The Sacred Names: Yahweh and Yahshua
Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a lot of disinformation being put out by ignorant people, who claim that Yahweh is a “Jewish god” or that “Yahweh is Satan,” etc. Such claims are totally baseless, as is explained in the following document. At the end of this essay is a link to a video by a physicist explaining that the Hebrew name, YHWH, contains the hidden geomtery of the universe.
The Sacred Names: Yahweh and Yahshua
By Pastor Eli James
Within the Christian Identity Movement, there is an ongoing debate about whether we should use the original Hebrew names for our God and also for our Savior and King, Jesus Christ. The two sides of this issue are A.) The English names are good enough and we donat need to go back to the Hebrew or Aramaic to address our Divine Sovereign and B.) The original Hebrew names convey meanings which are lost in the English translation. I am an advocate of the latter position; and I am going to do my best to give all the reasons why I advocate the use of the Divine Hebrew appellations, Yahweh and Yahshua.
Let me say at the beginning that I have no objection to the use of the English ‘Jesus Christ.’ We have all grown up using this name and there is a certain reverence with which this name is spoken, so I do not wish to detract from this in any way. Also, there is a particular singularity to the name, Jesus Christ, which is shared by no other human being, past or present. There is no mistaking whom you are talking about when you invoke this name.
As a historian for my people, Israel (the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Caucasian peoples), I have come to appreciate the Hebrew Scriptures from a multi-generational standpoint. When I read the story of Adam and Eve or the story of Moses and the Exodus and the writing of the commandments in stone, I know that my ancestors were present there and that my very blood is witness to these events. I feel no sense of disconnection at all. It is as if these events happened yesterday to my own parents and to my brothers and sisters. Indeed, I feel that I was present there. Their history is my history, plain and simple.
As a bilingual writer (English and German), I understand the power of words and how difficult it is to convey the full impact of a statement when translating from one language to another. Considering all the problems of translating simple declarative sentences, when we add to this complicated clauses, figures of speech, idioms, slang, vernacular, etc., it is a wonder that we understand the intentions of the Hebrew scribes and prophets at all. Most scholars agree that the King James Version is poor translation, at best. It was written by Englishmen who had little working knowledge of spoken Hebrew or of Hebrew traditions. In addition to this problem is the fact that these translators had little or no knowledge of the true Identity of the Anglo-Saxons as the true heirs of the heritage of the Israelites. The King James Version perpetuates the absurd idea that the Jews are identical to the Israelites. Even more problematic is the fact that the prevailing worldview that these men were laboring under was the Flat Earth Theory, thus forcing them to translate God’s Word from that limited point of view.
However, knowing that our Bibles are fraught with these defects, it is easy to reconstruct the language to harmonize with reality. We simply isolate these defects and change the language accordingly. I can say that every time I have retranslated verses with these objects in mind, the Bible has become a very accurate book; and this is in terms of history, science, prophecy, archeology, linguistics, etc.
It is important to understand that the original Hebrew used by our ancient ancestors conveyed much more meaning than even modern interpreters have imagined. This is especially true of the individuals that the Bible names. Their names are not just names. Their names are trademarks which tell us what they were known for. There is a reason why Jacob was renamed Israel. There is a reason why Abram was renamed Abraham. There is a reason why Esau was renamed Edom. Esau was a Saxon (son of Isaac); but when he rejected his heritage and married into the hook-nosed Hittite race, he became a Jew and his name was changed to Edom.
Biblical names reveal much about the individual, so, to ignore their meanings is to ignore knowledge and wisdom. And the two most important names in the Bible are Yahweh and Yahshua.
The Tetragrammaton, YHWH
Commandment #3: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Now, here we have a very important development within Christianity. Israel has forgotten God’s name. What is being discussed here is not swearing while using the word ‘God’ in a sentence. What this Commandment is referring to is the name, YAHWEH. Without the vowels, the name is known as the tetragrammaton, YHWH.
Israel’s God has a name; and that name is YAHWEH. We haven’t been taking His name in vain because we have forgotten it. In fact, when Yahweh divorced the House of Israel and sent us into the wilderness for our purification, one of the main reasons was that we were using His name, Yahweh, in vain. By causing us to forget His name, we were no longer able to violate this commandment. As we come into remembrance as to who we are and what we are here for, it’s about time we reclaim our heritage and start using God’s name again, with sincerity and purpose.
“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, Yahweh 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 forever and this is my memorial unto all generations.” – Ex. 3:13-15.
Now, when Yahweh says “This is My Name forever,” I have to pay attention.
