NOTE: In obedience to His commands, we use the original, Self-given names of the God of the Bible (YHVH) and His only begotten Son (Yeshua Messiah), instead of the pagan aliases assigned to them (“the LORD” and “Jesus Christ”) by those who killed the Son.
Is the True Personal Name
of the One True God Important?
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
According to Him it is, and for that reason alone, it should be important to us. In Exodus 9:16, YHVH has Moses inform Pharaoh that it was He who allowed Pharaoh to continue in power, for this very reason:
“But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.”
We Are Commanded to Use Our Father’s Name Correctly . . .
In Psalm 91:14-16, the Father tells us that He wants those who love Him to properly use His name (although we should address Him as Father in prayer, recognizing the special relationship purchased for us by our Lord Yeshua’s sacrifice):
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
“With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation (H3444: yeshuah).”
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,YHVH, God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the Godof Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my Name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 3:15
The Source of the Errors
Because our use of His name is important to our Father YHVH, and to our relationship to Him, it is also very important to Satan that the truth about these things be concealed from as many of us as possible. Satan has ALWAYS sought to separate the people of YHVH from His loving provision for us, the written Hebrew Scriptures, a.k.a., the Tanakh/”Old Testament”. Satan hates all mankind, so he always encourages us to rebel against God as he did, knowing that whoever rebels against God will share the same eternal fate that he faces, which is annihilation in the Lake of Fire.
After he engineered the fall of Adam and Eve by getting them to act against the simple Torah (instruction) which was in effect in the Garden of Eden (“Don’t eat from that tree”), the next separation he accomplished was splitting the Jews away from the written Torah miraculously given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai. With Satan’s unseen encouragement, by falsely claiming the authority of Moses, the rabbis simply added their own 100% man-made invention called the “oral law” (today’s Talmud), and ascribed a moral supremacy to it on their own authority. In this they completely ignored Father YHVH’s explicit instructions concerning the eternal immutability of His written Torah as well as the proper use of His name. These rebellious Jews actually usurped the authority of God Himself – even as Satan had sought to do (Isaiah 14:4-15) – by declaring that “HaShem” (The Name of God) was “TOO HOLY” to be uttered by anyone but the High Priest (Cohen HaGodol), and even then only once a year, in the Holy of Holies of the Temple in Jerusalem, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
This, despite the clear prohibitions by YHVH against such behavior in the Torah, where we are ALL warned not to add anything to His commandments or subtract anything from His commandments:
“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHVH your Elohim which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2)
“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it. (Deuteronomy 12:32)
And, daring to contradict the teachings of Christianity Today, the Father tells us that all who intend to remain in covenant with Him must keep His commandments:
Because he has despised the word of YHVH and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off. His guilt shall be his own. Numbers 15:31
So, by their choosing to obey the rabbis, the people of Israel were specifically DISobeying YHVH Elohim in the matter of the proper use of His name, YHVH, and in many other matters. And so today.
Next, the Devil accomplished the SAME THING with the “Christians” by having the Roman Catholic Church copy the rabbinic prohibitions against the use of the Hebrew name of God, supposedly for the same reason: that it was deemed “too holy” to be pronounced. They substituted “the LORD” for the actual sacred name of the Father, YHVH, over 6,500 times in the King James Version of the Hebrew Tanakh, what Christians disparagingly call the “Old Testament”. In fact, this prohibition was merely one more part of the Roman Emperor’s stripping of all things Jewish from his newly-paganized “Christianity”, and so today. By obeying the commandments of this long-dead pagan Roman emperor, all who do so are DISobeying the expressed will of the Father, YHVH Elohim, in this, and in many other matters.
Whom Will You Obey?
Our Lord Yeshua tells us that it is not possible for anyone to faithfully serve two masters at the same time (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13), and the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) says the same thing even more emphatically, in Romans 6:16:
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
In other words, there is a clearly-defined and inescapable consequence for our willful, continued disobedience to the written commandments of God, and it is the same for all, regardless of what else we may believe about ourselves and our “Christian faith”. So all who do so are utterly without excuse.
