Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Daniel ... so, what's in a name?


What is really in a name? And, does it matter?

In western society today a name is nothing more than a mere reference, an identifier for a specific individual ... much like a number in the army. Beyond this point there hardly exist any other qualities or use for a name and it certainly has no spiritual or prophetic quality.

Well, does it in other cultures?

Certainly, YES!

Take South Africa as an example. Indigenous names all have a certain meaning. Ubuhle means beauty or loveliness, Jabulile means be cheerful, Thabitha means delight, Thando means love. Usually the name is given because it reminds the family of a certain event or situation or family member at the time of birth of the incumbent.

We find the same situation in the older cultures of the world, including that of the Hebrew and Semite cultures.  In God's Word (Bible) names are all there for a specific reason. They all carry a certain meaning and prophecy (spiritual), whether positive or negative that in itself, have the ability to manifest physically. 

You'd think that if God says: Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live that man would catch onto this and take heed knowing that there is some awesome benefit and blessing in it, especially when it comes to name-giving. Off cause the Blessing part of it was fulfilled years later in Jesus ... the very reason God says choose life.

How does it work? Each time a person's names is called out or referred to, it:
  1. confirms and attests to the very character and nature of the person;
  2. prophetically determines and declares the identity and destiny of the person;
  3. attests to the heritage and inheritance of the person;
  4. attests what the person is associated or affiliated with;
  5. prophetically announces and makes a declaration into the future of the person.
Other than in the western world (Greek based) where letters of the alphabet have (1)form and (2)sound only, in the Hebrew letters of the alephbeth have (1)form and (2)sound as well as (3)meaning and a (4)pictograph message (reference).

Let's look at a practical example. Take for instance the sons of Ruth and Elimelech, Mahlon (sickly) and Chilion (destruction) who both died during the family's tenure in Moab. And you'd ask: Why? Simple. Prophecy fulfilled!

The wise Solomon said: Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Our words, like that of God, have creative and destructive power in them!

Even so, the prophets of God (Elohim, YHVH, Yah) all carried a name that would identify very specifically who they were and what they stood for - a public declaration. When Elijah defeated the 400 Baal prophets no one was guessing and inquiring who he was or which God answered with fire. The answer was in his name - Eli-YAH (El- God or Elohim is Yahweh)! The God YAHweh answered with fire from heaven! Just the same with many faithful others. Take for instance:
  • Nehemiah - or NehimaYAH - consolation in Yah
  • Isaiah - or IsaiYAH - saved by Yah
  • Jeremiah - or JeremiYah - raised up by Yah
  • Ezekiel - or EzekiEl - strengthened by Elohim (God of Israel -YHVH)
  • Daniel - or DaniEl - Judged by Elohim
  • Hosea - or HoseYah - Delivered by Yah
  • Zachariah - ZachariYah - Remembered by Yah
  • Micah - or MicYah - Who is like Yah
  • Zephaniah - or ZephaniaYah - Hidden by Yah
  • etc.
... then there is also the sequence of names in the Bible and the bigger picture ... such as the Gospel in Genesis? It is amazing how the Word of God explains itself and how every detail points to Jesus. In Genesis 5 God's Word very 'strangely' mentions the names of the descendants of Adam through Seth in a peculiar manner. It mentions the name of the first descendant only and then continuous by saying that that person also begot other sons and daughters without mentioning the names of the successive descendants. It continuous like this up to Noah. And it is done for a reason!

Place all the names from Adam to Noah next to each other in the form of a sentence and they spell out God's Redemption Plan (prophetically onto Jesus, Yah'shua). It reads "Adam (man) Seth (appointed) Enos (mortal) Kenan (place) Mahalaleel (the blessed Elohim) Jared (descent) Enoch (dedicate) Methuselah (man stretched out) Lamech (Powerful) Noah (Rest).

All of this led me to think that there must be something in the name Daniel, the name I also carry and that there should be something beyond just "God be my Judge" or "Judged of God", and ... what would it mean? And that's where it got interesting ...

You see, the name Daniel or (דניּאל) is build of two Hebrew words Elohim (or Elאל) and Dan (דניּ). Elohim is well known and understood. Elohim within the context of Hebrew (and consequently Christian) 'religion' and relationship with God, refers to the only One and True God, YHVH and the fullness of the Godhead.

Dan (דניּ), the word for 'Judge' I was, however, less familiar with, not even to mention the meaning thereof. My discovery, as the Spirit of God led me, was mind-blowing. 

Our western minds and western (Greco-Roman) definitions for the word 'judge' are extremely narrow, limiting and one-sided compared to the actual Hebrew meaning of the word.

In Hebrew two main words for the noun and verb 'judge' exist: 
  1. dûn or דּוּן with the root word 'âdôn or אדן (to rule or judge as sovereign and master. It is also the root word for Adoni or Lord) from where Dan (דניּ) is derived;
  2. shâphaṭ or שׁפט (with the meaning to pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication to vindicate or punish; by extension to govern; passively to litigate (literally or figuratively); deliverer, avenge, contend, defend, execute, see to the needs, plead, reason, rule) the work that the sovereign does; and 
  3. some other words that by context and implication have the meaning to 'judge' (that we will not consider).
In the times when Israel occupied the promised land, long before they had kings ruling over them the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies Jdg 2:18. The word for these Judges is shâphaṭ or שׁפט and the context here, like any other place where the Hebrew language is used, is extremely important if we were to fully comprehend the meaning of what a judge is. 

Where-as the western mind sees a judge as the person of authority over life and death, the  strict executioner of justice, the ruler of the law, very strict older person whose word is law, etc. etc., the Hebrew is much more explanatory.

The Hebrew understanding of what a judge is, is much more descriptive and the meaning much more practical and applicable to circumstances. In the Hebrew mind a Judge is the person who first of all delivers and sees to the needs of the needy, the one who defends and executes justice by avenge against the enemy, the one who pleads the case of the needy and oppressed and who leads in battle to normalize the circumstances for the needy and oppressed, the sick and afflicted - IT WAS ALL A SHADOW OF WHAT WAS TO COME - THE PERFECT JUST JUDGE - JESUS (YAH'SHUA), the One who came to deliver and save the needy and hungry, the One who defends the ones that He Himself justified and made righteous by His Blood, the Deliverer of the oppressed and afflicted, the ones who are in great need of Fatherly love and protection and provision! HalleluYah!

Well, that makes it an honour to carry this name. It means that God be my Judge - God be my Deliverer, my Savior, my Defender, my Provider, my Healer, my Protector, my Leader in battle to normalize my situation according to His Standard of normal which is perfect peace and wholeness. 

Daniel (דניּאל). God be my Judge. The verdict of my Judge is out: I have been made fully righteous by the blood of the Lamb and I am a co-heir to the Kingdom of my Father!

The pictograph of the name דניּאל according to the ancient Hebrew symbols for these letters gives even more glory onto Jesus. 
It literally says: The Door (or pathway) reveals the Life (or work) by or of Elohim

Loaded, man!

Glory to Jesus! 

It is ALL about HIM!!!

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son ... Joh 5:22 

And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. Act 10:42  
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