THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS NAME – Scripture Study.
(YHWH – Yod, Hey, Waw, Hey)
Enclosed you will find a study on the names. We will be covering 4 main points. Following this lesson on the web site, there is a 21 page compilation done by Assemblies in the States that is a little more in-depth.
- What does it mean to take His Name in vain?
- Why we shouldn’t mix His Set-apart Name with euphemisms or names of pagan gods.
- What are His titles?
- What is His Set-apart Name and why is it important?
I will not be covering how various linguistic scholars pronounce His name. I have studied the various reasons why some prefer to say the name one way or another. Some go so far as to say it is a salvational issue as to how the vowel points are placed in order to pronounce His name one way or another. This controversy is not part of the study today.
Exo 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the YHWH your Elohim in vain; for YHWH will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.
If we take this verse and use the Hebrew word for vain, it would read more literally like this:You shall not misuse the name of YHWH your Elohim to bring it to nothing; for YHWH will not hold him guiltless that misuses His Name to bring it to nothing or make it worthless.
The word “vain” in both the First Covenants. and the Renewed Covenant are very similar in meaning.
Strong’s 7722, 7723, mean void of results, empty, without cause or purpose, nothingness, falsehood, worthless.
Verse 7 says that this practice leaves us guilty of breaking this commandment. Like all commandment breaking, unless repented of, it carries severe penalties or punishments or even death. (cause and affect).
The word “sho” from #7722 also means destruction or ruin. Cause and effect.
Isa 59:1 Behold, the YHWH’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your Elohim, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.
Misusing His Name or taking it in vain is a sin that can hurt our relationship with our heavenly Father. Our lives should be spent putting sin out and pleasing YHWH by building a relationship with Him not making His Name common place or profane. As we will see, His Name is very important to Him and should be to us as well.
Eze 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned my Set-apart things: they have put no difference between the Set-apart and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
His Name is set apart above all names. Profaned means common when His Name is taken in vain (for no good purpose). It makes His Name of less importance. It is no longer Set-apart from all other names or above all other names.
Eze 39:25 Therefore thus saith the YHWH Elohim; Now will I bring back again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my Set Apart Name; (There are other ways we can take His Name in vain, however, I want to make this separate in point 2.)
- Using Euphemisms– Or Mixing His Name With False or Pagan Gods:
Webster says it is a substitution of an offensive word for something that is less offensive. There are many words used as euphemisms. In this example, the spirit and intent is the key for eliminating these words out of our vocabulary. People want to curse, slander,l or take His Name in vain (this reveals the intent of their heart) so they use a less offensive substitute like oh gosh, oh golly, e-gads or oh my god (whose god?). Who or what are we crying out to?
Taking His Name in vain again, means a worthless expression for a no-good purpose or crying out to what amounts to a false or pagan god. Only the individual can discern the real intent of the substitution they are using. The other consideration is the offense or discomfort we may be causing others in our speech. When someone says “lord” – the meaning of that word is baal. And Yahshua in the same verse – this is mixing a pagan god’s name with the name of the real Messiah.
Mixing the Names violates the command given in the verse below:
Exo 23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other mighty ones, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
I realize how hard it is to unlearn bad habits and false beliefs formed over many years. It does take awhile, yet the first step is to understand the problem and repent of it. It is not easy. It takes time.
The following verses demonstrate the importance of not using euphemisms or mixing the names:
1Co 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. We also pick up bad communication from others we associate with.
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, (building up) that it may minister favor unto the hearers.
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Set-apart Spirit of Elohim, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
Mat 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (mixing names)
Mat 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (corrupt speech)
Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Pure speech is very important. We will be given a new language with pure speech – one not corrupted with euphemisms or the names of pagan gods. All Names will be corrected.
Zeph 3:9 “For then I shall turn unto the peoples a clean language so that they all call on the Name of יהוה, to serve Him with one shoulder.
Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Jas 3:9 Therewith bless we YHWH, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of YHWH
Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Jas 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Jas 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
James also talks about hypocracy.
Jas 1:8 a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
What is Him Name? Who is the True Creator? A person cannot have it both ways.
1Ki 18:21 And Ěliyahu came to all the people, and said, “How long would you keep hopping between two opinions? If יהוה is Elohim, follow Him; and if Ba‛al, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
- What are His Titles?:
When speaking to others about YHWH’s one and only true name, people say, “but YHWH has many names. YHWH says:
Psa 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose Name alone is YHWH, art the Most High over all the earth.
All of us have only one personal name. John Doe is a personal name, but John might have many titles based on his skills and responsibilities – for example: John is the father of two children. He is a plumber by trade and a scout master helping and teaching his children. A description of his personal name and titles might read like: John Doe is a great plumber, a very good father and a scout master for his children.
YHWH and Yahshua have many titles and responsibilities, but only one Personal Name. A good example of this is found in:
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty Elohim, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
There is a very important nuance in this verse. Please notice, it doesn’t say His Name is. It says His Name shall be called and then it follows with His Titles and Responsibilities.
Isa 7:14 “Therefore יהוה Himself gives you a sign: Look, the‘almah’a conceives and gives birth to a son, and shall call His Name Immanu’ěl.b Footnotes: aVirgin/young woman. See also Explanatory Note: “Maiden”. bĚl with us.
Mat 1:21 “And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name יהושע for He shall savec His people from their sins.” Footnote: cThis is the meaning of the Hebrew of His Name.
Mat 1:22 And all this came to be in order to fill what was spoken by יהוה through the prophet, saying,
Mat 1:23 “See, an ‘almah’d shall conceive, and she shall give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanu’ěl,” Isa_7:14 which translated, means, “Ěl with us.” Footnote: dAccording to the Shem Toḇ Hebrew text and Isa_7:14. Virgin / young woman. See also Explanatory Note “Maiden”.
The word “El” or “Elohim” which are the same words, is a very ancient Semitic term. Among Semitic languages it is one of the most used terms for greatness, strength or deity. In Hebrew religious usage it does not denote a proper name but is used as a title. Used for the Creator’s superiority over all other as a generic term.
4. What is His Name and Why Is It Important?
Before I explain what history and correct translation say about His Name, we need to realize that there are corruptions and mistranslations in the Scripture. I believe the Scripture is the infallible, inspired Word of YHWH as originally written, however, man for political, cultural, egocentric and other self-serving agendas has added to or taken away from the scriptures.
Something the Scripture forbids in 4 different places (Rev 22:18, Deut 4:2, Deut 12:32 and Prov 30:5-6. The Scripture says in I Thes 5:21 that we are to prove all things. This is our personal responsibility. Once a person understands the core truths of the Scripture, it is not that hard to see the corruptions and contradictions. The historic record has not been lost or hidden.
The Catholic Encyclopedia and the Jewish Encyclopedia and other scholarly works plainly state how and why many of the changes were made.
In the original Hebrew, YHWH is used 6823 times. Elohim is used 2000 times. The Jewish scribes changed these words because of Talmudic law. The Talmud is the oral law based on “Jewish Traditions”, not YHWH’s written law.
Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mar 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of YHWH, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
Mar 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of YHWH, that ye may keep your own tradition.
This is why the True Names are omitted. Nowhere in scripture does YHWH say it is OK to change His Name.
Exo 3:15 And YHWH said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, 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.
The priest also said the name was too Set-apart for the general population to use so they hid the name and the translators put in Lord and God. Lord means baal and God is a generic term not specific to YHWH or Elohim.
The Complete Word Study of the Renewed Covenant, Strong’s #2316, Theos, says “the word was originally used by the heathen and was adopted for the name of the true God.”
Please note, it does not say it is the name of the True Creator, but that man adopted it. The word God was used and applied to all the different gods of the heathen nations. This adoption is contrary to what YHWH says about His Name.
Isa 42:8 “I am יהוה, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.
We are NOT to mix the names.
There are several papers of credible sources that undeniably say His Name is YHWH. Some people think Jehovah and Jesus cannot be the correct names for YHWH or Yahshua as there is no letter “J” in the Hebrew language or the Greek language. The English language didn’t have a “J” until around the 1500’s A.D.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Mat 28:19 is a corruption:
Mat 28:19 “Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Namec of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit, d Footnotes: c Note: The singular. d Not found in the Hebrew Shem Toḇ text, “…and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit.”
I will expound this meaning.
Of all nations means all the “latter-day Israelite nations.”
In the Original Meaning, the words referring to the latter Trinitarian addition “the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit,” without question, were not a part of the Original writings. The best proof that the Trinitarian language is a corruption is that there are NO Scriptural examples of any one being immersed in 3 names or 3 beings.
This is the most important reason of all for knowing His True Name.
Pro 18:10 The name of YHWH is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and are safe.
Safe is Strong’s 7682 which means: lofty, especially inaccessible; by implication safe, strong; used literally and figuratively: – defend, exalt, be excellent, (be, set on) high, lofty, be safe, set up (on high), be too strong.
He makes us safe Spiritually, Physically, Mentally and Emotionally and makes us strong in these same areas when we use His Name and show Honor and Esteem to His Name through our loving obedience to Him.
This is by no means an exhaustive study of the Names. It is a wonderful undertaking to list every scripture where the word Name is used.
His name is Set-apart, unlike any other name. His name is special to Him and should be special to us. We should never be casual about the use of His Name. Ancient Israel was never consistently faithful in the worship of YHWH. They eventually went into captivity for profaning the Sabbath. They had their high places and backslid into baal worship and other pagan customs. That is why there is a warning in these following verses:
Mal 2:2 “If you do not hear, and if you do not take it to heart, to give esteem to My Name,”
said יהוה of hosts, “I shall send a curse upon you, and I shall curse your blessings. And indeed,
I have cursed them, because you do not take it to heart.
Mal 2:3 “See, I shall rebuke your seed, and scatter dung before your faces, the dung of your festivals. And you shall be taken away with it.
We must lay it to heart. To do otherwise, opens the door to idolatry – the worship of false mighty ones.
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is Set-apart, so be ye Set-apart in all manner of conversation; (conduct)
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye Set-apart; for I am Set-apart.
One last point in closing is that it is my belief in the Father and Son’s Personal Names are not based on what is today called, “The Sacred Names Movement. I am happy that most people know His True Name, I have not been nor will I be part of the Sacred Movement. Scripturally speaking, I find no such movement in the Scriptures. The message found and taught by Yahshua and the apostles was about the Kingdom of Yah and being redeemed by the blood of Yahshua and being His Bride.
I find no Scriptures or doctrinal teaching instructing people to rediscover the Father and Son’s True Names. Many people already know the Names and it was already understood. Teaching Yahshua as Messiah was a completely different subject. The sacred names can be traced back to “sun worship.” See the reference entitled “Come Out of Her My People by C.J. Koster – p.40 of point 9.
© Author: Larry Scher – Minister – 5-17-2017