The Bible repeatedly admonishes us to revere God’s name in prayer, praise and song; but we havenat done this for centuries. His name is forever and it is to be a memorial unto all Israel. So, why havenat we been using His name? One of the answers is provided by Strong’s Concordance itself, although unintentionally. The English rendition, “the LORD”, of the Hebrew ‘Yahweh’ is listed as word #3068. Strong, obviously influenced by rabbinical distortions of the Hebrew Scriptures, incorrectly uses the traditional Jewish spelling and pronunciation of ‘Jehovah’.
‘Jehovah’ is a medieval rabbinical concoction which is typically unbiblical. Virtually all scholars agree that the correct pronunciation is “Yahweh”, with the first syllable pronounced like the German “Ya” and the second syllable pronounced like the German “weh” as in “Gehen Sie heim”. (“Go home.”) This German weh sound is longer than the English short ‘eh’ as in ‘Ed.’ but shorter than the English ‘ay’ sound, as in ‘way’. It is almost directly in between. And, in Hebrew, the W is pronounced like a V (Yah Vay). So, phonetically, the name should be pronounced YAH-VEY, although the anglicized YAH-WAY has become very common among CI people. There are alternate spellings and pronunciations, but ‘Yahweh’ is accepted almost universally by Hebrew scholars.
Since we have forgotten we are Israel, we also have forgotten to use His name when praying to Him. God wants us to address Him by His name, Yahweh. Yahweh means Creator, or, more primordially, I am becoming, or I am that I am, or even more simply, I am.
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Yahweh, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. Ps. 89:15, 16.
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. Psalm 75:1.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake. Ps. 79:9.
When we address God by His name, Yahweh, we are acknowledging His self-creating Being. His name means causation, creativity, will, and power. He is the One who creates everything and allows everything else to be created because of Him. This awesome power is reflected in His name and that’s why we are commanded to 1.) use it properly and 2.) not take it in vain.
In Judah God is known: his name is great in Israel. Psalm 76:1.
A major feature of the Restoration of Israel in the latter days is this rediscovery of His Name. We are Yah’s people and Yah is our God. When we address Him by His Name, Yahweh, He will listen to us.
‘God’ is a title, not a name.
‘Yahweh’ is also an affirmation of life. In the Germanic languages, ‘Yah’ means ‘yes’. We accept life with all of its challenges and responsibilities because life is God’s blessing, given to us. The subject of God’s name is a very important one. It is the subject of many philological articles and sermons.
One of the main differences between Judaism and Biblical Christianity is the use of God’s name.
There is a common misunderstanding by non-Identity Christians that ‘Yahweh’ is a Jewish tradition and that to use ‘Yahweh’ is an insult to Christianity or to the White race. This idea is completely false and is based on the erroneous assumption that the Jews are Hebrews. The Jews were never Hebrews. The Hebrews, by definition, are racially pure Adamites. The Jews have always been a mixed multitude with only partial Adamite/Hebrew blood. This blood they got first from Cain, who was a half-breed Adamite/Nephilite, second from Jacob’s brother Esau, who was a race traitor, and thirdly from King John Hyrcanus, who merged the Edomite nation of Idumea with the Judahite nation of Judah around 150 B.C.
This makes the Jews mixed-race foreigners at best and outright impostors at worst. Either way, they are not the heirs of the Kingdom because Yahweh does not permit race-mixing. And as long as they impersonate Israel and pretend to be us, they will be the first in line to steal our inheritance. In fact, this is their only reason for being, because they know that Jesus Christ is coming back to judge them for their iniquity. Even though they like to fool dumb Christians with the slogan, “Jesus was a Jew,” the rabbis know full well that Jesus was a Judahite, not a Jew. Jesus was not a mixed breed individual. He was a 100% Judahite.
Contrary to the teachings of the Bible, Judaism forbids the use of God’s name, Yahweh. Why would “God’s chosen people” disobey their own God and not use His name at all? Well, since the Jews aren’t God’s people, it is easy to understand why they don’t. In order to take God’s name in vain, you have to know what that name is. Israel has forgotten His name, and the Jews forbid the use of it.
Most translations of the Bible contain the expression ‘the LORD’ in place of the name ‘Yahweh’. But ‘Lord’ in English is the same as ‘Baal’ in Hebrew! Why would God want us to address Him as ‘Baal’ when He condemns Baal worship? Obviously, God does not want us to do so. The explanation for this curious phenomenon lies in the fact that the translators of the King James Bible had adopted the Jewish tradition of replacing ‘Yahweh’ with ‘the Lord’ wherever it occurred in the Old Testament.
What is the Biblical justification for doing this? There is none!
But there are two reasons why Christians have this tradition. The first is the false assumption that the rabbis are the authorities on this subject. As all CI people know, Judaism is NOT the religion of the Old Testament. Their “holy” book is the Talmud, which often changes and even contradicts the Old Testament. For the rabbi, it overrules the Old Testament. It would not be erroneous to say that whatever the Torah forbids, the Talmud permits. For this development, we can directly blame our ancestor, John Hyrcanus, for had he not merged Idumea with Judah, the mixed-race sect known as the Pharisees could not have emerged over the hereditary Levitical priesthood. It was these Pharisees who invented the religion known today as Judaism.
