Sacred Names ... Part 2
A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada has known and used the sacred name
of the Almighty, YAHWEH. since about 1996. If you read our literature
you will see this to be the case. Moreover, when I use the words LORD
or God I realize that these are not names. Why then do I use them?
Because to the English-speaking world the word ‘God’ means
a supernatural being and in most English Bibles these designations are used.
When I use these words English-speaking people know who I mean. Were I to only
use the name Yahweh, or Yeshua for the Son, most folk wouldn't
know who I was writing about: because these names do not appear in their Bibles.
The Oxford Dictionary defines the word God as follows: God: The
Creator and Ruler of the universe in Christian, Jewish and Muslim teaching...
That is what the English speaking world means when it uses the word God;
and that is what A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada - means when I use the
word. Anyone who assumes that when English-speaking people say God they mean
a pagan idol is out of touch with the English language. In my article,
Sacred Names ... Part 1 you will see that
I am fully aware that the Almighty's name is Jehovah or Yahweh,
After you read that article do remember what the Saviour said about identifying
true believers: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather
grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”
I regret to say that in my travels, and I have travelled considerably, I have
not found that the Sacred Name believers bear more or better spiritual fruit
than believers from other Christian groups. Sad to say, the fruit of the Holy
Spirit: humility, brotherly love, kindness, joy, mercy, patience, peace, generosity,
self-sacrifice, justice etc. - so evident elsewhere in the Christian world - is
woefully absent in the lives of many (not all) sacred name believers. Is that not
a strange discovery? Please note that these are facts I have witnessed over and
- Not by their race, wealth or social standing.
- Not by their church or denomination.
- Not by the day they keep as the Sabbath - even if it is the correct 7th Day!
- Not by which name they call the Father and Son: Jehovah, Yahweh, Yahuweh,
Yeshua, Yahshua, or Yahoshua
- But by their FRUIT! - the fruit of the Holy Spirit! This is the one to remember!
2. The use of Pagan Words
Though A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada - uses the sacred names I do
not consider it a sin to also use the names/titles Jesus Christ, LORD God
etc. Why not? Because I have communicated with thousands of English-
speaking believers and unbelievers alike from over 30 countries. On the Internet
I reach millions more. Many of these people possess, or have heard passages read
from, the King James Version of the Bible: the Bible which triggered the
great Protestant Reformation throughout the English-speaking world. It really is the
Authorized Version and by far the best.
As a Canadian based church I could hardly say that the most renowned Bible version
of all time is full of errors; or that the Almighty who inspired its publication
and preservation somehow got His and His Son's name so wrong that to use them
would amount to sin! As you know the English language like many others has hundreds
of words which are borrowed from other languages. Literally scores of these words
have their roots in paganism and many are derived from the names of pagan
gods. In fact the English language itself, as far as the Jews are concerned, is
a pagan language - every word of it. Below is a short list of words, (those
beginning with capital letters are the names of pagan gods) which are used
in everyday English. I/we would find it difficult to communicate if these words were
removed from our English dictionaries.
All these words, and we can assure you there are hundreds more, have
‘pagan roots.’ Many are the names of pagan gods. Add to
this list the pagan names of the week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etc.)
or the names of many months. On top of this add also the names of hundreds,
yea tens of thousands, of pagan names people have and you have a formidable
list of words, titles and names which are directly linked to pagan religions
and their gods. Are we to stop using all these names as some suggest? As you
probably know, every human language is similarly loaded with words from other
tongues. Before the last war Hitler tried to purify the German language by
purging words with foreign roots. He miserably failed. Yes, every
language on earth - including Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek - is riddled with
foreign (pagan) words. We will need to wait for the Almighty to purify
every language: because all are as corrupt as is English.
That day is near.
