The Names of God (Elohim)
"What is His [Elohim’s] name, and what is His Son's name, if thou canst tell? (Proverbs 30:4). Why are these questions even being asked of us? Is it a possibility that we do not know what they are? Have they been hidden and kept from us? When we make friends of individuals, we usually get to know their names, do we not? But for some reason mankind has been hesitant about knowing the names of Elohim (God). Why is that? For many centuries the Hebrew people have not even spoken His name out loud because they had a misconception that it was too sacred to be uttered by them, let alone by a Gentile. Many do not even spell out the name God and spell it G_d in order to show some kind of misplaced reverence for that name. But is there another reason why His name is not known among those who claim to be worshippers of Him? Has it been part of Satan's plan that we do not know His name, because he knows that if we do 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 (John 17:3). We know the names of Baal and of Ashtoreth who was a goddess of the Zidonians and many others, do we not? But not Elohim's name?
In Romans 9:17 we read, “For the scripture saith unto Pharoah, 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). And yet the Jews wouldn’t even speak His name because they thought it too sacred to be spoken. They failed Elohim in not making His name known “throughout all the earth.” Are you declaring Elohim's name thoughout all the earth. It seems to me that if Elohim wanted His people in the past to declare His name, would not He want His people to declare it today?
What are used in the translations of today are the titles for the Creator and not His name. “God” and “the LORD” are titles, but not His name. Some even just say “ha shem,” meaning “the name” in place of pronouncing it. Adonai is another word used which means “Master.” So we can easily see the substitutions for His personal and meaningful name. Elohim which you see here being used in the place of God is what the Strong’s Concordance 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 Hebrew word translated “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 out as Jehovah. A very poor job of translating in my opinion, and I am certainly not an expert in the Hebrew language. How does One’s name get changed to a title is beyond me? Whose name was to be “declared throughout the earth.” It almost makes one think there is a conspiracy in keeping that name from being known. Elohim wanted His name to be known throughout the earth, and it seems that mankind has done everything he could from letting that happen. And now mankind does not even know the name of his Elohim which he professes to serve and worship. A travesty to be sure!
Some say His name is spelled and pronounced Jehovah. Is this correct? No, because there were no "J’s" in the Hebrew language nor in the English language until the 1500’s.
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 and not YHVH because there were no V’s in the ancient Hebrew language either. And today there are a number of variations found being used today among those who have taken an interest in the restoration of His name. Is it Yahuwah, as my wife and I use? Is it Yahweh, as many others use? And there are other spellings as well, and all seemingly convinced that 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.” My wife and I have known about this matter for five years or more (December 2015), but we have only as of late started to use the transliteration of the Hebrew names for Elohim and His Son rather the more common usage of God, the LORD and Jesus. Again, we are not here to debate which spelling is correct. We understand that 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. We have listened to the presentations of the different variations and they all sound convincing. The following chart shows the reasoning why we use Yahuwah for the name of Elohim.
But Elohim wants His name “declared throughout all the earth” (Romans 9:17). Why? Because when saying His name you are actually declaring to the world what His name really means. “Then they that feared Yahuwah spake 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 [The Eternal Self-Existent One]” (Malachi 3:16).
“And they that know Thy name [Yahuwah] will put their trust in Thee: for Thou Yahuwah hast not forsaken them that seek Thee” (Psalm 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 that 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 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” (Psalm 91:14).
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 understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am Yahuwah which exercises lovingkingness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: for in these I delight, saith Yahuwah” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
There are many great and precious promises connected to the knowing of Elohim’s name. His name is not “God” or “the LORD.” Those are His titles, and as such, informs us as to His position of authority. We must study this subject out for ourselves and let Elohim’s Spirit lead us into the truth of this matter for He will do it for His name’s sake (Psalm 25:11).
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 would have been what we know as Joshua today. Why transliteration was not used 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 properly known also.
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” (Genesis 4:26, KJV). What name did they call upon when they called upon "the name of the LORD?" They did not call on His title; they called upon His name. They called upon Yahuwah, did they not?
“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, and called upon the name of the LORD” (Genesis 12:8 KJV). Abram called upon Yahuwah because he knew His name and not just upon 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" (Jeremiah 16:21). As we have found out “the LORD” is not Elohim’s name. It is a title. Elohim’s name is Yahuwah! The problem lies in the translation. The Hebrew word in the Strong’s Concordance 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.
It is my wife’s and 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 truth from the Word of Elohim. There are many verses in Scripture than you can look up on your own to see the significance of knowing the truth in 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" (Psalm 145:3). He is the "Eternal, Self-Existent One" - "the I am." Who always was and always will be!
"But Yahuwah said unto him [Paul], Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name [Yahuwah] before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: for I will show him how great things he must suffer for My name's sake" (Acts 9:15-16). We too are to bear His name before all of mankind and to suffer for His name's sake! His name is Yahuwah and His Son's name is Yahushua (Proverbs 30:4)!
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