By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)
Throughout God’s Word, the Lord reminds us about His war with the false gods of the pagans. These false gods are identified in Psalm 82 as the fallen angels. Notice:
Psalm 82:1-A Psalm of Asaph. God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods.
Later in the text we are told who these “gods” truly are:
Psalm 82:6-I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.
We are told here that the “gods” are the “children of the Most High.” Through the Old Testament Scriptures, this particular phrase had specific reference to angels of God. Speaking of oral occurrence in Genesis 6, one respected researcher has noted:
“The “angel” view of this classic Genesis text is well documented in both ancient Jewish rabbinical literature and Early Church writings. In addition to the Septuagint translation, the venerated (although non-canonical) Book of Enoch, the Syriac Version of the Old Testament, as well as the Testimony of the 12 Patriarchs234 and the Little Genesis,235 confirm the lexicological usage and the extant beliefs of ancient Jewish scholars. Clearly the learned Philo Judaeus understood the passage as relating to angels.236 Josephus Flavius also represents this view: “They made God their enemy; for many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength, for the tradition is that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants.”237 In accordance with the ancient interpretation, the Early Church fathers understood the expression “sons of God” as designating angels. These included Justin Martyr,238 Irenaeus,239 Athenagoras,240 Pseudo-Clementine,241 Clement of Alexandria,242 Tertullian,243 Commodianus,244 and Lactantius,245 to list a few. This interpretation was also espoused by Luther and many more modern exegetes including Koppen, Twesten, Dreschler, Hofmann, Baumgarten, Delitzsch, W Kelly, A. C. Gaebelein, and others.” (Chuck Missler & Mark Eastman, Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind The UFO Phenomenon, 207-208 (Kindle Edition); Coeur d’Alene, ID; Koinonia House)
In Psalm 82, we read of the continuing conflict between God and these fallen angels (cf. 2 Peter 2:4; Job 4:18; Jude 6). We see that the fallen angels, through their masquerading deception as gods and goddesses, bring turmoil into the world and encourage mankind in wickedness. For this reason, God is furious with the fallen angels.
When mankind at different times has tried to place the fallen angels on the same level as God, the Almighty has shown His righteous fury. For example:
Zephaniah 1:4-5-Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, But who also swear by Milcom; 6 Those who have turned back from following the LORD, And have not sought the LORD, nor inquired of Him.”
Joshua 23:7-and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them,
Jeremiah 32:29-And the Chaldeans who fight against this city shall come and set fire to this city and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke Me to anger;
God demonstrates that He is the one true God as opposed to the false gods and fallen angels. He documents, in several ways, that the false gods are not to be identified with Him.
Especially worthy of God’s anger is the god known as Baal. Throughout the Old Testament, God condemns in no uncertain terms this wicked being (Numbers 25:3; Judges 6:25; ). In fact, under the Old Testament law, those who joined themselves to Baal were considered worthy of capital punishment (Numbers 25:5; Deuteronomy 4:3; Judges 6:31-32). In 1 Kings 18, there is a “showdown” between the Prophet of God (Elijah) and the hundreds of prophets of Baal. During this confrontation, God was shown to be superior to the false god of Baal. God has stated in no uncertain terms that He hates Baal.
This should be no surprise, since the worship of Baal was so exceedingly depraved. Paul Copan provides us some insights into the worship of this wicked being:
“In ancient Near Eastern religions, the gods (and goddesses) themselves partook in grotesque sex acts. They engaged in incest (e.g., Baal with his sister Anat). They participated in bestiality (e.g., Baal having sex with a heifer, which gives birth to a son). And they engaged in sexual orgies and seductions. And all this without a hint of condemnation!13 The religions of the ancient Near East commonly included fertility cult rituals, goddess worship, and priestesses (who served as the wife of the god). Temple prostitutes abounded, and sexual immorality was carried out in the name of religion. To have sex with priestesses meant union with the goddess you worshiped. In fact, sex with a temple prostitute would prompt Baal and his consort Asherah to have sex in heaven, which in turn would result in fertility all the way around—more kids, more cattle, more crops. Sex was deified in Canaan and other ancient Near Eastern cultures. Adultery was fine as long as sex was “religious.”14 If we become what we worship, then it’s not surprising that Canaanite religion and society became corrupted by “sacred sex.” Therefore, Canaanite female and male cult prostitutes were forbidden (cf. Gen. 38:15, 22–30; Deut. 23:18–19; also Hosea 4:14). Israel wasn’t to imitate the nations whose deities engaged in sexual immorality. Were these religions tolerant? Yes, in all the wrong ways! From the gods downward, all kinds of sexual deviations were tolerated, but to the detriment of society and family. Indeed, many ancient Near Eastern law codes permitted activities that undermined family integrity and stability. For example, men were permitted to engage in adulterous relations with slaves and prostitutes. The laws of Lipit-Ishtar of Lower Mesopotamia (1930 BC) take for granted the practice of prostitution.15 In Hittite law (1650–1500 BC), “If a father and son sleep with the same female slave or prostitute, it is not an offence.”16 As an aside, Hittite law even permitted bestiality: “If a man has sexual relations with either a horse or a mule, it is not an offence.”17” (Paul Copan, Is God A Moral Monster? Making Sense Of The Old Testament God, 108-109 (Kindle Edition); Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Books)
Baal even demanded the sacrifice of innocent children! God’s just anger is shown through His Word against Baal.
