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I Am Not Fortunate, I Am Blessed

By Apostle John Eckhardt, www.impactnetwork.net

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I am not FORTUNATE, I AM BLESSEDfortunate-Favored by or involving good luck or fortune; lucky. Auspicious or favorable.

The word FORTUNATE is derived from a pagan goddess FORTUNA (equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche) was the goddess of fortune and personification of luck in Roman religion. She might bring good luck or bad: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Justice, and came to represent lifes capriciousness. She was also a goddess of fate. fortune chance, luck as a force in human affairs, from O.Fr. fortune lot, good fortune, misfortune, from L. fortuna chance, fate, good luck, from fors (gen. fortis) chance, luck, Often personified as a goddess; her wheel betokens vicissitude. There were false gods of fortune and luck.

Isaiah 65:11 But you who forsake the Lord, who forget and ignore My holy Mount [Zion], who prepare a table for Gad [the Babylonian god of fortune] and who furnish mixed drinks for Meni [the god of destiny]

Troop/number or Fortune (Gad)/Destiny (Meni) in Isaiah 65:11? Gad and Meni were the Pagan gods of fortune and destiny, but their names literally mean troop and number. (Gad) is matched with Strongs H1408 but it is the same word as H1410 which means troop (Brown, Driver, Briggs Lexicon). (Meni) is derived from (manah) which means to count, reckon, number, assign, tell, appoint, prepare (Brown, Driver, Briggs Lexicon). By translating these names as troop and number, the pun in Hebrew becomes apparent.

The passage refers to the names of two deities, Gad and Meni, but the thrust of the passage is that the Israelites had opted for polytheism (that troop and that number) in defiance to their one God. This pun is lost in the NASB, ESV, NIV, etc.

The KJV translators kept in the margin the names Gad and Meni spelled with upper case letters, so they clearly knew that these were names of deities.

The Wheel of Fortune, or Rota Fortunae, is a concept in medieval and ancient philosophy referring to the capricious nature of Fate.

The wheel belongs to the goddess Fortuna, who spins it at random, changing the positions of those on the wheel some suffer great misfortune, others gain windfalls. Fortune appears on all paintings as a woman, sometimes blindfolded, puppeteering a wheel.

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