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Apotheosis

Augustus Caesar, whose real name was Octavius, was the first in Rome to receive the title APOTHEOS. That title and office of power meant he appointed gods and the authority of that office literally raised him to the rank of god.

Since history repeats itself the historical significance of this can be very enlightening for those who want to know the whole truth and provide for it.

Emperor Worship

"The climax of the civic religion was reached in the ruler cult of Hellenistic-. Roman times. The ruler cult started as an expression of gratitude to benefactors and became an expression of homage and loyalty... The reli.gious meaning of the ruler cult was not as great as its social and political importance where it served to testify to loyalty and to satisfy the ambition of leading families."

"Historical Developments in the Imperial Cult"

"After an age of wars and catastrophes Augustus brought peace. He was a 'savior.' There was no way to explain a power so great without appeal to a divine ('demonic' in the Greek sense) nature residing in the soul of Augustus... The people called Caesar 'god' and honored him as such in his lifetime. A statue was dedicated to him in the temple of Quirinus in 45 BC with the words 'To the invincible god.'" – ©1997-2009 Theology Website. All Rights Reserved.

Quoted from the THEOLOGY WEBSITE to show that it is common knowledge as to why Caesar was called a god and savior of the people.


We see in this quote that a suggestion that, "The religious meaning" of the Imperial Cult of Rome "was not as great as its social and political importance." That statement may be true if you define religion as what you think about God or gods. But two hundred and two thousand years ago Religion, especially Pure Religion, was how you preformed your Paternal duty to God or the gods and your fellow man.

The use of the phrase "civic religion" is also significant because there was both Public religion and private religion and since religion had to do with the way in which you provided welfare to your fellowman Christianity was considered a private religion or Private welfare. Any form of Christianity that did not provide for the needy of its society would be considered False religion. This was at the root of almost all christian persecution and the Christian conflict with the Imperial Cult of Rome and the gods of its courts.

Changing the meaning of a few words in our language and removing those terms from their historical context can change the entire view of society and its perceived understanding of the truth. To know the whole truth we have to constantly look at the meaning of what we are saying and doing and not merely the words themselves.

Many people do not want to imagine that they would make a man god and they would never willingly call a man a god. But the truth is we do make gods of men and raise them to the rank of god as a Supreme being or authority of our lives.

Unknown by most Americans today George Washington was the first to be publicly hailed as holding the “rank of god”,[1] at least that is what a US government website says concerning the painting in the Capitol dome.[2] In the United States all the presidents have had that same power granted to Augustus Caesar.[3]

This apotheosis[4] of presidents was fundamentally no different than the deification of Caesar as god who was also the commander in chief of the military[5] and chief executive officer[6] of the world[7] order of Rome. History does repeat itself if we will not learn from it and if they are going to change our understanding of words we may all be deceived again.[8]

This government website references this painting as raising Washington to the "rank of god".

Historians and linguists have known for years that the references to god and gods many[9] found in the Bible in both Old and New Testaments were references to the magistrates, judges and rulers of governments who exercise authority over the people.

Not only do both Thayer's[10] and Strong’s Concordance[11] verify this but also Calmet's Dictionary of the Bible[12] along with everyone from William Robertson of Edinburgh,[13] to Walter Henry Medhurst,[14] along with a list of Jewish grammarians, and even Prof. Madan Mohan Shukla writing in the Vishveshvaran and Indological Journal.

They all say the word god is applied commonly to kings, magistrates, judges, and others to whom reverence is shown, and which are regarded as representatives of the office which manifests that power over their relative subjects. In other words god is anyone who has the power or authority to decide good and evil for you.

The word god is also related to the particular office and prerogative of judges and magistrates to administer oaths as the first principle of judicature or magistracy. These oaths are contracts or covenants that bind the people to the authority of others.

These powers or natural rights relinquished by oath to kings, magistrates, judges, and rulers, or in other words gods many, was prohibited by the God of the Old Testament[15] and the New.[16]

These gods many[17] that Paul speaks of have always been, “Kings who have greater power than their subjects: magistrates who have greater power than those who come before them to obtain decision of their suits and application of the laws; and princes or men of rank, whether in office or not...”[18]


The term gods found in the Bible in both Old and New Testaments were references to men as magistrates, judges and rulers of governments who exercise authoritative judgment of right and wrong over the people. gods Many SS Video Series 9-10. Time 9:45

Every judge in the imperial courts of the Roman Empire was called a “god” because the word in both Greek and Hebrew meant rulers and judges and was used to address judges and magistrates in courts of law. The right of the emperor to appoint judges throughout the imperial courts as an appointor of these gods was simply a public office enjoyed by many political leaders then - and today.[19]

Man as a god

Even Jesus said “ye are gods”[20] quoting David.[21]

How could you be a god?

Once you understanding that the word god means ruling judge then you may look at the early court systems of America when juries still decided Fact and Law and comprehend that you were once the ruling judges of your society who were attending to the weightier matters of law judgment mercy and faith,[22] just as Christ said you should.

People often believe that the problem in today's world is the government, but that is not fair. The government did not create itself. It is a product of the people and the spirit that lives within them.

The people of America and the several States should know that the constitution granted no rights to them nor were they a party to it.[23] They were to retain their rights.[24] You retain rights by accepting the responsibility correlative to those individual rights. If you neglect your responsibilities, your duty to your fellow-man, you will lose your rights especially when you turn your responsibility over to what is often called “the government”. So, the problem is not the corruption of the courts as much as a corruption of the people.

Diverted vs Converted

People like to be told what they already know and believe to be true and do not like to hear that what they believe and no is not true but false.

Modern Public schools and many private educational institutions do not teach history as they once did. In fact they often do not teach history as it was. Schools teachers may have been strategically mislead and misinformed about the past in subtle ways when they thought they were learning and unbiased view of history.

Universal education may be used as a tool for universal deceit. With slow and gradual alterations of what is published, either by omission or inserted opinions, a common text book dependent institution can alter the perceptions of an entire nation through the use of Schools as Tools of social engineering.

The problem with concealing the truth in this way is that it is like trying to keep a genie in a bottle. In time the truth has a way of getting out.


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Footnotes

  1. http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/romeus.php#Apotheosis
  2. http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-hill/murals/apotheosis-washington
  3. Article II, Section 2, Clause 2.[The President] shall nominate, and, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
  4. a·poth·e·o·sis 1. “Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. “the elevation of a person to the rank of a god; deification” Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003.
    1. the elevation of a person to the rank of a god. Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc.
  5. Emperator, emperatoris m.commander in chief Collins L.E. Dict. ‘62. http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/romeus.php#Emperator
  6. http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/romeus.php#President
  7. http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/world.php
  8. 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: James 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.
  9. gods Many SS Video Series 9-10 9:45 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr1SBMbK5Aw
    Article http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/godsmany.php
  10. Θεός is used of whatever can in any respect be likened to God, or resembles him in any way: Hebraistically, equivalent to God's representative or vicegerent, of magistrates and judges, THAYER'S GREEK LEXICON
  11. Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with ho) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate;
  12. “It (Elohim) should seem to be second in dignity only to the name Jehovah : — as that name imports the essential being of the Divinity, so Elohim seems to import the power inherent in Deity ; or the manifestation of that power on its relative subjects." http://www.hisholychurch.net/sermon/godsmany.php
  13. William Robertson (19 September 1721 – 11 June 1793) was a Scottish historian, minister in the Church of Scotland, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh.
  14. The Proper Mode of Rendering the Word God in translating the Sacred Scriptures into the Chinese Language, Walter Henry Medhurst, the Mission Press 1848.
  15. Exodus 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
    Exodus 34:15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; Deuteronomy 31:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Deuteronomy 31:20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.
    Joshua 23:16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.
    2 Kings 17:35 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:
    2 Kings 17:38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
    Jeremiah 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
    Jeremiah 22:9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
  16. http://www.hisholychurch.org/study/covenants/ccc6.php
  17. There are gods many, Who are these gods many and what is a god? http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/godsmany.php
  18. The Proper Mode of Rendering the Word God in translating the Sacred Scriptures into the Chinese Language, Walter Henry Medhurst, the Mission Press 1848.
  19. http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/romeus.php or go to Rome vs US
  20. John 10:34 “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?”
  21. Psalms 82:6 “I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High.”
  22. Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
  23. Covenants Part I, 1. The Party of the first parthttp://www.hisholychurch.org/study/covenants/ccc1.php
  24. Amendment IX. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


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