(God, Gods) = El, Elohim:
Earlier we showed that ELIYEH’S name (Elijah), actually means, “EL is YEHOWAH”, and that YEHEL (Joel), means, “YEHOWAH is EL”. Knowing the proper interpretation and meaning of these names, certainly adds light upon Scripture. The translations of these names, however, now forced us to ask, “What does EL mean?”
The misuse and misapplication of so many words forced me to look at every use of the word, “God” within Scripture. What I learned thru this process, especially in regard to The Exalted Name, was staggering.
How about The Triune (God); The Triune Elohim; The Trinity?
Dispute, doubt and disbelief surround the Blessed and Holy Trinity around the world today. Disbelief in the Trinity is not just unfortunate, though, it is TRAGIC!
So how much are we missing?
The Common Version of the Bible, that we read today, says,
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your might.
And these words, which I am commanding you today,
shall be on your heart” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6 NASB).
But today, knowing about The Exalted Name, and knowing about the full meaning of El and Elohim, we can look at Deuteronomy 6 clearly, and actually SEE the Trinity on display. Furthermore, with clear vision, we can also learn something spectacular about our ELOHIM; about our “GOD”. The update of this passage appears below the following explanations.
Let’s look at the word, “God”:
I looked at the word, “God”, in all its forms, i.e: God, God’s, god, god’s, gods, godly, etc. In my search I discovered that aside from the misinterpretation of YEH and YEHOWAH as “God”, or “the LORD”, which we have already discussed, there are (primarily) four other Hebrew words interpreted as “God” throughout Scripture, and that each of those other Hebrew words have been equally misused:
EL: Singular format: +God (204); god (16); God’s (1); god(s) (2)
ELAH: Arabic form; typically Plural: God (74); god (6); gods (15)
ELOHIM: Plural format: +God (2325); god (45); God’s (16); gods (204)
ELOAH: Typically Plural: God (50); god (6).
* “Bracketed numbers” ie: (204); (16); (1). The bracketed numbers indicate the usage of each word throughout the NASB Bible Translation.
** Words like, Helpless, Mighty, Mighty One, rulers, Exalted Being, goddess, and numerous other words are also transliterated from EL and Elohim, in order to protect The Exalted Name during the Babylonian captivity,
Released from captivity today, though, through The Exalted Name Bible™, you will now see continuity of use throughout His Written Word .
ELOHIM and EL uncovered in full:
Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, in his New Covenant Word Study Dictionary (World Bible Publishers, 1992) offers this wonderful conclusion on the word, Elohim. He says,
“The Septuagint constantly translated the Hebrew plural name ELOHIM, when used for the true God, by the singular THEOS, God, never by the plural THEOI, Gods.
Completed during a period of Roman and Greek idolatry and superstition, the Septuagint translation of Scripture entered the world. This idolatry, and superstition, was especially true in Egypt under Ptolemies. Regarded as demons; as intelligent beings totally separate and distinct from each other, their ‘gods’ were very unlike our Elohim.
If the translators rendered the name of the true Elohim (God) by the plural, THEOI, they would have given the heathen, under those cultures, an idea of Elohim inconsistent with the unity of the Divine Essence, and conformable to their own polytheistic notions. By translating the Hebrew ELOHIM as “God”, however, they inculcated the unity of God, and at the same time did not deny a plurality of persons in the Divine Nature.” (Emphasis mine).
Those who translated, and transliterated the Septuagint, did not concern themselves with any latter-time misunderstandings that might be wrought through their errors or omissions. If they had translated this Hebrew Words properly, the confusion we see today, regarding The Trinity, would not exist. When we comprehend that ELOHIM denotes a plurality, and EL denotes a singularity, then the passage of Deuteronomy 6:4 (and every other applicable verse) takes on much greater significance.
Because now we know that, “YEHOWAH is our Elohim, YEHOWAH is One”, truly does mean something. Now we know that our Elohim is One, is telling us that OUR PLURAL ELOHIM IS ONE… They are One in Essence – exactly alike in the make-up of Their Purpose; their Heart’s Desires. The ONENESS of Elohim, is exactly like we are to be in the Body of YEHOSHUA ha MASHIACH! The Body of Yehoshua; the Ekklesia; the Church, may have trillions of individual members, but we are still to be ONE IN HIM.
In like manner, the marriage of two individuals is to produce a unity into ONE FLESH!
How about today?
