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The sacred name of God
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1. Yahweh - the proper name of the One and only Creator, God-Almighty

2. Yah'shua - the proper name of the Christ, our One and only Saviour

3. Yahweh - I AM WHO I AM

4. The Variations of the Names of Yahweh


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Yahweh - the proper name of the

One and only God Almighty

Hebrew "Yhwh" = English "Yahweh", the name of our God and Father

Most people today would probably regard the Name of our Creator God as something irrelevant and tell you that it was sufficient to simply call Him "God" or "Lord". A typical retort might be: "We all worship the same God but call Him (or Her) by different names." Others would reply: "Knowing the Name is not important but knowing who He is, is important."

If you were to ask people who believed in the existence of our Creator God, what His Name was, the vast majority would likely shake their head and tell you they did not know. If you asked the Jehovah's Witnesses they would instantly reply "Jehovah". Many Mormons would tell you that His Name is "Elohim"; the United Pentecostals would reply, "Jesus" and others would probably say "Father" or "Heavenly Father". Jews call Him "Adonai". Ask a Muslim and he will tell you that his God's Name is "Allah"; a Hindu and he would offer one of many names such as "Brahma", "Vishnu" or "Kali". A Free Mason would (if you were a suitably ranked fellow free mason) tell you that God was called "Jabulon" or (if you were not so ranked), "the Great Architect". Many occultist groups would say it was "Lucifer", "Maitrea", "Gaia", Satan, or many others. Take a survey of every religious group in the world and you would end up with hundreds of totally different names.

Your name is important. If your name was John Smith, would you object if someone called you "man" or "him" or "that guy" or "the man"? Equally, if your name was Mary Jones, you would not wish to be called Florence Nightingale. As individuals, Mary and Florence are unique.

Many have had experiences with various "nicknames". I knew a young teenager that had several unfortunate car accidents in a short period of time, and his friends "nick-named" him "crash". But only "Jonathon" (or its abbreviation "Jon") was his true temporal, or earthly name, and it is the only one by which he can be positively identified. He could not for example, sign anything as "crash", nor be held accountable for anything as "crash", or even "John", for that matter.

We read in the Gospels how John the Baptist received his name directly through revelation from an angel of Yahweh (Lk.1:11ff) "John" (or more properly in the English equivalent of the original Hebrew, Yochanan) was not a name used by their relatives (v.61) and thus Elizabeth was breaking with tradition when she named him John. When John's father, Zechariah, who had been struck dumb earlier, confirmed that his son's name was John, his power of speech was instantly restored to him and he praised Yahweh (vv.62ff). Thus in the eyes of Yahweh the name "John" was very IMPORTANT. Any other name would have been contrary to the will of Yahweh.

There are numerous accounts in the Scriptures of Yahweh giving His servants new names -- Abram was renamed Abraham, Sarai was renamed Sarah, Jacob was renamed Israel, and so on. Within each Divinely appointed name was a revelation and commission from Yahweh. It was therefore sacred. Had Zechariah refused to name his son John and given him another name like Eli, for example, not only would he have remained dumb, but it is likely that a far worse fate would have befallen him. WE ARE NOT TO TAMPER WITH DIVINELY-ORDAINED NAMES.

For centuries, Jewish superstition did not allow the word "Yahweh" to be spoken aloud! The early Romans took great advantage of this by using it as their excuse to change His name in their translation of the Vulgate, to the generic titles of LORD, Lord, GOD and God. They have never provided any genuine rationale for this change, nor for the variations of the form these titles are expressed in, aside from it was done by "the Divine authority of God" - which God, we may never know!

Thus the true Name of our God became concealed and subsequently lost to many. Unlike modern languages such as English, French, or German, the original written form of the Hebrew language did not contain vowels. The words consisted of only consonants, and were joined together into one long string. Thus the English equivalent to the sentence, "My name is John Smith" would have appeared as: M NM S JHN SMTH or MNMSJHNSMTH. Familiarity with the ancient Hebrew language allows one to mentally insert what others would tend to think of as the "missing" vowels in the written or spoken form. This also contributed to the Romans erroneous excuses for the otherwise deliberate tampering with Yahweh's word.

