Illegal immigration has been a very hot topic on the newswires of late. Recently, I was sent an email, which contained pictures of the day of protest that took place around the first of May by the illegal immigrants. The signs utilized in their marches around the country said it all. They are proclaiming that they are the only indigenous peoples in the Americas. The white Europeans are the true illegal immigrants. They are even going so far as to say that smallpox was utilized as a weapon by the white Europeans, purposely, in order to decimate the population of the red men. The truth of the matter is that, while it may have been utilized as a weapon against the indigenous people of America, the Only One Who would have had the intelligence to utilize that weapon in order to clear the way for colonization was the Creator and Elohim of those people, Yahweh. (Even though they may have been ignorant of His name, they were also ignorant as to how to utilize a biological weapon of mass destruction at that time.)
Interestingly, the focus is only on the struggle for domination of North America. This is coming from a people who frankly, have never inhabited North America since well before the entrance of the white Europeans (Israel, by the way). The people who are now seeking to take over and push the white Europeans out of North America are indigenous to Central and South America. The Spaniards were the ones who forced their way into Central and South America (Except for Brazil, which was deemed a Portuguese possession by none other than the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.) I have read how the Spanish invaded the land of the Inca and Aztec, of course, seeking for gold, but decimated the populations by force of arms. Those who remained were not only enslaved, but forcefully converted to Roman Catholicism.
Yes, there were atrocities committed by the North American whites. But there were also atrocities committed by the red men (Indians). Do you remember the story of Israel? The Canaanites were already dwelling in the land, but their practices were not only idolatrous, but exceedingly immoral. Some of the Canaanites had appearances similar to those of the American Indians, specifically, the Philistines and the Sidonians. The Sidonians were called the Phoenicians by the Greeks which means purple or red men. The Sidonians were the inhabitants of Tyre from whence came Jezebel who married Ahab, king of Israel, and promoted the religion/faith of Baal in Israel. The Sidonians were great seamen of old. They ventured into areas of the world where few, if any, would follow. There seems to be a link to the American Indians and the Sidonians, which has been lost or forgotten by the world during the dark ages.
But the story goes deeper than this. I have just quite recently received an email from a man who goes by the name Maggid Ben Yosef. Actually, his name given him by his parents is Dell Griffin. He seeks to be a commandment keeper, but refuses to go by the name given him by his parents. Does this have anything to do with the fifth commandment? Hmmm
. Anyway, Dell has written a short article entitled Whose America? He writes, Ancient ruling spirit gave land claimed during migrations to descendants of Hopi Xicano (Chi=Xi=Red, cano=People) returning to the American Southwest have permission from the ruling spirit of this land, according to prophesies of the Hopi that predate anything 'American' by about a millenium.
Hopi tablets record the command of Ma'asau, variously called the Guardian, Protector and Caretaker. Ma'asau told the Hopi essentially the same thing that the God of Israel told Abraham. "Everywhere the soles of your feet tread will be yours for a possession." Advised by Ma'asau, the Hopi divided into clans and embarked on 16 migrations, four toward the glaciers, four toward the Atlantic and Pacific and four as far south as they could go. Everywhere they traveled, the Hopi clans were directed to leave "migration marks," showing the number of the circuit and the direction plus a symbol representing the clan. But always, they were to be mindful to return.
Hundreds of such rock and cave drawings exist throughout the Americas, with the greatest concentration in the American Southwest. But just as Abraham's descendants did not have ownership of the land of Canaan until some 470 years after he began his sojourns, Ma'asau stipulated that the Hopi claim to the land they would stake was for the Last Days when all of the clans had returned to Aztlan (the Homeland).
A 'great' assimilated people
In a massive wave, the Xicano people are fulfilling the last migrations back to the Hopi Homeland. Legally, morally and spiritually, these migration marks -- with never more than four concentric circles in a spiral -- represent the Hopi-Xicano claim to not just the American Southwest, but to all of the U.S.A. The petroglyphs also appear in Mexico, Central America and South America. Save Canada, all of North America is staked with the evidence of the Hopi methodically and faithfully carrying out Ma'asau's directive.
For the past 2000 years, the command of Ma'asau has been not to get too comfortable in one place. Even a clan that remained in the South Country, which most believe became the Aztec people, coined the name Aztlan as the Homeland in the north that their descendants must never forget. If this latest wave from the South fulfills the migrations, there will exist grounds for legal, moral and spiritual challenges to the very sovereignty of the U.S.
PERSONAL NOTE: Spiritual princes over geographic regions have biblical precedent. Ma'asau's direction and guidance have continued for more than a millenium, proven by the ensign raised for the movement, AZTLAN. That any vision would endure over a millenium or more attests to the reality of the Return to Aztlan in the soul of the Xicano. It also marks the Xicano as a great people. The prince of such an 'ohmmm gah-dohl (great people) is well able to carry out the Creator's plan. Any government -- which is considered the people in America -- should think twice and pray before opposing the Xicano return on any claim of sovereignty. The Sovereignty for this movement is from Above as pre-supposed because of who the Xicano are. (End of article)
In another article on his web-site, he relates that many of the Xicanos have a double Y chromosome linking them in DNA with the Levitical priesthood.
I responded to his articles, Shalom Dell Griffin,
I call you by that name, because that is your name given by your parents. If you are a commandment keeper, as you claim, then you will honor your father and mother by utilizing the name given through them.
I know that you study quite deeply in order to come to truth, but in reading your dissertation concerning the Chicanos, I think you are stretching things quite greatly. It is interesting that you are taking sides with and honoring a spirit of a people, which you are trying to establish as Hebrew.
Here is what I see just from part of your message. Remember that there were two brothers in Scripture? Remember that one was "red" being called Edom, but given the name Esau? Since Xicano = Red People and their spirit is Ma'asau, what does that tell you? It tells me that they are the spiritual descendants of Esau, following the spirit of Esau.
Esau has been dispersed throughout the earth just as has Jacob. Esau hated Jacob and vowed to slay him. This vow has been delayed until the last days (if you have a proper understanding of Scripture), specifically until the times of Jacob's troubles.
Even if these people are priests, their priesthood is the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church, which is the priesthood of Esau (Rome, in Rabbinic literature). If you will remember, the "Red" men sold their birthright to Jacob. Esau/Edom, the red man, sold his birthright for a bowl of red lentils. The American "red" men sold their birthright for about $24.00 worth of trinkets and blankets, specifically Manhattan Island, which was the cornerstone of the foundation of this country.
You are aiding and abetting Esau, Dell. Wake up and smell the coffee.
Elder/Evangelist Jerry Healan
Yahweh's Evangelical Assembly
The question is, when did we begin to have problems with this illegal immigration? It was during the Reagan administration. Remember that they extended amnesty to about two million illegals through a bill which also promised to strengthen border security. Today, we are facing another amnesty bill for about 12 to 20 million.
But think back. What event occurred before the Reagan Administration? Didnt President Jimmy Carter give the Panama Canal, a U.S. built canal through U.S. money and lives, to the Panamanians? This was, of course, after the 99 year lease that the U.S. had with the Panamanians, but we had the legal right to make another contract for the canal. The Panamanians, in turn, leased it to our enemies, the Communist Chinese. It is no secret that the Communist have been at war with the U.S. for quite some time. Their aim is to either convert or destroy us.
Believe it or not, the Communist doctrine is a doctrine promoted by the spirit of Esau. They love that delicious red spiritual food fed to them by descendants of Jacob. (Marx and Engels were Jewish.)
The Communist doctrine is a result of Humanism. Humanism teaches that man is quite able to work out and solve his problems on his own, without any supernatural intervention, thank you.
The only ones who are standing in the way of Communism is the white European Christian, especially, the United States.
The Communists, headed by the Spirit of Satan, have been working hard to weaken the spirit and resolve of the U.S. They have been employing many tools of the trade, so to speak, to cause us to tire and just cave in to their demands.
Today, they are utilizing professors in our universities. They are utilizing various civil rights movements. They are even utilizing the Muslim insurgency. You see, the spirit of the Muslims is the spirit of Ishmael, who hated Isaac. Esau took a wife from Ishmael and both work together in seething hatred for Jacob.
Now, they are utilizing the Xicanos by sending them across our borders with the intent to take back the birthright that they sold to Jacob. That is what the whole struggle is in these latter days, believe it or not.
Ishmael wants to take the birthright away from Isaac. Esau wants to take the birthright away from Jacob. Satan, of course, wants to take the glory, esteem and honor from Yahweh.
Isaiah speaks of the enemy coming in like a flood (Isa. 59:19). Joel speaks of armies of palmerworms, locusts, cankerworms and caterpillars coming in to eat up all of the increase of the land. These armies are likened to a nation that is strong and without number that will come against Israel in the last days.
How can we avert this? Turn to Yahweh and His word of truth, declare fasts and pray for Yahwehs deliverance.
What is holy ground? How is the ground made holy? Who, or what is holy? If we are to be holy, how has this come about? What do we make holy? All of the questions are answered in this thoughtfully researched and well written article.
The original scriptures were not inspired to be written in our English. They were originally inspired in the Hebrew tongue. What we have today are translations from the original through other languages to English. Quite often, in this process with the purest of intentions, translators add or change words in an attempt to make the meaning clearer. Sometimes this changes or clouds the true meaning intended by Yahweh. However, Yahweh is wise beyond our understanding and when He wishes to teach us something from His word, there is no obstacle to prevent Him doing so. There are many bible study aids at our disposal today to help us get closer to the original language of the scriptures.
In this study we will examine one of these scriptures. It is found in the book of Leviticus and repeated by Peter in his first letter to the exiles in the dispersion. As we read it in the King James and some other versions, it appears to be a command. If it is truly a command then it is one we cannot obey.
In the various denominations it is understood in this way and usually passed over with little or no thought given to its real meaning. Let us not be guilty of taking any of Yahwehs inspired word lightly, as we are told to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Yahweh. Deut. 8:3 As with all of the words of Yahweh, the scripture we are about to examine holds a wealth of information when understood in its proper light. It will reveal to us more clearly who and what we are and why.
Let us turn now to Lev. 11: 44-45. In verse 45 is Yahweh telling the Israelites to sanctify or purify themselves and then they will be Holy as He is Holy? This is what it is understood to say by the majority. Is this even possible? Can a person make himself or herself holy?
Is Yahweh, instead, making a statement of fact that the Israelites never did fully grasp? The subject of this scripture was crucial to their relationship with Yahweh and it is crucial to our relationship with Him as well. It is also crucial to our relationship with our fellow man.
Peter repeats this scripture in 1 Peter 1:16, and as it appears in the King James Version it is a command to be Holy because Yahweh is Holy.
Is it possible to obey a command such as this? Can anything we do make us holy? Does keeping the Sabbath make us holy? Does obeying all of the Ten Commandments make us holy? The answer, of course, is no. Mankind does not have the power to make anything holy. Mankind does not have the power to be holy.
In 1 Peter 2:9 we are told the same thing, that we are a royal priesthood and a holy nation.
The same question applies to us. How did this holiness come about? Is it because we are such pious good living people? In 1 Cor. 1 26-31 Paul tells us that this was not and is not the case.
Many scriptures speak about the holiness of Yahweh. Lets look at a couple as we strive to understand our relationship with Yahweh and Yahshua.
Eph. 1:3-4 tells us that we were chosen before the world was even made to be holy and blameless before Yahweh. Since we had not yet lived, how could Yahweh be sure that we would be holy?
Paul tells us in Col. 1:21-22 that even though we were once hostile to Yahweh, Yahshua will present us to Him in a holy blameless state. The fact that Yahwehs people are holy is inescapable. Many scriptures confirm this fact.
There can be no doubt that the Israelites were a holy nation, different from the nations around them. There can be no doubt that we, in the new covenant era, are also a holy nation, different from the world around us.
In Ex.3:1-6 we will find a story that we are all familiar with, the story of Moses and the burning bush. Yahweh told Moses to remove his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. It was dirt, rocks and brush on the side of a mountain. What made it holy? Sheep still pasture there today. Is it still holy ground? The answer is of course NO.
It was holy at the time of Moses because of Yahwehs presence. Yahweh is holy and His presence ensures the holiness of the surroundings that He is in. Lets understand that fully. Yahweh is holy and His presence ensures the holiness of His surroundings. In Ex.19:9-13 we find a similar case. The Israelites were not allowed to come near to touch the mountain because it was holy ground. Mt. Sinai is still in the same place today. People climb it and pasture its lower slopes. It is not holy ground today. It was holy then because of Yahwehs presence. Yahwehs presence ensures the holiness of His surroundings.
At this point lets examine the two scriptures that we read at the beginning. They reveal information that is crucial to our relationship to Yahweh. They will also help us understand our responsibility to our fellow man in our daily lives.
One important thing to note in Lev:11:44-45 is that there is no and in Hebrew and no equivalent of it. And has been added to the English text in an attempt to make the meaning clearer. Sometimes this works, but at other times it only clouds the intended meaning. That is the case with this scripture.
In verse 44 Yahweh tells the people to refrain from touching any of the unclean things mentioned in the previous scriptures. By obeying His command they would remain clean or pure of uncleanness. As it reads with the and in place it seems to say they would be holy (Hebrew, Qadosh) because of this purification. This is not the case. Lets investigate what is actually being said by Yahweh. He tells them to sanctify themselves. This word sanctify is from the Hebrew Qadash. There is a lot of confusion as to the correct meaning of the English word sanctify. However the Hebrew meaning is much clearer. It means to dedicate, separate, and prepare.
Yahweh is telling the Israelites not to touch any of these unclean things, which would serve to defile them. They were no longer a common or unclean people. He says to be separate from these things. They were to dedicate themselves to Him and prepare to be in His holy presence. The Hebrew Qadash means all of these things. Yahweh is telling them that because He is holy Qadosh they are also holy because of His presence among them and must refrain from all unholy actions and affiliations. Yahwehs presence among them made them holy Qadosh. His presence ensures the holiness of His surroundings. He lived among the Israelites. They were a holy nation as a result of this. They were holy because He is holy.
In 1 Peter 1:15-16 Peter is repeating to us what Yahweh told the Israelites. He is telling us to refrain from all unholy conduct because the one who called us is holy, and as a result, we are also holy, not by our doing but by Yahwehs doing. Verse 16 in the King James appears to be a command to be holy. We understand that we, on our own, can not cause holiness. Holiness comes from Yahweh so this scripture must be a statement of fact rather than a command.
In the Zondervan literal Greek to English verse 16 reads; Holy you are because holy I am. This is not a command but a statement of a condition we are in because of the holiness of Yahweh. How did this condition come about?
Yahshua said in John 14:23 that He and our Heavenly Father would come and make their home with us. The two holiest beings in the universe are living with us. But they are doing more than just living among us as they did the Israelites. Their relationship with us is much more personal and intimate than it was with the Israelites.
Paul tells us that the life he lives is no longer his life but the life of Yahshua the Messiah who lives in him. Gal.2:20 How did this happen? It is crucial that we understand this.
Paul tells us in Rom. 8:9-11 that not only Yahshua lives in us but that the Father also lives in us. They live in us through the Holy Spirit. They have made their home with us just as Yahshua promised. More than that, they have made their home within us. This happened after our immersion into the name of Yahshua Messiah when we received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In Rom. 11:16 Yahshua is represented as the dough offered as the first fruit.
Paul tells us that if the first fruit is holy the whole lump is holy. Paul goes on to say that if the root is holy so are the branches. The whole lump and the branches are we, Yahshuas true disciples, His assembly.
Something to keep in mind here is that the lump is holy because of the first fruit offered, Yahshua. The branches are holy because of the root Yahshua. This will never change. Yahweh and Yahshua are the source of all holiness.
In 1 Cor. 6:19-20 we are told again that we are temples of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh and Yahshua. Paul reminds us that our actions should bring praise and glory to them. We are holy because of their presence within us. Their presence ensures the holiness of their surroundings. Our thoughts and actions must reflect that holiness. This is a concept that the Israelites never did grasp but we must understand it fully. Our relationship with Yahweh and Yahshua depend on it.
Yahshua tells us in Matt. 5:14-16 that we are the light of the world. We are to illuminate the spiritual darkness of this world with the aim of bringing praise and glory to Yahweh and Yahshua. What is the source of this light? Is it from us?
1 John 1:5 and John 1:6-9 tell us that Yahweh and Yahshua are the true light that shines in the darkness. Darkness cannot be where light is. Light overcomes the darkness and reveals what the dark was hiding. That light that comes from them is their great holiness.
We are the light of the world. The light that emanates from us is that of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh and Yahshua. It is the light of their holiness that shines from us. It is their light that we reflect to others. Yahweh and Yahshua illuminate us and we reflect that light to the world. We must always remember that this light that we reflect is not our own. This light and this holiness comes from Yahweh and Yahshua.
This light is not a harsh blinding light. It is a soft warm glow that should attract others to it. Yahweh and Yahshua are loving, kind and gentle and this is what we are to reflect to those we encounter in our daily lives.
We are holy because Yahweh is holy and dwells within us. Yahwehs holiness ensures the holiness of His surroundings. The Israelites did not reflect the holiness of Yahweh. Our thoughts and actions must. We are holy because Yahweh is holy. We carry holiness with us everywhere we go, to the workplace, shopping, school and anywhere else we may go. We are holy ground, sacred space. We are Yahwehs Temple! Yahwehs temple is holy ground. Yahweh is within this holy temple. Yahshua is within this holy temple. This temple is holy because they are holy.
There is no place within us for uncleanness or evil. We are filled with the glorious light of the holiness of Yahweh and Yahshua. Let us reflect that holy light to those we encounter throughout our lives. We are holy because Yahweh is Holy. Let us prove it by the purity of our lives. HALLELUYAH.
By Brick Parrish
What is the Mystery of Iniquity that Paul writes about in 2 Thessalonians? If it is a mystery, then it must be revealed! This article will reveal and declare just what this Mystery of Iniquity really is.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (2Th 2:7)
What exactly is this Mystery of Iniquity? Lets dissect these words and see if we can reach some sort of conclusion. The word translated mystery is the Greek word musterion, (Strongs # 3466) and is from a derivative of μύω muō (to shut the mouth). Thayers Greek definitions give the meaning as a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding.
The second word we will explore is the word Iniquity. This word is from the Greek word anomia (Strongs #458) and means a violation of law. Anomia comes from the Greek word "nomos" (Strongs #3551) which is translated "Law" nearly 200 times in the New Testament, almost without exception speaking of the Law of Moses in the "Old Testament.
So, this tells us that the mystery of iniquity is the Mystery of Lawlessness or the Mystery of Torahlessness. John tells us in 1 John 3:4, that the very definition of sin is the transgression of the law (torah). This puts things into a little more serious light, doesnt it?
Most Christians, when they read these verses have a tendency to gloss over them without really understanding what they are saying. They naturally assume it is not something they are guilty of or even have to worry about. But, is this true?
Yahshua warned us in his very first recorded Sermon on the Mount about this. Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Fulfill does not mean to abolish or do away with. Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Are all things fulfilled now? Of course not! There are still many things that have yet to occur and besides, heaven and earth are still here. But, the main reason Yahshua cited the phrase heaven and earth is because Israel was warned 3 times in Deuteronomy that heaven and earth were called to witness against them what would happen if they did not keep the law (Deut. 4:26-27; 30:10-19; 31:26-29). In each instance, it is referring to keeping the Commandments of Yahweh, the law. The punishment for violating them was to be exiled from the land and be scattered into all the world (Deut. 4:27).
There are some serious implications to what Yahshua said. If the law is abolished as is commonly preached, then Yahshua lied. This would disqualify him from being the Messiah and we would still be in our sins. Thankfully for us, he did not lie. Yahshua warned us several more times that there would be false prophets arise who would teach that the law was abolished. Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Here is that word iniquity (anomia) again which could be translated lawlessness. Yahweh doesnt give a hoot about mans laws; what He is talking about here are His laws.
In Revelation 2 :14-15, Yahshua says he hates the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitanes. Their doctrines were similar and from a careful reading of the story of Balaam, we find that the doctrine of Balaam was what he told Balak to do to get Israel to sin. That was to get Israel to ignore the teachings of Moses and the prophets, or in other words, to violate the law or Torah (Numbers 31:16). Since Yahweh had not allowed him to curse Israel, he revealed to Balak how to get Israel to bring a curse upon themselves.
Peter also warned of false prophets and shepherds that would contradict The Messiah and bring upon themselves destruction. And many would follow their pernicious ways, which would cause the way of truth to be blasphemed. Remember, the Torah is truth. (Psa. 119:142). They have forsaken the right way and are gone astray following the way of Balaam (2 Pet. 1-15). Also read Jude 4-13. The word translated deny can also be translated contradict and makes more sense here. He said the law would never pass away, they say it did.
You see this attitude with many Christians who regard only the New Testament as pertinent to them today. They follow after the doctrine of Balaam and disregard the laws and commandments of Yahweh, His Torah.
You think not, dear Christian? Do you keep the Sabbath? Do you keep the Feasts of Yahweh? Do you eat things Yahweh has declared unclean? Do you eat meat that still has the blood in it? These are all part of Yahwehs commandments, which have never been rescinded and are in fact, eternal.
In short, this is the mystery of iniquity. It is the idea that is taught in most churches that the Torah is no longer binding upon us and we are free to do as we please because we are now under grace. They have not heeded Peters warning in 2 Pet. 3:16, that some of Pauls letters were hard to understand which unlearned men would twist to their own destruction. They dont understand that to be under the law is to be relying upon the law to save you. All of us have broken the law and therefore need the Grace of Yahweh to be saved. That is why he sent Yahshua.
Lets look into one more thing Yahshua said that should rivet our attention. Of course, many have read through the next few verses and have assumed it is talking about someone else. My comments are in bold letters. Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. They will look like the sheep. They are called chaff in Jer. 23:28 as opposed to the wheat (true servants of Yahweh).
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? This is exactly how you will know them. Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Their fruit is false doctrine. Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. They (the chaff) have cast away the law (Isa.5:24; Hos. 4:6; Luke 3:17) Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
They teach that the law (Torah) was done away with and it is no longer necessary to keep all of Yahwehs commandments. You can just pick and choose which ones to obey, cafeteria style.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Yes, they will call him Lord, Lord (Baal), same as today. The one who will enter into the kingdom is the one who does the will of Yahweh. What is Yahwehs will? It is revealed in the Torah (law), which they claim no longer applies to us today. Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
We built big crystal cathedrals and super churches, we even said Yea, thus saith the Lord
. and we even cast out demons in your name ( a lie since they almost never use the name of Yahshua). We did all these wonderful things just for you. Not withstanding, they seldom took the time to find out what his name is, much less proclaim it to the flock. Or they just didnt think it was that important.
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Very sad. There is the same word iniquity (anomia) again. Yahshua professes to them that he NEVER knew them that work Torahlessness.
Yahshua also said in Matt. 7:13-14 to enter in at the strait gate. This is the narrow way that leads to life and sadly, only a few will find it. The broad gate is the easy way. It is the path that most are on. It is the one that leads to destruction. The path of most Christians cannot be the path that only a few find.
We see in Revelation 14:12: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of Elohim, and the faith of Yahshua.
They not only have the testimony of Yahshua, but they ALSO keep the commandments of Yahweh (Sabbath, Feast days, Clean Food laws, etc.).
And again in Revelation 22:14-15: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
The lie is also the Mystery of Iniquity, which is now being exposed. Most will not accept this message because they do not have a love for the truth. Therefore, Yahweh will send them a strong delusion that they should believe a lie (2 Thess. 2:10-11). He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that all repent of their evil ways. (Eze. 33:12)
Wont you turn to Him today and begin to obey and be a doer of the word and not just a hearer? His are the words of eternal life.
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There is an interesting phenomenon that is readily observable when we study the word faith and look for references in the TaNaK (Torah/Law, Nebiim/Prophets, and Kethubim/Writings). Surprisingly the word faith [itself] is used only twice, whereas in the Messianic Scriptures (The New Testament) it has widespread usage.
By David Douglas
In the Hebrew language and mindset, faith was directly related to truth, truthfulness, and trustworthiness. (Strongs Exhaustive Concordance, Hebrew Lexicon - #529, #530) So in their culture and usage that dual relationship was their normal mindset. In my experience, most people who talk about faith today, DO NOT equate the word faith directly with truth at all. Modern faith, often somewhat mystical, is understood as an act or work of faith that is based on human choice and understanding.
In the past, I have made a very clear distinction between natural and supernatural, flesh and spirit. When this distinction is ignored, the definition of [many] words can get very confusing. What I specifically mean regarding faith is: human faith does not equal spiritual faith (supernatural faith). And that is the topic I wish to share in this article.
The writer of Hebrews says faith is:
the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). Okay
weve heard that many times
BUT what does that mean to you and me? How do I apprehend simple faith, and where does faith come from? And again, in my experience, English speaking people DO NOT make the Hebrew language connection of: faith/truth, truthfulness, trustworthiness
is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Therefore, a quick thought when we hear faith comes from our personal experience, knowledge, and understanding
which is usually based on a definition involving something we do or have. But true faith is based on things that are NOT seen. The Talmud offers a wise insight into what we see: We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are. So how we see
or how we think about faith plays a big part in our talk and walk.
In our daily life, faith must have a down-to-earth connection/foundation in order to be useful. It cannot be so super-spiritual that it flies around up in the clouds somewhere
but never lands! It must be readily available or we completely miss the point! And faith cannot be based on human understanding and choice ONLY
or else it would be a human work, and we know works cannot earn the Spirit! And faith cannot focus on itself; faith must recognize the source. That identifies true faith.
Here is the key that I wish to share. Faith
is a fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-23) Ponder that a moment. In the Hebrew culture and mind
faith = faithfulness = truth = truthfulness = trustworthiness. If faith is a fruit of the Spirit like Gal. 5:22-23 says
then only the Spirit can produce it! So human faith does not equal spirit faith. Man cannot produce true faith
only the Spirit of Yahweh (Our) Elohim can. Now we have the Source identified correctly.
While this may be hard for the human mind to accept
we must carefully consider if it is the TRUTH. We know that Yeshua is the TRUTH
John 14:6. We have just learned that in the Hebrew culture and mindset
faith = truth. Since they are connected, then true faith must be a product founded in the truth, i.e. originating from Yeshua the Messiah, and must be a product of the Spirit, which can never be separated from Yeshua!
Stated another way
if you dont have the true Yeshua, if you dont have the true Spirit of Yahweh, then you cant be producing fruit of the Spirit (one of which is faith)! It would be a logical impossibility to think otherwise!
Paul taught the same message in his letter to the Galatians. (Ref. Gal. 2:20)
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of Elohim
He plainly stated it was Yeshuas faith he [Paul] lived by! The power and ability and presence of the Spirit produced the faith in Paul
i.e., the fruit of the Spirit
empowering him to walk in the truth
i.e., walk in the Messiah! HalleluYah! And the same process applies to us! Without the Spirit, without Yeshua, we are powerless to produce fruit of the Spirit
and that includes true faith! Therefore, if the Spirit of Life/Spirit of Truth is not in us
we are not producing spiritual fruit, i.e., love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. (Gal. 5:22-23) Fruit bearing is always connected to the manifestation of a personal relationship, i.e., being in, Yeshua HaMashiach. (Ref.: Jn. 15:1-5)
Consider the scripture
faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Yahweh Elohim for a moment.(Romans 10:17) In the Hebrew mindset
faith, i.e., truth, i.e. fruit of the Spirit, comes from hearing, i.e., hearing, understanding, and obeying, and hearing, understanding, and obeying [comes] by the Word of Yahweh, i.e., by Yeshua. This kind of faith DOES NOT come from the mind of man! If your mind explains it differently
then you need to dec8ide exactly what
the TRUTH is! (And that decision is strictly between you and the Truth/Yeshua!)
this message is honestly intended to encourage everyone to think about the source for their faith. If it comes from the mind of man/woman ONLY
and in ONLY human faith
apart from Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit)
we might be deceiving ourselves! We all need true faith
fruit of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Beloved brethren and readers be obedient to the true instructions of Yahweh and be blessed! Shalom
Yahweh's Evangelical Assembly,
Yahweh's Evangelical Assembly,
P.O. Box 31 Atlanta, Texas 75551
P.O. Box 31 Atlanta, Texas 75551
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Recently Mr.John A, Pinkston a former member of the Old Worldwide C.O.G. of Herbert W. Armstrong condemned those of us who use and CALL UPON YHWH=YAHWEH'S True saving Name ( See 1 Kings 18:24 of old Elijah the Prophet ; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Acts 4:10-12; Rom.10:13 ) as we are told to do in the scriptures.
John A.Pinkston of the C.O.G. seventh day quoted from the English translation of James Moffatt, however, he flat and on purpose ignored and did NOT quote Mr, James Moffatt's statements on Pages XX and XXI in the INTRODUCTION of his translation where Mr. Moffatt said and admitted the following statement....
Mr. Moffatt """ Were this version intended for STUDENTS OF THE ORIGINAL ( as I myself am ), there would be no hesitation whatever IN PRINTING YAHWEH.""" Unquote of Mr. James Moffatt in the intoduction of his English translation.
John, Why did you quote from Mr. James Moffatt and did not quote what he said in the intoduction on pages XX and XXI ?
That's not all Mr. John A.Pinkston did, he quoted from a KNOWN ATHEIST'S article concerning the Name YHWH= Yahweh.
It never ceases to amaze me how far some people will go in defending ERROR as Mr. Pinkston has done to keep their followers in utter darkness groping at the wall so they can get their tithe money, as on most of Mr. Pinkston's weekly CDs that he sends out, he is asking for money, and using ( Mal.Ch.3) to convict poor people into sending money to further their error against YHWH.
Well. I have some news for Mr. John A.Pinkston and ALL the splinter groups of the old Worldwide C.O.G., these verses in ( Malachi Ch.2 and 3 ) are referring to....
""""And now, O ye priests ( The modern Teachers, Preachers e.t.c. ), this commandment is for you.
2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart ( or mind), to give glory unto MY NAME, saith YHWH=YAHWEH of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart ( or mind ).
2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed ( children ), and spread dung ( Manour ) upon your faces, even the dung ( Manour ) of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi ( The new covenant priests- See Rev.1:6; Rev.5:10; Rev. 20:6 ), saith YHWH =YAHWEH of hosts.
2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before MY NAME.
2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity ( ie-lawlessness ) was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity ( ie-lawlessness of the Torah).( Mal.2:1-6).
THIS COMMANDMENT IS FOR YOU OH * PRIESTS *, pastors, teachers, preachers, who have robbed YHWH and even robbed Him of His Memorial NAME too!
YHWH gave Israel 3 Memorials when He brought them out of Egypt, His MEMORIAL NAME ( Exodus 3:13-15; Exodus 20:1-7), His memorial of the " Passover "( Exodus 12:14 ; Exodus 13:9 ), and also THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH ( Exodus Ch.31).
Is it not strange that those who claim to keep and observe the " Passover and Unleavened bread Memorial " and the " Seventh day Sabbath " Memorial " , but REFUSE to keep and OBEY His very FIRST MEMORIAL- ie-His NAME OF YHWH=YAHWEH ( Exod.3:13-15; Exod.20:1-7 ) ?
The word " NAME " in Hebrew is Strongs Hebrew Number 8034, which means " Individuality- Memorial- MARK , Authority, and Charactor ", so to reject His NAME, is to reject His " Memorial Mark of Authority and Charactor " that is given in the " MIND or FOREHEAD " ( See Rev.7:2-9; Rev.14:1; Rev.22:3-4) as YHWH'S People will be sealed by the Spirit ( Eph.1:13 ) and the New Covenant Laws ( See Isa.8:16, 20 ;Jer.31:33; Heb.8:10; Heb.10:16 )and with the Father and Son's Name in their foreheads or minds.
Do you reject His Memorial MARK of AUTHORITY and CHARACTOR to be in your mind or forehead, which is HIS NAME- ie- YHWH=YAHWEH ?
Here is a rebutting to John A. Pinkston's Article called " THE CULT OF YAHWEH-ISM " by Elder Evangelist Brother Jerry Healan, who was a former member of the Old Worldwide C.O.G. under Herbert W. Armstrong.
THE CULT OF YAHWEH-ISM
John A. Pinkston, formerly of the Worldwide Church of God, currently President and founder of The Congregation of God Seventh Day, has written an article excoriating those who uphold the truths of the Sacred( saving) Names. This article appeared in the magazine "The Herald" September-October, 2002 issue. We find that we must give an answer to his reasonings.
By Elder/Evangelist Jerry Healan
John heads his article by writing, “There are a number of churchgoers who adamantly believe that a Christian sins when he or she refers to the Supreme Being of the Universe as “God.” In addition to condemning those who use the term “God,” they also strongly suggest that referring to our Savior as “Jesus Christ” or using the term “Lord” is a clear violation of the Third Commandment in which we are admonished not to take the name of God in vain. (Exodus 20:7) “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.”
COMMENT: We would like to ask John if he has searched out the Scriptures that he has just quoted here (Ex. 20:7). The commandment warns us to not take the name of the “Supreme Being of the Universe in vain (paraphrasing). Notice that it says “His name!” One thing that we know for sure and so does John, the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe IS NOT “the LORD!” The Supreme Being of the Universe gave His name to Moses BEFORE He delivered Israel out of the land of Egypt. He presented Himself as “I Am That I Am” (English translation of the Hebrew Eyeh Asher Eyeh ( Ex. 3:14 ). But He then specifically told Moses, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, ‘Yahweh” ( English translation of YHWH ) Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations,” Ex. 3:15.
Notice that! This is His memorial name unto ALL GENERATIONS! Isn’t our generation one of those (all) generations? If so (and we are), then shouldn’t we know what His name is?
Having been a member of Worldwide Church of God myself, it was our belief that we are descendants of the northern kingdom of Israel commonly known as the “Lost ten tribes.” If we are the descendants of Israel, then aren’t we supposed to know His name?
But let’s notice something else. John and others like him prefer to name the Supreme Being of the Universe “God.” That’s interesting since the English reads “The LORD thy God.” Generally, the common noun “elohim” is translated into the English as either God or gods. When the combination of Yahweh Elohim appears in the Hebrew Scriptures, the English version almost always renders it “the LORD thy God.” So the question is, Since elohim is generally considered to be the equivalent to the word god, and YHWH is translated as “the LORD,” when appearing in this combination, how is it John and others like him declare His name to be God? YHWH (Yahweh) is the PROPER NOUN. Elohim (god) is the common noun. If YHWH = God as they teach in their system of belief, and elohim also = god, then why isn’t it rendered as God god, or God the god? If YHWH = “the LORD” then why do they always want to name Him God? Why wasn’t the church named Worldwide Church of the LORD? Why hasn’t John named his church Congregation of the LORD, Seventh Day?
John continues: Many of these people who sincerely believe that God’s Name must be pronounced using the ancient Hebrew sounds have been responsible for splits in churches and, even worse, the total collapse of several small groups of worshippers.
COMMENT: Why is John singling out only the Sacred Name believers as those being responsible for splits in churches and other Bible groups? Why is John working separate and apart from his original parent organization the Worldwide Church of God? How many groups have split off from the Worldwide Church of God? There are over one hundred known groups that have split off from that parent organization and maybe as many as two hundred or more! Were these splits caused by the Sacred Name groups? Absolutely not!
Why are there so many, many splits among the former Worldwide Church of God people? Weren’t they all taught the same thing? Didn’t they all believe the same thing? So why did so many go out and form multitudinous Churches of God? I think that I can speak from the experience that I have received at the hands of that group and its ministry. There may now be some slight difference in beliefs, but the chief reason is that all or many of these ministers want to be the head. They want to be declared to be Herbert W. Armstrong’s successor. They can’t work together because of their own lust for power, wealth and fame.
Oh, I am sure that they all believe that their ministry is the real ministry that is doing the work of God and Jesus Christ. But there is no real humility among them to leave their own ministry and submit themselves to the authority of one man under the so-called guidance and direction of Jesus Christ as they once were in WCG. Of course, we have the same situation in the Sacred Names movement. We truly are split into many various groups and each group has its own leadership and their own general spirit and even differences of doctrines. But we do have a Unity Conference every year in which many of us do come together to try and fellowship together and learn to work hand in hand. Many or most of our groups are open to visits from other groups, however, there are some that are exclusive. That is their problem.
Then we could go into general Christianity itself. What about all of the different Christian groups? Why are they split into various groups, Bible studies, churches, assemblies, etc.? Did Sacred Name believers cause these splits? Absolutely not! Try to name all of the different Christian organizations. It becomes quite an exercise for the mind.
John continues: As if with one voice, they all spout the same rhetoric CONDEMNING all who do not use the Hebrew pronunciation for what they all believe is God’s Name in private or in their worship services. They have gone so far as to say that one cannot be saved unless the individual properly uses and pronounces their version of the Hebrew letters signifying God!!
COMMENT: Well, well, well….here is John condemning those who seek to fulfill the third commandment (Ex. 20:7, see above) and yet, I sat in WCG listening to the condemnation of those who weren’t observing the fourth commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” Ex. 20:8. We also sought to uphold the rest of the ten commandments, annual Holy Day observance, the law of clean and unclean meats and many other commandments. Those who were observing Sunday, annual holidays, eating unclean foods and generally disobeying most of the other commandments, yet were worshippers of God and Jesus Christ were condemned. Does John still practice this? If so, then this is like the pot calling the kettle black when he condemns those who want to honor the Heavenly Father and His Son by knowing and loving their names.
At the time I was in WCG, I believed with all my heart that the name of the Father was God and the name of the Son was Jesus Christ. I sought to honor the third commandment in the way that I understood it at the time. But I eventually came to understand that the real name of the Savior was not Jesus Christ, but rather Yahshua (English equivalent Joshua) the Messiah, and that the name of the Heavenly Father was Yahweh.
I was in WCG during the early 1980’s when Herbert W. Armstrong commissioned a panel to study into the name of the Heavenly Father. I was sitting in the group when he openly announced that the panel had finished its study and had determined that the name of the Heavenly Father was Yahweh. However, he followed this statement with, “But I prefer to call Him the Eternal.” From that time when the ministry came to the words “the LORD” in Scripture, it was always read as “the Eternal,” not “the Lord!” Was there a mad rush to change the name of the church to Worldwide Church of the Eternal? No!!! Do the other churches like John’s seek to incorporate “Church of the Eternal” in the names of their various groups? No!
Therefore, we need to ask the question to John and all others of his ilk (WCGers and ex-WCGers alike, especially the ministry), If you proclaim that you are a seeker of truth and when that truth comes to you, then do you embrace it or reject it? Herbert W. Armstrong always taught us that when the truth comes, we must embrace it, for if we reject it, then we will begin to go backwards. That is exactly what happened to the organization, the Worldwide Church of God, when Herbert W. Armstrong made that announcement, yet refused to embrace the truth. His health declined until he expired and the organization backpedaled from the truths that they had. It isn’t even a skeleton of its former self.
Now John, are you sincere about the truth or are you sincerely resisting and rejecting it. I know that you know the true names of the Father and the Son. If you don’t, then I am declaring them to you right now. Will you repent and embrace them, will you repent and openly and gladly embrace the truth, or will you continue to reject and resist?
John continues: The purpose of this article is to expose the MYTH behind the so-called use of Hebrew names for God and Jesus Christ. Believe it or not!!
