Do you know God’s name?

OnlyJesusIf I asked this in church or on the street, most people would just look at me funny. They might ask “What do you mean ‘do I know God’s name?’? It’s God! Well, yes and not exactly.

Names in the ancient Near East often functioned differently than names do today. In addition to identifying a person’s family or lineage, names were thought to reveal the nature of a person as well as some of their character. God’s name in Hebrew does that in many ways and there are fifty-two names referring to God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Many times we read in our English Bible the name of God translated as Jehovah but in the Hebrew it is YAHWEH, although you will not find this written out completely because it is the Holy Name of God. It will be abbreviated. God’s names and the names for Jesus and the Holy Spirit all point to their nature, their innate character being distinct from each other and yet One as the Godhead, Three in One.

Each of them has a specific purpose and power, yet all of them are God. So how can we learn to recognize God in all of these names? By studying the Bible, praying about His nature and His character, seeking Him in Scripture and in everyday life! This is what we are supposed to be living out in our lives as Christians and followers of Jesus after all! So why do people seem to freak out when God’s true name is brought up or the name of God is shown as Adonai, the Lord? Because His nature and character is pure and holy, that is at least one of the reasons!

I won’t go into all of God’s names or the names of Jesus, but all of the names in Scripture describe His character and His attributes, just as many names of people in the Bible described their position or their family tree. Why bring God’s name up now? Because we have abandoned our respect and honor of His name, because we don’t revere names much at all anymore.

God loves us with a love that is boundless and deep and He has this for each of us because He designed each one of us to be or rather to have character traits which reflect Him. Whether we do so or not is our choice because until we choose to follow and believe in Jesus, we can’t reflect God in our lives. Before we are saved by Jesus, we are tarnished by sin, no matter how much good we try to do on our own.

Yes, donating lots of money can help many people in certain situations, if it is given to the right organization. But many who do this are doing it for tax purposes, getting something in return for their “help”. But, does it translate into more eternal rewards? Not unless you are doing it out of love through salvation by belief in Jesus.

The end of the world?

At the end of the age there will be rumors of wars, earthquakes in various places, pestilence, diseases of all kinds and there will be a lack of faith and an apostasy regarding religion. These have been and are being fulfilled and yet the end is not yet. Why?

Because according to God’s timing, it isn’t time yet! He is the only one who knows exactly when the day and the hour is and there is no code or hidden passage in the Bible that will reveal it to us. The angels in heaven don’t know nor does the Son of God, Jesus, only Elohim, God Almighty. He is the only one who knows and He will orchestrate the day and the hour of the end of the age and no one else.

Our world is being toyed with by Satan and the Church is being made a mockery because of what we believe, the Word of God. Our faith must be strong in this and in our testimony to others, especially now and until the end of the age of the Church. When that day comes, the world will know. It won’t start from one time zone to another, it will happen all at once, regardless of where you live.

Our world is having troubles now, but they will pale in comparison to what will come during the time of trouble after the end of the age. I am not prophesying any particular time or day or hour, only God knows that. I do believe that it will happen in the next few decades but each person will have their day with their destiny and will answer for what they have done.

The main question is, “What have you done with Jesus?”. You will be judged by your life, but the main question is that one. Have you heard what He did for you? He came and died for your sins, regardless of who you are or what you have done. It doesn’t matter if your sin or sins were things which would be considered really bad or just little things. If it is classed as a sin, it is a sin, period!

The time of judgment is upon us, not just those who aren’t Christians but upon the church and those who call themselves Christians as well. Has our message been in line with what God’s Word says? Are we truly preaching and teaching the Truth that is found in His Word? There will be consequences for anything that is added or taken away from that Truth. Especially if it caused someone to believe a lie and not believe in Jesus and be saved.

We must be careful to truthfully follow what the Bible says and teach only what is there, not something which we have made up in our minds or was given to us by a spirit which did not come from God but from Satan. Test that which you believe by the Word of God, if it doesn’t fit what is said there it is not the Truth and should not be taught to anyone.

Do you want to believe?

There are many religions in the world and many religious people doing religious things in the name of their “god” or whoever it may be that they are worshiping. Who benefits from all of these religions? They all can’t be true so where do you go to find the Truth?

When man was placed in the Garden of Eden, if you know of the story, who was there to talk to and walk with him? God, Elohim, the Lord of Hosts, the Creator that is who. The Creator and Master over all came and walked with man in the Garden. But, there was also another there who hated man and his Creator, Satan. He was there to tempt and beguile and twist the words of God so that he could cause pain and suffering to come into the world.

That is where all of the suffering and anguish came from. God said that His creation “was good” and if He pronounced it good, then it was. There was no suffering, no death, no pain until Satan caused man and his mate to fall for his lies or his twisted truth. The religions that came into existence between the beginning and today, other than Judaism and Christianity, were all brought to fruition by Satan himself. By manipulating and appearing to prophets as an angel of light he could easily convince anyone that he came from God. He was named the light-bringer at one time before he decided to claim the throne of God so nothing is too hard for him to do except that he can’t be God.

Satan’s truth is twisted and causes humanity pain and suffering and always has. He is the father of lies and the truth is not in him at all, but he can make it sound so good and convincing that we believe his lies until it is too late and then he just laughs at us because we fell for it. When we fall for the lies of Satan we are susceptible to any of his ways. The only way to resist him is through Jesus and the power of His name and by accepting Jesus as our savior. Once you do that, Satan can still tempt you and harass you but he won’t have complete control over you.

Our God loves us all and wants us to come to know Him as well. Get to know Him through His Word, the Bible or by going to a Bible teaching church but please go regardless of the so-called hypocrites that you may know there. God put you here for a reason and you won’t find it out until you come to Him. Your life will be so much more rich and fulfilling in service to Him regardless of your occupation in life and the plan for “after life” is much better than Satan’s alternative!