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His Name is Yahweh

His Name is Yahweh

By Neil Snyder

Fact 1: His Name is Yahweh

God’s personal Name, Yahweh, is called the Divine Name and the Tetragrammaton, or four-letter word because it has four letters in Hebrew.  Most Jewish people won’t say Yahweh.  Instead, they say HASHEM—a Hebrew word that means “The Name”, or they say Adonai—the Hebrew word for Lord.  Yahweh is also called the Ineffable Name, or the unspeakable Name, but God’s Name is not unspeakable! 

Fact 2: Yahweh’s Name Has Been Edited Out of Most Bible Translations

Yahweh’s Name doesn’t appear even one time in the text of the three most popular English Bible translations on the market today.  The King James Bible, the New American Standard Bible, and the New International Version substitute the titles “LORD” and “GOD” with all the letters capitalized where the Name “Yahweh” actually belongs.  Jewish Bible scholars introduced this tradition in the mid-2nd century B.C., and it has continued since that time.  This man-made tradition, which achieved near-universal acceptance in 1611 A.D. when the King James Bible editors failed to include the Name ”Yahweh” in their inaugural edition, is wrong and dangerous for two reasons.  First, it nullifies Yahweh’s explicit command to tell the world that we have only One God—Yahweh.  Second, according to the Bible, Yahweh is the only Name in which we have salvation.

According to Bible scholar and author Charles Ryrie, the Name “Yahweh” appears exactly 6,823 times in the Old Testament, and the New Testament is loaded with direct quotes and paraphrased passages from the Old Testament containing God’s Name.  In other words, Yahweh’s Name should appear all over both the Old and New Testaments, but most Christians have never seen it.  Even more, few Christians have ever heard a preacher declare Yahweh’s Name from the pulpit.  This is a serious problem—and one that needs immediate attention!

Fact 3: LORD and GOD are Titles—Not Names

“LORD” and “GOD” are titles—not names, and Yahweh never even hinted that we should declare His titles to the world.  Additionally, these titles can be applied appropriately to wood, rock, or metal, and Yahweh Himself refers to anything that has been fashioned into an idol for worship as either a “god” or a “lord.”  Putting it bluntly, these titles don’t distinguish between Yahweh and inanimate objects and false deities so it makes absolutely no sense to believe they are appropriate substitutes for His Name.  In fact, there is no substitute for the Name “Yahweh”.

Fact 4: Yahweh Commanded Us to Tell People Who He is by Name

Yahweh means “I AM”, and “I AM” is one of His Names.  In Exodus 3: 13-15, God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM; thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  Then He added this command:

“Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’  This (Yahweh) is My Name forever, the Name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”

“Forever” means without end so it’s clear that Yahweh never intended for us to substitute titles for His Name.  Also, since Yahweh instructed Moses to tell the Children of Israel to remember Him by the Name Yahweh “from generation to generation”, it’s obvious that He wants everyone

to know His Name,
to call on Him by Name, and
to tell people about Him by Name.

Fact 5: Yahweh is Our Only Savior and Jesus is Yahweh

Jeremiah 23: 5-6 says the Messiah’s Name is Yahweh, and in Philippians 2: 9-11, the apostle Paul was referring to the Name “Yahweh” when he said,

“God…bestowed on Him (Jesus) the Name which is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Yahweh is the Name God bestowed on Jesus; it’s the Name that is above every name; and it’s the Name to which every knee will bow when He returns.

We know for certain that Paul was saying God bestowed the Name “Yahweh” on Jesus because in Philippians 2: 9-11 he paraphrased Isaiah 45: 21-24.  This is what Yahweh told Isaiah:

“And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me.  Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.  I have sworn by Myself, the Word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance, they will say of Me, ‘Only in Yahweh are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him and all who were angry with Him shall be put to shame.”

In Isaiah 43: 11, Yahweh said that He is our only Savior—“I, even I, am Yahweh, and there is no savior besides Me.”  It’s almost impossible to misunderstand that verse.  In John 8: 58 Jesus said, “Before Abraham was born, I AM.”  Jesus said He is Yahweh, and to misconstrue what He meant, you would have to be ignorant about the fact that Yahweh told Moses He is I AM.

The Bible reveals these irrefutable facts: 

Yahweh is our only Savior.
Yahweh is our only God.
Jesus is Yahweh.
Yahweh is the only Name we were told to declare to the world.
Yahweh is the only Name in which we have salvation.

It’s heartbreaking that most Christians don’t know the Name of their God—especially now.  We live at a time when people are being told by religious and political leaders that all of us worship the same god, but we call him by different names.  That’s not true!  We don’t all worship the same god, and Satan himself must be the source of that lie.  There is only One true God—Yahweh, and the Person most Christians call Jesus is Yahweh!