By this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
The one who says, “I have come to know him,” and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
but whoever keeps his word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in him:
the one who says he abides in him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked. [1 John 2:3-6]
Everyone who practices sin (who sins habitually and unrepentantly) also practices lawlessness (Torah-lessness); and sin is lawlessness (Torah-lessness). [1 John 3:4]
The wages of sin is death. [Romans 6:23]
“Not everyone who merely calls me ‘Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (TORAHLESSNESS).’ [Matthew 7:21-23]
So it matters.
Next, we need to try to hack our way through the jungle of devilish disinformation on the subject of our Father’s true name which has accumulated over the centuries. As always, our Father has left the serious Truth-seeker a trail of bread-crumbs, as it were, for us to follow.
Can You Trust a Talmudic Rabbi?
First we need to see what the book which most (not all) Jews consider their most “holy book”, the Talmud, has to say about the subject of Jews teaching us (non-Jews) anything about their version of “Judaism”. Here are some pertinent quotes from the Talmud:
“It is forbidden to disclose the secrets of the oral law. He who would do it would be as guilty as though he destroyed the whole world.” -Jektat Chadasz, 171, 3
“Every non-Jew who studies the Talmud and every Jew who helps him in it, ought to die.” -Sanhedryn, 59a, Aboda Zora 8-6, Szagiga 13
“To communicate anything to a non-Jew about our religious relations would be equal to the killing of all Jews, for if the non-Jew knew what we teach about them they would kill us openly.” -Libbre David 37
“If a Jew be called upon to explain any part of the rabbinic books, he ought to give only a false explanation. Who ever will violate this order shall be put to death.” -Libbre David 37
“A Jew should and must make a false oath when the non-Jew asks if our books contain anything against them.” -Szaaloth-Utszabot, The Book of Jore 17
“The Jews are human beings, but the nations of the world are not human beings but beasts...” -Saba Mecia 114, 6
“God created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.” – Midrasch Talpioth, p. 225-L
“All property of other nations belongs to the Jewish nation, which, consequently, is entitled to seize upon it without any scruples. An orthodox Jew is not bound to observe principles of morality towards people of other tribes. He may act contrary to morality, if profitable to himself or to Jews in general‘ ” -Schulchan Qruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 348
We have a bunch more of these select quotes, all of which are guaranteed to turn your stomach, if you’re interested. Ask for our article, “50 Favorite Talmud Quotes”. These few are presented so that the previously-uninformed reader may understand exactly what the real, “official” attitude of rabbinic Jewry is toward all non-Jews.
Having said that, we ask you what kind of a response any Gentile (non-Jew) might expect to get from any rabbinic Jew concerning the actual, correct, proper pronunciation of the “too-holy-to be-uttered” sacred Name, YHVH? Well, they told us that it was pronounced “Yahweh”, and millions of sincere, devout, Hebraic-roots-seeking disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth are today pronouncing the Father’s personal name just like that, naïvely relying on the pronouncements of people who are sworn by a blood oath to deceive us in every way possible.
This is one solid reason for truth-seekers to reject the various “traditional” ways of pronouncing YHVH ( as Yahweh/Yahveh/Yehovaw/etc.): that Christians gullibly accepted such pronunciations from rabbinic/Talmudic Jews, as if their opinions should be dependable. Unfortunately for this view, according to the rabbis’ own “holy book”, the Talmud, the correct pronunciation of the “ineffable” Name of the Father by anyone, Jew or Gentile, requires that the offender be killed on the spot by the nearest Jew with the ability to do so. We ask, if it is a sin of sins for a Jew to pronounce HaShem (The Name), what kind of a sin must it be for one of themto teach Gentiles how to pronounce it?
As seen above, the Talmud prescribes exactly that in several places: death to any Jew who teaches a Gentile/goy anything about the Talmud:
“Every non-Jew who studies the Talmud and every Jew who helps him in it, ought to die.” -Sanhedryn, 59a, Aboda Zora 8-6, Szagiga 13
The Correct Pronunciation of Our Father’s Name ?
