Who is God?
Many people who believe the words of God in the bible says that God is one and cannot be plural. Seemingly that seems to be true because through the bible we can find testimonies of God as one.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God.
With these evidences of the bible they say that there is only one God and God is singular in nature.
God as Gods in the Bible
Surely there are some verses proving that God is one, but there are more evidences that we cannot deny that God is plural Gods. Originally the bible is written in the Hebrew language and in the Old Testament God is referred as Elohim or Gods in English. This Elohim is used 2,500 times in the bible and God is working together as Elohim from the Genesis to Revelations.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”
And also the God who destroyed the Babel tower is also Elohim.
Genesis 11:7 The Lord (God) said, “…..Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
And also God is working as Elohim in choosing Isaiah as a prophet.
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
In the creation, in the punishment of the people of Babel, and also in choosing a prophet, God is working together as Elohim (Gods), not as God. Therefore, God is plural, not singular.
God in the Perspective of Jews
Jews are the people who were given the knowledge in the beginning. And the Jews have known God as Elohim. To the Jews God was always plural, not singular. In the time of Moses while they were travelling in the desert, once Moses went up to Mountain Sinai to receive the stone tablets of Ten Commandments and stayed there for 40 days. Ar the moment Israelites thought he was dead in the mountain and they lost their leader. And they wanted to make the image of God who could lead them in front of them. The idol was made in the likeness of God who had led them out of Egypt.
Exodus 32:4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning i with a tool. Then they said, “these are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.
They made an idol calf as their God and interestingly enough they call the singular calf as plural gods. Through this we can see to the Israelites God is one and also two. In other words God is singular and also plural. Let us take look at another example.
In the times of kings after Solomon the second king of Israel, the kingdom was divided into two: South Juda and North Israel. At that time the Temple of God was in Jerusalem in South Juda and Jeroboam the king of North Israel got worried that his people might go up to Jerusalem to worship God and finally they might desert him by allying with the king of South Juda. Out of fear of betrayal he made idols and set them up one in Bethel and the other in Dan.
1 Kings 12:28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
He also recognized God as plural. These evidences tell us that the Israelites understood God as plural, not as singular. The God who led them out of Egypt was to them Elohim (Gods). To them God was always plural.
God of Israel in the Perspective of Gentiles
Even the Gentiles of Canaan understood the God of Israel as plural. When there was a war between the Jews and the Philistines, Jews brought the Ark of the Covenant to the battle field hoping to receive help of God and defeat the enemy. When the Ark was brought to the Israel camp, the Philistines got afraid because they knew God of Israel is with them.
1 Samuel 4:5 When the ark of the Lord’s covenant came to the camp, all Israelites raised such a great shout that the ground shook. Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, “What’s all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?” When they learned that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp, the Philistines were afraid. “A god has come into the camp. …. Who will deliver us from the hands of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians….”
Through the knowlege of God both the Jews and Gentiles had we can confirm that God was plural to them. The God who gave salvation and freedom to the Jews was actually Elohim Gods, not God.
Therefore Gods is working together as plural from the beginning to the end. The Elohim Gods are the ones who completes the salvation work at the last day by giving eternal life. That God Elohim is testified as the Spirit and the Bride (or God the Father and God the Mother).
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let them who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
The Spirit and the bride, the Elohim Gods fulfilled the prophecy by appearing as Christ Ahnsahnghong and the Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem.