WHY MY GOD IS YAHWEH – IT’S ABOUT HIS NAME – PART 3
In continuing to address responses of why someone does not want to call our God (Elohim), by His Personal Name, Yahweh, some people said:
“He knows who I mean, and it doesn’t matter what I choose to call Him”
I have not been able to find any statement expressed or implied in the Bible where we are given the right to “rename” our Heavenly Father. Even in our culture, to bestow a name is the sole prerogative of a superior, as when a parent names his child and as when Adam named the animals under his dominion.
Since when does the one created have the right to address his Creator by any name he pleases?
Scriptures seem to hint; Yahweh Elohim is a bit adamant about “His Name”.
“If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, says Yahweh of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.” Malachi 2:2
Did you catch the warning about His Name, worship and obstinacy in this verse?
After reading this verse, does the argument “He knows who I mean, no matter what I choose to call Him,” sound a tad prideful, offensive and/or maybe dangerous.
Yahweh binds His Name in the Malachi Scripture above to the proper way to worship and He commands us, His People, to praise Him by His Name.
What Name do you think He is calling you to use for Him?
John 4:24 reminds us, “Yahweh is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” So, to deliberately ignore the Truth of His Name, in favor of what pleases us, even in our worship to Him, might be considered arrogant and deserving of rebuke.
We cannot reverse the flow of authority
Yahweh our Creator tells us how to worship Him, not the other way around.
(Think About It)
Even beyond this, His knowing “who you mean” makes no difference to Him, if you refuse to honor and glorify Him as He demands, which includes using His right Name.
Yahweh is a man of war. Yahweh is his name Exodus 15:3
His Name represents Him and His truths, something no other name does
Here is another reason used to not call on the Name Yahweh.
No one knows how to pronounce YHWH, as the pronunciation has been lost
Not only is this statement false, but the argument amounts to no more than the excuse, because of a supposed uncertainty, we should not even try to pronounce His Name. The fact is, the Name is given to us in the Hebrew in the form of the Tetragrammaton or “four letters,” which is YHWH, sounds like (Yod, Hay, Waw, Hay).
Think about this. If the true pronunciation of the Hebrew Name was lost, would not the entire pronunciation of the Hebrew Old Testament be lost as well? It would also mean in the passing-down process of the Hebrew tongue from one generation to another, at some point all the Jewish people suddenly woke up and forgot how to speak their own language!
If we can read the Old Testament out loud in the Hebrew, then we can also read the Name Yahweh accurately in the same Hebrew. Today the Jews read Hebrew every Sabbath in their synagogues and have no problem speaking their language.
Here is what the noted Encyclopaedia Judaica says about this issue: “The true pronunciation of the name YHWH 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 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.
The Encyclopaedia 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 YHWH should be pronounced Yahweh,” 15th Edition, Vol. X, p. 786.
The Catholic Encyclopedia notes: “The saying of God,
‘I am who I am,’ is surely connected with His name that is written in the Hebrew consonantal text as Yhwh, the original pronunciation of, which is well attested as, Yahweh,” 1967, Vol. 5, p. 743.
Another Reason shared not to use Yahweh’s Name
“But there are no vowels in the Hebrew, so how can we know how to pronounce the four letters of YHWH correctly?”
Vowels do exist in Hebrew, as in all languages, or else it would be impossible to speak Hebrew. Vowels are spoken via the open mouth, while consonants are spoken by closure of the lips or by tongue contact on teeth or palate. Old Testament Hebrew is composed of words written in consonants with the vowels understood.
Amazingly, all four letters of Yahweh’s Name are such consonant-vowels
This fact can be verified in most Hebrew grammars, including A Beginner’s Handbook to Biblical Hebrew
(Horowitz), p. 7 under “Vowel Letters”; The Berlitz Self-Teacher, p. 73 under “The Vanishing Dots”; Hebrew Primer and Grammar (Fagnani and Davidson) p. 10, under “The Quiescents and Mappiq,” and How the Hebrew Language Grew (Horowitz), p. 28.
First-century priest and historian Falvius Josephus writes about the sacred Name that was engraved on the headpiece of the high priest (Ex. 28:36-38): “A mitre also of fine linen encompassed his head, which was tied by a blue riband, about which there was another golden crown, in which was engraven the sacred name [of Yahweh]; it consists of four vowels,” Wars of the Jews, Book 5, chapter 5, p. 556. ****************************************
Is this Your Reason Not to Acknowledge The Name Yahweh?
