KISS the Name and Pronounce It YaHavah
KISS defined: Keep It Simple Saint
By Mary E. Lewis --Oct. 2014
To proclaim this name is not my calling alone, we are
all called to proclaim the name of YaHavah to the world!
- YHVH commanded that the names of other gods be destroyed, then went on to command this: Deuteronomy 12:4—You shall not do so to YHVH your Elohim.
- Note for Deuteronomy 12:3-4 -- Verse 4 commands that his name shall not be destroyed. Hiding his name behind the substituted words, LORD God is the same as destroying His name. Hiding his name destroys the chance for the knowledge of his name to all peoples.
The simple truth of the Bible is that it was written to individuals with the community of the world in mind, one mind; the mind of YHVH. So, YHVH is not just a name, it means and stands for everything our Creator intends his creation to be, even if the ignorance of the creation reduces the number of true believers at the end to only a remnant remaining in the Book of Life. It is each person's choice to listen to and obey the interpretive boundaries of the Bible or remain ignorant.
Note for Exodus 3:14-15—In two verses YHVH provides the whole meaning, pronunciation, and individuality of his name and person.
Our Creator was known as Elohim Almighty to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,. In Exodus 3:14-15 he chose to make himself known as HYH [häyah]. Whether the original writing was HYH or HVH makes little difference, since the meaning of both, HYH (häyah) and HVH (hävah) are essentially the same. HYH (häyah) is a primitive root meaning to exist, or be. It is taken from another primitive root, HVH (hävah), meaning breathe or breath. The Israelites knew what these root words meant. The English translation from HYH to “I AM,” does not convey the meaning with clarity and purpose, even fully capitalized. “HYH who is HYH” actually told the people, “He eternally exists who is the breath of life.” YHVH told Moses to say, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, THE BREATH OF LIFE has sent me to you.” (paraphrased) In verse 15, he gives his name as YHVH (YaHävah).
Quite frankly, I am appalled that the persons who translated the original scripture languages, chose to hide the identity and name of YHVH. The words, LORD and God are mere epithets that do no justice to our Creator or those who believe in him.
The Bible says that in the end times, knowledge will increase. It is not the knowledge of science and technology of which it speaks. The only knowledge important enough to include in the Bible is that of YHVH and to increase in the knowledge of him. That can best be achieved by believing in his truth
- About the need to be born again in the Spirit of YHVH to enter the Kingdom of YHVH
The words, LORD and God, substituted for YHVH and Elohim interfere with a clear understanding of the Bible's teaching about YHVH and Jesus in a multitude of ways. The word, God, is associated with doctrine that splits YHVH into two persons or that his Spirit is said to be something other than His person. The person of YHVH is His Spirit. He cannot be split in two like a stick of stove wood anymore than the creatures he created in his likeness can be split into two persons. The stupidity of it is appalling.
I feel the same way about people who fight against having his name in the New Testament in place of Theos and kurios, even though they cannot prove it was not in the original scriptures, perhaps as the Greek, Tetragrammaton, meaning "four letters." Is it possible that scribes who made copies of documents that became the New Testament could have made the substitutions for the real name. We have no proof of whether or not his name was in the originals, because they are long since gone. Even so, the person and purpose of our Creator is the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament. He should be known by the name, YHVH, in both.
Today, many avoid the name YHVH because of the argumentation involved with its pronunciation and a history of denominational schism associated with it, such as Jehovah's Witness (JW) and Church of God (7th day) (CoG7th). This ministry has no connection with JW, CoG, or any of its break-off denominations, neither does it have any connection with the Sacred Name Movement or any of its break-off groups.
My involvement with the Hebrew name of our Creator is purely out of my love for Jesus and his Father, YHVH. Jesus and YHVH have been shamed enough by the infantile behavior of humanity. It is time to grow up. The day has come to set aside superstition in the use of the name of YHVH and its pronunciation. YaHavah stated that we who love him should proclaim his name to the world. In obedience to that command the Word of YHVH Bible was produced by myself to proclaim the name YHVH in the OT and NT. YHVH never changed his name, why should we?
