YHWH, YAHWEH, YESHUA, YAHSHUA
What is God’s name? The name of the God of the Jews and Christians is found in the tetragrammaton “YHWH“, as it occurs nearly 7,000 times in scripture and in paleo-Hebrew engravings found that date as early as 840 BC. Vowels are added to make the name more pronouncable. While the original pronunciation of God’s name may be disputed, today it is generally pronounced “Yahweh”, and an English translation of it’s meaning is “I AM“.
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, [when] I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What [is] his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Simply put, God IS. What a perfect name for an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God!
It’s wonderful to note then, that transliteration of the Hebrew name for the Messiah “Yahshua”, or Aramaic “Yeshua” through whom Yahweh chose to manifest, or reveal Himself, means “‘I AM’ saves” or “Yahweh saves“, “is salvation“, “delivers“, or “Yahweh rescues” – shua‘ being a noun meaning “a cry for help” or “a saving cry”, as we call on Yeshua’s name to be saved.
John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
“Yahweh saves” is a perfect name for the sinless, Passover, Lamb of God, who saves all from sin who have faith in the shed blood of the sacrifice of the perfect and sinless Lamb of God.
Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
After the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, Jews began a tradition that the name YHWH was too sacred to say or write, in the absence of the temple in Jerusalem. Some Jews even go as far as to put a hyphen in the word, or term, G-d. As a result of this late dated tradition, descriptive substitutetitles for God are used such as “Adonai” (“My Lord”), and the Hebrew homonym “Elohim” which can refer to the God Yahweh, but is also used in scripture to describe a god, such as a pagan deity.
Abandonment of the use of the name Yahweh may well have contributed to the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind, by helping to blind Muhammad’s followers to the name of the one true God of the scriptures “Yahweh”, as contrasted to the name of the Arabian pagan’s deity “Allah”. Nor is “Allah” just an Arabic word for the generic term “God” as some suggest, since “ilah” is the Arabic equivalent for that, as revealed in the first pillar of Islam. “There is no ilah except Allah”.
Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
How different might things have gone if Arabic speaking Jews and Christians had been using the name of the one true God Yahweh, and Muhammad’s followers had been constantly confronted with the direct contradiction to the name of their god “Allah”, over the last 1400 years? A bonus would be that discussions would have naturally gravitated into the meanings of the names.
While Jews and Christians usually recognize the name God used to refer to Himself, the importance of His name can be recognized, particularly when ministering to Muslims who try to make a case for God’s name being “Allah”. While that is the name that Muhammad’s tribe used before him, Arabic speaking Christians and Jews also do so through error, though there are some Arabic language Bibles that correct the error. Blessedly, scripture suggests we are saved according to the condition of our hearts, rather than by the technical details of religious practice. Saved through the Spirit by being born again, as opposed to the flesh, and vain ritual.
One reason some folks might hesitate to use God’s name rather than the generic terms “God” and “Lord”, in place of “Yahweh”, and “Jesus” in place of “Yahshua” – besides being presented that way in English language Bibles – is a concern of association with the more fringe element of Messianic Christians. Some even suggesting that Christians that attend church on Sunday are destined for perdition, or those that condemn Christians that don’t try to follow the old covenant law – even as theaccusers fail, just as miserably as men always have, at keeping the law. This while perhaps exchanging the joy that is born out of the freedom we find in Yahshua, through the Spirit, for an exercise of the flesh.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
It could be that Christians may be more effective in ministering to Muslims if we expose Muslims to the name “Yahweh” and “Yahshua”, to continuously highlight the difference between the proper name of God, as opposed to Mohammed’s “Allah” whose name he lifted from the Arabian pagans and whose Islam is the perfect opposite of Christianity.
What if Arabic language bibles, instead of blaspheming Yahweh’s name by substituting the name of the Arabian pagan deity “Allah”, had instead used the name of the one true God Yahweh?
There is one Arabic language bible that doesn’t blaspheme Yahweh’s name that you can find at arabbible.com . It’s the same Van Dyke translation but instead of using the name “Allah” they substitute with “al-ilaah” which means “the God”, rather than blaspheming “Yahweh” by switching His name to the name of the Arabian pagan’s deity “Allah”. Indeed the cry “Allah Akbar” was well known to the Quraish pagans, as it indicated that “Allah was the greatEST“, of all of their pagan deities. Muhammad’s own father’s name was “Abdullah”, or slave of the Quraish pagan deity “Allah”, long before the false prophet Muhammad’s invention of his stand-alone, 7th century, anti-religion.
