How I Unexpectedly Learned God’s Name in Israel (& About the Joel 2:32 Revival)

Is God's name Yahweh, the LORD, or just "God?" Most Christians have no clue and aren't that interested. It's just not important in Christianity, but it is in God's Word and end time events. Get ready, as this ignorance of God's name will end, and by spectacular means. Joel 2:32 says that those whom God protects from end time events will know and call upon God's personal name. How will believers be able to do that when Christianity does not teach the name of God? Through the return of something that will excite us all... Find out God's name, who will teach it and how Jewish and Christian tradition has kept you from knowing it already.

Do You Know God's Name Yet? (Prophecy: You Will)

Is Yahweh a word you are familiar with? Or the Tetragrammaton? Few Christians are. That's because both words are related to the subject of God's name, which is not a Christian core doctrine (with a few exceptions noted below).

To the surprise of many Christians hearing it for the first time, God has a personal name in Hebrew. It's four letters long, consisting of the four Hebrew consonants yod-hey-vav-hey or יהוה‎ transliterated to YHVH in English. It is used nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament by prophets, kings, judges, regular saints and "heroes of faith."

God's personal name has a profound meaning to go with it:

יהוה‎ → "He was, He is, He will be" (Rev 4:8; 1:4,8)

That's because his name comes from the Hebrew root word "to be" (להיות lihyot) (Note: The idea that YHVH comes not from "to be" but from hovah making YHVH translate to "God of ruin, destruction" is wrong as the root analysis shows. Anyone who tells you this or that "Yehovah means 'oh hail destruction'" is only proving they learned Hebrew on Facebook or from the Strong's Concordance Lexicon or Lew White's books.)

As you will see, this topic can be very exciting to learn and study and very significant prophetically.

Objection: "Judaizer, Jesus' name is above all names!" vs. Prophecy

But be warned: some Christians don't want to hear about this. When they see someone teaching God's name, they immediately judge them as a "Judaizer" or bringing "Judaism into the faith" or in a cult like Jehovah's Witnesses. They may feel indignant at focus being taken off Jesus with his "name above all names" (Php 2:9)—missing that this implicitly excludes the Father (1Cor 15:27) who exalted Jesus "to the glory of the Father" (Php 2:11). Jesus knew this and told people to pray to the Father, not to himself (Mt 6:9). Jesus and his name are not above the Father and his name.

On this issue, I gently direct Christians to prophecy. Prophecy plainly says that in the Millennium, after God's wrath on the world, all nations will know and use God's personal name:

Zechariah 13:9 (HCSB) — I will put this third through the fire; I will refine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say: They are My people, and they will say: "YHVH is our God."

Ezekiel 39:7 (HCSB) — So I will make My holy name known among My people Israel and will no longer allow it to be profaned. Then the nations will know that I am YHVH, the Holy One in Israel.

Many Transliterations, Many Titles

Besides Christian bias, another big challenge for believers new to this topic is the dispute over what exactly God's name is. This dispute exists because the vowels between the four consonants are missing in (most) Old Testament Hebrew manuscripts, unlike they are for all other Bible names and words. That's why you will see many different representations for God's name. Here's just a few of them:

  • YHVH (yod-hey-vav-heh‎‎)
  • Yah/Jah (yod-hey, יהּ, poetic shortened form of YHVH - Ps 68:4 KJV)
  • YHWH (yod-hey-waw-heh, from German scholarship W=V)
  • Jehovah (favorite of Jehovah's Witnesses)
  • Yahweh (Christian scholarly best guess)
  • Yahveh (modification of above)
  • Yahuah (based on combining vowels of Judah with YHVH)
  • Yahuwah (?)
  • Yehovah (see below)

Each variation has advocates who think it the right transliteration of יהוה‎ based on their deduction of what the missing three vowels are.

Adding to the confusion are the many titles for God in the Bible. Here's some examples:

  • Elohim (Hebrew: אֱלֹהִים) - "God" (Literally "gods" - a majestic plural)
  • El Shaddai (Hebrew: אֵל שַׁדַּי‎‎,) -  translated "The Almighty"
  • Adonai (Hebrew: אֲדֹנָי ) (Literally "my lords").

Just keep in mind for the rest of this article that God has one personal name (יהוה‎/YHVH) and many titles. His name appears many more times than any of his titles, showing God places importance on it and is not hiding it.

Vav vs. Waw (It's a Vav!)

Because of Arab influence on Hebrew, some pronounce the vav letter as a W and call it a waw. That's why you see the word Yahweh instead of Yahveh and the transliteration YHWH instead of YHVH.

Nehemiah Gordon's recent research (2016-2017) proves that "It's a Vav," as one of his blog posts is aptly titled. He shares evidence from the scrolls of Jeremiah, 1Kings and Nehemiah that vet (always a V sound) and vav are equivalent because the word for "back" (gav) is written alternatively with either letter. Check out in the Hebrew Aleppo Codex Ezekiel 23:35 ("back"/gav spelled with vav) vs Ezekiel 43:13 ("back"/gav with soft bet/vet) and 1Kings 14:9 ("back" gav spelled with vet). Nehemiah 9:26 ("back"/gav with vav).