The second reason can only be a sinister motive by the rabbis who want to keep True Israel from praying to their God in an effective way. If we don’t know our own God’s name, He does not respond to us in a personal manner. It’s the difference between shouting “Hey, you!” versus “Dear John.” Or the difference between wishing upon a star and making a personal appeal to your Creator. To which do you think Yahweh is more likely to respond?
I will publish the name of Yahweh: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. Deut. 32:3.
I will praise thy name, O Yahweh, for it is good. Ps. 54:6.
The Bible is full of admonitions for us to use His name and praise His name, especially in the book of Psalms. The Book of Psalms is a book of prayers in which almost every prayer is dedicated to His name and to the use and praise of His name. This should be a lesson for all Israelites, especially when it comes to answering the question, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” When you start addressing Him by His name, Yahweh, then you will start getting answers. But when asking for personal help, be sure to make a plea for all Israel and for all of your friends and relatives, because selfish prayer is not what Christianity is about. We pray for others and we do what we can to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. Remember what Jesus said: Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.
Pray first for instruction and enlightenment, and the same for others; and only thereafter for supplication.
What’s your name? Are you more likely to respond to someone who uses your name or to someone who calls out “Hey, Baal!”?
To underscore this topic about God’s name, I would like to quote from the Preface of the Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, 1972:
A major departure for the practice of the American Standard Version is the rendering of the Divine Name, the “tetragrammaton.” The American Standard Version used the term ‘Jehovah’; the King James Version had employed this in four places, but everywhere else, except in three cases where it was employed as part of a proper name, used the English word LORD (or in certain cases GOD) printed in capitals. The present revision returns to the procedure of the King James Version, which follows the precedent of the ancient Greek and Latin translators and the long established practice in the reading of the Hebrew scriptures in the synagogue.
Now, dear Christian, should we follow Jewish tradition just because the Jews do it or should we follow what the Bible tells us to do? Your answer may determine which side you’re on at the Judgment Day.
While it is almost if not quite certain that the Name was originally pronounced ‘Yahweh,’ this pronunciation was not indicated when the Masoretes [the Jewish scribes] added vowel signs to the consonantal Hebrew text. To the four consonants YHWH of the Name, which had come to be regarded as too sacred to be pronounced [by whom and by what Biblical authority, please!], they attached vowel signs indicating that in its place should be read the Hebrew word Adonai meaning ‘Lord’ (or Elohim meaning ‘God’). The ancient Greek translators substituted the word Kyrios (Lord) for the Name. The Vulgate likewise used the Latin word Dominus. The form ‘Jehovah’ is of late medieval origin; it is a combination of the consonants of the Divine Name and the vowels attached to it by the Masoretes but belonging to an entirely different word. The sound of Y is represented by J and the sound of W by V, as in Latin. For two reasons the Committee has returned to the more familiar usage of the King James Version: (1) the word ‘Jehovah’ does not accurately represent any form of the Name ever used in Hebrew; and (2) the use of any proper name for the one and only god, as though there were other gods from whom He had to be distinguished, was discontinued in Judaism before the Christian era and is entirely inappropriate for the universal faith of the Christian Church. – pages 3 and 4 of the Preface (no printed pagination).
In other writings, I have discussed the merits of the Masoretic Text versus the Greek Septuagint and I have become convinced that the Septuagint is the more accurate text. The Septuagint is a translation from the Hebrew into the Greek by JUDAHITE scribes. The Jews had nothing to do with the writing of the Septuagint. The fact is that the Septuagint is Israelite literature. The Masoretic text is Jewish, not Israelite, literature.
The reliability of the Septuagint was proved by the discovery of certain books of the Old Testament in the Dead Sea Scrolls. These Dead Sea Scroll versions proved to be older than either the Masoretic or Septuagint texts. The Septuagint almost always adheres more closely to the Dead Sea Scrolls, thus verifying that the rabbis had made changes to the original text. Many scholars have pointed out that where the New Testament writers quote the Old Testament, it is almost always in agreement with the Septuagint, thus suggesting that when Jesus Himself quoted from Scripture, He was quoting either the Septuagint, the original Hebrew scrolls, or the Aramaic Targums. NONE OF THESE TEXTS ARE JEWISH LITERATURE. The rabbis pretend that this is their literature, but no rabbi ever wrote a word of any of it; and certainly no Pharisee ever wrote a word of it. Of course, the Masoretic text didn’t even exist in His time, for it was not committed to writing until 1000 AD.
