June 14, 2021
In a previous article we talked about my grandfather, and father, the discussion was about the harshness of their lives. We also touched on larger issues such as terrorism, and natural disasters. We posed a couple of questions as well, one, where was god? And two, a far more complex question, just who is this god? The bible all will agree, is a terribly written history book, but the thing there is, it was not written to be one. The original compilers of the Jewish Torah, the first five books of the old testament, were none too concerned with accuracy while recording certain chronological periods or the chronology of certain events. For me, the story of Moses sticks out like a sore thumb because the bit about Moses being found in a basket, is based on a far older Sumerian account where the foundling becomes a king, not just a rebellious prince.
Adam and Eve, Moses, kings David and Solomon all had a first person relationship with god; meaning that they spoke to him personally. For these people god was real, and you would think that he would continue to be throughout because, after all, the bible was supposedly written about him. Yet god and his telecommunication device, the Ark of the Covenant disappear from the story at the same time. For the remainder of the Old Testament, the only relationship we have with god, is through seers and that dissolves in to Jewish mysticism. The practice of Kabbalah by the way, is just another way of exploring the akashic record.
The next time we meet god is in the New Testament where he is a fucked up mix of father, son, and holy ghost who espouses love instead of his usual fire and brimstone. And here we have to remember, there is more than 400 years between the old and new testaments. In addition, when JC enters the picture, its during Roman times and JC has just gotten married, he’s formenting a rebellion against Rome and, he’s attempting to unite Israel using the banner of love. JC was way too busy to play god. And while he was trying to unite the peoples of Israel, he was also opposed by the powerful sects of the Pharisee and Sadducee priests of the temple.
So we know how it worked out for JC, at least according to the church’s version. The god of the Old Testament would never have suicided or allowed himself to be murdered, depending on how you look at JC’s demise. Historical fact tells us that Ninurta, Enlil’s first born advocated for the use of nuclear weapons and Enlil agreed to their use in their war against Enki’s boy Marduk. Even though there was regret in their actions seeing the destruction that they had caused, there was little or no compassion shown to the survivors. Compassion is based in love, an emotional response that the god of the Old Testament is not best known for expressing.
So what about the 400 years between the testaments, could they have had something to do with the change in God’s attitude? This period, according to extra biblical books, has almost nothing to do with god, and is almost entirely about people. The Maccabees.
The Maccabean Revolt
The Maccabean Revolt (Hebrew: מרד החשמונאים) was a Jewish rebellion, lasting from 167 to 160 BCE, led by the Macabees against the Seleucid Empire and the Hellenistic influence on Jewish life. The recapture of Jerusalem in 164 BCE from the armies of Antiochus IV was a significant early victory for Judah Macabee’s fighters, who came to be known as the Macabees. The subsequent cleansing of the temple and rededication of the Altar on the 25th of Kislev, was celebrated in following years as the Hanakkah festival. After Judah’s death, and that of his brother Jonathan Apphus, their brotherSSimon Thassi succeeded in expelling the Syrian Greeks under Diodotus Tryphon from Judea in 140 BCE, and establishing the Second Jewish Commonwealth under the Hasmonean Dynasty.
The Maccabean Revolt took place in
Judea under Judah Macabee from 167–160 BCE. It was then then part of Coele Syria, Seleucid Empire. The revolt succeeded. After an early victory in the recapture of Jerusalem and the cleansing of the Second Temple, fighters under Judah Macabee held an 8 day festival at the Hanukkah, or “dedication” of the altar. Judean autonomy, later developed into the independent Hasmonean Dynasty.
During this period of Jewish history it was the Macabbees versus the Seleucid Empire. The Macabeean leaders and commanders were, Mattathias,
Judah Macabee KIA, Jonathan Appus, Eleazar Avaran KIA, Simon Thassi, John Gaddi KIA, Antiochus IV Epiphanes,
Antiochus V Eupator, Demetrius I Soter,
Lysias, Gorgias, Nicanor KIA, Baccides.
As interesting as Jewish history is, the above does not bring us any closer to understanding who god really is. Israel is full of Jews, and the word Jew is odd, it embodies a religion, and a sense of patriotic nationalism that is a god given right. That sense of right began back in Ur (Sumer) with Abraham, and the covenant that god said would begin with him. It then took about a thousand years between Abe and Moses for the Israelite Exodus to begin and the covenant to become a reality.
The Jews then, are a mixture of both Sumerian and Egyptian cultures and you would expect, so is their god. But the story of Moses tells a different tale. It is about him having gone to Israel, then returns to Egypt to confront Pharaoh with abilities given him by the Israelite god. This god then, is Sumerian. Recall that it is in Abraham’s home of Ur which is in Sumer, that he is told by god to leave and go to Egypt. The fact that there is 500 years between this Abe and the Vizier is for another article. Here’s that chronological thing that I mentioned above.
The God Behind the Names: El Shaddai
Pronounced el shad-dY’, this is the best-known of the “El” compound names. It means The All-Sufficient One and is usually translated in English Bibles as “God Almighty”, “the Almighty” or “Almighty God”. The exact derivation of the word “shaddai” is not known. According to my research, all of the following words have been used at various times in the development of the name:
- The Hebrew word “dai” (meaning “sheds forth”, “pours out”, or “to heap benefits”) suggests provision, sustenance, and blessing. Thus, God is the All-Sufficient, All-Bountiful El. (Genesis 42:24-25)
- The Hebrew word “shad” or “shadayim” (meaning “breast” or “breasts”) occurs 24 times as “Shaddai” and signifies One who nourishes, supplies, and satisfies (Isaiah 60:16, 66:10-13). Combined with the word for God, “El”, it then becomes the “One mighty to nourish, satisfy, and supply“.
