There are many gods that we see in 2022. Unfortunately, most of these gods only exist in the minds of the people who have created them, and do not resemble the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whom introduced himself as Yahuah. The Creator God told us what His name will be forever. The English equivalent of God’s name is YHWH, from Hebrew, יהוה. The Lexham English version of the Bible transliterates these Hebrew letters to the name “Yahweh”, where most translations substitute the name with “LORD”. I use “Yahuah” simply to show another variation of the transliterated English name.
Exodus 3:15 (LEB)
15 And God said again to Moses, “So you must say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and this is my remembrance from generation to generation.’
One way of creating a new god is for an organization to conduct a survey in a city or town to find out what people like and dislike about attending church, and what would make them want to come to church or stay away. The organization is able to use this information to determine what type of god to present with the help of committees and computer models, then boom, a mega church is born. The “seeker friendly” gospel is customized, and a new god gets created. If each person is then allowed to imagine “what it means to them”, then everyone can have their own god that thinks and acts just like themselves. This is a great concept because no one’s feelings ever get hurt, the church explodes with growth and leadership makes a lot of money. What could go wrong?
Jeremiah 23:16–22 (LEB)
16 Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “You must not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are deluding you with visions of their mind, They do not speak from the mouth of Yahweh. 17 They are continually saying to those who disregard the word of Yahweh, ‘Peace it will be to you,’ and to each one who walks in the stubbornness of his heart they say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’ 18 For who has stood in the council of Yahweh, that he has seen and heard his word? Who has listened attentively to his word and heard it? 19 Look, the storm of Yahweh has gone forth in wrath, even a whirling tempest. It will whirl upon the head of the wicked. 20The anger of Yahweh will not turn back until his doing and until his keeping the plans of his mind. In latter days you will look closely at it with understanding. 21 I have not sent the prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have caused them to turn from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.
The inventors of the “seeker friendly” movement may think they have developed something new, but it is from an old playbook. All one has to do is understand the history of the church to see this. So, what are some telltale signs that one believes in an imaginary god? Yahuah gave us His words and told us exactly what He expects from His people. I once read that people trained to spot counterfeit money do not study what counterfeits look like, they study every detail of the real thing so they can then spot fake currency easier.
In the early days of the church, people were also worshiping many different gods with different attributes. Paul found a unique way to introduce Yahuah to the people of Areopagus, even citing one of their poets, Aratus.
Acts 17:22–31 (LEB)
22 So Paul stood there in the middle of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see you are very religious in every respect. 23 For as I was passing through and observing carefully your objects of worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed, ‘To an unknown God.’ Therefore what you worship without knowing it, this I proclaim to you—24 the God who made the world and all the things in it. This one, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, 25 nor is he served by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to everyone life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of humanity to live on all the face of the earth, determining their fixed times and the fixed boundaries of their habitation, 27 to search for God, if perhaps indeed they might feel around for him and find him. And indeed he is not far away from each one of us, 28 for in him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said: ‘For we also are his offspring.’ 29 Therefore, because we are offspring of God, we ought not to think the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by human skill and thought. 30 Therefore although God has overlooked the times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has set a day on which he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the man who he has appointed, having provided proof to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Notice how Paul describes Yeshua (Jesus) to these people as, “the man who he has appointed, having provided proof to everyone by raising him from the dead“. Paul does not introduce Yeshua as a new god who eliminated Yahuah’s instructions, or the start of a brand new religion. He states, “although God has overlooked the times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent“. He is telling them to repent which means to stop sinning and start following the Creator’s instructions. Why? “Because he has set a day on which he is going to judge the world in righteousness“.
Unfortunately, as the Gentiles, otherwise known as people from the nations, started to take over the leadership roles blending the attributes of their former gods with Yahuah. Terms such as “New” and “Old” testaments were coined, and as proclaimed by Peter, people would twist the words of Paul leading to lawlessness. Over 2000 years later, thousands of gods have been created in Christianity. How do we know this? Here is an example.
Deuteronomy 12:29–31 (LEB)
29 “When Yahweh your God has cut off the nations whom you are about to go to, to dispossess them before you, and you have dispossessed them, and you live in their land, 30 take care so that you are not ensnared into imitating them after their being destroyed from before you, and so that you not enquire concerning their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods, and thus I myself want to do also.’ 31 You must not do so toward Yahweh your God, because of every detestable thing they have done for their gods Yahweh hates, for even their sons and their daughters they would burn in the fire to their gods.
If one uses symbols, days and traditions used by other cultures’ gods to worship their god, then it is a different god then Yahuah they are worshiping. It really is that simple. How about images?