In all, the Masoretes deleted the Sacred Name a total of 7000 times! Who gave them the authority to do this? What arrogance! Moses, in Deuteronomy 4:2, declared that NO ONE has the authority to add or subtract from God’s word, yet these rabbis arrogate unto themselves the editorial power to delete the holiest of names!
Since the Masoretic text is the Jewish version, we must regard with suspicion any changes that the rabbis have made to the text, especially when it comes to crossing out the name ‘Yahweh’ and replacing it with the title Lord. Such a practice can only be described as blasphemous, for the Bible declares over and over that we are to use and praise His name. Nowhere does the Bible even suggest the idea that the name is “too holy to be pronounced.” This false piety is just that: FALSEYand deceptive.
You should know that the main job of all rabbis is to find clever and deceptive ways to use words to make their evil deeds sound good. They are hypocrites the like of which the universe has never seen!
Unfortunately, the Committee, which is to be commended for dropping the use of the word ‘Jehovah,’ nevertheless falls into another trap. Conclusion number 2, to repeat, states the use of any proper name for the one and only God, as though there were other gods from whom He had to be distinguished, was discontinued in Judaism before the Christian era and is entirely inappropriate for the universal faith of the Christian Church.
Dear Israel, it just happens to be a fact that we MUST distinguish between Yahweh and other gods. If we do not, then we fall into the same old predicament of the rebellious Israelites in the land of Canaan. Even the New Testament tells us that there are many gods: “there be gods many and lords many.” (I Cor. 8:5). This is not a denial of monotheism. Monotheism does not deny the existence of other spiritual entities. It is, rather, the assertion that Yahweh has no equal. “Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Yahweh.” (Psalm 86:8). The Old Testament frequently uses the expression ‘Yahweh Elohim.’ Since ‘elohim’ means ‘gods,’ this expression clearly implies that Yahweh is the “God of gods,” or the highest ranking god of the universe, indeed the Creator of the universe. [‘Universe,’ by the way, literally means “One Word.” (Yahweh’s Word.)] It is only fitting that this Universal Being have a name unto Himself.
Considering the above-cited Biblical references concerning our God, Yahweh, and the commanded use of His proper name, I find it inconceivable that these apparently well-intentioned Christian editors could make such a stupid statement. Nowhere in the Bible are we admonished not to use God’s name except for taking His name in vain. On the contrary, honoring and praising His holy Name is one of the highest virtues of a Biblical Christian. Let there be no mistake: the avoidance of the proper use of God’s name is a Pharisaic deception. It is the leaven of the Pharisees at its worst; and all Christians should become aware that this “Judeo-Christian” subterfuge is part of the Talmudic end game designed to weaken Christianity and True Israel.
The fact is that, in the hearts and minds of Israelites and all mankind, Yahweh is indeed competing against other gods. The fact that He has a proper name is all the more reason to use it. By using His proper name, Yahweh, we remind ourselves of His omnipotence rather than, as the Committee suggests, diminish the idea of His importance. This Committee was obviously influenced by Jewish fables. We pray that the deleterious influence of these fables ends once and for all, in Yahweh’s name. Amen.
The Tetragrammaton in the Septuagint
I have often argued that proper names should not be translated from one language to another unless there is a common and satisfactory equivalent in the new language. This is not the case for ‘Yahweh.’ There is no equivalent in any other language, therefore, all Bibles should contain the tetragrammaton, no matter what the language. There is no reason to translate a proper name if there is no equivalent in the object language.
Having once formulated this opinion of the non-translatability of the tetragrammaton, I was tremendously gratified to find out that the Septuagint writers, scribes of Judahite descent commissioned by King Ptolemy of Egypt, chose to retain the name of Yahweh in the original Paleo-Hebrew script within the Greek body of the text. Not only did they retain the Paleo-Hebrew script, they retained the original right-to-left direction of the Hebrew while using the left-to-right direction of the Greek. My intuition regarding the non-translation of ‘Yahweh’ was correct. The Judahite scribes saw no reason to translate ‘Yahweh’ into Greek. Indeed, they could not translate it into Greek because the Greeks had no word for it…and neither does English.
The best we can do is to transliterate it into “I AM”; but this does not do the name justice, as you will see in the next section.
For those readers who might be skeptical of this Septuagint claim, I invite you to inspect the on-line pictorial evidence of the Dead Sea Scroll version of the Septuagint. The Paleo-Hebrew script is unmistakable in its position. One web address is http://www.eliyah.com/lxx.html. If this link is no longer active, just type the phrase “Paleo-Hebrew in the Septuagint” into your browser and you will get many references, many with pictorial evidence.
