The Sacred Holy Name of God


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The first question in your mind may be "What does the name of God have to do with the end of time?".

  1. The world is filled with the unholy use of the name "Jesus". That name is applied to all types of false teachings and false worship. Prophecy tells us even worse is coming. Satan himself will take on the name of "Jesus".

  2. The Fourth Angel's Message is to be a full revelation of all of God's truths. This issue is a contributing part of the ongoing spiritual growth of the 144,000 into all truth. There is no such thing as an unimportant or unnecessary truth.

  3. This issue is also an illustration of the two extremes Satan uses in his deceptions.

Satan's primary method of deception is to hide, bury and discredit the truth. When that attack is unsuccessful, Satan will take the opposite approach in his deceptions.

The opposite approach is to take a truth and emphasize it to a disproportionate amount and adding peripheral non-issues. This will also hide, bury, and discredit the truth. Satan does not care whether you go into the ditch on the left hand or the right hand side of the road. Only a straight middle course will follow the example of the Messiah.

Individuals who taught the use of Elohim as a substitute for the word "God" first introduced me to the serious issue of the name of God. Researching this teaching quickly led to those who proposed the use of Yahweh as required for the name of God. Initially, I was caught up in the fanaticism of these ideas. After ongoing study, the Holy Spirit led me to a more moderate position, closely following the teachings of the Bible.

It is important to be zealous and clarify the fanaticism of one extreme without gong to the laxity of the other extreme. God has revealed His personal name to His children. Intimacy comes with the understanding and use of a personal name. His personal name has been hidden and disguised by Satan, the Master of Evil.

This chapter is only a summary of this topic and the considerable controversy it causes. After prayerful examination of scripture and examining both sides of the issue, I was led to a middle ground. This is my understanding of the issues. The name of God and the Messiah is important but not a test point of doctrine. Splitting hairs over titles and declaring them pagan is not scriptural or factual.


Additional Research Material

A presentation of the scriptural and other references of those who believe in the importance and meaning of the Sacred Holy Name:

www.yahweh.org/yahweh1.html

Those who disagree with its importance and meaning:

www.sacrednamemovement.com


Almost all Bible translations have a universal failing to reveal the Sacred Holy Name. Only the original Hebrew contains the Sacred Holy Name. The Jews preserved this in the Torah and the other sacred writings. About the second century BC the doctrine of the "Ineffable (not to be uttered) Name" became the rule. The Jews obscure the name by changing the pronunciation and using a different word when read. This led to the name itself disappearing from the non-Hebrew Bible.

Old Testament Hebrew Use

The best way to understand the Old Testament is to read it in the original Hebrew. Few of us can spend the years it takes to learn Hebrew well enough to read it with a high level of understanding. Many of us still struggle with English as our native language.

The next best text for Modern English understanding is The Complete Word Study Old Testament. A number is printed above the English text, which represents each word in the Hebrew Old Testament. The number corresponds to the original Hebrew word in Strong's A Concise Dictionary of the Word in the Hebrew Bible.

There is a website (Blue Letter Bible), which shows each verse with the complete Hebrew/Greek source and a word-by-word breakdown. This is a most effective study tool.


Additional Research Material

E-sword is a free downloadable offline resource of Hebrew and Greek.


Strong's Hebrew Dictionary #03068 is Jehovah: Jewish national name of God. This is called the Tetragrammaton (four letters). This is improperly translated 6,510 times as "the LORD" in the King James Version which is a title not a name.

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.
Exodus 20:7
There are 7 times when it is crudely translated "Jehovah". Jehovah is an English name adapted from a German pronunciation of a Jewish scheme to hide the true Hebrew pronunciation of the name of God.
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
Psalms 83:18
How important is this to God?
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, "the LORD" God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Exodus 3:15
How does this promise apply to the modern children of God, if they don't even know His name?
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
II Chronicles 7:14

What did the name of God mean to those in the Bible? What should it mean to us?