It occurs to me today though, that the prophetic Babylon of the end time is here – now… We NEED the correct interpretation of these things today, in order to recognize false teachings; in order that we know to “come out” from the midst of the false ‘church’.
Therefore, while these odd words, misinterpreted from EL or ELOHIM, exist in the Common Version of the Bible, they do NOT exist in The Exalted Name Bible™.
EL, is pronounced simply, (L).
ELAH, is pronounced, (L-AHH).
ELOHIM, is pronounced, (L-OWE-HEEM) or (L-OIY-HEEM), whichever is easiest for you! I find myself using L-OIY-HEEM more often than not, if that matters.
ELOAH, is pronounced, (L-OWE-AHH).
It is significant for us, beloved, to KNOW that EL is a singular presentation of the word currently interpreted as God, while ELOHIM is the plural presentation of that same, “God”.
How widespread has the error been?
The word, “God” as used in current Old Covenant Bibles, is only accurate 223 times. It’s true! “EL”, is used only two hundred and twenty-three times throughout the entire Old Covenant.
But, what about the other 2,800+ times that the Common Version of the Bible shows us the word, “God”? Well, in those instances, the originally inspired Word is the plural, ELOHIM, and when we speak of the Elohim of Israel, we are speaking of One God – with different personalities.
We cannot refer to Elohim as “Gods”, because that would be a very incorrect interpretation! The Exalted Name Bible™, therefore, correctly makes those 2,800+ corrections by using the appropriate Hebrew word, Elohim.
The Bible truly comes alive!
The liveliness of the ENB™ is going to leap off the pages for you, especially when you begin to see exactly how HE discusses and reveals Himself to us.
When the Bible was first translated, the Roman and Greek Empires were in existence, in one form or another. Both the Romans and the Greeks believed in a plural number of “gods”. The plural unity of the “Christian God”, therefore, was abandoned to eliminate confusion in that era. The plural unity of Elohim was abandoned in order to show Elohim as a singular “EL”. This transliteration was done throughout the written Word.
Because a vast number of false deities were worshiped long ago, the “ONENESS” of Elohim was seemed too difficult to teach. So, regardless if the Hebrew parchments read EL, ELOHIM, ELOAH or ELAH, each word was simply interpreted as “God” or “god”. The word, “gods” was pluralized only when foreign or false “gods” were discussed.
But how about today?
Eliminating the “Trinity” made teaching about “God” easier for the early converts. Without having to explain the fullness of ELOHIM, though, Scripture literally lost The Trinity to many generations of souls. We have a much greater population today, though, who cannot grasp the Unity of our (Plural) ELOHIM. Why? Because the Common Version of the English Bible, simply put, is INADEQUATE. By removing His Plurality, The Trinity got lost…
His inspired Word prevails:
The Word of Elohim prevails today, though, and His Word clearly delineates His fullness and His glory throughout The Exalted Name Bible™. Therefore, please know that when we speak of God the Father, or God the Son, or God The Holy Spirit, The Exalted Name Bible™ clearly shows the proper word usage, “EL the Father”, “EL the Son”, or “EL The Holy Spirit”.
When The Exalted Name Bible™ speaks of the Trinity, however, They are always, ELOHIM (L-OWE-HEEM) or (L-OIY-HEEM).
Witness The Trinity in Scripture:
Deuteronomy 6:4-6, in the Inspired Word, fully says,
“Hear, O Israel! YEHOWAH our Elohim, is one YEHOWAH!
You shall love YEHOWAH your Elohim with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your might.
And these words, which I am commanding you today,
shall be on your heart” (ENB™).
They are One is Essence!
Our Elohim (Plural) is ONE in essence, but NOT in personality. The Son is NOT the Father, just as the Father is NOT the Son. Furthermore, The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. When presented properly, His Inspired Word very clearly declares the TRINITY from Genesis to Revelation, .
That which makes The Father, “The Ancient of Days”, EL, is His Holiness; His Exalted and Unchangeable Nature; His Purity. The Father’s only Begotten Son, and The Holy Spirit, also possess these same attributes. Together, as well, They are also Eternal.
BUT, they EACH have unique personalities! Rightly called, “The Body of Messiah”, the Church clearly displays a parallel to Their Unique Oneness. They are One in essence, but they Each possess varied (and very unique) Personalities. It is true! Our Messiah calls the Church to be ‘ONE’ in (and with) Him! And so we who are “In Messiah” are fully ‘ONE’ with Him. Nonetheless, we still retain our individuality; we each retain our personality; we each are unique eternal beings, united and alive IN HIM!