The meaning of names are signifigant. For instance, the name Linda means beautiful, Felicia means happy. Most parents will spend month choosing a name for the soon arriving baby. Some pick out name they like, while others choose names with a specific meaning.
When reading the Scriptures, the Hebrew word, ‘Shem’ has a great signifigant meaning as a name, much more than a label of identification. It means an expression of the essential nature of the name bearer,. Let us look at some names that are found in Scriptures to learn if these names have meaning. For example, the book of Genesis, (in Hebrew, Bereshith) is the book of ‘Beginnings.’ Moreover, the last book is called Revelation, meaning to ‘reveal’.
in the book of Genesis (Bereshith) 16:11; we learn that the Messenger of Yah tells Hagar to name their child Ishmael (in Hebrew, Yishmael) because “Yah has heard your affliction”. In the same book, Bereshith 17:5, Abram gets a new name, Abraham, meaning, “father of many nations”. Then, in chapter 25 of Bereshith, Esau (in Hebrew, Esaw) gerts his name because he is read and is like a hairy garment.
Esau’s brother Jacob (Ya’aqob) gets a new name in Genesis (Bereshith), 32:28, “Your name is no longer called Ya’aqob, but Israel (Yisra’el) because you have striven with Elohim and with men, and have overcome.” Yisra’el means “to strive with El, to overcome with El, and then to rule with El.” In the same book, in chapter 35:, verse 18, Rachael (Rahel) wanted to name her son Ben-Oni. She chose that name because her life was going out of her, but the father wanted his name to be Binyamin. If we go to the book of Exodus (Shemoth) chapter 2, verse 10, we find a person by the name of Moses (Mosheh) meaning, “I have drawn him out of the water.” 1 Samuel (Shemu’el) 1:20, Hannah called Samuel this name because “she asked Yah for him.”
Later in the scriptures, we find four Hebrew boys that would not compromise their faith even to the point of death. Do you know their names? They are; Daniel, Hananyah, Mishael and Azaryah. Daniel’s name means, “My Judge is El.” Hananyah’s name means, “Yah has shown favour.” Mishael’s name means, “Who is like El.” Azaryah’s name means, “Yah has helped.” Sadly, the Babylonian king, by the name of Nebuchadnezzar (Nebukadnetstsar), decided to change the names of these four Hebrew boys. Daniel’s name changed to Belteshazzar (Belteshatstsar). Hananyah’s name is changed to Shadrach (Shadrak). Mishael’s name is changed to Meshach (Meyshak). And Azaryah’s name is changed to Abednego (Abed-Nego). The king thought that by changing their names, he would give them a name in honor of pagan deities with the hope that they would change their beliefs. Of course, we know that Hananyah, Mishael and Azaryah all bravely stood and would not bow before the golden image that king Nebuchadnezzar constructed. We learn that Daniel gets thrown into the lions’ den because he would not compromise his faith. Of course, the very one that created the lions is the same one that shut the lions’ mouth to spare Daniel.
Even altars had special names. For instance, Genesis (Bereshith) 35:7 and Exodus (Shemoth) 17:15,16. As we can tell just from these few names that I have listed that names have great significance to the person that bears the name.
Before we look closer at the Name ( ‘Ha Shem ‘), let us go to the dictionary and see what the word ‘Title’ means. Title: an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. Mr. or General: an appellation signifying nobility;
Now that we know what a title is, let us look at the following (titles) words: “The Scriptures, (PTY) South Africa”, El, Eloah, Elohim, Elyon:
El: Mighty One, Strength
Eloah: is the singular form of Elohim, it has the same meaning as El.
Elohim: is pural of Eloah, Rulers, Messengers
Elyon, El Elyon: The Most High El.
Hebrew– Eloah, Elyon, Elohim
Aramaic– Elah, Illaya, Elahin
“The word ‘EL’ is an ancient Semitic term. Among Semitic languages, it is one of the most used terms for greatness, strength or deity. In the Hebrew religious usage it does not denote a proper name but is used as a title. Used for the Creator’s Supremacy over all others as a generic term like in Daniel 11:36, “the EL of elahin” In Mark 15:34, “Eli, Eli, lamah shebaqtani. (My El, My El, why have you forsaken me?).”