When the twelve tribes of Israel were in captivity, they used other forms of YHVH and Elohim or words of their captors to refer to YHVH. In Babylon, Daniel referred to YHVH as Eloah, which is the singular form of Elohim. The "Eloah" of Daniel performed greater acts than the gods of Babylon.
The people in general had lived under the oppression of pagan worship for hundreds of years. The captivities of the twelve tribes began with their split in 3482 AM (3,482 years from Adam). It continued through the first three beasts prophesied by Daniel and continued longer under Roman rule many years past the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ (4415 AM). Between the pagan gods of Rome and the Hellenization of Alexander the Great, the people were under the oppression of pagan worship for over a thousand years. The Greek language was dominant, but Aramaic was also used; therefore believers in the Almighty God accepted the Greek term Theos in place of the unspoken name, YHVH. (Aramaic has Hebrew similarities).
The gospels and letters written by the apostles were for the people of the first century and written in Greek, although it is believed that Matthew wrote his gospel in Hebrew. In Acts 22, Paul spoke to the people in Hebrew.
Those to whom the gospels and letters were written, both Jew and Greek, understood the term Theos, to mean the Almighty Creator, YHVH. This Tetragrammaton was considered too holy to speak, and when it was spoken a thousand years before, it was by the high priest in the Holy Place. With the exception of YHVH's prophets, the Hebrew priests of the tribe of Levi were mediators between YHVH and the people. The first century brought in a new covenant and a new mediator, Jesus Christ. He is the High Priest and King. There is no way of knowing whether he spoke the name of YHVH to his disciples or not. He did teach them about his Father, YHVH, and the coming Spirit of YHVH after he went away. Jesus is our mediator in that, the Spirit of YHVH comes through the shed blood of Jesus to believers to teach them about himself, his son, and what is to come from what YHVH already spoke. In other words, believing in the truth about Jesus is prerequisite to being accepted by YaHavah and sealed in his Spirit.
It just makes sense to me that if YHVH is our teacher, we should know his name. I remember my fifth grade teacher. She wrote her name on the chalkboard, then taught the class how to say it. Miss Deskovsky--desk-of-ski. I have forgotten the names of most of my teachers, but will always remember her name. YHVH is my teacher now and I will never forget his name--YHVH --Yah-ha-vah.
Scholars and linguists say there is no way to decipher its pronunciation. Maybe they are forgetting that the student is not greater than the teacher. My teacher is YHVH. Who is their teacher? My teacher says to speak his name. He would not command that if there were no way to decipher its pronunciation. I can see that in modern Hebrew, it would be a problem. The Masoretes changed the Jewish letters yud, hey, and vav into permanent consonantal vowels with specific designated vowel sounds. The original Hebrew alphabet had no vowels. Now, the holy Tetragrammaton, YHVH, is all consonantal vowels.
Oppression is fed by superstition and ignorance. It is still the case today, maybe even more than it was in the first century, because false doctrines are imposed on believers who ignorantly trust false teachers. We have complete access to whatever is left of the ancient writings and a complete Bible of sixty-six books that is surviving the ravages of time. Even the poorest people can have access to the Judeo/Christian Bible. Besides the thousands sold every year, thousands of copies are given away to any who wants them. Having access to the Bible is only part of overcoming ignorance of the truth. It is YaHavah who teaches true believers what it all means.
Today, there are laws that protect the bold from being burned at the stake for proclaiming the truth of the Bible in the Spirit of YHVH. Yet, there is still opposition from many Theologians who oppose putting the Hebrew name of YHVH in the New Testament. Even so, the Word of YHVH Bible (WYB) boldly proclaims the Hebrew name, YHVH, in the New Testament in place of the Greek Theos. It is my personal Bible with my notes. Anyone who wants a copy can click the link. I offer a free PDF copy, or it can be purchased at Amazon.com in Kindle or paperback (three volumes). At present the paperback version has the title, "Water of the Word Bible." I liked using WOW to identify it. I am considering publishing doing the paperback edition under the original Word of YHVH title and removing the WOW version. Reading the Bible with YHVH's name in the OT and NT, is an experience no one should turn away from. It makes the Bible POP!
