The Not-So-Well Known Name

By: John L. Fisk

11-22-09

A NAME:

I took my wife, Sara Jean to the doctors for a routine check-up and sat in the waiting room as usual.  I picked up a newspaper called Sports News and the first story was entitled My NAME will be REMEMBERERED FOREVER. It struck me as to how important a name is to both those who know it and those to whom it belongs.  Names like Elvis, Abe,  FDR , Castro and Napoleon need no explanation.  This is just the way they like it.  These names are chiseled into history and we are intimately familiar with the person associated with the name.  We know the men and the events that surround these names.   Oh, by the way, the name of whom the article spoke: Shaquille O’Neal — enough said, if you are a basketball fan.

If someone came to you and asked you about Joe Blow, your initial response, if truthful, would be, “Who?”

“You know, Joe Blow, he’s from Podunk,” responds your questioner in a tone that indicates that you should know this guy.

“I have no idea who you are taking about,”  you would respond, starting to wonder if the questioner knows Joe Blow.

If you do not know the name Joe Blow, you do not know Joe Blow.  It’s that simple.

Some 300 years before Jesus began to teach, the name of God was sealed.  By the time Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount, the name was not known by anyone on that mount.   It is thus fair to say that few knew God.    Once Jesus said to His disciples, “…they do not know the One who sent Me.”    May I conclude, if they do not know the NAME of the One who sent Jesus they cannot know Jesus?   I think now it is the other way around, unless you know Jesus you cannot know Yahweh. More on this later.  

A Name Remembered:

Many years ago I read Dale Carnegie’s book How to Make Friends and Influence People.  Remembering that there were certain points that were made on how to make friends and influence people, I revisited these points to refresh my memory. They are:

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a man’s Name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in the terms of the other man’s interest.
  6. Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.

These can be changed a bit and you could improve your relationship with Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  1. Become genuinely interested in Yahweh.
  2. Smile. Give thanks.
  3. Remember, Yahweh’s Name is to Him a sweet and important sound.
  4. Be a good listener.
  5. Talk about His plan, not yours – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  6. Praise Yahweh, Glorify Him

All of these points are good and could be expanded into chapter after chapter but I would like to focus on point number three, “Remember Yahweh’s Name is to Him a sweet and important sound.”   The name of God has been forgotten.  It is a name that abides in the memory of the history of God’s people.   It is known esoterically and used by few.  It is not, however, used among His people in verse nor in song.  His people are now just coming to the revelation of His name and beginning to use His Name, Yahweh.

Don’t you hate to forget somebody’s name?   You cannot say, “Hey, nice to see you, what’s your name.”  It would make you feel stupid.  Given how much a person’s name means to him, you just don’t say that.  What do you think would happen when your God appears and you say, “Hey, nice to see you, what’s your name”, or worse yet you call Him by another’s name!  You don’t even have to explain, He knows you do not know.  Names are important and Yahweh desires His name to be known even by the heathen. Sadly, there are few who acknowledge His name and fewer still who use it.  So what happened to cause men to forget the Name of God? Elvis Presley has more name recognition than Yahweh.  There are twenty-three centuries of tradition which have obscured, wiped-out and generally demonized the use of the Name of God.  Few write His name and fewer still speak His name.  These conditions exist whether in the synagogue or the church.    Many proclaim through song and prose: we will magnify, praise and exalt the Name of God.  But, truth be known, they do not know the Name of God.  How sad!  Few who know His Name mention His Name.  Those who mention His Name do so in a whisper.  Many in Christendom think the Name of God is Jesus.   Jesus is the Son of God and yes, God the Son – But, Jesus is not the Name of God.   The Name Jesus is a transliteration from the Latin which was translated from the Greek which was translated from the Hebrew.   In the Hebrew His Name is Yeshua which literally means Salvation.  (Matthew 1:21)  Jesus is the name under heaven by which you must be saved.  However, Revelation 3:12 clearly indicate that Jesus’ will change His name.  Thus the name of Jesus is not eternal but, God’s name is.    Curious?

There is a scripture in Proverbs 18:10 that states “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe.”    I’m familiar with a song which uses this verse as lyrics.  An additional verse of the song says, “Jesus is the Name of the LORD.”     But this is not quite correct.  The Hebrew word for “the LORD” is Yahweh and this is the name of God.  So, if you were to sing the song as it should be translated it would be, “Jesus is the name of Yahweh.”   Doesn’t make sense, does it?  Stay with me here, I know this revelation is going against the grain but at one time eating His flesh and drinking His blood also went against the grain, did it not?

(Proverbs 30:4 ) asks, “What is His Name, and what is His Son’s Name, if you can tell?”)   Singing,   “Jesus is the name of Yahweh” does not answer the question in Proverbs 30:4,  but reveals that the lyrics are wrong.  How do you think God’s people got in this position?  They are called by His name but when His name is spoken they say, who?  Or worse yet, what?

In most translations of the scriptures the Name of our God is cloaked.  Rather than writing His name as Jehovah or Yahweh it is written as the LORD.  I know that all this confusion and ambiguity about His Name did not take Yahweh by surprise.  Indeed, there is no doubt He was the One who cloaked His Name for a time.  Now, on the other hand it is obvious from the prophetic scriptures that He desires to reveal His Name.  The Glory of Yahweh will rise with the use of His Name.  His deeds and Who He is will be known through-out all the earth and there will no one running around saying, “Well, we all worship the same God,” or other such nonsense!