COMMENT: MYTH? Let’s look at this word MYTH’s definition, 1. a traditional story of unknown authorship, ostensibly with a historical basis, but serving usually to explain some phenomenon of nature, the origin of man, or the customs, institutions, religious rites, etc. of a people: myths usually involve the exploits of gods and heroes: cf. LEGEND 2. such stories collectively; mythology 3. any fictitious story, or unscientific account; theory, belief, etc. 4. any imaginary person or thing spoken of as though existing (Webster’s New World Dictionary).
John, you think that the true Hebrew names are MYTHS? You think that the use of the names is mythology, fictitious? The truth of the matter, John, is that the name of the Heavenly Father is Yahweh. Even Herbert W. Armstrong, your mentor, agreed with that. Even the overall preponderance of worldly scholars agree with that.
Didn’t the Supreme Being of the Universe, Himself say that His name Yahweh is His memorial name? Do you know what the Hebrew word for memorial is John? It is “zeker” coming from “zakar” which is defined as; a primitive root; properly, to mark (so as to be recognized), i.e. to remember; by implication, to mention; also (as denominative from 2145) to be male (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew Lexicon, #2142.
Look at that carefully, John. Are you marked with His name? In Rev. 14:1 the 144,000 are said to have His (the Lamb Yahshua’s) Father’s name written in their foreheads. The word “written” comes from the Greek “grapho” which means “to grave.” Our English equivalent would be to “engrave.” The word “engrave” is defined as; 1. to cut or etch letters, designs, etc. in or on (a surface) 2. to impress deeply or permanently on the mind or memory, as though by engraving 3. to cut or etch (a picture, letters, etc.) into a metal plate, wooden block, etc. for printing 4. to print with such a plate, block, etc. (Webster’s New World Dictionary). Obviously you aren’t marked with His name since you stubbornly resist what His name is. You may be marked with the name God, but that really isn’t His name. God is a false, pseudo name. It is an unworthy replacement.
Zeker/zakar means to remember. Do you remember His name? Again, no you don’t. You resist the remembrance of His name. You are seeking to take away the knowledge of His true name and condemning those who do have it, seeking to have it deeply and permanently impressed on their mind and memory as also on others.
Zeker/zakar means to mention. Do you mention His name? Not lovingly. You detest those who do. We remember or memorialize something by mentioning it. If we take it out of our language, as those of your ilk and the ilk of King James do, then it is forgotten. You and they are taking His name in vain (to an empty purpose) because you declare it to be unimportant and then remove it from the very word that He authored. He placed His name in the Old Testament alone 6823 times. That’s a pretty heavy emphasis, John.
You who make light of His name or would bring it to nothing, replacing it with an improper substitute are found to be contrary to the third commandment, even though you proclaim that you are a commandment keeper. This is just like the Christians who proudly exhibit the ten commandments, but turn and say that they are done away. They condemn anyone who professes to observe the ten commandments as legalists. Your diatribe against the true name of the Heavenly Father is a diatribe against the third commandment.
When in Worldwide, we learned that the day appointed by the Supreme Being of the Universe was the seventh day Sabbath. We would not accept any substitutes because of the fourth commandment. Those of us in the Sacred Names have discovered that the true name of the Supreme Being of the Universe is Yahweh. This was proven to be true by the Worldwide Church of God’s study panel. It is deemed true by the scholastic world. We will accept no substitutes.
When Yahweh delivered Israel from Egypt He gave them three important MEMORIALS. Do you know what they are and in what order they were received? The first memorial was His name Yahweh (Ex. 3:15). The second memorial was the Passover (Ex. 12). The third memorial was the seventh day Sabbath (Ex. 16). I know that you memorialize the Sabbath day and also the Passover, but you are missing the most important ingredient, John. You are missing His MEMORIAL NAME. The very first memorial that was given to Moses and the children of Israel.
He declared to Pharaoh, “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee My power; and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth,” Ex. 9:16. Now I know that you, and others like you, like to claim that the Hebrew word for “name” being “shem” means “an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). You say that this only means honor, authority, character, etc., not necessarily His name. But look at that definition again, John. It says “an appellation, as a MARK, or MEMORIAL OF INDIVIDUALITY! One’s name is his mark or memorial of individuality. We know who you are because of your name. Others know who I am through my name. We know who heads the throne of England through a name. We know who the President of the United States is through a name. We know who the leader of Russia is through a name. The names of the heads of England, the U.S., Russia, etc., have changed throughout history, but the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe never changes. It remains the same through the ages.
Think about that and REPENT JOHN!
John continues: The Sacred Name Cult has unknowingly embraced the same Idolatry of modern-day Churchianity that teaches “salvation is based solely on CALLING on the name of Jesus and you shall be saved.” Their teaching is that one CAN NOT be saved unless he or she properly pronounces the Hebrew letters identifying God and Jesus Christ.
Many articles from the Sacred Name Cult make it plain that they believe the most important key to understanding God’s Truth and Salvation is to call him by the name THEY THINK is the correct Hebrew pronunciation of God’s Name.
We, at the Congregation of God Seventh Day, categorically DISAGREE with this false assumption. The most important thing, the Bible says, in understanding God’s Word is to have God’s Holy Spirit INDWELLING in you which Christ said, “It (the Holy Spirit) will guide you into all truth and understanding.”
COMMENT: Let’s see, John, who is truly misunderstanding here? It is true that the Holy Spirit will guide us into ALL TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING. The TRUTH is that the TRUE name of the Heavenly Father is Yahweh. This was admitted by Herbert W. Armstrong and it is also admitted by the scholarly world (even though the scholars may not have the Holy Spirit).
I want to quote from one of those scholarly works, specifically, the Holman Bible Dictionary. On pages 1004-1005 under the caption NAMES OF GOD we read, “The name of God holds an important key to understanding the doctrine of God and the doctrine of revelation. The name of God is a personal disclosure and reveals His relationship with His people. His name is known only because He chooses to make it known. To the Hebrew mind, God was both hidden and revealed, transcendent and immanent. Even though he was mysterious, lofty, and unapproachable; He bridged the gap with humankind by revealing His name. See Naming.
The truth of God’s character is focused in His name. The divine name reveals God’s power, authority, and holiness. This accounts for Israel’s great reverence for God’s name….
The Covenant Name The covenant name for God was “Yahweh.” Israel’s faith was a new response to God based on His disclosure. This name was so unique and powerful that God formed a covenant with His people based upon his self-revelation.” (end of quotes)
It would hopefully do you good to read this over and over several times, John. Sacred Name believers didn’t write this. Worldly scholars did.
Let me spell some of it out for you. It says that the Name of the Supreme Being of the Universe holds an important key to understanding His doctrine as well as His revelation. It says that knowing His name will cause us to receive a personal disclosure and relationship with Him. The truth of His character is focused in His name. His name reveals His power, authority and holiness (cleanness and purity). The name Yahweh is His COVENANT NAME!
Yahshua said that He came in His Father’s name (John 5:43). He also says in the same verse that if another shall come in his own name that they would receive him. Now compare the names Yahweh – Yahshua: Yahweh – Jesus. Yahshua means “the salvation of Yahweh” or “Yahweh the Savior.” What does Jesus mean? How can Jesus lead us to the Father and to His important name if we can’t even deduct the name Yahweh from that name?
The words of the Savior have been fulfilled. Another (Jesus) has come in his own name and the world and you have received and are following him.
So now, John, if you have the Holy Spirit, then it will lead you into the truth concerning the true name of the Father and the true name of the Son. But if you don’t have the Holy Spirit, then you will continue to deny, reject and rebel against this truth. These may be hard words for not only you to read, but for others also, but if we love the truth, then we will call a spade a spade. (Oh, sorry, now I’m playing cards.) We will embrace the truth and incorporate it into our lives.
You lump us into the same idolatry as that of churchianity!? I was called out of the idolatry of churchianity (as have been many other brethren) through WCG. But when I discovered the truth about the Sacred (true) Names, I openly embraced that truth. What is the difference between the great overall preponderance of doctrines of WCG and our (Sacred Name believer’s) teachings and beliefs today? Basically, the Sacred Names. We still teach the commandments, including the Sabbath. We still observe the annual holy days. We still observe the law of clean and unclean foods. We still publish the good news of the Savior and the kingdom of heaven, but with the true names added.
But the real truth of the matter, John, is that you stubbornly refuse to turn and accept and believe the truth concerning the TRUE NAMES. So who is really embracing idolatry? Who is really making an idol out of names?
I remember Herbert W. Armstrong always asking the question, Why are we named the Church of God? He would then go to Jn. 17:11, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.” He then would say that we must have His name so we are named the “Church of God.”
But toward the end of his life he discovered that the true name of the Father is Yahweh and publicly announced such. Did he frantically go about seeking to change the name of the church to the “Church of Yahweh?” He should have, but he didn’t.
Now I must remind you that everyone of the organizations, that have become spin-offs of the Worldwide Church of God, have proven the importance of the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe, because you, to a church or assembly or Bible group, all incorporate the name “God” in your organizational name. Yes John, your own actions reveal the importance of the Creator’s, the Supreme Being of the Universe’s name, but you deny it in your article. Shame, shame on you.
John continues: Recently, I received a very long email from an individual touting the use of Hebrew names, making the following statement concerning a person’s salvation as it relates to using the proper sacred name. That email made my point in the very first few paragraphs of the 14-page internet article. I quote from the second paragraph of the paper. “In these, the last days, there have been uncovered some of the ‘keys’ to understanding the truth. Many people have yet to realize that the most important ‘key’ is recognizing, knowing and CALLING UPON OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S NAME. Notice, I said ‘Name’ singular – not plural. He has many titles and attributes, but only one name – and YHWH shall be sovereign over all the earth. In that day, there shall be one YHWH and His Name ONE.” (Institute for Scripture Version)
Notice Christ’s own words to the disciple Peter. (Matthew 16:17) “And Jesus answered and said unto him. Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Christ told His disciples that, after He left them, the Holy Spirit would be sent to them which would open their minds to God’s Truth. (John 14:26) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom [which] the Father will send in my name, he [it] shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
When Christ was asked by the young rich man what he must do to receive eternal life, not once did Christ mention using the name of God as expressed in the Hebrew. Notice Matthew 19:16-19. “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self.”
COMMENT: What are you implying here, John? That we only need to keep five of the 10 commandments in order to have eternal life? Is that all we have to do? Don’t we also need to obey the other five commandments? Don’t you believe that we receive eternal life through Yahshua the Messiah and not by our works of the law? Isn’t that the gist of the Scriptures that Paul has written and that have been preserved for us? It is our understanding and I know that it is yours also, that no matter if we could keep the law perfectly, we cannot earn our own salvation. Salvation is a free gift through the Savior. We seek to uphold and walk in the commandments because they declare to us what sin is and once we come to the knowledge of the Savior and come under His salvation, we are to sin no more.
Do you still believe the words of Peter and Paul? What did Peter declare? “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith Yahweh, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of Yahweh come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved,” Acts 2:16-21.
Isn’t Peter speaking through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? Wasn’t he inspired to quote another man, namely Joel, who also was being inspired by the Holy Spirit? (See Joel 2:28-32) What language was Joel speaking and writing in? Wasn’t it Hebrew? Wouldn’t Peter (a Hebrew speaking to Hebrews) be speaking in Hebrew? We know that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, so wouldn’t Peter be inspired to declare Yahweh’s name as Joel did?
Here is what Paul says concerning the matter, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of Yahweh shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Acts 10:12-14.
Paul is also quoting Joel as Peter did. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the same name, the name Yahweh, would have been employed. How can I say this? Because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and it doesn’t deviate from the truth. Notice that Paul says that there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek. They must both call upon the same name for salvation. That’s three witnesses from Scripture, three men speaking under inspiration of the Holy Spirit who declare that we must call upon the name Yahweh for salvation. That’s only one from the Old Testament, but two very important ones from the New Testament. But how will they know what that name is unless they hear that name from a preacher? If you are a preacher and you are not declaring the name of salvation then you are abdicating your responsibility.
Proverbs 18:10 declares, “The name Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” David sings, “Yahweh is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my El, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies,” Psa. 18:2-3.
Do these Scriptures do anything for you John? Joel, Peter and Paul say that we shall call upon the name Yahweh in order to be saved. Proverbs declares that the very name Yahweh is a strong tower and the righteous run into it for safety. David says Yahweh is His salvation and high tower. He says that he will call upon Yahweh in order to be saved from his enemies. Will you accuse Joel, Peter, Paul and David of making an idol out of the name Yahweh? You are accusing the Sacred Name believers of such! We simply desire to follow the Scriptures in truth. The commandments are important to us. The sabbath is important to us. The Passover and the rest of the Holy Days are important to us. Obedience is important to us. The Savior is important to us. The true names are important to us.
If you, being a preacher, are resisting the truth and seeking to withhold the truth from the people, then your judgment will be much more extreme and harsh than those who are blindly following you.
John continues: What is in a Name?
Before we can begin considering the so-called “Sacred Names” of God and Jesus Christ, we must first consider exactly WHAT IS A NAME? A word or name is a symbol that uses a particular sound or markings on a piece of paper to stand for a concept, or for some thing that exists in the real world. We know that some words stand for things which have no actual physical or spiritual existence such as dragons and ghosts. Even though many people think that ghosts exist, we know assuredly from God’s Word that there are no such beings as ghosts and science tells us that dragons do not exist.
