the purging of God's name from Holy Scripture
There's an insidious, back-handed war that's been going on for generation after generation and continues into our contemporary times. The subversive abuses have been so crafty and stealthy, that they've generally gone completely unnoticed by the victims. The people of God have been losing this conflict to the professional, learned clergy who claim to be the experts, positioning themselves as God's intermediaries. They pretend to have some special insight, knowing how best the faithful are allowed (or required) to interact with their Creator. Yet these same pulpitarians contradict the teachings of Yahweh Almighty, the God of Creation, who inspired the scriptures upon which they base their professional walk of life.
At the heart of the issue is this thing called the tetragrammaton, which is a Greek word meaning "four characters" or "four letters." The Hebrew tetragrammaton is displayed in the top-left corner of this website's header. The four letters of the tetragrammaton refer to the word commonly transliterated into Latin as YHVH. This is the name of the Hebrew and Christian God, whose Holy Name is expressed textually in the four Hebrew letters of the tetragrammaton. His name isn’t God, Lord, Ba’al, Amen Ra, Osiris, Isis, Zeus, Jupiter, Jesus, Jehovah, Kyrios, Dominus, Apollo, Allah, Shiva, Buddha, or Satan. God has a name, it's pronounced Yahweh, and now you know it.
The Divine Name, written in the form of the tetragrammaton, appears more than 6,500 times in the Hebrew texts. But the
Hebrew is read from right to left.
At any rate, one of the most recent salvos in this war was fired by the Roman Catholic church and Pope Benedict through a Papal Directive issued in June of 2008. In this war, waged first through the Rabbinic traditions, and then joined by the Christian church, we find a curious mixture of poisons. Both wage strategic offensives against the use of God's name, but for different reasons. Benedict's directive is clearly intended to bolster the false Christian doctrine of the trinity, a concept the Rabbis regard as an abomination. Yet the sum total of their efforts makes them allies in the campaign to strip God's name from the Holy Bible, from prayer, from song and from the hearts and minds of believers. It would seem Jewish rabbis, and Christian clergymen of every rank and category have found common ground and have been serving up the same toxic muck from the Devil's own soup kitchen.
There is nothing in the Torah that prohibits the pronunciation or speaking of God's name. In fact, it is clear from scripture that the name was used and pronounced routinely throughout the written Tanakh (the Hebrew scriptures, also known as the Torah, Prophets, and Writings). The Mishnah, likewise, makes no prohibitions against the use of God's name. It wasn't until the time of the Talmud (the Jerusalem Talmud was compiled in the 4th century C.E., and the Babylonian Talmud was compiled around the year 500) that the custom had become fixed by the Rabbis that the name should never be spoken. Indeed, they taught, if one were to read the name, they should not even think the pronunciation silently. This was when the name of God began to be textually substituted by a variety of "titles" such as 'God' or 'Lord' which are basically just job descriptions. Texts were changed in the Hebrew scriptures to reflect this new Rabbinical directive. The rabbis executed a masterful hijacking of inspired Holy Writ.
For instance, Moses opens the 32nd chapter of Deuteronomy speaking about the nourishing effect of Yahweh’s Word, His Promise:
Even going all the way back, before the time of Yeshua, the Name, by Rabbinic tradition, having no scriptural support whatever, was only allowed to be spoken by the High Priest in the Temple on Yom Kippur. Since the destruction of the Temple, the name fell out of use completely, to the extent that the correct pronunciation of YHVH is no longer even totally certain (Hebrew was written using only consonants without vowels). Even the word "God," which is a title, and when written in English is forbidden to be written by many Jews. Instead, they will insert an absurd contracted substitute using no vowels - "G-d."
Some refer to the God of Judeo-Christianity as "the nameless God" given that the tetragrammaton is taught to represent "the unutterable Name." Repeat for emphasis; nowhere in the Torah, Prophets, and Writings are there any prohibitions against the speaking of God's Holy Name. Indeed, just the opposite is true, and the great teachers of Judaism know it. If they don't, then they have no right to call themselves teachers.
Erasing God's Holy Name from Holy Writ does not come from the teachings of God, but from the teachings of men. Believers are encouraged to use the name, know the name, call upon the name, and sanctify the name. The speaking of God's Holy Name has only one scriptural prohibition attached to it. The English translation is usually rendered, "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
In Jewish teaching, the commandment not to use the name of God in vain refers solely to oath-taking and is a prohibition against swearing by God's Name falsely or frivolously. The Hebrew word normally translated as "in vain" literally means "for falsehood." It goes without saying that the name should always be used carefully and with the greatest respect.
The Jewish Rabbis don't mind terribly when they hear Karaite Jews or some Christians speak the names Yehovah or Jehovah, because they consider these to be mispronunciations. Scholars believe the correct pronunciation of the tetragrammaton is "Yahweh," but even this is not entirely certain. Certainty has been lost to the ages.
The Masoretes were groups of Jewish scribes and scholars who set about standardizing Hebrew pronunciation and grammatical guides since the time of the second Temple destruction. Because the original Hebrew texts were written only using consonants, the Masoretes included vowel pointings to the texts of the Torah as an aid to pronunciation in preserving the spoken Hebrew language. However, when it came to the tetragrammaton, it was considered so holy that they did not use the actual vowel pointings, but instead used the vowels from the word Adonai (Lord) to remind the readers to say Adonai instead of Yahweh. Later many Christian translators would misinterpret this and began using the hybrid word Yehovah or Jehovah.
The King James Authorized Version (published in 1611), incidentally, includes the name of God (Jehovah) in four places, though it was replaced editorially in the other 6,500 places where it occurs.
Also, in the first edition, King James Authorized Version, at the very top center of the ornate title page, in small little letters, is the Hebrew tetragrammaton.
"in recent years the practice has crept in of pronouncing the God of Israel's proper name, known as the holy or divine tetragrammaton, written with four consonants of the Hebrew alphabet in form יהוה, YHWH. The practice of vocalizing it is met with both in the reading of biblical texts taken from the lectionary, as well as in prayers and hymns. It occurs in diverse written and spoken forms, for example, Yahweh, Yahwè, Jahweh, Jahwe, Jave, Yehovah, etc. It is therefore our intention, with the present letter, to set out some essential facts which lie behind the above-mentioned norm and to establish some directives to be observed in this matter."
"The Greek translation of the Old Testament, the so-called Septuagint, dating back to the last centuries prior to the Christian era, had regularly rendered the Hebrew tetragrammaton with the Greek word Kyrios, which means “Lord.” Since the text of the Septuagint constituted the Bible of the first generation of Greek-speaking Christians, in which language all the books of the New Testament were also written, these Christians, too, from the beginning never pronounced the divine tetragrammaton. Something similar happened likewise for Latin-speaking Christians, whose literature began to emerge from the second century, as first the Vetus Latina and, later, the Vulgate of St. Jerome attest. In these translations, too, the tetragrammaton was regularly replaced with the Latin word Dominus, corresponding both to the Hebrew Adonai and to the Greek Kyrios."
"This fact has had important implications for New Testament Christology itself. When in fact St. Paul, with regard to the crucifixion, writes that “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name” (Phil 2:9), he does not mean any name other than “Lord,” for he continues by saying, “and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil 2:11; cf. Is 42:8: “I am the Lord; that is my name.”) The attribution of this title to the risen Christ corresponds exactly to the proclamation of his divinity. The title in fact becomes interchangeable between the God of Israel and the Messiah of the Christian faith, even though it is not in fact one of the titles used for the Messiah of Israel."
As you are reading the Scriptures, you will frequently come across the word "LORD" in all cap letters. You can know and understand that it was put there by a scribe or translator to replace the tetragrammaton (the name of God) Yahweh.
The Rabbis have squelched the use of God's holy name because they falsely believe sinful people (all people) lack the purity and righteousness necessary to speak the Name. The Christian churches have squelched the use of God's Holy Name because it confuses the false doctrine of the trinity. Subsequently, congregational believers from both the Jewish and Christian sides of the coin do not use, hear, or know the Holy Name.
Make no mistake. The removal of God’s name from His inspired Word is the result of shameful institutional religious hubris. A matter of pretentious, self-important men taking the authority and prerogative to themselves of controlling God's people by lording over them. Prerogative and authority they do not possess, but by their own self-glorification.
It's intended to separate us from the personal relationship we would otherwise enjoy with the Glorious Yahweh Almighty, Sovereign Lord of all Creation. As we said before, they are rationing out the Devil's raunchy soup to the lost sheep of the Lord's flock, which are hungry and thirsty. They fill us with the false dictates, mandates, and decrees, to worship the traditions of the institutional church, rather than the inspired word of God. Then again, the trick is, you don't know what you don't know - so just bow down in obedience to those that wrap themselves in the clerical garments of religious office.
How do we glorify His Name if we don't know it?
Isaiah 24:15 - Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD (YHVH); exalt the name of the LORD (YHVH), the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.
John 12:28 - Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
Revelation 15:4 - and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord (Yahweh) God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord (Yahweh), and bring glory to your name?
How do we call upon His Name if we don't know it?
Genesis 12:8 - From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD (YHVH) and called on the name of the LORD (YHVH). Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Exodus 6:3 - God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD (YHVH). I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD (YHVH) I did not make myself fully known to them.
Psalm 116:13 - I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD (YHVH).
Zephaniah 3:9 - For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord (YHVH), To serve Him with one accord.
Yeshua certainly knew His Father's name, though generally referred to Him in a more familiar manner, as "Father" -
Matthew 6:9 - In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed (sanctified, consecrated) be Your name.
John 14:28 - You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
John 17:26 - O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 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.
There are, of course, far too many examples to cite them all here. If God wants His people to know His Name, to sanctify it and call upon it, one must ask, what is the true source of inspiration behind the attempts to choke the Name out of the scriptures and remove it completely from the language - the hearts and minds of His peoples? The answer of course, is the diabolical machinations of the evil one, who seeks to separate man from God in every way possible. Would Satan use rabbinical ordinances, or the ecumenical church leaders to accomplish his evil intentions? Of course, he would, in fact, for him, it's logical, well-practiced, and uncomplicated. Never forget, the Devil has skills, and it's really quite simple for him - appealing to the intellectual and spiritual superiority of self-important religious leaders, with their unassailable "callings". Just allow them to carry the water. However, the text of Biblical Scripture continues to speak louder than any of them and will condemn them all when the day of inspection comes. The inspired, written word of Yahweh will continue to speak to us through the ages, until heaven and earth pass away. Quit trying to change it.
The real question is why would the Rabbis or the ecumenical (entire interdenominational) church allow themselves to be used in such a way? Do they actually believe there is any nutritional value in the soup they're serving up? Is it intellectual pride? Perhaps they seek the reward and scholarly acknowledgment attained for postulating a foolish unscriptural notion masked as profound ecclesiastical insight. They may fool the eyes of men, but what about the eyes of Yahweh? Either way you shake it, shame on y'all.
Other denominations follow the lead of the Roman Catholic Mother church, expounding on the issue from various angles. Some say the tetragrammaton isn't a name at all. (Here come the Sophists). Rather, it's merely a statement of God's attributes. "I Am" is thus said to be a statement of differentiation, that points out how false pagan gods, in fact, "aren't."
God, however, is often self-described in terms of attributes and characteristics, as above where He describes himself as, "Yahweh, the God of your ancestors." Or a few other self- proclaimed attributes which clearly are not substitutions for His Name:
A STUDY INTO ANOTHER FACET OF THE RESOLUTE DETERMINATION TO BREAK THE BOND BETWEEN YAHWEH ALMIGHTY AND HIS PEOPLE - THE DEVIL NEVER RESTS
Under what directives was Jerome working when he produced the Latin Vulgate version of scriptures? What about the translational works of Erasmus? (see - Erasmus of Rotterdam) Or Tyndale? Under what directives were the translators working, that produced the King James Authorized Version? (see - King James I) These indicate a long-standing tradition among translators, even those working from original texts, to alter the text, replacing the Tetragrammaton with an empty title. A falsification. These were all long before the time of Pope Benedict. Yet, it was the Vatican, under Pope Benedict, that produced a written directive, stating in no uncertain terms, that the matter of 'God's Name' is hereby declared 'settled law' and done. The directive was addressed to all bishops prohibiting the use of the name Yahweh in 2008. The following are excerpts from that document:
In other words, in the view of the Vatican, the church is to recognize an equivalence between the use of "Lord" in the Hebrew texts, referring to God, and the use of "Lord" in the Greek texts, referring to Jesus, Yeshua. In the view of the Vatican, they are one and the same, two parts of the so-called divine trinity. The use of God's name Yahweh unfortunately suggests that God is a separate individual divine entity whose name is different from that of Jesus, the Son, His Messiah. The use of names confounds and confuses the untrained masses, and therefore, for the sake of false trinitarian teaching, the name of God needs to be expunged. To reinsert the name would look something like this:
"And the LORD (YHVH) descended in the cloud, and stood with him [Moses] there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD (YHVH). And the LORD (YHVH) passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD (YHVH), The LORD (YHVH) God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and
truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." - Exodus 34
see also - Jerome and the Latin Vulgate
a translator's work is never done
If what Yahweh says is true, there is only one God, He has but one name, and you should know what that name is even though it's been removed from Scripture and hidden from view. Your clergymen may not want you to know it, but God does.