- The Hebrew root word “shadad” (meaning “to overpower” or “to destroy”) suggests absolute power. While Elohim is the God who creates, in the name “Shaddai” God reveals Himself as the God who compels nature to do what is contrary to itself. He is able to triumph over every obstacle and all opposition; He is able to subdue all things to Himself.
- An Akkadian word “Šadu” (meaning “mountain”), suggests great strength.
All of these names — whether individually or collectively — naturally would be intensified when combined with “El” and would refer to YHWH as the One who mightily nourishes, satisfies, protects, and supplies His people. El Shaddai is our All-Sufficient Sustainer. It is God as “El” who helps, and it is God as “Shaddai” who abundantly blesses with all manner of blessings.As Nathan Stone wrote: “…the idea of One who is all-powerful and all-mighty is implied . . . for only an all-powerful One could be all-sufficient and all-bountiful. He is almighty because He is able to carry out His purposes and plans to their fullest and most glorious and triumphant completion. . . . So He is able to save to the uttermost. And He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think.”The name “Shaddai”, by itself, occurs 41 times in the Old Testament, 29 times in Job alone, and is translated “Almighty” in most English Bibles. In fact, the name “Shaddai” is the one written on the Mezuzah Scroll.
- Genesis 49:25 — “from the El of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty [Shaddai] who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.” (TS98)
- Job 5:17 — “Look, blessed is the man whom Eloah does reprove, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” (TS98)
- Job 33:4 — “It is the Spirit of God that made me, the breath of Shaddai that gives me life.” (CJB)
- Psalm 91:1 — “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Elyon Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty [Shaddai].” (WEB)
- Isaiah 13:6 — “Howl, for the day ofis near! It comes as a destruction from the Almighty [Shaddai].” (TS98)
- See also Numbers 24:4, 16; Ruth 1:20,21; Job 6:4, 6:14, 8:3-5, 11:7, 13:3, 15:25, 21:15,20 22:3, 22:17, 22:23-26, 23:16, 24:1, 27:2, 27:10-13, 29:5, 31:2, 31:35, 32:8, 34:10,12, 35:13, 37:23, 40:2; Psalm 68:14; Ezekiel 1:24; Joel 1:15.
The compound name “El Shaddai” first appears is in Genesis 17:1: — “When Avram [Abraham] was 99 years old Adonai appeared to Avram and said to him, ‘I am El Shaddai [God Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted.'” (CJB)And one particular passage that employs both “El” alone and the compound “El Shaddai” is Genesis 49:24-25 — “but his bow remained taut; and his arms were made nimble by the hands of the Mighty One (El) of Ya’akov (Jacob), from there, from the Shepherd, the Stone of Isra’el, by the God [El] of your father, who will help you, by El Shaddai, who will bless you with blessings from heaven above, blessings from the deep, lying below, blessings from the breasts and the womb.” (CJB)Further passages in the Old Testament that use the name “El Shaddai”:
- Genesis 28:3 — “May El Shaddai bless you, make you fruitful and increase your descendants, until they become a whole assembly of peoples.” (CJB)
- Genesis 35:11 — “And Elohim said to him, ‘I am El Shaddai. Bear fruit and increase, a nation and a company of nations shall be from you, and sovereigns come from your body.'” (TS98)
- Exodus 6:3 — (God spoke to Moses…)”‘I appeared to Avraham, Yitz’chak (Isaac) and Ya’akov (Jacob) as El Shaddai, although I did not make myself known to them by my name, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh () [Adonai].'” (CJB)
- See also Genesis 43:14, 48:3; Numbers 24:4,16; Ruth 1:20,21; Job 5:17, 6:14, 8:3,5, 11:7, 13:3, 15:25, 21:15,20, 22:3,17,23-26, 23:16, 24:1, 27:2,10-13, 29:5, 31:2,35, 32:8, 33:4, 34:12, 35:13, 37:23, 40:2; Psalm 68:14; Isaiah 13:6, 60:15,16, 66:10-13; Ezekiel 1:24, 10:5; Joel 1:15.
It’s important to note here that to experience God’s sufficiency as our all-sufficient El Shaddai, we must realize our own insufficiency. To experience God’s fullness as He has revealed Himself through His names, we must first empty ourselves — that is, make ourselves empty vessels which El Shaddai can then fill and use.Akkadian (lišanum
A Semitic language (part of the greater Afro-Asiatic language family) spoken in
ancient Mesopotamia, particularly by the Assyrians and Babylonians. The name of the language is derived from the city of Akkad, a major center of Mesopotamian civilization.
Religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on cloth parchment, rolled up and placed into a
decorative case, and attached to the doorframe of Jewish households in accordance with Jewish Law.
El Shadai also means great lord of the mountain. We know that the Annunaki launch facility was at Baalbec Lebanon and, Enlil maintained a residence not far away. His main operational center was at Nippur, where it was his job to maintain the dur-an-ki, bond heaven earth. The Annunaki space port. Thus it was that he was all sufficient, it was he who supplied Nibiru with Earth’s refined PGMs and, made sure that cargo from Nibiru was distributed on earth.