COMMENT: Interesting….you go to the Scriptures to prove that ghosts do not exist, yet you allowed the word “Holy Ghost” to appear in your article. (See above.) But then you go to science to prove that dragons do not exist when the Scriptures describe a great fire breathing spirit named Satan who is also called a dragon. (Rev. 12) Isaiah speaks of leviathan, the dragon that is in the sea (Isa. 27) and Job speaks of leviathan, as a creature from whose nostrils comes smoke and flame that goes out of his mouth (chapter 41). The question is, Who do you believe, science or the Scriptures?
John continues: True enough, there are demonic spirit beings that try to pass themselves off as ghosts of formerly living human beings, such as was the case with Saul in I Samuel 28 when he approached a woman who dealt with evil spirit beings and fortune telling at Endor. (I Samuel 28)
Words that are used to express intangible (non-physical) things are words that only exist in the idea of the minds of men. Different languages will have different words of names for the same thing. When the student considers the name of God, he will certainly do so in his own language. The concept that Hebrew is the language of God is totally FALSE because the language DID NOT EXIST in the beginning and was NOT the language of Adam and Eve. Hebrew is a language that was a composite of several different languages, including Egyptian spoken by the Israelites many thousands of years ago and a Babylonian dialect from the time when the Jews were captives in Babylon. Today’s ‘Hebrew’ is from a Russian dialect called Yiddish.
COMMENT: This is an argument that everyone tries to utilize when resisting and rejecting the truth concerning the true names of the Supreme Being of the Universe and His Son. While it is true that different languages have different words for various items, for instance, the word “table” in English is “la mesa” in Spanish, the simple fact of the matter is that people’s names (proper nouns) stay basically the same in all languages. A case in point is the last book that was authored by Herbert W. Armstrong entitled “Mystery of the Ages.” The book was offered not only in English, but French, Spanish, German, Dutch, etc. An advertisement was made up which included all of these editions together. The title of the book did change somewhat from language to language, but the name Herbert W. Armstrong was the same in all the languages. People’s names are transliterated from language to language, not translated.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Israel are Hebrew names, John. Why is it that you prefer their names to be transliterated into the English from the Hebrew, but you resist the transliteration of the names of the most important beings in existence? What about Satan? Satan is a Hebrew name. You even transliterate his name into the English. You are showing more respect to him and his name than you are to your own Creator and His Son, your Savior!
You have entrapped yourself with your own words in the paragraph above because you say that a student will consider the name of [Elohim] in his own language. So you will allow the Greeks to apply the name Zeus to the Supreme Being of the Universe? You will allow the Latins to apply the name Jupiter to the Supreme Being of the Universe? So all of the various languages of the world can translate the Word of Yahweh into their own language and simply replace His name with whatever false deity that is their supreme deity at the moment. However, be very careful that the names of men Adam, Eve, Enoch, Seth, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israel, David, etc., and even Satan must be kept very close to their original Hebrew names. You are showing respect for men, but not much at all for you Creator, the Supreme Being of the Universe and His Son, your Savior.
Do you know what that statement does, John? You are giving authority to the various nations and languages of the world to transfer the glory that is only supposed to be reserved for the Supreme Being of the Universe and His Son, Yahweh and Yahshua to the false pagan deities of the nations. Once again, shame, shame on you!
Another statement you made will also be nigh on hard to prove. You say that the Hebrew language DID NOT EXIST in the beginning and was not the language of Adam and Eve. Were you there? From whence did you obtain your information?
You then attempt to make the Hebrew language conform to the English language by saying that it is a composite of several different languages. The simple fact of the matter, John, whether you like it or not, is that the Hebrew language is the language of REVELATION. The Supreme Being of the Universe chose to reveal Himself through the Hebrew language. Yahshua came to His own [the Hebrews] first. Paul says that the Jew [Hebrew] is first and the Gentile is second (Ro. 2:9-10). Yahshua revealed Himself to Paul speaking in the Hebrew tongue (Acts 26:14). Which brings up another question. Since Yahshua spoke in the Hebrew tongue giving His name in that language, why is the Hebrew name taken away from our modern day version and the Greek name employed? Shouldn’t we have the Greek and Hebrew renderings side by side?
Why did they go out of their way to make sure that the name Joshua was changed to Jesus in Hebrews 4:8? However, many of the later editions correct the name back to Joshua. We know that the Savior had the same name as that of Joshua in the Old Testament. Why is it that the name Joshua is alright for the Old Testament, but when it comes to the New Testament the same name is changed to Jesus? Is it possible that there has been a conspiracy to change the names and give glory to another deity and another savior? We not only think so, we know so.
Doesn’t it say that Satan has deceived the whole world? (Rev. 12:9) How do you deceive? Isn’t it through falsehood, deceit, lies? If a name isn’t one’s real name, then isn’t that a lie? How does the common noun god, which is made into a proper noun and given as the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe by the modern day world compare with Yahweh (YHWH)? There simply is no comparison is there?
John continues: The Hebrew language, like other languages, has gone through many changes and structures. Just as English of 1200 AD is very different from English of 2002 AD. Those who have studied Chaucer and the early British writers find it almost impossible to read and understand any of their writings because they were written in Old or Middle English.
I remember taking British literature during my sophomore year in college and I was required to memorize and recite for the professor parts of The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English. Later, in my college life, taking German, I found that the German language and Old and Middle English have many similarities. Even today, the English and German languages have many similarities in word pronunciation.
COMMENT: It is true that languages have changed over the years. It is also true that the modern day English in England is a little different from American English. Sometimes we Americans have trouble understanding the English of the British, Scots, Irish, etc. There are even dialectic differences in our own country. But I would like to ask you, John, Did the name Geoffrey Chaucer stay the same in Old, Middle and Modern English? Your name is John. One of the English names that is equivalent to yours is Ian. In Russian it is Ivan, in Spanish Juan. When an Ian, Ivan or Juan comes to America, do we change that name to John? Absolutely not!
Also, notice that you were careful to get his first name right (Geoffrey). In our modern day world Jeffrey is the substitute. Why didn’t you change his name to Jeffrey or just plain old Jeff? Oh yes, I forgot, you were remembering, memorializing, marking the name of a man and not the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe. God forbid if you had changed his name. (I write this as a pun.) Had you changed his name, the scholastic world and anyone who, like you, studied his works, would have written hot corrective letters to you. You would have come under great condemnation. You would have had to follow up your article with a correction. But who cares about the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe, your very own Creator?!
John continues: Most people do not realize that, by the time Christ came on the scene, Hebrew was NO LONGER A SPOKEN LANGUAGE as Latin is today no longer a spoken language. The language that Christ spoke and understood was obviously Greek and Aramaic. Most of the Jews of His day spoke Aramaic, but the Bible from which they read was written in Greek, NOT HEBREW.
One may find it surprising to learn that the first complete Bible of the Old Testament, known as the Septuagint, was written in Greek.
When Jesus Christ went into a Synagogue and read from Isaiah, He may not have been reading from the Hebrew version, but the Greek version because the Septuagint was the only complete written Bible at that time, though there were fragments of some Old Testament scrolls in Hebrew. Notice Christ reading in Luke 4:16-19. The importance of the message Christ gave was not the use of the word “YHWH,” but the fact that God’s Spirit was upon Him and He was given the formidable task to preach the word of God to all of those mentioned in the Scripture. Believe it or not, Christ DID NOT USE the sacred name “YHWH” or any derivation thereof when reading this scripture. True enough, the capitalized word “Lord” may have been taken from the Hebrew letters “YHWH” but the translation he was reading from IN GREEK, were the Greek letters signifying the Greek word “Kurios” (2962). In fact, Jesus Christ read aloud the name of His Heavenly Father, pronouncing it in Greek which was later translated by the English writers as the word “Lord.”
COMMENT: It is very interesting that you should make these comments in such a way. First, you make a positive statement by saying that Hebrew was no longer a spoken language, then you follow this by saying that Yahshua “may not have been reading from the Hebrew version, but rather the Greek version.”
The question is, Will you believe the Scriptures? When Paul addressed the crowd at Jerusalem, the Scriptures say that he addressed them in the HEBREW TONGUE! (Acts 21:40) When Yahshua revealed Himself to Paul on the road to Damascus, He spoke to him in the HEBREW TONGUE! (Acts 26:14) In the book of Revelation, the Hebrew tongue is spoken of. Do you believe that when the Holy Spirit inspired the word Hebrew to be utilized in these places, that it, the Spirit of truth, would attribute the word Hebrew to another language? Wouldn’t that be a falsehood?
Hearken back, John, to the Maccabean rebellion. Wasn’t there animosity between the Hebrews and Greeks because Antiochus Ephiphanes had entered Jerusalem, forbade Sabbath observance, circumcision, etc., on pain of death sacrificed a pig on the altar of the temple, set up a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Holies, etc.? There was a great hatred and resentment between the Jews of Palestine and the Greeks. Even Josephus admitted that he, being a Hebrew, couldn’t speak the Greek language very well at all.
There are more ancient versions of the Septuagint found in the scrolls around the Dead Sea which even though written in Greek, the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe was still preserved in the Hebrew letters. The change from the Hebrew to the Greek didn’t come about until much later. This is proof, John, that when the Septuagint was translated from the Greek to the Hebrew, that the Hebrew name of the Supreme Being of the Universe was still considered to be very important to preserve in the Hebrew language.
Your statements here remind me of the world’s previous attitude toward the Assyrian city of Nineveh. The Scriptures declared that the city of Nineveh had existed. Those who believed the Scriptures believed that it had existed. But the rest of the unbelieving world, including many Bible scholars relegated Nineveh to nothing more than a myth (similar to your relegating the true name of the Creator as a myth). But lo and behold, archeologists discovered the great city of Nineveh, proving the veracity of the Scriptures much to the surprise and dismay of the unbelieving world!
When you make the statements that you made above, all you are doing is parroting an unbelieving world. A world that hates the Hebrews and their great Elohim Yahweh. That’s right, John. The Greeks have always hated the Hebrews and the Hebrew way. You have embraced some of the commands of Yahweh and the world holds you in contempt. But you are joining them in showing your contempt for the Hebrew and the true Hebrew names.
The Greeks are the wild olive tree spoken of by Paul who, against nature, are grafted into the Hebrew tree (Yahshua), John. But they have refused to bear the Root (Yahweh) and the trunk (Yahshua). If they, and you, don’t repent of this folly, then they and you will be broken off in similar fashion to the natural (Hebrew) branches.
We talk about becoming children of Abraham. Abraham was a Hebrew. Yahshua was a Hebrew, not a Greek. The world, under Satan’s influence, wants to change Yahshua from the righteous Hebrew Savior that He was to an unrighteous Greek savior. You, even though you seek to uphold most of the commandments, are aiding them in their efforts when you continue to stress the Greek above the Hebrew.
John Continues: Notice Luke 6:46. Christ used the term “Kurios” (2962) in two different cases to identify Himself. Notice that Luke was inspired to use the word “Kurious” instead of the Greek word for “Creator” which would have been “Ktistes” (2939) which means “Creator” translated “YHWH” from the Hebrew. Notice the Apostle Peter used “Ktises” when he wrote his first Epistle and this Greek word was translated accordingly as “Ktistes” as the translation for “a Faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:19)
COMMENT: John, your effort to overthrow the truth concerning the Sacred names continues to reveal your bias. The Hebrew word for “Lord” in Luke 6:46 would have been “Adonai.”
You are in error concerning 1 Peter 4:19. I will utilize Scripture to correct your error and let’s see if you will be able to admit your mistake in this case. The Prophet Isaiah is inspired to declare, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting Elohi, Yahweh, the Creator (Heb=[the English letters would be “Bura”) of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding,” Isa. 40:28.
“I am Yahweh, your Holy One, the creator (Heb. = ( the English letters would be “Bura”) of Israel, your King,” Isa. 43:15.
In Ecclesiastes 12:1 we also read, “Remember now thy Creator (Heb. = ( the English letters would be “Burak” ) in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.”
That’s the only places that the word “Creator” is utilized in the Old Testament. There are only two places in the New Testament, 1 Pet. 4:19 and Ro. 1:25. In Ro. 1:25 the Greek word “Ktizo” is utilized for Creator.
I find that in your haste to make the statements above, you utilized quite sloppy scholarship. I know that the manner in which I am writing may sound a little tough at times, but you are an ordained minister. You should be careful concerning the things you say and write. You should check things our before making statements like you did above so that you are speaking and writing the truth and not falsehood. You are in the process of feeding Yahshua’s sheep and you should be careful concerning what you are feeding them. No, you won’t have to answer to me, but you will have to answer to Yahshua. He may be much more critical than I am. After all, He is the Truth and He wants His ministers to speak the truth to the sheep.
John Continues: Christ certainly understood His position as Creator of all things under God. Unfortunately, those who believe in “sacred names” tend to reject the Greek word for the Creator, “Ktistes,” and instead prefer the Hebrew word “YHWH”.” The real problem with this is that the New Testament was NOT written in Hebrew but in Greek.
COMMENT: My above comment blows this statement to pieces. While there may be some few “Sacred Name” believers who have translated “Ktistes” as “YHWH.” But the real fact of the matter is that the majority of us do like to utilize the Scriptures as our guide and we do look into the various study tools available to us such as the Interlinear Bibles, concordances, lexicons, etc.
