Where Did the Word “Church” Come From?
By Ella Rose Mast
Question: Since the King James Bible has been translated from several different languages where did the word Church come from? I understand that it was not in the Septuagint so what then is the church?
Answer: ‘Upon this Rock will I build my church’ Matthew 16:18. Jesus is speaking and He said:..’Upon this truth’…this belief that He was Messiah‑ YAHWEH come in the flesh, He would build His group of ‘called out ones’ and today this EKKLESIA is translated church.
There is a Greek word..which literally means the Lords house…it is Kyriakon, but this Greek word is not used in the entire Bible. The Greek word which is mistranslated church 112 times in the King James version is EKKLESIA. It means ‘the calling out’ a called out people. Therefore it is important to know what ‘Ekklesia’ means in order to know where it began.
Lets look then at the entire Scripture, both the Old and the New Testament’s, and see what we can find. Acts 7:37‑38..’This is what Moses said unto the children of Israel…’A prophet shall the LORD thy God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is He that was in the church in the wilderness with the Angel which spake to him in Mt. Sinai, and with our fathers; who received the lively oracle to give unto us.’ Here was the ‘Ekklesia’…those ‘called out’ people back in the time of the Israelites in the wilderness. And Stephen is speaking here and pointing this out. And this is also a direct quote of Deuteronomy 18:15‑16 …’YAHWEH, thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; according to all that thou desireth of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the Assembly.’ The Hebrew word ‘Qahal’ is here translated as Assembly and literally the Hebrew word ‘Qahal’ meaning a ‘calling out’ or the called out ones.
Again..in Acts 19:32 and verses 39‑41, we read:..’Some therefore cried one thing and some another for the assembly (ekklesia) was confused.’ Verse 39..’It shall be determined in a lawful assembly (ekklesia).’ And verse 41 …’He dismissed the Assembly (ekklesia)’….this spiritual center of the kingdom.
Now; YAHWEH promises (Deuteronomy 18:15)..that there will always be at least two witnesses of the truth. One you have in Acts 7:37‑38., and the second is found in Hebrews 2:12., where it says:..’I will declare thy name unto my brethren in the midst of the church (ekklesia) will I sing praises unto thee.’ And this is a direct quote from Psalm 22:2., ‘I will declare thy name unto my brethren in the midst of the congregation (qahal) will I praise thee.’ The congregation is the translation from the Hebrew word ‘qahal’.
Do you now begin to see that the Greek word ‘ekklesia’ is equivalent to the Hebrew word ‘qahal’? The only difference is in the languages themselves. Thus as the Septuagint, the Hebrew scrolls were translated into Greek about 275 B.C., then the Hebrew word ‘qahal’ was replaced with the Greek word ‘ekklesia’ and this happened over 70 times.
Thus the word ‘ekklesia’ translated church in the King James Version of the Bible did not start in the New Testament did it? In fact lets go back further…back to Genesis 28:3‑‑’YAHWEH bless thee and make thee fruitful and multiply thee and make thee fruitful so that thou mayest be a multitude (qahal) in the earth. …here a multitude of people…the word ‘qahal’ is thus now translated multitude. Then in Genesis 35:9‑11..The word ‘qahal’ is translated company. And now we find that the King James translators were not consistent in their translation of the Hebrew text. Alright then…: Israel is thus the ‘called out’ people, so called to be what?
1. A Chosen people…Psalm 135:4 and Deuteronomy 7:6.
2. A kingdom of Priests..a royal Priesthood..Exodus 19:6.
3. A Holy nation….Exodus 19:6 and Deuteronomy 7:6.
4. A peculiar people…Deuteronomy 14:2 and 26:18. a peculiar people, the meaning according to the concordance is, a special people, a treasure, and in the New Testament ..Titus 2:4..a special or purchased people.
Alright:..the ‘called out’ ..this special people, those YAHSHUA purchased as He bought the whole world to take out a treasure which was His people. These people are in the Old Testament and they are traced right over into the New Testament as you see in I Peter 2:9…’But ye are a chosen generation (progeny) a Royal Priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people: that ye should show forth the Praise of Him (YAHWEH‑YAHSHUA) who ‘called’ you out even from the darkness unto HIS marvelous light (truth).
And now; we even find evidence of the ‘called out’ even before Jacob, read in Ephesians 2:8…’For by Grace are ye saved thru Faith’…thus Faith is the door into the Ekklesia, the ‘called out’ of YAHWEH even in the Old Testament for you read in Hebrews 11., ‘that the way those of the Old Testament were identified in the ‘called out’ was by Faith. Verse 22., ‘All those having obtained a good report thru Faith.’
Incidentally before we go further, in verse 31., is the woman named Rahab and in the King James version is called a harlot, but she was an innkeeper on the wall and was of the Adamic race, because of her Faith she helped the Israelites escape. Just thought we should clear up this little matter since she is mentioned as those identified by Faith.
Alright:..then when did these ‘called out’ people begin, and where did they come from, those who are called God’s Israel people thru out the whole Bible, meaning Issue ruling with HIM?
In Revelation 13:8 and 17:8, there is a Book of Life and your name of every one of the Children of YAHWEH (spirit) were written in this Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world. Revelation 21:27 and 3:5, ‘He that overcometh I will not blot out of the Book of Life’..well, the promise is that ‘All Israel shall be saved’ Romans 11:26., and when you see the words ‘as it is written’ then you look for the same promise in the Old Testament, so look it up for you will remember it better if you find it for yourself.
Now, more of the Promise:..Psalm 90:1‑2., David is speaking to YAHWEH and realizing the greatness of the Gospel of the Kingdom. ‘Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations, before this earth was formed, from ever‑ lasting to everlasting…THOU ART YAHWEH OUR YAHSHUA (LORD).’ And then James 1:18., he also in inspiration also seeing the great Mosaic said:… ‘Of HIS own will begat he us.’
Alright:..This great Mosaic, this program of destiny by YAHWEH for His kingdom, and the kingdom people has been ignorantly called ‘the church’. But this is not something which came on the scene less than 2000 years ago as many would have you think. YAHWEH…Our Father..has had one plan down thru the ages, and only one ‘called out’ people. He has never changed the plan or abandoned even a tiny part of it. You are born into this Household and you enter no other way, and the testimony you carry is always..Faith in Jesus the Christ who is YAHSHUA in the Flesh, YAHWEH in spirit..and He came to redeem these same ‘called out’ people who fell when they came into the flesh thru the Adamic race. In the great plan comes the restoration of Israel first, and then the whole world, for HE loses nothing.
But today you fight on many fronts, the great fight has always been for the control of the mind, so that you forget your heritage and bow to the One World Government. And those who fight so hard against everything you believe are those who deny that Jesus is Messiah‑Savior and that HE is also YAHWEH who came in the flesh, and those that fight this truth are Anti ‑Christs. I John 4:3. ‘Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of Anti‑Christ.’ Dear Israelite brethren which church do you belong to ???