Why should an English speaking person call on the Hebrew names of Yahweh and Yahushua?

via: Don Brown

This is a question that is often asked. Why should an English speaking person call on the Hebrew names of Yahweh and Yahushua?

The answer is actually quite simple. Personal names do not translate across languages. For instance, Vladimir Putin is still Vladimir Putin in any country or language. Personal names do not translate, they transliterate.

To transliterate is to retain the original pronunciation as much as possible. Have you ever listened to a news broadcast in a foreign language? You’ll hear a bunch of unintelligible words until they bring up names like “George Bush.” This is because names transliterate, not translate.

Even so, “The LORD” is not even a translation of the name “Yahweh”, it is a direct replacement.

Put simply, the translators admit they substituted Yahweh’s name for a title. All for the sake of an tradition. Yahweh’s name is in scripture nearly 7000 times. And nearly 7000 times they replaced it (not translated it) with “the LORD”, or “GOD”. Imagine that? They took His name out of His own book!

I wouldn’t want someone to change my name unless it was Yahweh, and it is clear that according to the third commandment Yahweh doesn’t want anyone to change or falsify His name either.

Think about this for a moment. What makes man think he has the authority to change the name of the one who created him, and who created all things? We don’t have that right! For instance, in the scriptures we see that one who changes the name of another is always in authority over them. The Messiah renamed Simon. Yahweh renamed Abram to Abraham. He renamed Jacob to Israel. Adam named the animals. Even we name our children, not the other way around. Yahweh, our Heavenly Father, named His Son ‘Yahushua’ in .

– “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Yahushua [a name meaning, “Yahweh saves”], for He will save His people from their sins.”

Yahweh named His son after Himself. Every time we use His original name we are declaring that “Yahweh saves” us. The name “Jesus” has no such meaning.

The bottom line is we have no authority to rename or alter the Messiah’s name, or the name of Yahweh the Father. We need to leave things just as He inspired it.

For any who might say, “Well I don’t speak Hebrew so I’ll use an English name” consider this: If you don’t speak Hebrew then you can’t say Abraham, Isaac, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Obadiah, Zechariah, Michael or a long list of other Hebrew names! Why was Yahweh’s name the only one changed? And why was Yahushua’s Name the only name in our modern bibles that is vastly different from the Old Testament to the New Testament? In the Old Testament, it’s “Joshua” but in the New Testament it’s “Jesus”.

The answer is simple: Tradition.

Does it matter? Yes, because truth always matters to a believer. The apostles were preaching and teaching and baptizing and doing all things in the name Yahushua. This is what He is called in heaven, never “Jesus.”

Yahweh’s Name IS truth. Yahushua’s Name IS truth. Substitutions and alterations are not truth. Yahweh is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. When call upon His true name, we are worshipping Him in truth.

So if we know that “the Lord” and “Jesus” are not truth, why would we continue in error?? Aren’t we supposed to love the truth?

But maybe you are thinking, “Okay so do you have any scriptures that show that Gentiles should be calling on His name?” I am glad you asked….

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen (Heb. Gentiles), saith Yahweh of hosts.

Acts 9:15 But the Master said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how Elohim at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

7 Replies to “Why should an English speaking person call on the Hebrew names of Yahweh and Yahushua?”

  1. Actually you have begun with a false premis. My name is James in English, Diago in Spanish, Jauqes in French, Yakov in Russian, and Giacomo in Italian, Jaime in Portuguese, and Séamus in Gaelic.
    Second, if you believe that God’s word has been altered by the Edomites then are you going to trust them to tell you the truth?
    Third, John 13:13
    Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
    Fourth, Yahweh is not the name of the Father, Yahweh comes from the tetragrammaton when God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, it was Christ who spoke with Moses and not the Father.
    Fifth, Christ will have a new name Rev 3:12
    Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
    Sixth, Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
    Seventh, The pentagrammaton Yahshuah has no support in archeological findings and was originally found in the works of Athanasius Kirchner who was a Jesuit.
    In closing I have a question. Why do the Edomite Jews hate the name of Jesus and curse his name, yet they have no problem with Yahweh and Yahshuah? Many years ago Voy Wilks of the assembly of Yahweh hired someone to go and teach against the deity of Christ, they were sent to our church and our pastor confronted them and asked them to leave, later he received a letter from them stating that they had repented and they told in the letter of Voy’s actions. Matthew 7:20

    Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

  2. However, Aramaic was the main language at the time. Hebrew was almost a dead language during Jesus’ time. Most people spoke Greek. So, what was His name in Aramaic?