He also debunks the idea that Arab or Ashkenazi/Yiddish influence led to the vav being pronounced as a W universally. He lists six Jewish communities (without European influence) who nevertheless pronounced the vav as a V: Kurdish Jews, Syrian Jews, Egyptian Jews, Persian Jews, Moroccan Jews, Algerian Jews. This is in contradiction to five communities who pronounce it as a W due to Arab influence: the Yemenite Jews, Baghdadi Jews, Libyan Jews, Tunisian Jews, Atlas Mountain Jews.

Bias Against Studying God's Name

It can be off-putting to see strange "Hebroid" names like those above instead of just God or LORD. The high level of confusion in this subject is enough to discourage anyone from looking into it. Why not just stay with God and LORD and forget all this?

Article continues below...

"Depart From Me, I Never Knew you!" - Jesus

Jesus predicted that he will tell many sincere believers to basically "get lost" instead of welcoming them into the Kingdom. So...who are they and what did they miss or do wrong? In this study, get those answers and the one requirement for salvation Jesus taught (that Christianity misses) so that you can make sure you don't hear these dreaded words yourself!

I still recall my reaction in my twenties upon first encountering the topic of God's name, or the Tetragrammaton (Greek, "four letter word") as it was called by the commentary I was reading. The commentary explained that the word LORD (in all capitals) appeared in English Bibles in place of God's "unknowable" personal name. I hastily concluded that if God's personal name was a matter of confusion and not important enough for the Bible translators to even try to carry forward into English, then it was nothing for me to concern myself with. (Their referral to God's name by such a clinical Greek term didn't help any!)

I confess that because of common biases, I missed the significance of God's name at my first encounter. Perhaps this is not your first time hearing about God's name, too.

Nevertheless, God made sure to correct my misjudgment on the importance of his name. It's good he did, because without understanding God's name, it's impossible to fully understand and appreciate a key event in end time prophecy and our soon future which I will discuss below.

God's Name Suppressed by Judaism...

Many years later (in my thirties), I got onto the subject of God's name again. This time, a Christian friend was explaining to me that they had replaced the name of God in the Bible almost 7000 times. I told him I knew about the Tetragrammaton already; it was no big deal.

However, my friend gave me a new piece of information about the origin of this replacement that got my attention at last. He shared that it was the Jews who started this practice in the centuries before Christ. They decided that the name of God was too sacred or holy to be pronounced. This became known as the "ineffable name of God" doctrine.

(Later from Hebrew scholar Nehemia Gordon, I learned that the original reason for the ban was that while under the Roman rule, Emperor Hadrian forbade the Jews from using God's name. Also the rabbis wanted to keep people from doing magic incantations with God's name, too.)

...In Contradiction to the Bible and Jesus

This gets more interesting when you find out that this ineffable name doctrine is contradicted directly by the Word of God. The reason the name appears those nearly 7000 times is because God's prophets knew and spoke God's name. The Israelites were commanded to use God's name in oaths (Dt 6:13). It's clear they also used his name in daily speech such as in greetings (Ruth 2:4 YLT). God says his name is to be taught to his people (Ex 3:13-15 YLT).

When religion says the opposite of this, it's because they teach and follow "traditions and commandments of men." Jesus condemned those traditions for doing away with or nullifying God's word (Mk 7:13).

Jesus did not follow their tradition, much to their chagrin (Mt 15:2). John quotes Jesus saying that he had revealed the name of the Father to his disciples (John 17:26).

So why doesn't Christianity follow Jesus' example and teach God's name to its disciples?

No doubt in part because they don't see God's name anywhere in the New Testament (at least not in the manuscripts extant today). This is not surprising since it's a Hebrew word that you cannot translate or transliterate accurately into Greek. Instead, in the Greek OT (Septuagint) they replaced it with the Greek word kurios meaning lord. This makes it hard to tell where in the original text it said YHVH and when it just said lord.

Nevertheless, there is evidence that the original NT manuscripts did have God's name written in them. The Talmud records discussions among the Jews on the question of how to dispose of the New Testament copies they encountered. The dilemma was that they (at that time) had God's name written on them and it was forbidden (by another invented tradition) to destroy any documents with God's name.

(Confirming there were NT books with God's name written in them, there is a fragment of the Hebrew Book of Revelation that does contain God's name written in it.)

Religions Teach Tradition, Not (Pure) Truth

If this Jewish tradition is contrary to Scripture, then why didn't Christianity reject it? Why adopt it? That's an important question I had that not enough Christians do.

Back when I first wondered why, I was a more naive on how the world works and did not immediately guess the answer. Now in my forties, I've known for a while that if you had to characterize religions like Judaism or Christianity in one word, it would not be with the word "truth." Another word beginning with the letter T fits much better: "tradition."

Central to any religion is the body of sacred traditions it has preserved from the esteemed "fathers." While religious traditions do have much helpful truth, they unavoidably tow along much error, too. Despite the errors, the tradition continues to be followed because it is firmly established in the practice of the religion by millions.

Trying to change an established tradition is not easy. If you object to a church practice to those in leadership, you will find you won't get much sympathy. They just want to keep things going on course, not "fix what ain't broken." Even if they agree with your opinion, who are they to overturn the "tradition of the elders?" (Mt 15:2). After all, everyone else seems to be fine with the tradition and there are bigger matters than correcting a side issue (in their estimation).

That's probably the thinking in early Christian scholars' minds when they learned Biblical Hebrew from Jewish scholars. The Jews had followed this tradition of banning the name for centuries by then. When the Jews explained how they handle God's name by replacing it with euphemisms in speaking and writing, Christian scholars would do as they were told out of respect. They had no good reason not to as the focus of Christianity is not on the so-called "angry" God of the Old Testament, it's focused on the loving Jesus of the New Testament. Covering up God's name by replacing it with LORD in English translations probably seemed fine and even appropriate.

And that's how Christians ended up in this situation today ignorant that God has a personal name or of a good idea of what it is.

Not A Salvation, Prayer or True Servant Issue

Before going further, I hasten to add the following caveats lest someone misunderstand:

  • Knowing God's name is certainly not a salvation issue. I'm not making it one in pointing out that Christianity has erred in this area by emulating Judaism.
  • Nor is God's name required to be heard in prayer. You don't need to pray in the "right name" for God to answer your prayers, obviously.
  • Nor is using God's name a benchmark of a true servant. Some judge others as not being serious about obeying and serving God if they use popular replacements for his name in writing and speech.

I say all this because by using and discussing God's name, I am sure to some I may sound like "those groups" who make knowing God's name a focus and part of their doctrines. Jehovah's Witnesses are the most-well known of them and I've been accused of being one before for even bringing up God's name. There are also the so-called fringe "sacred namer" groups who mostly favor words other than Jehovah such as those listed earlier.

I'm not a part of any of these groups (or any other, by the way).

Because sacred namers place so much importance on God's name, there is lot of argument and judgment among them over who is using the right version it. Sadly, the one thing they do agree on is that Christians "should" (a judgmental word) try to use God's name and not replace it. This causes them often to judge those who don't do as they do. For example, while I was composing this article, I received an email from a sacred namer "rebuking" me over having the name "Jesus" on my website (as if this was a sin worthy of rebuke.)

It's sad when Christians let theology issues like these make them forget that the central command of Jesus was to love and be kind to others.  At least he was clear never to condemn others, especially for something as minor as having a different understanding of the Bible.

Coming Revival of God's Name

Let's review. At this point you understand that:

  • God has a personal name (Heb: יהוה‎) that he commanded Israel to know and use.
  • Despite this, Christians don't know God's name because their Bibles replace God's name with “The LORD” (which is not even a translation of it).
  • While suppression of God's name contradicts Scripture, you can still serve and please God without knowing it.
  • Those who do seek to know God's name end up in confusion and must settle for one of many opinions.

Now that you understand all that, let's tie in the end time prophecy about how the ignorance of God's name will change, along with the confusion as to what it is.

The key is in this end time prophecy:

Revelation 6:12, 17 — 12 the 6th seal… A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned blackmoon became like blood 17  …the great day…has come! And who is able to stand?” 14 and every mountain and island was moved from its place

Joel 2:31 (HCSB) — The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and awe-inspiring Day of the LORD comes...

Notice that Revelation 6 and Joel 2 both speak of the same global cataclysm heralded by eclipses of the sun and moon. The entire earth is rocked violently, radically changing its topography. Regular readers know this is caused by the close flyby of dwarf planet Wormwood that happens pretrib—before the Great Tribulation. God's plan to save the faithful is to gather them to one place as indicated in the next verse in Joel:

Joel 2:32 (HCSB) — .... Then everyone who calls on the name of Yahweh will be saved, for there will be an escape for those on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem...among the survivors the LORD calls.

God will "call" people to "survive" at a special "safe" place in "Mt. Zion" or Judea, the land around "Jerusalem" (Ps 78:68, 97:8). How all that happens and can happen is very interesting and discussed in my previous article.

But for now, please notice how Joel emphasizes first that the survivors saved in Mt. Zion "call on the name of Yahweh/יהוה‎" (Of course, in context this does not mean that all you have to do is know God's name and call on it. You have to also be in the right place, as we shall see next). This is highly significant when you recall that neither Jews nor Christians are taught nor use God's name. Even righteous believers today could not "call upon the name of YHVH" with confidence if their lives depended on it, literally.

Logically, for the above prophecy to come true, this means:

  • Someone must come to teach them God's name.
  • Someone, at the same time, must tell them about safety in Judea and "call" them there (at the right time, or they won't know where or when exactly to go).

In the Bible, there is one class of person who both teaches people God's name and leads them to where God is directing them: a prophet, just like Moses (who did both during his ministry).

