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Glorify the Name
An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land! The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power. Through Jeremiah (whose true name, YirmeYah, means “Yah will rise”), Yahweh says through His prophet in chapter 5, verse 31b:
My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?
What a fitting name for a man who prophesied the destruction and salvation of the nation of Israel – destruction and salvation brought about by Yahweh alone. … “But what will you do in the end?”
|What Will You Do?|
Arise, O Yahweh, [Kumah Yahweh] do not let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O Yahweh, that the nations may know themselves to be but men, Ps. 9:19-20 NKJV.
א What will you do in the end of time, when Yahweh rises in fury against the wickedness of this planet earth?
א What will you do in the end of time, if you are a preacher, and you are teaching against the will of Yahweh?
א What will you do in the end of time, if you are interpreting the Scripture according to the teachings of mankind?
א What will you do in the end of time, if you are making up your own traditions and forsaking the worship that the Creator of the Universe has ordained, set apart, and made holy?
א What will you do in the end of time, if you are not of the faith of Yahshua, the faith of obedience to our Heavenly Father, the Almighty, Yahweh?
א What will you do in the end of time, if you are blindly following those who teach against even one of the Ten Commandments?
This is NOT a popular message; for, we all know the answer to the question, “What will you do in the end?”, given the above circumstances. Does “wailing and gnashing of teeth” ring a bell? How about, “will be thrown into the Lake of Fire”? Or, “Depart, you who commit iniquity”?
The question is even more relevant today. Are we not in the end times, now?
“Catholics at worship should neither sing nor pronounce the name of God as ‘Yahweh,’ the Vatican has said, citing the authority of Jewish and Christian practice.
“The instruction came in a June 29 letter to Catholic bishops conferences around the world from the Vatican's top liturgical body, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, by an explicit ‘directive’ of Pope Benedict XVI. ‘In recent years, the practice has crept in of pronouncing the God of Israel's proper name,’ the letter noted, referring to the four-consonant Hebrew Tetragrammaton, YHWH.
“That name is commonly pronounced as ‘Yahweh,’ though other versions include ‘Jaweh’ and ‘Yehovah.’
“But such pronunciation violates long-standing Jewish tradition, the Vatican reminded bishops. ‘As an expression of the infinite greatness and majesty of God, (the name) was held to be unpronounceable and hence was replaced during the reading of sacred Scripture by means of the use of an alternate name: “Adonai,” which means “Lord”,’ the Congregation said.
“That practice continued with Christianity, the letter explained, recalling the ‘church's tradition, from the beginning, that the sacred Tetragrammaton was never pronounced in the Christian context nor translated into any of the languages into which the Bible was translated.’
“Invoking a Vatican document from 2001, the Congregation reminded bishops that the name ‘Yahweh’ in Catholic worship should be replaced by the Latin ‘Dominus’ (Lord) or a word ‘equivalent in meaning’ in the local language. The Vatican's move will require changes in a number of hymns and prayers currently used in American churches, but not to the Mass itself, said the U.S. bishops' top liturgical official.” (Bolded and underlined words are edits by the author.)
An Abiding and Instinctive Dislike?
In response to this news, an Anglican-Catholic Bishop wrote, “Back in Hebrew class, alongside rabbis-to be, I imbibed traditions of reverence surrounding the Tetragrammaton in the Hebrew Scriptures. I have to admit, this gave me an abiding and instinctive personal dislike of songs with words like, ‘Yahweh, we love you’.”
An anonymous individual wrote: “Just want to say I'm delighted by this pronouncement. In fact I jumped up and down and punched the air when I read this post! My Hebrew teacher managed to get the holiness of the tetragrammaton deep enough inside me that I really shudder every time it is used in worship. I can't even type it. I am an Anglican and I worship in a Roman Catholic community. The community has taught me bucket loads [uh, no comment] about sanctity and sacrament so I find this messing with the divine name particularly jolting. Can't wait until it is gone! And it doesn't feel like straining a gnat to me at all, but another move towards understanding the incomprehensible holiness of God.”
All I can say is, “May Yahweh have mercy!”
Thus says Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Israel: "Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat. For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your Elohim, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.' Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. Therefore (Yahweh says to Jeremiah) you shall speak all these words to them; but, they will not obey you. You shall also call to them; but they will not answer you,” Jeremiah 7:21-27.
Israel Failed, But Did Yahweh?
Some may say, “See? Israel has failed, and the Old Covenant is no longer in effect! Now, we have a New Covenant and are free from the Law of Yahweh. We are no longer under the law. We have been saved and nothing can stand in the way of our salvation!”
I would say to these protestants against Yahweh, “It is true, ancient Israel did fail; and, the covenant in which Israel agreed to obey Yahweh was broken … by Israel – (Hear me, now) … when they took up the ways of the nations, when they began to worship in the ways and on the days the pagan peoples worshipped their national, regional and family deities and Yahshua railed against the Pharisees for the laws they created that usurped the Law of Yahweh. If you read Jeremiah 31, you will understand that the New Covenant was made in order to preserve the Commandments of Yahweh, but this time the Spirit of Yahweh, that is, the Law of Yahweh, will be placed in the hearts and minds of those who Yahweh calls out of Babylon, those who Yahweh calls out of Egypt and those who Yahweh calls out of the traditions of man! Yahweh divorced the House of Israel, the Northern Kingdom of 10 Tribes who fell into idolatry; but He will search her out and bring her back. Why? Because He is a faithful Husband. He will wash her in the blood of the Lamb, and he will dress her in fine linen, and He will forgive her. It will be in a time of tribulation. All will seem lost. But, Yahweh will arise (Kumah Yahweh) to save the remnant of Israel; the same who are described in Revelation 14:12 : ‘Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the Commandments of Yahweh and the faith of Yahshua’.”