Deuteronomy 4:15–20 (LEB)
15 “So you must be very careful for yourselves, because you did not see any form on the day Yahweh spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, 16 so that you do not ruin yourselves and make for yourselves a divine image in a form of any image, a replica of male or female, 17 a replica of any animal that is upon the earth, a replica of any winged bird that flies in the air, 18 a replica of any creeping thing on the ground, a replica of any fish that is in the water below the earth. 19 And do this so that you do not lift your eyes toward heaven and observe the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of the heaven, and be led astray and bow down to them and serve them, things that Yahweh your God has allotted to all of the peoples under all of the heaven. 20 But Yahweh has taken you and brought you out from the furnace of iron, from Egypt, to be a people of inheritance to him, as it is this day.
If one uses an image of a male or female, it is a different god. If we are going to become one of Yahuah’s people, we must be adopted into His family and take on His traditions, not some other god’s traditions.
Romans 12:1 (LEB)
12 Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
We must be holy and pleasing to God. Paul is speaking of Yahuah in this verse, not any other god. He says this right after explaining how the gentiles are grafted into the green olive tree, being sharers of the root.
Luke 6:43–46 (LEB)
43 “For there is no good tree that produces bad fruit, nor on the other hand a bad tree that produces good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn plants, nor are grapes harvested from thorn bushes. 45 The good person out of the good treasury of his heart brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 46 “And why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?
Yeshua did not present a different god than Yahuah, nor did he “nail Yahuah’s laws to the cross”. There may have been a god that is said to have done that, but it was not Yeshua. He tells us that He only does what he sees the Father doing and He only says what the Father says.
John 5:16–20 (LEB)
16 And on account of this the Jews began to persecute Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But he answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” 18 So on account of this the Jews were seeking even more to kill him, because he not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God. 19 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing from himself except what he sees the Father doing. For whatever that one does, these things also the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself is doing. And greater works than these he will show him, so that you will be astonished.
Yeshua healed on the Sabbath, but the god of the Pharisees did not allow healing on the Sabbath. The God of Yeshua does not forbid healing on the sabbath. In fact he tells us it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.
Matthew 12:9–12 (LEB)
9 And going on from there he came into their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand, and they asked him, saying, “Is it permitted to heal on the Sabbath?” in order that they could accuse him. 11 But he said to them, “What man will there be among you who will have one sheep and if this one fell into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Then to what degree is a man worth more than a sheep? So then, it is permitted to do good on the Sabbath.”
Healing on the Sabbath was never discussed in the Torah as far as I know. It was only in the burdensome laws of the Talmuds that this came into affect. Yeshua set the record straight that one, it is lawful to heal and do good on the Sabbath, and two, that the Sabbaths still matter. This would have been a good time for Yeshua to say He was doing away with the Sabbath if it were true. He never did any such thing, but simply corrected the error in the way people were keeping the Sabbath. The Sabbath day is very important to Yahuah according to scripture. A good identifier of any god that is being spoken about is what is done with the Sabbath. Isaiah shows us the heart of Yahuah concerning the Sabbath.
Isaiah 56:1–8 (LEB)
56 Thus says Yahweh: “Observe justice and do righteousness, for my salvation is close to coming, and my justice to being revealed. 2 Happy is the man who does this, and the son of humankind who keeps hold of it, who keeps the Sabbath so as not to profane it, and who keeps his hand from doing any evil.” 3 And do not let the foreigner who joins himself to Yahweh say, “Surely Yahweh will separate me from his people.” And do not let the eunuch say, “Look! I am a dry tree!” 4 For thus says Yahweh, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose that in which I delight, and who keep hold of my covenant. 5 And I will give them a monument and a name in my house and within my walls, better than sons and daughters; I will give him an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. 6 And the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh to serve him and to love the name of Yahweh, to become his servants, every one who keeps the Sabbath, so as not to profane it, and those who keep hold of my covenant, 7 I will bring them to my holy mountain; I will make them merry in my house of prayer. their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,” 8 declares the Lord Yahweh, who gathers the scattered ones of Israel (still I will gather to him, to his gathered ones).
The opposite of “profane” is to sanctify or set-apart. If someone teaches that their god wants the Sabbath to be profaned and a different day be made special, then that god is not Yahuah. We have a couple of examples of the wrong god based on the Sabbath alone in church history. The first is from the council of Laodicea in 343 CE, and the second is from the Westminster Confessions in 1647:
Canon XXIX Council of Laodicea 343 CE
Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.
Westminster Confessions 1647 CE
“VII. As it is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in His Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, He has particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week: and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath.
VIII. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest, all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up, the whole time, in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.”