Elijah's Revival of Repentance and God's Name

It's not hard to figure out which prophet will do this. There's really only one clear choice in end time prophecy. Helpfully enough, Joel's prophecy is linked directly to that prophecy. A unique phrase appearing twice in the Bible links them:

Joel 2:31 (HCSB) — The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and awe-inspiring Day of the LORD comes...

Malachi 4:5 (HCSB) — I will send Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.

Luke 1:17 (ESV) — and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

Of course, "great and awe-inspiring day of the Lord" is the linking phrase. Joel talks about someone calling people to safety before that day; Malachi talks about Elijah calling people to repentance before that day. Luke clarifies Elijah's mission greatly by interpreting the unclear "turning hearts of the children to the fathers" to turning "disobedient to the wisdom of the just." Putting it all together, Elijah is the one leading us to repentance and safety in Zion before the blood moon of the 6th seal and the Wormwood progression (until the 4th trumpet).

By the way, that's real repentance like you have never seen before. It's not the "repentance" you've seen in churches, typically with a one-time "altar call" proclamation of accepting-Jesus-into-your-heart. To repent for real takes wisdom from education and instruction by the truly righteous who are already walking in faith and love. Jesus spent his ministry teaching and demonstrating this to his disciples who actually had this real, rare, selfless love as a result (John 13:35). Elijah will teach that, too, while at the same time warning people why they need to repent: Wormwood and the Antichrist are coming and you need to get right with God, develop faith, and obey the command to flee.

Finally, God's Name Found (in Israel)!

Can all this really happen? And soon? Yes. In fact, the foundation for the revival of the name is already here.

Remember I said above that there is confusion on pronouncing God's name because the Jews left the vowels out of the Hebrew manuscripts? The missing vowels is why Christian scholars believe the true name is lost or not knowable with certainty beyond a guess like "Yahweh:"

  • Scholars: יהוה‎ → Y?H?W?H → (guess:) “Yah-weh”

That's what I learned early in my research on God's name and also what most people learn to this day.

But that conclusion was overturned for me in 2002 when I went on tour in Israel and met (real) Hebrew scholar Nehemia Gordon who served as an expert for part of the tour. In private conversation, I heard him using a strange word in Hebrew seemingly for God that I had never heard before. I asked him to repeat it more slowly: "Ye-ho-VAH." (To hear what it sounded like click the play button for the audio of me repeating it below:)

I asked Nehemia what that word was and he explained it's God's name. Wow! (At the time, I confess I had moved on from Yahweh to get stuck on an even more embarrassing opinion of "Yehuah".)

This was October, 2002, just a year after Nehemia had made this discovery himself as the September 11 attacks were happening. Nehemia was busy at work proofing a Masoretic Hebrew manuscript for errors. To his shock, he discovered a place where all three vowels of God's name were intact. (The scribes always at least left out the middle vowel, which was an O or cholam). Right after, the phone rang to alert him that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. He got off the call thinking the plane strike was a fluke, and kept reading, specifically now to see if he could find another case of God's name with all the vowels. When he found that second witness, the phone rang again: a second plane hit the second tower. Here's what he saw:

  • יְהֹוָה‎ → Yehova(full vowels as found in the Leningrad Codex in at least 53 places)

Yehovah may remind you of the word Jehovah, the name that Jehovah's Witnesses use. It actually is the same sound when you correct for the fact that the J of Jehovah as originally transliterated centuries ago had a Y sound, just as J does in German to this day. The other difference being that the accent is on the last syllable, not the first (JeHOvah vs. YehoVAH). Nehemia has since found scores of other places that consistently record the name of God with full vowels in the Leningrad Codex and other Hebrew manuscripts.

Why is this an important discovery? Unlike "Yahweh" or other renditions of God's name, this is not a guess or based on external evidence (outside the Bible), like say, what "Josephus said..." Yehovah comes directly from the Hebrew manuscripts where the scribes wrote the complete vowels. Just as we know how to pronounce, say, King Jehoshaphat's from what the Hebrew Bible text records, so, too, we finally know again from the Bible how to pronounce Gods' name.

God's name has been found!

Nehemia Gordon "Karaite Files - The Name of God Part 1"

Second Witness - The Rabbis Knew All Along

Nehemia Gordon has also confirmed the vowels in rabbinical literature. The rabbis don't support Yahweh; they support Yehovah. This also shows that, contrary to myth, the Jews never lost the name even with the ban on saying it. In fact, God's name is common knowledge among the rabbis and no secret to them.

When I got back from Israel, I was able to confirm all this myself. I ordered a Hebrew Old Testament based on the Leningrad Codex and saw the vowels in there where Nehemia said they were. I even happened to see in my own Stone Edition Chumash that the Introduction (written by rabbis) plainly listed God's Hebrew name with the vowel points (only once)! In the scan below, I have highlighted it with a red box. Of course, it is immediately followed by their warning to not vocalize the name as written, but say Hebrew adonai ("lord") or Hashem ("the name") instead.

Stone Edition Chumash - Introduction

(Click image above to expand the scan to a more readable size and then hit Back in your browser to return to the article).

Nehemia Gordon "Karaite Files - The Name of God Part 2"

Implications for Your Daily Walk?

As I said earlier, you don't need to know God's name. Honestly, knowing it may not matter to you or impact your daily walk at all. That's OK.

For some, however, learning that God has a name or finally getting the verified spelling of it is thrilling. I was thrilled by both discoveries, years apart. (I say spelling because short of a tape recording of a prophet saying it, we can't be 100% sure we're pronouncing it as they did. But the latest evidence rules out Yahovah or Yehoweh.)

"Yehovah" is exact enough that you may want to immediately start using it in prayer. For me this was more meaningful and intimate than just Father. Our Father is not just generic "father" (a role) but Father Yehovah.

With how both end time and millennial prophecy indicate a revival of knowing and using God's name by believers and eventually the world,  then it is a privilege to have and use this information now already.

Exciting Times

As you can imagine, with so much confusion and misinformation in the areas of Bible prophecy and God's name, I consider myself extremely blessed to have found satisfying and verifiable answers in both areas. Both areas are required to make sense of the highly significant Joel 2:31-32 blood moon prophecy covered above.

Personally, I'm convinced it was a 'God appointment" that I met Nehemia Gordon and happened to hear him using God's name casually in conversation. I opted to let him drive me in his car to the next point on the Israel tour instead of staying with group on the bus. He said the name a few times in that drive and that's when I asked him what it was. He was not trying to teach it or share it then as he later would in several books, posts and videos.

We live in exciting times! We can understand prophecy literally (including the challenging but key Wormwood prophecy) as Daniel said for the time of the Internet (Dan 12:4, 10). We can see the groundwork for prophecy's fulfillment being laid before our eyes with the restoration of God's name, too.

I discuss all about Wormwood (the real meaning of the "blood moon" prophecy) and God's name in my book Know the Future, which includes this research on pronouncing God's name from the Biblical evidence. True repentance is also covered in the book—as well as in my new major studies on understanding and doing the Sermon on the Mount.

Update July 21, 2017: Still More Evidence — In Over 90 Hebrew Manuscripts and 16 Rabbis!

Key points in video:

  • Manuscripts with "Yehovah" vowels is now more just "three manuscripts" (including the Aleppo Codex) as was known a decade ago. It's now up to over 90 manuscripts.
  • Evidence disproving popular myth that "the Jews don't know God's name." Jewish sources with 16 rabbis stating the name is Yehovah.
  • Aleppo Codex is now online to see for yourself God's name is there six times with the full vowels (sheva, cholam and patach, which are not the vowels for adonai).
  • A manuscript was found that uses vowels for adonai in YHVH, which is exceptional; the exception that proves the rule, as scholars say. In other words, they could and did use the vowels for adonai at least once, but chose not to in all the other manuscripts using the more accurate vowels spelling out Yehovah (rather than "Yahovah").
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Update: August 1st, 2017: Why Isn't It "YAHovah" as with the word "HalleluYAH"???

Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Hebrew scholar Nehemia Gordon explains the rule you learn in kindergarten when learning Hebrew as a child like he did that explains why it's not YAHovah.

Yahweh proponents like Yahweh because they know Yah is an abbreviation for God's name in the Bible (Ps 68:4 KJV). They assume it's because of Yah(weh) being the right name. Yehovah looks wrong since it does not start out with Yah, but Yeh.

However, the A in Yahweh is not the same A in Yah! It only appears so in English. In the Hebrew there are different letters transliterated A. The A in Yah is a kamatz while the A in Yahweh is a patach as it is in Yehovah. See below:

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Rich - November 26, 2019

I’m a non-Jew who worked for 7 years in an Orthodox Jewish School in St. Louis, Missouri. One of the rabbis at my school was also the head rabbi for the shul across the street from the school. I purchased the Aleppo Codex for $1,200 online and brought it to school. I showed it to him and as he was reading it out loud, when he came to God’s name he pronounced it as Yehovah. This caught me off guard because I was used to everyone saying Hashem all the time. But this rabbi had no issues with pronouncing the name out loud as Yehovah.

Kevin - March 21, 2019


“Jehova” doesn’t fit with Exodus 3:14 :
– it is not the same meaning
– the verb tense is not respected


Paul - January 29, 2018

Hi Tim
You like many have felt blessed to be taught the truth, Jesus prayed holy is your name, the most holy name in all the earth.
But the Jehovah’s witnesses have been teaching people the truth for over 100 years.
Yehovah is the Hebrew spelling, the English spelling is Jehovah,
Just as the Hebrew name Yeshua in English we say Jesus.
Acts 15:14 tells us Jehovah would take out of the nations a people for his name. JEHOVAHS people are already here among us.
Next time they knock on your door please welcome them in.
Christian love. Paul

    Tim McHyde - January 30, 2018

    Paul, but “Jehovah” is not right. There’s no J in biblical Hebrew and the JW’s neglected to update the transliteration of YHVH to use a Y as in Yehovah when J no longer had a Y sound in English (like it does in German still). Plus the accent is on the -vah, not the Yeh-. Finally as a denomination viewed as a cult by most Christians, anything unusual they teach like God’s name is viewed as wrong. So in my opinion they have not helped get the truth of God’s name out much.

