Christ – Lord of Hosts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The English Folk Church does not primarily see God through the lens of the Old Testament as this is mainly the story of another people and not the Angelcynn. However, this is not to say that it has nothing to teach us or is completely irrelevant. In particular, those parts of the Old Testament that are rooted in the very early days of the Israelite people, or even before the times of Abraham, can be relevant to us because they contain an older and more universal wisdom which is related to that of our own. The EFC believes that the original Israelites were an Aryan tribe who migrated into the Holy Land from the southern reaches of what is now Turkey. It is therefore not surprising that we find similarities to ancient Aryan religion in these older parts of the Old Testament.

 

 


 


 

 

 

In researching the short article on Christ the All-Ruler, I discovered that the term Pantokrator was a Greek title used to translate the Hebrew title of El Shaddai, meaning Almighty God. But looking into the Hebrew title a little more, I found an interesting twist. This is that ‘Shaddai’ implies a sense of overpowering or ‘God the Destroyer’. We also know that the title ‘Pantokrator’ implies a sense of God as ‘Sustainer’, battling the forces of chaos to sustain and progress the act of creation. Creation was brought about and is sustained by the Logos (thought and mind) of God who is also called the Ascended or Cosmic Christ and took human form as Jesus. As John tells us, "in the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:1-5)

 

 

 

Thus we can see Christ as:

 

      the Creator

      the Sustainer

      the Destroyer

 

 

 

Where had I come across this ‘Trinity’ before?

 

 

 

Well it is remarkably similar to the Hindu ‘Trimurti’, the cosmic functions of creation, sustenance and destruction. God as Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver (or Sustainer) and Shiva as the destroyer of transformer. The Christian parallel to this Hindu trinity is not explicitly stated, but it is clearly there. Yet another insight into how our Christian faith does reach back into the same spiritual depths as our Indo-European or Aryan pre-Christian religion.

 

 

 

Christ as Creator and Sustainer (Pantokrator) are well known concepts within mainstream Christianity. But how should we view the aspect of Christ as ‘El Shaddai’, the Destroyer. After all, this is a term originally applied to the Hebrew God ‘El’ and not to the Christian Logos or Christ. The key to understanding this is to understand that the term ‘destroyer’ should be seen as one who transforms, destroys the old and brings about a new person.

 

 

 

It is the Destroyer who will finally overcome sin and evil. All three of the Synoptic Gospels include a passage, sometimes called the ‘Olivet Discourse’ in which Christ foretells His return to this earth. Whilst there are differences in precise interpretation, most Christian denominations hold that Christ will return to ‘judge both the living and the dead’. The Book of Revelation tells of a coming apocalypse (literally meaning revelation), a great battle in which evil is finally, and for all time, defeated by good. Christ, as Lord of Hosts, leads the armies of God’s angels in this great battle and the dawn of a new age. Not the meek and mild Jesus here, but the warrior king, the Lord of All – the All-Ruler. The Destroyer!

 

 

 

As with Shiva in the Hindu tradition, Christ the Destroyer is also the Transformer. The cosmos will be finally and irreversibly transformed and perfection will take the place of imperfection. Again, this is reflected in our own ancient mythology. Change always comes out of destruction and renewal. And transformation is not only at the cosmic scale. Christ is within us as well as outside of us. As Destroyer He can destroy sin within us, the evil that permeates through our imperfect world and our imperfect human bodies and souls. It is Christ as Redeemer. As we strengthen our relationship with the Christ within us, He will transform help us and overcome sin and imperfection. Through Christ we are transformed into a state of glorified perfection, just as He was following His victory over death and bodily resurrection. 

 

 

 

 

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