The Confusion:

Almost every mainline press report when reporting on terrorists screaming Allah akbar translates the Arabic phrase into “God is great.”  This is wrong on two counts.  The phrase really should be translated “Allah is greater.”  The “God is great” translation plays into a common misconception that Allah is God and akbar means great.  This is a way of disassociating the terrorist from Islam and for the press to blame the whole terrorist thing on a generic god.  It has another effect of telling everyone, “We all worship the same god.”  After all, isn’t Allah just the Arabic word for God?  No, it is the Arabic word for the name of the god of Islam.

The press loves to promote this misconception for they do not believe in any god.   It suits their desire to lump all gods into one god.   It promotes their desire for multiculturalism and they feel so good that they have treated all religions the same.  This makes them objective and sooo above the fray.  They hate anyone who would contradict the conclusion that we all worship the same god.  The press labels the people who know their God is Yahweh as hateful bigots, narrow minded, and not near the objectivity they have.  This feeds into the press’ desires to draw a moral equivalence between Christians and the terrorist.  After all, if a Christian becomes “radical” he is just one step from a terrorist act.  These subliminal suggestions come pouring out of the elitists press every night on the news.

But, Allah is NOT the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and he is NOT the God of Jesus.  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has a name; it is Yahweh.  Allah was a god selected from a plethora of desert gods that were common to the Arabian people.  Mohammad came along in the seventh century peddling this moon god as the only god and as a promotional he proclaimed that this god, Allah is the greatest.  Simply Allah akbar.  This will be the last time I write this phrase, for the truth is: Yahweh akbar.  (Exodus 23:13)

Islam and its rise in the west is indeed one of the reasons that the name of God has become important.  Not so long ago there was little doubt as to who God was.  This was a Judeo-Christian nation and God, whose name is Yahweh, was seldom if ever confused with another demonic god.  This is no longer true.

Here is an example, albeit antidotal, of how confused the Church has become.  Back on August 16, 2007 an article was written by Fox news on how a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands wanted people of all faiths to refer to God as “All-h.”  Another article says that Moslems in Malaysia are trying to prohibit the Roman Catholic Church from referring to God as “All-h.”  It would be funny if it were not so sad.

We are in a war and it is a war that Yahweh is staging.  He is going to show the world that He is God and He is the God of the people who take refuge in His Name.  “The Name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe.”  (Proverbs 18:10) Many who profess to know Him do not know the Name of Yahweh. This is made evident by the sited articles.  The question then becomes how is it that the people who profess to know Him are so confused?  Never in all of history has the identity of God been hidden primarily because God’s name is not spoken among the Jews and unknown among the Christians.  For 2300 years the Jews have refused to speak the Name and the Christians are ignorant of the Name.  Why?

The Obfuscation:

Yahweh, the Name of God was not always cloaked.  There was a time that Yahweh was in common use among the people of God.  God’s Name gradually slipped from common use after the time of Ezra and the rebuilding of the second temple.  The Name Yahweh, was first taken from the people around 350BC.  The priests became the keeper of the Name of Yahweh and they uttered it only in prayer.  By 291 BCE the Name of God had been removed from use.  The high priest became the only one to speak His Name and he did so only during Yom Kipper when he went into the most Holy.  Otherwise, he never so much as whispered the Name of God.  The final straw was the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD.  No temple, no speaking of the Name of Yahweh.  No observant Jew has spoken the Name of Yahweh from then till now.  Thus no one is sure of the Name’s proper pronunciation.  Did you know that the Jews are commissioned to keep the oracles of God?

There is an article that appears in Rabbi Kaplan’s Handbook of Jewish Thought. This particular article is a dissertationon how and why the name of God is not to be spoken.  The following is an except:

The Tetragrammaton is called God’s “proper name” (Shem HaMeforash). Although God Himself is absolutely unknowable and unnameable, the Tetragrammaton is His highest emanation in creation. It is therefore considered most sacred, and is never pronounced as it is written, even in prayer. We are taught that one who pronounces the Tetragrammaton disrespectfully is worthy of death and has no portion in the World to Come. According to tradition, whenever the Tetragrammaton is written yud-hay-vov-hay, it is read Adonai. However, when it occurs in conjunction with the name adonai, it is read Elohim.”

The article by Rabbi Kaplan goes on to say:

Originally, the Tetragrammaton was used by all the priests in their blessing. However, there is a tradition that after Shimon HaTzaddik died in 3470 (291 BCE), its use was discontinued, since the Divine Presence (Shechina) was no longer manifest in the Temple and the other priests felt themselves unworthy.

For about 300 years before Jesus’ first advent the Jews had not spoken the Name of God.  This brings into question the writings of the New Testament!  They were written less than 200 years after the birth of Jesus. (Matthew 15:6)  The writers of the New Testament had brought this prohibition to the text by the traditions of the Jews.  There are numerous unambiguous examples of the Name of Yahweh being substituted by the Greek word for Lord, or kurios.Consider Mark 12:30, which uses the phrase “love the Lord thy God.”  There is no doubt that this is a quote from Deuteronomy 6:5, which says, “And you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”  [Let me get back to the fact that your KJV Bible says, “the LORD” where I put Yahweh.]  The Jewish tradition of obfuscating the name of Yahweh, for whatever reason, was codified into the scriptures until it was all but lost.  Few among the Christians know that God even has a Name and fewer still know what it is and fewer (if anyone) know how it is pronounced.