Later Hebrew scholars added the vowels into the Hebrew text (called "pointing") so that it would be more readable for non-Hebrews. However, the missing vowels of the Divine Name Yahweh were not re-inserted -- instead, the vowels from the Hebrew ADONAI (meaning "Lord") were inserted in their place by 15th century translators, which led to the false transliteration, JEHOVAH. Unfortunately and despite the fact that most scholars recognize this erroneous propagation of the Divine Name, many Bibles acknowledge or use it.

Most others either substitute "LORD" or "Lord" or "GOD" or "God" for Yahweh's name if they don't erroneously insert "JEHOVAH". "Lord" is not proper a name at all, rather it is merely a title used historically by many humans in the stead of "master". "God" is also not a name, but a title, which could be compared with the military examples of titles like, sergeant, private, general, etc. "LORD" or "GOD" are not only not proper names, they are not even proper words to represent titles in English. English form and style reserves Capital letters solely and strictly by definition, for the first letter of a proper name, or for abbreviations. Thus "GOD" by proper definition, must stand for some unknown, three abbreviated words.

Most uses of the fabricated name "JEHOVAH", are of the all capital version, making it purely nonsense from a proper English language perspective. Even "Jehovah" spelled in proper upper and lower case letters is not only an erroneous transliteration, but it is blasphemous, for literally translated, it means "Y-H is mischievous". The Hebrew, "hovah" is the transliteral equivalent to, "mischievous", or "ruin", or "disaster", or "perverse", which fairly well explains why we are not surprised that one of the most infamous pseudo-Christian cults in the history of Christianity, uses this false name.

Does it matter whether we get the Name of the Holy One wrong? If we use a wrong name in ignorance then are we, not guilty? Perhaps this could be admirably argued, but once we do come to the true knowledge, we not only become accountable, we come obligated to be respectful. If you were introduced to someone as Bruce, would you then proceed to address him as "man", or "him" or "the man" or "that man", "guy" or some other form of title as opposed to his proper name? This is precisely what virtually all copy-righted Bibles have done with Yahweh's name, and by extension what these Bibles have been teaching us to do as well!

We should understand that the legalities of copy-rights are very specific. Unless a written work can be proven to be significantly different than the original writing, it does not qualify to be copy-written! There are some several thousand incidents of Yahweh's name in the original writings, and equally as many erroneous changes to the copy-written Bibles, to make them sufficiently significantly different than the original writing, simply by removing Yahweh's name and substituting the various titles or other spurious names in each case. This contempt changes the content to qualify for copy-rights, but it also changes the meaning very significantly in many instances. For example, much confusion exists within traditional Christian organizations over the words "LORD" and "Lord", which most Bibles use interchangeably in place of both Yahweh's name and the Christ's name, Yah'shua, without ever providing any rationale for such obvious contempt!

Thus ALL of these copy-written Bibles are by definition, significantly different than Yahweh's originally inspired, written word, and the most significant qualifying difference, is the blasphemous removal of Yahweh's name! Other variations in grammar and style have also been used to aid in attaining variations of copy-rights, all of which are quite ridiculous when properly studied, but the worst, and most inexcusable example of man's arrogance, cannot be anything but this issue of Yahweh's name.

More importantly than our own human understanding, this matters a great deal because Yahweh says it matters to Him! Read carefully through the Bible and you will discover hundreds of references which not only say that Yahweh as our God should be reverenced, but also His Name.

Yahweh is all knowing. He is the Divine Being with whom we may converse and get to know personally. But how are we to distinguish the True God from all the other gods masquerading as Him? How would your little daughter who, if for the sake of argument, got lost and was picked up by the police, identify her parents orally? She could describe their appearance which might help. She could describe their characteristics -- "my Dad is kind and my Mom loves me", she could even correctly identify them as "a man and a woman", but that wouldn't be too helpful to the police. So what would she do? She would give their names -- Joe and Shirley Smith. Simply calling them mom and dad, or man and woman, or him and her, all of which are accurate titles, would not be helpful.

We are commanded in Scripture to call upon Yahweh by His Name! Yahweh is merciful when, in our ignorance, we address Him in the wrong manner. I don't much like being called "man", but I am a man, just like Yahweh is a God. But because I am a man, my name is not automatically, "man", no more than Yahweh's name is automatically "God", simply because He is a God!

