Monday, February 21, 2011

The Case for YAHWEH

The sacred name of the Creator --the Most High, the Mighty One of Israel-- is YHWH -Not "God", "Lord", or other titles or pagan substitutes

Proverbs 30:4 "Who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?"

"Despite the heavy emphasis placed by the Scriptures upon both the knowledge and use of the sacred name, popular [Judaized] Christian dogma ignores it, [and] Jewish Talmudic traditions forbid its use and ordered its concealment." [1]


The subject of the name of our Heavenly Father is basically a very difficult one. It has been ingrained in us from childhood to call our Heavenly Father God, Lord, Jesus and all the other names we have learned. Now today we are going to have to do as the Messiah taught us, we have to become as little children.

This particular subject is probably one of the most difficult subjects to actually practice in all the Kingdom Identity Messages. It is to repent and come back and get rid of all those old names that we have been taught by our mothers and our fathers and our schools and our churches all our lives. And admit to the fact that they may be wrong.

Let us go through Scripture today and become as little children and see if we can beak all of those old habits because the Father wants us to turn around an go down the right path because He wants repentance which means to turn around and come back to Him.

The Importance of His Name - The only name by which we are saved

Joel 2:32 "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YHWH (Strong's Hebrew Word #3068, YHWH) shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as YHWH hath said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call."

-[the KJV substitutes "the LORD" for YHWH]

Exodus 3:13-15 (KJV): "And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations."

Isaiah 42:8 "I am YHWH (Strong's Hebrew Word #3068, YHWH): that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."

Psalms 83:18 "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is YHWH, art the most high over all the earth."

Psalms 68:4 (KJV) "Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him."

Note here the KJV uses the word "JAH", which is translated from Strong's Hebrew Word #3050, which is a contraction of Hebrew Word #3068.

The KJV should have tranlated the above as "Yah", as there was no "J" sound in Hebrew. "Yah" is the last part of the word "halleluYah." HalleluYah is the most ancient of all words of praise and means "praise Yah."

YHWH’s Name Has Been Edited Out of Most Bible Translations

Yahweh’s Name doesn’t appear even one time in the text of the three most popular English Bible translations on the market today. The King James Bible, the New American Standard Bible, and the New International Version substitute the titles “LORD” and “GOD” with all the letters capitalized where the Name “Yahweh” actually belongs. Jewish religious leaders introduced this tradition in the mid-2nd century B.C., and it has continued since that time. This man-made tradition, which achieved near-universal acceptance in 1611 A.D. when the King James Bible editors failed to include the Name ”Yahweh” in their inaugural edition, is wrong and dangerous for two reasons. First, it nullifies Yahweh’s explicit command to tell the world that we have only One God—Yahweh. Second, according to the Bible, Yahweh is the only Name in which we have salvation. [2]

The Enemy has attempted to blot out His name:

In today's modern translations, ALL the place names and the personal names, which originally bore the glory of Yahweh's Name, have been changed; every trace of Yahweh's Name is hidden. The result of this is: a student can read the majority of the later English translations of the Scriptures, and the NAME of the ONLY ONE Who inspired those Scriptures to be written, is not even hinted at!

According to the inspired prophecies, the Messiah's Name was to MEAN: Yahweh is Salvation; which is exactly what the Name Yahushua means!

Joshua means "YHWH is Salvation" (Strong's). The Savior was named Yahushua because that is what the angel said it was supposed to mean. Yahushua literally means YHWH is salvation: "He (YHWH) shall save His (YHWH's) people from their sins." Psalm 100 and Strong's concordance or your dictionary will confirm this fact. [3]

Bible Translators and Scholars Acknowledge the Name of the Creator is YHWH

In the introduction to the Moffatt Translation (pp. 20-21), James Moffat makes it clear that he would have no hesitation about using the Name Yahweh in his translation if he had intended it for students of the original Scriptures.

We find in the preface to the Goodspeed translation: "The Hebrews called their deity by the name Yahweh, and in shorter form Yah." This source admits to using substitutes for the Name Yahweh.

The Revised Standard Version says at Exodus 3:15, "The word of the LORD when spelled with capital letters stands for the divine name YHWH, which is here connected with the verb hayah, to be."

The New Catholic Bible (Catholic Bible Press), at Exodus 3:14 notes, "I am who I am" ; apparently this utterance is the source of the word Yahweh; the proper, personal name of the God of Israel... , Out of reverence for this name the term 'Adonai,' 'my Lord,' was used as a substitute. The word Lord in the present version represents this traditional usage. The word Jehovah arose from a false reading of this name as it is written in the current Hebrew text."

