From The Alpha and the Omega - Introduction
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN

   The following is a list in sequence of all the Biblical references to "all the host of heaven." These are not to be used out of context, but only to aid in showing the general meaning of what "all the host of heaven" represents.
   Host or Hosts in the Old Testament of the Bible can be seen as one of these:

and continuing ...
   Heaven is Heb. shamayim, shaw-mah'-yim, dual of an unused singular Heb. shameh, shaw-meh', from an unused root meaning to be lofty, the sky (as aloft, the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher either where the celestial bodies revolve): - air, X astrologer, heaven(-s).

   All of the following verses in every case with the phrase "all the host of heaven" correlates to the Hebrew words tsaba' shamayim.


    Most of the above Biblical verses are warnings to those who worship graven or carved images or idols, use enchantments, or observed times, witchcraft, divine spirits, or use wizardry in any form that is not commanded by God.

    In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for Host tsava’ "army" (Gen. 21:22, RSV "army," NIV "forces"); angels (Josh. 5:14, RSV and NIV "army"; Dan. 8:11); heavenly bodies (Deut. 4:19, NIV "heavenly array"); creation (Gen. 2:10); God of hosts (1 Sam. 17:45, NIV "armies"). Basically all the host of heaven is the army or heavenly bodies of heaven as in Deuteronomy, 1 and 2 Kings, and Daniel.

    In the New Testament the Greek word for Host (of angels, etc.) is ‘Stratia’ an army, is used of angels Luke 2:13; of stars Acts 7:42; in 2 Cor. 10:4 it is ‘strateia’, warfare. Here we see it as the heavenly host or heavenly bodies as objects of worship.

    The other Sabaoth pl. Hosts; armies: the Lord of Sabaoth. [Latin sabaoth, from Greek sabao th, from Hebrew seba ‘ot, pl. of sa ba’, army.]

    Sabaoth is also seen as Saturn or Shiva or the "Lord of Host" (tsabaoth, army of the ship, or the crew, or a naval host), the sky is the "Upper Ocean" in the doctrine of the Chaldean Sabaeans. In this case though Sabaoth is the Gnostic Archon and ruler of the fifth sphere; he was son of Iao who was son of Ialdabaoth.


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