Yahshua brought a New Covenant from the Father. Can’t you see it? He said, “Come, follow Me.” He kept His Father’s Law, without defaming one yod or one tittle.
Receiving Yahweh’s Love Requires Using Yahweh’s Name
I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them, John 17:26.
Why did Yahshua teach His disciples the name of His Father? … so that the SAME love with which Yahweh loved His Son may be present within us, and within Yahshua toward us! How much love is that? Enough to raise us from the dead. Can you now understand the importance of the name of Yahweh? It is clearly an issue of salvation. Not just speaking the name of Yahweh, but worshipping – praying to, calling upon and reverencing the name of – Yahweh.
For Yahweh so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life, John 3:16.
Taking the Name of Yahweh in Vain
And whoever blasphemes the name of Yahweh shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of Yahweh, he shall be put to death, Leviticus 24:16.
Using “the LORD” in place of the name of Yahweh is blasphemy because to blaspheme means to puncture, to libel, curse, pierce or strike through. Is it libelous to strike through the name of Yahweh in Scripture and insert another name that is the translation of the name of Baal? That’s exactly what the name “the Lord” refers to.
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Baal Zebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known, Matthew 10:24-26.
Yahshua is metaphorically using the word “master” for Yahweh, “servant” and “teacher” for Himself, and “disciple” as a follower, to demonstrate His relationship to Yahweh and His relationship to His disciples. Baal-Zebub means Lord of the Flies, a Hebraic wordpicture of filth, where flies breed. It is a title for Satan. Let me boldly say that using the words “the LORD” in place of the righteous name of Yahweh is equating our Heavenly Father with filth. In the very least, replacing His name with any other name is a violation found in:
Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh Elohi of your fathers is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh Eloheekem which I command you. Your eyes have seen what Yahweh did at Baal Peor; for Yahweh Eloheka has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to Yahweh Eloheekem are alive today, every one of you, Deuteronomy 4:1-4.
Baal Peor is a deity of the Moabites and means “Lord of the Opening,” to put it civilly. It refers to the use of sexuality in all its deviant forms in the worship of the pagan sun deities.
Using the words “the LORD” in place of the righteous name of Yahweh is, in fact, a violation of at least one of the Ten Commandments.
You shall have no other gods before Me, Deuteronomy 5:7.
You shall not take the name of Yahweh Eloheka in vain, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain, Deuteronomy 5:11.
What does “in vain” mean. It is the Hebrew word, shaw, and means – are you ready for this? – it means desolation; it means evil destruction, ruination, idolatry, uselessness, deceptive and false. So, what do you think the phrase, “Abomination of Desolation” could refer to? Could it refer to the abolition of the use of the name of Yahweh – and justifying it by “the authority of Jewish and Christian practice”? Is there anywhere in Scripture that commands us to abolish the name of Yahweh?
Priests Who Despise His Name
A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence, says Yahweh of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, “In what way have we despised Your name?” (Malachi 1:6)
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense (a reference to prayer) shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering (again, a reference to prayer); for My name shall be great among the nations," says Yahweh Sabaoth, Malachi 1:11.
Therefore I will return and take away My grain in its time, and My new wine in its season, and will take back My wool and My linen, given to cover her nakedness. Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall deliver her from My hand. I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her New Moons, her Sabbaths – all her appointed Feasts, Hosea 2:9-11.
“I will punish her for the days of the Baals (the Lords) to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, and went after her lovers; but Me she forgot," says Yahweh. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her,” Hosea 2:13.
Salvation – Removing the Name of “the LORD”
"And it shall be, in that day," says Yahweh, "that you will call Me 'My Husband,' and no longer call Me 'My Master,' for I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more,” Hosea 2:16- 17.
I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know Yahweh, Hosea 2:19-20.
Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, “You are My people!” And they shall say, “You are my Elohai!" (Hosea 2:23.)
We, who worship Yahweh and not “the Lord”, are now betrothed to Yahweh through Yahshua who died to take away our sins. And, He is calling to us to remain faithful to the New Covenant that He made possible – the Covenant implanted into our hearts and minds to obey Yahweh’s Word.
Surely You Know His Name!
Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son? Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4)
Who shall not fear You, O Yahweh, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested, Revelation 15:4.
I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You. You who fear Yahweh, praise Him! (Psalm 22:22-23)
Glorify the Name of Yahweh!
All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Yahweh, and shall glorify Your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are Elohim. Teach me Your way, O Yahweh; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Yahweh Elohai, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore, Psalm 86:9-12.
Yahshua spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true Elohim, and Yahshua the Messiah whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 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." John 17:1-26.
Yahshua was sent to us out of His Father’s love for us; and I know with all my heart that it grieves Them that we as a people give little heed to Their words.
“If you will not hear, and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to My name," says Yahweh of hosts, "I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not take it to heart, Malachi 2:2.
We are not doomed, for Yahweh has provided us a narrow path by which we shall enter into the Kingdom.
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments, Psalm 119:97-106.
May we meditate, day and night, upon the righteousness of our Heavenly Father, the Almighty Yahweh, and upon the mercy shown to us through His Son, Yahshua the Messiah, upon those who honor Him, who call upon the name of Yahweh and who are of the faith of Yahshua, obedient servants of the Most High.
Praise Yahweh! HalleluYah!
-Elder John Fisher
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