In my oldest copy of the King James Bible, I went to the trouble of crossing out every instance of LORD and writing YHWH in its place. This is just the beginning of undoing the damage done to our heritage by the Jews. I was again gratified to learn that the JERUSALEM BIBLE, a Catholic version, retains that name of Yahweh throughout, even in the apocryphal books which are included as part of that Bible. There is also now available a Christian Identity version of the Bible which retains the name of Yahweh. It is called The Proper Name Version of the King James Bible. It is also available online.
All of this just goes to show that there is no justification for substituting the title LORD for the proper name YHWH. It is out of the question. It is human meddling in Divine affairs. Were it not for the Satanic connivings of the “rebbes” of Judaism, this tradition would have never crept into our religious experience. Only a Yahweh-hating bunch of scumbags (like the Pharisees and Masoretes) could have done something like this. And as you ought to know, they hate Yahshua even more, because Yahshua was God in the flesh come to condemn them for their evil doctrines.
As we recapture our heritage from those who have been stealing it from us, we begin to understand the truly perfidious nature of the Jew. Yahshua (Jesus) told us that they are the children of the devil and that their religion is the religion of lies. It is no wonder that they hate the New Testament, because, in rejecting Jesus the Christ, they have declared their complicity with the Father of Lies. The victim of deicide on the cross will return the favor at the Judgment Day. I guarantee it.
The Meaning of ‘Yahweh’
Catherine Ponder, in her book, The Millionaire JOSHUA, has this to say about the Sacred Name:
“The Hebrews used the term ‘I AM’ so much that they became known as ‘the people of the I AM.’ They considered the term ‘I AM’ the lost word of power which, when released in meditation and through spoken decrees, could perform miracles in an instant…Wheras the phrase ‘I AM,’ meaning the God-power within, had been ‘the song of Moses’ and his secret text for success, it was the expanded phrase ‘I AM THAT I AM,’ meaning the universal God-power, that had been the ‘song of Joshua’ and his secret text for success.” (P. 14)
If Catherine Ponder is correct in her assertions, then it means that the Hebrews and the Israelites were known for their use of the Tetragrammaton, not for their denial of it. It would also mean that our proper use of the Sacred Name is a very powerful prayer tool. This tool has been lost to us for many centuries, thanks to Jewish deception and “Judeo-Christian” complicity and gullibility.
In a pamphlet entitled Yahweh’s Name at the End of the Age by Yahweh’s New Covenant Assembly, we read these words:
Substitute names and titles cannot serve as translations, for the human mind cannot put into one word all that is meant by the Name Yahweh. These common substitutes conceal the Holy Name of our Creator Yahweh and make Him to appear as nothing more than just another deity, much like the pagan deities of heathendom.
Compare this statement with the exact opposite point of view of the editorial committee quoted above. Their opinion stated that we do not need to use His Holy Name because there are no other gods that can compete with Him. BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT. The Point is that other gods DO COMPETE WITH HIM IN OUR MINDS. And when we use His Name, there is no competition because no other god is known by this name.
Further on, the authors of this pamphlet say,
There are other arguments and excuses such as, ‘You are trying to say that unless I pronounce a certain Hebrew name as you do, I have no salvation.’ Rest assured that He who created all things also created man’s tongue to pronounce His Name Yahweh. No one seems to have a problem with other biblical Hebrew names like Daniel, Ruth, and Saul, so why resist the most vital Name of all? Acts 4:12 says there IS no salvation in any other name, because ‘Yahweh’ MEANS salvation!
Isn’t it simply common sense to suggest that the MOST HIGH GOD, YHWH, would have a Name reserved only for Himself? All the objections to the Sacred Name fall flat when you really understand what His Name means and that there is no other entity like Him. Now, it is true that the title, ‘God,’ shares some of the many connotations that His Sacred Name imply, such as majesty and power; but the word ‘God’ lacks the ‘personal presence implied by ‘Yahweh,’ which, as Catherine Ponder pointed out, means ‘God within.’ It can hardly be denied that modern religion has lost this sense of God within. So many Christians seek their salvation through outside intercessors, such as charismatic priests and preachers, when Scripture tells us over and over, “the Kingdom of heaven is within you.”
It is ironic that so many sincere Christians are searching for something OUT THERE (such as “dynamic preaching”) that instead needs to be brought into existence from IN HERE! Studies and questionnaires have shown that most people go to church in order to get something from the church experience. Of course, True Christianity is the opposite of this spirit. That’s why Jesus told us that “It is better to give than to receive.” Charity helps us to overcome our selfishness and narrow-mindedness because it allows us to share in Yahweh’s Universal Mind. All the self-help programs in the world cannot compare to the personal power which is expressed by the simple phrase, ‘I AM.’ Far too many “Christians” go to church hoping to get something out of the church experience; but they have nothing to give! The ideals of service, charity, and self-sacrifice for the benefit of one’s follow citizens are far from their minds. Rather, they look to Churchianity for validation of their personal lifestyles…and most of their preachers are happy to oblige!
