YAHWEH's Holy and Sacred Name
YAHWEH's Holy and Sacred Name,
YHWH is very specific about It!
The Name of G-d
When dealing with the subject of G-d, it helps to clear up confusion to remember that G-d exists simultaneously in two realms. G-d exists in the uncreated realm and the created realm at the same time.
The name of G-d deals with the Created Realm
Shemoth (Exodus) 3:13 Then Moshe said to G-d, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Yisrael and say to them, "The G-d of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, "What is His Name?' what shall I say to them?" 14- And G-d said to Moshe, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Yisrael, "I AM has sent me to you."' 15- Moreover G-d said to Moshe, "Thus you shall say to the children of Yisrael: "The L-RD G-d of your fathers, the G-d of Abraham, the G-d of Isaac, and the G-d of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.' NKJV
This is the common translation of these verses as rendered in the New King James Version. Here is a more accurate translation of this same verse without changing G-d's name from the original Hebrew but using the English alphabet spelling.
This is MY NAME forever,
and this is MY memorial to all generations.
"And Moshe said to YAHWEH: behold when I
come to the children of Yisrael and say to them: the Elohim (Almighty
One) of your fathers has sent me to you; and they say to me; 'What is
His Name?' What shall I say to them? And Elohim said to Moshe: EHYEH
ASHER EHYEH! (I shall be what I shall be!). And he said: say thus to the
children of Israel: EHYEH (I shall be) has sent me to you. And Elohim
again said to Moses: Thus shall you say to the children of Israel: YHWH,
the Elohim of you fathers, "Elohey Abraham", "Elohey Yishaq" we "Elohey
Ya'aqob" has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My
Mention to all generations!"
EHYEH is the first person singular, simple future tense of the Hebrew verb HAYAH, to be. You may recognize this word as being commonly translated as 'was' in Bereshith (Genesis) 1:2.
Another way to translate this is 'I am becoming what I am becoming'
Strong's Concordance #1261 - hayah. A prime root to exist, be, become or come to pass.
Another translation would be: I bring to pass what I bring to pass.
These are all more meaningful than simply I Am What I Am.
This expanded meaning is consistent with The Reluctant Messenger's view that we are the part of G-d that is growing and becoming our true destiny as G-d's children. In other words, G-d is still becoming whatever it is G-d is becoming through us.
Another common misconception involves YAHWEH. G-d said this is my name forever.
It is quite interesting how most of the English Bibles have come to translate YHWH as L-RD.
After the Exile ( 6th century BC), especially from the 3rd. century BC on, Jews ceased to use the name YAHWEH for two very different reasons. As Judaism began to become a universal religion through its proselytizing in the Greco-Roman world, the more common noun elohim (q.v.) meaning 'G-d' tended to replace YAHWEH to demonstrate the universal sovereignty of Yisrael's G-d over all others. At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Anonai (My Lord), which was translated as Kyrios (Lord) in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament.
Have you ever wondered why some Jewish sects consider it blasphemy to use any name for G-d except YHWH?
We are specifically commanded by Scripture to use the true Name of the Creator (see Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:13; 10:21, Tehillim (Psalms) 105:1, First Chronicles 23:12 for only a very few examples.)! According to Joel 3:5 (Hebrew Text) deliverance is to be had ONLY by calling upon this name! Some claim that it is a desecration of the Name to have it used so familiarly. No! It is a desecration to substitute a lesser title (as ADONAY, My Supreme L-rd, applied to YHWH 134 times in the Hebrew text, but never to be substituted for YHWH) for the Creator's Name. We would not have been commanded by YHWH Himself to bless and swear by His name if this implied desecration of disrespect. Therefore, walking in the light of this truth, we must realize that there is NO room for the use or mention of any of the names of pagan gods in conjunction with the Name YAHWEH. Calling upon Jesus - alias YAHSHUA, YESHUA, YAHVAHSHUA, - the master, the "messiah", the unknown G-d, the trinity, the "son" of G-d, G-d the son, etc. is idolatry and incompatible with calling upon YAHWEH. It is NOT enough to pronounce, those who have taken to themselves ANOTHER (beside YAHWEH). I shall NOT offer their blood-drink offerings (the lord's supper) nor mention their name with my lips!" Tehillim (Psalms) 16:4. "And make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard out of your mouth!" Shemoth (Exodus) 23:13. "The gods that have NOT made the heavens and the earth, these shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens." YermeYah (Jeremiah) 10:11.
