|God has a name, one name by which He wishes to be remembered. It is Yahowah.
writes, "Now that God has affirmed that He does not like being referred to as “the Lord,” and now that English bible translations have shown that they cannot be trusted, let’s consider God’s actual name, and whether we can and should pronounce it. The most telling passage in this regard is found in the book Yahowah entitled Shemowth – Names (which is certainly appropriate). You may know it as “Exodus.”
“And (wa) Moseh (Moseh – the one who draws us away from human oppression and divine judgment) said (‘amar) to God (‘el), the Almighty (ha ‘elohym – the Mighty One), ‘Now look, if (hineh – behold, look here, and note if) I (‘anky) go (bow’ – arrive and come) to (‘el) the Children (beny – sons) of Yisra’el (Yisra’el – a compound of ‘ysh – individuals, who sarah – strive and contend with, engage and persist with, are set free and are empowered by ‘el – God), and I say (wa ‘amar) to them (la), “The God (‘elohym – the Almighty) of your fathers (‘ab) has sent me out (salah – has extended Himself to dispatch me) to you (‘el), and they ask (wa ‘amar – question) me (la), ‘What is (mah) His personal and proper name (shem),’ what (mah) shall I say (‘amar) to them (‘el)?”’” (Shemowth / Names / Exodus 3:13)
While God would give Moseh a direct answer, He didn’t do so directly. And that is because there is a bigger difference between Amen Ra, Amun, Aten, Horis, Seb, Isis, Osiris, Sobek, and other ba’alym, and Yahowah, than just a name. Yahowah is real. He actually exists.
So by revealing the basis of His name, Yahowah answered the most important question we can ask: yes, there really is a God. “And (wa) God (‘elohym) said (‘amar – answered and declared) to (‘el) Moseh (Moseh), ‘’Ehayah (אֶ הְ יֶ ה) ‘asher (אֲ שֶׁ ר) ‘ehayah.’ (אֶ הְ יֶ ה) – ‘I Am Who I Am.’” (Shemowth / Names / Exodus 3:14)
In His response, God conveyed: “I Exist.” He said: “I was, I am, and I always will be.” He replied: “I am God.” “I am responsible for your very existence.” “I am the source of your continued existence.” “I am exactly who I say I am (and not what men say of me).”"
‘Ehayah is hayah prefixed in the first person singular, meaning: “I exist, I am, I was, and I will be.” It was written in the qal relational stem, affirming the reliability and genuineness of this pronouncement. Further, hayah was conjugated in the imperfect, telling us that God’s “hayah – existence” will produce ongoing results which have unfolding consequences throughout the whole fabric of time. Collectively then, ‘ehayah says: “I actually exist, and my very existence will produce unfolding results and ongoing consequences throughout the whole of time.”
‘Asher is a relative particle which denotes a “relationship, an association, or linkage,” and, as such, it is often translated “with, who, which, what, where, or when.” So in this context, ‘asher tells us that God is seeking a relationship with us, and that how we respond to His proposed association will influence our very existence.
Therefore, by using these words, Yahowah told us: 1) He actually exists, 2) that our continued existence is predicated upon Him, 3) that relationships are of vital interest to Him, and 4) He told us how to pronounce His name (Yahowah from hayah).
“And (wa) He said (‘amar), ‘So this is what (koh) you should actually say (‘amar – answer (scribed in the qal relational stem, affirming the reliability of this advice, and in the imperfect conjugation, telling us that this pronouncement would have ongoing consequences which would unfold throughout time)) to (la) the Children (ben) of Yisra’el (yisra’el – those who strive and contend with, engage, persist, and endure with, are set free and are empowered by God), “I Am (‘ehayah – first person singular of the verb hayah, meaning I exist; written in the qal stem, imperfect conjugation, affirming the reliability and ongoing consequences of His existence on our existence), He has sent me (salah – He has reached out and extended Himself to actually dispatch me (in the qal perfect, telling us that this act of God is indivisible, whole and complete, and valid throughout all time, and as a result, should not be compartmentalized into separate chronologies)) to you (‘el).”’” (Shemowth / Names / Exodus 3:14)
There may be no more profound a statement, no more important a mission, no higher authority. The source of our existence, the one and only God who actually exists, was going to go from Arabia to the Nile Delta with an eighty-year-old shepherd to rescue His wayward and oppressed children from Egypt—the most oppressive religious, political, and military power man had yet conceived. And the result of this mission would produce ongoing consequences which would profoundly influence mankind’s relationship with God for all time.
Those who promote the myth that God’s name isn’t known, that it isn’t important, and that it cannot and should not be pronounced, stop reading at this point. But God was not finished speaking. Moreover, Shemowth / Names 3:13 and 3:14 are Yahowah’s marvelous way of telling us exactly how to spell and speak His name—even understand His name. This was not a random diatribe. ‘Ehayah ‘asher ‘ehayah reveals the basis of Yahowah’s name, the meaning of Yahowah’s name, even the proper pronunciation of Yahowah’s name. He has already left us without excuse. And yet, He was not done talking.