Frank Dollbaum - May 30, 2017

What about Ehyeh asher Ehyeh (Exodus 3:14)? When Moses asks God what the name of the God of their fathers is, God respons with I AM who I AM or I AM that I AM revealing God’s personal name to be I AM (Ehyeh). אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֣ראֶֽהְיֶ֑ה
Strongs Hebrew 1961, 834, 1961.

    Tim McHyde - May 30, 2017

    Frank, if you read Exodus 3:14-15 carefully you won’t find God say his name is that. It’s his self-identification of who he is, “the I AM,” which never appears again in the Tanach. God clearly states his “name forever” is YeHoVaH in the next verse, the word that appears nearly 7000 times.

Esther - May 8, 2017

Amen Tim great article I thought that the new testament was written Greek and Aramaic only but i found out about 6 months ago that it was written in Hebrew also. Always excited to learn about my Lord and saviour. I will be using YEHOVAH FROM NOW on.

Harry - May 2, 2017

I have been watching videos Jewish people put on YouTube about Christians Holy communion being false they read from the Torah what he pointed out made sense the last supper was not Yeshua s not starting holy communion he kept referring to God as Elohim.Correct me if am wrong but didn’t Yeshua cry out to Eloh when on the cross.

    Tim McHyde - May 2, 2017

    Harry, in Hebrew Yeshua would have called “Eli” (my God) even “Eliyah” (My God Yah). This is confirmed in Matthew 27:46-47 where those who heard him mistakenly thought he was calling for Elijah (Eliyah) whose name means “My God Yah”. This does not work in Greek or Aramaic, only Hebrew as Roy Blizzard, Jr details in his seminal work “Understanding The Difficult Words of Jesus”.

Ted Shrout - April 25, 2017

Thank you Tim for this wonderful article. For some reason lately I have been thinking of the terms, God,Lord, Father, that we use as names?/ or ways of addressing Him. I’ve known of YHWH but never heard of YHVH, Yehovah. I always ask for understanding and it is given to me a little here and a little there and it is always about things that are important.

Also I just sent you a email that someone else just mentioned about the new Aramaic/English translation. Looks like it’s not going to be very reliable. I would like to find a NT translation from Hebrew to English that I can understand.

    Tim McHyde - April 26, 2017

    Ted, glad you liked it. Yeah more and more research is coming to light to confirm what the church fathers said about NT books being received in Hebrew (like Matthew and Revelation) and that Jesus and his ministry audience spoke Hebrew.

John - April 23, 2017

Tim, Thanks for this fantastic and worthwhile article. I remember many years ago when we where just starting with the WWCG, …we were told that we were allowed to use that name. If we did we would be subject to being “kicked out”

We left the WWCG in the early ’80’s and have not looked back and have been using YHVH for a few years already. Knowing German, Spanish and Portuguese the Yehovah is most likely the correct on for the Spanish and Portuguese. The pronunciation is also determined by ones own language. Keep up the good work and Yehovah’s blessings.

John - April 23, 2017

Interesting piece. I though the Yah of Yahweh was a familial name for God’s family. Yahweh… Yahshua…HalleluYah.

How does Yeshua fit with Yehovah linguistically? Not Yehshua?

    Tim McHyde - April 23, 2017

    John, Yeshua (ישוע) rhymes with yoshia (will save יושיע) as Matthew 1:21 says in Hebrew. Yeshua is a shortened form of Yehoshua (יְהוֹשׁ֫וּעַ) which is a theophoric name (having most of God’s name in it: YHV). Yeshua was a common name in Jesus’ day and of all the names he could have been given, it made sense to pick one that rhymed with “will save” naming him for his role.

      Rich - November 26, 2019

      I was always taught that Y’shua is Aramaic and Yehoshua is Hebrew. Is this wrong?

Marcus G - April 23, 2017

Well worth an article on that topic, Tim. It’s not something that many people seem to show interest in!

I have read all about Nehemiah’s findings in the past and studied in some depth, but I’ve stayed with YHWH/Yahweh at this point. I’ve found that there truly seem to be good arguments for three or four different pronunciations when you dig into them. Even the W sound rather than the V sound has evidence behind it (not German, but Hebrew).

I think it is important to know the name of our GOD – even if our attempts are not perfect or in full agreement. What person would want us as a close friend without us knowing their name or not even caring about finding out!?!

Thanks, and all the best,
Marcus G.

    Tim McHyde - April 23, 2017

    Marcus, you may want to go back to Nehemia’s website in the present, not just the past when what you said was true and admitted by him regarding several possible pronunciations. He keeps researching and has lately uncovered in his research more evidence on the name that points to Yehovah and not Yehowah or other ideas. The waw/W idea is no longer tenable in light of the new findings.

Ron S. - April 23, 2017

Great article Tim. Do you know of other manuscripts besides the Leningrad Codex and the Stone Edition Chumash which show the full vowels?

    Tim McHyde - April 23, 2017

    RonS, Nehemia has found it in many manuscripts since. Read his site and Facebook page for the latest discoveries as he keeps finding more and more.

Thomas Garza - April 22, 2017

In a culture where “Jesus Christ” is reduced to “J.C.”, is it any wonder that many find the correct Name to not be relevant ? ” He knows who I’m talking to ! ” – This attitude may be fine in referring to Praying if one is ignorant (uneducated – which is never a negative thing unless one has refused to be taught ) . One of the most important aspects of EDUCATION is not to become SMART but rather, to learn the responsibility that is inherent in gaining knowledge. Once you have been given TRUTH, you must accept that “ignorance” will never be an accepted alibi.

At a Hospital years ago, I was sitting in a surgical waiting room with friends and sharing my newfound love of “Torah Life” (consciousness) and the relativity of Hebrew Culture/Language as to interpreting difficult parts of the Bible. A long time family friend piped up; ” I don’t have that much time to learn what you’re talking about. ” The reply shocked me as the life of a man was hanging in the balance in the adjoining room and my friend’s reply seemed to say, ” Knowing that much about the Bible is just not that important to me. ” My friend was being 100% honest and that impressed me more than his lack of willingness to LEARN.

In a Courtroom, years earlier than the previous paragraph, a Judge replied to a statement that I made about KNOWING my Case. The Judge replied in WISDOM. ” Sometimes we read too much ( use knowledge to justify our BIAS ) and sometimes we read too little ( forsake our OBLIGATION to know the FACTS and choose, COSTLY passivity ). ” Now, apply the Judge’s statement in how we approach Scripture and you’ll see why the MAJORITY of so-called Believers will not tolerate the coming Elijah. Education is important, Wisdom remains the “chief thing “. May Yehovah grant each of us the courage to know the TRUTH and the wisdom to leave behind, our Church/Family traditions

Great article Tim, as usual.

Sincerely, You can call me “Al”.

Charl du Randt - April 22, 2017

Thank you for your great work Tim

What do you make of Acts 4:12 and Matthew 6:9 regarding The Name ?

Quote from KJV :
ct 4:12 NeitherG2532 G3756 isG2076 there salvationG4991 inG1722 anyG3762 other:G243 forG1063 there isG2076 noneG3777 otherG2087 nameG3686 underG5259 heavenG3772 givenG1325 amongG1722 men,G444 wherebyG1722 G3739 weG2248 mustG1163 be saved.G4982

    Tim McHyde - April 22, 2017

    Charl, Yehovah God has decided to give the authority to save us to Yeshua. Therefore, there is no other name/authority under heaven by which we can be saved except Yeshua raising us from the dead (John 10:28). And yes in Mt 6:9 he told us to pray to Father Yehovah God, not himself. Yehovah is still “his God and our God” (John 20:17) regardless of who Yehovah delegated judgment to (Mt 28:18).

Anthony Ianosel - April 22, 2017

Yes, too many Old Testament verses to enumerate confirm that the Holy Name of The Almighty Creator is in fact YEHOVAH, just as our brother Tim said it (and demonstrated) in so many words! I clearly remember in 1965-68, I was singing in a Christian choir in Timisoara in Romania (Baptist Church), and we were NOT fearful to sing honor and praises to YEHOVAH right in front of the big shots of the Cults responsible for overseeing the churches’ activities (and monitoring). Today, some 25 years after the fall of communism, we can see that the modern pastors SHY AWAY from this so beautiful NAME of our Creator and Savior Yehovah! What a shame that in these modern times of relative peace in our Western democracies, our choral songs avoid the most beautiful name of YEHOVAH. It is indeed a very beautiful name, that no human being has been appropriated! Now we see a disruptive religion which palms as a godly faith–and everyone else “infidel” arising at the horizon, which is not ashamed to boast about their god’s name Allah…and even claiming that it is “greatest” of all!!! What a shame, that Christianity has FORGOTTEN and IGNORED the most beautiful name in the Universe–YEHOVAH–who is commanding an overwhelming power and authority wherever location He is invoked and pronounced by His servant angels (as in the Moses’ rescue of Hebrews people from Egypt).

Very good article written Tim, you are the best advocate of and servant to the biblical truths which many (with much more $$$ resources fail at it). I see the same pattern in the legal system of Western democracies: those who are charged and appointed to hold firm to the Constitution mandates they swore an oath to uphold are becoming sloathful, drastically ignorant, and even contemptuous! Is it possible in our last days, that many arrogant preachers with lots of resources may be drifting into that sloppy, ignorant pattern of contempt towards the name of our Creator Yehovah? I see the Muslims leaders (and their 1.2 billion men and women) are very boastful and proud of their god Allah, while the Christian leaders seem to take the opposite path of ignoring the Almighty’s holy name Yehovah in their sermons and teachings!

Michelle Gerson - April 22, 2017

I am so glad that you found out, as I have two years ago, the Name of the Lord. Will you also reveal the real Name of Jesus which is Yeshua.

