In II Chronicles 7:14 the Bible states “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.” What was the name His people were called by? In James 5:10 it says “Take, my brethren, the prophets who have spoken in the name of the Lord…” James 5:14 states to anoint the sick in the name of the Lord. Is the name of the Lord the same in the Old and New Testaments? How many names of the Lord are there? Zechariah 14:9 says, “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” What is that name?
Nehemiah was commissioned by God to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in the Old Testament. There was much opposition to this divinely inspired undertaking. When God is in something, it cannot be stopped. The prince of darkness, Satan, has always worked hard at getting God’s people to forget His name. How do we know that? In Jeremiah 23: 26-27 it says, “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; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.”
It is time to restore the Lord’s true name to His church! No amount of opposition or tradition can stop God’s mighty hand at work. May God richly bless you as you read and enjoy the knowledge that is about to be yours.
WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE LORD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?
In Isaiah 52:6 the Bible declares, “Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.” The Lord was going to reveal Himself to His people in a more intimate and powerful way. This happened hundreds of years earlier to Moses in Exodus 6: 2-3, And God spoke unto Moses, and said unto him, “I am the LORD: and I appeared unto Abraham, and Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” Again in Psalms 83:18, “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.” It tells us in the King James Version that there is one name, and that the name of the Lord is JEHOVAH.
WHERE DID THE NAME JEHOVAH ORIGINATE?
THE NEW WESTMINSTER DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE, page 453, under Jehovah. “The common English pronunciation of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton YHWH, one of the names of God…It seems that, out of reverence for the divine name, there had grown up around 300 B.C. the custom among the Jews in reading to pronounce the word ‘adonay (my Lord, or Lord) in its stead or, when YHWH follows ‘adonay, to pronounce ‘elohim, God (Genesis 15:2). When the vowel points were added to the Hebrew consonantal text, the vowels of ‘adonay and ‘elohim were accordingly given to the tetragram. This pointing gave rise to the Latin spelling Jehovah, which was taken over into English; it goes back to the days of Petrus Galatinus, confessor of Pope Leo X A.D. 1518. The substitution of the word “LORD” by the later Hebrews and by the translators of the LXX led to the like substitution in the AV and RSV (Genesis 2:4). The tetragram is generally believed to have been pronounced Yahweh (ya’WA)… Yahweh is the God who is real and therefore lays claim to be the exclusive God of Israel.”
THE BIBLE, AN AMERICAN TRANSLATION, Smith-Goodspeed version, Preface, Page 15, states “One detail of the translation which requires explanation is the treatment of the divine name. As early as we can now tell, the Hebrews called their Deity by the name Yahweh, and in a shorter form, Yah, used in relatively few cases. In course of time they came to regard this name as too sacred for utterance. They therefore substituted for it the Hebrew word for ‘Lord.’ When vowels were added to the text, the consonants of ‘Yahweh’ were given the vowels of ‘Lord.’ Somewhere in the fourteenth century A.D. Christian scholars, not understanding this usage, took the vowels and consonants exactly as they were written and produced the artificial name ‘Jehovah’ which has persisted ever since. In this translation we have followed the orthodox Jewish tradition and substituted ‘the Lord’ for the name ‘Yahweh.’ In all cases where ‘Lord’ or ‘God” represents an original ‘Yahweh,’ small capitals are employed. Anyone, therefore, who desires to retain the flavor of the original text has but to read ‘Yahweh’ wherever he sees LORD or GOD.”
ENCYCLOPEDIA JUDAICA, Vol. 7, Pg. 679 states, “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.’ “
A NEW TRANSLATION, JAMES MOFFAT (Harper & Brothers, publisher, 1954) Introduction page 21. “One crucial instance of the difficulty offered by a Hebrew term lies in the prehistoric name given at the exodus by the Hebrews of their God. Strictly speaking, this ought to be rendered ‘Yahweh” which is familiar to modern readers in the erroneous form of ‘Jehovah.’ “
THE RYRIE STUDY BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION, Page 9, “YHWH (probably pronounced ‘Yahweh’), the most significant name for God in the Old Testament. It has a twofold meaning: the active, self-existent One (since the word is connected with the verb meaning ‘to be,’ Exodus 3:14) and Israel’s Redeemer (Exodus 6:6). The name occurs 6, 823 times in the Old Testament.”
EERDMANS’ HANDBOOK OF THE BIBLE, page 157, under THE NAMES OF GOD. “In distinction from these nouns, there is also the personal name Yahweh. To avoid using this divine name itself (out of supposed reverence) a word meaning ‘Lord’ was substituted in public reading. English Bibles unfortunately perpetuate the same scruple, representing Yahweh by ‘Lord,’ or, when it is used in connection with Adonai (a form of Adon) as ‘Lord God.’ Much is lost in Bible reading if we forgot to look beyond the substitute word to the personal, intimate name of God himself. By telling his people his name, God intended to reveal to them his inmost character.”
There can be no doubt that wherever you read the name ‘Lord” or ‘Jehovah,’ we know His true name is YAHWEH. Psalms 83:18 tells us that there is only one name for the most high God, and that name is YAHWEH. If it is not important, then what is the difference if we call Him Jehovah, Allah, or even Zeus. Zeus, by the way, was the supreme deity in Greek mythology who had the same attributes as YAHWEH. What most people fail to realize is that the King James Bible is just an English translation of the Hebrew Old Testament. The name YHWH (YAHWEH) originally appeared 6,823 times in the Old Testament alone. The impact of the number of times YAHWEH'S name appears in the scripture does not strike us in our English Bible. YAHWEH is the true name of the Lord, and even though it has been changed by man, God will again restore His name to His people. Because a substitute title has replaced the name of YAHWEH, the importance and beauty of His name has been lost. Here are several examples of reading the English King James Bible correctly:
Isaiah 42:8 - “I am YAHWEH: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
Psalms 135:13 - “Thy name, O YAHWEH, endureth forever: and thy memorial, O YAHWEH, throughout all generations.”
Proverbs 18:10 - “The name of YAHWEH is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
Psalms 96:2 -“Sing unto YAHWEH, bless his name: shew forth his salvation from day to day.”
Psalms 9:10 - “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou. YAHWEH, has not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Psalms 148:13 - “Let them praise the name of YAHWEH: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”
Psalms 113:1-3 - “Praise ye YAHWEH. Praise, O ye servants of YAHWEH, praise the name of YAHWEH. Blessed be the name of YAHWEH from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same YAHWEH’S name is to be praised.”
Psalms 99-6 - “Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon YAHWEH, and he answered them.”
Jeremiah 10:6, 10 - “ For as much as there is none like unto thee, O YAHWEH; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.”
“But YAHWEH is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
The more you read the name of YAHWEH where the title “the LORD” appears in the Old Testament, the greater His name will become to you. THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE has put the name of YAHWEH back into the scriptures to emphasize the importance of His name. You can read the Bible with the name of YAHWEH in it online in the WORLD ENGLISH BIBLE. Here is the website to see YAHWEH'S name in the Old Testament. (webnet77.com/bibles/web/) What does all this mean? The name of YAHWEH is the eternal name of God and will endure forever. YAHWEH'S name will not and cannot remain hidden. The title "the LORD" won't do for someone hungry for truth. The truth is that YAHWEH is the name that David, Elijah, Daniel and many others called on and not "the LORD."
The Almighty God is called various names or titles describing His attributes such as Elohim, Adonai, El-Roi, El-Shaddai and Father. Yet His eternal name is YAHWEH and His name will be a memorial unto all generations (Exodus 3:15).
WHO IS THE LORD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT?
In Isaiah 40:3 and Mark 1:3, someone was going to come to prepare the way for the LORD (YAHWEH). We know this man was John the Baptist. In Matthew 1:23, a virgin was going to bring forth a son, and His name would be called Emmanuel, meaning God with us. In John 5:43, Jesus declares, “I am come in my Father’s name.” John 10:25 states, Jesus answered them, “I told you and you believed not: the works I do in my Father’s name, bare witness of me.” Also, in John 14:7-9, Philip asked the Lord about the Father. Jesus stated, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. And from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” And Philip said unto him, “Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” Jesus said unto him, “Have I been so longtime with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” It is quite clear that the Messiah was not just another prophet, but had a divine nature. He came in His Father’s name, which we know is YAHWEH, and it was actually YAHWEH they were seeing in a human form.
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