The Names of God (Elohim)
"What is His [Elohim’s (God’s)] name, and what is His Son's name, if thou canst tell? (Prov. 30:4). Why are these questions even being asked of us? Until AD 2011, I did not know what they were, and I do not think I even cared to know what they were. Have they been kept hidden from us? When we make friends of individuals, we usually get to know their names, do we not? But for some reason, humanity has been reluctant to know the names of Elohim (God) and His Son. Why is that?
For many centuries the Hebrew people have not even spoken His name out loud because they have a misconception that it was too sacred to be uttered by them, let alone by a Gentile. Many do not even spell out the title God and spell it G_d in order to show some kind of misplaced reverence for that title. But is there another reason why His name is not known among those who claim to be worshippers of Him? It has been a part of Satan's plan that we do not know His name, because he knows that if we know it, we will know what His name means and how that relates to us and our relationship to Him.
In Isaiah 52:6, we are told, "Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means" (Amplified Version). Something is seriously wrong when Elohim’s people do not even know His name. We know the names of the false gods mentioned in the Bible, but for some reason, we do not know the name of the One True Elohim (God) (John 17:3). We know the names of Baal, Remphan, Chiun, Tammuz, Bel, Molech, Chemosh, Dagon and of Ashtoreth who was a goddess of the Zidonians and many others, do we not? But why do we not know Elohim's name? Today, there is much confusion over the name of Elohim. Some are saying Allah and Elohim are the same Being. Yahuwah, which means the Eternal, Self-existent One, is the name of the God (Elohim) of the Bible. Allah is not His name!
In Romans 9:17, we read, “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show My power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth” (emphasis added). Paul was quoting from Exodus 9:16. “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee My power; that My name may be declared throughout all the earth” (Ex. 9:16, emphasis added).
And yet the Jews would not even speak His name because they thought it too sacred to be spoken. They failed Elohim by not making His name known “throughout all the earth.” Are you declaring Elohim's name “throughout all the earth?” It seems to me that if Elohim wanted His people in the past to declare His name “throughout all the earth,” would He not want His people to declare it today? We are told in Malachi 3:6, "For I am Yahuwah, I change not." “For this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee My power; that My name may be declared throughout all the earth.” Is Elohim saying this to you personally? Or do you read the Holy Bible without personalizing what it is saying?
What is used in the translation of the King James Version today are the titles for the Creator and not His name. “God” and “the LORD” are titles, but they are not His name. Some people just say “ha shem,” meaning “the name” in place of pronouncing it. Adonai is another word used which means “Master.” We can easily see the substitutions for His very personal and very meaningful name. Elohim, which you see here is used in the place of God, is what the Strong’s Concordance Hebrew #430 tells us is the word used specifically in Hebrew to identify "the Supreme Being." There are many gods mentioned in the Bible, but Elohim is "THE Supreme Being" of the entire Universe. THE Supreme Being! Not two and not three but The One Supreme Being. Maybe that is part of the reason why Trinitarians do not use Elohim or His name, Yahuwah, which means THE eternal, self-existent ONE.
The Hebrew word translated as “the LORD” throughout the Old Testament is the Hebrew word YHWH or, as Strong’s Concordance tells us is Yehovah, from which the modern translations occasionally spell it out as Jehovah. A very poor job of translating, in my opinion, but I am certainly not an expert in the Hebrew language. How One’s name gets changed to a title is beyond my understanding. Whose name was to be “declared throughout all the earth.” It almost makes one think there is a conspiracy to keep His name from being known. Elohim wanted His name to be known “throughout all the earth,” and it seems that humanity, and the Christian Churches specifically, have done everything they could from making that happen. And now, most of humanity does not even know the name of their Elohim, which they profess to serve and worship. A travesty [a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something], to be sure!
Some say His name is spelled out and pronounced as Jehovah. Is this correct? No, because there are no "Js" in the Hebrew language, nor were there any “Js” in the English language until the 1500s.
And now we find ourselves in a predicament of debating over the pronunciation of His name. We know His name is spelled in the Hebrew language - YHWH. Today there are a number of variations being used among those who have taken an interest in restoring the use of His name. Is it Yahuwah, as I use? Is it Yahweh, as many others use? And there are other spellings as well, and all seemingly convinced the way they write and pronounce it is “the” correct way, and some would contend the only way it can and should be spelled. And the debates can be hot and furious, and in the end, there is more heat generated than light on the subject. This is done, much to the chagrin of many of us who are embarrassed by what is being seen as a “righteous debate for the honor of His name.” I understand there are variations being used in the names of the Father and also of His Son which incorporates the Father’s personal name when speaking of the Son as Yahushua, meaning "Yah is salvation" or "Yah saves." The following shows the reasoning why I use Yahuwah (The eternal, self-existent One) for the name of Elohim (The Supreme Being).
Elohim wants His name “declared throughout all the earth” (Rom. 9:17, Ex. 9:16). Why? Because when speaking His name, you are actually declaring to the world what His name means. “Then they that feared Yahuwah spoke often one to another: and Yahuwah hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared Yahuwah, and that thought upon His name [Yahuwah means The Eternal, Self-Existent One]” (Mal. 3:16, emphasis added). How can one think "upon His name" if one does not know what His name is and what it means?
