God’s Name is Yahweh

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God’s name is Yahweh and He wants it glorified.

Names are important.  Everything has a name. Even your pets have names.

Imagine naming every star in the above picture? Yet, every star has a name. Isaiah 40:26 Raise YOUR eyes high up and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who is bringing forth the [star] army of them even by number, all of whom he calls even by name. Due to the abundance of dynamic energy, he also being vigorous in power, not one [of them] is missing.

God also has a name.

His name is יהוה. These four Hebrew letters are called the Tetragrammaton (which means four letters) and are most commonly translated as YHWH or JHVH.  Hebrew is read backwards so you can see for yourself that the first and third letters are different and the second and forth letters are the same.   All scholars spell the Tetragrammaton YHWH but there is discussion between pronouncing YHWH as Yahweh or Jehovah.   Most languages in the world incorrectly pronounce YHWH as Jehovah while YHWH in Hebrew is pronounced Yahweh.

Yahweh is correct.

Some scholars justify using YHWH by mistakenly mixing the vowels of “adonai” with YHWH to come up with YaHoWaiH or Jahovah.  This is as historically inaccurate and as arbitrary as mixing the vowels of “savior” with Jesus and changing God’s son’s name to JaESioUS.  Obviously this is unreasonable and not academically or historically acceptable.  Furthermore, ancient Hebrew did not have vowels.  So we can’t use the vowels of adonai to turn YHWH into Jehovah.

The best and most simple proof of the proper pronunciation of YHWH as Yahweh is the word Halleluiah.  When you say or sing this word, which means “praise YHWH,” you pronounce the last syllable as “Yah,” using a “Y” as in the word “yellow” or “yesterday”. The oral tradition of this word has carried on for centuries that the first syllable of YHWH is pronounced as “Yah.”

Knowing that our loving heavenly Father has a name is essential.  But if you really want to be historically accurate, then say Yahweh.

Many bibles keep the divine name as Yahweh or YHWH. However, the majority of modern bibles change the divine name to LORD (all uppercase letters). More than likely, if you were to read the first few pages of your bible, the translators will explain that they took changed YHWH in every occurrence to LORD. The NIV, NLV, ESV, NASV, ISV, and many more translations use LORD.

Unless stipulated otherwise, all referenced scriptures are going to be from the 1984 or 2013 “New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures” with the exception that I changed back the divine name from YHWH to the original Hebrew spelling of God’s name (YHWH) as it is written in every single original scroll of the Old Testament.

Fact: LORD is simply a title, not a name. 

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines lord as: “one having power and authority over others. a ruler by hereditary right or preeminence to whom service and obedience are due. one of whom a fee or estate is held in feudal tenure. An owner of land or other real property. The male head of a household. One that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area < drug lord>. Jesus. a man of rank or high position: as a feudal tenant whose right or title comes directly from the king. a British nobleman: as (1): baron 2a (2): a hereditary peer of the rank of marquees, earl, or viscount (3): the son of a duke or a marquees or the eldest son of an earl (4): a bishop of the Church of England. House of lords: used as a British title. used as part of an official title <Lord Advocate> <Lord Mayor>. Used informally in place of the full title for a marquees, earl, or viscount. Used for a baron. used by courtesy before the name and surname of a younger son of a duke or a marquees. a person chosen to preside over a festival”.

Being called by a title or a description instead of a name is disrespectful and would make someone impatient. Imagine being called by a title rather than your name. To quickly illustrate this point, for the next week call the person you spend the most amount of time with by their title, not their name. See what happens. Let’s use my wife as an example. I think she would not like to be called “woman” for the rest of her life. Calling her by her name is more intimate, respectful, and makes a distinction between her and other wives or women. I can hardly imagine calling my children “daughter” or “son” rather than using their first names. After years of praying to YHWH and using the name of YHWH, I could never go back to calling the Creator “LORD” or “God” all the time.

Think about this: A relationship between you and God is very personal and intimate. He is your priority, your God, your friend, and to know and use his name in prayer (and in life) is essential.

Fact: God is a title not a name. 

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines God as: “the supreme or ultimate reality. The being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe. The incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit-Infinite Mind. A being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship. Specifically: one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality. A person or thing of supreme value. A powerful ruler”.

The bible clearly states that there is only one God, and that his name is YHWH. Psalms 38:18 tells us that YHWH alone is most high: That people may know that you, whose name is YHWH, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”

YHWH is the only God. All else are fake gods and false gods. Isaiah 45: 5-7 I am YHWH, and there is no one else. With the exception of me there is no God. I shall closely gird you, although you have not known me, in order that people may know from the rising of the sun and from its setting that there is none besides me. I am YHWH, and there is no one else. Forming light and creating darkness, making peace and creating calamity, I, YHWH, am doing all these things.

Many people falsely assume that the devil took the divine name out of the bible. Of course the devil is glad to hide and obscure the truth about YHWH and his name, but the truth is that YHWH rejected his people (the Jews) and had to separate Himself and His holy name from false worshipers in order to not become defiled and ashamed through association with them.