Matthew 22:37-40 sums it up:
“Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
But how many of these Churchians bother with these two Commandments? They hear lukewarm preaching, scarf down their pancake breakfast, and go home to their soap operas, ball games and personal routines. Kingdom-building is the furthest thing from their minds; and some of them are pretty lousy neighbors!
This reminds me of another forgotten appellation for God, namely, PROVIDENCE. This is God as PROVIDER: He who provides with everything we need, not to mention all that we are, including our very consciousness and self-awareness. All of these basic necessities of life and experience are provided by the Most High God, Yahweh; yet, we ignore Him or merely pay Him lip service! When we act out of selfless charity, we partake of His nature, which is constantly giving of Himself to all of His creation. When we give of ourselves we invite the divine essence to act through us and empower us. Contrast this philosophy with that of the so-called “Gospel of Personal Salvation,” in which Christians do little more than beg for personal blessings so as to be “saved.” Can you say “looking for love in all the wrong places”? Instead of looking for it and asking for it, we should be doing it! Perhaps this concept is too simple to understand?
The world at large is stuck in a pitiful “Woe is me” attitude. They say to themselves, over and over, “I am poor,” “I am sick,” “I am helpless.” It’s no wonder they are sick, poor and helpless! With so little faith in the personal presence of God, even sincere Christians are no better than atheists. Try repeating to yourself: ”I AM a constant blessing to all those around me.” See if this prayer produces a welcome attitude change. The Sacred Name is the means by which God enables us to share in His power, BUT ONLY AS LONG AS WE OBEY HIS LAW. We have to be of ONE MIND with the Father, otherwise we contradict His Will and His natural order of the Universe.
Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are one. – John 17:11.
There is no oneness outside of Yahweh’s Law. Combining obedience to Yahweh’s Law with this constant awareness of His presence is what Brother Lawrence called “the Practice of the Presence of God.” This is the True Faith! Modern “Christians” have such a distorted idea of “faith” that they substitute their own ideas for “faith.” Today, it has become such a diluted idea that it means little more than “I believe in Jesus, therefore I’m saved.” Talk about ignorance combined with self-flattery and self-deception! They neither obey His Law nor are they aware of His presence! Actually, from these faithless, His Spirit has willingly departed!
Ernest L. Martin, in his booklet entitled, The Divine Titles, has this to say:
It is important to recognize the Name by which the Father of the universe is denominated. There is really nothing mysterious about His identity from the point of view of Scripture because his Name is used about 7000 times in the Old Testament alone. It is not ‘God’ or ‘Lord’ alone (elohim, theos or kyrios which can refer to many lesser and even evil beings), but His actual Name is revealed in Scripture by four Hebrew letters which transliterates into English as YHWH, whom theologians today recognize as ‘Yahweh.’ He is the Supreme Elohim over all other elohim (gods), theoi (gods) or kyrioi (lords). This name is of far more esteem than ‘Christ’ (Anointed One) because even human beings who were anointed priests in the Old Testament were called ‘Messiahs’ or ‘Christs’ (e.g. Num. 35:25). But in the Scripture there is only one Yahweh, who is the Supreme God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is also the head over all things and is the one and only true Deity from whom all things exist and consist. – p. 9.
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The Name of the Father was so important to the apostle Paul (and the other apostles) because within its definition is found all the dimensions of authority and influence, whether these attributes are human or spiritual, visible or invisible (Col. 1:16). That is why Paul could say in Ephesians 3:14-19: ‘For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named…that ye being grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height…which passeth knowledge.’ In other words, the Father’s love in breadth is boundless, in length endless, in depth fathomless, in height measureless. These unlimited dimensional expressions that Paul was using…represent the exact definition of the name Yahweh when one considers all its ramifications.
Or, as I interpret these things: Knowledge of the material universe is transmitted to us when we requite His Love back to Him. And full comprehension of the meaning of His Name infuses us with the requisite awe and gratitude that our lowly human status require, if we are to appreciate His grandeur and His Love. That is why we must approach Him in all humility, for we are mere specks on a planet, or, as the song by Kansas says, “dust in the wind.” For me, using the I AM is a constant reminder to me of the actual Presence of God in my being: that I AM made of His Substance and that I live and breathe in Him. When we forget this intimate connection with Him, we get lost in our own self-importance and we sink into materialism.
What’s in a name, you ask?
‘Jesus’ or ‘Yahshua’?
One of the most important treatises on the subject of the Sacred Names is a booklet entitled The Mistaken J. It is the story of how the letter J entered into the English language. The opening paragraphs say this:
Often heard in the churches of our land is the refrain sung about the Savior, ‘there’s something about that name…’ In our English-speaking world we have been taught that the saving name of the Redeemer of Israel is ‘Jesus.’ So accepted is this name that few stop to consider its authenticity.