Another common misconception is that it has been lost forever how to pronounce YAHWEH.
The Encyclopedia Britannica comments:
"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 YAHWEH should be pronounced YAHWEH," 15th Edition, Vol. X,
Here is what the noted Encyclopedia Judaica says about this issue: "The true pronunciation of the name YAHWEH was never lost. Several early Greek writers of the Christian Church testify that the name was pronounced ‘YAHWEH.’ This is confirmed, at least for the vowels of the first syllable of the name, by the shorter form Yah, which is sometimes used in poetry (e.g., Ex. 15:2) and the yahu or yah that serves as the final syllable in very many Hebrew names," Vol. 7, p. 680.
Mark and Rogers’ A Beginners Handbook To Biblical Hebrew on page 7 reads: Originally Hebrew had no written vowels; the following consonants, however, were often used to indicate long vowels: a, h, w, y.
The yothe = y, he = h, and waw = w, which are used in YAHWEH’s Name are understood as being consonants which can be merged into vowels. Vowel sounds are spoken with the mouth open.
Fagnani and Davidson’s Hebrew Primer and Grammar states on page 10: The four letters a, h, w, y may lose their consonantal force and be merged into vowels.
According to a first century historian the pronunciation consisted of four vowel sounds. Pronounced 'E' as in He, 'A' as in Father, 'U' like the 'u' in true and and the final 'A' vowel sound, because it comes at the end of the word is a long 'A', as in faith. This becomes easy to remember in our English language, with these few words: 'He, Father, True, Faith'.
There are three Hebrew Alphabets that have a permanently long sound in their pronunciation. Is it coincident that these three letters happen to be the Yôdh the Hë and the Wãw ? Also we know that the emphasis in Hebrew is most of the time on the last syllable, this would make the Name phonetically sound like:
E Yah ew Wáy. e a u a Long e, short a, long u, and long a.
(E like in in the letter 'e' but shorter and immediately joint to the next yah sounds like: yarn , ew like in: new, but less pronounced, more the phonetic 'w' sound immediately joined to , way just like: in hey)
1) G-d, G-d-like one, mighty one
1a) mighty men, men of rank, mighty heroes
1c) G-d, false G-d, (demons, imaginations)
1d) G-d, the one true G-d, Jehovah
2) false G-d
ELOHIM (plural of Elowah.)
1a) rulers, judges
1b) divine ones
2) (plural intensive - singular meaning)
2a) G-d, G-ddess (See I Kings 11:5).
2b) G-dlike one
2c) works or special possessions of G-d
2d) the (true) G-d
YAHWEH is very specific about HIS NAME.
HE commands that HIS people call on HIM by the only NAME that ensures
yeshua. The New Testament Book of Acts tells us, "Neither is there
yeshua in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved," Ma'aseh Shlichim (Acts) 4:12.
This is the same thing as the various descriptive titles for YHWH that some erroneously think are names, like eloah ("mighty one"), el shaddai ("the all-powerful") and adon/adonai ("sovereign"). Others are confused by attributions that are sometimes used in connection with His Name, like YAHWEH-Yireh ("YAHWEH provides"), YAHWEH-Zidkenu ("YAHWEH our righteousness") and YAHWEH-Rapha ("YAHWEH our healer").
Regardless of certain titles and attributions, He still has only one Name YAHWEH. He inspired the prophet YeshaYahu (Isaiah) in 42:8 to write, "I am YAHWEH: that is MY NAME: and MY honour will I not give to another, neither MY praise to graven images." Tehillim (Psalms) 83:18 confirms that HE has but one NAME: "That men may know that YOU, whose NAME alone is YAHWEH, are the most high over all the earth." Nowhere in the pages of the Bible can we find a statement saying HE has many names. But we can find many passages attesting to HIS one true NAME.
Yoel (Joel) 2:31-32 'The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of YAHWEH comes. And whoever will CALL WITH THE NAME OF YAHWEH will be delivered; for in Mount Zion in Yerusalem there will be deliverance, as YAHWEH has said, among the remnant who has escaped of those whom YAHWEH calls.
