WHAT ABOUT HIS NAME IN
“…and I will write upon him my new name.” We know that YAHWEH is the true name of God. By compounding His name with different suffixes, He could reveal a different aspect of His character to us. We must, however, return to the Hebrew language to study the name in which He first revealed Himself. Note the following compound names of YAHWEH with their meaning and scripture reference:
YAHWEH-jireh – YAHWEH will see or provide. (Genesis 22:14)
YAHWEH-nissi – YAHWEH is my banner. (Exodus 17:15)
YAHWEH-shalom – YAHWEH is peace. (Judges 6:24)
YAHWEH-tsidkenu – YAHWEH is righteousness. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
YAHWEH-yasha – YAHWEH is our Saviour. (Luke 1: 46-47)
What about the name spoken of in Revelation 3:12? The scriptures declare the Lord will return to earth during the Millennial Period or the 1,000 years of peace. He will no longer need to be called YAHWEH-YASHA, in which our God manifested Himself as redemption for fallen man, He will be among His people. Ezekiel 48:35 states, “And the name of the city from that day shall be YAHWEH-SHAMMAH.” The meaning of the name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH is “YAHWEH is there.”
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, YAHWEH revealed Himself to His people as their provider for healing, peace, righteousness, salvation and redemption. YAHWEH-SHAMMAH is the final revelation of God in which man was created to glorify God and dwell with Him forever. Psalms 132: 13-14 states, “For YAHWEH hath chosen Zion (Jerusalem): He hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.” We all await the fulfillment of Revelation 21 and 22; that is, the creation of a new heaven and a new earth. This is where the tabernacle of God will be with man. Then the prophecy of Ezekiel will be fulfilled, when YAHWEH-SHAMMAH, The Lord is there.
THE CHANGING OF NAMES IN THE BIBLE
There are quite a few examples of men in God’s Word who had their names changed by the Lord. The Lord changed the Apostle Peter’s name from Simon to Peter. Another who had his name changed was the Apostle Paul, previously called Saul. In the Old Testament, another man who had his name changed was Jacob. In Genesis 32:28, the Bible states, “…Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel.” When Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham, had his name changed back in Genesis 17:5, you never see his old name, Abram, again. As you continue to read from Genesis 32:28 on, you will notice that he is still called Jacob. Up until this time, Jacob was a man who had been blessed tremendously by God (Genesis 30:30).
Now in Genesis 35:9-10, God told him again that his new name was Israel and that he would no longer be called Jacob. As you read on about the story of Jacob’s life, you notice he is called by both names, Jacob and Israel. God had warned him twice that he should no longer be called Jacob. Evidently, Jacob didn’t take God seriously about no longer being called by his old name. Up until this time, he was a blessed man, but from this point on, he experienced many sorrows. In Genesis 35:16-19 Rachel, his beloved wife, died in childbirth. In Genesis 37:31-35, Jacob is in deep mourning for many weeks over the loss of his much beloved son, Joseph. In Genesis 42:36, Jacob makes the statement “…all things are against me.” It could well be that because of Jacob’s refusal to take his new, God-given name seriously, he turned from a man who was blessed, into one who was cursed. How could that be? Even in Genesis 46: 1-2, God appeared unto Jacob again, and the Lord called him Jacob. Yet in Genesis 35: 9-10, the Lord told Him he would no longer be called Jacob. The reason why God changed his name in the first place was because he had obtained favor with God. But the Lord our God won’t force any of His children to change something if they don’t want to.
We can only ponder the reason why Jacob just didn’t change his name to Israel. He must have liked his old name better or it was just too inconvenient to change. Malachi 2:1-2, “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith YAHWEH of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.”
Remember that when God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, you never see him called Abram again. God changed Abraham’s name because he was going to become the father of many nations. Likewise, YAHWEH became YAHWEH-YASHA so He could bring salvation to many.
YAHWEH-YASHA – THE TRUE NAME OF THE LORD
There are many people who love God and say part of His name without even realizing it. The universal Hebrew word, “Hallelujah,” means, “Praise ye the Lord.” Hallelu means praise. YAH is an abbreviated form of His name, YAHWEH (Psalms 68:4). That is why the Lord said, “I have come in my father’s name.” And as Romans 10:13 and Acts 2:21 state, “…whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Again, in Acts 22:16, the Bible declares “…arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Matthew 28:19 says to go and baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. The disciples obeyed this command by baptizing in the name of Christ (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, and Acts 19:5). We know that the name of the Father is YAHWEH, so to be baptized in the name of YAHWEH-YASHA is to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. To baptize in the name of YAHWEH-YASHA is truly the complete fulfillment of Matthew 28:19.
If we have the hearts of little children, we are opening ourselves up to more and more of God’s blessings. If we ever get to the place where we cannot be receptive as a little child to more of God’s truth, we will lose what we have. How do we know that? Matthew 13:11-12 states, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.” The Holy Spirit was given to lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Using His true name may seem a little strange at first, but you will know exactly how Jacob felt when God changed his name.
THE JOY OF BEARING HIS TRUE NAME
Acts 5:41 says, “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” No one ever enjoys being disliked or possibly even hated. Yet in Isaiah 66:5, it tells us to hear the word of YAHWEH, ye that tremble at His word; your brethren hate you and cast you out for my name’s sake. It could very well be that Matthew 10:22 could be fulfilled right before our eyes. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
May God richly bless you as you continue to walk on His path. If you don’t know Him, call upon His name, asking Him to forgive you of your sins. Then arise and be baptized in the name of YAHWEH-YASHA, washing away your sins. Then you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38 and Acts 10: 43-48). God loves you dearly and has chosen to reveal to you His true name.
Remember Matthew 19:29, “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall inherit everlasting life.” It says in John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” It is time to spread the good news that God wants people to worship and call on Him by His true name. Remember that the name of YAHWEH-YASHA magnifies YAHWEH as the Saviour of all mankind.
Is it enough to believe on His true name and not act upon it? In John 12:42-43 it says, “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” The choice is up to each one of us. Let us be like Joshua, as he said in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve YAHWEH, choose you this day whom you will serve. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve YAHWEH.” The restoration of the Lord’s true name is underway. This is no new doctrine, this is restoring the true and eternal name of our Saviour, YAHWEH-YASHA. This is the name the apostles and early church were commissioned to preach in and bear to all people. Matthew 23:39 will soon be fulfilled, “…Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” We know this name is YAHWEH because the scripture is quoted right out of the Old Testament in Psalms 118:26. It is time to stand up and tell others about the truth of His name.
If after reading this, the Lord has opened your heart as Lydia's was in Acts 16:14-15, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rick Predovich at 218-410-9855. Please read John 7:16-18 and decide for yourself whether this is inspired of God or not. As for me and my household, we are calling on the Lord's true name, YAHWEH-YASHA.