If your pet cow was named Daisy, would you say, "there is cow" or would you say properly, "there is Daisy, my cow", or, "there is my cow, Daisy" . If you pretend your cow could speak, would you say; "and cow said, 'mooo'"? If this sounds silly, then realize it is no sillier than saying, "and God said, 'listen to Me'". Would you say, "I must do this because cow said so"? No, of course not. You would say many things such as "I must do this because my cow said so", or because "my cow, Daisy said so", or "our cow, Daisy said so", or because "the cow said so", or "Daisy the cow, said so", or "Daisy, our cow said so"", etc.

Yahweh deserves at least as much respect as your fictional cow! Thus "Yahweh, my God said so", or "my God Yahweh, said so", or "Yahweh, our God said so", or "our God Yahweh, said so", etc., would afford this same courtesy and respect. Thus if we know our God's Name is Yahweh, yet we persistently call Him "Jehovah" (a fabricated name never used before 1518), or just call Him by His title of God, which is "what" He is, not "who" He is, are we not in fact, mocking Him, or at least minimizing our respect for His name and His commandments? Think of calling your high school teacher, "man" simply because he was a man, does it make sense?

The third commandment says that we are not to misuse the Name of our God, Yahweh. His Name is not "Jehovah" or "Allah" or "God" or "LORD" or any of the other man-made names, some of which are undoubtedly of demonic origin. Though "Lord" (Adonai) and "God" (Elohim, El) are by no means disrespectful as titles, they are only generic titles, they are not names.

It is important that we get the Name of our Heavenly Father correct in our thinking. Salvation, according to Scripture, is in the Name of Yahweh only (Ac.4:12; Joel 2:32; Prov.18:10). We are commanded to address Him as "Father" (Mt.6:9) and "Yahweh" (Ps.113:3). Knowing the Name of Yahweh is considered important (Ps.91:14; Mal.3:16-17) and gathering in His Name will bring about special blessings (Zec.10:12; 13:9). Yahweh's people do not deny His true Name (by insisting on "Jehovah", for example -- Rev.3:8; 2:13) and indeed will, as a sign that they are on the true Path, know that Name (Is.52:6; 43:7; Dan.9:19; 2 Chr.7:14; Amos 9:12; Jer.15:16) and will be sealed in that Name (Rev.22:4). And once we know that true Name, our use of it will be evidence of our obedience to His commandments and respect of His will (Jer.10:25; Rev.13:17 & 14:1), and the Name will be the focus of those who rebel against Yahweh (Mal.1:6; Rev.13:6; Rev.16:9). Indeed, those who refuse to acknowledge His Name will be punished (Mal.1:14; Ps.79:6; Jer.10:25; Jn.3:18; Rev.11:18).

Many people have some misconceptions about "names" and "titles." Names are generally seen in the western mind as simply identifiers, whereas titles are seen as what the person does or a character trait. In Hebrew there is no such distinction. "Names" and "titles" are all the same, and are attributes of a person.

Let's use "King David" for an example. Many see King as a title and David as an identifier. However in Hebrew, David is "beloved" or "one who is loved," and king (melek) is "one who rules." So "King David" would be "the one who rules is beloved" or "the beloved one who rules." The same is true with the Creator's name! In fact, the word translated as "name" is "shem." Which literally means character, authority, fame, or renown; akin to "title"!

Consider our Creator. The origin of His Holy name - a name so sacred that superstition was such that it could not even be spoken out loud by the people of ancient Israel. In the Hebrew scriptures it was represented by four letters called the "Tetragrammaton". In it's earlier written form, Hebrew didn't contain vowels, so this sacred name would be represented in English by the four letters - YHWH.

Many may debate over the true pronunciation of Yahweh's Holy Name. Some, pronounce it Yahweh - others say Yehovah, some even say Jehovah. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible erroneously informs us that "Yehovah" - pronounced {yeh-ho-vaw'} - is the correct Hebrew rendering.

The Encyclopedia Judaica, Volume 7, pages 680-682, correctly sums it all this way: "YHWH" - (not "YHVH"). The personal name of the God of Israel is written in the Hebrew Bible with the four consonants YHWH and is referred to as the "Tetragrammaton". At least until the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E., this name was regularly pronounced with its proper vowels, as is clear from the Lachish Letters, written shortly before that date. But at least by the third century B.C.E., the pronunciation of the name YHWH was avoided, and Adonai, "the Lord", was substituted for it, as evidenced by the use of the Greek word Kyrios, "Lord", for YHWH in the Septuagint, the translation of the Hebrew Scriptures that was begun by Greek speaking Jews in that century. Where the combined form Adonai YHWH occurs in the Bible, this was read as Adonai Elohim, "Lord God".