  3. The Lord has no name.
    A name is an identifier.
    To identify means to have 2 elements:
    – one YOU ALREADY KNOW,
    – and the second being so, so similar to make you identify it like the original.
    You are destroying the One-ness, the uniqueness.
    You can not create and/or identify the One. never to be seen by a human being.
    You are eliminating the all-mighty-ness.
    ….
    He is above any kind of identification a man may think is appropriate; is not.
    The Lord’s being, power, knowledge, love, …. whatever humans can conceive can be described only to have an understanding, not the physical picture.
    Naming the Lord makes a limited one – one god within the cohort of many other gods. Nest replacement of the naming is The Lord of the gods but still, He is the Creators of such gods so, is not a better god, either.
    This is the big problem of the cultural Christians – loosing the right, divine spirituality, creating images and defining as measurable the one they follow.
    This is the origin of the fall of the Western Civilization, inventing own god and growing arrogant and selfish.

  4. Every time we use His original name we are declaring that “Yahweh saves” us.
    The name “Jesus” has no such meaning.
    ========
    Not Jesus is the “factor”; Christ is important- meaning the Messiah.
    People were waiting for Messiah, they can pray and thank to the Lord without incorporating this in a name.
    We have Gabriel, Emmanuel, Daniel, Ezekiel… and other with connection to ‘L – the unnamed most powerful god, the Lord.
    Jesus is called Emmanuel, … for the Lord is with us… to help and – eventually – save us, not for kidding, is it?

  5. Your somewhat contradicting yourself, The word gentile means nations nearly 99% of the time, while you’re using it wily nilly as gentiles. Gen 25;23 says two nations are in your womb. Same in the new testament.. Robert

  6. THE RELIGION OF MOST AMERICANS – CHRISTIANITY – IS A BRANCH OF JUDAISM
    It must be seen and rejected as Jewish mind control at its most basic. It exists to confuse and disarm Gentiles and in its extreme forms to protect Jews. If it weren’t for Christianity and its passive, surrender-based nature, the Jews would not be around today to cause us so much trouble and expense and international bloodshed. The teachings of Jesus, whom the Jews pretend to hate, have kept the Jews alive and well.

    MOSES WAS A PSYCHOPATHIC WAR CRIMINAL
    “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses”
    (Deuteronomy 34:10)
    Yahweh, a being of simple and bloody tastes

    “One night while Moses was in camp, Jehovah was about to kill him.
    But Zipporah [his wife] circumcised her son with a flint knife … So Yahweh did not harm Moses.
    Zipporah said, ‘You are a bridegroom of blood’.”
    – Exodus 4.24-26.

    NUMBERS 31:13-18:
    (13) Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
    (14) But Moses was furious with all the generals and captains who had returned from the battle.
    (15) “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded.
    (16) “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the Lord at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the Lord’s people.
    (17) So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man.
    ( 18 ) Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

    JESUS ENDORSED MOSES:
    “Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, in whom you have put your hope. 46 If you had believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. 47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”…
    John 5:45 47

    JESUS ENDORSED THE TORAH
    For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
    Matthew 5:18

    WHAT NO CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDS IS THAT THE BASIS OF THEIR RELIGION IS A MENTAL ILLNESS CALLED JUDAISM
    CHRISTIAN BELIEFS ARE NOT SANE BECAUSE THEIR BASIS IS ROOTED IN JUDAIC EVIL

    Judaism is morally bankrupt; it has nothing to offer us but out-dated plagiarized myths, about some angry judgmental god that is remarkably exactly like the Jews themselves. The anthropocentric supremacist myths of the Jews should have little appeal to a person of high consciousness; such exclusionistic ideas are an anathema to any decent human being. The idea that you need salvation from a Jew should go against ever cell in your being, if not you need to examine what great fault lies within yourself.