Bucking the current trend favoring YHVH or YHWH as the correct spelling of the Creator’s Name, some others have posited it as Yahuah or Yehuah. They reason that the Hebrew name of Judah (Hebrew: Yehudah) has exactly the same letter sequence as the Name of YHVH, but with a “d” (dalet) inserted. So, they reason, removing the dalet (English letter “d”) should result in a close approximation to the correct pronunciation of the Sacred Name of Father Elohim. If this is linguistically correct as well as being logical, we now have the ability to correct centuries of intentional rabbinic distortion of the actual pronunciation of YHVH. The rabbinics, having no ostensible reason to try to camouflage the pronunciation of the name of the tribe of Judah, seem to have left it alone. The pronunciation of the name of the tribe of Judah in Hebrew is “Yehudah”. “Yehudah” minus the “d’ = “Yehuah”. Real simple. To us, at any rate.
So now we have “Yahuah” or “Yehuah” for the probable correct sound of the Sacred Name, but it is assuredly NOT how it is properly spelled [YHVH or YHWH in English] in the Tanakh. Yahuah or Yehuah is therefore their own personal attempt at spelling a word as it is pronounced. But this is not translation, but rather an attempted transliteration. It is one thing to try to spell The Name phonetically for the purpose of instructing someone in pronunciation, and quite another to present it as HOW The Name should be properly spelled.
We find no reason to disagree with the discovery about removing the dalet, as far as correct pronunciation is concerned. But using any spelled-out phoneticization as the normal spelling of the Creator’s Name is another matter altogether. The Father’s name IS YHVH and this is surely NOT any phoneticization/ transliteration. We believe that we should leave the spelling of the Sacred Name of Father YHVH alone, and either render it as the Father does in the Tanakh, or in the English equivalents, and leave the pronunciation up to the individual’s conscience.
Our Lord’s correct name . . .
Some people are spelling our Lord’s name as “Yahshua”, which would require it to be spelled in such a way that there is no such name (or word!) in the Hebrew Tanakh. This seems to be a hangover from a discredited central teaching of the “Sacred Name” proponents (many of whom also erroneously believe in the divinity of the Son), and were apparently trying to force the poetic shortened form of the Sacred Name “Yah” into His son’s name, despite there being no basis for this in Scripture.
Some others are spelling the name of our Lord as “Yahushua”, as though it were spelled (right to left) Yod Hey Vav Shin Ayin –. This also happens to be the Hebrew spelling of the name we call “Joshua” (Strong’s 3091). The question remains, did our Savior actually have exactly the same name as Joshua, which means “YHVH saves”? Starting from the English alias of “Jesus”, we suppose that anything is possible, but what makes more sense? The angel said to Miryam “thou shalt call his name ___ for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) The angel did NOT state that the infant was to be called ___ because YHVH shall save Yeshua’s people from their sins, although that is also surely true in a broader sense.
We suggest that the Savior’s given name is simply the Hebrew “he will deliver” or “he will save”, exactly as the angel Gabriel indicated his given name would mean (Matthew 1:21) This is Yeshua, Strong’s H3442. A related word, almost identical in sound, is “yeshuah”, which means “salvation” or “deliverance”. This particular word is used in 77 verses of the Tanakh, many of them Messianic-prophetic (see partial list below). It is spelled (right to left) Yod Shin Vav Ayin Hey – Yeshuah, and pronounced exactly as it appears in English, with the accent on the second syllable, Ye-shu’-ah .
Yacov Rambsel, an Israeli Messianic Jew and linguistics expert who has authored many books on the ELS codes (Equidistant Letter Sequences) in the Hebrew Tanakh, found the angel Gabriel’s version (Yeshua) encoded in Isaiah 53: “Yeshua shmi”, “My name is Yeshua.”If you are looking for a convincing reason to use a particular spelling of the Savior’s name, this would be hard to beat. Yacov Rambsel also used Yeshua as the Savior’s name himself, and that is good enough for us.
Some (of the 77) verses containing Yeshuah (Strong’s H3444) in the Tanakh…
(Genesis 49:18) I have waited for your salvation(Yeshuah), O YHVH.
(Psalms 9:14) That I may show forth all your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in your salvation(Yeshuah).
(Psalms 13:5) But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation(Yeshuah).
(Psalms 14:7) Oh that the salvation(Yeshuah) of Israel were come out of Zion! when YHVH brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
(Psalms 35:9) And my soul shall be joyful in YHVH: it shall rejoice in his salvation(Yeshuah).