In the early Middle Ages, when the consonantal text of the Bible was supplied with vowel points to facilitate its correct traditional reading, the vowel points for 'Adonai with one variation - a sheva with the first yod of YHWH instead of the hataf-patah under the aleph of 'Adonai7 were used for YHWH. When Christian scholars of Europe first began to study Hebrew, they did not understand what this really meant, and they mistakenly introduced the hybrid names "Yehovah", later followed by "Jehovah".

In order to avoid pronouncing even the sacred name *Adonai for YHWH, the custom was later introduced of saying simply in Hebrew ha-Shem (or Aramaic Shemc, "the Name") even in such an expression as "Blessed be he that cometh in the name of YHWH" (Ps. 118:26).


The prohibition applied both to the pronunciation of the name of our God and its committal to writing, apart from its use in sacred writings. The prohibition against the pronunciation of the name of our God applied only to the Tetragrammaton, which could be pronounced by the high priest only once a year on the Day of Atonement in the Holy of Holies (cf. Mishnah Yoma 6:2), and in the Temple by the priests when they recited the Priestly Blessings (Sot. 7:6; see also Ch. Albeck (ed.), Seder Nashim (1954), 387).

As the Talmud expresses it: "Not as I am written am I pronounced. I am written yod he waw he, and I am pronounced alef dalet" (nun yod, i.e., Adonai; Kid. 71a).

Authoritative scholars, such as the one shown above, point out that the original, personal name of our Creator, written YHWH in the Hebrew tongue spoken by all the patriarchs and prophets, is correctly written and pronounced Yahweh in English.

In ancient times, the Hebrew words were written without vowels in what is called the unpointed script, so that each word consisted of a group of consonants whose vowel sounds were supplied from memory by the reader. In other words, Hebrew words were pronounced with vowel sounds even though the vowels themselves were not written. The Hebrews knew, from oral teaching and practice, which vowels were associated with the different words. Yahweh's Name is written yod-heh-waw-heh, or hwhy in Hebrew, transliterated YHWH in English, but is written and pronounced with the proper vowels Yahweh as these sources show.

Notice what The Jewish Encyclopedia of 1901, Volume 12, page 119, states: It thus becomes possible to determine with a fair certainty the historical pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton, the results agreeing with the statement of Ex. iii. 14, in which YHWH terms Himself hyha. "I will be", a phrase which is immediately proceeded by the fuller term "I will be that I will be," or, as in the English versions, "I am" and "I am that I am." The name hwhy is accordingly derived from the root hwh(=hyh), and is regarded as an imperfect. This passage is decisive for the pronunciation "Yahweh"; for the etymology was undoubtedly based on the known word.

The Encyclopedia Judaica, Volume 7, page 680, further states this fact: The true pronunciation of the name YHWH was never lost. Several early Greek writers of the Christian Church testify that the name was pronounced "Yahweh". This is confirmed, at least for the vowel of the first syllable of the name, by the shorter form Yah, which is sometimes used in poetry (e.g., Ex. 15:2) and the -yahu or -yah that serves as the final syllable in very many Hebrew names.

The Encyclopedia Britanica, Volume 23, page 867, confirms this fact: Yahweh, the proper name of the God of Israel; it is composed of four consonants (YHWH) in Hebrew and is therefore called the Tetragrammaton...

The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, Volume 9, page 160, confirms this fact: Of the names of our God in the Old Testament, that which occurs most frequently (6,823 times) is the so-called Tetragrammaton, YHWH (hwhy), the distinctive personal name of the God of Israel.

And The Jewish Encyclopedia Volume 12, pages 118-119, confirms this fact also: TETRAGRAMMATON: The quadriliteral name of our God, (hwhy). The Tetragrammaton is the ancient Israelitish name for our God...