Since you are moving to Israel, (are you there yet), there is a Messianic University, the Israel Institute of Biblical studies. You can either attend or learn live on the Internet with a personal christian tutor.

You learn biblical Hebrew and the literal translation with all the implications found in the old Hebrew tongue, together with a profound explanation of scriptures, verse by verse, in the Hebrew writing studied on the day.

Perhaps also one day, if you find the time, you could convey us your new experience in Israel and give us a few hints of the lifestyle there for outsiders like us, who would like to move there too.

    Tim McHyde - April 22, 2017

    Michelle, yes it’s long overdue that I shared this topic that has been in my book since 2005. Well, I don’t have any plans to move to Israel anytime soon. I think we’ll all be moving there of course, together. But if I do move “early” I’ll be sure to be talking a lot about it in my writing.

Helen Davies - April 22, 2017

What a wonderful revelation. I feel so blessed to read this. Thank you, dear Servant of Yehovah.

    Paul - January 29, 2018

    Hi Helen
    You like many have felt blessed to be taught the truth, Jesus prayed holy is your name, the most holy name in all the earth.
    But the Jehovah’s witnesses have been teaching people the truth for over 100 years.
    Yehovah is the Hebrew spelling, the English spelling is Jehovah,
    Just as the Hebrew name Yeshua in English we say Jesus.
    Acts 15:14 tells us Jehovah would take out of the nations a people for his name. JEHOVAHS people are already here among us.
    Next time they knock on your door please welcome them in.
    Christian love. Paul.

Paul Schelfhout - April 22, 2017

Well said, and the Catholic Church is banning the use of “Yahweh”.

Are you aware of Ron Wyatt’s work on finding the “Ark of the Covenant”, plenty available on the web? Definitely worth knowing.

Also the is a group who have translated the NT direct from Aramaic to English; seems the original NT was written in Aramaic and not Greek. Website (I would give you a glimpse of the text but no option for attachments.)

I once hear Fr Richard Rohr OFM being taught by a Rabbi to say “Yah” breathing in and “Wey” breathing out – as the Father is the breath within us.

I have read scriptures but always pick something up from your posts – Thanks.

    Tim McHyde - April 22, 2017

    Paul, I love Ron Wyatt’s work. The “original Aramaic” is a myth and provable from the internal evidence of the NT texts which point directly to Hebrew, such as as Matthew 1:21 that makes no sense in English, Greek, or Aramaic, but only in Hebrew.

Abe Davis - April 22, 2017

Incredible!! Thank you so much!!! I too have struggled with why Yehova’s (everlasting existence) name wasn’t “translated”! The part about “mens tradition’s” is so apt also! A great article! Thanks again!!

Craig Wilson - April 21, 2017

Aloha My Brother in Christ Jesus who was sent by the Holy One Jehovah! And by the Spirit of God I send you greetings!
My question is that Isaiah called Jehovah by El Shiddiah, did he not and it was Jehova who told him his name! Could this also be a possible name in the “end times” when we call out HIS Name? Mahalo and love your teachings! I some day hope to support you more! ✝️✡️ Craig

    Tim McHyde - April 22, 2017

    Craig, El Shaddiah is more a title of God and there are many titles to God throughout the Old Testament like that given. But Joel 2:32 literally says, “call on the name of Yehovah.” We will say the word Yehovah.

      Donald - April 22, 2017

      IF calling on his name means pronouncing & spelling it right, I think Satan can do that. Also, what about YHVH? IF YHVH means Yehovah, what do we do with the V compared with the W?

        Tim McHyde - April 22, 2017

        Donald, calling on his name does mean that, but that’s not why they are saved. They know his name because they fully repented biblically under the tutilege of a prophet who know, use and teach God’s name also. Indeed the demons are believers but they are not saved and tremble because they don’t obey (James 2:19).

        Anthony Ianosel - April 22, 2017

        I believe the Hebrew language DOES NOT HAVE a “W” in its alphabet. It rather has the “V”, thus the YHVH (Yehovah). If you read my testimony below (an experience in Romania long ago, you’ll understand that my christian choir was singing to YEHOVAH without any fear in the presence of the dictator’s Cult Controllers–and they didn’t freak out–and neither us!

          Donald - April 23, 2017

          What about, Yeshua, instead of, “Jesus”??? I never heard of that name BUT I had a dream about it, It was VIVID AND CLEAR, >Yeshua

    Gimel - August 1, 2017

    If the first syllable of YHVH is indeed “YeHo”, then why is it that “HalleluYaH” is not “HalleluYeHo”, or “HalleluYe”? And all the Hebrew names like “EliYaH, YirmeYaH, YeshaYaH, MathithYaH, etc” are not “EliYeHo, YirmeYeHo, YeshaYeHo, MathithYeHo”?


      Tim McHyde - August 1, 2017

      Gimel, no offense intended, but in Nehemia Gordon’s words, if you had “Kindergarten knowledge” of basic biblical Hebrew conjugation rules, you’d know the answer to your question as the Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Hebrew scholar explains in this new video:

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