THE TITLE AND NAME OF THE SOVEREIGN GOD OF THE UNIVERSE
GOD’S TITLES NOT RESTRICTED TO ONE LANGUAGE
RED FONT = THE MOST HOLY KJV BIBLE
BROWN FONT = THE MOST HOLY SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE THROUGH Bro V.T. Houteff.
PURPLE FONT = THE ADDITIONAL CODES ( NEW CODES ), OF THE SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE.
BLUE FONT = THE MOST HOLY SPIRIT OF PROPHECY THROUGH Sister Ellen Gould White.
FUCHCIA FONT = THE MOST PRECIOUS 1888 MESSAGE – ( TM 91-
GREEN FONT = My Own Personal Commentary or the Commentary of Others.
NAVY FONT = Any Other Source of Information, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Etc.
NOTE: THE FONT IS CAPITALIZED WHEN SPEAKING OF GOD AND HIS TRUTH.
THE FONT IS ENLARGED AND CAPITALIZED, AT TIMES, TO EMPHASIZE THE POINT.
GOD’S TITLES ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO ONE LANGUAGE
There has been a Great Deal of Controversy, lately, regarding THE TRUE NAME OF THE SOVERIGN CREATOR GOD OF THE UNIVERSE. Many call HIM, GOD, LORD, YAHWEH, YAH, JESUS, JEHOVAH, EL DIO, ALLAH, AND MANY OTHER NAMES. Many think their WAY IS THE ONLY RIGHT WAY TO ADDRESS HIM and that ALL THE OTHER NAMES are heathen.
Personally, I really wonder if we truly know the ABSOLUTE CORRECT SPELLING AND PRONOUNCIATION OF HIS TRUE NAME. This is especially so when you consider the period before the flood, and after and all the many languages and evolution of words. I often wonder if THE LORD HAS EVER MADE KNOWN HIS TRUE NAME at any time to sinful mankind on this planet in view of the Massive Abuse that has been heaped upon THE NAMES that we do give to HIM, now.
With all that in mind, I offer you the Very Best Explanation I have found regarding this whole matter, as written by Brother Victor T. Houteff. Davidian SDAS accept him as an INSPIRED Messenger or Prophet, the same as we and many Seventh Day Adventists accept Sister Ellen G. White. Brother Houteff has given us this simple and profound EXPLANATION of this whole matter which should resolve it, for now, for many persons, but, I am quite sure, not all, who speak of or to HIM.
Prayerfully and Carefully, read this through and then Pray some more and see if it does not make a Great Deal of Sense to you. If not, that is your choice, and I respect your right to it.
THE DIVINE MOST HOLY SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE
THROUGH Brother Victor T. Houteff.
Tract No. 11
God's Titles Not Restricted To One Language
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Titles Not Restricted to One Language
Is it not a fact that the Bible translators changed the Creator's original Hebrew names (Elohim, Jehovah, El, Elahh, Elowahh, Bethel, and Tsur) to the names of Baal (God, Lord, etc.)? And if the Creator's names actually are Elohim, Yahovah et al., and if God, Lord, etc., are the names of the pagan gods, why, then, do we call Him by the latter?
For the sake of correct and consistent understanding in referring to the words under
discussion, we call the reader's attention to the self-
In order to find the truth of this important two-
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The Root of the Matter.
We find that when God created mankind, and originated religious worship, He stated to His created beings His titles, in the language of Eden. Later, as sin entered, and as the people multiplied and wickedness increased, and as it continued even after the flood, God's anger against them for building the Tower of Babel caused Him to confound "the language of all the earth," and to create out of it the languages of the nations. At that time, the original titles of God were given to the people in their respective tongues; because the titles of God, in a tongue foreign to the understanding of the nations, would have had no meaning to them.
As their sins caused a still greater widening of the gulf between God and people, they, in protest, to satisfy their hearts' desire for a visible God, made to themselves
Idols, Named With The Divine Titles.
Rather than give the idols names originated specifically for them, the makers honored them with the Divine titles in order to make it appear that the idols were the figures of God, a fabrication which is conclusively borne out by such manifest evidences as that the word, Elah, a Hebrew title of the Deity, is used by the Turks for the name of their god; that the word, Tsur, another Hebrew title of the
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Deity, is used by the Russo-
From these evidences, we see clearly that the names of the idols are, in fact, not
the names of the idols, themselves, but the titles of God. Therefore, to restrict
our address of Him to one language -
Hence, if we must attach more sacredness to letters expressing Deity in any one language more than in another, it should be
Only In The Language of Eden or In All Alike.
If from the beginning till today "the whole earth was of one speech" (Gen. 11:1), and had the day never dawned when "the Lord did confound the language of all the earth" (Gen. 1 1 :9), then only could God's worshipers address Him in the language of Eden. But in view of the fact that from that hour to this, diversity and confusion of tongues have
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been the linguistic lot of the human race, the Lord has never restricted His word to one universal medium of expression, but rather has accommodated it to all "the peoples and multitudes and nations, and tongues" of earth, thus accounting for
The Different Titles of the Deity.
The Jews called the expected Christ, Messiah but we who speak in English call Him
the Anointed One, because in our language that is what the word, Messiah, means.