The Jewish Encyclopedia, Volume 9, pages 162-163, also shows us that while the rabbis recognized only one proper name for the Creator, they also considered other names as titles for the Creator. As you read this excerpt, notice and remember the title (Adonai) that was used in place of the Creator's Name: The Rabbis as well as the cabalists steadfastly maintained their belief in monotheism. Hence they recognized only one proper name for the Deity, considering the other names as appellations or titles signifying divinity, perfection, and power, or as characterizing His acts as observed and appreciated by mankind.

The name YHWH is considered as the Name proper; it was known in the earliest rabbinical works simply as the Name; also as Shem ha-Meyuhad ("the Extraordinary Name"; Sifre, Num. 143): as Shem ha-Meforash ("the Distinguished Name"; Yoma vi. 2); as Shem ben The Name. Arba' Otiyyot ("the Tetra-grammaton" or "the Quadrilateral Name"; Kid 71a); and as Yod He Waw He (spelling letters of YHWH).

Vowel points were placed among the letters of Yahweh's Name (hwhy) as a code telling the reader to pronounce another name (or title) in place of the Name Yahweh (hwhy).

The Century Bible, by Adeney and Bennett, Volume 1, page 91, also chronicles the establishment of this doctrine: Hebrew was originally written without vowels, but when the vowel points were added, the vowels of Adonay or Elohim were written with yhwh, as a direction that these words were to be read instead of the word whose consonants were YHWH. Thus we find the combinations YeHoWaH and YeHoWiH; equally pronouncable as "Yahweh" in the English.

When the vowel points of Adonai or Elohim were placed among the letters of the Name Yahweh (hwhy), Yahweh's Name was changed to look like the following: (ho*hy++) or (ho!hy++). Then, when a reader saw the Name Yahweh with the vowel points, the reader would know to say Adonai when he saw the form (ho*hy+), and Elohim when he saw the form (ho!hy++).

The Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Kiddushin, page 71a, openly confirms that this became the standard practice of all Israyl, as it still is to this day.

In short, the Name Yahweh is the foundation for all truth. What shall we say then, of those who reject Yahweh, but accept "Jesus"? By accepting "Jesus", they have unwittingly rejected Yahweh also, because "Jesus" is in truth, Yah'shua -- the Salvation of, or Son of Yahweh! Indeed, Yah'shua is so closely identified with Yahweh in the Scriptures at times, as to be seemingly indistinguishable from Him, being the "mighty God", the "everlasting Father" (Is.9:6, AV). Thus we are justified in saying that Yahweh and Yah'shua are, of One; both of One name and One Spirit; i.e.: "Yah'weh" and "Yah'shua".

Before we get into the proper name of our Saviour, it is a point of interest that Mormons refer to the Father as "Elohim" and Jesus as "Jehovah", the latter blasphemous name even appearing at the end of the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:34) and in a misquotation of Is.12:2 where "Lord Jehovah" erroneously translates "Yah, Yahweh" (2 Nephi 22:2).

"Elohim" is not a proper name and may be transliterated simply as "God-Family" and is invariably connected to Yahweh in appellations to Deity, such as "Yahweh-Elohim" (mis-translated in most English Bibles as "LORD God" which would be akin to saying "man male" to describe someone). "Elohim" is a uni-plural noun referring to the multiple aspects of the Divinity such as the masculine and feminine, or the Father, Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Protector, etc.


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Yah'shua - the proper name of the

Christ, our One and only Saviour

Hebrew "Yh'shw" = English "Yah'shua", the name of our Christ and Saviour

There is no more prophetically important Name than the Name of the Son of Yahweh whom the world has come to know as "Jesus". In the Bible we are told its meaning: "..Yahweh sent the angel Gabriel...and said (to Mary)...You will...give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the Name Yah'shua...because He will save His people from their sins" (Lk.1:26-31; Mt.1:21).

Unfortunately millions of Christians have been brought up to believe that the Name of the Son of Yahweh is "Jesus". It isn't. "Jesus" isn't His real name at all but it is a corrupt Latin-Greek fabrication of a name that does not carry the meaning ascribed by Yahweh through His angel Gabriel. The Greek for "saviour" is soter and the Latin is salvare. The Son of Yahweh was never called "Jesus" at any time in the original Bibles, either in prophecy or while on earth or in Heaven.