Turn with me to the book of Exodus (Shemoth) 23:13, “And in all that I have said to you, take heed. And make no mention of the name of other mighty ones, let it not be heard from your mouth.”
The word heed means, “to listen, be careful”. We are being told to “listen up, be careful to make no mention of the name of other mighty ones (gods) neither let it be heard from our mouths.”
Malachi (Mal’aki) “For I am YHWH, I shall not change, and you O sons of Yaaqob, shall not come to an end.”
From this verse, we see that Elohim changes not. Now some may claim that He changes. For instance, they might say, “Oh that is Old Testament stuff; we are in the New Testament now.” Have you read anywhere, in a verse where He says, “Oh, I’m ever-changing?” No, you haven’t, He said, “He changes NOT.” We should take heed to His words, wouldn’t you agree?
If you have a K.J.V Bible or any other version, you may come across this statement: “Translated out of the Original Tongues and with previous translations diligently compared and revised.” The “Original Tongues” is indeed the inspired word of Elohim. Through the lengthy process of translating scriptures, human error has occurred. For instance, in the book of “Acts 12:4 the word “Easter” is used, when the proper word should be “Passover”. Another error can be found in “Hebrews 4:9″, where the word ‘rest’was substituted with the word ‘Sabbath’. The Greek word is ‘sabattismos’, meaning ‘Sabbath-keeping’.
These minor errors can change the whole meaning of the verse and the main subject being addressed. I recommend that everyone should have a Bible concordance and a Bible dictionary. I myself use “The New Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words”, with proper Hebrew, Greek and English translations. I also have the “Green’s Interlinear Greek-English N.T.” Let us not overlook 2nd Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto Elohim, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth“.
We briefly covered some of the titles (such as Elohim) that the Creator of Heaven and Earth bears. Let us go to the scriptures to see if there are more titles given to Him.
Genesis (Bereshith), 35:11; “I am El Shaddai”. Exodus (Shemoth) 3:14, 15, “And Elohim said to Mosheh, “I am that which I am”. The Hebrew reads “eyeh ‘asher ‘eyeh”. Eyeh derived from hayah meaning, “to be, to exist”. Verse 14 leads up to verse 15 when He tells us His “Name”. In the book of Revelation, we find another title given to the Creator, Revelation 1:8, “I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, Beginning and End,” says YHWH “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”.
You may wonder why your version does not use these words, instead it uses the words “Lord” and “God”. Why is this? Are the words “Lord” and “God” names or titles? What about “God”, is that a name or a title? You should find the answer to this question very surprising. According to the “Encyclopedia Britannica”, we find the following:
(Please note how this was adopted as a Name. All emphasis added by me)
“GOD- the common Teutonic word for a personal object or religious worship, applied to ALL those superhuman beings of heathen mythologies. The word “god” on the conversion of the Teutonic races to Christianity was adopted as the name of the one Supreme Being”.
In the James Hastings, “Encylcopedia of Religion and Ethics, vol. 6.” We find the following: “After the conversion of the Teutons to Christianity, the word came to be applied also to the Christian Deity.”
The Unabridged, “Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary“, says the following: “The word is common in Teutonic tongues, it was applied to heathen deities and LATER, when the Teutonic peoples were converted to Christianity, the word was LATER elevated to the Christian sense.”
The following is a list of some of the generic names, Gad, God, Gud, Gott. These names were among the Teutonic tribes. “Goda” is a proper name for an idol. Woden, “the name of the highest god.” was also called Witan, Odan, The day of the week, “Wednesday” or some would say, “Godenstag” is named after the Teuton deity!
Oh my beloved friends, let us go back to that verse, Exodus (Shemoth) 23:13, “And in all that I have said to you take heed. And make ‘no mention of the name of other mighty ones, let it not be heard from your mouth’.