There are gods who regard the first day of the week, but not Yahuah. “Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day“. This is clearly a law for Christians, who supposedly are not “under the law”. This law tells Christians they must specifically break the law of the Creator for this other unknown god! If anyone thinks this is not still the case today, bring up the subject of the Sabbath to any pastor or leader in a Christian church. Sorry, it’s the wrong god. Yahuah never changed the day! Christians are simply given bad laws to follow as were the Israelites for breaking the commandments of Yahuah.
Ezekiel 20:13–26 (LEB)
13 “But in the desert the house of Israel rebelled against me; they did not walk in my statutes, and they rejected my regulations, which, if a person does them, he will live by them, and they greatly profaned my Sabbaths, and I decided to pour out my rage on them in the desert to destroy them, 14 and I acted for the sake of my name, that it not be profaned before the eyes of the nations before whom I brought them out. 15 And also I myself swore to them in the desert not to bring them into the land that I had given to them, flowing with milk and honey—it is the most beautiful of all of the lands— 16 because they despised my judgments, and they did not walk in my statutes, and my Sabbaths they profaned, for their heart was going after their idols. 17 But my eye took pity on them by not destroying them, and I did not completely destroy them in the desert. 18 “And I said to their children in the desert, ‘You must not go in the statutes of your parents; you must not keep their regulations, and you must not make yourself unclean with their idols. 19 I, Yahweh, am your God, so go in my statutes and keep my regulations and do them. 20 And treat my Sabbaths as holy, and they will be a sign between me and between you that you may know that I, Yahweh, am your God.’ 21 But the children rebelled against me; they did not walk in my statutes, and they did not observe my regulations, which if a person does them, then he will live by them. My Sabbaths they desecrated, and I decided to pour out my rage on them, to finish my anger against them in the desert. 22 But I withheld my hand, and I acted for the sake of my name not to be profaned before the eyes of the nations before whom I had brought them out before their eyes. 23 What is more, I swore to them in the desert to scatter them among the nations and to disperse them in the lands, 24 because they did not do my regulations, and my statutes they despised, and my Sabbaths they profaned, and their eyes were after the idols of their ancestors. 25 And in turn I gave to them rules that were not good and regulations by which they will not live. 26 And I defiled them through their gifts in sacrificing all of the first offspring of the womb, in order that I will cause them to be stunned, so that they will know that I am Yahweh.
Some of the descendants of these tribes are still living by, “rules that were not good and regulations by which they will not live“, along side of people with their made up gods in all of the religions we have today. Changing the Sabbath is a trick, because once you understand its blessing, you will mourn for the ones you missed in your life.
Anyone who reads my blog posts on a regular basis must be tired of these same subjects coming up week after week. John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”. I have to keep presenting it. I pray that someone, somewhere, will learn these things scripture speaks about over and over, from reading theses blog posts.
One more clue to distinguish Yahuah from a fake god is the use of stone pillars. These are obelisks found around the world as a marker to show which god someone is serving. Many of the people who install these pillars are giving us an esoteric message about their god, and it is definitely not Yahuah!
Deuteronomy 16:21–22 (LEB)
22 And you shall not set up for yourselves a stone pillar, a thing that Yahweh your God hates
There is a story behind these obelisks that we may not even know completely as to why Yahuah hates them so much. It was important enough to make it into His Torah though.
Do you hate prophecy? The fact that the church would turn to false gods is all through prophecy. This is not replacement theology. If we are people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we are spiritual descendants of Abraham, grafted into the covenants of promise.
Galatians 3:27–29 (LEB)
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are descendants of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.
Moses prophesied this very thing would happen in the latter days.
Deuteronomy 4:26–31 (LEB)
27 And Yahweh will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations to where Yahweh will lead you. 28 And you will there serve gods made by human hands, of wood and stone, gods that cannot see and cannot hear and cannot eat and cannot smell. 29 But from there you shall seek Yahweh your God and will find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 In your distress when all these things have found you in the latter days, then you will return to Yahweh your God, and you will listen to his voice. 31 For Yahweh your God is a compassionate God; he will not abandon you, and he will not destroy you, and he will not forget the covenant of your ancestors that he swore to them.
We have made new gods as prophesied by Moses. Ones our ancestors did not know. Ones that tell us to work on the Sabbath and rest on a different day, celebrate the winter solstice with Santa, use obelisks as identifiers for gods that say, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” and “Love is the law, love under will”.
Deuteronomy 32:17 (LEB)
17 They sacrificed to the demons, not God, to gods whom they had not known, new gods who came from recent times; their ancestors had not known them.
Making a new god is easy, but following Yahuah requires some work. Repent and learn the ways of the true God, Yahuah, and the fake ones will be easy to pick out.
Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash. It is Saint Peter at the Vatican, formerly Jupiter or Zeus.
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