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The most common question I hear among those that I share the truth of the name is "Doesn't Yahweh know who I'm talking to? Why does it matter what I call Him, He answers me anyway?"
I believe that it is true. Yahweh does and will answer prayer and
accept praise from those who have no knowledge of His true name. But what
about those who DO know but don't care?
Psal 44:20 (NKJV) If we had forgotten the name of our Elohim,What does Yahweh really want us to do on this issue? Continue to call Him whatever we want? Or to call Him by the name He has assigned to Himself?
Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
21 Would not Elohim search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
I do not think there is anything wrong with calling Yahweh our Father,
Master, Creator, etc. which are all fitting titles. What I think Yahweh
would have a real problem with is changing His name from Yahweh to "Lord"
It is extremely ironic, if not prophetic what Yahweh declared to Jeremiah
when we understand that the word "Baal" means "Lord."
Jere 23:26,27 "How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal."(LORD)Also consider what Yahweh declared to Hosea:
Hose 2:16 (KJV) And it shall be at that day, saith Yahweh, that thou shalt call me Ishi (My Husband); and shalt call me no more Baali. (My lord) For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.I tell you, it struck me as odd that Baal's name is never changed or translated and therefore lives on while Yahweh's name is falsified over 7000 times in scripture! But I think I might know why. See here, if they did try to translate the name Baal, then there is one thing they would have to deal with. Look at how the verse would read if they did not restore Yahweh's name:
1Kin 18:21 (NKJV) And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Lord (Baal), follow him." But the people answered him not a word.One might be quite confused when reading the text. Because of this relationship between Baal and Lord, I prefer not to use Lord at all. Lord is the word used to replace Yahweh's name. I'm not saying that the entire Christian world is worshiping "Baal", but the coincidence here seems quite striking.
It is truth that many times in scripture, we see His people calling
on His name. Men during the time of Adam called on the name of Yahweh
Gene 4:26 (NKJV) And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then [men] began to call on the name of Yahweh.Abraham called upon the name of Yahweh:
Gene 12:7 (NKJV) Then Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." And there he built an altar to Yahweh, who had appeared to him. 8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent [with] Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to Yahweh and called on the name of Yahweh.Moshe called upon the name of Yahweh:
Exod 3:15 (NKJV) Moreover Elohim said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: `Yahweh Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'David called upon the name of Yahweh:
Psal 116:13 (KJV) I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of Yahweh.
Psal 116:17 (KJV) I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of Yahweh.EliYah the prophet called upon the name of Yahweh:
1Kin 18:24 (NKJV) "Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of Yahweh; and the Elohim who answers by fire, He is Elohim." So all the people answered and said, "It is well spoken."Yahushua the Messiah called upon the name of Yahweh:
John 17:25 (NKJV) "O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 "And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare [it], that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."What more do we need? If the scriptures are written for our learning and righteous men for our example, do the scriptures not clearly show that HIS people call on His name? Let's see what else the word of Yahweh says:
Isai 52:6 (NKJV) Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I am He who speaks: `Behold, it is I.' "Let's look at an end time prophecy. Will Yahweh's people be calling on His name at that time, in this age?
Zech 13:7 (NKJV) "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion," Says Yahweh of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.Here is another prophetic scripture reveals His people are using His name:
8 And it shall come to pass in all the land," Says Yahweh, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one- third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the [one]-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, `This [is] My people'; And each one will say, `Yahweh is my Elohim.' "
Reve 14:1 (NKJV) Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred [and] forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads.Clearly, His people use His name. Some have said that these scriptures that speak of His name do not actually speak of the literal spoken and written name of Yahweh but rather His character and reputation. A simple study of the meaning of the word "Shem" that is translated "name" in our english bibles will reveal that this word, very much like our English word, not only means a "character" but also means a literal written and spoken name. If I say to you that I come in the name of peace, then I am telling you that I want to characterize myself as offering peace. These things are indeed true.
However, if I told you that my name was JimBob then I would not be
telling you the truth. Here is an example of a falsification:
Isai 42:8 (NKJV) I am Yahweh, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.has been changed to:
Isai 42:8 (NKJV) I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.The latter statement is simply not true! And its not like it was a simple mistake by the translators. It was completely on purpose. And it had unscriptural intentions. Most prefaces of bible translations will cite familiarity and tradition as the reasons for the substitutions. This is clearly against what Yahweh has told us to do in the scriptures. (many of which I have indexed on this Home Page).
If we say HalleluYah, we can know what it really means! (HalleluYAH means "Praise You YAHweh") When we end a prayer in Yahushua's name, we can know what it really means. (YAHushua means "YAHweh is salvation") When we speak to Yahweh, it is on a personal basis through a personal name. If we proclaim Yahweh, we can know that we are proclaiming His name, just as all those in scriptures have done.
As Moshe said:
Deut 32:1 (NKJV) "Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass. 3 For I proclaim the name of Yahweh: Ascribe greatness to our Elohim.
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