    JESUS DEMANDED THE DEATH PENALTY
    “Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
    “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

    Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
    For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ [Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy. 5:16] and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[Exodus 21:17; Leviticus. 20:9]

    But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

    “‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.

    They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’[ Isaiah 29:13]”
    Matthew 15:1-9.

    JESUS A PROPHET LIKE MOSES

    The Old Testament contains hundreds of prophecies about the Messiah; where He would be born, His lineage, what He would accomplish, how He would die. We also know that He would be a king like David (Jeremiah 23:5-6), a priest like Melchizedek (Ps 110:4) and a prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18: 15-19). This article is about what it means for Jesus as a‘Prophet like Moses’.

    What did Moses Say about Jesus?
    Moses is one of the most revered figures in Judaism as he is the one that God chose to give the Torah (Law) to at Mount Sinai. The “Torah” is the first five books in what Christians call the Old Testament – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

    “To believe Moses” means to believe what he wrote.

    Jesus said to the Jews that did not believe in Him that if they really believed Moses, they would believe Him;

    “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46).

    The Old Testament is so full of references to Jesus that He taught the disciples about Himself from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets on the road to Emmaus;

    “He said to them, “How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken! Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:25-27)

    Moses said that God would send a prophet like himself and that we must listen to him — in fact says that if we don’t listen, God will hold us accountable;

    “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.

    This is what you requested from the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, ‘Let us not continue to hear the voice of the Lord our God or see this great fire any longer, so that we will not die!’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well.

    I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. I will hold accountable whoever does not listen to My words that he speaks in My name. (Deut 18: 15-19)

    Jesus was the Prophet like Moses that God raised up
    There were many parallels between Moses and Jesus; as infants both Moses and Jesus were almost killed by ruler’s edicts and both were protected from harm, both spent their early years in Egypt, both cured lepers (Numbers 12:10-15; Matt. 8:2-3) and both were initially doubted in their roles by their siblings. Moses lifted up the brazen serpent to deliver those that had faith and Jesus was lifted up on the cross to deliver all who would have faith. Moses appointed 70 elders to rule Israel (Num. 11:16-17); Jesus appointed 70 disciples to teach the nations (Luke 10:1, 17). But the most striking comparison between Jesus and Moses was that they were both prophets that taught the Law of God.

    Yes, Jesus like Moses taught the Law — the true meaning and practice of the Law as given by God.

    As a Prophet, He was calling the Jews back to the Law as God gave it, rather than what the Pharisees had made it. More on that below.

    The Standard of the Prophet
    As a Prophet, Jesus had to meet the same criteria that God set for all prophets; that is

    to uphold what God has said or be put to death.

    This ought not to be overlooked.
    Prophets in the Old Testament were to be put to death if what they said did not come to pass or if what they taught caused the people to stray from the way God had already spoken.

    The standard for a prophet is spelled out in the Law of Moses;

    “If a prophet or someone who has dreams arises among you and proclaims a sign or wonder to you, and that sign or wonder he has promised you comes about, but he says, ‘Let us follow other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us worship them,’ do not listen to that prophet’s words or to that dreamer. For the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul. You must follow the Lord your God and fear Him. You must keep His commands and listen to His voice; you must worship Him and remain faithful to Him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he has urged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the place of slavery, to turn you from the way the Lord your God has commanded you to walk. You must purge the evil from you.” (Deuteronomy 13: 1-5)

    The Teachings of Jesus and the Law

    Some people believe that the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament teach something different than what is taught in the Law of Moses or that He gave them new meaning or disregarded the Law; even breaking some of its commands. Finally, others would say Jesus fulfilled the Law and therefore the Law is no longer relevant.

