How the Vatican Took Advantage of Bad Translation to Claim God’s Title for the Pope

Identify theft is a common problem today that may helps understand the issue of God’s identity.

“To believe that our Lord God the Pope has not the power to decree as he is decreed, is to be deemed heretical.” Roman Canon Law 1685:

Heretics were burned at the stake when the church had state backing to do so. They called it Auto de Fe, the Act of Faith, says Dr. Richard Ruhling who offers the following view of Bible and current events.

He says Protestant reformers saw the papacy as the little horn growing out of the 4th beast in Daniel 7–the Roman Empire 7, but “the same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them until the Ancient of days came and judgment was given to the saints,” verses 21,22.

The context of the judgment in verses 9,10 was the “great words of the horn” (claiming God’s title) That wasn’t so when Millerites following a Baptist pastor, William Miller, expected judgment on the world and a rapture in 1844 (Great Disappointment, Google).

The pope was taken prisoner by Napoleon and he died in exile—there were no great words in 1844. But in 2015 the pope had “great words” for the US Congress and United Nations.

With the “great words” (context of the judgment in Daniel 7) now satisfied, we should give the message of impending judgment that Christ said to give in Revelation 10. Here’s the explanation.

John was asked to eat a little book—it was the book of Daniel because of similar imagery in Daniel 12. When Millerites read Daniel, they misunderstood it and had the ‘bitter belly’ experience in 1844 like John did in Revelation 10, but John was told to “prophesy again.” If we are the remnant typified by John, we should tell others of impending judgment because the context, ‘great words,’ is now satisfied.

Returning to the theme of identity theft for God’s name. Bible translators followed the Jewish tradition of obliterating God’s name from Scripture under the pretext that they didn’t want anyone to take His name in vain, but when they got rid of His name and substitute LORD (about 7000 times in the Old Testament) they made His name empty (vain).

We have a modern parallel to Elijah’s time when 7000 didn’t bow to Baal, the name of a false god, and the translation of Baal is “lord.” Christians believe they worship the Creator, but they call Him by the same title as Israel called the calf. When we say, “praise the Lord” (title of Baal) how honored do we think God feels?

If “Lord” is all we need, any calf or pope might accept the homage, but the Bible lifts up God’s name. The first words of the Lord’s prayer are, “hallowed be Thy name, and three times in His intercessory prayer in John 17, Christ references God’s name. “Extol Him…by His name,” Psalm 68, verse 4.

God’s name has four letters called the tetragrammaton. (Google) “The letters of the Name of God in Hebrew are yod, hay, vav, and hayThey are frequently mispronounced Yahveh …[but] they are all vowels.” Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, The Book of Words, Jewish Lights Publ, p. 27.

Josephus, historian at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction affirmed the Sacred Name “consists of four vowels.” Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 5, Section 7.

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Names are not supposed to be translated—they should be transliterated to the same sound. George Bush wasn’t called ‘little shrub’ in Chinese. They gave his name the same sounds as we should do for God’s name.

It’s a different name, but you wouldn’t want God’s name to be Tom, Dick or Harry. The vowels of God’s name are the basis of our language; without them, we can’t make any intelligible sound with consonants, b,c,d,f,g, etc. Vowels are the music of the words. Consonants are made by obstruction to air flow.

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God’s name and character have no obstructions and He lends us His name so we can intelligently communicate. Let’s not take His name in vain, but praise Him for His great goodness and wisdom.


Halleluia is an international word, a hallel (praise) to His name. It means “praise IAUA” in most languages. (I has international “ee” sound, a = ah, and U is oo.


“The times of this ignorance [context was a discussion of a Greek god with no name!) God winked at, but now commands all men everywhere to repent because He has appointed a day in which He will judgment the world.” Acts 17, verses 23-31.


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Christ said before He returns, Elijah must first come and restore all things. God’s name is the first of seven topics that have a 7-fold emphasis (like “LORD” replacing His name in the 10 Commandments of Exodus


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