This is almost unbelievable! Truly, man has made a great error. When I first discovered this, I was stunned. Then as the scriptures tell us, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”. Once I prayed about this and research this information out for myself, it became obvious. Many times I have watched the Music Awards in amazement, hearing people say: “I give thanks to God”. People in every culture use the word God in their everyday vocabulary in meaningless statements. Unwittingly they are blaspheming (Elohim) YHWH.
Let us review the “Third commandment”:
Exodus (Shemoth) 20:7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the “LORD” (YHWH) thy “God” (Elohim) in vain; for the “LORD” (YHWH) will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain”.
According to the, “Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary“, The word vain means: empty, worthless, having no genuine substance or value or importance. Under syn., empty, worthless, unimportant, false, void.
So, Elohim will not hold the person guiltless that takes His Name in vain (empty, worthless, void, unimportant) or brings His name to naught (nothing).
“Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary“, tells us the following about LORD: A TITLE of respect.”
So far, we see that LORD is a title. Could this title have become a name? Just like with the title/generic name of God? Sadly the answer is YES! What has the world done by substituting His name with a title? Has it not, brought His name to naught? Has the world not voided out His Name? Has it not brought His name to seem unimportant? Has the world replaced His name with a name of a pagan deity? Has the world NOT SINNED AGAINST HIM?
Exodus (Shemoth) 23:13 “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods (mighty ones), neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.“
Not only is LORD a title, but it is also a name of Baal. Who or what is Baal?
“Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary”, defines Baal: “From Hebrew Lord, the supreme male divinity of the syrophenicians; the sun god, the lord or master representing productive power. The name is used in scripture in combinations of designating different ideas of a lord, or different functions a divine character; as Baal berith is the lord of the covenant; Baal phegor, <strog>the lord of the dead; baal zebub, litteraly god of flies, meaning the god of the Philistines.”
Oh my, beloved friends, it is unthinkable, the human error that has taken place, but it is true. Watch what scriptures tells us, turn to:
Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu),23:27; “Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.”
Wow! Can you feel the Spirit (Ruach Ha Qodesh) working, to reveal the truth to YOU? I can feel and see the darkness being exposed! Praise be to Yah!
There are many verses that speak of how important the NAME of YHWH is. The following is just a few verses:
Deuteronomy 32:3, “Because I will publish the name of ascribe ye greatness unto our Eloah”.
1 Chronicles 16:8, “Give thanks unto call upon his name; make known his deeds among the people.”Psalms 20:7, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of our Eloah.”
Psalms 34:3, “O magnify with me, and let us exalt his name together”.
Psalms 113:2, “Blessed be the name of the from this time forth and for evermore.”
Micah 4:5, “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god,(mighty one) and we will walk in the name of our Eloah for ever and ever.”
Zechariah 13:9, “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say , is my Eloah.”
From the verses above, (there are many more), we can truly see how important His name is. Have you noticed some of the names from other countries? For instance, Russian’s President Vladimir Putin’s name is pronounced the same all over the world. We can include the former President of France, Jacques Chirac, Bin Ladin, and Saddam Hussein and yes even our former President, George W. Bush and present, Barack Hussein Obama.
So, what happen to the Creator’s name? Scriptures and any good encyclopedia will tell us that the children of Israel, did not keep the Torah. Due to their hardened hearts and disobedience, Elohim allowed them to be exiled into Babylon for seventy years. During this time, the Babylonians began making fun of them! We are told the following: 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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.”
The children of Israel carried YHWH’s name. They were called Yahudim’s (Judah / Yahudah, drop the ‘d’ sound). Since the NAME was blasphemed from pagans, the Name was AVOIDED COMPLETELY. Going against the Third Commandment, This is what the Father’s name written in Hebrew looks like This is the Fathers name written in Palaeo-Hebrew , before taken exile to Babylon. We read from left to right but the NAME is read from right to left. This is called the Tetragrammaton which mean the four letters; (please take note, we are attempting to sound/say the name correctly and that is why we see different spellings of the name, these are transliterations from the Hebrew letters)
Y= YOD, the d is dropped.
