The Forgotten God
The title is probably over stated but after you read this paper you should understand why I chose this title. The God I’m referring to is the Creator of the world and the heavens above, He created us, sustains our existence and showers us with gifts, daily, even though we take most all of His gifts for granted. To be more accurate, what has been forgotten first, is His name, even though we may recognize the name, it’s not on our lips or in our thoughts, this name of course, is Jehovah (most common English translation of the Tetragrammaton). Jesus wrote (by inspired) His Father’s name over 6700 times in the Old Testament for us to remember and use, and Jesus mentions this in John 17:6 “I revealed Your name to the men whom You gave to Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me and they have kept Your word.” In John 12:28, God glorified His name, “Father, glorify Your name. Then a voice came out of the heaven: I both glorify it and again I will glorify it.” Despite these verses and many others, this is usually news to most Christians. We are familiar with the name Jehovah, not because we read it in our Bibles or hear it spoken from the pulpit, mostly because of the denomination, Jehovah’s Witnesses. Verse 1, Chapter 14 in Revelations says “And I saw and behold, the Lamb standing on Mt Zion! And with Him were 144,000 with the name of His (Jesus) Father (Jehovah) having been written on their foreheads”. Jesus doesn’t say in the back of their minds but on their foreheads. Is there any other name Jesus could be talking about except Jehovah, the God of Israel and the God of all existence, Christ's God and Father? “It is a sign forever between Me and the sons of Israel; for in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth…” (Exodus 31:17), "And call no one father on earth, for one is your father, the One in Heaven." (Matthew 23:9). These are only a few of Christ's inspired words.
Does the Jewish Nation remember His name? Maybe, but according to all that I've heard, they don’t use it, because it was declared too Holy to write or pronounce, so they changed it to “Lord” and since they stopped pronouncing it, they have completely lost the true pronunciation, hence the English guesswork of Jehovah or Yahweh. Jehovah seems to be more recognized with English speaking people so that is what I use to communicate who I am referring to (languages are used for communication). Just for the record, “Lord” or “LORD” is not a name, it is a title or a position. The Tetragrammaton refers to a name not a title, for example when Gideon addressed God in Judges 6:22 he said “Lord Jehovah” (Lord being the title and Jehovah being the personal name of God).
Does it matter that men have changed what the Bible says? “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it…” (Duet 4:2). I’m sure all would agree that it does matter and that the Bible cannot be changed but as you can see, in most common Bibles, it has been changed. Almost all the use of God’s name has been changed to “Lord” or “LORD” except for 4 places in the King James Version and about the same for other versions, if it appears at all. Is this acceptable? Apparently yes, since no one except the Jehovah’s Witness’ read a Bible that still contains His name. Why is this not a concern for the Christian community? Most likely because they just don’t realize that it was changed, it isn’t spoken of from the pulpit, plus the only way to get a Bible with “Jehovah” used as it was originally written, is a Jehovah's Witness Bible, an Interlinear Bible (containing the Old Testament) plus an out of print Bible, the American Standard Version (still available on line as a download).
There is another disturbing element to this, even when I bring this to the attention of others, the common reaction is that its not important, this could be just a natural reaction for someone when finding out that the Bible they have trusted all their lives is a Bible that has been changed and impure. This could be a shock to their senses and they try and find the least painful solution, usually “it’s not important” or “it doesn’t really change anything” instead of “let me look into this” but according to Jesus, it does make a difference, I’m certain He had a good reason for including His God and His Father’s proper name thousands of times. I do understand that sometimes a name refers to character or a reputation but mostly, as a proper name for correct identification in communication.
Not only is the name of God forgotten but also, within most of the Christian
communities His glory has been confused by Satan's deception, of a non-
There is further controversy about who the Creator is, because the New Testament claims that God did all His work of Creation "through" His Son, Jesus, who was named Michael at the creation. This is addressed in "Creator" within this site but I ask one question now: If the Son of God has the same powers as His Father, being God's begotten Son, why would God need to work "through" His Son? Christ works through us because we lack all power and this is needed. Exodus 20:11 says that "Jehovah" rested from His work and not His Son, "And on the seventh day God completed His work which he had made. And He rested on the seventh day from all His work which he had made." (Genesis 2;2). The thoughts represented by the many writers of the Bible are a direct inspiration from the "Word of God" the Son of God. He declares that His father is the Creator, "But Jesus answered them, My Father works, until now and I work." (John 5:17), should we contradict Christ? The writer of Acts quotes from the Old Testament, "Heaven is My throne, and the earth My footstool, what house will you build Me, says the Lord, or what the place of My rest?" (Acts 7:49), "So says Jehovah: Heaven is Mine, and earth is the footstool for My feet. where then is the house that you build for Me? And where then is My place of rest? And My hand has made all these things, even all these things exist, declares Jehovah..." (Isaiah 66:1,2).
Many thanks to the JP Green Interlinear Bible, we have the opportunity to praise God by name and to gain a better understand what God is telling us. We get a clearer, truer picture of what is Biblical and what is from the world, this is most important because the truth has no substitute; everything is according to God’s word. With so many Bible versions available, it is difficult to trust what is written in the common Bibles. To me, it is so important to read this manual, the way it was intended to be read. There are other things besides God’s name that are different in the common Bibles from the original text, which I am continually discovering. Having the ability to read God’s word as pure as possible is a blessing and a compelling revelation for me. The truth is such a lovely thing to behold.
Interlinear Bible Info.
The JP Green Interlinear Bible, contains the Hebrew and the Greek and wasn't available until after 1976, which is an important factor in why the Christian community are so naive to the original use of God's personal name. The Aramaic Text was available but one needed the knowledge to read it. Another possible factor why God's name was kept so hidden was that most Interlinear Bibles, do not contain the Old Testament, and the one that did was very large, heavy and with very small type, making it uncomfortable carry around or to read, so it wasn't generally used unless there is something one wanted to research and it remains that way now. It is generally a shelf item and most people that study a common Bible never look at one of these heavy weights that may require special glasses to read. So the result is, we read only what has been presented to us, or what we are accustom to reading, which unfortunately, is not as it was originally written. I am compelled to mention, the rewards of reading the Bible, as it was originally written, it is most overpowering and eye opening. This same Interlinear Bible is also available in a four volume set, that are much smaller and has much larger type, but still not portable because the Bible is divided into 4 volumes.
For those who are not familiar with this JP Green Interlinear Bible, it contains the Hebrew, the Greek text, "a" direct translation (according to the translator), of each word below each word, with the Strong’s Concordance number above each word and in the left hand column, a literal translation, which for the most part, corrects for grammar. The important element with having the Hebrew or Greek available, is that if one has a question concerning an interpretation or translation of a word or sentence, they can look it up via the number system supplied, in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, which has in addition to a list of where each word is used in the KJV Bible, a dictionary with the many English meanings to each Hebrew and Greek word that can be used. One doesn’t have to know how to read Greek or Hebrew, just the ability to read and use the Strong’s Concordance. If you want to read the Bible, as close to the original as possible, this is the way, it does make a difference. I also need to mention that the Greek and Hebrew supplied in the JP Green Interlinear Bible are the same used by the translators of the King James Version and many other Bible versions. Another convenience is that it eliminates the old English, which can be confusing for some readers.