“And (wa) God (‘elohym – Almighty), moreover (‘owd – besides this and in addition), said (‘amar – declared) to (‘el) Moseh (Moseh – from mashah, the one who would draw us away from human oppression and divine judgment), ‘This is what (koh) you should say (‘amar – promise and declare (also scribed in the qal imperfect)) to (‘el) the Children of Yisra’el (beny yisra’el – the children and sons who strive, contend, and struggle with, those who engage, persist, and endure with, those who persevere with, and who are set free and empowered by God), “Yahowah (efei – hwhy- יהוה – Yahowah), God (‘elohym) of your fathers (‘ab), God (‘elohym) of Abraham (‘Abraham – Loving, Enriching, and Merciful Father), God (‘elohym) of Yitzchaq (Yitzchaq – Laughter), and God (‘elohym) of Ya’aqob (Ya’aqob – One who Supplants and Digs in His Heels), He sent me (salah – He has reached out and extended Himself to actually dispatch me (in the qal perfect, revealing that this act of God is indivisible, whole and complete, and valid throughout all time)) to you (‘el).”
This is (zeh) My name (shem – My personal and proper designation (scribed in the singular construct form, making Yahowah inseparable from His one and only shem – name)) forever (la ‘olam – for all time and into eternity). And (wa) this is (zeh) My way of being known and remembered (zeker – My status and renown, My way of being mentioned and recalled, My commemoration and memorial, My inheritance right, symbol, sign, and signature) for (la) all dwelling places, homes, times, and generations (dowr dowr).’” (Shemowth / Names / Exodus 3:15)
Yes, indeed, God has a name, one name by which He wishes to be remembered. It is Yahowah.
Since this is among the most important pronouncements ever made, let’s contemplate Yahowah’s declaration once again, this time uncluttered by my explanations.
“And (wa) Moseh (Moseh) said (‘amar) to God (‘el), the Almighty (ha ‘elohym), ‘Now look, if (hineh) I (‘anky) go (bow’) to (‘el) the Children (beny) of Yisra’el (Yisra’el), and I say (wa ‘amar) to them (la), “The God (‘elohym) of your fathers (‘ab) has sent me out (salah) to you (‘el), and they ask (wa ‘amar) me (la), ‘What is (mah) His personal and proper name (shem),’ what (mah) shall I say (‘amar) to them (‘el)?”’
And (wa) God (‘elohym) said (‘amar) to (‘el) Moseh (Moseh), ‘I Am (‘ehayah) Who (‘asher) I Am (‘ehayah).’
And (wa) He said (‘amar), ‘So this is what (koh) you should actually say (‘amar) to (la) the Children (ben) of Yisra’el – those who seek to strive and contend with, engage, persist, and endure with, to be set free and empowered by God, “I Am (‘ehayah), He has sent me (salah) to you (‘el).”’
And (wa) God (‘elohym), moreover (‘owd), said (‘amar) to (‘el) Moseh (Moseh), ‘This is what (koh) you should say (‘amar) to (‘el) the Children of Yisra’el (beny yisra’el), “Yahowah (efei – Yahowah), God (‘elohym) of your fathers (‘ab), God (‘elohym) of Abraham (‘Abraham), God (‘elohym) of Yitzchaq (Yitzchaq), and God (‘elohym) of Ya’aqob (Ya’aqob), He sent me (salah) to you (‘el).”
This is (zeh) My name (shem) forever (la ‘olam). And (wa) this is (zeh) My way of being known and remembered (zeker) for (la) all time, dwelling places, homes, and generations (dowr dowr).’” (Shemowth 3:15)
So, pray tell, how does anyone justify calling God “Lord” when God said as clearly as words allow: “My name is Yahowah. That is the way I want to be recalled, the way I want to be known, and the way I want to be remembered. Yahowah is My signature. Tell those who want to live with Me, those who want to be saved by Me, that Yahowah has sent you.”
The God who rescues His children from human oppression has a personal and proper name—Yahowah. Know it, say it, remember it.
Now that we have allowed God to resolve the myth that He has many names, some of which are too sacred to be spoken, what about the myth that no one knows how to pronounce the “Tetragrammaton,” or the “four consonants” which comprise His signature.
To begin, Yahowah’s name is comprised of vowels, not consonants. Flavius Josephus, the most famous of all Jewish historians, wrote in the first-century CE, in his The War of the Jews, Book 5.5.7: “…the set apart name, it consists of four vowels.” Weingreen, a noted scholar in Hebrew grammar, subsequently stated in 1959 for Oxford University Press: “Long before the introduction of vowels signs, it was felt that the main vowel sounds should be indicated in writing, and so the three letters, Wah (ו), Hey (ה), and Yowd (י) were used to represent long vowels.”
In actuality, the easiest way to dispense with the “consonant” myth with regard to the Ancient, Paleo, and Babylonian Hebrew scripts found in Scripture is to examine the many thousands of words which contain the letters Wah (ו), Hey (ה), and Yowd (י), and consider how they are pronounced. Almost invariably, the Waw, or Wah (f - w - ו), conveys the vowel sounds “o,” “oo,” or “u.” In this regard, it is similar to the vowel form of the English W, which is pronounced “double u.” The Hey (e - h - ה) is pronounced “ah” and, to a significantly lesser degree, “eh.” The Yowd (i - y - י) communicates an “i” sound, and is otherwise similar to the vocalization of the vowel form of the English Y.
In reality, these three vowels, in conjunction with the Hebrew Aleph (a - a - א) and Ayin (o - [ - ע), made it possible to pronounce every Hebrew word several millennia before the Sheva System was developed, or vowel points were introduced, by the Masoretes.
With this in mind, let’s consider the three vowels which comprise Yahowah’s name. Perhaps the most familiar Hebrew word known to us today beginning with the letter Yowd (י) is “yada’ (יָדַע),” meaning “to know.” You often hear it repeated: “yada, yada, yada.” Indirectly, we know the Yowd sound from Israel, which is a transliteration of Yisra’el. It is also the source of the vowel I/i in: Isaiah (Yasha’yah), Messiah (Ma’aseyah), Zechariah (Zakaryahuw), Hezekiah (Chazayah), Nehemiah (Nachemyah), and Moriah (Mowriyah).
Those who have sung “kumbaya (quwmbayah (stand with Yah))” or “hallelujah (halaluyah (radiate Yah’s light))” know this Yowd (י) sound all too well. The י provides the vowel sound for the common Hebrew words yad – hand, yadah – to acknowledge, yatab – good, and yahad – united.
There are literally thousands of Hebrew words where the Yowd (י) is pronounced just like the Y/y is in the English words: “yes, yet, yield, yarn, yaw, yawn, yawl, yea, yippee, year, yearn, yeast, yell, yellow, yelp, yeoman, yesterday, you, young, yolk, yonder, and yummy. And just like Hebrew, in English, the letter Y is often a vowel. Consider: “myth, hymn, my, fly, and cry.” In fact, according to the Oxford Dictionary, “the letter Y is more often used as a vowel. And in this role it is often interchangeable with the letter I.” This similarity to Hebrew is not a coincidence, because Hebrew served as the world’s first actual alphabet—a word derived from a transliteration of the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet: Aleph and Beyt.
The second and fourth letter in Yahowah’s name is the Hebrew Hey (ה). Curious as to how Yahowah’s name could be based upon hayah (היה), which begins and ends with ה, and yet most often be transliterated “Yahweh,” where the first Hey is pronounced “ah,” and the second is pronounced “eh,” I examined every Hebrew word inclusive of the letter ה – especially those words concluding with Hey. What I discovered is that just like hayah and ‘elowah (the basis of ‘elohym), the Hebrew ה is almost invariably pronounced “ah.” In fact the ratio of “ah” to “eh” in Hebrew words is nearly one hundred to one. So in hayah, Yahowah told us how to pronounce all but one letter of His name.
And yet, in the definitive statement “’elowah hayah – God exists,” all of our questions are answered. We can simply look to the title Yahowah selected for Himself in this revealing discussion, “‘elohym (אלהים) – God,” to ascertain how to properly pronounce the Hebrew vowel Wah (ו). You see, ‘elohym is the contracted, and thus less formal, plural, and thus more inclusive, form of ‘elowah (אלוה), meaning “God Almighty.” And it is in ‘elowah (אלוה) that we find definitive proof of how to properly communicate the Hebrew ו.
Ironically, even the title Rabbis ultimately pointed to add the first common singular suffix, “my” to “lord,” ‘adoni, or more correctly, ‘adonay, to replace Yahowah’s name, was derived from ‘adown (אָדוֹן), which actually helps us pronounce His name.
But there is another, perhaps even better known, Hebrew word which can assist us in our quest. Scripture’s most often transliterated title, “towrah – Torah,” meaning “instructions,” provides all the direction we require to properly pronounce the Hebrew Wah (ו) specifically, and YHWH generally. In the Divine Writ, this title for “instruction, teaching, direction, and guidance” is written TWRH (right to left as: תּוֹרָה), where the “o” sound is derived from the Wah ו.
In addition, the most oft’ repeated Hebrew word over the last one hundred generations has been “shalowm (שָׁלֹום) – peace,” where once again, we are greeted with the means to properly annunciate the Hebrew Wah ו. And I suppose Zion and Zionist, would be almost as well known. Its basis is spelled tsyown in Hebrew, once again telling us how to pronounce the Wah.
Other familiar Hebrew words which are pronounced similarly include: gowym – people (specifically Gentiles), yowm – meaning day, ‘adown – master, ‘owy – alas, ‘owr – light, ‘owth – sign, qowl – voice, towb – good, ‘acharown – last, and of course ‘elowah – God, in addition to the names: Aaron, Jonah, Job, Judah, Moriah, Zion, and Jerusalem from ‘Aharown, Yownah, Yowb, Yahuwdah, Mowriyah, Tsyown, and Yaruwshalaym.
Beyond towrah and ‘elowah (God’s revealed instructions and His title), there are forty extremely important reminders conveyed throughout the Torah, Prophets, and Psalms which serve to affirm that God’s name is pronounced Yahowah, not Yahuweh or Yahweh. While two of these, Yowb – Job and Yownah – Jonah, were shared previously, I omitted their meanings and etymology. Virtually every credible lexicon affirms that the “Yow” sound in both names is a contraction of “Yahow.” As such, Yownah – Jonah means: “Yahowah’s Dove (a symbol for the Spirit of God).” Yowb – Job is: “Cry Out to Yahowah.” But there are more.
The most famous of these is Yowceph – Joseph, meaning “Yah Unites and Multiplies.” The most important is Yowbel – Jubilee, designating the year following the passage of seven Shabat of years, where “Yah’s Godly Lamb” frees us by forgiving our debts. Every important fulfillment on Yahowah’s calendar commences not just on a Yowbel year of Freedom and Redemption, but on multiples of forty Yowbel. These include 1968 BCE (2000 years (40×50) after the expulsion of Adam from the Garden) when Yahowah affirmed His Covenant with Abraham on Mount Mowriyah. Forty Yowbel thereafter (in 33 CE (there was no year 0 in the transition from BCE to CE)), Yahowsha’ fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits on the same mountain. And finally, forty Yowbel removed from His sacrifice (upcoming in 2033), Yahowsha’ will return to Mount Mowriyah on the Day of Reconciliations in anticipation of celebrating the Festival Feast of Shelters for one thousand years during the Millennial Sabbath.
Names which continue to echo “Yahow” today include: Yow’ab – Joab (Yah is our Father), Yow’ach – Joah (Related to Yah), Yow’achaz – Joahaz (Grasp Hold of Yah), Yow’el – Joel (Yah is God), Yowb – Job (Cry Out to Yah), Yowchanan and Yahowchanan – Johanan and John (Yah is Merciful), Yownah – Jonah (Yah’s Dove), Yownatan – Jonathan (Yah Gives), Yowceph – Joseph (Yah Unites and Multiplies), Yowram – Joram (Yah Uplifts), and Yowtham – Jotham (Yah Perfects).
Therefore, the obvious pronunciation of YHWH (or ה ו ה י written left to right using Hebrew characters), is Y·aH·oW·aH. Mystery solved.
In case you may be wondering, the reason I have occasionally written “Yahweh” in my commentary is access. The overwhelming majority of people using search engines to find accurate information about God type “Yahweh,” because Yahowah is unfamiliar to them. So, if I did not intersperse this spelling along with the more precise transliteration, far fewer people interested in knowing Yahowah would have access to these insights. Further, since Yahowah routinely uses contractions of His name, including Yah, Yahow, Yahuw, and Yow, His Towrah affirms that He is not the least bit bothered by an incomplete or inexact pronunciation. What He is concerned about is that we know He has but one name, that we know what that name is, and that we use it.
Since Yah invented the language of revelation, we are wise to observe its lessons. In Ancient Hebrew, the first letter of Yahowah’s name was a Yad, which today is called a Yowd. It was conveyed by way of a pictographic depiction of an arm and hand i, and thus symbolized the power and authority to do whatever work was required. Even today, yad means “hand” in Hebrew, and metaphorically, it still represents the ideas of “engaging and doing,” and thus of “authority and power.”
The second and fourth letter in Yahowah’s name is a Hey. It was drawn as a person reaching up and pointing to the heavens e. In paleo-Hebrew it conveyed the importance of observing what God had revealed, of taking note of His greatness, and of reaching up to Him for help. Even today, the Hebrew word hey means “behold greatness.”
The third letter in YHWH is the Wah, which was called Waw in paleo-Hebrew. Its pictographic representation depicted a tent peg or stake f. These were used to secure a shelter and to enlarge it. And as such, the preposition wa communicates the ideas of adding to and increasing something.
Bringing this all together, we discover that Yahowah’s name has more to do with our response to it than it does with Him. efei says that God has the power, the authority, and the will to do whatever work needs to be accomplished to assist those who look to Him, who observe His revelation, and who reach up to Him for help. Those who do these things will be added to His family. They will be sheltered and become secure.
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