Timtheous Alef (1 Timothy) 6:16 'Who alone has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man has seen, nor can see; to Whom belongs honour and power everlasting. HalleluYAHWEH! Praise YAHWEH!'
In today's modern translations, ALL the place names and the personal names, which originally bore the honour 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 MESSIYAH'S NAME was to MEAN: YAHWEH is Salvation; which is exactly what the NAME YAHSHUA means!
YAHSHUA means "YHWH is Yeshua" (Strong's).
The Saviour was NAMED YAHSHUA because that is what the malak (angel) said
it was supposed to mean. YAHSHUA literally means YHWH is yeshua: "HE (YHWH)
shall save HIS (YHWH's) people from their sins." Tehillim (Psalm) 100 and
Strong's concordance or your dictionary will confirm this fact.
MESSIYAH was YHWH in the flesh.
What about Jehovah? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1991 under the heading "YAHWEH", here is how this name came into being:
"The Masoretes, who from about the 6th to the 10th century worked to
reproduce the original text of the Hebrew Bible, replaced the vowels of
the NAME YHWH with the vowel signs of the Hebrew word Adonai or Elohim.
Thus the artificial name Jehovah (YeHoWaH) came into being."
Other verses in Scripture with YAHWEH and name:
Bereshith (Genesis) 4:26, 12:8, 13:4, 21:33, 22:14, 26:25, Shemoth (Exodus)) 3:15, 15:3, 17:15, 20:7, 33:19, 34:5,14, Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:21, 19:12, 22:2,32, 24:11,16, Devarim (Deuteronomy)) 5:11, 6:13, 10:8, 10:20,12:11, 14:23-24, 16:2,6,11, 18:5,7,22, 21:5, 26:2, 28:58, 32:3, Yahshua Ben Nun (Joshua) 9:9, Schmuel Alef (1 SchmuEl) 12:22, 17:45, 20:42, Schmuel Bet (2 SchmuEl) 6:2,18, 7:26, 22:50, Melechim Alef (Kings) 3:2, 5:3,5, 8:17,18,20,44, 9:3, 10:1, 14:21, 18:24, 18:32, 22:16, Divre Hayamim Alef (1 Chronicles) 13:6, 16:2,8,10,29, 17:24, 21:19, 22:7,8,19, 23:13, 29:16, 2 Divre Hayamim Bet- (2 Chronicles) 2:1,4, 6:7,8,10, 12:13, 14:11, 18:15, 33:4, 33:18, NechemYah (Nehemiah) 9:5, Iyob (Job) 1:21, Tehillim (Psalms) 7:17, 8:1,9, 9:10, 18:49, 20:1,:5,7, 25:11, 29:2, 34:3, 54:6, 74:18, 83:16, 86:11, 92:1, 96:2,8, 99:6, 102:15,21, 103:1, 105:1,:3, 106:47, 113:1-3, 115:1,116:4,13,17, 118:10,11,12,26, 119:55, 122:4, 124:8, 129:8, 135:1,13, 143:11, 145:21, 148:5,13, Mishle (Proverbs) 18:10, 30:9, YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 12:4, 14:22, 18:7, 24:15, 25:1, 26:8, 26:13, 30:27, 42:8, 47:4, 48:1-2, 50:10, 51:15, 52:5, 54:5, 56:6, 59:19, 60:9, 63:16, YermeYah (Jeremiah) 3:17, 7:11,30, 10:6,16, 11:21, 12:16, 13:11, 14:7,9,14,15, 15:16, 16:21, 23:6, 25:29, 26:9,16,20, 27:15, 29:9,21,:23,25, 31:35, 32:18, 33:2, 44:16,26, 46:18, 48:15, 50:34, 51:19, 51:57, Echah (Lamentations) 3:55, Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 20:44, 36:20,23, 39:7, 48:35, Yoel (Joel) 2:26,32, Amoz (Amos) 4:13, 5:8,27, 6:10, 9:6,12, Mikah (Micah) 4:5, 5:4, 6:9, TzephanYah (Zephaniah) 3:9,12, ZecharYah (Zechariah) 5:4, 10:12, 13:3,9, 14:9