We will study the Israelites in chapter 37. However, a superficial summary of history reveals that Israel entered into a covenant with YHWH but continually followed the works and examples of the other nations and worshiped foreign (powerless and false) gods. YHWH eventually punished the Israelites so severely that He had to use the Babylonians to conquer Israel and Judah. Yet the Jews did not return to YHWH in heart and mind. Finally, YHWH took His blessing away from them and took His name from them. YHWH now gives his name and blessing to those whose love for Him is pure.

YHWH had to take away his name from the Jews to keep it sacred. Ezekiel 36:21-23 I will show concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel profaned among the nations where they have gone.” “Therefore say to the house of Israel, this is what the Sovereign Lord YHWH says: “Not for your sakes am I acting, O house of Israel, but for my holy name, which you profaned among the nations where you have gone.” ‘I will certainly sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the nations, which you profaned among them; and the nations will have to know that I am YHWH,’ declares the Sovereign Lord YHWH, ‘when I am sanctified among you before their eyes.

 The Jews developed a superstition that it was bad or dangerous to say YHWH. Although many translations of the Hebrew Scriptures have YHWH thousands of times, many of these also translated out the name of YHWH and replaced it with titles like Lord or God.

Amos prophesied about the near future when Israelites would develop a superstition about using the name of YHWH. Amos 6:10 A relative will come to carry them out and burn them one by one. He will bring their bones out from the house; then he will say to whoever is in the inner rooms of the house, ‘Are there any more with you?’ And he will say, ‘Nobody!’ Then he will say, ‘Keep silent! For it is not the time to make any mention of the name of YHWH.’

YHWH took his holy name away from the Jews because over and over again, through their disobedience, they profaned it. Jeremiah 44:26 “Therefore hear the word of YHWH, all you of Judah who are living in the land of Egypt: “Here I swear by my own great name,” says YHWH, “that my name will no longer be called on in an oath by any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt who says, ‘As surely as the Sovereign Lord YHWH is alive!

The devil has taken advantage of YHWH’s desire to only associate His name with those who honor Him. The devil loves to hide the name of YHWH, diminish YHWH’s influence, and divert love for YHWH by grouping YHWH together with so many other false gods. The great deceiver (the devil) has successfully made people think there are many gods out there and that the god of the bible is just one of them.

Original text and manuscripts of the bible show YWHW around 7000 times. Yet, to misdirect the prestige and honor of YHWH or to sell more bibles, many translations have written out the divine name.

If you were a part of a bible translation project which agreed to write out the name YHWH and maliciously replace it with LORD, woe to you. You remind me of the words of Jesus in John 8:44 YOU are from YOUR father the Devil, and YOU wish to do the desires of YOUR father. That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of [the lie].  

Shame on you if you are a leader in the church and don’t teach your flock about the divine name or understand that the bible translation you use diminishes the honor due to YHWH.

It is very important to know and glorify the name of God.  Jesus states in one of the most memorized scriptures of all times the importance of the divine name.  Matthew 6:9-13 “YOU must pray, then, this way: ‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth. Give us today our bread for this day; and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the wicked one.’

It is impossible to glorify the name of God if you don’t know it. Just think how ironic the above scripture is to the millions and millions of faker Christians who daily or weekly say “hallowed be thy name (King James Version) and yet don’t even know that His name is YHWH. Jesus said in the model prayer that His Father’s name (YHWH) must be glorified.

If you did not know that our Heavenly Father has a name, then congratulations on learning one of the first and most important facts of life. Your church leadership should have shown you this important fact years ago.

YHWH wants his name to be gloried and it will be glorified. YHWH even says it himself in Ezekiel 39:7 And my holy name I shall make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I shall no more let my holy name be profaned; and the nations will have to know that I am YHWH, the Holy One in Israel.’  Psalm 86:9 tells us that all the nations whom you have made will themselves come, and they will bow down before you, O YHWH, and will give glory to your name.  Psalms 34:3 reads: O magnify YHWH with me, YOU people, and let us exalt his name together.

Don’t misuse the name of the YHWH. Exodus 20:7 “You must not take up the name of YHWH your God in a worthless way, for YHWH will not leave the one unpunished who takes up his name in a worthless way.

Most faker Christians don’t know that the 10 commandments are listed in two places in the bible: Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. Most think that interpreting this commandment about misusing YHWH’s name means we should never say things like “oh my god,” or in a moment of anger say “Jesus Christ!”. Sure that is bad or silly, or depending on the exact phrase, absolutely disrespectful. But the greater sin is when you profess to be a Christian but live a hypocritical and sinful life identical to the atheist next door.  That is how you truly blaspheme the name of YHWH.

Approximately 7000 times in our scriptures YHWH is used. There is only one true God and YHWH is his name. And this is a truth that every single human being who has ever lived will come to know-the hard way or the easy way. My prayer and hope is that you will accept this truth now and work to glorify the name of YHWH from now on.