The name of the one true God of the Jews and Christians, as revealed in the 1600 year record that He gave us through all of his prophets and witnesses, is YHWH – Yahweh, and will NEVER be the blasphemous name of the Quraish pagan’s deity “Allah“, in spite of the tragic error of Arabic language bible translations.
But of course some of Muhammad’s followers will characterize the Wikipedia article cited here, as they do so many others, as “anti-islam” sites because they contain historical, archaeological and geographical matters of fact – that is, simple truth – which naturally runs contrary to what they have been taught. Taught through the writings of a bunch of semi-literate 7th – 10th century SW Arabian desert dwellers that CREATED Islamic so-called “tradition”, that is therefore necessarily, undeniably, PURE FICTION that masquerades as thousands of years of pre-muhammad history, without a single reference to any actual historical record that predates the 6th century AD when Islamic history BEGAN to be recorded.
Use of God’s name should help in resolving Muslim ignorance of, and knee-jerk rejection of, the triune nature of God, even though their Quran indicates that Mohammed’s “Allah” has a spirit, and the Hadith notes that Muhammad declared himself to be an intercessor. For this reason one might favor the transliterated Hebrew “Yah” version of “Yahshua”, whose name all by itself expresses the triune nature of God.
Have we been doing Muslims a disservice by not invoking this sacred and highly descriptive name when engaged in discussion, since perhaps the only thing Mohammed taught his followers to DISbelievemore, than salvation through Yahshua the Messiah, is that Yahshua is the Son of Yahweh. What is a Muslim to think once he learns that the name of the Messiah means “Yahweh saves“?
Yet things have gotten so upside down in the “church”, that the Roman Church in Malaysia is being persecuted for their insistence on continuing to use the name “Allah”, while Muslims are trying to prohibit them from doing so. Thus passing up a perfect opportunity to switch to the real name of the one true God, and thus draw a sharp contrast between Yahweh and Allah.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – “The Malaysian government will issue a new decree restoring a ban on Christian publications using the word “Allah” to refer to God, officials said Sunday.”
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – “Arsonists in Malaysia struck a fourth church on Saturday as the government tried to soothe tensions arising from a row over the use of the word “Allah” to refer to the Christian God.”
The Roman Church continuing in needless insistence on using a name of blasphemy, instead of siezing on the opportunity to switch to the real names of the one true God Yahweh and His Son Yeshua, while the spotlight is on the subject.
“Jesus” does not contain a meaning in Hebrew, Greek or English, except by association with it’s use in context. Might we be able to be more effective if we instead, or at least often and interchangeably, use the name of God whose meaning is so wonderfully self-descriptive? I have found that it inspires questions by Muslims, that result in answers that they may find surprising, and perhaps convicting as well.
It should be noted that the lingua franca of the 1st century Holy Land was Koine Greek because the Greeks had been in control for over 300 years. So the Greek name “Iesous”, is perhaps the name by which the Messiah was referred, not only by Gentiles, but perhaps by Jews that would have also spoken Koine Greek at the time. Greek is also the language of our inspired New Testament scriptures. Is it likely that – particularly those Jews that did not yet recognize Jesus as their Messiah – were calling him “Yahshua” along with regenerate Jews? Hebrew, Greek and Latin did not use the “J”, which was even a 16th to 17th century addition to the English language, pronounced “i” prior to that.
Perhaps the best question is, are there any reasons that can be cited not to use God’s name, that outweigh the reasons in favor of using it?
An online “sacred name” King James version, that is easy to copy and paste from, is the “restored name” King James. In searching, a video titled “The Hebrew Roots of Christianity” from eliyah.com, came up.
The “Restored Name” King James Version from eliyah.com is available.
If you note a change in a verse from your original KJV that causes you concern, I recommend you investigate with a resource like the Greek/English interlinear at the fourth link, from olivetree.com, that also has Strong’s definitions and much more.
Why not explore a “restored name”, or “sacred name” King James version a little for yourself? It might even result in your seeing a few things that you may not have noticed before.
Sadly, Muslims have actually been deceived into believing that remission of sin can instead be achieved by marching around the kaaba 7 times, throwing stones at a wall, cutting their hair, shouting on a hill, and engaging in additional pagan Arabian moon, sun, star and even jinn-demon worship rituals. In the Hadith we read:
Sahih Bukhari Volume 2, Book 26, Number 596: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew.“
However even some of Mohammed’s closest followers were well familiar with the origins of these rituals.