In the International Bible Encyclopedia of the King James Version published by Garden City Publishing Co., we note the following under the heading "Jehovah": "It is believed that the correct pronunciation of this word is 'Yahweh.' "

In the Jewish Encyclopedia (volume 7, p. 88) is this revealing statement: "The reading Jehovah is a comparatively recent invention. Jehovah is generally held to have been the invention of Pope Leo the 10th's confessor, Peter Galatin (De Arcanis Catholic Veritates 1518, Folio XLIII), who was followed in the use of this hybrid form by Fagius Drusius."

A new Standard Bible Dictionary states, "Jehovah... properly Yahweh... the form 'Jehovah' is impossible, according to the strict principles of Hebrew vocalization." (There was no "J" in the original Hebrew, nor in Greek for that matter. Modern Hebrew has no "J".)

From the preface to the Holy Name Bible, published by the Scripture Research Association, is the following: "Another common error among most of the translators is their elimination of heaven's revealed Name of the Most High, Yahweh, and the Name of His Son, Yahushua the Messiah, and the substitution of the names of the local deities of the nations among whom they dwelt (Psalm 96:5), expressly transgressing Yahweh's commandments as given in Exodus 20:7 and 23:13.

"The substitution of the Names Yahweh and Yahushua by the names of the pagan deities of the nations has brought immeasurable harm… By employing these names the people unknowingly turn the worship of Yahweh into that of idols and actually ascribe the benevolent characteristics of the Mighty One of Israel to the pagan deities (Hosea 2:8)."

On page 7 of this source we read, "His Name is composed of two parts: Yah-Hoshua (Savior). Thus the contraction Yahushua signifies Yahweh-Savior and strikingly bears out the logic of Matthew 1:21."

From Common Secular Sources

From the Oxford Cyclopedic Concordance is this on page 121: "Jehovah, the name revealed to Moses at Horeb… Its real pronunciation is approximately Yahweh. The name itself was not pronounced Jehovah before the 16th century."

Encyclopaedia Britannica (Micropedia, vol. 10): Although Christian scholars after the Renaissance and Reformation periods used the term Jehovah for YHWH, in the 19th and 20th centuries biblical scholars again began to use the form Yahweh. Early Christian writers, such as Clement of Alexandria in the 2nd century, had used the form Yahweh, thus this pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton was never really lost. Greek transcriptions also indicated that YHWH should be pronounced Yahweh."

Webster's New World Dictionary - "Yahweh… a form of the Hebrew name in the Old Testament. See Tetragrammaton."

The New American Encyclopedia notes this under Jehovah, "(properly Yahweh) a name of the [Mighty One] of Israel, now widely regarded as a mispronunciation of the Hebrew YHWH."

The sacred name Yah is found in the names of many Israelite prophets

Strong's Hebrew Word #452:
'Eliyah ay-lee-yaw' or prolonged tEliyahuw {ay-lee-yaw'-hoo}; from 410 and 3050; God of Jehovah; Elijah, the name of the famous prophet and of two other Israelites:--Elijah, Eliah.

Strong's Hebrew Word #3470:
Ysha`yah yesh-ah-yaw' or Yshayahuw {yesh-ah-yaw'-hoo}; from 3467 and 3050; Jah has saved; Jeshajah, the name of seven Israelites:--Isaiah, Jesaiah, Jeshaiah.

Strong's Hebrew Word #3414:
Yirmyah yir-meh-yaw' or Yirmyahuw {yir-meh-yaw'-hoo}; from 7311 and 3050; Jah will rise; Jirmejah, the name of eight or nine Israelites:--Jeremiah.

Strong's Hebrew Word #5662
`Obadyah o-bad-yaw' or mObadyahuw {o-bad-yaw'-hoo}; active participle of 5647 and 3050; serving Jah; Obadjah, the name of thirteen Israelites:--Obadiah.

Strong's Hebrew Word #2148:
Zkaryah zek-ar-yaw' or Zkaryahuw {zek-ar-yaw'-hoo}; from 2142 and 3050; Jah has remembered; Zecarjah, the name of twenty-nine Israelites:--Zachariah, Zechariah.

Sacred Name YHWH
This name was not meant to be forgotten!
Our Father’s Name
The Sacred Name of the Hebrew God


Photo:This is the Holy Name of Yahweh in the Paleo-Hebrew Script.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of YHWH, to serve him with one consent." (Zeph. 3:9)

Editor's Note: The Name of God is not a huge preoccupation for me. I believe the Creator sees the position of the heart and NOT the declaration of the tongue. There is a great mystery to the name YHWH. I don't think anyone knows the true pronunciation of it. He is simply I AM. Let it be at that. However, I add this piece for the debate's sake. Shalom, Israel!

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