The title Anointed One, is meaningless to a Hebrew, as is the title, Messiah, to
an Englishman, unless the Englishman and the Jew speak both English and Hebrew, or
else the words be interpreted to them in their respective tongues. Likewise is the
case with the words, Elohim and God -
To the Jew, the words, Elohim, Elowahh,
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Elahh, and El mean Mighty One, Creator, the same as the word, God, in common acceptation,
means to the Anglo-
Therefore the words Elohim and its variants God, Theos, Bog, Gott Gud, Dios, Allah, Lord and so on, are, loosely, counterparts in their respective languages, the general signification of all of them being, in a broad sense, the same as that of the English name, lord, which is a title of respect given to a husband, to a nobleman, to an owner, to a proprietor, or to a certain official personage.
It is from this common acceptation of the words that both God and Lord are applied to the Deity, and no more from a point of proper name than with the word, Father.
This is aptly illustrated by the front-
Moreover, the statue of Augustus is not Augustus himself. It is only an idol of him, adored by men after they could no longer behold his living presence.
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So this possibility of exclusive royal, and even sacred titles being used by envious persons or applied to images, is a practice which unfortunately has always existed, and there is nothing that can be done about it as long as men continue to violate the commandment which says:
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God." Ex. 20:4.
All the generic terms, in the various languages, are designative of what God is, rather than of Who He is; in other words, these terms are the titles of His nature and character, rather than of His identity. Therefore, if they were not translated into the languages of the nations, they would be meaningless to the people.
From the combined evidences herein of Scripture, history, philology, and logic, we see clearly that the words, God, Lord, et al., were not originally, nor ever exclusively, the names of Baal, or of any other idol. Consequently there is
Nothing Wrong With God's Titles in any Language.
Obviously, then, though the heathen used the term, god, when addressing their idols, as some use the title, father, for a
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person who is not their father, yet in so doing, they thereby no more truly made any idol God, than they thereby truly made the titles of the true God, the titles of idols; no more, in fact, than do those who misuse the word, father, so pollute it that we now need to call our earthly parent by some other title.
And if it still be protested that these different titles of the Deity are profane
The very fact that when the pagans accepted Christianity, the Spirit of Truth "elevated to the Christian sense" these misused titles of the Deity, He demonstrated thereby that God created nothing in vain, and that there are no other gods before Him. Now therefore those titles, instead of becoming anathema to us, should have a better standing than before, as the Prodigal had after his return to his father's house.
The apostle recognized this, and therefore raised no objection when the disciples in Antioch called themselves by the Lord's name in their native tongue, Christians (Acts 11:26).
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Furthermore, the fact that the apostle Paul under Inspiration declared God unto the heathen, not in the terms (Jehovah, Elohim, et al.) of his intelligence and informed faith, but in the terms (The Unknown God) of their ignorance and uninformed faith, shows that God accepted forms of address to Himself other than the Jewish names.
On this point, as on all other points, we stand with the apostles and the prophets. And as the apostles were thus found worthy of having their names written on the foundations of the Holy City (Rev. 21:14), we shall in like manner be found worthy to enter in through the pearly gates (Rev. 21:21), if we, too, abstain from
Irreverently Using the Lord's Proper Name.
If God's proper name is Jehovah, then dare we His created beings, be so disrespectfully
familiar as to address Him by His Proper Name, rather than by one of His titles,
God, Lord, Father, Creator, Saviour, etc., when we would not think of indulging the
less disrespectful familiarity of addressing our earthly parents by their given names
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who ought to know better, it is inexcusable. We may with reverence use the word, Jehovah, only if a heathen should ask us, Who is your God? Then we could with solemn propriety answer Jehovah, the only true and living God. Never, though, when addressing God, can we reverentially use His Proper Name.
As the God-
However, the most ancient and hallowed Hebrew name for God was not only never commonly
pronounced, but was even so-
Consonant Form, Yhwh, Yvh, or Yhv.
This abbreviated form of the name made it hard for the translators to spell out a pronounceable word. They, therefore, chose to supply what they thought were the missing vowels. The first syllabic term upon which there was general agreement was Jah. Other derivatives were supplied by different translators. Yahweh, Yahowah, or Yahovah were formulated to suit certain languages. The anglicized form evolved as Jehovah. Therefore, any improvised letters that go to make up the ineffable Name may not actually be the
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Hebrew word after all! (See Funk and Wagnall's Standard Dictionary, definition "Jehovah.")
If the original-
Nothing to Prevent the Change.
As we want, more than anything else, to be right in all things, therefore were it a sin to address the Deity in any language other than the Hebrew, we would immediately and unhesitatingly change out verbal mode of addressing Him.
But as the matter now stands, we are not only unable to share any enthusiasm concerning
such an original-
These facts forever invalidate the movement that is now afoot to discard from the Christian use, the titles, God, Lord,
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Christ, etc.; for to give up addressing the Deity by the titles which He has originated in the various languages, would mean defeat for God, and victory for the idols! Such misguided movements should be
All present truth believers should now see the necessity of shunning every wind of
doctrine regardless how plausible or reasonable it might appear to be. Remember the
words: "Behold, those that go toward the north country have quieted My Spirit in
the north country." (See p. 27 of Tract No. 2, The Warning Paradox, -
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I hope the above DIVINELY INSPIRED EXPLANATION HAS HELPED TO RESOLVE this much discussed matter and that it will help to curb the constant arguing and putdowns that erupt because of man's natural Pharisaical nature and the desire to “lord it over” others with his "knowledge and wisdom", so called!