    Let’s look at each of those a bit closer;

    1. Some people believe that the teachings of Jesus were very different than what was taught in the Old Testament; that the Old Testament was all about the law and the New Testament is all about grace. This idea is worth an article in itself at very least, but let’s look at this idea in terms of what Deuteronomy 13 says. If Jesus taught something different (e.g. grace) than what God had previously taught (e.g. Law), then He would have been leading us away from keeping God’s commands and this would have made Him a false prophet, deserving of death.

    2. Others say that Jesus gave ‘new meaning‘ to what was taught in the Old Testament but this too would have made Him a false prophet. If Jesus reinterpreted the Law of Moses, He would have been urging us to rebellion against the Lord and His commands and we would have been just to put Him to death.

    3. Still others say that Jesus broke all kinds of commands in the Law of Moses and often cite Him healing on the Sabbath as a common example. Jesus did not follow the “Oral Law” of the Pharisees and thus in their minds would have been viewed as breaking the Sabbath, but nowhere in Scripture are there any instances of Him violating any of the commands of the (Written) Law, as recorded in the Law of Moses. Furthermore, if Jesus had indeed broken the Law of Moses — the Law given by God, He would have committed a sin and no longer been the Lamb of God without blemish.

    4. Finally, others say Jesus fulfilled the Law and therefore the Law is no longer relevant. Jesus as the Prophet like Moses was calling the Jews back to a true observance of the Law of which He is the goal (Romans 10:4). Some translations use the word “end” for goal, but the word in Greek [telios] is more clearly understood in the context of Romans 10 as goal. In this context, Paul is referring to the Jews as disregarding the righteousness from God and attempting to establish their own righteousness. Again, this refers to the Pharisees insistence that the observance of “Oral Law” (i.e. ‘the traditions of men’) are equivalent in authority to the Written Law — which is the Law of God. Paul says that they [the Jews] have NOT submitted themselves to God’s righteousness [as embodied in the Law] — of whom Christ is the goal.
    None of the teachings of Jesus recorded anywhere in the New Testament teach something new or different than what is taught in the Law of Moses and at no time does Jesus ever break the commands of the Law, as given by God. In the following examples, we demonstrate that Jesus considered the Law not only relevant to teach, but to exhort believers to practice.

    Jesus upholds the Law

    Here are four examples as to how Jesus, as the Prophet like Moses, upholds the Law of Moses;

    1. Jesus and the Rich Young Man
    The synoptic gospels record the conversation between Jesus and the rich young man who wanted to know how to inherit eternal life.
    Jesus could have simply replied “follow Me” but He doesn’t. He reminds the man of the commandments of God in the Law forbidding adultery, murder, stealing, bearing false witness and honouring one’s parents (Mark 10:17-22; Matt 19:16-30; Luke 18:18-30). Jesus upholds the Law.

    It was when the young man said that he had kept these commands from the time he was a youth that Jesus said to sell all he had, distribute it to the poor and follow Him (Luke 18:18-23, Mt 19:19-21, Mark 10:17-21). Jesus continues to uphold the Law in His reply by telling the man to sell all his possessions. He was pointing out that money had become an idol to the man which kept him from keeping the first two commandments; which is to have the Lord as our God and no other gods before Him, and not to make an idol — which money had become to the man. Jesus upholds the Law all the way through this teaching.

    2. Jesus and the Jewish Lawyer
    In the conversation between Jesus and a Jewish lawyer recorded by Mark and Matthew, the issue of which is the greatest of the 613 commandments came up.
    A question had arisen among the Jews and was now put to Jesus as to which commandment was ‘the first of all’ (Mark 12:28), or ‘the greatest’ (Matt 22:34) — first and greatest both referring to the same thing.

    In Matthew’s and Mark’s account (Mark 12:31, Matt 22:39), Jesus replies to the Jewish lawyer saying that ‘the greatest and first commandment’ was to love God with all your heart, soul and strength (Deut 6:5) and adds ‘the second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Jesus upholds the Law.

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