The Old Testament was translated into English and the Name Yahweh was substituted by the word, Lord or God.  The King James Version (KJV) did not entirely wipe out the information but would translate the word Yahweh into all capital letters like this “LORD.”  Usually it is predicated by the definite article ‘the’. It appears in the KJV as “the LORD.”  Sometimes the Hebrew text itself would use the term Lord Yahweh in which case it was translated in the KJV as “Lord GOD.”   This case is found in the book of the prophet Ezekiel.  The coding of the word Yahweh certainly had its effect, consider that few know that the 23rd Psalm really begins with, “Yahweh is my Sheppard…” and ends with  “… I will dwell in the house of Yahweh forever.”  He really does have a Name!  It is just hidden.

What Harm the Obfuscation?

I suspected that up to now there was little harm, but I was wrong.  Great confusion as to who God is has infected the land.  This tradition has caused and is causing His name and thus His desire to be eclipsed.  Even the President of the United States proclaims with a certainty that we, that is, Muslims and Christians, worship the same God.  This is patently false, and one reason that it is universally accepted in Christendom is that the Name of God is unknown.  It is time for those who know His Name to proclaim His Name.   God has an appointed time for everything under the sun and now is the time for God’s name, Yahweh, to be glorified.  It may seem quite presumptuous to say this but there is no doubt that God wants His Name Known.  2300 years of tradition, however, bring most to a completely different conclusion.  God has declared His Name over and over again.

How can you sing praises unto the Name of the Lord if you do not know nor use the Name?  Psalms 61:8

How can you lift up your hands in His Name if you do not know or use the Name? Psalms 63:4

How can you glorify the Name of God if you do not know or use the Name?  Psalms 86:12, Psalms 148:13, Isaiah 25:1,

How can you call upon the Name of Yahweh if you do not know the Name?  Psalms 105:1, Psalms 116:4, Joel 2:32,

You are denying the Name of God in your own life and profaning it to others, if you have forgotten the Name: Proverbs 30:9, Isaiah 52:5-6

You will be set on high if you know His Name.  Psalms 91:14

What are the ramifications of not knowing Yahweh?  Consider:  John 15:21-22

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Do you think that obfuscating the Name of God may have had something to do with this blindness that was epidemic among the leaders of Judah?  As you know one of the reasons the Jews in 291 BC obscured the Name is because theShechina Glory left.  Could the leaving of the Shechina Glory be a leading indicator, rather than trailing?  Put another way, could limiting the use of His Name have caused the glory to be removed?  Conversely could restoring His Name cause the Glory to return?

It is well established that Yahweh wants his Name known by His People.  One reason is that our salvation may depend on it!  Paul, in defending the concept that God’s salvation is for all people, quotes Joel 2:32 which reads, “…whosoever shall call on the Name of the LORD shall be delivered…” Paul quotes Joel in Romans 10:13 which reads, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  It seems that the two uses of the word Lord are not the same.   It is no wonder a poor soul would get confused.  There is no doubt that the LORD in Joel and the Lord in Romans are the same and there is no doubt that the use of the word Lord in both instances obfuscates His Name.  Romans 10:13 should read, “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of Yahweh shall be saved.”   This adds more light to the scriptures and the context that is being taught.  Reading within the context of Joel it is clear that this passage is for a specific time, the day of Yahweh!  But making a copy of a copy of a copy removed information at each iteration.  The original is written in Hebrew and says Yahweh or hwhy and as it passed through the lips of the Jewish Hebrew reader who say “HaShem” it then passes onto the pages of a translation and it is written “the LORD” when the second translator writes it, he pens “the Lord,” then in the eyes of a reader the information becomes lost as last years corn.  Romans 10:13 is sometimes used as an example of just how simple it may be to be saved: just call upon the name of Jesus.  This may be correct, but as to why it is correct cannot be extracted from Romans 10:13.  The clarification brings many questions like how often in the scriptures does this occur?  How many mistranslations are there in the New Testament?  The answers to both questions:  A lot!

So, what harm the obfuscation:  A lot.

The Blessing of Knowing His Name:

The people of God would have no power unless God shared His Name and thus His glory.  This is not to say that God would have no power if He had no Name, just that God’s people would have no power, no inheritance, no power of attorney, and no Name.  Furthermore, we wouldn’t have any need to know the Name.  His people are to be called by His Name.  God’s people are to have His Name written on them.  God’s people are to know the Name of Yahweh.  The very purpose of the Aaronic blessing is to place God’s name on the people of God. (Number 6:27)

Reasons for a name:

(1)    For unique identification.   (That you may be uniquely identified)

(2)   As a conveyance of authority.  (The seal, crown and scepter)

(3)   To identify property.   (Deeds)

(4)  Give your prodigy an inheritance, to pass on a heritage.  (Convey wealth)

Unique Identification:

If you do not have a unique identification for your God, then to what falls your adoration?  The gods of this world enjoy your confusion for it is easy for them to capture your worship.  The motivation of these gods is to capture God’s glory.

What is the difference in worshiping one god over the other if they are all the same?  Your god becomes just one of a litany of nameless gods that seem appropriate for the occasion.  The alluring rhetoric is every where, “There are many ways to heaven.”

“Your God is so harsh.  He lets someone who worships another god die and go to hell. Don’t you know its all one god?”

“You mean there is only one way to god?  What nonsense.”

“We all worship the same god.  Don’t we?”

“We have a fresh revelation.”

“Who is your god anyway?”

If you cannot identify your God then how do you expect to answer or respond to these simple questions and statements?

