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Unveil The Divine Hierarchy: Who Is The True GOD of The Gods?

A PEEK INTO THE UNSEEN REALM

 

Have you ever wondered about the myriad of gods throughout history? And how can you and I be sure we are worshiping the right one?

The Bible acknowledges these beings, and the phrase “God of the gods” opens up a fascinating supernatural reality that Dr. Michael Heiser explores in depth.

When I first read Dr. Heiser’s “Unseen Realm” book, it blew me away! Let’s dive into the Scriptures and see what they reveal about the “God of the gods.”

 

MEET DR. MICHAEL S. HEISER

THE SCHOLAR WHO REVOLUTIONIZED OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE

 

Dr. Heiser, a renowned scholar with a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages, offers groundbreaking perspectives on biblical supernaturalism.

He also has degrees in Ancient History and Hebrew Studies. And he argues for a broader spiritual reality that includes God, angels, demons, and other divine beings.

Dr. Heiser challenges conventional interpretations, offering fresh perspectives on some peculiar biblical passages and age-old questions. His work has captivated those passionate about biblical texts.

Have you ever heard of the Divine Council? If not, let me introduce you to this intriguing concept.

 

HEAVEN’S ASSEMBLY: THE CONCEPT OF THE DIVINE COUNCIL

 

Imagine a celestial board meeting. That’s essentially what the Divine Council is — a heavenly assembly where God interacts with other divine beings and delegates authority to them. It’s like a high-stakes executive team meeting where significant decisions are made.

Visualize Yahweh as the CEO of a massive corporation, with other gods serving as department heads.

“God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.” (Psalm 82, KJV)

So, what exactly makes someone a god?

 

WHAT IS A GOD?

THE TERM “ELOHIM” IS NOT ONLY FOR YAHWEH IN SCRIPTURE

 

According to Dr. Heiser, what makes someone a god (or an “Elohim”) is their status as a member of the spiritual realm.

The Hebrew term “Elohim” is significant in Scripture. It classifies God (Yahweh), gods, sons of God, angels, demons, etc., as spiritual beings because they inhabit the spiritual realm.

However, it does not describe their characteristics or attributes. Only God (Yahweh) has omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, etc.

This dual usage of the term “Elohim” appears throughout the Bible. For example, in Genesis 1:1, “Elohim” refers to the singular, all-powerful Creator, God (Yahweh).

Conversely, in Psalm 82:1, “God (Elohim) stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods (Elohim).” The first instance refers to God (Yahweh), while the second refers to other divine beings.

Where do these spiritual entities come from, and who made them?

 

ELOHIM: REAL ENTITIES CREATED BY GOD

 

Dr. Heiser explains that these gods (Elohim) are real spiritual entities. God (Yahweh) created the spiritual beings for the spiritual realm. Scripture describes that these beings were made before God (Yahweh) made the earth and everything on it, including humans.

“Where wast thou (Job) when I laid the foundations of the earth?… When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:4–7, KJV)

God creates Earth while angels are watching.
God creates Earth while angels are watching.

These spiritual beings have specific roles and responsibilities in the spiritual realm. Some are good, loyal servants of God, like Michael and Gabriel. Others, like Lucifer, rebel against Him.

This opens up another fascinating topic: a cosmic conflict.

 

“ELOHIM” AND THE COSMIC CONFLICT

 

Dr. Heiser emphasized that the cosmic struggle portrayed in various biblical texts is not between God and evil spiritual beings. Instead, it is between different categories of spiritual beings, with God ultimately overseeing and directing the events.

The conflict involves rebellious divine beings (often referred to as “sons of God” or “angels”) who oppose Yahweh’s will and seek to exert their own influence in the world. This opposition can manifest as attempts to thwart God’s plans and deceive humanity.

While conflicts and challenges may exist within the spiritual realm, God’s purposes will ultimately prevail as they do on Earth. He is not threatened by the actions of rebellious beings, but He is patient.

Let me show some interesting Bible passages to support this view:

  • JOB

The gods (Elohim) presented themselves before the Lord, with Satan among them, and then, the story of Job unfolded.

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” (Job 1:6–7, KJV)

  • 1 KINGS

The Bible describes a scene where God (Yahweh) and the hosts of heaven are together when one comes forward to volunteer.

“And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.” (1 Kings 22:19–22, KJV)

Buckle up! Since we understand more about the Elohim, we can tackle the giant problem,  Genesis 6.

 

GODS AND GODDESSES

SONS OF GOD

 

Genesis 6 describes the sons of God (Elohim) having relations with human women, resulting in the birth of giants.

“That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” (Genesis 6:2–4, KJV)

Hold up! Giants born from divine beings and humans? Yes, you read that right. Jude, Jesus’ half-brother, told us they left their spiritual habitat and manifested on earth, causing havoc.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation.” (Jude 1:6, KJV)

We’ll delve deeper into this wild story in another article. For now, remember that Genesis 6 tells us these gods (Elohim) existed before and after the flood. It’s no surprise that they are embedded in world history.

ANCIENT NEAR EAST

In the ancient Near East, cultures like Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan believed in a multitude of gods and goddesses — what we now know as gods (Elohim).

Each city or region had its own pantheon of gods overseeing everything from the weather to fertility.

For instance:

  • Mesopotamians worshipped gods like Marduk and Ishtar.
  • Egyptians had deities such as Ra, Osiris, and Isis.
  • Canaanites honored gods like Baal and Asherah.

These gods and goddesses were shaped into images and worshipped through rituals, sacrifices, and temples.

Over the ages, the names of these gods evolved, but their roles and powers remained consistent. For example, the Sumerian god Anu eventually became Zeus for the Greeks and Jupiter for the Romans. Likewise, the Sumerian god Inanna became Aphrodite for the Greeks and Venus for the Romans.

A listicle of the evolutions of ancient gods.
The Evolution of Ancient Gods
The Eastern ancient gods
The Eastern Ancient Gods

These gods and goddesses were often associated with specific territories, leading us to cosmic geography.

 

COSMIC GEOGRAPHY

 

Dr. Heiser introduces the concept of “cosmic geography,” where specific divine beings are associated with particular geographical regions.

In this context, he specifically mentioned Deuteronomy 32, the Song of Moses, reflecting on Israel’s history and God’s faithfulness. (Keep in mind that Jacob was also called Israel in Scripture.)

“When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.” (Deuteronomy 32:8–9, ESV)

Dr. Heiser focuses on “according to the number of the sons of God” and suggests that this verse reflects a worldview in which the world’s nations were allotted to different divine beings, often understood as members of the divine council.

Furthermore, while the nations may have been allocated to various divine beings, Israel is unique because it belongs specifically to God (Yahweh). This highlights the special relationship between God and Israel, where Israel is considered God’s portion or inheritance.

If I may have a finger in this pie. Would the concept of a cosmic war not shed some light on Israel’s ongoing holy war? But I digress.

In a world dominated by polytheism, what changed all this?

 

ISRAEL’S RADICAL CLAIM FOR MONOTHEISM

 

Israel made the radical claim that there was only one God who ruled them all.

This belief in a single, all-powerful God (Yahweh) was a radical departure from the norm and made Israel many enemies. But they were willing to defend it with their lives.

Unlike the gods (Elohim) of the nations, who were limited to specific domains like the sun, war, or fertility, the Israelites’ God (Yahweh) was the Creator of everything! And their gods couldn’t hold a candle to Him.

Imagine being the only kid in a school who says you don’t need a whole team to win — just one unbeatable player.

So what made Israel and Christians today so sure that their God is the true God of them all?

 

WHICH ONE IS THE ONE TRUE GOD?

 

When Israel claimed Yahweh as the true God, it wasn’t just a random choice among many gods. Yahweh revealed Himself to them, building a profound, steady relationship that other gods didn’t offer.

Let’s break this down.

 

YAHWEH APPEARED TO HIS PEOPLE

 

Yahweh didn’t exist just as an abstract concept for the Israelites. He appeared directly to Abram (Genesis 12), calling him to the promised land, and Abram responded in faith. And Yahweh reappeared throughout generations, reminding them:

“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” (Exodus 3:4–6, NIV)

 

YAHWEH MADE COVENANTS

 

Yahweh made and kept covenants with Israel. Through the Abrahamic covenant, He promised the land and delivered.

Through the Mosaic covenant, He provided the law, giving specific instructions prohibiting them from worshiping other gods.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image… for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God.” (Exodus 20:3–5, KJV)

Yahweh showed His commitment and faithfulness to His people.

 

YAHWEH BUILT A PROVEN RECORD

 

When Israel was enslaved in Egypt, Yahweh acted powerfully on their behalf. Each of the ten plagues challenged a specific Egyptian god, proving Yahweh’s supreme power over them.

“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.” (Exodus 12:12, KJV)

At the end of the ten plagues, Yahweh opened up the waters of the Red Sea for His people to walk through on dry ground to freedom.

 
The Red Sea Opens in Front of Israel
The Red Sea Opens in Front of Israel

Then, 1 Kings 18 recounts Elijah’s exhilarating duel against 450 prophets of Baal. Despite their frantic efforts, Baal’s prophets failed to ignite their sacrifice. Then Elijah prayed to Yahweh and BAM! Fire from heaven consumed the sacrifice, proving Yahweh was the true God.

Yahweh’s power humiliated Baal’s prophets and caused a national uproar, but His prophet, Elijah, remained safe.

The Bible records many more of these events where Yahweh acts for His people.

 

YAHWEH SENT HIS SON

 

The Canaanite god Moloch/Molech was a deity to whom child sacrifices were made. It demanded blood from their children. In stark contrast, Yahweh forbids Israel to do this.

“You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 18:21, ESV)

Yahweh promised a Messiah and sent his Son, Jesus Christ, in due time. He was the sacrifice. Jesus gave His blood; Yahweh did not ask for the blood of His children.

 

WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN FOR US? MODERN IMPLICATIONS OF ANCIENT BELIEFS

 

C.S. Lewis wisely noted: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”

Understanding that other beings in the unseen realm are vying for our attention can reshape what we entertain.

It can also make us aware of the need to wear the whole armor of God, as Paul stated, to stand against principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11–12, KJV)

And knowing that God (Yahweh) is supreme — the most powerful and loving being in existence — can deepen your faith. When you realize that nothing is beyond His control and that He loves you deeply, it changes how you trust Him. It gives you confidence.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Who is the true God of the gods? I could have cut it short and said that all of them gods have a rubbish track record except for one, Yahweh. But I wanted to do better, in case you think you should pick a god like you would choose the reddest apple in the local shop.

God has picked you. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to manifest and become one of us, die for our sins, and make a way for us to become His children. You and I get to accept and respond; it is an invitation.

I secretly hoped to meet Dr. Heiser one day, but sadly, he passed away in 2023 at the tender age of 60. His most famous book, Unseen Realm, remains a bestseller.

 

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