In most English translations the Name is replaced with the word "LORD" written in large and small cap letters or "LORD" in all large caps. In some, the Name is replaced by the word "ADONIA " also in large or small cap letters. Kyrios is used about 740 times in the "New Testament," usually referring to Yeshua. However, it is often left entirely to the discretion of the translator, based on context, whether to render the word Kyrios as Lord, Jesus, God, Yahweh, or something else.
Had Moses lived during the reign of the Talmudic Rabbinical Masters, they would have stoned him to death for this proclamation; “I proclaim the name of Yahweh.” How is it that the Rabbinical Masters have found 613 laws, or mitzvahs, in Yahweh’s Torah teachings to impose on their brothers but missed this little lesson? And by whose authority is it that clerics believe they are empowered to copyedit inspired scripture and remove the name of God. All the major translations have done so, as in the above quoted passage, from the New King James Version.
THE RABBINICAL REVISIONS OF INSPIRED SCRIPTURE
When Moses approached the burning bush and inquired as to the name of God, the response is recorded textually as the tetragrammaton. A word that would come to be considered by the Rabbis to be too holy for the impure lips of a human. Yet the Creator saw fit to introduce Himself by this name. Yahweh did not respond to Moses by saying, "Well, I would tell you my name, as if we were friends, but your lips are too impure to pronounce it. So instead, you can just call me --- Mister." God’s name is Yahweh. Repeating for emphasis, His name isn’t God, G-d, Lord, Ba’al, Amen Ra, Osiris, Isis, Zeus, Jupiter, Kyrios, Dominus, Yeshua, Jesus, Jehovah, Apollo, Allah, Shiva, Buddha, Mister, or Satan. The God of Creation has a name by which He wishes to be called, and now you know it.
In fact, His name is so important, so relevant to knowing Him, and in developing a relationship with Him, so essential to our salvation, Yahweh will inspire it to be recorded in His Word and Teachings over 6,500 more times. It’s obvious He wants us to know it, call upon it, and sanctify it. Hallelujah.
THE CHRISTIAN REVISIONS OF INSPIRED SCRIPTURE
The Christian Greek scriptures are a somewhat different problem altogether. The Greek language had no equivalent to the tetragrammaton or the name of God. When the Hebrew scriptures were first translated into Greek (the Septuagint), The chosen substitute Greek word used was Kyrios. This was over two hundred years before Yeshua, and the Jewish scribes and scholars were unwilling to attempt to textualize anything like God's name.
The replacement of the tetragrammaton with a word as ambiguous a Kyrios was such a weak substitution it bordered on deliberate academic malfeasance. Kyrios can be translated, according to context, as "mister," "sir," "master," or "lord." Textually, the Biblical translation into English is "LORD," and is used to replace the tetragrammaton.
see also - King James I authorizes a new Bible
see also - Erasmus of Rotterdam
God has a name, it's a personal name, it's uniquely His and He wants His people to know it what it is, even though it's been erased, or purged from scripture. The amazing thing is, just how successful this purge has been, given that among either the Jewish or Christian congregations, so many of the faithful are unaware that God has a name. Scripture tells us over and over again, to "call on His name," "to honor and bless His holy name," "not to use His name in vain." Is there no one to question what name the scripture is referring to? The leaders, and the clergy of the congregations don't want anyone to raise such a question. They don't want anyone to even know that God Almighty has a name. The Jewish rabbis teach that if you were, somehow, to accidentally read it silently, you're not even allowed to think the name. They have gone to great lengths to erase the name of God from the hearts and minds of His people on earth.
