A Hebrew scholar has understood the vocalization of God’s name as represented by the Hebrew Tetragrammaton YHWH. It is definitely Yahweh. It is one of the most important Biblical discoveries of all time. [TheWayWorldwide.org]
Here are some simplified explanations to go with your Bible. There are much more in depth discussions of these subjects on the website.
WHO IS Yahweh?
Yahweh (YHWH, יחוח) The personal name of the only true God. His own self-designation. Yahweh is the Creator and, rightfully, the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. In Hebrew, the divine name appears as four consonants, יחוח. Those four Hebrew characters—transliterated YHWH—are known as the Tetragrammaton. The Hebrew Tetragrammaton, יחוח, is pronounced Yahweh and means “he who causes to be.”
This makes the explanation of Exodus 3:14 absolute. God was explaining his name as it is written in Hebrew. It is perfect.
Exodus 3:14b “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘he who causes to be has sent me to you.’”
Note: this is the only legitimate explanation of the vocalization of God’s name ever understood since it was lost. Particularly the bolded section.
So why do scholars say that the first vowel in the divine name is an “a” vowel – yahweh instead of yihyeh (or yihweh)?
The “a” vowel in the first syllable is quite secure. We know this because an abbreviated form of the divine name (“Yah” – always vocalized with “a”) appears in the Hebrew Bible nearly 50 times, mostly in Psalms (e.g., Exod 15:2; Exod 17:16 – note, this is the same book as the longer form; Isa 12:2; Isa 26:4 – along with the longer form; Psa 68:5; Psa 68:19). The most familiar form to readers is no doubt the phrase halelû-Yah (“praise Yah!”; e.g., Psa 146:10; Psa 147: 1).
The real controversial part of all this for scholars comes with the second syllable (scholars lead exciting lives). Here’s what must be accounted for:
1. The form itself must be the imperfect conjugation, since the “y” of the first syllable is prefixed to the verb root (hyh/hwh).
2. The first syllable must have an a-class vowel (“yah”) to account for the abbreviated form of the name noted above.
3. The second syllable must be an i-class vowel because of the verb root (lemma). The ancient Semitic root hwy also requires an i-class vowel in the second syllable.
There is only one morphological verb formation (parsing) that makes sense of these elements: Hiphil stem, third person, singular, imperfect conjugation, from hyh/hwh. This form is vocalized yahyeh / yahweh and would mean “he who causes to be” (the Hiphil is a causative stem in Hebrew). This is controversial because the verb hyh/hwh does not appear in the Hiphil causative stem elsewhere. Hence scholars are uneasy about taking the divine name this way. Personally, the logic here doesn’t feel compelling to me. I;m not sure why it’s necessary to have a verb form appear elsewhere for it to be considered coherent where it does / might occur. I understand the desire for another example, but it is not a logical necessity if it makes sense. And in the context of Israel’s God in effect creating a nation out of the slave population of Israel, it makes good theological / conceptual sense. But I’m in the minority here, probably because of the (in my view, overly cautious and logically unnecessary) desire for an external example of this lemma in this stem.
There are other, much more technical, reasons why a Hiphil cannot be deemed certain. For example, one concerns its meaning: “he causes to be.” Scholars expect some sort of direct object (what is caused to be) and so some suspect that yahweh is actually part of a fuller divine title. The obvious biblical example here is yahweh tseba’ot (translated, “Yahweh/Lord of hosts/armies”) which would mean “he who creates the (heavenly) hosts/armies”). I like this suggestion, as it would be a theological claim to the supremacy of Yahweh above all other divine entities as their creator, but this approach is still only speculative.
So, to sum up, the above is why most scholars feel fine with yahweh as a conventional vocalization of the Tetragrammaton, even though they aren’t sure or comfortable as to how to explain its etymology.
- Click here for a 17-page PDF file of the relevant pages discussing the divine name YHWH and Exo 3:14 from three sources: Jenni and Westermann, Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament; the entry on “Yahweh” from Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (DDD); and the entry on “Yahweh (deity)” from the Anchor Bible Dictionary. Note that this file discuss the fact that Yehovah / Jehovah is a mis-vocalization of the divine name, a mistake created either in the Middle Ages or later in 1518 under Pope Leo X. I recommend all three of these resources to readers. ↩
- God does, via the biblical writer, speak of himself in the third person as well. For example, note the change from first person to third person in Amos 4:11.
What went wrong
Exerpt from the PDF mentioned above.
This is how we ended up with the artificial Yehowah and it’s English translation Jehovah.
Matthew 6:9 “YOU must pray, then, this way: “Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. (be held sacred; be treated as holy)
Do you love your father? Imagine feeling like that about God. Do you remember your father’s love and kindness? Yahweh is like that, very much so. If you have not known the love of a father, you will understand what it is like when you begin to know our Heavenly Father Yahweh.
Yahweh is perfect. He is God and he is almighty but the wonderful truth about God is that he is a loving father first and foremost. The Bible says that “God is love”. (1 John 4:8)
Here is a promise from God.
Revelation 21:3-5 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the thronej said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.
A Divine Prophecy Now Being Fulfilled
Zechariah 14:9 And Yahweh will be King over all the earth. In that day Yahweh will be one, and his name one.
According to the prophecy God will only have only one name.
There is only one true religion according to the Bible.
Ephesians 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
One name, one true religion.
WHO IS JESUS?
Jesus Christ: The only-begotten Son of God, the only Son created by Yahweh alone. This Son is the firstborn of all creation. By means of him all other things in heaven and on earth were created. He is the second-greatest personage in the universe. It is this Son whom Yahweh sent to the earth to give his life as a ransom for mankind, thus opening the way to eternal life for those of Adam’s offspring who would exercise faith. This same Son, restored to heavenly glory, now rules as King, with authority to destroy all the wicked and to carry out his Father’s original purpose for the earth. The Hebrew form of the name Jesus means “Yahweh Is Salvation”; Christ is the equivalent of the Hebrew Ma·shiʹach (Messiah), meaning “Anointed One.”
Jesus’ Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu’a) meaning “YAHWEH is salvation”, from the roots יְהוֹ (yeho) referring to the Hebrew God and יָשַׁע (yasha’) meaning “to save”. The name Jesus comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu’a).
The Master Worker of Proverbs 8:30
Yahweh can materialize anything that he can imagine and control any element of Creation.
Michael the Archangel was the first created person ever. He was created by Yahweh only. At that time no one else existed. God imagined the first created person in every detail and then materialized him without any memories. Then he gave him holy spirit. God’s spirit, when not materialized into anything, gives the person God’s qualities. Thus the person had his qualities but no memories of his own yet. He became a separate individual taught by God. A separate and distinct person. The first of God’s children, the only begotten, the only one created directly and by God alone.
It was likely at that time that God started teaching Michael and explained that God’s name is Yahweh, which means “he who causes to be” Thus Michael, who would eventually become The Lord Jesus Christ, was created.
Jesus has been ruling as King of God’s Kingdom since the year 1914 C.E. according to Bible prophecy.
He has been given unbelievable power to materialize matter on his own. This is how he will resurrect a person. Then God will restore the person’s memory and give them holy spirit.
Jesus came to Earth for three reasons:
-To tell us the truth about God
-To give us a role model to follow his footsteps closely
-And to die a sacrificial death
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
WHAT IS HOLY SPIRIT?
It is the life force of God. In the Bible it is also called dynamic energy. It is the most powerful force in existence. Acts 4:31, Isaiah 40:26
When not materialized into anything it gives a person God’s qualities.
God’s holy spirit is always sent as was demonstrated by the dove at Jesus’ baptism.
It is not umbilical (not connected to people) It is located behind the brain, between the brain and the mind but not touching the body.
Acts 4:31 And when they had made supplication, the place where they were gathered together was shaken, and they were one and all supplied with a full complement of the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness. (Merriam Webster: “fill” – Supply with a full complement)
It does not fill your body.
It is not to be confused with God’s power.
God’s power is his strength. Do not use any other analogy.
Even the creation of the Universe did not diminish his power. It is unlimited.
WHAT IS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR US?
God’s purpose is to fill the Earth with happy, healthy people. Most people have the hope of living forever on a restored Paradise Earth. These are known as The Great Crowd or Great Multitude. Psalms 37:29, Revelation 7:9
144,000 people only out of all humanity go to Heaven to rule with Jesus as Kings and Priests. These are known as The Little Flock. Revelation 14:1, Luke 12:32
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO UNDERSTAND
God notices and appreciates all the good we do, however, The Ransom Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to become reconciled to God. That is because the only thing that removes sin completely is the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Information About Your Prayer of Dedication and Baptism
These are the final two steps.
1 Peter 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Pray to Yahweh and tell him you want to dedicate yourself to him and have a clean conscience.
This is known as your prayer of dedication.
The Greek word baʹpti·sma (baptism) signifies “the processes of immersion, submersion and emergence,” according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words.
You must be completely immersed in water
and answer these two questions:
The first question is, “On the basis of the sacrifice of Yehoshua, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Yahweh to do his will?”
The second question is, “Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as a Follower of The Way and a Christian in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?”
If for some reason you are physically unable to be immersed completely in water, God understands. Please do not worry about it. If you want to but can’t, it is the same as if you had been immersed.
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if the readiness is there first, it is especially acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what a person does not have.
There is no infant baptism.
Tell people about https://TheWayWorldwide.org to grow the faith like wildfire.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation.
When people ask your religion, you can say, “I belong to The Way” or “I’m a Christian”.