Every son anciently bore his father's name. There were no surnames or "family names" anciently, though there were certainly tribal associations. The ancient practice still obtains in many countries around the world. While a mortal, Yah'shua carried the name of his step-father, Joseph, and would typically have been known as He was often referenced as "Yah'shua ben Joseph" (or "Yah'shua bar Joseph") under normal conditions, meaning Yah'shua, son of Joseph.

However, His Heavenly Father was His true Father and whose Name we would therefore also expect Him to bear. And indeed He does, and He claimed to do the same, when He said: "I have come in My Father's Name" (Jn.5:43) which means more than simply bearing the authority of Yahweh -- it means that the Father's Name was in His own name, meaning He was "Yah'shua, the Son of Yahweh" (His Father).

The true Name of the Man we have come to know as "Jesus" is, in fact, Yah'shua. His Name is even mentioned in the Old Testament when Moses said: "Yah ("the Lord")...has become my salvation" (Ex.15:2). David echoed him: "Yah ("the Lord")...has become my salvation" (Ps.118:14). This became a common cry of victory: "..Yah ("God") my salvation" (Isa.12:2a). The Hebrew for "salvation" is shua; thus Yah'shua in "loosely translated" English means "God of Salvation", or more accurately transliterated, it means, "Yahweh is Salvation" or "Yahweh's Salvation".

In the light of what we know about the proper name of Yahweh, what then should be our position regarding "Jesus" and Yah'shua? Unlike the word "Jehovah", which we consider blasphemous, we can find no evidence that "Jesus" falls under a similar category. "Jesus" is not, as we have said, His proper name, and tells us by its definition, nothing about the Man of the Messiah. Clearly Yah'shua is the proper Name that defines "who" the Christ is, and the one we should begin to get into the habit of using.

"Jesus" is derived from the Greek which has no "sh" sound. When originally Yah'shua was translated into the Greek, it probably sounded something like "Eesu-uh" with the suffix "-s" for the correct grammatical ending, making Iesous. This was also the name used in English up to about two-and-a-half-centuries ago when it was written "Iesus", and is still the pronunciation used in Scandinavian countries, even though it is spelled "Jesus", as is the Spanish version which sounds like "Heyzuez".

There are some who maintain that "Iesous" or its derivitive "Jesus" is a blasphemous syncretism with the Greek deity Zeus but we find little evidence for that. Iesous is simply the erroneous Hellenic (Greek) version of Yah'shua which later became corrupted into the word Jesus. To say "Jesus" instead of Yah'shua is, in our opinion, no more insulting than someone calling me "Henry" instead of "Jon". However, clearly "Yah'shua" is His proper name and demonstrates not only our respect, but our willingness to be obedient. There is no obstacle to Anglo-Saxon tongues articulating it, thus we should learn to use it.

The name "Jesus" is thrice removed from the original Hebrew/Aramaic "????". That said, the Messiah's name is not "Jesus," it is "Yah'shua", nor is it "Yeshua" as others also erroneously claim.

"Yah'shua" is a transliteration of the Hebrew ????. "Yeshua" is an incorrect transliteration of the Hebrew, more akin to a translation. Yeshua is an incorrectly shortened or contracted form of Y'hoshua ?????? - the Hebrew equivalent of "Joshua", which is more accurately, "salvation" as opposed to "Yahweh is Salvation", or "Yahweh's Salvation".

Where Y'hoshua is used it is intended to mean "Yah Saves" or "Yah is salvation" ("Yah" ?? being a shortened, Biblical form of the sacred Name of Yahweh ????, usually represented in English as YHWH, or sometimes incorrectly as YHVH and commonly misspelled in English as "Jehovah".) The ancient scribes of the Hebrew Scriptures (Masoretes) purposely misspelled (mis-pointed) the sacred Name ("YHWH") to alert readers to avoid its pronunciation, which was superstitiously considered too sacred to utter.

All throughout the Scriptures, the Masoretes purposely misspelled (mis-pointed) other names, like "Y'hoshua," for the same reasons - to avoid pronouncing the sacred Name. The Hebrew for "Yah" appears in many places in the Scriptures, including in other names, such as "Yeshayahu" (Isaiah), "Yoshiyahu" (Josiah) and many others where this same form of misspelling did not occur.

Since "Y'hoshua" has purposely been misspelled, it should be correctly rendered "Yah'shua" to preserve the "Yah" in the name. Any 5-year-old Hebrew student can easily pronounce what was originally written in the Scriptures, which can only be transliterated correctly as "Yah'shua".

