If I was to propose the question, do you believe in God? Could you answer with confidence? If I was to follow that question with, ‘does your God have a name? What would you say?
I find it interesting that many are hesitant to reply to the question, does your God have a name? In today’s lesson, we will discuss the name of the Hebrew God, YHWH also pronounced as Yahweh or tetragrammaton. The term tetragrammaton simply put is the Hebrew name of God transliterated in four letters. See photo above.
In the book of Exodus, Moses (properly pronounced Mo-shae’) asked God, what is your name? Those who have read the bible know the famous response, “I AM who I AM” (see Reference 2). What you may not know is that the KJV has several names for the one deemed as the creator of all things. Here are a few names of God as revealed in the KJV of the bible:
YESHUA HAMASHIACH. The actual pronunciation of name Jesus Christ in Hebrew
Elohim. My Creator.
Jehovah. Lord God.
El Shaddai. My Supplier.
Jehovah Jireah. My Provider.
Jehovah Rophe. My Healer.
Jehovah Nissi. My Banner.
Jehovah Makadesh. My Sanctifier.
The KJV also refers to God in several other ways. For example, the KJV refers to God as:
A Teacher – Matthew 26:18
The Truth – John 14:6
The Way – John 14:6
A Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
The Word – John 1:1
See reference 3 for over 100 additional names for God mentioned in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Now that you have read the Hebrew translations of God/Jesus, will you now pray in the name of YESHUA HAMASHIACH instead of Jesus? Do you believe there’s a difference between praying to Jesus, Yeshua, YHWH, or God? Does saying the name in its original language really matter (see Reference 5)? Finally, do you believe there is only one God or a holy trinity (see Reference 6 – When did trinitarian ideology come into existence)?
Of course I’m not going to end this lesson without giving you a little homework to OPEN YOUR MIND. I recently viewed a documentary presented by Dr. Westley Muhammad in which he proposed that GOD ‘YHWH’ or the tetragrammaton was just an ancient way to describe a man.
In Dr. Muhammad’s publication called ‘The Blue-Black God of Judaism’, he states if you rearrange the letters of tetragrammaton you can easily see that it forms a man. Take a look at the image below and post your thoughts.
Now that you’ve become familiar with the various names of the Hebrew God in the KJV, I would like you all to take time to conduct research on the origins of the term YHWH. Once this is complete, let me know if can find the approximate date of the original writings of the Hebrew Torah. Post your findings in the comment section below. In addition to this assignment, research the Ethiopian Bible. We will discuss the Ethiopian Bible origins in more detail in a later lesson (see photos below).
Reference 1: Introduction Photo (Tetragrammaton)
Reference 2 (Exodus Chapter 3): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+3&version=NIV
Reference 3 (Encyclopedia – YAHWEH): https://www.britannica.com/topic/Yahweh
Reference 4 (Wesley Muhammad – Breakfast Club Interview): https://youtu.be/UCTmCSwpw5o
Reference 5 (Language of Jesus): https://www.christianity.com/wiki/jesus-christ/what-was-the-language-of-jesus.html
Reference 6 (Stanford EDU – Origins of the Trinitarian Ideology): https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/trinity/trinity-history.html