W=WAW, sounds like ‘OO’ as in Hallelu-Yah
What is interesting, if we take the name Judah back to the original Hebrew we get Yehudah. Drop the ‘d’ sound and we get Yahuah!
Over time, to say the NAME became on offense worthy of death, except for the priests. See Yohanan the immerser (John the Baptist) was a Priest, therefore, he was allowed to say The Name.
He tells us… “I am: ;that is my Name! I am the first and I am the last, apart from me there is no Eloah. Is there any Eloah besides Me? Before Me? I am Eloah, and there is noother, I am Eloah, and there is none like Me. Before Me, no Eloah, was formed nor will there be one after Me. I, even I , and apart from me there is no Saviour.
Now that we behold Abba’s (our father’s) NAME, let us find out His Son’s Name. This Name is above all other names. So, let us carefully uncover the real name of the Son. Keeping in mind that translation brings the meaning of the name but not necessarily the sound, whereas transliteration brings the sound but not necessarily the meaning.
The Son’s name written in Palaeo-Hebrew looks like this: . Can you see Abba’s Name in the Son’s name? Father’s name.
Romans 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Let us look at the first book in the New Testament, Mattithyahu (Matthew) 1:21-23,”And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name For He shall save His People from their sins. And all this came to be in order to fill what was spoken by Through the prophet saying, “See a maiden shall conceive, and she shall give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immane’el” which translated, means “El with us”.
, we get the name, Yahushua. Shua means save. When we put the Name above all names together we get Yah+Saves. This tells us WHO is doing the Saving, Yah Saves! Now if we were to translate Yahushua into English, His name would sound more like Joshua. But since scriptures tells us the following: Acts 4:12,”Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Since there is NO OTHER NAME UNDER THE SKY, let us call on this NAME, Yahushua! Sadly, the following verse has happened: John 5:43, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive”.
Not only has His Name been given a Hellenized version but many are looked down on because they choose to call on the name above all other names, Yahushua. We need to ponder on why is satan, ha satan’s (the adversary) name, the same in all languages? Just like Bin Ladin, Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin, President Bush, etc. Yet the Name Above All Names is changed?
Let us look at the first part in that verse from John 5:43, “I am come in my Father’s name.” He has the Father’s name. And when did men first began to call on the name of ? Gen. 4:26, ” 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 .”
Joel 2:32,”And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as hath said, and in the remnant whom shall call.”
When the Son said, “I come in my Abba’s Name,” He literally meant it. There is power in the Name ofYahushua,”Yah’s salvation,Yah Saves.” When one believes in calling on the name of Yahushua, then is immersed (baptized)in the name of Yahushua, by calling on the name of Yahushua, we are indeed calling on the Name of YHWH, Yahuah (Ya-Hoo-ah). We should be hearing Abba’s Name and we do hear His name in His Son’s name. Even the highest praise, Hallelu-Yah, means Praise Yah! Proverbs 30:4, “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is His Son’s Name, if thou canst tell?”
This is an invitation, to call and seek these two NAMES that men have tried to suppress with titles and names of other deities.
We can rest be assured that HIS people will know His name and His Son’s name. Yeshayahu (Isaiah),52:6,“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.”
Isn’t that wonderful news? His people will know His name! He will see to it. This may be the first time you have heard the Father’s Name and you are seeing His Name in His Son’s Name!
Listen to the following words of Yahushua: John 17:6,
“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.”
He continues speaking in Yohanan (John) 17:11 “And I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You, Set-Apart Abba, guard (keep) them in Your Name which You have given Me, so that they might be one, as We are.”
How much of an uproar did the name of the Abba and Son bring? When the Israelites where exiled intoBabylon, we briefly discussed how the name became suppressed. If anyone, other than a Priest would say the Name they would be under a penalty of death! The Name was replaced with Adonai meaning, my sovereign.Therefore, after years of not saying the Name, we can see this caused an uproar from the Priest”s.