As for your statement concerning the New Testament being originally written in Greek and not Hebrew, this is another false statement. The idioms that are utilized in the New Testament are Hebrew idioms, not Greek. Had it been originally written in the Greek language, then Greek idioms would have been utilized.
Also, the Jewish Rabbis who rejected Yahshua instructed their people to search out and destroy all New Testament documents written in Hebrew. There are discussions in the Talmud concerning the manner in which to destroy the documents since the Sacred Name was utilized in them and the Jewish Rabbis feared to destroy His name even though it was written on papyrus, etc.
Also, Constantine, called the Great, made it unlawful to possess any Hebrew documents. There was a concerted effort by both groups to search out and destroy all New Testament Hebrew documents. Surely you have discovered this in your studies and readings, or do you study and read?
Another case in point is that the New Testament Scriptures were also preserved in Aramaic, the sister language to Hebrew. The Aramaic Scriptures were not, I repeat, were not copies of the Greek. If you have a Lamsa Bible, then you should read His Introduction and Preface. You might glean a great deal of information from it.
John Continues: Without exception, the writers of the New Testament translated the Hebrew name “YHWH” into the Greek “Kurios” which means “Lord.” That is the true meaning of “YHWH” that Jesus was referring to when HE read the name aloud in the synagogue and it is evident that He did not pronounce the sound “Yahweh.”
COMMENT: Here is what appears in the FORWARD to the Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures, “This popular theory (that the name of the Creator has always appeared in the Greek Texts as Kyrios and Theos) has now been flatly disproved by the recently found remains of a papyrus roll of LXX. This contains the second half of the book of Deuteronomy. Not one of these fragments shows an example of Kyrios or Theos used instead of the divine name, but in each instance the Tetragrammaton is written in Aramaic characters. By permission of its owners we have reproduced photographs of fragments of the papyrus roll that our readers may examine these occurrences of the Tetragrammaton in such an early copy of LXX. Authorities fix the date for this papyrus at the 2d or 1st century B.C. This means about a century or two after the LXX was begun. It proves that the original LXX did contain the divine name wherever it occurred in the Hebrew original. Considering it a sacrilege to use some substitute as kyrios or theos, the scribes inserted the Tetragrammaton (hwhy) at its proper place in the Greek version of the text.
Did Jesus Christ and his disciples who wrote the Christian Greek Scriptures have copies at hand of the Greek Septuagint with the divine name appearing threin in the form of the Tetragrammaton? Yes! The Tetragrammaton persisted in copies of LXX for centuries after Christ and his apostles. About A.D. 128 Aquila’s Greek version had the Tetragrammaton in Archaic Hebrew letters. About A.D. 245 Origen produced his famous Hexapla, this being a six-column reproduction of the inspired ancient Scriptures, (1) in their original Hebrew and Aramaic, accompanied by (2) a transliteration into Greek and the Greek versions by (3) Aquila, (4) Symmachus, (5) the Seventy (LXX), and (6) Theodtion. In the second column of the Hexapla, in the transliteration into Greek, the Tetragrammaton was written in Hebrew characters, whereas in columns 3, 4, and 5 the Greek versions of Aquila. Symmachus and LXX all represented the Tetragrammaton by the similar Greek characters. Origen, in a statement on Psalm 2:2, said that ‘in the most faithful manuscripts THE NAME is written in Hebrew characters, that is not in modern, but in archaic Hebrew.’
A papyrus fragment of that same 3d century A.D., namely P. Oxyrhynchus vii. 1007, is a fragment of Genesis of the LXX, and it abbreviates the Tetragrammaton by its first letter doubled, a double Yod (yy), the initial letter being written in the shape of a Z with a horizontal stroke through the middle, the stroke being carried unbroken through both such Yod’s.
In the succeeding century Jerome says that ignorant readers of the LXX imagined the Tetragrammaton to be a Greek word and actually pronounced it ‘Pipi.’ In hia Prologus Galeatus prefacing the books of Samuel and Malachi he says: ‘We find the four-lettered name of God (i.e., hwhy) in certain Greek volumes even to this day expressed in the ancient letters.’ And in his 25th letter to Marcella, written at Rome, A.D. 384, he treats of the ten names of God and says: ‘The ninth [name of God] is a tetragrammaton, which they considered an×ek×pho’ne×ton, that is unspeakable, which is written with these letters, Iod, He, Vau, He. Which certain ignorant ones, because of the similarity of the characters, when they would find them in Greek books, were accustomed to pronounce Pi Pi.’
Thus down to the time of Jerome, the translator who produced the Latin Vulgate, there were Greek manuscripts of the ancient Hebrew Scriptures which still contained the divine name in its four Hebrew characters.” (end of excerpt)
You should also find a copy of Biblical Archaeology Review Magazine dated March 1978 and read The Name of God in the New Testament by George Howard, pages 12-15 also Jan.-Feb. 1984 issue, pages 12-14 and March-April 1991 issue pages 4. You will discover that all of the ancient Biblical documents, whether Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, etc. contained the Sacred Name in Hebrew. The Greek substitutes of Kyrios and Theos came around the third or fourth century. That was about the time that Constantine outlawed Hebrew.
John Continues: Attitude Matters
The real crux of the argument has to do with the attitude of the believer and the one using the Name of God. Fundamentally, what matters is what a person thinks in his mind when he uses the English word “God” or the Spanish word “Dios” or any other language for the name “God.” It is not the particular sound
or letters on a piece of paper that makes any real difference which symbolizes his reference to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe -God. If the name of God is used as a curse word, obviously, there is no respect and it is a form of breaking the commandment. However, if a person used the name of God in a reverent and sincere way while praying to the Eternal, in faith, then this is the most important factor in the use of the word God. What really matters is the attitude and belief behind the use of the word “God,” not its specific pronunciation. This is why Christians who pray to God may refer to Him in whatever modern language they speak, from Russian to English to Chinese to Spanish.
Notice that the Bible at no time places any restrictions on its translations and nowhere prohibits referring to the True God in languages other than Hebrew. Those who advocate using ONLY Hebrew names when referring to God have to READ INTO IT all such restrictions which DO NOT EXIST.
COMMENT: John, have you really read the Scriptures lately? Here you are, once again giving carte blanche to the names of the deities of all of the nations of the world. It is interesting that you included the names of the deities of the Russians, Chinese, Spanish and English, but you didn’t include the names of the deities of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. But, if as you say, it is all right to substitute the names of all the deities of the nations, then these must be included. All of the deities of the nations, including the English world, were heathen, pagan deities associated with idolatry.
Your comment, “Notice that the Bible at no time places any restrictions on its translations and nowhere prohibits referring to the True God in languages other than Hebrew,” is quite troubling. While it is true that all languages may worship Yahweh in their own language and through right knowledge of the Holy Scriptures as led by the Holy Spirit, the situation is that all of the languages of the world had their own personal names for their deities. What you have done here is approve of the Spanish utilizing Dios as the name of their Elohim, the English utilize God, the Egyptians Osiris, Isis, Horus, the Babylonians Bel, the Greeks Zeus, the Romans Jupiter, the Canaanites Ba’al, Ishtar, etc. Your statement is quite grievous and erroneous.
I can prove to you that Yahweh hated the names of the deities of the nations and wouldn’t accept them in worship toward Him. Here is what Yahweh commanded Israel, “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other elohim, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth,” Ex. 23:13.
Again, it is written, “These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which Yahweh Elohim of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their elohim, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:
3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their elohim, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
4 Ye shall not do so unto Yahweh your Elohim,” Dt. 12:1-4.
“Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another elohim: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 Yahweh is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot,” Psa. 16:4-5.
“And it shall be at that day, saith Yahweh, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name,” Hos. 2:16-17.
“In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Yahweh of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land,” Zech. 13:1-2.
You say that there are no restrictions in the Scriptures? What about these Scriptures that I have just quoted? Have you ever read them? You should read them very carefully, John. If you are a TRUE minister of the TRUE ELOHIM, then you will be seeking to lift up His TRUE NAME, not the name of the deities of all the nations of the world. You won’t be encouraging the nations of the world to replace the TRUE NAME OF THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE with the names of their deities.
Isn’t that what got the children of Israel in trouble. Didn’t they begin to introduce the names of the deities of the nations and their abominable practices into their worship? And then, didn’t they also go before Yahweh to worship Him? What did Yahweh say about this? “Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other elohim whom ye know not;
10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith Yahweh,” Jer. 7:9-11.
This is what your statements are advocating, John. Whether you believe it or not. You are promoting the idea that we can call the great Creator of the Universe anything that we like, but don’t call Him by His own revealed preference. REPENT JOHN, and allow Him to lead you and others to His true revelation of Himself!
John Continues: Lost Pronunciation
As we investigate the so-called “sacred names” of God in the Hebrew more closely, the name of God that gets the most attention in this cult teaching is “Yahweh.” The four consonants of the ancient Hebrew name for God are called Tetragrammaton. The Jews felt that the four consonants were too sacred to be spoken, so transliteration occurred – that is “writing or spelling words or letters in corresponding characters of another alphabet.” The Tetragrammaton (the four consonants of the ancient Hebrew name for God) became transliterated JHVH, IHVH, JHWH, YHVH, YHWH.
Ancient Hebrew was written ONLY in CONSONANTS and few semi-vowels and those who read it aloud had to supply the missing sounds, just as English had no vowels as part of the language, prior to 1200 AD. When the Jews returned from Babylonian captivity under Ezra and Nehemiah about 440 BC, they began to reference the name “Yahweh,” so greatly that the very use of the word was outlawed; first for the common people, later for the priests. Finally, only the high priest and then only on the Day of Atonement was it allowed to be said. When Simon, (300-270 BC) died, who was the last high priest permitted to use the word, a total prohibition against saying the name came into force among the Jews. They would substitute the word “Adonai”- “Lord” for “Yahweh” or sometimes “Elohim” – “God” for the “YHWH” whenever they encountered it when reading the scriptures aloud.
Medieval Jewish scribes who preserved the Hebrew Old Testament, the Nazarites, around the 6th Century AD, devised a system of using dots and other small marks to symbolize what vowel sounds came between the originally inspired consonants. However, the pronunciation of “Yahweh” was NOT preserved by them. Whenever “YHWH” appeared in the text, they added the vowel points for “Adonai” or sometimes, as appropriate, “Elohim,” in order to avoid saying “Lord” twice in a row. This clued the oral reader to say the substitute name for “YHWH.”
Why Did the Jews Stop Using YHWH?
The Jews came to have this misconception against saying “YHWH” due to a misinterpretation in Leviticus 24:11, 16. The Hebrew word translated “blaspheme” in these texts “nachav” – can also be translated “to say clearly” or “to declare distinctly.”
If we translate “nachav” this way in Leviticus 24:16, a total prohibition against saying “YHWH”: “and whoever “declares distinctly” the name of “YHWH” shall surely be put to death and all the congregation shall surely stone him…” Since the Jews, over the centuries, made the oral tradition of interpreting a hedge or fence around the actual written law of the Torah to help insure the latter wasn’t violated, the same practice was adopted here. To play it safe, they decided NEVER to say the name “YHWH” even though the inspired scriptures contained this name time and time again demonstrating the error of this tradition.
The Origin of YHWH
The Word “YHWH” comes from an archaic form of the verb “to be” in Hebrew, although its exact derivation is disputed. Some scholars suggest this name originally meant “He causes to be,” others believe it meant “He exists,” and one has simply stated “He Who Is.” One suggested another meaning for “YHWH” is “WAS -IS - WILL CONTINUE TO BE.” The tie between the letters “YHWH” and the Hebrew verb referring to existence is clearly made in Exodus 3:14-15 after Moses saw God in the burning bush and wanted to know God’s Name in order to proclaim it to the enslaved Children of Israel. God's answer to Moses was “I AM WHO I AM!” And He said, “Thus shall you say to the Children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’…and he said to Moses to tell the children that the Lord (YHWH) God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.” God DID NOT instruct Moses to tell the people that His Name was YHWH in this verse.
COMMENT: John, John, John, Your very last sentence here is COMPLETELY FALSE! You have just printed it in your own statements and then you flatly deny it. Let’s look at it again, “And Moses said unto Elohim, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The Elohim of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And Elohim 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.
15 And Elohim said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, Yahweh (YHWH) Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations,” Ex. 3:13-15.
All Bible scholars, John, understand that the great Creator of the Universe was telling Moses that His name is Yahweh forever. That Yahweh is His memorial, His remembrance, what He is to remembered by to all generations.
John Continues: The English Moffatt Bible translates the phrase as “The Eternal sent you.” And the Fenton translation is “The Ever Living One sent you.” Since the basic meaning has been preserved for YHWH, but the exact pronunciation has been lost, it is evident that what matters to God MORE is what this name for Him means rather than the specific Hebrew pronunciation of the four letters “YHWH.” And yet there are those who say that, if the sound is not correctly made, then it becomes an object of your salvation or the lack thereof.
COMMENT: Let’s see, John, what is the translation of your own name. According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance it is “Yahweh-favored.” Since “Yahweh” can be translated as “The Eternal” or “The Ever Living One,” do people call you “Yahweh favored,” or “The Eternal favored,” or “The Ever Living One favored?” Could you write a check, signing it with one of these three translations, take it to the bank and cash it? Furthermore, since Noah means “rest,” Abraham means “high father of many nations,” Isaac means “laughter,” Jacob means “heel-catcher,” Israel means “he has prevailed with El,” Satan means “adversary,” do you refuse to speak these names, because they are Hebrew and prefer their translation? Absolutely not! You extend the courtesy of utilizing their name, not the translation.