“When the Bible speaks of His name
It just means His authority, not His literal name.”
It is true, to do or say something in someone’s name can mean, by the authority of that person, but that is only a small part of the meaning of Yahweh’s name in His Word.
Through the Hebrew verb of existence, haYah, the Name Yahweh defines the very nature, character, and essence of Yahweh. His Name means to cause to be. To claim that references to His name refer only to His authority is incongruous (not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something, unsuitable, inappropriate) in many important passages of Scripture. To drive home the point, let’s change the word “name” to “authority” in the following verses. See whether each still makes proper sense:
“Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the wind in his fists? who has bound the waters in a garment? who has established all the ends of the earth? what is his [authority] and what is his son’s [authority], if you can tell?” Prov. 30:4
Do you see a difference when you take out the word “NAME and substitute the word authority?” Here’s another verse.
“That men may know that thou, whose [authority] alone is YAHWEH, art the most high over all the earth.”
Ps. 83:18 (Note: Remember the history of the name Jehovah? Your Bible may contain this artificial, manmade word, Jehovah)
“Sing unto Elohim, sing praises to his [authority] extol him that rides upon the heavens by his [authority] YAH, and rejoice before him.” Ps. 68:4 (Note: Your Bible may read JAH for Jehovah).
“Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion…
Yahweh is his [authority].” Amos 5:8 (You may have, The Lord)
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his [authority] Yahshua: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (You may have JESUS instead of Yahshua)
Once we realize that Yahweh has a personal, lifegiving, healing, covenant Name and only through His Name do we can find salvation, to continue calling on an inanimate, generic title to provide the same blessings that His Name gives, is an affront to Him and His character and what of the enemy of our souls, Mr. Legalist himself, Satan, who is known for demanding his legal rights.
Who said we cannot use the Name Yahweh
I was searching through pictures and information when I came upon this picture, which really ruffled my feathers. Take a look at this:
This is just UGLY! I don’t know who posted this and I really don’t care but is a lie from the pit of Hell. I am a Christian, a follower of Yahshua/Jesus, The Christ and I am searching history and going to find out who really deserves the credit for taking the Name of Yahweh out of the Bible.
The Gentiles, of whom Jesus Christ built His Church (Christians) received Yahweh’s Son and certainly knew the Father through Him. Yahshua did everything to bring GLORY to the Father and would not have told them NOT to us His Father’s Name, Yahweh. No, Christians did not REMOVE the Name Yahweh from our Bible.
Before we go any further, it is good to take a look at what Jeremiah said in Chapter 8. We are to search the Scriptures to find the truth as a Berean and show ourselves well studied and approved. Rest assured, Yahweh will reveal truth to those who seek Him through His Word. Warning: Sacred Cows beware. “How do you say, “We are wise, and Yahweh’s law is with us?”
But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has worked falsely. 9 The wise men are disappointed. They are dismayed and trapped. Behold, they have rejected Yahweh’s word. What kind of wisdom is in them? Jeremiah 8:8-9
It appears our Bibles may have been altered to not only remove the Name of our God Yahweh and His Son
Yahshua, but in other ways as well through translating, transliterating, interpreting and editing done by some folks known as the Masoretes.
So, who were the Masoretes and what is the Masoretic Text?
The oldest copies of the Masoretic Text only date back to the 10th century, nearly 1000 years after the time of Christ. And these texts differ from the originals in many specific ways. The Masoretic text is named after the Masoretes, who were scribes and Torah scholars who worked in the middle-east between the 7th and 11th centuries. The texts they received, and the edits they provided, ensured that the modern Jewish texts would manifest a notable departure from the original Hebrew Scriptures.
Historical research reveals five significant ways in which the Masoretic Text is different from the original Old Testament:
1. The Masoretes admitted that they received corrupted texts to begin with.
2. The Masoretic Text is written with a radically different alphabet than the original.
3. The Masoretes added vowel points which did not exist in the original.
4. The Masoretic Text excluded several books from the Old Testament scriptures.
5. The Masoretic Text includes changes to prophecy and doctrine.
The Masoretic/Massoritic Machinators
The Masoretes/Massorites were amongst those who believed that saying the Name of YHWH/ IEUE is a sin.
They superimposed the man-made law of not ever saying the Name—except perhaps on the Day of Atonement (for undue fear of saying it wrongly)—over the eternal-life-giving command to “call” on the Name regularly, with reverence. In some twisted way they thought if they can’t change the written law (much), then they could at least change the verbal sound of the Hebrew language—by adding a system of vowel points.