But the truth is, there is indeed ‘something about that Name.’ That ‘something’ is the inescapable fact that the Savior’s name is not Jesus, and never was. What’s more, the Name of the heavenly Father is not Jehovah, a designation that is only five centuries old.
Churchianity has so thoroughly immersed the world in the error of this tradition for the past 500 years that few even think to research the matter or to consider the consequences of calling on the wrong name. As a result, most continue believing that the Hebrew Savior is called by a Latinized Greek name that could not possibly have existed at the time He walked the earth. It’s a name that would have been completely foreign to Him.
The story of the ‘Mistaken J’ goes on to explain how the letter J was incorporated into the English language around the 1500’s AD. Before then, English employed the same sound for J as other languages do, namely, the y sound. Up until then, even the English referred to Jesus as Iesus (pronounced Yay-Soos). If you look at the earliest copies of the King James Bible, you will see His name spelled I-e-s-u-s. I have personally seen tombstones from that era in which the name “James” is spelled I-A-M-E-S. All tombstones that predate the 1500’s spell it with an I, not a J.
But even Iesus is, as the authors point out, a Latinized version of a Greek transliteration of a Hebrew name. The name, Jesus, therefore, is thrice removed from the original, which is Yahshua.
Now, all scholars agree that the name Yahshua has a very specific meaning. It means ‘Yahweh Saves.’ Does the word ‘Jesus’ mean that to you? If not, then I suggest getting familiar with His REAL NAME, Yahshua, because His real name is intimately tied to the Father, Yahweh, in His aspect as THE MESSIAH, the saving presence of God.
There is indeed ‘something about the name’ Jesus. I addressed this point in the introduction to this essay; and I have no desire to diminish the importance of the name ‘Jesus.’ I merely wish to acquaint you with the true origins of this name. Even with this reverence for the name, for most people, ‘Jesus’ merely represents an emotional experience: a giddy high that may last a few years. But when the brass tacks of obedience to Yah’s Law and the full impact of Yahshua’s sacrifice sink in, that giddy high is seen to be an illusion. Christianity, first and foremost, is RESPONSIBILITY to one’s brethren. Do all of the Churchians sitting in the twenty-thousand seat auditoriums, listening to the Gospel of Self-Help through milktoast preachers, come away with a sense of greater responsibility to love and respect their brethren? True Christianity is the Gospel of TOUGH LOVE. We must demand that we love each other by OBEYING YAHWEH’s LAW. We cannot hold each other to any lower standard. Anything short of this is mediocre religion.
It has been objected that Jesus Himself never used the name of Yahweh. This is not exactly true. There are a few instances in which He did. We have to bear in mind that the Masoretes and other translators have done their level best to obscure the Sacred Names. So, before I quote the relevant New Testament passages, I would like to quote from the Introduction of Joseph Rotherham’s translation of the Bible. Under the heading of The Name Suppressed, he tells us:
…the Tetragrammaton is nearly hidden in our public English versions. Not quite. To those who can note the difference between ‘LORD’ and ‘Lord’ and between ‘GOD’ and ‘God,’ and can remember that the former (printed with SMALL CAPITALS) do while the latter do not stand for The Name, to such an intimation of the difference is conveyed. But although the READER who looks carefully at his book can see the distinction, yet the mere HEARER remains completely in the dark respecting it, inasmuch as there is no difference whatever in sound between ‘LORD’ and ‘Lord’ or ‘GOD’ and ‘God.’ It hence follows that in nearly all the occurrences of The Name (some 7,000 throughout the Old Testament) the especial Name of God is absolutely withheld from all who simply hear the Bible read. Nearly all, for there are about half a dozen instances in the A.V., and a few more in the R.V., in which this concealment does not take place. In other words there are these very few places in which the Tetragrammaton appears as ‘Jehovah’; and although it may be asked, ‘What are they among so many?’ still their presence has an argumentative value. If it was wrong to unveil the Tetragrammaton at all, then why do it in these instances? If, on the other hand, it was right to let it be seen in these cases, then why not in all? With the exceptions explained, however, it remains true to say, that in our public versions the one especial Name of God is suppressed, wholly concealed from the listening ear, almost as completely hidden from the hastening or uncritical eye.
So, my answer to the question “Why is the Tetragrammaton not found in the New Testament?” is this: The question involves the religio-political environment created by the Pharisees. It involves the historical tampering that has occurred in the Scriptures with the deliberate intent to obscure the Sacred Names, Yahweh and Yahshua. Those who have deleted it from the Old Testament would surely work feverishly to delete from the New Testament; and they have succeeded. Nevertheless, let us look at a couple of instances in which the I AM occurs in the New Testament:
In the eighth Chapter of John, the Jews accuse Jesus of having a devil after He tells them that they are not of God.