Praise of Yahweh, my God is like Revelation 4:11 — You are worthy, Yahweh, for you have created all things and for your pleasure they are and were created.  You may forgive me the liberty of replacing ‘O Lord’ with Yahweh.  At this point I do not think that there is any ambiguity as to the fact of who Yahweh is.   Yahweh is the Creator of the universe and the world has taken it upon itself to defame Him and then rationalize why they are worthy.  The first thing you try to learn about someone, anyone, is their name.  If God had not wanted to be known He would not have given His Name.

No son of man was there when the foundation of the earth was laid and what is said about my God, Yahweh, is not true.  They give dark council when they presume to say who Yahweh is?  Only those that know Him can speak the truth about Him.  I know that Yahweh has a Messiah, you may call Him the Christ.  He has a Son you may call Him Jesus.  You do not know Yahweh except His Son introduces Him to you.  These are facts and no amount of rationalization can or will change these facts.

As a Conveyance of Authority:

Yahweh, Who is and was a Spirit, chooses a time to become the Son of man.  In doing so He set a relationship between His people and Himself.  This relationship is activated, endures, and is made possible through and in His Messiah the One sent.  I use the word Messiah rather than Christ to convey the significance of Who Jesus is.   Somehow the word Christ does not fully come to that end, where Messiah has the meaning of “the Anointed,” the One Who was promised in the context of Psalm 2.  It has the connotation of the Son of God.  God became man so that men could take on the anointing that His Messiah brought. Thus they could call their God, Yahweh, Father.  This anointing contains the authority which is conveyed from Yahweh, to His Son, Yeshua, and then to any one who is in Yeshua. Yes, you take on the authority of His Name.  This authority is appropriated by and through Jesus and acted upon through faith.

To Identify Property.

My parents sent me to camp at a young age.  Off I went with other carefree irresponsible types to enjoy the great outdoors in northern New England during their two week summer.  Before I left, every article of clothing would be marked with my name, even my socks.  That name would remove all ambiguity as to whom everything belonged.  God’s possession is the earth and everything that is therein.  It would seem that given the circumstances that it would not be necessary to place His Name on all things but He does.  Etched in the wadies and canyons of a place in Israel called Shiloh is the name of God “hwhy” Yahweh speaks of this as penned in Jeremiah 7:12.  The Name of God is embossed on all of creation. There is no other god, which has created anything.  It seems that this Name should be the Name that was from the beginning and to the end.

Give Your Prodigy an Inheritance, to Pass on a Heritage.

To pass on a heritage you need two things, children and a name.  The name is given to the prodigy.  God has chosen His prodigy.  He has done this by (1) having a Son and then His Son took a bride.  Thus anyone in Jesus, the Son of God is in line for an inheritance for our name is changed when we become part of the bride.  Our new name is His Name and the Name written on His children is Yahweh.  This is simply because Jesus is Yeshua Ben Yahweh.  Because we are the bride, by this covenant, we can say “Father” God.  We just say Abba, or Father.   But to the Heathen we say His name is Yahweh!

From Cover Up to Revelation:

Yahweh has revealed Himself to men since the beginning of man’s history.   On the other hand, men have been busy with the big cover-up. Men cover-up God’s deeds and Who He is.  The reason is for power and money.  Men have been trying to be like God since Adam took the fruit from Eve.  Emperors of Rome have proclaimed that they are god and squelched any fact that would reveal otherwise.  The knowledge of God is expunged and replaced by man’s own deeds.   Thus men take, steal and usurp Yahweh’s glory.

“But, but, no one is saying they are God today?” asks the not so informed Obama voter, “How is this cover-up going on today?”

Organizations declare themselves the revelators of God and have become the peddlers of God’s grace.  Let’s just say they are middle men between God and man.   They then demand homage for their position.  Martin Luther’s (circa 1520) declaration, that men are justified by faith, cut deeply into the profits of the Roman Catholic Church.  They sold this justification and called it absolution.  While absolution (salvation) was being peddled by the Catholic Church, it was counter productive for the Catholic Church to declare that salvation was bought with a price and the price had been paid.  How could St Peters at the Vatican in Rome be completed without this money?  Such opulence and grandeur on display till this day was bought with the money of poor duped salvation searching souls.

As incredible as it would have seemed, Martin Luther was not proclaiming a new revelation, he was removing the cover from that which was hidden.   He was proclaiming something that God had revealed and men attempted to cover-up.

Money and power are the factors that motivate men to cover the knowledge of God.  Power is the substance that is used to control the money.  So one may say the root of all evil is the love of money.  Yes, I do believe there was another who said something similar.

The cover-up of the knowledge of God is not a small business enterprise.  However, the revelation or re-revelation of what God places before His servants is often, if not always, a small enterprise.  Yahweh loves the David-and-Goliath scenario.  This is sometimes a bit disconcerting to a reluctant David.  But, somehow I do not think He is too concerned about our weakness.  For His power is made evident in that weakness.

God has revealed his Name Yahweh to Israel.   Consider the passage in Exodus:

Exodus 6:2 – 3 And God spoke unto Moses, and said, I am Yahweh. I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by God Almighty, but by my name Yahweh was I not known to them.

What a concept.  God introduces Himself to Moses!  Moses becomes the first man to know the Name of God.  Do you suppose that Moses said, “I’m sorry Mr. God but I can’t use that name.”  Or how about, “I like the way You introduced Yourself but, You are too holy, and thus that Name is too Holy, I just will not speak that Name again.”  Or “We will lock that Name up and keep it a secret, OK?”  I believe if Moses had responded with any of these responses we Bible teachers would be saying, “Remember the time when Moses was fried.”