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Psalms 20:7
The name of God predates the Jewish nation and the Flood.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of "the LORD".
Genesis 4:26

It was primarily through the study of Hebrew script, Bible names, and their Hebrew pronunciation described in Strong's Hebrew Dictionary (after reversing the pattern of Jewish attempts to hide the true pronunciation) I developed my current understanding of the original pronunciation of the name of God. The evidence is quite compelling. I am not going to attempt a detailed "proof" of my understanding. Study deeply the evidences I mention and come to your own conclusion.

Hebrew Pronunciation

The first clue to the proper spelling and pronunciation is to dispel the myth (actually an ignorant lie) the Tetragrammaton (four letters) is four consonants. Josephus refers to the sacred name as four vowels. Josephus was in a position to know having been a member of the priesthood.

"A mitre also of fine linen encompassed his head, which was tied by a blue ribbon, about which there was another golden crown, in which was engraven the sacred name [of God]: it consists of four vowels."
The Wars Of The Jews Book 5, chapter 5, paragraph 7.

The name of God is part of many Hebrew names. The term Jew (IAU) is literally the name of God. No wonder the pronunciation was changed because of the exclusive attitude of the Jews to keep the name of God off the lips of the heathen.

The name of the Messiah is usually spelled Yahushua, which means "Yahu Saves". Notice, since Hebrew is read right-to-left the first three letters are identical to the name of God. This is exactly the same name Joshua had in the Old Testament (note the Greek in Acts 7:45). Notice the last three letters of Elijah are identical to the name of God. The name of Judah is actually the name of God with only one letter difference. Numerous names of the Old Testament begin or end with part of the name of God. This has often been disguised through changes in pronunciation and spelling.

The identical first three letters of the name of Joshua was unacceptable to the Jews because of the ineffable name doctrine. The name came to be shortened to Yeshua. This deletes the portion of the name which connects with God and means only "He saves". This change appears in the Greek Septuagint long before the Messiah was even born.

The Hebrew script for several key names is shown referenced by Strong's number. Remember, Hebrew is written right to left. Compare the Strong's Hebrew Dictionary pronunciation of the vowels as they are pronounced in multiple appearances in these words. You will discover an inconsistency for the first and third vowel dependent on when they appear with the second vowel. My suggestion for a spelling, which relates to the corrected, consistent pronunciation, is shown:

You can easily trace the evolution of the changes in the pronunciation. The first disguising of the sacred name is found in the changing of the sound of the first vowel leading to the second vowel. The sound "ee-ah" if slurred is a lot like "ee-yah" and so becomes "yah" as found in Yahweh. This was later changed by the influence of the German language on Jews in Germany to "Jah" as found in Jehovah.

The second change is the sound of the third vowel leading to the fourth vowel from "oo-ah", which if slurred is a lot like "oo-wah". You can also see the transition from "oo" or "u" to "w" or double-u in Yahweh. Under German influence, it became "v" as found in Jehovah.

The progression of the change in these pronunciations is illustrated like this.

Ee-ah-oo-ah
Ee-yah-oo-wah
Yah-u-wah
Yah-weh
Jeh-o-vah

Modern English Use

The Sacred Holy Name is probably from the language of Eden. It is quite possible Hebrew is a direct descendent of the original language of Eden. The languages were confounded at Babel. The true followers of God would not be found at Babel. They were not dispersed like all the others. Their language was probably not changed.

The Hebrew Torah indicates the spelling, which is a clue to the pronunciation, in Hebrew script. Misinformation tells us there were no vowels in the original Hebrew. A simple examination of Hebrew script shows this to be false. History records the original Torah did not have any vowel markings for pronunciation. The modern Torah tries to obfuscate (hide) the name by misrepresenting vowels and consonants. The vowel markings are deliberately designed to confuse the pronunciation.

It is sad to note in modern times just how bizarre Jewish tradition has become. They even refuse to write the words L-rd and G-d. Instead of showing reverence for God, it just shows how silly our human ideas can get.

The more evidence I see of the attempt to hide the Sacred Name, the more convinced I become of its importance. If the Sacred Name is going to be a part of our lives today, it needs to be clearly understood.

There is a specific difficulty with any of the conventional English representations. They do not conveniently or accurately convey the pronunciation. One choice would be the cryptic but conventional YHWH. This is a conventional transliteration (letter substitution) of the Hebrew. The problem is you must remember they are Hebrew vowels not consonants.

Yahweh is commonly used with some indication of pronunciation but the consonants are to be pronounced as vowels. The "Y" sound is to be pronounced as in "happy". The "W" sound is to be pronounced as in "new". Some represent the name as Yahuwah to get even closer to the true pronunciation.

The last part of the pronunciation still eluding most believers and researchers is the leading sound "ee". It is valuable to note this important historical fact. The Hebrew scholars who created the Septuagint selected the Greek "I" as the character to represent the first letter of the Tetragrammaton. The Greek pronunciation as indicated in Strong's matches what I use. The English word, Isaiah, also uses an "I" in the same circumstances with a matching Hebrew pronunciation.

It is confusing to try to transliterate Hebrew with the conventional letters and try to compensate with vowels. The most accurate rendering by pronunciation is IAUA. One of the beauties of this representation is it preserves the concept of four letters, the Tetragrammaton. You will note, I have decided to capitalize the entire name. This complements the traditional way of writing YHWH. I do not want to introduce a new word but pronunciation and not conventional transliteration is important for a personal proper name. This is acceptable, practical, and necessary since the Jewish rendering does not use the Latin alphabet. It needs to be easy enough for even children to understand.

A year after I was impressed the best way to represent the name of God was IAUA, I discovered this is not an original invention of mine. Others have proposed the same spelling.

Later, I discovered even more evidence for the spelling and pronunciation of the name of God. The Septuagint translation of the Old Testament provides indisputable evidence. This is described in detail in the book Sacred Name IAUA, which is found on the website.

The short form IA which appears at the end of many Hebrew names, is often mispronounced. The pronunciation is the same as the ending of the English words India, Syria, Lydia, and others. The vowels of the English language are pronounced a dozen different ways. It is interesting to compare with Spanish where a vowel usually has the same sound. The vowel pronunciation of Spanish for the name IAUA is identical to my best understanding of the correct pronunciation.

This principle can be extended to all Hebrew names, which include the name of God. Many modern translations of these names in Israel match what I propose. It is simple to look up the Hebrew for these names in Strong's Hebrew Dictionary and substitute the appropriate letters as previously illustrated.

You may ask, "Why is a name and its pronunciation so important?" Let me give you an illustration. I have worked with many people from other countries, whose names are difficult and unusual to an English-speaking person. I have seen many times how these people have changed their names to something easier.

I always felt it was condescending, disrespectful and inconsiderate to be unwilling to learn a person's true name. I have always made a point of learning the person's true name and doing my best to pronounce it as accurately as I can. I have always received appreciation for my efforts. How can I extend any less consideration and respect to my heavenly Father?

How would you feel if you went to a foreign country and they changed your name?

New Testament Greek Use

The best text for Modern English understanding is the The Complete Word Study New Testament. The Greek New Testament manuscripts we know today do not contain the Sacred Holy Name. I do not understand how an item of such significance in the Old Testament is totally missing in the New Testament. This is a matter of major consideration to both sides of the disagreement over the importance of the Sacred Name.

The first point is the only one on which all parties agree.

Jews of first century Judah were bound by their own culturally entrenched custom of not speaking the Tetragrammaton. Jesus at no time condemned this custom. He did not teach against it as an error. He never addressed the custom one way or another. The fact that Jesus ignored this Jewish practice presents ... a rather conspicuous problem.
Did Jesus Speak the Name Yahweh?

My observation is the Saviour did not become embroiled in political, religious, or philosophical arguments. This is an important example to us. In the New Testament IAUShUO refers to God as Father. IAUShUO repeatedly taught others to refer to God as Father. This is an even more intimate way to refer to God. IAUShUO probably used this as an example against the Jewish prohibition of using IAUA.

How was the Old Testament name of God changed in the New Testament? Here is one method to trace this change. There are numerous quotes in the New Testament of the Old Testament. I assume it was quoted accurately. The Messiah quoted scripture from the Old Testament. I assume He quoted it accurately. The words in the New Testament indicate how the name of God was changed.

  • 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
    Isaiah 53:1

    38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
    John 12:38

  • 1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
    Psalm 110:1

    44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
    Matthew 22:44

  • 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
    Deuteronomy 6:4

    29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The LORD our God is one Lord:
    Mark 12:29

In these verses and many others Strong's Hebrew Dictionary #2962 kurios is used. The Greek word is less specific than the Hebrew. When the word is used for "the LORD" it is preceeded by a specific article (art3588 nn2962) or is an implied article (an,nn2962).

It is suggested; later copyists may have changed the wording in the New Testament. The general claim is there is not a single copy with the name of God or the Messiah in Hebrew or Aramaic. A search of the Internet for "Hebrew Matthew" reveals this is not the case.

Catholic Church history records Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. Hebrew manuscripts exist and are published. I have not had the opportunity to examine one of these.

The Name of the Messiah

In the Septuagint, the short form Yeshua (Joshua) was transliterated to the Greek Iesou and Iesous. This occurred even before the Messiah was born. The Septuagint was begun about 250 BC. This Greek Iesous became in English Jesus.

The name IAUA also refers to IAUShUO. The Messiah is truly God. He is also called "the LORD" using the same Greek words referring to God.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Matthew 1:22

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Matthew 2:15

6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28:6

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Mark 16:19-20

3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
Luke 24:3

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
John 20:2

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
John 20:18

There are numerous other verses where He is called "the LORD". I also prefer the Hebrew word Messiah to the Greek word "Christ".

The Titles of God

Some say English titles such as God and Lord are pagan. This is unjustified because the Old Testament uses the title "God" numerous times with the name of IAUA. It also freely applies Elohim to refer to IAUA and pagan gods.
1 And God [#430 Elohim] spake all these words, saying,
2 I am "the LORD" [IAUA] thy God [Elohim], which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods [elohim] before me.
Exodus 20:1-3

In the Old Testament the title Lord is used numerous times with the name of IAUA.

17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the LORD [#113 Adhon] God [IAUA].
Exodus 23:17

The titles are also freely used in the New Testament. They are also mixed with references to the true god and the pagan gods. I use the Bible as my witness and my guide. I do not try to place myself as expert and judge over the prophets and the apostles.

From this analysis, I conclude there is no error in using the titles Lord and God. There is no benefit to be derived by emphasizing Hebrew titles to refer to God in an English speaking society. This practice conveys an attitude of separation, elitism and condemnation of what is familiar to a person. Rather than supposedly separating the sacred and the profane, it confuses the listener and brings disrepute on the message.

AmAmong those who understand, the use of Jewish terms is valuable. It gives a sense of kinship with the Hebrews and our Jewish Messiah. All in heaven will be Hebrews.

7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Galatians 3:7

Public usage

It may be necessary in the uninformed public to avoid confusing people leading to disagreement and arguments and retain the use of "the LORD" when reading scripture. There is no problem with "LORD", which is not objectionable.

I am less comfortable with the words "Jesus" and "Christ". Jesus is an English adaptation of a Greek transliteration of a shortened form of His actual name. Christ is an English adaptation of a Greek translation for a Hebrew title, which has an English adaptation, Messiah. There is nothing wrong with using the terms "Jesus" and "Christ". I use them when reading from Holy Scriptures. I prefer and usually use the term Messiah or Saviour in discussion.

Among informed listeners I will not hesitate to substitute "IAUA" for "the LORD" and "IAUShUO" for "Jesus".

Expanded information and additional evidence for the Sacred Name of God is available in the fourth book of this series and at this website.

www.SacredName.info


Summary
(Additional Online Material)

  • The name of our God needs to be known and used by His people.
  • The word IAUA as an English representation makes the name of God easier to pronounce.
  • The name of the Messiah is not "Jesus".
  • The Messiah may be properly referred to as IAUA.
  • If His Jewish name needs to be used it is IAUShUO.
  • The word "Christ" is best substituted with Messiah.
  • It is proper to use the titles God and Lord.
  • It is confusing to emphasize and teach the use of the Hebrew titles among those who do not understand.

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Revised 2011-06-17