According to Matthew 1:21, the Master was named "Yah'shua" because he would in His Father's name, save his people from their sins. "Yeshua", the shortened form of the Hebrew "yeshuah" ?????, does not mean "Yah saves," but means simply "salvation" - which although is exactly what Yah'shua is for us, it tends to imply that our salvation is by the power or authority of the Christ rather than by the power and authority of Yahweh. Salvation is "through" the Christ, but exclusively by the power and authority of Yahweh, as the Christ Himself stated, "I can do nothing of Myself".


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Yahweh - I AM WHO I AM

Yahweh is recorded in Exodus 3:14, as having responded to the question, "What shall I say to them?", posed by Moses regarding Yahweh's name, when or if he was asked by the Israelites: "And Yahweh said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.' "

This great "I Am" is not any more of "who" Yahweh is, but rather, a description of "what" Yahweh is. He is existence pure and simple. I Am upon who you can rely, I AM who does not change. We are because Yahweh is. We are nothing without Him. This is reflected in Yah'shua's declaration that I Am before Abraham was. The ancient Hebrews refused to speak or sometimes even write the name Yahweh. Some orthodox Jews still refuse, because they feel unworthy of uttering the Divine Name. Because I Am what I Am, I may be what I will to be. My individuality is one of the modes in which the Infinite expresses Himself and therefore I Am myself, that very power which we find to be the innermost within all things. I Am is the admission and confirmation of pure existence.

The I AM in the individual is none other than the I AM in the universal. Now the immense practical importance of this principle is that it affords the key to the great law that "as a man thinks so he is." The figure of liberated and perfected humanity forms its desire in all nations and peoples. It sets forth their great ideal of Divine power intervening to rescue them by man becoming one with Him; the attainment of spiritual liberty however expressed. As we gradually grow into the habit of finding this inspiring Presence within ourselves, and of realizing it as the ultimate determining factor in all true health and full mental action, it will become first nature to us to have all of our plans, down to the most trivial come into perfect harmony in our lives.

Yahweh's true and proper name is Yahweh, the One I AM, and His desire is that all should be one in the One. Therefore whatever divides is not of Yahweh. Whatever fosters unity is of Yahweh. The Christian Bible, in its natural and unadulterated (non-copy-righted) form, provides several examples of variable "names" for I Am, or Yahweh. Below are some.


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The Variations of the Names of Yahweh


(Aram. Abba)
Daddy - A Diminutive of father
Mark 14:36

(Heb. Shaddai)
The All Powerful God
Ruth 1:20

Ancient of Days
(Aram. Attiq Yomin)
Yahweh is History
Daniel 7:9

The Everlasting God
(Heb. 'El Olam)
Yahweh is the Eternal God
Genesis 21:33

(Heb. 'Ab)
Yahweh is the Father of all
II Samuel 7:14

(Heb. 'Elohim)
The Exalted One
Genesis 14:18-20

The God Who Sees
(Heb. 'El Roi)
Yahweh Sees/Responds
Genesis 16:13

The Holy One of Israel
(Heb. Quedosn Yisra'el)
Yahweh is the God of Israel
Isaiah 1:4

(Heb. Shapat)
Yahweh Judges
Genesis 18:25

(Heb. 'Adonai)
Yahweh is Master
Psalms 2:4

Lord (Yahweh)
(Heb. YHWH)
The proper name
Yahweh assigned to Himself
I Samuel 1:20

The Lord is My Banner
(Heb. YHWH-Nissi)
Yahweh Protects
Exodus 17:15

The Lord of Hosts
(Heb. YHWH-Saboath)
Yahweh of the Armies
I Samuel 1:3

The Lord is Peace
(Heb. YHWH-Shalom)
Yahweh is Peace
Judges 6:24

The Lord will Provide
(Heb. YHWH-Yireh)
Yahweh Provides
Genesis 22:14

The Lord is our Righteousness
(Heb. YHWH-Tsidekenu)
Yahweh is Righteousness
Jeremiah 23:6

The Lord is my Shepherd
(Heb. YHWH-Rohi)
Yahweh Shepherds
Psalms 23:1

Most High
(Aram. Illaya)
The Exalted One
Daniel 7:25