Humanity has a strong tendency to overcomplicate everything. This is where it is important to KISS the name of God (keep it simple saint). In the beginning there was no alphabet with consonants and vowels, only simple pictographs that evolved into the letters as they appear today. It is sad to admit that humanity has added linguistic rules that have complicated coming to a KISS agreement on how YHVH is pronounced.
In my personal Bible studies, I kept running into this verse until one day it finally dawned on me that LORD is not a name.
- Isaiah 42:8—I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
It took a few years for that to sink in, but there was a lot to learn first. When I was ready to ask the question about the name of God, he put it in my heart to search it out. There were very few places that had any information in the 1980’s and that was sketchy at best. Dictionaries seemed the logical place to begin, so I started with what I had on hand, the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (1976). Under alphabet, there was a table image of several ancient alphabets in their earliest forms, including Hebrew. That gave me a bigger start than you can imagine. I then exhausted all the information contained in the concordance of my New American Standard Bible (NASB). I needed more.
The books I purchased for research:
- Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible
- The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English
- Zondervan’s Bible Encyclopedia
- Single Volume of the Jewish Encyclopedia
With a lot of research, besides the above books, under my belt, I learned that the Hebrew language began with simple pictographs. Not an astounding revelation, since all languages evolved from symbols and pictographs. Somewhere, I can't remember where, I found a small article on the proto-Siniatic symbols found in some caves of the Sinai desert. I also learned that Psalm 119 comprised of 176 verses divided into twenty-two groups of eight verses. Each group begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The Word of YHVH Bible includes a description of each pictograph letter before the verses to which it applies. The entire Psalm is about hearing, believing, and obeying the commandments of YHVH.
What then, is the pictograph for each of the four letters of YHVH and what does Psalm 119 say about each letter? The following table shows each of the four.
Frankly, anything of the Bible that human reasoning has masked with mystery is nothing more than a set-up for Satan to introduce false teachers. Test the spirit of the mystery by stripping its mystery aura and look at its simplest form, whatever it is.
Stripping away all of the linguistic rules made by humanity since the first pictographs on cave walls, I looked at the root of YHVH. All four letters form the root of the name. Yah, a contraction of YHVH, is used 13 times in the Bible and translated to LORD. However, HVH is the main root that defines the meaning of the name. HVH (hävah) is closely related to the Hebrew word ruach, meaning breath and wind, or the unseen spirit. HVH is also related to HYH (häyäh), meaning to exist and be. HYH was translated to I AM THAT I AM in Exodus 3 (KJV Bible).
- Exodus 3:14-15 (WYB) — 14—And Elohim said to Moses, HYH who [is] HYH said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, HYH has sent me to you. 15—And Elohim said moreover to Moses, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, YHVH 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.
Häyäh, who [is] Häyäh, means the one who exists is one. He is the Creator who existed before creation and will always exist. There is no other god or creator before or after him.
The following definitions and pronunciations from Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary will provide the simple parts of YHVH and the above mentioned related words. It should be understood there is no J sound in Hebrew and that the Jewish national name of God is not Jehovah.
- From Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary:
- Yah—H3050 יהּ yâhh yaw Contracted for H3068, and meaning the same; Jah, the sacred name: - Jah, the Lord, most vehement. Cp. names in “-iah,” “-jah.” (Used 49 times most often translated to LORD)
- YHVH—H3068 יהוה yehôvâh yeh-ho-vaw' From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: - Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069. (Used 6,521 times most often translated LORD. Strong’s Dictionary uses the vav as a consonantal vowel with the sound of “o.” Strong’s pronunciation is incongruous with the character of YHVH)
Regarding the name Jehovah or Yehovah, the New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia reports, the English transliteration, Jehovah, is a misnomer. (Quoted from the introduction of the Word of YHVH Bible) The misplacement of vowel points is suggested as the reason for the mistake. The Hebrew alphabet has no vowels. Vowel sounds are indicated by dots and lines or points above or below certain consonants. Several hundred years ago, a Jewish Holy group, called the Masoretes, changed the three letters (yud, hey, and vav) that comprise the Holy Name into consonantal vowels.