- Amazon, Andes, Atlas
- Baby, Beauty, Bible, Biceps, Bull
- Chaos, Charisma, Charm, Chastity, Church, Cosmos,
- Dad, demonstrate, Ding (thing), Discord
- Earth, echo, era, error, Ether, Elfen, Eve (Adam's wife was Chawwah not Eve)
- Faith, Famous, fauna, Ferver, Felicity, Flora, Fortune, furor
- Gad, God, (luck) Genius, Glory, glorify, glorious, Grim
- Hades, Happy, Harmony, Hero, holy, honour, Hope, hunger, hospital
- Idea, index, inferno, Iris
- Joy, joyfull, Just
- King, kosmic (cosmic) Komedy (comedy)
- Laodicea, larva, Lauerd (Lord) loll, Lucifer, Luck, lunar
- Majesty, Manis, marathon, martial, meander, music, mute
- Narcissus, narcotic, nice, Nymph, nimble
- Obstinacy, ode, odius, olympic, oracle
- Pallar, Pander, Papa, Paris, Paulina, Pegasus, penis, petition, Phoebe, Phyllis, Piety, psyche, Python
- Ridiculous, Roman, religion, renown, rhesus, rumour
- Sacred (consecrate), saga, salus (salvation), santus (sanctify) Saturn, Saturn'sday (Saturday), saturate, Saude (persuade), scan, solar, Spartan, status, sun
- Taciturn, Tartarus, Tartar, Tauros, tell, temper, terror, test, testimony, The (Theos), thing, thunder, Titan, triumph, trivial, touch, tyrany
- Valiant, vampire, Vatican, verify, Victor, Virtue, vulcanize, volcano, etc. etc.
||8: “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.|
9: For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.”
3. Beyond Pronunciations
When the Father's name is spoken in A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada
I go far beyond correct spellings or pronunciations, far beyond the audible
sounds that emanate from human lips. As you may know, there are many variations
of the sacred name: Jehovah, Y@hovah, Yahweh, Yahvah, Yahoweh, Yahovah,
Yahuweh, Yahuveh, Yahuvah, Jeova, Jehofah, Geova, Ihowa, etc. I do not
enter the argument as to which of these - if any - is absolutely correct.
Nor do I profess to know the proper Hebrew pronunciation of the name. Does
anybody really know? I certainly do not. My aim is as follows:
This is my aim because to meYahweh’s name is far more than an
audible sound; however correctly I or others think we pronounce it. And though
I respectfully use His name and teach others to do likewise, I do not profess
to be an expert in Hebrew or any other language. When giving His name, this is
what the ‘LORD’ (YHVH in the original Hebrew) said:
- To be like our heavenly Father and to reflect His character by obeying His law.
- To produce in our lives the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
||1: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.|
2: And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
3: And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
4: And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
5: And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6: And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7: Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
8: And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.”
Notice how the Almighty's character was proclaimed when His name/title
LORD (Yahovah) was pronounced. In the following verse this expression
of the divine character rather than the name itself is even more evident:
||14: “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
Who in his right mind would address the Most High as Almighty Jealous!
No one; because that word jealous simply describes a single trait of
the Almighty's character. He is a jealous God. In other words, the
Almighty's name goes far beyond the actual sound of a noun however correctly
it is spoken. And that is what we in A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada
try to keep in focus: The Almighty’s name is His character. That
is the fact I wish to experience in my own life and proclaim to others. Correct
Hebrew spellings and pronunciations of the various nouns will come in His time.
As far as I am concerned, only those who reflect Yahweh’s character
really know his name. Consequently I treat with utmost caution those who
profess to know the Almighty's Name. To be sure they may think they know how
to pronounce or spell it, some can even write it in the Hebrew language: but
alas! of those we have met, many are strangers to His Holy Spirit. They do not
really know Him or His Son. They have a strange spirit that motivates them.
Consequently I hesitate to write off the rest of Christendom simply because it
does not know or use the sacred names. On the great
Day of Judgment I am sure I will
discover that many Christians I have dismissed as semi-pagans knowing little or
nothing of Scripture, are in fact a lot more spiritually minded and productive
than I have been! So let us all tread with care: and if I may offer a line
of advice it would be this: Endeavour to demonstrate in your own life -
(by your own character) that you really know the Name of the Almighty: that is,
that you know Him! whom to know is life eternal.
In the Son’s Name - For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader