothing – the inexpressible. It can also be called Brahma. That to a certain extent explains why people (especially in the west and Abrahamic faiths) object to Hinduism. Let us remember that the Egyptian, Judeo and Greco – Platonians think of these things in a theistic mindset. They both look at the same things, but are seeing different implications of it. But according to the book, this is a far cry from the interpretation with what we have in Yahwism.
In Yahwism, we a have a Creator claiming to be that something – the Being – that Creator God, yet doing all sorts of contra-dictionary stuff. And revealing himself to the Hebrews through a specially appointed agent or messenger to whom he gives private revelation. In Yahwism, the structure is different to everybody. It is different to the metaphor – God – the universe, etc. The metaphor is known to everybody. Yahweh’s religions say no. It is not known in nature (Hinduism, and other faiths like it), it is not known within the soul, and it is not known within man. Thus, it can only be known through a special communication from God directly to man – through some imported agent (I.e., Moses, etc). Thus you replace reason with revelation. And each time a replacement is accomplished, we have conflict. Islam being the latest of the medieval religious replacements.
For example, you had the early Islamic believers (who were conquerors of their own Yahwism by sword) applying their law through taxation of other religions in order to wipe them out of existence. We also have the Papacy who conducted the Albigensian crusade – where we had the king of France joining forces with the Papacy to eradicate the Albigensians. We also had the inquisition. But the atrocities are not limited to Catholicism. The Calvinists and Lutherans often joined forces in order to wipe out the Ana-Baptists of the Reformation period by casting stones upon their feet and throwing them into deep rivers where they drowned. All of these religions stem from Yahwism. The roots of Yahwism can be found in its foundational head of Judaism or early Canaanite, Hebrew Phoenician traditions.
According to the author, “the Yahwist tradition define themselves in the 1st 5 books of the OT in opposition to that metaphor mentioned above. In other words, the exodus becomes their founding revolutionary violent moment and Egypt becomes the symbol of all that is past and all that is rejected. This includes Hinduism, Chinese religions and all other forms of polytheism. It is a counter religion. An anti-religion. This is in fact the exodus. It’s an act of revolutionary violence.”
In other words, what the author is saying is that the exodus is a new paradigm.
According to its author
Division in Yahwism is thus not the exclusion of the idea of other gods, but rather, the idea that other gods are false gods.
It is, in short, a program of social engineering in the form of revolutionary violence in the guise of religion.
Yahwist religions would appear to be a further effort to maintain mankind in a constant state of division and conflict, while simultaneously working toward an apocalyptic future when Yahwism alone triumphs, a state of affairs guaranteeing perpetual conflict, since all three versions of it – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – view the future as one of the triumph and vindication of their truth claims.
All versions of Yahwism are counter-religions, that is, they define themselves by opposition to something already pre-existing them.
The creation of a Western apocalypse culture simultaneous to the creation of an Islamic apocalypse culture easily lends itself to perpetual manipulations by an elite or elites for political and geopolitical ends.
In other words, the Mosaic revelation/revolution (and therewith Yahwism) to a certain extent defines itself in opposition to the Metaphor.
Others claim that Yahweh and Satan are one and the same. According to a yahoo Blogger (of which I found quite interesting)…Quote; “There is a lot of evidence to support that theory in a book called “The Old Serpent Chained” downloadable for free in ebook version at http://snipr.com/1iwmj
This is perhaps the Bible’s greatest mystery solved, when one compares the New Testament teachings directly side by side with the Old Testament the picture becomes so much clearer that the real purpose of the New Testament was in fact to one day prove the Jewish God Yahweh is in fact the Devil” Unquote
But if that was the case, one would have to assume the possibility of Satan’s – the Devil’s existence. Allow me to quote from an article I conducted some time ago last year entitled; “The Salvation or Destruction of Satan.”
The term “Satan” did not originally mean the “Devil.” It didn’t refer to any one in particular. Satan is a Hebrew word that works as a noun or a verb, and it can refer to anyone who is an enemy. Satan in Greek is “diabolos” which is devil in English. Thus Satan became associated with the term devil. Satan can be revealed as an action taken by (not in) the Lord as I Chron 21:1 & II Sam 24:1 reveals. He can be a celestial being as the “angel of the Lord” who blocked the prophet Balaam (Num 22:32) or he can be “human” (I Kgs 11:23). Obviously it/he is an action, entity, and can be revealed as a person. I believe the person to be the author of sin (action-verb), rebellion (action-verb), and the cause of the sinful fall of Man (method-now revealed as a person). The action/verb/he is the result of God creating the universe that is not eternal (only God is eternal) therefore, creation itself can be considered evil because it did not always exist, that is why God had to declare by His Word that all was good (but not Holy). Only God inhabits Holiness. Creation can only reveal evil, not God in and of Himself. Thus, the term Satan – verb – many be a by-product of this creation before any other celestial beings came into existence. Satan/concept became what is known as the arch enemy of God and His ultimate creation; ‘Man’.
Furthermore, it must be understood that the ministry (action) of Satan is to actually be the adversary of all men, since that may be the underlying cause for this concept and creation to begin with (John 8:44). Satan/concept is a created being/concept because its concepts exist. Some would suggest that evil was found in him based on these passages of Scripture (Ezek 28:12-19, Isa 14:12-20). But if that were so, then that would entail, something that sprang from outside its concept/entity, as if it was there, somewhere, lurking in the Cosmos. And if that is true, then that would entail an imperfect creation, thus an imperfect God. But Scripture teaches us otherwise, For all things were created good (but not holy as mentioned above). Perhaps the account of Ezekiel & Isaiah is true. If it is, then it would have had to be God who summoned a prideful heart (an action verb) in Satan (this noun) – but if that was the case then freewill, as pertaining to this particular angelic being, did not exist – this is highly the most probable presupposition.
Perhaps they are correct. According to these passages, they may not be far from a truth (a good perception of truth anyway). Kindly OBSERVE the following:
II Samuel 24:1 “And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.”
Is referenced to:
I Chronicles 21:1 “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.”
Within the same exact context the terms ‘the LORD’ and ‘Satan’ are used interchangeably – as if they were the same entity
Job 41:20 “Out of his [Leviathan] nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.“.
And here is description of Yahweh, the ‘God’ of the Bible:
Psalm 18:8 & 2 Samuel 22:9 “There went up a smoke out of his [Yahweh] nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.”
Yahweh’s description is identical to Leviathan’s description. And what is the leviathan? Isaiah 27:1… Leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; the dragon that is in the sea. I’ am also reminded of the dragon that came out of the sea – Rev 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Satan means ‘adversary’ and in all probability it is highly suggestible that Yahweh is the adversary of humanity: Ex 23:27 “I (Yahweh) will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou [Jews] shalt come!”
Jehovah is synonymous with Baal: “Baal” (SH1180) from ba’al with pron. Suff.; my master; Baali, a symbolical name for Jehovah – Baali.” The Jewish encyclopedia (“Adonai and Ba’al”) reveals: “The name Ba’al is apparently an equivalent for Yhwh.” Since the days of Jeremiah, the Jews have forgotten their God’s name and replaced it with the title “Baal” or “JHVH/YHWH”: The lying prophets “Which think to cause my people to forget my (God’s) name…as their father have forgotten my name for Baal.” (Jeremiah 23:27).
HOWEVER, some would counter attack that claim (though I don’t understand how they can do so) citing “Baal” also has the usurped meaning of being “master or lord – husband, as in wives and husbands” Ex 21:22, Lev 21:4, 7, Deut 21:13, 22:22, 24:4, II Sam 11:26, Pro 12:4, 31:11, 23, 28,Isa 54:5, Jere 3:20, 31:32, Joel 1:8 – See SH1167.
This is probable, but it can be unlikely when we consider the possibility of Yahweh or YHWH becoming synonymous with the EL…Allow me to quote from an earlier article of mine; The Origin of the One God…etc
“Moreover, Isa 7:14 cites “Immanuel with us.” The “Im” – in Hebrew is an adjective – equally representing, accompanying, against, and as before (Strong’s Hebrew Con 5973). The Immanuel comes from “Im” 5973 and EL – 410, where El (Strong’s Hebrew Con # 410) is described as the mighty, especially the Almighty – but also used of any deity. The name signifies presence – with us – # 6005.”
“Note the phase “against” in the Hebrew rendering of “Im.” It can be concluded that Jesus is against the desert god Yahweh (the forms) but not against EL or Elohiym who is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Strong’s # 430). 430 is used in the plural of gods Elowahh / Eloahh – which is taken from # 410, meaning a deity or the Deity. While the expression in Exodus 3, “I’ am that I’ am, is Hayah (Strong‘s Hebrew # 1961) – meaning “to be” or “become” – it comes from the root word Hava – “Breathe.” The name JHWH or Jehovah, or Yahweh (Exodus 6) is to existent – it is the Jewish national name for God. A name, of which according to Strong’s, is taken from # 1961 – which in turn means “to be” or “become.” Jehovah comes from the name Yahh or Jah which means the sacred Lord most vehement # 3050. Whereas in Exodus 6:3 God was known by the name EL Almighty # 410, but to Moses He became a God or a plural of Gods or a plurality of God / gods – # 430 is used again (Exodus 6:7), leaving the family of the Humanities to fight or become that “War God” spoken of earlier.”
“As mentioned before, the One God theology resurfaced in the NT. But even before that, the OT insisted on the One God theology (Deut 6:4). But while doing so maintained a particular name to FIT their identity or roots as “the wandering people” or “those who move on foot.” It is identical to the tetragrammaton YHWH, or Yahweh. Thus they decided to use that NAME because it had no determinative cultural anomalies or associations. The NT correlates and maintains that its theology is the resurfacing of The One God, or EL for all Humanity while attesting The Son of God or Deity of Christ as synonymous with EL – Matt 1:23, Isa 7:14, 9:6, Jn 1:1, 14. Therefore, Jesus now takes the place or becomes the Yahweh of the Old Testament in Christian theology (in most circles anyway). Which is, in my opinion, the proper view of the intended histories and beliefs.
For Christ DEFEATED the Old Testament Law and its representing god. Moreover, Elohim is the Hebrew word for God, God used the abbreviation of Elohim as “El” and the Patriarchs added this “EL” to the names of children, to the names of places, and to words of praise and worship. Even as He was dying the Christ looked up toward the Heavens crying ELI, ELI – My God, My God”…
However, I must be truthful – there is a danger to this type of theology (the Anti Yahwist theology). It can breed an ideology – an ideology of bigotry and hate. According to a blogger , Quote…“The Canaanites were devil worshipping, baby-murdering “dogs”, loaded with syphilis and other evil diseases, when God quite rightly ordered their genocide to stop the spread of their vice and corruption. In fact the Israelites were ultimately undone as a kingdom, because they didn’t fully execute the Lord’s commandment to wipe out the Canaanites; just as it’ll be the ruin of the world if the reprobate Jews and their acolytes aren’t completely removed from what’s left of decent Christian Gentile society, and left unarmed and isolated in some place behind a wall, like the one they’ve built in the state of Israel.” Unquote. Other bloggers went on to include Christians and Muslims who accept the ways of Yahweh and his name.
In Henry Ford’s words. “The Christian cannot read his Bible except through Jewish spectacles, and, therefore, reads it wrong”.
But why do some consider this a great mystery as cited by the other blogger on Yahoo, and as concluded in the book, “Yahweh: The Two Faced God: The Apocalypse Theater?” Perhaps this “great mystery” is generated by the many detestable acts committed by the Yahwist religions. The following are citations from the Bible – all of which cater to rape, murder, and genocide. Perhaps it is instigated by the tetragrammaton of Baal in ref to Jehovah.
Exodus 12:28 “So the people of Israel did just as the LORD had commanded through Moses and Aaron. And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died.”
Isaiah 13: “Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.”
Jeremiah 49:20 “Therefore hear the plan which the LORD has made against Edom and the purposes which he has formed against the inhabitants of Teman: Even the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away; surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. At the sound of their fall the earth shall tremble; the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea.”
Hosea 13: “Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.” – This actually sounds like the Inquisition – for it was customary for the inquisitors to torture and ripe out babies from the womb of the so-called heretic.
In Numbers 31: “Have you let all the women live? Behold, these caused the people of Israel, by the counsel of Balaam, to act treacherously against the LORD in the matter of Pe’or, and so the plague came among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” – In verse 35 it states that tens of thousands of men, women and children were massacred. They captured women numbering 32,000. This was the spoil of a ravaged land. Surely an Omni benevolent God could of devised another means to fulfill his purpose.
Deuteronomy 3: “Next we turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei. The LORD said to me, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.” So the LORD our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down, leaving no survivors. At that time we took all his cities. There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them – the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan. All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many un-walled villages. We completely destroyed them, as we had done with Sihon king of Heshbon, destroying every city – men, women and children. But all the livestock and the plunder from their cities we carried off for ourselves.”
And not to mention the slaughter of the innocents in Matthew 2 “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
Another passage that indicates such is found in Psalms 18:7-12. Here it is revealed that God (in this case Yahweh) became angry. He issues smoke from his nostrils, and fire from his mouth. Darkness is under his feet. He rides upon a cherub. He flies upon the wings of the wind, darkness is his secret place. His canopy is dark waters and dark clouds. This particular Psalm is in ref to I Sam 22:8-13.
But when we look at the next couple of verses (Psa 18:13-15 & I Sam 22:14-16) we see the Most High. The Most of High of what you may ask? The Most High over all other gods, and even cherubs. He utters His voice as opposed to breathing fire. He uncovers the seas for all to see and uncovers the foundations of the world for all to see. He comforts David in the day of his calamity (as noted earlier, the name Yahweh is associated with calamity). He delights in David.
Compare this with Eph 2:2 – Satan is called the prince of the air, Col 1:13 – he is the prince of darkness, he is a dragon Rev 12 – thus the wings, smoke from his nostrils, and fire from his mouth. He is the dragon that came after the woman and her child in Rev 12. The woman is interpreted to be either the Church, Israel – since it was through the linage of Israel that the Christ was born, or Mary – a sort of backward story telling of the origins of Christ.
But what of the evil spoken of earlier? The following are Scriptural citations given for your convenience NOTE: You can skip Section 2 if you like, and proceed / scroll down to Section 3. I thought it was fitting to be honest in ref to this evil, calamity, mischief, and ruin; etc – and decided to quote the passages personally in order.
II. Section 2 – Citations
Deuteronomy 10:14 “See, the heavens, and the heaven of heavens belong to YHWH (Yahweh) your Elohim, also the earth with all that is in it.” TS
Deuteronomy 32:39 “See now that I, I am he, And there is no Elohim besides Me. I put to death and I make alive. I have wounded, and I heal. And from My hand no one delivers.” TS
Judges 9:23 And YHWH (Yahweh) sent an EVIL spirit between Abim’elech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abim’elech;
1 Samuel 2:6-8 “YHWH (Yahweh) puts to death and makes alive, He brings down to the gave, and raises up. YHWH (Yahweh) makes poor and makes rich, He brings low and lifts up, He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the dunghill, to sit with princes, and make them inherit a throne of esteem.” TS
1 Samuel 16:14 Now the Spirit of YHWH (Yahweh) departed from Saul, and an EVIL spirit from YHWH (Yahweh) tormented him.
1 Samuel 16:15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, an EVIL spirit from YHWH (Yahweh) is tormenting you.
1 Samuel 16:23 And whenever the EVIL spirit from YHWH (Yahweh) was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand; so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the EVIL spirit departed from him.
1 Samuel 18:10 And on the morrow an EVIL spirit from YHWH (Yahweh) rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand;
1 Samuel 19:9 Then an EVIL spirit from YHWH (Yahweh) came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing the lyre.
2 Samuel 12:11-12 Thus says YHWH (Yahweh), ‘Behold, I will raise up EVIL against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.’
1 Kings 14:10 therefore behold, I will bring EVIL upon the house of Jerobo’am, and will cut off from Jerobo’am every male, both bond and free in Jacob, and will utterly consume the house of Jerobo’am, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone.
1 Kings 21:29 Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the EVIL in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the EVIL upon his house.
1 Chronicles 29:11 “Yours, O YHWH (Yahweh), is the greatness, the power and the comeliness, the pre-eminence and the excellency, because of all that is in the heavens and in the earth. Yours is the reign, O YHWH (Yahweh), and You are exalted as head above all.” TS
2 Kings 21:12 therefore thus says YHWH (Yahweh), of Jacob, Behold, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such EVIL that the ears of every one who hears of it will tingle.
2 Chronicles 20:6 “0 YHWH (Yahweh) Elohim of our fathers, are You not our Elohim in the heavens, and do You not rule over all the reigns of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to stand against You?” TS
2 Chronicles 34:24 Thus says YHWH (Yahweh), Behold, I will bring EVIL upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book which was read before the king of Judah.
2 Chronicles 34:28 Behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the EVIL which I will bring upon this place and its inhabitants.'” And they brought back word to the king.
Prov.16: 4 “YHWH (Yahweh) has made all for His purpose, and also the wrong for the day of EVIL”
Isaiah 31:2 And He also [is] wise, and bringeth in EVIL, And His words He hath not turned aside, And He hath risen against a house of EVIL doers, And against the help of workers of iniquity. (YLT)
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and CREATE EVIL: I YHWH (Yahweh) do all these things.
Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore, thus says YHWH (Yahweh), Behold, I am bringing EVIL upon them which they cannot escape; though they cry to me, I will not listen to them.
Jeremiah 14:16 And the people to whom they are prophesying, Are cast into out-places of Jerusalem, Because of the famine, and of the sword, And they have none burying them, Them, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, And I have poured out upon them this EVIL. (YLT)
Jeremiah 18:11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says YHWH (Yahweh), Behold, I am shaping EVIL against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his EVIL way, and amend your ways and your doings.
Jeremiah 19:3 You shall say, ‘Hear the word of YHWH (Yahweh), O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says YHWH (Yahweh) of hosts, the Elohim of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such EVIL upon this place that the ears of every one who hears of it will tingle.
Jeremiah 19:15 Thus says YHWH (Yahweh) Behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the EVIL that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their neck, refusing to hear my words.
Jeremiah 23:12 Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery paths in the darkness, into which they shall be driven and fall; for I will bring EVIL upon them in the year of their punishment, says YHWH (Yahweh).
Jeremiah 26:3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his EVIL way, that I may repent me of the EVIL, which I purpose to do unto them because of the EVIL of their doings.
Jeremiah 26:13 Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of YHWH (Yahweh) and YHWH (Yahweh) will repent of the EVIL which he has pronounced against you.
Jeremiah 27:5,6 “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm. And I shall give it unto whom it seemed right in My eyes. And now, I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebukadnetstsar the sovereign of Babel, My servant. And the beasts of the field I have also given him to serve him.” TS
Jeremiah 32:42 For thus says YHWH (Yahweh): Just as I have brought all this great EVIL upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them.
Jeremiah 35:17 Therefore, thus says YHWH (Yahweh), of Jacob: Behold, I am bringing on Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the EVIL that I have pronounced against them; because I have spoken to them and they have not listened, I have called to them and they have not answered.
Jeremiah 36:31 And I will punish him and his offspring and his servants for their iniquity; I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the EVIL that I have pronounced against them, but they would not hear.
Jeremiah 40:2 The captain of the guard took Jeremiah and said to him, “YHWH (Yahweh) pronounced this EVIL against this place;
Jeremiah 42:10 If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I repent of the EVIL which I did to you.
Jeremiah 42:17 All the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to live there shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; they shall have no remnant or survivor from the EVIL which I will bring upon them.
Jeremiah 44:2 Thus says YHWH (Yahweh) of Jacob: You have seen all the EVIL that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them,
Jeremiah 45:5 And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not; for, behold, I am bringing EVIL upon all flesh, says YHWH (Yahweh); but I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.
Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the EVIL which I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his EVIL way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
Jeremiah 49:37 I will terrify Elam before their enemies, and before those who seek their life; I will bring EVIL upon them, my fierce anger, says YHWH (Yahweh). I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them;
Jeremiah 51:64 and say, ‘Thus shall Babylon sink, to rise no more, because of the EVIL that I am bringing upon her.'” Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not EVIL and good?
Ezekiel 6:10 And they shall know that I am YHWH (Yahweh); I have not said in vain that I would do this EVIL to them.
Daniel 4:17 “…the most High is ruler in the reign of men, and gives it to whomever He wishes, and sets over it the lowest of men.” TS
Amos 3:6 Does EVIL befall a city, unless YHWH (Yahweh) has done it?
Micah 2:3 Therefore thus says YHWH (Yahweh): Behold, against this family I am devising EVIL, from which you cannot remove your necks; and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be an EVIL time.
III. Section 3 – The Hebrew Speaketh
After reading Section 2; you may be asking; “Who is this God that demands worship and praise in exchange for blessings and abundance?” “Who is this God that will punish and/or destroy if said worship, praise, or obedience is violated?” “Who is this conditional God?” If you have read my article entitled “The Origin of the One God, and Other Gods, Deities, Aliens, and the Anunnaki /Nephilim: Fact, Mythos, or Universal?” – then you are one step ahead of this particular discussion.
In Hebrew, Je, Jeh or Jah means Lord or God. The suffix “hovah” is No 1943 in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary and has the meaning of “ruin, mischief.” It is another form of No 1942, ‘havvah’, which is translated “calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, very wickedness.” Put the two (Je + hovah) together and you get “God of ruin, mischief, calamity, perversion, and wickedness.” And don’t forget “noisome” – which means a foul odor! Simply put, Jehovah may be the God of Evil!
The name of the Hebrew God, represented in Hebrew by the tetragrammaton (“four letters”) יהוה (Yod Heh Vav Heh), was transliterated into the Roman script Y H W H. The name was originally derived from the old Semitic root הוה (hawah). YHWH roots are from Yah (SH3050) and Hawah (SH1942), it means “God of wickedness” From Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary. SH1943 – ‘hovah ho-vaw’ is another form for SH1942; ruin – mischief. SH1942 havvah hav-vaw’ also means: ruin – calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, very wickedness.
How did such a NAME ever worked its way into the Scriptures to begin with? To answer that question we need to go back in time…
Scribal Emendations – Tikkune Soferim
Early rabbinic sources, c 200 CE.
It was the consensus that passages of ancient Scripture differed from that of the present text. The explanation of this phenomenon is given in the expression (“Scripture has used euphemistic language,” i.e. to avoid anthropomorphism and anthropopathy). Rabbi Simon ben Pazzi (3rd century) calls these readings “emendations of the Scribes” (tikkune Soferim; Midrash Genesis Rabbah xlix. 7). This view was adopted by the latter Midrash and by the majority of Masoretes.
The term tikkun Soferim (תקון סופרים) has been understood by different scholars in various ways. Some regard it as a correction of Biblical language authorized by the Soferim for homiletical purposes. Others take it to mean a mental change made by the original writers or redactors of Scripture. The assumed emendations are of four general types:
1. Removal of unseemly expressions used in reference to God; e.g., the substitution of (“to bless”) for (“to curse”) in certain passages.
2. Safeguarding of the Tetragrammaton; e.g. substitution of “Elohim” for “YHVH” in some passages.
3. Removal of application of the names of pagan gods, e.g. the change of the name “Ishbaal” to “Ishbosheth.”
4. Safeguarding the unity of divine worship at Jerusalem.
These four letters are Babylonian Aramaic יהוה. According to the Jews who teach about these four letters, the god of this name is a bisexual. He is said to be androgynous (being both male and female). Whereas the True God is neither male or female. This god is a devil god. He is not the true God of the Israelites or Jews. Any meanings associated with the Babylonian Aramaic alphabet letters that have been adopted into Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah) are of a highly suspicious form. The Kabbalah is known for changing the Truth of God into a lie (Jeremiah 23:27; Romans 1:25).
To translate Paleo-Hebrew then into Greek is not to miss very much in the way of pronunciation and or meaning associated with word forms. Also, we can see that the ancient Paleo-Hebrew did have vowel usage. A common error by scholars is that the ancient Hebrew did not have vowels and then they show us the Aramaic alphabet to prove this. The Paleo-Hebrew alphabet (Hebrew: הכתב העברי הקדום) is an abjad offshoot of the ancient Semitic alphabet and closely related to the Phoenician alphabet from which it descends. It dates to the 10th century BCE or earlier. It was used as the main vehicle for writing the Hebrew language by the Israelites, who would later split into Jews and Samaritans.
Historically the Greeks brought a new tongue replacing the older tongue. This is believed by many philologists today. It is supposed to have occurred c.1450-BCE, the same time the Hebrews departed from Egypt. The Hyskos and the Philistines may have been the same people and these may in turn have become Cretians and then also later Greeks. If we read the Old Testament carefully, we will notice that the Jews and the Philistines spoke the same language. We would then expect them to have the same alphabet. The idea of vowel insertion and then claiming that the ancient Paleo-Hebrew had no vowels is an error.
It began to fall out of use by the Jews in the 5th century BCE (c.606-BCE) during the Babylonian captivity when they adopted the Aramaic alphabet as their writing system for Hebrew, from which the present Jewish “square-script” Hebrew alphabet descends. The Samaritans, who now number less than one thousand people, continue to use a derivative of the Old Hebrew alphabet, known as the Samaritan alphabet. This may answer why it pleased our God to have so many New Testament books written in Greek, since the Babylonian Aramaic was not Hebrew. The Jews changed the True Name of God into “Yah” – a Babylonian god. Whether this was done intentionally or by will is uncertain. But our God is not their YAH. Or our God is not their god. Or our Elohim is not their elohim.
As the years progressed, two Catholic monks invented what is called the guess names of Jehovah (1270AD) and Yahweh (c.1725AD). Gilbert Génébrard (Dec 12,1535, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme – Feb 16,1597, Semur, Côte-d’Or) was a French Benedictine exegete and Orientalist. They invented the guess name “Iahve, Jahve” (Chronographia, Paris, 1567 (ed. Paris, 1600, p. 79 seq). Génébrard translated many rabbinic writings into Latin, wrote one of the best commentaries on the Psalms: “Psalmi Davidis vulgatâ editione, calendario hebraeo, syro, graeco, latino, hymnis, argumentis, et commentariis, etc. instructi” (Paris, 1577); is the author of “De Sanctâ Trinitate” (Paris, 1569); “Joel Propheta cum chaldæâ paraphrasi et commentariis”, etc. (Paris, 1563); “Chronographiae libri IV” (Paris 1580), and numerous other works. He also edited the works of Origen (Paris, 1574).
They injected into the Tetragrammatons’ which you see in your Bible versions. The Masoretes broke down the name of the Most High. In (SH3068) יְהֹוָה Phoenician Hebrew is pronounced from right to left as YA-HA-WAH or YAHWEH which the Jewish people used, or in English; JEHOVAH or YEHOVAH. This name יְהֹוָה was injected by the Masoretes between the 6th or 10th century under the Masorete text. The Masoretes were European.
Moreover, “This hypothesis is not intrinsically improbable – and in Aramaic, a language closely related to Hebrew, “to be” actually is hawa – but it should be noted that in adopting it we admit that, using the name in Hebrew in the historical sense, Yahweh is not a Hebrew name” (Ency. Brit. 1958 Ed. Vol 12. p. 996).
Similarly, “Today we can not know what the original vowels were, but Yahweh is as good as guess as we can make, though other spellings are often used” (Samuel A. Cartledge, A Conservative Introduction To The Old Testament, p. 51).
What then are we to make of Exodus 3:14? Here is the transliterated version Exodus 3:14 from the Hebrew Bible: V’yomer Eloyim el-Mosheh eh’yeh asher eh’yeh v’yomer ko tomar livneh Yisrael eh’yeh sh’lachni alechem. Here is the way it should read in all English Bibles: After asking for God‘s name, Moses receives this answer – Ex 3:14 “And God said unto Moses, EHYEH asher EHYEH: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, EHYEH hath sent me unto you” What name was Moses to use? It was the sacred name “EHYEH.” “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, EHYEH hath sent me unto you.”
YHWH, Yahawah, Yahwah, Yahweh, Yihwah, Yahshua, or any other “Yah” would appear is simply not the case. “I AM” falls into this category to. Furthermore, (SH1961 & 1962) in Hebrew is “Hayah” – which means to come to pass – be or become. Moreover, The Egyptian word for I AM is “nuk.” If Moses went back and told them I AM sent me he would have said “Nuk” sent me. “Nuk” then would have been a name for God. Something not found in your Bible anywhere.
The letters “I AM” do not form a name. I AM was placed in the text and EHYEH removed. EHYEH has been removed from the text in hundreds, if not thousand’s, of places. Since when do we replace someone’s name with the “tense” of their name when used as a verb?
Many still claim that EHYEH and its replacement I AM should be interpreted in a future tense as: “I will be that I will be (J. H. Hertz, The Pentateuch And Haftorahs, p 215); “I will be what tomorrow demands” (W. Gunther Plaut, The Haftartah Commentary, p. 405); I will be what I want to be (S.R. Hirsh from Plaut, p. 405) – due to its Hebrew meaning as revealed in Strong’s and various lexicons.
However, all efforts to make EHYEH mean: “I will be,” “He will be,” “He who causes to be” or “He shall cause it to come to pass,” are all future tense which does not exist in the Hebrew language” (see Robert Young’s Bible Lexicon, p. 38; Hastings Dictionary of the Bible, Extra Volume, p. 626; and Canon S.R. Driver, Westminister Commentary, Genesis, p. 408). Therefore according to a minority of scholars, the name EHYEH should have remained in the text and not replaced with I AM to designate the tense or meaning of that sacred name.
Some might be quick to cite Psalms 68:4, “Jah” – which is the prefix for Jehovah, who is said to “ride upon the heavens.” This language is spoken after the manner of the moon and the sun which are said to ride across the heavens in their daily circuit. I’ am not sure how this came into the Scriptures but it is not verified in any other text of Scripture. Moreover, David did not write it. It was written many years after David and perhaps after the return from the exile. Verse 29 speaks of the Temple, something not built until after David’s death.
Yet still others claim a different spin on the name, citing that in Exodus 3:13-15. I AM THAT I AM is AHAYAH ASHER AHAYAH in Hebrew. They cite that Ahayah is the God of the Israelites. He told Moses to let the children of Israel know that I AM – AHAYAH hath sent me. His name shall remain FOREVER.
Whatever the case may be, whether its EH’YEH ASHER EHYEH or AHAYAH ASHER AHAYAH, the Jews claim that this name (JHVH/YHWH) is not to be spoken aloud, despite God’s command to declare His name throughout the earth (Exodus 9:16). Why ignore this commandment? Odd wouldn’t you say? Moreover, the name יְהֹוָה in the Strong’s Concordance (3068), is declared to be JEHOVAH, YEHOVAH, YAHWEH, YAHAWAH. It is the Jewish National name of God. It was NOT the representative name for all mankind, as in the National name of God. It is a name that means; calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, very wickedness, God of ruin, perversion, and “noisome – foul”
IV. Section 4 – Rectifying Differences
It is said that Jesus Christ was made under the Law (Gal 4:4, Heb 2:14). Became the curse on our behalf, for both Jew and Gentile (Gal 3:13). Upon doing so, He nailed the curse of the Law to the cross (this does not include the last 5 commandments to the Decalogue – the ten commandments). Thus redeeming all of us, both Jew and Gentile from the curse of the Law. And when we read passages cited by the Apostle Paul as – Rom 3:19-28, 10:4, Gal 2:16, 3:10-13, 24-25 it is concluded by some Christians that upon Christ’s death or after 70 AD God requires no one to keep the Law. That Judaism has been replaced by a New Covenant. And that a primary condition for salvation is faith in Jesus the Messiah and not in keeping the Law.
But can it be possible, that the Son of Man saw fit to destroy the works of the law (or Yahwism) when it is also recorded that the Law is; holy Rom 7:12, spiritual Rom 7:14, good Rom 7:16, right Rom 7:12, and just Psa 19? The answer to that question is, “Yes.” This destruction resulted in freedom Rom 7:3, being married to another Husband Rom 7:4, thus, becoming one in the Body of Christ Rom 7:4. But at the same time how could something that is cited as being holy, spiritual, good, right, and just be described as such when Christ is said to have destroyed it? You don’t destroy something of value. Or do you?
Yes, by all means we do, or rather I should say He (Christ) did. And why would He do such a thing you may ask? A thing that contains all of the virtues mentioned above? Its destruction is due to its vices. For in it we find the knowledge of sin Rom 3:20, guilt Rom 3:19, the need for a Saviour, and this need is further enhanced by the convictions of the Holy Spirit, in which He convicts one to the saving knowledge of Christ in this age (aion). Paul actually said that it was a school teacher – bringing us to Christ – Gal 3:24.
Christ is our Husband. He is our New Husband because God had divorced Israel due to their worship of Baal (Jere 3:8, 23:27). God had said in the Torah, that even we can’t remarry once we are divorced. Thus we have a dilemma. How can God marry the backsliding harlot Israel, when she slept with many – including Baal? Can a woman marry another? Yes, if the husband dies (Rom 7:1-2). But God never dies. Therefore, wouldn’t God be breaking His own commandments, if He was to marry her (Israel)? Ah, but here is the beauty of the greatest love story ever – the Scriptures reveal that the Husband did die – for He died for His Bride, as verses 3-4 reveals in Romans 7. And He is raised from the dead, so that we should bring forth fruits onto God. We are His new creation, as opposed to the old creation.
In Genesis 1:1-2 We read that God created the Heavens and the Earth. But in Vs 2, we learn that it was already there “without form” and “void.” Why is this so? Some Biblical scholars suggest that it was due to that rebellion spoken of earlier, citing it was due to the fall of Satan. But we know already that is not the case. Others suggest theistic evolution, or simply God re-created everything (please see my Commentary in Genesis One in “The All Restored Study Bible”). Moreover, upon careful examination of the word “form” in the Hebrew, we learn that it means; to lie in waste, desolation, worthless, vain – vanity, confusion, wilderness – dessert. In Hebrew, the word “void” is similar; a vacuity, superficial, undistinguishable, emptiness, ruin.
Remember what I said earlier…The suffix “hovah” is No. 1943 in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary has the meaning of “ruin, mischief.” It is another form of No. 1942, ‘havvah’, which is translated “calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, very wickedness.” Put the two (Je + hovah) together and you get “God of ruin, mischief, calamity, perversion, and wickedness.”
Here we see the words ruin, calamity, mischief and dessert. Is this the god of the dessert spoken of in another study of mine? Quote…Thus the homeless God. The desert God. The Nomadic God – or the God of the Nomadic tribe or the God who is the Nomadic tribe became their God, a new EL – and Elohim perhaps, and later became Yahweh – their God of war, their liberator through Moses…“However, after the Oneness of God or EL with reference to ALL men, God become known as YHWH / Yahweh or Jehovah if you will (an individual God – a nationalistic God). With this nationalistic God came the ceremonial law (this does not include the last 5 commandments to the Decalogue – the ten commandments), then came the bloody battles, and conquest – quite different from the former EL. Perhaps they are different. Perhaps they are the same. It is difficult to tell. It is difficult to trace.” Unquote.
I find it quite amazing when I conduct simple word comparisons in Hebrew and Greek and realize the many similarities in the language intent. There are also similarities in reference to different cultures regarding morality and social law. The Social Laws of the Decalogue are not subjected, or unique to Judaism alone. It is Universal. It is found in all reasonable faiths. There are many who are confused with reference to the God or god of the OT with that of the NT. They compare Law and Grace and find it quite difficult to reconcile the two opposing principles of the humanities.
When the Decalogue was said to be written, and as it was being written according to the Hebrew Bible; the name that appears in the Exodus Chapter of 20 is given (as it appears) by the one named “Jehovah” – the Jewish or its Tetragrammaton – YHWH – the Hebrew/Jewish national name of God – but not His Universal Name. Moreover it is in the plural as in conjunction with Elohiym – plural of gods. In English we get the phrase Lord God. It may highly be likely that since the Exodus (the Hebrew revolution of thought, culture and religion) that they – meaning the Hebrews – saw the need to give themselves an identity. Or to pick at random from the totem pole the many names of God that was in circulation for that day. I explain this in another article of mine called, “The Origins of God,” etc. – as in the plural sense.
It is likely that since there was no “quote” – “unquote” Law before the Exodus (save that which we know pre-existed before, I.e., the Seven Noahide Laws) the best plausible possible answer to the seemingly all to familiar figure of Jehovah or Yahweh appearing as giving the 10 Commandments is the division in which they were given. Of course if we all take a moment, we can find the similarities in Social Law (culture law) with that of the Noahide Laws as strikingly similar – and as strikingly similar to other cultures just as well (I.e., do not murder, do not steal, etc). But no where does the Noahide Laws state areas of worship, as the 1st 5 Commandments command us to do, or not to do.
Perhaps this Yahweh (or cultures, if you will, namely the Hebrew/Jewish one) saw fit to plagiarize what is Universal with what is Nationalistic – thus the confusion with many today. People often equate this god (Yahweh) with the EL or Elohim or Elohiym. But I guess that’s what happens when we play telephone for nearly 6,000 years.
Perhaps even creation may well be a perversion, that is until God re-created it and called it “good.” It may even be considered here that the Father of Hosts did not intend to create anything of the empirical (what we see). What we see is an imitation of greater virtues. It is a substance, not of the spirit. Some consider that perhaps God was lonely so He made man. I find myself laughing at that. How can God be lonely when He is the Lord of Hosts? Genesis, according to the documentary hypothesis, was written declaring two distinct Gods or stories – the Yahwist version and the Elohist version. It also should be pointed out that although the Yahwist version dates back to c.950-BCE in the southern kingdom of Judah, the Elohist version dates back about 100 years after – c.850-BCE. Jeremiah cited that the children of Israel had forgotten the name of God about another 100 years after that in c.626-586-BCE. But in earlier times, before the c.950 date, God was known as Elohim.
Perhaps God (Elohim – EL) did not have anything to do with creation or death. For in Him there is no death – He is Eternal. Perhaps it was Yahweh (Satan) who was responsible for our eventual death. Death is all around us. We see it in the universe; stars are born, stars die, we see it in the many different galaxies, we see it in our solar system, we see it on earth – summer turns to fall and that turns into winter, and winter entails death – the death of plant life (leaves fall, flowers die). But Christ – EL – the True Elohim came to taste death for all men – Heb 2:9 – so that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil Vs. 14.
Questions – Who was it that condemned man to death? Answer: God – Yahweh. Who chased man out of the Garden of Eden so that he might not eat of the tree of life? Answer: God – Yahweh. Does death issue from Yahweh? Answer: Yes – Genesis 3:19, 22-24, Psalms 68:20. Does Yahweh kill? Answer: Yes – Deut 32:39. Does God – Yahweh have the power of death? Answer – Yes, obviously. Does the Devil have the power of death? Answer: Yes, obviously (Heb 2:14). Did Jesus die to destroy the work of the Devil (or as it seems Yahweh?) Yes, obviously. Who holds the keys to death and life now? Answer: The Lord Christ Jesus (Rev 1:17-18).
I consider the possibility of man created as a spiritual being, not a physical being. An image – SH6754 is “tselem” – a shade – a phantom, an illusion. The word likeness – SH1822 is from the root word of SH1820 “damah” – to be dumb or silent; hence to fail or perish – trans – to destroy – cease; to be undone utterly. This cycle of undoing had to be revived constantly to avoid death. This was accomplished through the tree of life. Before the events of Genesis 3 man was dumb (innocent) silent (without questioning) – no knowledge of good or evil. But when man ceased or became undone utterly as in “damah” – which was inevitable anyway, the tree (branch in Hebrew- branch of Elohim) of life (in Hebrew – revive, keep, suffer to live, running, springing) – man began to grow – that is the tree of knowledge – his ultimate price was death – though he did not know it or realized it until the 1st question was put forth in his mind – “Has God truly said” (Gen 3:1). Death, a terrible price to pay wouldn’t you say? And a for what – allegorically eating an apple?
Some versions, to keep with the modern thought on the soul, translates the term “man became a living soul” to “man became a living being.” This is an error. That is why the word soul is used interchangeably with the spirit or flesh. In Gen 1:26, we see the word God (Elohim only). In Gen 2:7 – we see the term the Lord God or the Lord Yahweh. Then in Gen 2:8-9 we have two trees. The tree of life and the tree of knowledge – da’ath SH1847 – root word from 3045 yaw-dah – to ascertain by seeing, recognition, punishment, used in a great variety of senses. And then to top it all off, after we receive this soul from Yahweh, we are asked our 1st question, “Has God truly said” (Gen 3:1).
Now I’m beginning to understand why Paul said “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” (Rom 7:9-11). Paul is apparently discussing 3 things here. The before, the present, and in verse 25 and 8:1-2 He is speaking of his present and future tense. Paul, like Adam, was once alive, but when the commandment came “do not eat of the tree of knowledge,” he died. In Adam all shall die, but even so in Christ shall all be made alive! That is why we have a Saviour.
Many folks deny this, often citing we really didn’t need a Saviour, but that couldn’t be far from the truth. Just think about it. In Hebrew Yashiya/Yashaya means Saviour, Jesus/Yeshua does not mean Savior. Jesus is derived from the Greek and the word “Sotor” in Greek means Saviour not Jesus/Yeshua. Yashi or Yasha means “Saviour” in Hebrew. “Ya” means “my” which is added at the end of Yashi or Yasha = Yashiya = God my Saviour. In John 5:43, when it said I come in my Father’s name, if you take the primitive root “Hayah” of the Fathers name Ahayah and add it to the primitive root “Yashi/Yasha” of Christ name Yashiya/Yashaya, we get Yashi/Yasha + Hayah = Yashiya/Yashaya. “
I don’t know about any of you folks, but in my opinion, since we are dealing with someone who constantly shows up and seems to be the opposite of all that we know is God; I will be reading my OT a bit more carefully, and I’ll probably apply the “Documentary hypothesis.” Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in the traditional view that Moses wrote the Pentateuch – but let us remember he also wrote about rape, murder, genocide, and this Yahweh figure – of whom the prophets seem to have spoken against, and of which Jesus saved us from as mentioned above. Remember the words of Jesus who said “You do the work of your father the devil – for the devil is a liar and a murderer. But…
“I come in my Fathers Name” (John 5:43).