God has called a certain, chosen people group by His name.
“Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.” Deuteronomy 28:10
We understand this to be the nation of Israel; however, we need to consider what actually is God’s name and if they are, today, truly called after His name? If God meant what He said, then shouldn’t we have a people group with the name of God within their name and shouldn’t they be feared because they possess His name? Think about when you have a newborn baby and you want to name them after the name of their grandfather, for example. You will name the child with either part of the grandfather’s name within their first or middle name, but either way, that newborn will have the actual name of their grandfather within their name. Let’s say the grandfather’s name was Erwin. So, we now have a newborn child that was named Michael Erwin Johnson. Now, the newborn has taken on part of the name of the grandfather so he is now called by the name of his grandfather and if someone in the family knew Erwin, they may associate the character of Erwin with Michael.
- “So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias.” Luke 1:59 – This was more of a tradition in Bible times.
- “60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” 61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” Luke 1:60-61 – It was taboo to not carry down the name of a father or grandfather.
We know that the name of the true God is to be feared, but what is that name and where are His people?
“hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.“1 Kings 8:43 – Apparently here we also have a temple using the name of God.
So is the name of God actually Israel or a derivative of it, or is the name of God hidden within Israel? How would the all the peoples of the earth see that “Israel” is called by the actual name of the Lord God? If this were true, then the name of God would have to be some sort of form of “Israel” or “Yisra’el” if we go by the same type of logic. Do we find this to be true in the Bible, in the original Hebrew? Is the name of God somehow related to the word, Israel or Yisra’el ? Actually, No.
- “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
- “And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.” 2 Samuel 6:2
- “then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.” 2 Chronicles 6:33
- “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”” Daniel 9:19 – Apparently, Jerusalem should also have the name of God within it.
- “Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16 – This prophet should also have God’s name within it.
What about us as Christians today? We aren’t even called by the name of Father God or Jesus. Christ is a title only, The Messiah, so we claim ourselves to be the followers of the Messiah, which is cool, but we aren’t truly called by His name. Apparently, even in the Old Testament, Gentiles (Non-Israel, but adopted into His family) would also be called by His name, but we don’t find that we have this name within our Christian community today:
- “That they may possess the remnant of Edom, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” Says the Lord who does this thing.” Amos 9:12
- “17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’[a]” Acts 15:17
For the first use of “Israel,” we see when Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel” in Genesis 32. With this change, Jacob would have the name of God within His name.
“27 So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;[b] for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.” Genesis 32:27-29
You’ll find when you study history that God’s name was removed from the Scriptures intentionally (and truthfully, I believe that Satan was involved with its removal.) Why? It was originally thought that the name was sacred and no one should know the name otherwise judgement would fall upon them. Kind of a weird thought process since God seemed so insistent that the nations knew His name and feared it, and knew His people by His name and feared them and that Jesus came in His name so that it would be known that Jesus was from the Father (so Jesus should have also carried the name of God within His name). All has been lost since we no longer know the name of our Creator God. Instead, His Name, which was very important to God, was replaced with LORD. What appears to be the consequences? No one is actually called by the name of God, whatever His name truly is.
“18 For[i] I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[j] to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away[k] his part from the Book[l] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19
Let’s dig a little more to see what the name of God might actually be from the original Hebrew. In order to understand what God’s name truly is, we need an expert in the ancient language. Take a listen to this video on the ancient text. I think you’ll find it interesting…
So, it would appear then that the actual name of God before creation was “Yah” or “Ya” (The Great I am) and after creation, God added description to His name to identify portions of Himself, thus YaWeH (pronounced, yah-oo-wuh is “I am He who breathes life”). For those who have translated it to be, Jehovah, this is an incorrect translation because in Hebrew, there is no sound for ‘v’ in the middle of a word, and there is no sound for ‘j’ so we can nix this name right off the bat. In fact, if we use the ‘v’ sound in the middle of “JehoVah”, it actually changes the meaning of the word to mean wicked, “-ho-va”, compared with “who-ah” which means, “breaths life.”
“Because he has set his will upon me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he has known my name.” Psalm 91:14
So, in order for Israel to truly have the literal name of God in it, their name would truly need to have “Yah” or “Ya” within their name, so their literal name would need to be “Yashar’el”. The definition of this name would be “Ya” “for as a prince with power”, i.e, the people of “Ya”. In comparison, we have how it is now, Yisra’el, Israel, actually translates to “Yis” – the evil man under ‘el’. Boy, that has a different meaning, huh? Therefor, the current name for Israel is corrupted as they are not literally called by His name in this current period of time. It is no wonder that they are not truly living under the promises of God where nations will greatly fear them and they would be known by the true God.
We also can determine that “Jesus” must also have the name of God within Him since He also is God and must carry the name of God. So, His traditional Hebrew name today seems to be “Yeshua” or in English, it literally translates to the same name, “Joshua” from the Old Testament or, “Yehoshua“. But, because we need to put the name of God within His name, it should therefor be “Yahoshua” (can be written “Yahushua” pronounced, yah-who-sha, which literally means “I am He who Saves, The Prince”). Boy, is God so patient with us or what? Yahoshua has allowed us to call Him, Jesus, though not His name, and He still responds in our need because of our complete ignorance. That’s crazy to think about the love and patience of Yahoshua. Think about if your name was Tracy (named after your favorite grandmother, passed down from her grandmother for generations) and your child didn’t even address you as mom, but instead called you Teresa (which had no history at all in your family and meant nothing to you). I think you’d get pretty sick of being called by the wrong name, even by your own child. So, we should be even more incredibly grateful for the forgiveness that is offered to us by a God who’s name we don’t truly even call on. (Tomorrow, we will cover in detail the name of the Messiah).
It’s always been interesting to me that Jesus, Yahoshua, will receive a new name and that those who are His will also receive a new name. Is this partially because we have lost the true name of God and so were no longer called by His name? Again, we have a totally patient and forgiving Savior who seeks to restore and renew us to Himself, not by our own works, but by His works alone.
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” Revelation 3:12
In conclusion, my heart is grieved because I have not known the name of God, nor of His Son… His given Hebrew name that is above all other names had been previously lost to us, but now has been revealed. Jesus, is the replaced Greek name for Joshua. Once we know, we are to call Him by the name that his mother was told to give Him by the angel, it is truly the name above names, His Hebrew name, because He is from the lineage of the tribe of Judah, Yahoshua (I am who saves) is His name. His name must contain the name of the Father, Yah!
- ” O LORD our Lord, how great is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy praise above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1
- “Let them praise the name of the LORD; for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above earth and heavens.” Psalm 148:13
“9 Therefore, God also has highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Yahoshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth,” Philippians 2:9-10
During the end times, the false messiah, or anti-Christ, will come on the scenes. When he comes, he will claim the name of Jesus Christ, not the name of Yah, or Yahoshua. You can see this pattern already in history as many have come forward stating that their name is Jesus. This has been in preparation for the coming deception. Yah has been merciful to us and has allowed us to call upon the Greek name, Jesus Christ, to be saved and to be healed, but when the anti-Christ comes upon the scenes and also calls himself, Jesus Christ, the name will no longer contain the saving power as it will be replaced with the false-messiah’s ‘power.’ So today, we are all challenged to use the true given name of our Savior, Yahoshua Ha Machiach (The Savior).