It's war, and as Sun Tzu said in Art of War, "all warfare is based on deception." Deception and lies do not come from Yahweh. We all know whose spirit it is that takes such pleasure in tricking foolish men with the arts of deception. This is especially true, when he only needs to beguile the 'leaders', and then stand back and watch, while their intellectual pride, arrogance, and chutzpah do the work of leading the flock down the wayward path.
Does substituting the NAME of God for titles constitute adding or subtracting from scripture? In fact, it constitutes the act of copy-editing, text-editing, literally changing the words of the inspired text which is an act explicitly prohibited by scripture. Listen up Rabbi, look around Pastor, pay attention scribes, scholars, and interpreters - changing scripture is the thing that is prohibited!! The divine inspiration that led to the written word should, by all means, be guarded from distortion, and corruption. A sacred trust has been broken. Repeating; A sacred trust has been broken by these acts of corrupting the inspired word. Perhaps the good bishop of Rome should consider these essential truths.
"Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the LORD (Yahweh), the God of your ancestors, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD (Yahweh) your God that I give you." - Deuteronomy 4
"Hallelujah" (HAL-i-LOO-yə) is a transliteration of the Hebrew phrase הַלְלוּ יָהּ (Modern Hebrew hallūyāh, Tiberian haləlūyāh), which is composed of two elements: הַלְלוּ and יָהּ (Praise, and the abbreviation for the name of God, Yah). The term, "Praise Yahweh," in this form, is used 24 times in the Hebrew Bible (in the book of Psalms), twice in deuterocanonical books (which are books accepted by the Catholic and Orthodox churches as inspired scripture, but not by the Protestant churches), and four times in the Christian book of Revelation. The term is an appropriate way to express one's praising of God's Holy Name in an abbreviated manner. Say it, speak it, use it, know it, learn to love the expression - learn to love Yahweh Almighty, the Father of all Creation. [thanx Marcus]
know your faith - grow your faith
professional clergy have seen to it that God's name has been stripped completely of its place in the Holy Scriptures, replacing it instead with hollow titles - mere subordinate expressions acknowledging the supremacy of the Creator, but never by name.
"Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 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. For I proclaim the name of the Lord (Yahweh): Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
--- Deuteronomy 32: 1-4 (parenthesis added to correct for translational transgression).
The Rabbis assert that anyone who would pronounce the Tetragrammaton or YHVH instead of using an approved substitute, will have no place in the World to Come. That is to say, they are eternally condemned. It doesn't seem to matter that this assertion is indefensibly without any merit of scriptural support. Instead, Rabbinic Jews (by far the majority of Jews) use replacement terms such as Adonai "my Lord," Elohim "God," or Ha-Shem "the Name" or sometimes Shem Shelo "the Name that is His."
(The preceding paragraph leaves us -- well -- In the humble opinion of the ecumenical examiner, the good bishop of Rome is here providing a magnificent load of gourmet baloney - truly top quality bupkis. Is the Messiah of Israel different from the Messiah of the Christian faith - are they different, or the same as the God of Israel, the God of Abraham? But he continues):
"In light of what has just been expounded, the following directives are to be observed:
1. In liturgical celebrations, in songs and prayers the name of God in the form of the tetragrammaton YHWH is neither to be used or pronounced.
2. For the translation of the biblical text in modern languages, intended for the liturgical usage of the Church, what is already prescribed by n. 41 of the Instruction Liturgiam authenticam is to be followed; that is, the divine tetragrammaton is to be rendered by the equivalent of Adonai/Kyrios; “Lord,” Signore, Seigneur, Herr, Señor, etc.
3. In translating, in the liturgical context, texts in which are present, one after the other, either the Hebrew term Adonai or the tetragrammaton YHWH, Adonai is to be translated “Lord” and the word “God” is to be used for the tetragrammaton YHWH, similar to what happens in the Greek translation of the Septuagint and in the Latin translation of the Vulgate." - From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 29 June 2008."