El Elyon Encyclopedia

Main article: Names of God
“El Elyon”, or the Most High God.

This name has the thought of the Possessor and Blesser of the universe. "Most High" is a name God takes in connection with men as the Supreme Governor of all things; setting Himself above all idolatrous gods, all demons and all earthly and angelic powers, as the "possessor of heaven and earth" (Gen. 14:19). The name "Most High God" is mentioned first in connection with Melchizedek, who is a type of Christ in His Millennial priesthood.1 God saw fit to force the greatest earthly monarch that has ever reigned (Nebuchadnezzar) to be "driven from the sons of men", to live like and animal... "till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will" (Dan. 5:21). Nebuchadnezzar was forced to honor God as Most High. God is "El Elyon" for all time, but this Name will be fully declared in the Millennium when the inheritance is taken by Christ. Today Satan is the prince and power of the air, roaming where he will. But one day Satan will be cast out of heaven (Rev. 12) and then banished from earth (Rev. 20). Once this is complete, God will be known as El Elyon, possessor of heaven and earth. It will be abundantly manifest that there is only one God. Israel was called to be a testimony to that great truth (Isa. 43:11-12), but they failed in that testimony and slipped into idolatry.2 The name is found fifty-one times in the Old Testament. The Greek word for Most High is "Hupsistos".

  1. But "the most high God " — what is its force? Just this. When all other oracles are dumb, when every false god becomes, like Dagon, a fallen and dishonoured stump before the true ark and Him whose glory dwells there, then and then for the first time, since Satan foisted idol-worship into the world, shall every idol vanish out of it, and their worshippers be ashamed before the only true God. Then shall God have His place as "the most high God." - Kelly, W. Abraham, the Friend of God.
  2. Something that shows us the connection between the name "Most High" and the Millennium is the reference to that name by the demons who were cast out (Luke 8:28; Acts 16:17)!
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