Some forty years after Moses is introduced to Yahweh, a Canaanite prostitute named Rehab was using the Name of God.  How without television, Internet, or radio did Rehab become so intimate with the Name of God?   Who is this heathen that feared God?  Rehab was not afraid to use the Name Yahweh.  Indeed.  I think she would have been more afraid not to use it.  We the readers of scripture meet Rehab in the book of Joshua as she is cutting a deal with some Israeli spies.

Joshua 2:9-11 And she said unto the men, I know that Yahweh hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how Yahweh dried up the water of the Red Sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what you did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you completely destroyed.  And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for Yahweh your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

There was no confusion in Rehab’s mind as to who Yahweh was.   I wonder where she heard that Name?  How did she know that it was Yahweh that dried up the waters of the Red Sea?  Folks must have been talking up the name of Yahweh.  After all, it was only 40 years or so earlier when God revealed His Name to Moses.  Moses then became the first man to know the Name.  How did she know this Name? God certainly didn’t tell her but there was no doubt in Rehab’s heathen mind that Yahweh was God.  (You think that there may be a bit of doubt in the heathen’s mind as to who God is today?)  Could Rehab have heard the Name of God from Egypt?  As the plagues were being applied to Egypt, hear what Yahweh was saying to Pharaoh through Moses:

Exodus 9:13 And Yahweh said to Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus says Yahweh God of the Hebrews, Let My people go, that they may serve Me.  For I will at this time send all My plagues upon your heart, and upon your servants, and upon your people; that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.  For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite you and your people with pestilence; and you shall be cut off from the earth  And in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to show in you My power; and that My Name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Seems the Word about the name of God got to Rehab.  It may be she heard it through the grape vine!

What Happened?

The situation as to the use of the name of God is far different now than at the time of Rehab.  Now, the heathen do not know the name of God.  Yahweh’s people do not proclaim the Name of God.  They rather hide it.  It is obvious that God did not want His name hidden.   So how did this happen?   There is a Proverb that says, “It is the glory of Yahweh to hide a thing and the honor of kings to search out a matter.”  Although God did not want his Name to be hidden He indeed hid it.  I submit to you that this is because God was executing judgment on His people.

There are certain things that God gives to men that are Holy.   They are not Holy because men make them Holy, they are Holy because God has made them Holy.  The first time anything is described as Holy in the form of the Hebrew wordKodesh was when Moses encountered the burning bush.  I have observed that the things that God makes Holy do not become unholy just because men defile them.  Rather, when those things which are Holy are disrespected, Yahweh simply takes them away.  If He places His people on Holy land and they defile it, He removes them.  If His people defile the Feasts of the Lord, which Yahweh has said are Holy, He removes them.  If men forget the holiness of His name, He removes it.  But, God does not remove His Holy gifts forever.  He desires for His people to have them.  He eventually restores those things that were taken away.    The restoration of that which was once taken away ends God’s judgment cycle.   Eventually all things will be restored.  A judgment cycle ends when His people pray and repent.  Judgment cycles do not end when His people are defiant and rebellious. That usually marks the beginning.

The Name of God is Holy.  It has been removed till this day.  The power in this Name must be awesome in that it is on the threshold of restoration and that threshold in which we find ourselves has the enemy’s power peaking which in turn has put His people on their knees crying out in repentance.  I keep hearing in my ear, “The Name of Yahweh is a high tower; the righteous run into it and is safe.”  Proverb 18:10  I know that the Name of God is being restored and I anticipate with great joy this restoration.

Men’s Reaction to God’s Judgment:

My parents gave me toys as gifts when I was young.  If I abused the toys or did not respect others in the use of the toy, the toy would be taken away until I had a greater appreciation of the toy and how to play with it.  God operates in a similar fashion with His people.   Yahweh gives His people Holy gifts.  Yahweh will and has taken away a gift in judgment and restored that gift at His appointed time.  The time to restore those things that God removes coincides with the desire of His people.  His people have a tradition of making a tradition out of Yahweh’s judgment.  If the people of God find themselves under judgment, they respond in different ways.  They may say on of the following:

(1)    “The gift does not exist.”

(2)   “We are not to have that gift now.”

(3)   “God is mean.”

(4)   “God does not want us to have that gift.”

There are promises that Yahweh has made to His people.  Some of these promises He has made for the future and many have already been fulfilled.   To those who believe Yahweh these promises are prophetic.   They are anticipated, they are expected, and circumstances do not mitigate this expectation.    This is the definition of faith, or put another way — faith is the hope placed in Yahweh’s promises.  I know that the gifts of the Spirit are in operation today.   I also know that they were not in operation some years ago.   Why, because God withheld them as a judgment on His people.   His people for their part, not wanting to repent, made a doctrine saying the gifts of the Spirit has ceased, thus applying one of the four responses as justification for their doctrine.   Those that place their expectation in the return of those gifts find that they may operate in the gifts of the Spirit.

The feasts of Yahweh as listed in Leviticus 23 are not generally practiced in the Christian community.  They are said to be “Jewish” feasts rather than Yahweh’s feasts.    They say, “We do not keep those Jewish feasts, too much like acting like Jews.”  The judgment cycle only ends for those who embrace those holy things that Yahweh is returning.   Grab one of the four conclusions listed above is a sure way to reject the true and righteous judgment of God.

The Name of Jesus:

This Name of Jesus is both a name and function.  The scripture in Matthew 1:19 has Joseph receiving directions as to what to call God’s Son.  Yahweh’s angel said to Joseph, “And she [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”    This statement would make much more sense in Hebrew for it simply says you will call His name Salvation for He will be the salvation of His people.  This is underscored in Acts 1:4, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  It is apparent that the Name of Jesus is functional.  It is the Name by which you must be saved.

But, there is a point when that salvation will be complete and that is when all that are to be saved are saved.  Then what!   Will Jesus keep His Name which means Salvation as a tribute to the past?

Jesus, speaking in Revelation 3:12 says, “…Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the Name of my God, and the Name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him My new Name.”

It is true, Jesus’ name is going to change at some point in the future.   As to what it is, no one seems to know or at least I have not heard many put forth their idea as to what it may be.  I think that I may know.  I believe the new name to be Emmanuel.   Why?

And she [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of Yahweh by the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  Matthew 1:21-24

What the new name of Jesus is may not be relevant to this discussion.  What is relevant is that it is going to change.   The name of our God does not change.  Jesus says, “He will write upon us the name of His God” (Referring back to Revelation 3:12).   The name of God, Yahweh, will not change simply because it is not a function of a description it is rather a NAME.

Yahweh: “The name is Yahweh and I am the God of all creation and I am the God of Salvation and I am.”   And every one said: “Yahweh akbar!”

Where did the Name of God go?

The name of God is lightly encoded in the KJV.  The “Old Testament” has His name, Yahweh, hidden behind the word in upper case, like LORD.  But, in the New Testament the name, Yahweh is simply not found.  Did God suddenly decide to change His name?  If He did not, where did the name of God go when the reader enters the New Testament?  The fact is, it simply disappeared!  It is not that this happened without the knowledge of Yahweh.  It is not that this happened against the plan of Yahweh.  It happened because Yahweh has a strategic plan and has determined a series of tactics to execute that plan.   Many times as the servants of Yahweh execute a tactical portion of His plan they get lost in the details and lose sight of the Plan.  But, that is another story.  The name of God, Yahweh, was hidden because Yahweh planned that His Name would be hidden.  It was hidden because Yahweh’s people hid it and by doing so they did two things; they profaned the name of God and they executed the plan of Yahweh.

Isaiah 52:5  Now therefore, what have I here, says Yahweh, that my people is taken away for naught? they that rule over them make them to howl, says Yahweh and my name continually every day is blasphemed.

Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I

Today Yahweh’s people have convinced themselves that they reverence the name of God by never using His Name.  Many of these same people believe that Allah is the name of God or just another name for their God.  They all nod in affirmation when the President says, “We all worship the same god.”

Jeremiah 23:26-27 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yes, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;

Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as theirfathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

As a part of Yahweh’s tactical plan He is going to define a place with a banner which says Yahweh.  This will appear to some as a provocation, an insensitive marginalization of people who believe that the god of Islam and their god is the same God.  Those who know Yahweh will run to the new banner and recognize the new place as a high tower, a place to run into.  Maybe they will come to know it as a secret place, a place under the wings of the most High.  Others, those who do not know Yahweh, will scoff and pontificate about those who think Yahweh is their God and He is the only God.   These sophisticated types will say of Yahweh’s people, “they are short-sighted, ignorant and dangerous people.”  Those who scoff will cause Yahweh’s people to be marginalized and eventually killed.  This has happened and is now happening in many places in the Islamic world.

As to the name of Yahweh in the New Testament: It is there.   The name is just buried, hidden.  Once uncovered, you, my fellow kings, will come to many new discoveries.  Consider Romans 10:13 which says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”   This may be a familiar scripture to you and you may have thought that the wordLord referred to Jesus, and it does but not for the reason you may think.  It really says all that call upon the name of Yahweh.  Romans 10:13 was Paul quoting Joel who said, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered”.  This may seem like a bump in the road to Rome, but it is not.  God reveals a new thing and the people of God must move into it.  He is speaking and His people must respond to do less is disobedience.

Proverbs 25:2 says that it is the glory of Yahweh to hide a thing and the honor of Kings to search out the matter.  One must conclude that Yahweh hid his name in a mysterious way but the revelation of His name draws a bold line in the sand.  This line removes any ambiguity any observer may have as to who is on which side.

His name is Yahweh but you may know Him as Father!

At one time Jesus said,  “no one comes to the Father except through Me.”  The God of the universe is Yahweh whether He is your Father or not.  How could the God of the universe become your Father?  You must have a relationship with His Son.  Not any relationship, but a special relationship.  You must become a bride to the Son to call His Father, Father.  There is no other way for this relationship to be established.  This explains the statement by John the Baptist that said, “The friend of the bridegroom rejoices when he sees the bride with the bridegroom.”  Thus, because we are the bride of the Son we can say Father.  Consider the word “Father”, does it not speak of function and relationship?  I was about six or seven years old before I knew my father’s full name.  “What your father’s name?”, I was asked, I would reply, “Dad.”  I was told that my father’s name was not “Dad”.  I thought, what!?  I know Dad better than you.  They want to know who I was and to whom I belonged, they wanted to relate me to my family and its reputation.  When we say that Yahweh is our Father we are relating to His family.  It says we are in the family and may I say, if you are in a relationship with Jesus then you are in a Jewish Family; you are in a Zionist family; you are in a family that is under assault; you are in a family that has great authority because of the name Yahweh.

The Holy Name of Yahweh:

The name of Yahweh is holy and yet it is familiar to those that come to know Yahweh.   Yahweh loves intimacy with His people and this presents a problem.  Yahweh is holy and the people are not.  Yahweh has a mysterious process to make things, including His people holy.   This process includes Yahweh sending His Son to die! He was not to die of old age but to be tortured and suffer an agonizing death.  This process pleased God for He knew the outcome. (Isaiah 53:10)   This process had an appointed time.  (Galatians 4:4)  Yahweh would then resurrect His Son to sit at His right Hand.  His Son’s death and resurrection is what Yahweh provided so that His people could become Holy.  All people, all times and all things that surround Yahweh are holy. If they are not, they are consumed.

All things, places, people and times are holy when associated with Yahweh.   Men do not know why these things are holy, but they are.   Neither do men know all the processes that Yahweh uses to make these things Holy but there are several processes.   Yahweh made the ground upon which Moses stood holy.   Yahweh did not tell Moses how that ground became holy, but it was holy.  Moses for his part removed his sandals at the command of Yahweh.   Why, for they were not holy.  Holy Ground accommodates holy things not unholy sandals.  It is the reason that the glory and power of the presence of Yahweh did not consume the bush that Moses saw.    At the moment Moses approached the bush he too became holy.  Moses did not become holy by anything he did.  Yahweh simply sanctified him.  For whatever reason, Yahweh did not make Moses’ sandals holy.  Thus Moses was commanded to remove the sandals.   Furthermore, men cannot make something that God has made holy, unholy.   But if men try to profane that which is holy Yahweh will remove that which is holy.   Such is the judgment of God.  God gave the people a holy land, He removed the people from the land when they defiled it.   He removed the holy feast from His people when they defiled the feasts.    He removed His very presence when they defiled His presence.    He removed His name when they defiled His name.  (Jeremiah 44:26)

It is often not possible to look at something and tell the holy from the unholy.  The Holy land does not look special; Holy times do not seem holy and holy fire appears as normal fire.

Unholy fire

And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer,   and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before Yahweh, which he had not commanded them.    Leviticus 10:1

Yahweh did not abide the unholy fire, when Nadab and Abihu brought unholy fire before Yahweh they were consumed because they brought strange fire before Yahweh.

And there went out fire from Yahweh, and devoured them, and they died before Yahweh.Leviticus 10:2

The difference between the strange fire and Holy fire:  the source.   It is only the source.   The Holy fire came from Yahweh Himself.  The strange fire came from the camp.  Could you tell the difference?    Yet, holy fire has very interesting characteristics:  It does not consume that which is holy; remember the burning bush.   It is an all-consuming fire to that which is not holy.   Holy fire makes Holy strange fire; remember the three in the furnace.    I present Holy fire as an example of the peculiar characteristics of those things that are holy.  Nadab and Abihu were not unholy: just the fire they carried  — they became collateral damage.   You may think this is not right. God wouldn’t destroy His own priest’s over such a trivial issue, would He?  Answer: It is not trivial to Him.    All that is around Yahweh is Holy, everything!   You want to be around Yahweh, be Holy and don’t be carrying anything unholy.   Holiness comes from His Son, from His only Begotten Son.

Now consider His Name, it is Holy.  You will have no other gods before Him.   This does not mean that you will be carrying the name of another god around for tolerance sake.  You see, Yahweh is not tolerant of those things that are not holy.  The name of Yahweh is Holy.  The name of all-h is profane.   Get caught carrying both in the presence of Yahweh, your consumed.   You will be carried outside the camp, dead.

Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that Yahweh spoke, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come near me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. Leviticus 10:3-4

The Restoration of the Name of Yahweh:

The restoration of the name of Yahweh is an awesome responsibility and I believe that through this restoration comes Glory and Power, manifested power to His people.  This glory and power is closely coupled with the time that we live. This is the appointed time, the fullness of time for Yahweh to make the difference between that which is holy and that which is not.   Restoration is apparent.  Restoration of the gifts of the Spirit, the majesty of Jesus, and the Feasts of Yahweh are all being restored before our eyes.   The Land of Israel has been restored to the Jews.  The gentiles no longer tread down Jerusalem.   Jews are coming in great number to recognize their Messiah. Those who are not Jews have been reconciled to Yahweh because of the Jewish rejection of their own Messiah.   Now those who rejected Him are accepting Him.  This act brings life from the dead, resurrection power! (Romans 11:15)   God has a plan like any plan it is divided into steps.  There are steps and times used to tear down and to build-up.   We are in a time of building-up and the rate of building increases.  This building-up includes Restoration, destroying works of the enemy, and creating new things.  Yahweh has made His people part of this process.  They have been given power over the works of the enemy, they have been asked to pray for, preach about and proclaim the Kingdom of God.  Yahweh has not, however, left all the work to His people.  There are many things that He will do, He is the builder of that great city, He is preparing His reward and He will have vengeance on His enemy.  We are not allowed to take vengeance on the enemy.  Our orders are to be good to those whom we think are our enemy.  Why?  Because, Yahweh’s desire is to include them in His plan and our demonstrated goodness is Yahweh’s opportunity.  Yahweh desires to bring His plan to a conclusion and He is excited about it.  He sees the beginning from the end and it is my guarded opinion that the end is quite close.  As Yahweh gets excited about this, He is doing things quicker and quicker.  This is one of the factors as to why His name is being restored.  He will send His Son as our bridegroom and He will build that city which Abraham knew would not be build by the hands of men.  It will descend from heaven just as Jesus will descend from heaven.  Enough said.  The point is God in His wisdom is dividing the labor .  Even the enemies of God have a part in bringing His plan to the forefront.