The root of YHVH is HVH (pronounced hävah) meaning, be or ever existent. Relative to our Creator, hävah is life or existence. The root of Jehovah is HVH (pronounced hōvah) meaning ruin, mischief, or coveting, making the English name, Jehovah, a misnomer and a contradiction to the character of our Creator. Hōvah is used only three times and translated to mischief. Our Creator did not put the cloud of mystery around his name; the myth and mystery was caused by the superstitions of humankind.
The name of God is not included in the index-lexicon of Young's Analytical Concordance (Used 6,521 times) neither is the contraction of his name, YAH—H3050 (Used 49 times). Both are listed as LORD in the main concordance with the Hebrew spelling. The name is listed as Jeho'vah (Yahweh) under the section for Scripture proper names in the KJV, which would explain the common usage of Jehovah and Yahweh. Again, the root for Jehovah means mischief. The assumed pronunciation Yahweh appears to have the root Yah, which brings us back to the contraction for the four letters, YHVH with the root of hävah as explained below.
- Hävah—H1933 הוה הוא hâvâ' hâvâh haw-vaw', haw-vaw'A primitive root (compare H183, H1961) supposed to mean properly to breathe; to be (in the sense of existence): - be, X have. (Used 6 times)
- Häyah—H1961 היה - hâyâh - haw-yaw' A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): - beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use. (Used 3,502—most often translated to be)
- Ruach—H7307 רוּח - rûach - roo'-akh From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, insubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions): - air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y). (Used 378 times—most often as spirit but also wind and mind)
Many use the name Yahweh for the pronunciation of YHWH. The letter vav is also said to be waw. I'm no linguist, but I do know there is no word in Hebrew for WH (weh) or HWH (hawah). At least not in Strong's Bible Dictionary.
Before we conclude this article please consider the following verses remembering that these are the words of YHVH to his people, the tribes of Israel. How YHVH dealt with Israel is not confined to Israel, but an example of what he will do in every occasion of disobedience and obedience.
- 2Chronicles 7:12-14— 12—And YHVH appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him, I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice. 13—If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14—if my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Name is a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to. The Bible also uses name as one with authority. The phrase, called by My name indicates the authority of YHVH. To pray or do something in the name of Jesus is the same as using his authority.
- Jeremiah 23: 25-26—25—I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in My name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26—How long shall [this] be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yes, [they are] prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27—which think to cause my people to forget My name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten My name in turning to Baal.
The Baal's of today are the false doctrines that rule the lives of people who profess Jesus with their mouth, but their heart says "I'll do it my way."
- Malachi 2— If you will not hear and if you will not lay [it] to heart, to give glory to My name, said YHVH of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessings: yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay [it] to heart.
- John 14:22-27— 22—Judas, not Iscariot, said to him, Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world? 23—Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode with him. 24—He who does not love me does not keep my sayings. The word which you hear is not mine, but the Fathers which sent me. 25—These things have I spoken to you, being [yet] present with you. 26—But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit [of YHVH], whom (My) Father will give in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you. 27—Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
- Romans 9:14-17— 14—What shall we say then? [Is there] unrighteousness with YHVH? May it never be! 15—For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16—So then [it is] not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of YHVH that shows mercy. 17—For the scripture said to Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18—Therefore has he mercy on whom he will [have mercy], and whom he will he hardens.
IN CONCLUSION, THE FOLLOWING VERSES ARE YAHAVAH’S PROMISES TO ALL WHO WILL LOVE HIM AND HIS SON WITH ALL THEIR HEART, MIND, AND SOUL.
- Isaiah 42:8—I [am] YHVH (YaHavah): that [is] my name: and my glory I will not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
- Psalm 32:8-9—I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with My eye. Be not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, or they will not come near to you.
- John 3:16-17—For YHVH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For YHVH sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.
- Numbers 6:24-26—YHVH bless you, and keep you; YHVH make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; YHVH turn his face toward you, and give you peace.
BELIEVE AND TRUST THAT YAHAVAH AND JESUS ARE ABLE TO GUIDE, TEACH, AND COUNSEL EVERY TRUE BELIEVER.
- Psalm 73:24—You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory. Amen