• Your Creator's Name YAHWEH

    Your Creator's Name YAHWEH
    by James P. Wickstrom

    Christ's enemy has given priority throughout the ages to changing His Holy Name in order to confuse and divide His people, and take from them the Power that is theirs which is required to build Christ's Kingdom here on earth. We know that The Almighty One was always Yahweh to His children. They knew Him as Yahweh, and they spoke to Him by His Own Name. Psalm 83, verse 18 tells us: "That men may know that Thou Whose Name alone is YAHWEH art The Most High over all the earth." Do you speak to Him in His Name—or do you use another?

    You say, But is the name that important? Is your name important? If someone called you by another name, would you reply? Your Heavenly Father is very specific about this, for instance in Chapter 14 of John: "WHATSOEVER ye shall ask in MY NAME, that will I do .... If ye shall ask anything in MY NAME, I will do it."

    What do the Scriptures say, and what do the academic scholars throughout the centuries clearly state? Let us see.

    The Holy Name version, Psalms 113:1-3: "Hallelu—Yah. 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."

    Restoration of Original Sacred Name Bible, Isaiah 42:8: "I am YAHWEH, that is My Name ...."

    King James version, Jer. 16:21: "... I will cause them to know Mine Hand and My Might; and they shall know that My Name is YAHWEH."

    New World Translation, Jer. 33:2: "This is what Yahweh the Maker of (earth) has said, Yahweh The Former of it to establish it firmly, Yahweh being His Name."

    King James version, Joel 2:32: "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name of YAHWEH shall be delivered."

    American Standard version, Psalms 83:16-18: "Fill their faces with confusion, that they may seek Thy Name, O YAHWEH. Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; yea, let them be confounded and perish; that they may know that Thou alone, Whose Name is YAHWEH, art The Most High over all the earth."

    The Jerusalem Bible, Psalm 33: You will wish to read this chapter. This Hymn to Providence is a good example of the restoration of The Name throughout the Old Testament.

    The Emphasized Bible by Joseph B. Rotherham, Exodus 3:15: "And God said yet further unto Moses—Thus shalt thou say unto the sons of Israel, YAHWEH, God of your fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you. This is My Name to times age-abiding ...."

    Revised Standard version, Exodus 3:15, footnote: "The word LORD when spelled with capital letters, stands for The Divine Name, YHWH."

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 12, says Jehovah: "The pronunciation 'Jehovah' is an error resulting among Christians from combining the consonants YHWH with the vowels of 'adhonay', 'Lord', which the Jews, in reading the Scriptures, substituted for the sacred Name (YHWH), commonly called 'the tetragrammaton' as containing four consonants. It (Jehovah) is first found in manuscripts of Martini's Pugio, belonging to the 14th century." So (along with other documentation on the use of "Jehovah" for The Most High) we know that this name is NOT the True Name of The Everliving, The Most High.

    The New American Encyclopedia agrees with the Encyclopaedia Britannica in that "Jehovah" is an error and first found in manuscripts of Martini's Pugio some 500 years ago: "The form 'jehovah' appears to have been introduced as late as the 14th Century by Christian theologians."

    The Goodspeed translation: "One detail of the translation which required explanation is the treatment of the Divine Name. As nearly as we can tell, the Hebrews called their deity by the Name of Yahweh, and in a shorter form, Yah, used in relatively few cases .... Somewhere in the 14th 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" and the phrase 'the Lord God' for the phrase 'the Lord Yahweh' .... Anyone who desires to retain the flavor of the original text has but to read 'Yahweh' wherever he sees 'LORD' or 'GOD' ...."

    The Emphasized Old Testament by Rotherham: Rotherham devotes chapter IV to a thorough and concise explanation of how The Sacred Name of Yahweh was suppressed, the consequences, and the reasons therefor. He asks "Is it too much to assume that The Name has about it something very grand or very gracious, or at least something very mysterious? ... It is therefore the most natural presumption that the suppression of The Name has entailed on the reader, and especially upon the hearer, irreparable loss." Then Rotherham goes on to state reasons WHY The Holy Name of Yahweh should be restored, among which he says: "Because its suppression was a mistake. So grave a mistake cannot be corrected too soon. An unwarrantable liberty has been taken; the path of humility is to retrace our steps ... only let The Name be boldly and uniformly printed, and the humblest Sunday School teacher will be able to show the groundlessness of (false assertions)."

    A New Translation by James Moffatt: In his introduction he says "Strictly speaking this ought to be rendered 'YAHWEH' which is familiar to modern readers in the erroneous form of 'Jehovah.' Were this intended for students of the original, there would be no hesitation whatever in printing 'YAHWEH'." He goes on to use the words The Eternal in place of Yahweh, which does mean The Eternal Self-Existing Deity, but admits to a loss of meaning in this substitution.

    King James version, Psalms 68:4: Here the poetic form of The Name is used—JAH: "... extol Him that rideth upon the heavens by His Name JAH, and rejoice before Him." Those of you who are familiar with The Messiah, the monumental work of the great 18th-century German composer Georg Friedrich Handel, can realize the tremendous impact of recognition of the Sacred True Name of The Most High. This immortal music in itself, properly and impassionately rendered by a chorus, teaches us the Power of His Holy Name as we listen heart and soul as praises are sung over and over: HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! Even your small dictionary will tell you this means "Praise ye Yah", thus recognizing the TRUE Name of our Deity. If you will check further for the derivation, you will see that the Hebrew word is "halleluyah" and the Greek (from which comes another English word, alleluia) is allelouia.

    Remember, there is Power in His Name. Yahweh speaks to us in Psalm 91 and, at this time, verse 14: "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known My Name."

    Have you learned to KNOW His Name?

    Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: "The four consonants forming the Hebrew 'incommunicable name' of the Supreme Being. The four consonants are YHWH."

    The New Concise Encyclopedia: "The letters YHWH used in the original Hebrew Bible to represent the name of God."

    New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures, p. 25: "While inclining to view the pronunciation YAH-WEH as the more correct way, we have retained the form Jehovah because of people's familiarity with it since the 14th century." Thus, we see that error is immortalized because the people know the word, though it be incorrect; and so it is with the words God and Lord in most of the current Bibles. Scholars recognize the fact that in the Old Testament alone, 6,823 times these two words were substituted for the Sacred Name of YAHWEH!

    In Dr. Wesley A. Swift's excellent sermon "Ask in My Name; No More Call Me Baali" he explains clearly the subtle way in which our White Race, the Israel of The Almighty, has been led to use belittling and confusing names for The Sacred Name of Yahweh. This sermon is being reprinted in pamphlet form, so that it may be enclosed in an envelope for easy mailing.

    The Name of Yahweh occurs many times in Genesis, beginning with Genesis 2:5: "... in the day that YAHWEH made the earth and the heavens." Does your pastor use the Sacred Name of Yahweh, as our Race did in the beginning? Or does he use the incorrect terms God or Lord because his flock are familiar with those words, thus prolonging the error for other generations?

    The Holy Name version, Exodus 20:7: "Thou shalt not take away the Name of Yahweh thy El to bring it to nought, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless that taketh away His Name to bring it to nought."

    Some people use the Name YHVH or Yahvah instead of Yahweh for The Most High, and there may be some confusion in their minds. Rotherham in the introduction to his version of the Bible gives the ancient Hebrew alphabet and quotes from the Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology by Dr. Joseph Thomas (1901) to show that the word is YAHVAH. There is a probability that when the Bible was first printed in Germany on a movable-type press, the Gutenberg printing press (according to Ency. Brit., 1903 ed., before August 1455) that the difference arose, since the Germans pronounce W like a V. Another consideration is that Thomas' Pronouncing Dictionary shows that the 6th letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet is "Vav or Vauv—V, not W." The vowel is not in the Hebrew; it was supplied in order that the letter might be pronounced. If you remove the vowels in either case, you would get "vv"; two v's together look like a "w"; therefore it seems the correct pronunciation could be like a w. Use the name you prefer. We like Yahweh because it is more phonetic to the English tongue.

    We are at this time preparing for typesetting Rotherham's excellent dissertation on the restoration of The Holy Name for printing in the near future. This will give you a pretty good picture of what has happened to your Creator's Name at the hand of those who throughout the centuries have managed and/or controlled your Holy Scriptures.