How sad it is then, to discover that many religious people throughout the world today-and throughout the church-pay homage to some of these same fallen angels. You see, many worship a being by the name of Jah-buh-lun.
Who is this, you ask?
Members of the Masonic Lodge are taught that Jah-buh-lun is the true hidden name of God. Or at least, that’s what members of the Masonic Lodge are taught when they reach a higher standing in the Lodge. Until then, this information is kept secret from them.
The name Jah-Buh-Lun is a combination of Jehovah, Baal, and Osiris.
In describing the prominence and meaning of this name, we are told by one Masonic authority:
“They then balance three times three, bringing the right band with some violence down upon the left. The right hands are then raised above their heads, and the words, Jah-buh-lun, Jehovah, G-o-d, 76 are given at low breath, each companion pronouncing the syllables or letters alternately, as follows…” (Malcom C. Duncan’s, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual And Monitor Or Guide To The Three Symbolic Degrees Of The Ancient York Rite And The Degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, And The Royal Arch, 225 (Kindle Edition); New York; Dick & Fitzgerald  Kindle Edition published by Evinity Publishing Inc, 2009).
As to the meaning of the name, Jah-buh-lun, Duncan goes on to explain:
“JEHOVAH. Of the varieties of this sacred name in use among the different nations of the earth, three particularly merit the attention of Royal Arch Masons: 1. JAH. This name of God is found in the 68th Psalm, v. 4. 2. BAAL OR BEL. This word signifies a lord, master, or possessor, and hence it was applied by many of the nations of the East to denote the Lord of all things, and the Master of the world. 3. ON. This was the name by which JEHOVAH was worshipped among the Egyptians. I have made these remarks on the three names of God in Chaldaic, Syriac and Egyptian, Baal, Jah, and On, in the expectation that my Royal Arch Companions will readily recognize them in a corrupted form.–Lexicon.” (Malcom C. Duncan’s, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual And Monitor Or Guide To The Three Symbolic Degrees Of The Ancient York Rite And The Degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, And The Royal Arch, 281 (Kindle Edition); New York; Dick & Fitzgerald  Kindle Edition published by Evinity Publishing Inc, 2009)
Lest it be claimed that I am somehow misquoting or mishandling Masonic literature, I would ask you to also consider the words of the famous Masonic scholar, Albert Mackey:
“BEL spelled Bel, is usually pronounced bell but both Strong in his Hebrew Dictionary, and Feyerabend in his, prefer to say bale. The word is probably the contracted form of v, commonly pronounced bay- ahl and spelled Baal, and he was worshiped by the Babylonians as their chief deity. The Greeks and Romans so considered the meaning and translated the word by Zeus and Jupiter. Bel was one of the chief gods of the Babylonians perhaps their supreme deity, and the word has been deemed a Chaldaic form of Baal. Note Isaiah, xlvi, 1, “Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle. ” Baal signifies Lord or Master and occurs several times in the Bible as a part of the names of various gods. Alone, the word applies to the sun- god, the supreme male deity of the Syro- Phoenician nations. For an account of his worship read First Kings xviii. With Jah and On, it has been introduced into the Royal Arch system as a representative of the Tetragrammaton, which it and the accompanying words have sometimes ignorantly been made to displace. At the session of the General Grand Chapter of the United States, in 1871, this error was corrected; and while the Tetragrammaton was declared to be the true omnific word, the other three were permitted to be retained as merely explanatory.” (Albert G. Mackey, Mackey’s Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry And It’s Kindred Sciences, 9835-9845 (Kindle Edition))
Now friends, let’s consider this.
According to the Masonic Lodge, the true name of God is actually a combination of Jehovah (the God of the Bible), Baal (one of the chief gods of the pagans with whom the God of the Bible is continually at war in Scripture), and Osiris (another one of the gods that Jehovah triumphed over in Egypt-Exodus 18:11).
Are you following with me on this?
The God of the Bible is said to be (according to the Masonic Lodge) in an “unholy Trinity” (if you will) with Baal and Osiris.
Well, is God in an unholy alliance with these evil beings?
Isaiah 44:8-Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’ ”
Isaiah 45:5-I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me,
Isaiah 45:18-For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.
Isaiah 46:9-Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,
Joshua told the people of Israel in the long ago:
Joshua 24:14-15-14 “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Let’s be clear: Jah-buh-lun is NOT God!
Friends, there is a choice before each of us, and the choice is clear: will we choose to serve the one true God, or the false gods of the world? I know the choice that I have made: Yeshua is my King.
What about you?
Before you choose, let me tell you about the one true God. He loves you so very much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrew: Yeshua) into the world to die for the sins of mankind on the Cross of Calvary (1 Timothy 2:4-6). He was buried and arose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). God has declared that the person who hears His Word (John 6:44-45), believes in His Son Jesus Christ (John 8:24), repents of sin (Luke 13:3), confesses Jesus Christ as the Son of God (1 Timothy 6;12), and is baptized into Him (Romans 6:3-4) will be saved (Mark 16:16).
If we remain faithful to Him, even to the point of death, we will receive the promised home of Heaven (Revelation 2:10). When we stumble and sin as Christians, He will forgive us when we repent and confess those sins to Him in prayer (1 John 1:9).
But what will be the fate of those who deny Jesus Christ and who do not submit to His Gospel plan of salvation?
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10-7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,
8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
I pray that you will choose wisely. If I can assist you in any way, please call upon me.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
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