“And they that know Thy name [Yahuwah] will put their trust in Thee: for Thou Yahuwah hast not forsaken them that seek Thee” (Ps. 9:10). We do not put our trust in strangers but in people we know, and if you have not taken the time or put in the effort to get to know the name of the Elohim you profess to trust in and worship, take this opportunity to discover for yourself His name. And in the use of His name, Yahuwah, we are saying that He alone is THE Eternal, Self-existent ONE. Again, this may be why Trinitarians do not like to use Elohim’s name because His name tells us that He alone is The eternal, self-existent ONE!
“Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him up on high, because he hath known My name” (Ps. 91:14, emphasis added).
Granted, knowing His name is nothing in comparison to knowing Him and what He is like. “Thus saith Yahuwah, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches [and let not the one who knows My name glory in that fact]: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am Yahuwah which exercises lovingkingness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: for in these I delight, saith Yahuwah” (Jer. 9:23-24).
There are many great and precious promises connected to knowing Elohim’s name. His name is not “God” or “the LORD.” Those are His titles, and as such, inform us as to His position of authority. We must study this subject for ourselves and let Elohim’s Spirit lead us into the truth of this matter (John 16:13), for He will do it for His name’s sake.
Consider this Scripture: “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” (Gen. 4:26, KJV). What name did they call upon when they called upon "the name of the LORD?" They did not call upon His title (“the LORD”); they called upon His name (Yahuwah). They called upon Yahuwah, did they not? How often do we think that He is The eternal, self-existent One when we use “the LORD?” And yet when I use His actual name, Yahuwah, it often comes into mind that He is The eternal, self-existent ONE to Whom we all owe our existence to.
“And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD [Yahuwah], and called upon the name of the LORD [Yahuwah]” (Gen. 12:8 KJV). Abram called upon Yahuwah because he knew His name and not just His title. Abraham was Yahuwah's friend and knew Him intimately as friends know each other by their names.
“Therefore, behold I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know Mine hand and My might; and they shall know that My name is the LORD [Yahuwah]" (Jer. 16:21). As we have found out “the LORD” is not Elohim’s name. It is one of His many titles. Elohim’s name is Yahuwah! The problem lies in the translation. The Hebrew word in the Strong’s Concordance Hebrews #3068, translated as “the LORD,” is Yehovah. How it was determined to use “the LORD” in place of Yehovah, I do not understand, nor do I care to speculate. There are no “Js” in the Hebrew language, and the “Vs” are thought to sound like the “W.”
It is my prayer that this will not be a cause of strife and debate like it has been in the past with some but will be edifying to all who are seeking for the truth from the Word of Elohim. There are many verses in the Scriptures that you can look up on your own to see the significance of knowing the truth on this most important matter. The Psalms are filled with references to Elohim's name. "Great is Yahuwah, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable" (Ps. 145:3). He is the "Eternal, Self-Existent One" - "the I am." Who always was and always will be! His name is Yahuwah, and His Son's name is Yahushua (Prov. 30:4)! HalleluYAH! “Sing unto Elohim, sing praises to His name [not to His title]: extol Him that rides upon the heavens by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him” (Ps. 68:4, emphasis added). Yah is the shortened version of Elohim’s name and is found in HalleluYAH! Praise Yahuwah! Again, there are no “Js” in the Hebrew language.
There is a sense of intimacy when using the names of Elohim and His Son, Yahushua, rather than just Their titles. Yahushua is His Son’s name, not Jesus. His name while He lived on earth, if it had been translated properly, would have been Joshua. Why that did not happen, I do not know. Why transliteration was not used for Their names in the translation of the Old and New Testament, I do not know, but it is time for Elohim’s name to be made known “throughout all the earth” and for His Son's name to be correctly known also.
The name Joshua, from the Old Testament, is what Jesus’ name should have been translated as is of Hebrew origin and means "Yahuwah is my salvation." Sharing the same origin as the name “Jesus” (Jehoshua NT Strong’s Concordance #2424 – How one gets Jesus from Jehoshua is beyond my understanding?) [the letter J should have been Y], Joshua derives from the Hebrew name (Yehoshu’a OT Strong’s Concordance #3091), from the roots Yeho, referring to Elohim, and yasha’, meaning “to save,” thus meaning “Elohim saves.” When we look at Matthew 1:21 where it reads: “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name YAHUSHUA [would have been Joshua if it had been translated properly, but names should have been transliterated]: for He [Elohim or Yahuwah] shall save His people from their sins.” “Jesus” should never have been used for the name of Messiah! We can be ever so grateful Yahuwah winks at our ignorance. “And the times of this ignorance Elohim winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent [feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin and then change]” (Acts 17:30). Through the ages, Yahuwah has accepted our petitions when made in the name of Jesus, but when He makes the truth known, He expects His people to follow the light He has been gracious enough to have given us. His name is Yahushua! His Father’s name is Yahuwah! Proverbs 30:4. “What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if thou canst tell?”