Yahweh has a point when he wants to be uniquely glorified.  Not, Praise God, but Hallelujah.   Not Glory to God, but Glory to Yahweh.

Hallelujah

There is one instance where the name of God comes to the forefront in every language.   This instance is the use of the word Hallelujah.  This word is transliterated from the Hebrew into every language.  The word is the joining of terms in a Hebrew Phrase.  The Phrase is Hallel which means Praise, lu which is like a conjunction and Yah which is short for Yahweh.

Together Hallelujah means praise Yahweh.  Now we know that the praises to Yahweh never stopped.  They continued even in ignorance because his people sing HalleluJah  Is it not, just like God to hide His name in the mouth of His people?

This leads to another little problem.  The word HalleluJah does not appear in the Hebrew Scriptures.  The Word Yah does and it is translated in most English translations as the LORD.  Because the LORD appears over 6,500 times in the Old Testament and all but 46 or so of those times it means Yahweh.  But a few times when Yahweh’s name was used in song it was used in the shortened form, that is, Yah.   This is why over 30 of the times Yah appears in the Hebrew Scriptures it is in the Psalms.   Check these out:

Psalm 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

This is the only place, I know that the name JAH appears in the King James Version all other places it is written LORD.

Here are a few where they appear as “Praise the LORD”  which is HalleluJah.

Psalms 102:18  This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise theLORD.

Psalms 104:35  Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou YAHWEH, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 105:45 that they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto YAHWEH; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.

Psalms 106:48  Blessed be YAHWEH God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen.Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 111:1  Praise ye the LORD I will praise YAHWEH with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

Psalms 112:1  Praise ye the LORD Blessed is the man that fears YAHWEH, that delights greatly in his commandments.

Psalms 112:1  Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of YAHWEH, praise the name of YAHWEH.

Psalms 113:1  He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 115:18  But we will bless LORD(Yah) from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.

Psalms 115:18  In the courts of YAHWEH’s house, in the midst  of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 115:18  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of YAHWEH endures for ever. Praise ye theLORD.

The use of the shorten form of the name tells me at one time the people of God were very comfortable with Yahweh’s name.  The use of YAH could only be described as His Nick Name:  YAH as in HalleluYAH.   What a concept!  This was not considered the profaning of His Name, on the contrary this was considered praise to His Name.   Where have we gone wrong?   It seems that this is the word that this paper should end on, that is, HalleluYAH.

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5 Responses to The Not-So-Well Known Name

  1. Michael Parker says:

    John,
    What an excellent revelation!!! As I read this the Spirit of Yahweh leaps within me with a shout of Hallelujah. Lets together more often. May Yahweh Bless You and Keep You, May Yahweh make His Face Shine Upon You and give You Peace…
    Mike

  2. John says:

    Thanks Mike, we will do so.

  3. Carl Garrett says:

    John,
    Your paper is one of the best I’ve read concerning the obfuscation of Yahweh’s name, and I have read many. Allow me to reveal to you, and to all, what Yahweh revealed to me concerning His name and what Yeshua revealed to me concerning His name:

    God has given us an amazing promise that He guarantees with the honor of His Name. That’s why He has always protected the integrity of His Name. Exodus 20:7.

    His name of LORD, Yahweh, is the Name of His Great Promise (Covenant) to us that: “He is good; His love endures forever” 2 Chronicles 5-7. (Note that His name is described by 7 words – indicating completeness)

    Approximately 100 times in the Old Testament Yahweh’s name is associated with “His love endures forever”, His “faithful love”, or His “unfailing love.” If He’s told us once, He’s told us a hundred times what His name means. How have we missed this for so long?!

    When we confess “Jesus is LORD” and “call on His Name,” when we repeat out loud and hear, over and over His Promise that He loves us unconditionally and forever, we come to place all of our faith in His Promise to love us forever, in His Word, in Jesus alone, to save us. Romans 10:9,17, Psalm 136, Psalm 119:11.

    Grace is God’s unconditional love to/for us. Truth is those things which will last forever because nothing false will ever be found in them. Jesus came full of grace and truth; Yeshua (who calls Himself Yahushua) came full of, fulfilled the promise of, “His love endures forever.” John 1:14

    If you are willing to say this great Promise, “I love you forever, [your name]” out loud with your own mouth and hear it over and over for several weeks accepting it as God’s very Word to you and responding to Him from your heart, His love will move from your head to deep within your heart and you will be totally transformed by His amazing love, by His grace (filled with His Spirit).

    Faith in His Name and the gospel both have the power to save because they are one and the same. All people, no matter when they have lived with respect to when Christ died, could/can be saved only by faith in Jesus alone, beginning with Adam. This is how: when they believed THE (One, John 14:6) Promise of Yahweh, that Yahweh’s heart is always good toward them, they were placing their faith in Jesus alone!

    You must have His Love, this amazing Love, His Spirit, this Seal in your heart, you must be born again, in order to be, and to know you are, saved. John 3:3

    Carl Garrett
    3mgpreso@gmail.com

  4. Carl Garrett says:

    HalleluYAH!

  5. Carl Garrett says:

    Oh, one other thing you may find amazing: When the people of the Old Testament prayed to Yahweh to send His salvation(Yeshua), they were asking for God to send Jesus – by name! They were calling on the name of the LORD!, the name of the Promise! There are many verses in the OT that demonstrate this. Again, there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we can be saved. Acts 4:12 This is more support that no one who has ever lived could ever be saved by anything besides faith in Yahweh’s Grace – Jesus! (Yahushua) John 14:6

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