Through this means of deception, the Jews pulled off the grand deception when they convinced the translators of the KJV to use the Masoretic Text, instead of the Latin or Greek. Today, the so-called “Christian” world believes in the lie of the Hebrew Bible, even though all Christians for the first four centuries of Christianity universally used the Greek Septuagint or a translation of it, including, the Master Jesus the Anointed and His Ambassadors.
When this so-called controversy is examined from a purely textual point-of-view, then we find that the undisputed facts are the following, and I say ‘undisputed’ because these facts are admitted even by the most staunch supporters of the Masoretic Text.
The Masoretic Text, other than the Dead Sea Scrolls, is the only existing representation of the Old Testament in Hebrew. The oldest fragments date from the 9th century AD, but the oldest complete texts come from the 10th and 11th centuries AD.
However, the Hebrew text it contains is clearly not the original Hebrew, nor even the Hebrew that was in use in the 1st century AD. The Hebrew of the 1st century AD was closely akin to the Greek Septuagint that we have today; this is clear because, although the Hebrew was little used, when it was used in ancient writing it was clearly in agreement with the Greek Septuagint, rather than the Masoretic Text.
In the 1st century, the Christians and all other Greek speaking Israelites, including 1,000,000 of them who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, used the Greek Septuagint. Jesus and His Apostles wrote in Greek and quoted the Greek Septuagint. Of this there can be no doubt. This is a fact that can be confirmed in any encyclopedia or scholarly book on the subject.
Have you ever heard the saying…….
As we have already pointed out, we know this because the quotations of the Greek New Testament are exactly aligned with the Greek Septuagint, but in sharp opposition to the Hebrew Masoretic Text. The Masoretic Text is based upon the Hebrew, which was rejected by the early Christians, who were the true Israel of God.
We are told the following by Jesus in John 8, regarding these same Edomite Jews who wrote the Talmud and created the Masoretic Text:
“You neither know Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, then you would have known My Father also. …Where I go, you are not able to come … You are from below; I am from above. You are from this world, I am not from this world. … If you were children of Abraham, you would do the works of Abraham. … You do the works of your father. … If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I went forth and have come from God. For I have not come from Myself, but that one sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to hear My Word.. You are of your father the Diabolical One, and the lusts of your father you wish to do. That one was a murderer from the beginning, and he has not stood in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own, because he is a liar, and the father of it”. John 8
Notice that Jesus said that these Edomite Talmudists were not capable of hearing His Word. They were not capable of doing anything, but the works of their father, who was a liar from the beginning. Now this means that in no way were these Talmudic Jews, who later called themselves Masoretes, capable of being divinely inspired “preservers” of God’s Word and because of the Words of Jesus, we must assume this to be a blatant lie.
But even beyond these points, from a purely objective, scientific point-of-view, when we apply the science of Textual Criticism to this controversy, we must again decide in favor of the Greek Septuagint. We remember that the fundamental rule of Textual Criticism is usually the older the text, the better, and the complete Septuagint version of the Old Testament out dates the complete Masoretic Text version by 650-700 years.
The second rule that we must implement is not all manuscripts are of the same value. Again, this value issue is clear for these two witnesses: the Septuagint is representative of a 3rd century BC Hebrew text; the Masoretic is representative of a 7th-9th century AD revision of the Hebrew.
Thus, there can be no doubt as to which text is to be preferred. The Septuagint is superior in every way to the Judaized Masoretic Text. (V. S. Herrell, The History of the Bible, p. 51-57).
Perhaps that is why Jesus and the apostles frequently quoted from the Septuagint, and accorded it full authority, as the inspired Word of God.
Is this your reason of why you don’t need or want to use the Name Yahweh?
“I have had prayers answered using the names ‘God’ and ‘Lord,’ So, it must be okay to use those titles.”
Yahshua said in Matthew 7:9
Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
Each one who seeks the Truth of Yahweh first does so with a certain lack of understanding. If Yahweh let our ignorance get in the way of our heart’s desire to seek Him, then we would soon become discouraged and give up our quest. After more truth is revealed to us, however, then we become accountable to make the proper changes in our lives and toward True Worship.
“And the times of this ignorance Yahweh winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent,” Acts 17:30.