Sahih al-Bukhari 26.710 Narrated ‘Asim: I asked Anas bin Malik: “Did you use to dislike to perform Tawaf between Safa and Marwa?” He said, “Yes, as it was of the ceremonies of the days of the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance, till Allah revealed: ‘Verily! (The two mountains) Al-Safa and Al-Marwa are among the symbols of Allah. It is therefore no sin for him who performs the pilgrimage to the Ka’ba, or performs ‘Umra, to perform Tawaf between them.”
While they were indeed among the symbols of the pagan Arabian’s “Allah” this ritual was obviously recognized as being purely pagan until Mohammed simply declared that this Arabian – jinn-demon priest and pristess worship ritual – was sanctioned by his “Allah”. Yet these pagan Arabian – and later Islamic – rituals are what the Hadith says remit sin.
Most Muslims don’t even know that there is no EVIDENCE that suggests that Mecca ever even existed before the 4th century AD. But then most of those that have learned that truth, refuse to believe it anyway, in spite of their inability to present evidence to the contrary. Thus we find the “period of ignorance”, or at least self-imposed ignorance, actually began with Mohammed rather than ended with him. As further witnessed by Bibles being banned in Muslim countries. Please click the 5th link below this video for more on Islamic rituals. ____________________
But far worse than blaspheming the name of Yahweh through their ignorance, Muhammad’s followers are compelled to DENY the crucifixion, death and resurrection of the Messiah who saves all repentant individuals from sin, who have faith in His shed blood. They claim to “believe in Jesus” yet the ONLY WAY to believe IN Jesus is to believe he sacrificed Himself to save us from sin. Even secular historians believe that Jesus existed. That’s NOT believing IN Jesus.
They must DENY the WHOLE SUBJECT of the Gospel of the Messiah, because Muhammad fed them a Gnostic doctrine by way of his wife Khadijah’s cousin Waraqa who was a Gnostic Ebionite occult priest. A doctrine that was originally penned by Simon the Magician in the first century. Also known as the “father of heresies” the sorcerer Simon Magnus claimed it only appeared that Jesus was crucified. Sound familiar?
Surah 4:157 That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
Muhammad’s followers must also reject the many hundreds of verses in the Gospel that highlight the relationship between the Son of God and His Father.
1John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
Yet when a Muslim confesses that Jesus is the Son of God he has committed the most egregious, and only unpardonable sin, in Muhammad’s 7th century religion.
Sura 19:88 They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” 89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Since Muhammad declared the EXACT OPPOSITE of the WHOLE SUBJECT of the Gospel, and Muhammad’s personal behavior is revealed through their own books as being the EXACT OPPOSITE of that of the sinless Messiah, we can know for certain that this ANTICHRIST cult emerges from straight out of the pit of hell.
Let alone by the fruit of Islam, with over 17,000 deadly Islamic terror attacks around the world, just since 9-11. Most of the places we find murder, mayhem and misery around the world today we find Islam, with over two million killed in the Sudan alone.
To our Muslim friends, it isn’t too late – at this moment – but you could die unrepentant this very day. Do you really want to continue to reject the sinless Messiah and the blood of the Lamb of God that would save you, to bet your eternity on a 7th century murdering, prisoner abusing, thief and the chicken and wine serving bordello of his imagination that he called “paradise”? To continue to serve a false prophet that is revealed through flying donkey-mules and talking ants?
1John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Here’s a video by a sadly deluded young Yemeni Jew, that would seem to have become a cult hero of YouTube Muslims, as it has logged over 370,000 views. It’s as if the Muslims are saying “Oh happy day, look, here’s a young Yemeni Jew that says ‘Allah’ is God’s name, oh happy day! We always hang on every word that Jews have to say just as our ‘prophet’ Muhammad did before he beheaded them! Why there’s the proof that ‘Yahweh’s’ name is really ‘Allah’!” This even though there is no evidence of the Arabic language prior to about the mid-300s AD.
Why don’t Muslims ask the young fellow if Jesus is the Messiah? Should it be a surprise they find comfort with those who reject the Messiah, including even with agnostics like Bart Ehrman, that have no God at all? Yet all these poor deluded followers of Muhammad have to do is spend a few minutes with a search engine and read a few sites that regard historical and archaeological record. While there is no shortage of Muslims trying to morph the Quraish pagan’s “Allah” into Aramaic or Syriac the comparisons are with similar words or terms for God and NOT with the NAME of God.
YHWH, YAHWEH, YESHUA, YAHSHUA