Now we know thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? And the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honoreth me; of whom ye say, that he is your god; Yet ye have not known Him; but I know Him: and if I should say I know Him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know Him and keep His saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews to Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. – Verses 52-58.
Here, Yahshua is declaring His co-eternity and unity with the Father. Since He is one with the Father, He is life everlasting. That quality is, of course, part of the meaning of I AM THAT I AM. “I AM the eternally self-creating Being.” Or, as Jesus puts it the book of Revelation: I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
At Matthew, Chapter 22, Yahshua asks, Have you not read that…I AM [capitalization in the text] the god of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the god of the dead, but of the living. – Verse 32.
Again, Jesus is expressing His Oneness with the Father, Yahweh, and His own eternity. This eternal life, by the way, is available to all of us who keep His sayings. The rest of us don’t take His sayings very seriously.
Of the numerous instances in which the word ‘Lord’ is used in the New Testament, you will note that many of them are written in ALL CAPS: LORD. Examples are Matt. 3:4; 3:10; 23:39. This is the Tetragrammaton staring you right in the face, if you have eyes to see, but well disguised as Joseph Rotherham so eloquently expressed above. Because of the failure of both the House of Judah and the House of Israel to obey Yah’s Law, the use of His Name gradually fell into disuse because of their reprobate status. This means that they were ashamed to use the Sacred Name, not that the Sacred Name was too holy to be pronounced!
Not for your sakes do I this, saith Yahweh Elohim, be it known unto you; be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. – Ezek. 36:32.
If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahweh thy Elohim, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day, that all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee. – Deut. 28:15.
Indeed, our world is coming apart at the seams. Paris and other towns in France are burning as I write (November 6, 2005) because we have refused to obey His Commandment not to mix our seed with other races! Now, we are reaping the result. Tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and plagues are all around us and we do not see the connection between these judgments and our rebellion against His Law.
We have to remember that in those days, people of all races had a much stronger racial awareness. Even as late as the 1950’s, race-mixing was still taboo here in America. The Judahites of the land of Judah were keenly aware of the racial differences between themselves and the non-Judahite Edomites who had taken over their nation. Since these Judahites of the nation of Judah knew that they were surrounded by Edomite Jews of either half-breed (like many of the Pharisees) or non-Judahite stock (such as Herod and his allies), they were careful not to use the Sacred Name in front of these heathen. Cast ye not pearls before swine.
In spite of all the evidence presented here, I do not demand that you all start chanting “Yahshua, Yahshua, Yahshua” instead of “JAYSUS, JAYSUS, JAYSUS,” as some of the preachers of Preachianity like to pronounce it. This is an extremely personal decision. It requires a great amount of introspection and humility to overcome one’s upbringing and make a fundamental change in one’s thinking.
If, for you, the name Jesus conveys the idea “Yahweh is Salvation,” then who am I to say that you should make such a change? The fact is that I routinely still use the name Jesus affectionately. But at the same time I understand the value and meaning of the name Yahshua. Given the multitude of meanings and the nuances of God’s personality, only the name Yahweh is meaningful to me where the Father is concerned. I only use the word ‘God’ when I am talking about the office that He holds. In my prayers to Him and in my communications with Identity believers, only ‘Yahweh’ means anything to me. When I communicate with those who are not familiar with ‘Yahweh’ and ‘Yahshua,’ I do not press the issue. I humble myself and speak their language so that we can understand each other.
As I have tried to show, our use of ‘Lord’ and ‘Jesus’ are traditions that require deeper scrutiny. We should not reject the original Hebrew names merely because we have been brought up in a different tradition. The fact is that the Hebrew language is part of our heritage. That does not mean that we all have to start learning Hebrew again. It does mean that we should be aware of the deeper significance of certain Hebrew words which have been inadequately translated into English.
The Book of Revelation tells us this about those servants who are given access the Wedding Feast of the Lamb and to the New Jerusalem:
And they shall see His face; and His Name shall be in their foreheads. (Rev. 22:4.)
There is also this remarkable prophecy contained the Book of Zechariah (13:6):
They shall call upon my name, and I will hear them. I will say it is my people, and they shall say Yahweh is my God.
The Christian Identity Movement is fulfilling this prophecy at this very moment.
We have been trained by Jews and Judeo-Christians to reject the Sacred Name. This is all the more reason to accept it. Do not be ashamed to use it.
Quantum Physicist Nassim Haramein explains the hidden geometry contain in the Hebrew name of YHWH.
Although he references the some of the teachings of the Cabala, which are a Jewish version of the hidden teachings, it is evident that the rabbis themselves do not understand these teachings. They just preserved them from some Hebrew source.