Fact 6: We Have Salvation in Only One Name—Yahweh

Joel 2: 32 says, “Everyone who calls on the Name of Yahweh will be delivered (or saved).”  In Acts 2: 21, Peter quoted Joel 2: 32, and in Romans 10: 13, Paul delivered Joel’s and Peter’s message precisely.  In Acts 4: 12, Peter went even farther—“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”  It just doesn’t get any clearer than that!  We have salvation in One Name—Yahweh.  That’s what the Bible says again and again!  The fact that most preachers have failed to deliver this message to their congregations is a serious problem that screams for attention!

Yahweh, the Sovereign of the universe, declared that He is our only Savior.  Jesus said He is Yahweh.  Joel, Peter, and Paul said that everyone who calls on the Name of Yahweh will be saved.  Peter said there is no other name by which we must be saved.  How could it be any clearer than that?  And these are not ordinary witnesses.  Their message is so unambiguous and it is repeated so often in the Bible that you need help to be confused.

Neil Snyder earned a Ph.D. degree in strategic management from the University of Georgia in 1979 and taught leadership and strategy at the University of Virginia for 25 years.  He is the author of numerous books including Vision, Values & Courage (The Free Press, 1994) and The Will to Lead (Irwin Professional Publishing, 1997), and he has published more than 100 articles and business case studies.  Dr. Snyder retired from UVA in 2004 and currently is the Ralph A. Beeton Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia.  Go to his website to find more materials:

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7 Comments to His Name is Yahweh

  1. janet franklin

    Is the correct name for the messiah Yahshua? And where did this name Jesus come from? I am of the understanding that there were no “J”‘s in the Hebrew language.

  2. Loretta Taylor

    It is wonderful that you are using our Father’s real name Yahweh, which means Saviour.
    It would be even more wonderful to use His Son’s real name, which is Yahshua, which
    means Yahweh saves. Jesus is not his real name.

  3. Kim Rabb

    I was discussing with a cousin the many issues and corruptions concerning religion. I then told her that I was not a christian…WAS I ACCURATE WITH THAT STATEMENT??? I am a Believer and Follower of Yahweh/Yahshua and His Word. After extensive research and total confusion imposed upon me from a very large church and its congregation; the pastor and his misinterpretations; and the obvious unjustifiable avoidance of the True Sabbath Day (Saturday)…I prayed and prayed and prayed for answers of Truth and Understanding…at that point—YAHWEH REVEALED HIS NAME TO ME!!! It clicked…for I had been lucky as a young child to have heard of His name and then again during my deep thoughts and tears of prayer in 2005. I asked for guidance, wisdom, and understanding…and sure enough—I received it! I am Truly Blessed and Grateful to Yahweh for allowing “me” to be one of “His” choosen one’s to enter the “Narrow Road.” Praise Be To Yahweh.

  4. Anonymous

    I love jesus

  5. mike

    YHWH,Yahwah,Yahweh,GOD,He will never deny us simply b/c of this debate about a name,unless we make it a stumbling block for ourselves or others.To deny the name Jesus is to deny the God (Elohim) of Israel.The truth will be reveled to us and the debate will be forever settled.Let me ask you.If the Bible was the only book that was on the island you are stranded on,what name would you call on? By His Grace and Mercy are we saved….

  6. I am the author of “In the Name of the Father, And of the Son, And of the Holy Spirit”. In this book offered @ Barnes and Noble And I take the reader “by the hand” and prove by way of the Sacred Word only that the Name of the Messiah always was YHWH, NOT Jesus. If you read this book you will not be able to deny that His Holy Covenant Name was YHWH and only YHWH. It is amazing to me how Satan has all of Christianity under this “softly spoken spell” that their Savior’s Name was Jesus. Jesus is a Greco-Roman Name that is associated with a Greco-Roman god. You say “how can it be”. I say prove me wrong, read the book and then nay say anything written in it that proves His Name to be none other than YHWH.

  7. Ray

    It matters not what His name might be. If you follow His message, you will know for sure once you pass through the death portal to the new Life. He has been called many names, as in Preacher, Teacher, Sheppard, Savior, etc, etc, etc. Remember He said, (para-phase here) ” Do not be concerned what you put into your mouth, as it will pass through; Be more concerned of what comes out of your mouth, for it comes from the heart”. He made it very clear that “He is the Son of Man, and no one goes to the Father except through Me” . What’s in a Name? You may call Him anything you like; the important thing is to call on Him, for through Him you will attain eternal life.

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