By the way, your own name is derived from the Hebrew. Since you are adamant against the use of Hebrew names, (or is it just the Hebrew name of the Creator?), why don’t you translate your own name into one of the two latter translations (since you don’t like the name Yahweh) and refuse to utilize John anymore?
John Continues: I have seen articles expounding that you should never write “God.” In fact, I have seen some people write articles and express God as “G-d” because they believe it is a SIN to put the three letters together forming the English sound “God” because it was used by the pagans.
This, of course, leads to this great fallacy that Christians today should only use the Hebrew names for God to be saved. It is said that, because the English word “God” was used for pagans gods by our ancestors centuries ago, this word should never be used to refer to the ONE TRUE GOD – THE ETERNAL. This claim ignores that the word “Elohim” and its various forms are repeatedly used in the scripture to refer to false gods time and time again. An example, “Elohim” is used 240 times to refer to pagan gods, “El” 50 times, and “Eloah” 5 times. Once, in Isaiah 57:5, “El” is translated as “idols.”
When the Philistines celebrated their victory over Sampson, the word “Elohim” was applied to their god, Dagon, by the inspired Hebrew writer of this account. (Judges 16:23) Furthermore, as the Ugarit discoveries demonstrate, the Semitic word for “El” has been in use in the Middle East applied to false gods long before Moses was born. This root word was used to refer to pagan gods long before the Eternal established Israel and so, by the same reasoning that they used to ban the English word “God,” then the writers of the inspired scriptures should not have used “El” and “Elohim.” The fact that “El” and “Elohim.” were used time and time again in the Old Testament referring to false gods, and the root word “El” was used by pagans to refer to their gods centuries before the Torah or the Old Testament was completed by Moses, conclusively proves that God does not prohibit the use of other words and other languages referring to Him that also have been used referring to false gods. What MATTERS is NOT the sound or markings that represent the concept as a word, but what the user MEANS by the word in question when he says or writes it. Hence, the English word “God” is a perfectly fine word to use when referring to the Almighty, even though the word “god” is used referring to all of the gods of the pagan religions. This also applies to the name “Jesus,” even though these same people believe Jesus is also the name of the pagan god ZEUS!
COMMENT: While there are some few assemblies who do not like to utilize the terms “El,” “Elohim,” etc., because they can be associated with pagan deities, the fact of the matter is that Yahweh is the eternal, ever living One. He inspired Moses to utilize these terms as COMMON NOUNS, NOT PROPER NOUNS in reference to Himself, as well as the false pagan deities. Yahweh is the Creator’s name. That is the PROPER NOUN that should be associated with Him according to His own word. The inspired common nouns are also proper to utilize for him, but not as replacements for His name.
The reason why this author refuses to utilize the word “God” for the Creator Yahweh is due to in-depth, intensive research into the history and etymology of that word. In 1992-1993 Garner Ted Armstrong authored a booklet entitled “What Is God’s Name?” In this very booklet, he revealed that the word “God” is associated with “Taurus the Bull.”
This began a research, which took years to compile. I discovered that almost all deities of the nations were worshipped as “Bull-Gods.” I discovered that the earliest civilization, the Sumerians had a letter in their alphabet, which depicted the head of an ox. The letter was named “Gud.” The word “God,” itself, stems from the Teutonic races of which are the Goths, Germans, Dutch, Anglo-Saxon, Swedes, etc. In German the word is Gott, in Dutch and English it is, of course, God, in Swedish it is Gud, in Gothic it is Guth. All of these words seem to stem from the primary root word “gheu.” GTA revealed that the word “Guth” stems from “Taurus the Bull.”
Wade Cox of the Christian Churches of God, also verifies that the word “God” is associated with “Taurus the Bull” in his study entitled “The Etymology of the Name of God.” He even goes so far as to declare that “Yahovah is the Bull of Israel. He is Messiah as the Great Bull of Heaven acting for the Father, the center of ultimate goodness.” (p. 2.)
I have seen where Yahshua is likened to the Lamb of Elohim slain to take away the sins of the world and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, but the Scriptures have refrained from likening Him to an ox, calf, bull, etc.
We know the story concerning Israel being delivered into the wilderness and when Moses was in the mount with Yahweh, Israel, under Aaron’s guidance, made the image of a calf out of gold and then declared, in effect, that the image was Yahweh. Over 3,000 died because of this apostasy. Yahweh lamented in Psa. 106:19-20, “They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Thus they changed my glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.”
The root of the English word “God” is gheu. Gheu is associated with a molten image.
Scripture declares that Satan the Devil has deceived the whole world (Rev. 12:9). In the research into the word “God” this author has determined that while Old Testament Israel made a physical image of the calf, New Testament Israel has been deceived to make a spiritual image of the calf to represent their Creator. What goes around, comes around. When history is forgotten, it is bound to be repeated.
The Scriptures declare, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against Yahweh, and against his anointed (Messiah), saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us,” Psa. 2:1-3.
Notice that the heathen, the ones steeped in pagan idolatry imagine vain, empty things, while their leaders, the kings and rulers take counsel together against Yahweh and His Messiah (Anointed) in order to cast their bands (halter of restraint and thus commandments, judgments and statutes) from them.
The Jewish rulers along with the rulers of the world converted Yahweh’s word from Hebrew to Greek around 300 BCE. However, according to documents discovered in the desert, even the Greek Scriptural documents contained the Hebrew name of the great Creator of the Universe. Constantine, the ruler of the fourth beast of Daniel chapter seven outlawed the Hebrew Scriptures, preferring only Greek. It appears that it was at this time that the Hebrew names were replaced with kurios, theos, iesous, etc.
In the process of time, King James of England had a Bible published for the English speaking people. Since his ancestors and his people had worshipped god as their lord, he also replaced the true name of the great Creator of the Universe with the name and title of his deity. Do you not see how Scripture is fulfilled?
John Continues: The “Lord”
The same concept of referring to the “Lord” as being wrong because the term “Lord” has also been applied to the false god, Baal. The term “Lord” carries a unique connotation. When one refers to a person or Christ as his Lord, he is referring to the position that Christ has over him in his life. When you are subject to someone over you, they become your Lord. It is a term of great respect. By the same token, when a Christian makes a public profession of His faith and love for Jesus Christ, then He ONLY will be the Lord and Master of that person’s life. The term “Lord” is a description of Christ’s position in your life as you are submissive to Him and His Word. The term “Lord,” even though it was applied to pagan gods because those people were willing to be submissive to those false gods, is not an improper use of the word relating to Jesus Christ as YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR.
COMMENT: The synonyms for “Lord” are also “Master,” “Sovereign,” etc. The reason why we refrain from the use of the word “Lord” is because Christianity and their leaders have been deceived to replace the name of the great Creator of the Universe with this word.
The Prophet Jeremiah was inspired to cry out, “How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal,” Jer. 23:26-27( See also Jer.23:20 as this is a prophecy for the latter days).
Baal means “Lord.” Of course, it also means “Master,” “Sovereign,” “Controller,” etc. But the situation is that the prophets and preachers have caused Yahweh’s name to be forgotten because it has been replaced with the title “Lord.” Thus, we see the fulfilling of this statement made by the prophet. You happen to be one of those prophets/preachers who is enabling this situation to continue.
John Continues: The most important concept that I can express in this article is that you must realize IT IS YOUR ATTITUDE AND YOUR INTENT in your service to The Eternal God regardless of the language you speak and the way you refer to Him. Jesus Christ gave us specific instructions in Matthew as to how we are to refer to His Father and “Our” Father, IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN. Notice in Matthew 6:9, Christ tells you to address God as “Our Father.” In no translation can one make the point that Christ said for us to refer to God in your prayers as “YHWH,” “El,” or any other of the names which describe God’s proclivity, nature and character. The proper way to address God is through your attitude and mindset as it relates to the Father figure God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, our brother figure, our Lord and Savior.
COMMENT: Yes, you are right John, attitude and intent is extremely important when it comes to the great Creator of the Universe and His beloved Son. They want us to worship in Spirit and in TRUTH. The TRUTH is that their name never was God, Lord, Jesus, or the names of any other deities of the nations of the world, etc. When the truth came to you, you denied and rejected it and adamantly refuse to repent and embrace it. That is the wrong attitude and intent, John.
As for your statement concerning we can’t make the point that He never said we should refer to the Father in our prayers as YHWH, you should read many of the Psalms which were not only songs, but prayers made into songs. You should read the prophets who have recorded prayers to Yahweh. Then you should go to John 17:6, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.”
In verse 11 He prays, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”
In verse 26 He declares, “And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” This is in obedience to the Psalm 22:22, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”
James declared, “And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
14 Simeon hath declared how Yahweh at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name,” Acts 15:13-14.
Paul writes, “Paul, a servant of Yahshua the Messiah, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of Elohim,
2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3 Concerning his Yahshua the Messiah our Sovereign, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared to be the Son of Elohim with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name,” Ro. 1:1-5.
The 144,000 are sealed with the Father’s name, “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:4.
Then we have the witness of Joel (2:32), Peter (Acts 2:21), and Paul (Ro. 10:13) who all three say that we must call upon the name Yahweh for salvation.
Again, the problem is that you want to call Him by every name, but the TRUE NAME. Shame on you.
John Continues: Yahweh Has Amoritic Origin
With very little study, it is easy to document the fact that the Samaritans were transplanted to the land of Israel from the area of ancient Babylon after God removed Israel from their land in about 720 BC. However, what is not very well known is their connection with the ancient Amorites. The Samaritans were actually descendants of the ancient Amorites and remained in the region of Babylon after the collapse of the first dynasty of Babylon. Mari was the name of their kingdom before the first dynasty of Babylon. The god of the ancient Amorites was spelled “Yawi,” also various spellings included “Yawe,” “Yahwi,” or “Yahweh.” This Amorite name was one of the many names of the ancient despot “Nimrod.”
In a study of pagan religions and information provided by Hislop in his book, The Two Babylons, we find that Nimrod was worshipped in most cultures, but under different names in the ancient near East. The Amorites worshipped Nimrod as “Yawi,” and the Semiramis as “Mari” who later became known in the Catholic Church as the virgin Mary. Nimrod was known as “Yareah” and Semiranis was known as “Anat” or “Anath” among ancient Phoenicians. To the ancient Chaldeans, Semiramis was known as “Marrau,” the ancient Elamite Persians knew her as “Mariham,” and Horus her son whom she claimed was Nimrod reborn as Jahi. Among the descendants of Aram, the ancient Syrians, Horus was known as Yamm, te serpent consort of Marrau (Semiramis). It can be documented from Frederick Ide’s book Yaweh’s Wife that the ancient Hebrews appropriated God’s Divine Name “Adonai” and turned it into a sacred name for the worship of Horus. Adonai was said by the ancients to be the most holy of all sacred names of Horus. Semiramis was known by ancient Israel as Myrrha. The people of Israel worshipped Adonai among the myrtle or Myrrha groves, saying that he was the great ached or echad – the only one.
Scholars basically agree that the name Yahweh is of Amoritic origin and also that the Amoritic name, “Yahweh,” has absolutely no connection with the Hebrew letters YHWH. Even though dictionaries and many commentaries still promote the word “Yahweh” as the pronunciation of “YHWH,” it must be remembered that these assertions are based on incomplete research that was conducted up to 150 years ago. Later research has shown that these earlier papers were faulty and very incomplete. The fact that authors continue to publish works using the term “Yahweh” shows their ignorance of the facts and part of an overall conspiracy to interject the pagan “Yahweh” name in place of the Eternal God.
COMMENT: It doesn’t take much research on the internet to find out the origin of Arthur Frederick Ide and his works. Here is a synopsis of Ide’s work entitled Yahweh’s Wife as well as another book that he has just written, “New books from Arthur Frederick Ide
"Yahweh's Wife"; paperback, 112 pp., Stock #5569, $15.00.
Is the Judeo-Christian god male or female? Ide examines the tribal politics that created the god Yahweh as he is portrayed in the Bible. Central to his investigation of the early history of this Hebrew god is the tale of Asherah, Yahweh's wife. What were her powers and why was she finally erased from the official Old Testament pantheon? Ide finds the answers to these questions not in the activities of the supernatural, but the all-too-human machinations of political power.
"Noah and the Ark"; paperback, 110 pp., Stock #5570, $10.00.
In this new book from Monument Press, Ide scrutinizes this outrageous fable in the context of the history of the creation of the Old Testament. He finds sexual and mythological aspects of the tale buried deep within both the well-known narrative and the many preceding flood myths. His research points to early ritual practices that would make any fundamentalist blush. The work is heavily footnoted with original sources.
American Atheist Press is at: P.O. Box 140195, Austin, TX, 78714-0195. they accept FAX and credit card orders at: (512) 467-9525.
