Perception Moment: By Which Name Do You Refer to the Father?

The Name
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For thousands of years, the Creator has existed as a nameless entity. Millions of souls throughout history have referred to Him by a number of titles that cannot be considered His name. God, the Father, the Eternal One, the Creator, El Shaddai, the Great I Am, God the Father, Abba Father, Adonai, the Man Upstairs; all these are well known titles and when spoken, virtually everyone knows of whom he or she is referring. But common sense must at some point rule the day: are these titles  sufficient substitutes for a nameless God and do they honor Him? The best place to determine the answer to this question of course is the Bible.

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Our Bibles cite the title “LORD” (all four letters in caps) some 7000 times. Many of these passages cite the Father as saying that His Name is LORD as in Exodus 6:3:

God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD.” (Exo 6:2 ESV)

For most Christians, this is proof-positive that LORD is God’s name, right?

All true believers of Messiah consider the Bible the Word of God. Does this, however, mean that we are not able to nor should we ever deduce that changes have been made to the original autographs of the books of the Bible? In other words, is it reasonable to think that the texts that we have available to us today matches the original autographs verbatim and are devoid of any alterations, omissions, or errors? Of course not. In this case, common sense should clearly indicate that the Creator of the universe must have a name AND that His true Name IS NOT A MAN MADE TITLE such as LORD. Secondly, as special as these titles are in our modern vernacular, they will never honor the Father as much as referring to Him by His own Name!

How can we be sure of this. Well, an excellent clue is provided in the very next verse of the above cited passage:

 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. (Exo 6:3 KJV)

In this passage, the Eternal clearly and profoundly proclaims HIS name to the world:

03068 hw”hoy> Yehovah {yeh-ho-vaw’}
Meaning: Jehovah = “the existing One” 1) the proper name of the one true God 1a) unpronounced

Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei (YHVH)

According to Judaism 101 ( [Yahovah] “is often referred to as the Ineffable Name, the Unutterable Name or the Distinctive Name. ”

Incidentally, the Hebrew language does not utilize the letter “J”, instead uses a “Y” making the pronunciation Ya-Ho-VaH. In the King James Version, the true name of the Father is declared in three other passages: Psalms 83:18; Isaiah 12:2; and 26:4.

So why then, out of some 7000 references in the Bible, is the Father’s name not written as Yahovah, but substituted as LORD? A partial answer is found in the following passage:

7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exo 20:7 KJV)

Paralleling the Written Law of Yahovah was the Oral Traditions of the Jews. In time, the oral traditions were codified by rabbi’s in the 3rd and 6th centuries of the Common Era. A standard printing of the Talmud consists of some 6,200 pages of rabbinic interpretation of the Torah. The Talmud is considered Rabbinic Law and is revered by orthodox Jews worldwide. The Talmud guides Jews in virtually all aspects of their day-to-day lives and it provides a series of interpretations by Jewish sages of the Torah.

One of the most important traditions to come out of the Talmud that’s had the most profound affect on the knowledge of the true name of the Father has been the teaching that anyone who utters the name [Yahovah] will have no place in the “World to Come” and thus should be put to death. (Reference Judaism 101) In order to prevent anyone from taking the name of the Father in vain as the Law reads in Exodus 20:7, Oral Tradition and ultimately the Talmud taught that there should be a universal prohibition on uttering or even writing the true name of the Father. Consequently, this tradition has bled over into traditional and fundamental Christianity, whereby countless millions of self-professing Christians remain in the dark as to the real name of our God.

Think about it: how would we feel if instead of the world referring to us directly by our given names, the world refers to us as Man, Woman, Boy, Girl, or Human? In time, that would get old and bothersome. How many of us are offended when someone fails to take the time to learn our name and they either mispronounce or completely draw a blank when addressing or referring to us? Why do we feel that the Father is devoid of any personal feelings and escapes hurt when His creation fails to properly recognize Him by His true name?

Here I believe Satan has achieved a modicum of success in his ever-raging war against Yahovah and His creation. By making the Creator’s true name foreign to the vast majority of His creation, especially those who proclaim they are followers of Him and His Son, Satan has succeeded in creating even wider gulf between the Creator and man. Surely titles have their place when referring to the One True God. However, when one comes to know the true name of the Father, and begins to use that name in his or her prayers, their meditations, their songs of praise and worship, their moment-to-moment thoughts about the Father, and casual conversations about the Father, we not only foil the enemy’s nefarious plans, but we begin to develop a much deeper and richer relationship with our Creator.

Yahovah…Yahovah…Yahovah…no sweeter name is there in all the universe.

Nevertheless, Satan’s attempts at disguising the Father’s true name forever is coming to an end. Jeremiah prophesied that there is coming a time when the Father’s true name will be known by both Gentile and Jew throughout the world:

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.
20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
21 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. (Jer 16:19-1 KJV)

And truly this is happening even today. More and more Believers of Messiah are discovering the true Faith once delivered to the Saints and are coming to the full knowledge of the Creator’s Name. In his earth-shaking literary work, “Shattering the
Conspiracy of Silence,” Jewish scholar Nehemiah Gordon reveals the true name of the Father while exposing Satan’s ploy to hide the true name of the Father from His creation. This prophecy is indeed being fulfilled today before our very own eyes.

Fellow Saints in Training, isn’t it time we break the conspiracy of silence and in Spirit and Truth proclaim the Name of our Father every chance we get? His name is NOT God nor is it LORD–His name is Yahovah. Let us be bold and courageous and extol the name of Yahovah throughout all the earth.

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