Luke 19:38-40, “saying, “Blessed is the Sovereign who is coming in the name of ! “Peace in heaven and esteem in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees from the crowd, said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your taught ones.” But He answering, said to them, “I say to you that if these shall be silent, the stones would cry out.” (Psalm 118:26 was being fulfilled)
In October of 2002, something remarkable was found. An ossuary (bone box) that dated from the year 62 A.D. The very stones did cry out!
Reading from right to left, Ya’akov, Bar, Yos’ef. Akkui di Y’shua. James, son of Joseph, brother of Y’shua (shortened version).
Luke 11:52,”Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”
Here, He is speaking about the ones that are learned in the Torah. Yet, they have taken the key of knowledge away. Let us ponder on this. What did they take away? They took the NAME away from the common people!
Paul has a lot to say about what he did to believers who called on the Name and believed in Yahushua.Acts,26:9-11, “I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Yahushua of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints (set Apart ones) did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.”
As we just read, Sha’ul (Paul) had received authority from the chief Priests, to put believers in prison, put them to death, and he stood against them. He would even go into strange cities to hunt these believers down to put them to death! Wow! There is one very important word I do not want us to overlook, the word, blaspheme. What is blasphemy? In scriptures, we find two things that are blasphemy. One is when one claims to be able to forgive sins and the other is for one to claim/make himself Eloah (John 10:30). Knowing these are the two reasons of Blasphemy, why would believers be accused of blaspheme? Did they claim to be Eloah or did they claim to follow Him? Did they claim to be able to forgive sins, or did they follow the very one that takes their and all believers sin’s away? Since, they did not fit into one of these two categories, then why were they accused of blaspheme?
The answer can be found in the book of Acts. Sha’ul (Paul) is called up in front of the judgment seat, He was being accused of seducing men to worship Elohim contrary to the Torah,: Acts,18:14,15, “And when Sha’ul (Paul) was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.”
Praise be to Yahuah! We know from scriptures Sha’ul (Paul) kept the Torah. He even kept the Feast Days. Go on look, it is written. Therefore, we see the uproar; the blasphemy that was being talked about was the NAME.
Hurry, turn with me to Acts 4:7, “And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this”
See there is Power in the name of Yahushua!
Let us stay in the same book. Acts 4:17,18, “But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Yahushua.”
The key of knowledge that the Priest took away was the NAME! Let us review the stoning of Stephen. Acts 6:14, “For we have heard him say, that this Yahushua of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.” In Acts 7 leading up to the stoning, Stephen speaks the Name at least 6 times that I know of. Let us pick up in verse 54 (Acts 7) “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” Acts 7:55-58, “But he, being full of the Set Apart Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of Eloah, and Yahushua standing on the right hand of Eloah. And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of Eloah. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, andstoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul”.
From these words, we can see they were furious, screaming and holding their ears! In Jeremiah, we find an end time prophecy. Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah),16:19,21, “O , my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is “
Zephaniah,3:9, “For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of , to serve him with one consent.”
Zechariah,13:9, “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, is my Eloah.”
Revelation,2:3,“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.”
Revelation,14:1,”And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”
Not only have I been told society does not accept that name but some even claim that the Son’s name was spoken in Greek. Remember He told us all things, including how many would accept another name. So what name did the Son speak? The Greek name, Jesus? Or could He have spoken a different name?
Acts,26:14-15,”And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying, in theHebrew language, “Sha’ul, Sha’ul, why do you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick against the prods.” And I said, “Who are you, Master?” And He said, “I am Yahushua, whom you persecute,””
Please notice that the language the Mashiach (Messiah) spoke and Sha’ul (Paul) heard was in the Set Apart Tongue, the HEBREW language. The Mashiach spoke His name in Hebrew not the Greek form.
When one starts using and then sharing the Name Above All Names, Yahushua with others some may ask..”Are you Hebrew?“
My reply is… “Are you Greek?”
By L.McGuire (2005)