(Psalms 53:6) Oh that the salvation(Yeshuah) of Israel were come out of Zion! When God brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
(Psalms 62:1) <To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.> Truly my soul waits upon God: from him comes my salvation(Yeshuah).
(Psalms 68:19) Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation (Yeshuah). Selah.
(Psalms 70:4) Let all those that seek You rejoice and be glad in You: and let such as love Your salvation(Yeshuah) say continually, Let God be magnified.
(Psalms 78:22) Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation(Yeshuah):
(Psalms 89:26) He shall cry unto me, You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation (Yeshuah).
(Psalms 91:16) With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation(Yeshuah).
(Psalms 96:2) Sing unto YHVH, bless his name; show forth his salvation(Yeshuah) from day to day.
(Psalms 98:2) YHVH has made known his salvation(Yeshuah): his righteousness has he openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
(Psalms 98:3) He has remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation(Yeshuah) of our God.
(Psalms 116:13) I will take the cup of salvation(Yeshuah), and call upon the name of YHVH.
(Psalms 118:14) YHVH is my strength and song, and is become my salvation(Yeshuah).
(Psalms 119:166) YHVH, I have hoped for your salvation(Yeshuah), and done your commandments.
(Psalms 119:174) I have longed for your salvation(Yeshuah), O YHVH; and your Torah is my delight.
(Psalms 149:4) For YHVH takes pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation (Yeshuah).
(Isaiah 12:3) Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation(Yeshuah).
[NOTE: We believe that this is the prophecy to which our Lord Yeshuah was referring when he cried out to the assembled crowd in the Temple on that Hanukkah (John 7:37-38):
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Yeshuah stood and cried out, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his (Yeshua’s) belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ ”
Yeshua’s impassioned invitation took place on the last day of the Feast of Hanukkah, when the High Priest poured water from the Spring of Siloam (whose name means “Sent” in Hebrew[John 9:7]) as part of the re-enactment of the cleansing of the altar in the Temple after the victory of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes.
This citation by our Lord Yeshua has perplexed Christian Bible students for many centuries, since no such verbatimprophecy has been found in the English or Greek “Old Testament” Scriptures known to the Western world. Part of the problem lies in the King James (et al.) rendition of the name of the Pool of “Siloam” in John 9:7. It was actually Shiloahin Hebrew (see Isaiah 8:6), which is a variant of the Hebrew word for “a sent one”, or “a messenger”, shaliach, which is exactly what our Lord Yeshua was claiming to be: The Shaliach, The Promised One, The Messiah of YHVH Elohim, his Father, Whom Yeshua stated was “the only true God” (John 17:3).]
(Isaiah 49:8) Thus says YHVH, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation (Yeshua) have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
Isaiah 51:6) Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall grow old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation(Yeshua) shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
(Isaiah 51:8) For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation(Yeshua) from generation to generation.
(Isaiah 56:1) Thus says YHVH, Keep judgment, and do justice: for my salvation(Yeshua) is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
When a Jew (especially) asks why, if “Jesus” really is the Messiah, his name isn’t in the Tanakh, just direct him or her to any of the above. And stand back.
by Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
ps: If the above Jew (or anyone else) wants to pursue the matter, direct him or her to Daniel 9:25-27, the 69 weeks.
In Daniel 9:25-27, Daniel was told that there would be 483 years from the issuance of a command to rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah would appear on the scene. Secular history and the Bible both tell us that this edict went out from Artaxerxes, king of Persia, in 457 BC, which takes us to 26 AD, the first year of Yeshua of Nazareth’s public ministry. He was born on September 23, 3 BC, the first day of the Feast of Succot (Tabernacles) of that year, which would make him in his 29th year when he started his public ministry, exactly as stated in Luke 3:23. The Jews were expecting the Messiah to show up at this time, which is why the scribes and Pharisees asked John the Baptist if he was the Messiah. He denied that he was, and instead affirmed that Yeshua was HaMashiach (the prophesied anointed one).
Since these certain dates have long ago come and gone, it should be clear that no one fitting these requirements of Messianic prophecy can possibly now appear, and Yeshua of Nazareth is thereby proven by all of Scripture to be the Promised One of Israel.
Either that, or the God of the Bible was mistaken.