Our true walk must start somewhere, and if calling on
Him through common titles is all we know, then
Yahweh will show compassion and toleration. But as He gives us more knowledge and Truth, He expects us to walk in all the light we are given. Paul wrote,
“For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Master: walk as children of light,” Ephesians 5:8.
Yahshua said, “Not every one that says unto me, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven,” Mattthew 7:21.
The truth of His Name has been revealed to you and it is now your responsibility to use that knowledge to begin to honor Him by calling on His revealed, personal Name, Yahweh.
Oh magnify Yahweh with me. Let us exalt his name together. .Psalm 34:3
Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds: to Yah, his name! Rejoice before him! Psalm 68:4
“When the sky is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflict them: 1 Kings 8:35
He reminds us repeatedly, We, His people. are called by His Name.
If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Lord, hear; Lord, forgive; Lord, listen and do; don’t defer, for your own sake, my God, because your city and your people are called by your name. Daniel 9:19
14 For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, Ephesians 3:14-15
His Name is central to True Worship.
We cannot say we truly know Him if we don’t know and call on His Name.
Can WE really justify using terms as Lord, God, along with all the generic and descriptive titles in the world today, when we call on the “Creator of All Things”, the ONE Holy, all Powerful, Omniscient, Omnipresent, our Father in Heaven? Should we not address Him with Awe and Reverence by and through His Name, Yahweh Elohim and His Son, by Yahshua the Messiah?
***The language you speak, whatever it maybe, has nothing to do with the Name, of the one you worship, because His Name doesn’t change from language to language.
Consider this. There is no English form for the French name Napoleon and neither is there a German or Russian version for the English name Churchill, just as America is America all over the world in all languages. These “names” remain intact. Specific names transcend language. They are not translated or transliterated.
The Name of the Father in Heaven is Yahweh and His Son’s Name is Yahshua.
I have tried to go back in history, through ancient texts, writings, Scriptures and for a witness in my spirit to the Name of our Father in Heaven, to bring honor to Him and His Son. To my best ability, I stand on Yahweh and Yahshua. There are variations of spellings and people who claim other gods had the Name Yahweh, but who was here first, before all creation, before any beginning, time, people or fake gods – I AM that I AM – YHWH – Yahweh, He was here and His Name carried the meaning, HE IS, HE WAS and HE WILL ALWAYS BE – Yahweh. No other gods or lords came before Him or can carry His Name.
If I am in error, please forgive and feel free to share documents to help make sure I and we are doing things decently, in order and to the Glory of Yahweh God and His Son God Yahshua. I mean no harm, only to bring light and truth regarding my Elohim Yahweh. My heart’s cry is to know, not just His Name, but to know Him.
It is not difficult to see Yahweh’s Name is personal and important to Him and it is important to me as well. It is because of Him, I have a name and so do you. Plus, each of our names carries a special meaning, just like His does. It was Yahweh who began the tradition of giving out a name and He showed the importance of giving someone a Name when He created a man and called him Adam, meaning red earth.
The tradition continued as He watched Adam name the animals:
And the man calleth names to all the cattle, and to fowl of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; and to man hath not been found an helper — as his counterpart. Genesis 2:20 YLT
And He watched as Adam named his wife Eve, that is, life, for she would become the mother of all mankind and the tradition continued through their offspring, down through the ages with names and their meaning identifying who people were. Even today, parents seek for the perfect name for their children and we all struggle with a special, fitting name for our pets and even our cars, trucks, planes and much more. Everything has it’s own identifying name.
In the Old Testament, Yahweh had Isaiah prophesy the coming of our Saviour.
Isa-yah meaning – Yahweh Saves, interesting don’t you think?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel meaning, God with us
Yahweh in the New Testament, sent an Angel to tell Mary what to NAME His Son.
Lo, the virgin shall conceive, and she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,’ which is, being interpreted ‘With us He is God.’ Matthew 1:23 YLT
For behold, you shall conceive and you shall give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Yeshua. Luke 1:31
Yahweh was more than adamant about a Name for His Son Yahshua, Adam, Eve, the animals and us. would you think, His own Name would not be important to Him and Would He not also think it important, for us to know His Name, to know Him? It is wisdom to ponder on these things.
Then those who feared Yahweh spoke one with another;
and Yahweh listened, and heard, and a book of memory was written before him, for those who feared Yahweh, and who honored his name. Malachi 3:16
One more Scripture before I end and this one is extremely important to me.
And in his name shall the Gentiles trust and That’s
My trust is in Yahweh
I think He wrote this Scripture just for me.
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