This is deplorable, John. You have gone to the works of an unbelieving atheist who is conspiring to destroy Yahweh’s word of truth and totally discount and disprove the viability and credibility of the Holy Scriptures. Then you make your own erroneous statements concerning the scholastic world. Or are you parroting what Ide has written in his book? There is no conspiracy by the scholars to interject Yahweh in place of the Eternal God. The conspiracy is the other way around. The conspiracy is to interject the words “the LORD,” “God,” “Jesus,” “Christ,” etc., into the places where “Yahweh,” “Elohim,” “Yahshua,” “the Messiah,” etc., should appear. On page 16 of your article, you even admit that the pronunciation of the name is “Yahweh” and that it began to be suppressed and replaced.
But let’s review what is revealed by the synopsis of Ide’s book. In the first place, he is writing about the Judeo-Christian Elohim. In the second place, it is admitted that Yahweh is their Elohim. In the third place, it is admitted that Yahweh is the Hebrew Elohim. Those are the truths revealed in this synopsis.
But now let’s take a look at the fallacies of this synopsis. In the first place it declares that tribal politics CREATED the Elohim Yahweh. It’s the other way around. Yahweh is the Creator. In the second place it declares that Asherah was Yahweh’s wife. Actually, the Asherah were Baal’s wife. Israel was Yahweh’s wife. But you knew this John because you are supposed to be a minister of the Scriptures. Yet, you have extended the right hand of fellowship to that of unbelieving atheists This will be to your shame, John.
Let’s also scrutinize the synopsis of the scrutinization of Ide’s book Noah and the Ark. In the first place, the flood account is declared to be an OUTRAGEOUS FABLE! In the second place he twists the Biblical account into a sexual narrative that would make fundamentalists blush (but not the idolatrous pagans, nor the unbelieving atheistic world. They will revel in such.)
As for the account that the Samaritans were originally Amorites, once again, I believe that you are parroting the words of the atheist Ide. Scripture says that the king of Assyria replaced the unrepentant idolatrous Israelites with men from Babylon, Cuthah, Ava, Hamath, and Sepharvaim. In other words, he replaced them with a mixture of peoples from various areas.
The Elohim of both Israel and Judah was Yahweh. Notice what Ezekiel says concerning them, “Again the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,
3 And say, Thus saith Adonai Yahweh unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite….Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.
45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.
47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways,” Ez. 16:1-3, 44-47.
Apparently Mr. Ide has somewhat discovered this. Due to his unbelieving state of mind and rejection of the Scriptures, it is very easy to get things distorted.
You, John, are supposed to be a minister of the Scriptures. Since you know the Scriptures, you should have had the wisdom and spiritual insight to see through these statements of an unbeliever, an atheist who is seeking to destroy Scriptural validity. Since you are quite willing to join hands with him, here is what I ask of Yahweh, if upon receiving this rebuttal, you do not repent, confess the error of your ways, and turn to embrace the truth, then may your own words and actions turn back upon your own head. May your judgment be that of the unbelieving atheist. Harsh words and judgment, John, but you have now gone too far in your effort to resist the truth about Yahweh’s Sacred Name.
You and I both know that Yahweh’s wife was Israel, not Asherah as many of the unbelieving seek to declare in today’s world. But you are now completely exposed, John, for what you are and for what lengths you will go to resist the REAL TRUTH!
John Continues: The fact is “Yahweh” cannot possibly be the pronunciation of the Hebrew word “YHWH.” Excerpts from the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament and the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, which is considered the most prestigious work of its kind in the field of Hebrew studies, rejects all attempts to link “Yahweh” with YHWH; notice a quotation from these works: “Early in the modern period, scholars began to try to recover the pronunciation. The form ‘Yahweh’ is now accepted almost universally. The structure and etymology of the name have been much discussed. While consensus exists, the name is generally thought to be a verb form derived from a root ‘HWY,’ later HYH (i.e., the Hebrew verb Hayah, “be at hand, exists (phenomenally) come to pass.”
COMMENT: I can certainly see some of the problem now, John. You read the excerpt above and determine that it says that “Yahweh” cannot possibly be the pronunciation of the Hebrew word “YHWH.” To me, it says that the scholars began to try to recover the pronunciation and have now almost universally accepted the form “Yahweh.” By the way, the Encyclopedia Judaica also supports the pronunciation as “Yahweh.”
John Continues: Sacred name believers continue to assert that the evidence supporting the name “Yahweh” is indisputable as if the whole scholarly world was unequivocally accepting that name as the true pronunciation of “YHWH.”
COMMENT: Once again, John, you haven’t done your homework. The excerpt above said that the form “Yahweh” is ALMOST universally accepted. When it says “ALMOST” that does mean that not everyone agrees, but that the great overall preponderance do. There will be some who don’t.
Also, not everyone in the Sacred Names believes that “Yahweh” is entirely correct. There are some who prefer Yahvah, Yahveh, Yahuwah, etc., etc. Of course, as you do know, there are also the Jehovah’Witnesses. Their take on the name of the Creator comes from Peter Galatin of the 16th century. He actually came up with the name Yehouah (Yehowah), but in the English it looked like Yehovah. Later the “Y” was changed to a “J” and the name Jehovah came to fruition. Even the Jehovah’s Witnesses have written in former documents that “Yahweh” is a much closer pronunciation than “Jehovah.” Jehovah is the term found in the modern day KJV.
What this does tell us is that the name of the Supreme Being of the Universe IS NOT God, the LORD, etc.
John Continues: However, Professer Friedman of the University of Michigan, who is a well respected Biblical scholar of Hebrew works, recently authored an article in which he says that scholars have NOT REACHED A CONSENSUS concerning this SUPPOSED pronunciation of “YHWH.” Professor Friedman shows that the pronunciation of “Yawi” or “Yahwi” was used by the ancient Amorites in their idolatrous worship. He also points out that the connection between the worship of “Yahweh” and the Philistine god “Dagon” was evident. In reference to the names of the Amorite deities, he writes, “the first four are made up of a divine name in the form of the very ‘HWY,’ and can be normalized as ‘Yahwi-Hadd,’ “Yahwi-il’ and ‘Yahwi-Dagan’…the last name, normalized as ‘Yahwe,’ is important because it bears witness to the optional shift of ‘I’ to ‘E’ in the Amorite…the second group contains the verbal element ‘Ya-ah-wi,’ e.g., ‘Ya-ah-wi-na-si,’ ‘Ya-ah-wi-AN.’ These names have been associated with the tetragrammaton ‘YHWH’ but should probably be derived from the Amorite root ‘HWY,’ ‘live’ e.e., ‘Yahwi-asi’ and ‘Yahwi-il.’” (Ibid. page 511-512).
Professor Friedman summarizes his discussion of these Amorite names with a remarkable statement. “Thus the Amorite language contains a verb form remarkably similar to the reconstruction of the Tetragrammaton “YHWH,” but there is no reason to identify the two.”
COMMENT: John, your relentless effort to overthrow the pronunciation of the Creator’s true name amazes me! Notice firstly, that Professor Friedman did declare that there is no reason to identify the Elohim of Israel, “Yahweh” with the Amorite deity “Yawi” or “Yahwe.” But that is what you are attempting to do here. You are trying to associate the pronunciation “Yahweh” with pagan idolatrous deities in order to refrain people from its use. But you readily admit that the word “God” comes from idolatrous paganistic ancestors and yet, you defend its use.
What you have done here with your Professor Friedman is give credence to the pronunciation as “Yahweh” since the Amorite and Hebrew languages were so close.
As for the statement that the scholars have not reached a consensus concerning the pronunciation “Yahweh,” once again the great overall preponderance of scholars do prefer that pronunciation, after all, it’s the scholars who produce our study books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, lexicons, Bibles, etc., and they give primary credence to the pronunciation “Yahweh.”
You quoted from Moffatt who, in the introduction of his Bible, stated that the name is “Yahweh.” But, of course, you avoided this purposefully I am sure.
John Continues: In his statement and writings, Professor Friedman says there is no philological evidence to support the theoretical link between the verb root “HWY” of the Amorite language and the Hebrew “YHWH.” Professor Friedman then concludes that, if YHWH was derived from any stem, whether Hebrew or Amorite, there is no record of such etymology.
COMMENT: So!? The name YHWH (Yahweh) comes from the Supreme Being of the Universe, John. He is eternal. That’s what His name means. He preferred to reveal Himself and His name to Hebrews, in the Hebrew language, not the Amorite. Yahweh’s heavenly language is Hebrew. The Amorite language came into being when Yahweh divided and confused the tongues of men at the tower of Babel. Babel means confusion. Professor Friedman can compare the Amorite and Hebrew language for eternity and guess what, John, he will not be able to come to any concrete assurance that the Amorite language came from the Hebrew or the Hebrew came from the Amorite. Both came from Yahweh. The Amorite was given in order to confuse. Professor Friedman will continue to be confused concerning the issue and so will you unless or until you repent.
John Continues: Jesus Last Words
In the very last words that Jesus Christ uttered before His death, if YHWH had been the God to whom He was praying and crying out, one certainly would assume that He WOULD HAVE USED THAT NAME. Especially, if using that term YHWH was a requirement for salvation, as is so loudly proclaimed by the “Yahweh” cultists who have infiltrated God’s True Churches. Notice these words that Christ cried out just before He died. Matthew 47:27. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Notice the scripture faithfully quotes the exact words that Christ used in the Aramaic language and its translation is “My God, my God” for “Eli, Eli.” One must consider that, if it was that important to refer to God as “Yahweh” or whatever pronunciation of YHWH, then Christ would have used it at this point.
COMMENT: John, there is no Matthew 47:27. The Scripture is actually Matthew 27:46. I know that this is a typo, but it just shows how wrong you are about so many, many things. You have convoluted and twisted things time and time again, as well as purposefully withheld the truth. Here again, you (purposely, I am sure) fail to point out that Yahshua is quoting Scripture in this last statement of His. Yahshua was faithful. He faithfully quoted Scripture, John, something that you seem to be failing in. The Scripture that He was quoting was Psalms 22:1, which in the Hebrew is “yla, yla” (Eli, Eli).
John Continues: Nowhere in the New Testament do you find a term using the letters from the ancient Hebrew “YHWH.” There, since the Bible is TOTALLY SILENT in the New Testament on the use of this term FOR CHRISTIANS, we must conclude that it is NOT NECESSARY and most probably inappropriate to even attempt to use such a term. We are warned in the Bible against adding things that should not be there. Notice Revelation 22:14 what Christ says we are to do and how we are to be blessed. Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
COMMENT: I have already shown you that Yahshua declared the name of the Father to His disciples. I have already shown you that there are three witnesses who declare that we must call upon the name “Yahweh” for salvation. One is in the Old Testament and two are in the New Testament. I have already shown you that even the Gentiles are called out for His name. I have already shown you that the 144,000 firstfruits are sealed with the Father’s name in their foreheads. When you say that the New Testament is TOTALLY SILENT on use for the term, those are your words, which are UNTRUTHS (lies). The Scriptures prove otherwise.
But here is another warning that you haven’t dealt with, Yahshua decreed, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, Yahweh shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Yahweh shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book,” Rev. 22:18-19.
Again, we read in the Old Testament, “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh Elohim of your fathers giveth you.
2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim which I command you,” Dt. 4:2. “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it,” Dt. 12:32. “Every word of Elohim is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar,” Prov. 30:6.
Here is the situation, John, men have thrown these commands behind and taken the very name of the Author of the Scriptures from its rightful place in both Old and New Testaments and substituted other terms instead. You are found supporting their position, which goes against the commandment of Yahweh.
You like to proclaim that you are a commandment keeper and that the commandments are important to keep, but you have taken the third commandment and cast it behind you just as the Christian world has taken the third and fourth commandments and cast them behind. If you have offended in one point, you have offended in all.
It is obvious that you have become frustrated because some and maybe many of your members have either embraced the Sacred Names or are in the process of doing so. That would mean loss of power and income on your part. You are like a tiger that has been cornered and have come out with all of your fangs and claws striking out your imagined enemy. But you have greatly erred in resisting the truth. You have even sought to enlist unbelieving atheists in employ of your service and diatribe. This is to your shame now and in the future when you face the glorious Messiah Yahshua upon His return.
His name is Yahshua, John. Yahshua means “the salvation of Yahweh” or even “Yahweh the Savior.” Jesus is an English name, which we can trace back to the Latin Yesus, which comes from the Greek Iesous and carries none of that meaning at all. If we transliterated His name directly from the Hebrew into the English, His name would be Joshua not Jesus. The truth of the matter is that when the name goes from the Hebrew to the Greek to the Latin to the English, it becomes corrupted. Christianity has been a great corruptor of the Word of Yahweh as well as the Savior. You know this, but still fight to keep too much of that corruption intact. Shame on you. You stand in danger of not being able to have right to the tree of life, nor to enter into the gates of His city.
John Continues: Conclusion
Don’t be fooled by those who would attempt to pervert you from the Truth and produce another gospel which says that you cannot be saved unless you use the so-called sacred names of God the Father as “Yahweh” and Jesus Christ, the Son as “Yeshuah.” At no time do we find this a requirement for salvation in the Old or New Testaments.
COMMENT: I would suggest that you study the word of Yahweh yourself and see just how important they declare His name to be. Get out a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance or a good computer Bible program which will have the concordances and lexicons for cross references. Look up all places in the Scriptures where it talks about the name of our wondrous Creator. I think that you will find things spoken differently concerning Yahweh’s and Yahshua’s names rather than what this man says.
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