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On January 5, 1968, the Radio Church of God (founded October 21, 1933) was renamed the Worldwide Church of God. Soon after, the church began to broadcast a television version of The World Tomorrow. The program would eventually expand to 382 U.S. television stations, and 36 television outlets internationally.


  1. El
  2. Yahweh
  3. Adonai


  1. El Shaddai
  2. El Elyon
  3. El Olam
  4. El Ohim


  1. Yahweh Elohim
  2. Adonai Yahweh
  3. Yahweh Sabaoth
El - strength
Eloh - faithful
Elohim - family
Yahweh - Eternal
Adonai - Lord Master

Yahweh - Eternal

  1. Redeemer
    1. holiness (Lev. 11:44,45; 19:1,2; 20:26; Hab. 1:12, 13
    2. hatred and judgment of sin (Deut. 32:35-42; Gen. 6:5-7; Ps. 11:4-6; 66:18)
    3. love for and redemption of sinners (Gen. 3:21; 8:20, 21; Ex. 12:12, 13; Lev. 16:2, 3; Isa. 53:5, 6, 10)
  2. Provider - Yahweh-jireh (Gen. 22:13, 14)
  3. Healer - Yahweh-rapha (Ex. 15:26)
  4. Banner or victory over flesh - Yahweh-nissi (Ex. 17:8-15)
  5. Peace - Yahweh-Shalom (Judges 6:24)
  6. Shepherd - Yahweh-ra-ah (Ps. 23)
    1. good
    2. great
    3. chief
  7. Righteousness - Yahweh-tsidkenu (Jer. 23:6)
  8. Ever Present - Yahweh-shammah (Eze. 43:35; Ex. 33:14, 15; I Chron. 16:27, 33; Ps. 16:11; 97:5; Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5)

Lord God - Yahweh Elohim

Relation of Deity to man:
  1. A creator - Genesis 2:7-15
  2. Morally in authority over man (Gen. 2:16, 17)
  3. Creation and governing the earthly relationships of man (Gen. 2:18-24; 3:16-19, 22-24)
  4. Redeeming man (Gen. 3:8-15; 21)

El Elyon - "Most High God"

  1. Melchizedek - "Priest of the Most High God" (Gen. 14:18)
  2. As "possessor of heaven and earth"
    1. heavenly authority - El Elyon (Dan. 4:35, 37; Isa. 14:13; Matt. 28:18)
    2. earthly authority - El Elyon (Deut. 32:8; Ps. 9:2-5; 21:7; 47:2-4; 56:2, 3; 82:7, 8; 83:16-18; 91:9-12; II Sam. 22:14-15; Dan. 5:18)

Adonai, Adon - "Lord " - "Master".

  1. Master and husband (John 13:13; "Master", II Cor. 11:2-3, "husband")
  2. Master and servant (John 13:13; "Master"; Matt. 23:10; Luke 6:46) (Servant - Josh. 7:8-11)
  3. "Lord God" - Adonai Yahweh - Gen. 15:2, 8; Deut. 3:24; 9:25; Josh. 7:7; Jud. 6:22; 16:28; II Sam. 7:18-20, 23; I Kings 2:26; Ps. 69:6; 71:5; Isa.7:7.
  4. Lord (Master) - Adonai - in essence Master "What service do you want me to perform?"

"Almighty God" - El Shaddai

  1. The etymological signification of Almighty God (El Shaddai) is both interesting and touching. God (El) signifies the "Strong One" (Gen. 1:1). The qualifying word Shaddai is formed from the Hebrew word "shad", the breast, invariably used in Scripture for a woman's breast; Gen. 49:25; Job 3:32; Ps. 22:9; Song 1:13; 4:4; 7:3, 7, 8; 8:1, 8, 10; Isa. 28:9; Eze. 16:7. Shaddai therefore the Nourisher, the Strength-Giver, and so, in a secondary sense, the Satisfier, who pours Himself into believing lives. As a fretful, unsatisfied babe is not only strengthened and nourished from the mother's breast, but also is quieted, rested, satisfied, so El Shaddai is that name of God which sets Him forth as the Strength-Giver and satisfier of His people. It is on every account to be regretted that "Shaddai" was translated "Almighty". The primary name El or Elohim sufficiently signifies Almightiness. "All-sufficient" would far better express both the Hebrew meaning and the characteristic use of the name in Scripture.
  2. Almighty God (El Shaddai) not only enriches, but makes fruitful. This is nowhere better illustrated than in the first occurrence of the name (Gen. 17:1-8). To a man ninety-nine years of age. He said: "I am the Almighty God (El Shaddai)... I will... multiply thee exceedingly". To the same purport is the use of the name in Genesis 28:3, 4.
  3. As Giver of fruitfulness, Almighty God (El Shaddai) chastens His people. For the moral connection of chastening with fruit-bearing, (John 15:2; Heb. 12:10; Ruth 1:20). Hence, Almighty is the characteristic name of God in Job, occurring thirty-one times in that book. The hand of El Shaddai falls upon Job, the best man of his time, not in judgment, but in purifying unto greater fruitfulness (Job 5:17-25). Come to see God as Job saw Him. Job totally surrendered to God (Romans 8:26-31).

"Everlasting God" - El Olam

  1. Secret or hidden things - Deut. 29:29; Amos 3:7; Revealer-secret and at anytime from everlasting to everlasting from age to age. He reveals each age as He chooses - Lev. 5:2; "hidden"; II Kings 4:27; "hid"; Ps. 10:1 "hidest".
  2. An indefinite time or age (Lev. 25:32 "at any time"; Josh. 24:2 "in old times").

"Eternal of Hosts" - Yahweh Sabaoth - host or hosts - Power

Ps. 24:10 "The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of glory"; Jeremiah uses this name about 80 times; Haggai uses this name 14 times in two chapters; Zechariah in fourteen chapters uses it 50 times; Malachi the name occurs about 25 times.

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