What’s in a Name?
ANSWER: Often much more than we expect. Names often reveal intimate information about a person. Sometimes names have hidden or secret information about a person’s parents, culture, family values, beliefs, religion, and even their family story. Hebrew names also often contain information about one’s Life Purpose, one’s prophetic Spiritual Calling, and one’s Divine Mission. These attributes regularly prove to be accurate to Biblical Names given in the Testimony of God.
FOR EXAMPLE: Jesus’s Name, “Yeshua in Hebrew,” means Salvation. And that is exactly what His Divine Life Mission was all about: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” His mission was to bring God’s Salvation to the whole world. His Name connected Him directly to His Life Purpose.
It is a revelation to notice how many times God’s links His Name to His Purpose–to Bring Salvation to His People.
Psalms 79:9 (KJV)
Help us, O GOD of our salvation, for the glory of THY NAME:
and DELIVER US (which means SAVE US), and purge away our sins, for THY NAME’S sake.
Psalms 96:2 (YLT)
2 Sing to Jehovah [YHWH], bless His name, Proclaim from day to day HIS SALVATION.
Psalms 20:5-7 (KJV)
5 We will rejoice in THY SALVATION, and in the NAME OF OUR GOD we will set up our banners: the LORD [YHWH] fulfill all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that the LORD [YHWH] SAVES HIS ANOINTED [Saves in and through His Messiah]; he will hear him from his holy heaven with THE SAVING STRENTGH OF HIS RIGHT HAND. 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember [and trust in] THE NAME OF THE LORD OUR GOD.
Psalms 116:12-13 (YLT)
12 What do I return to Jehovah [YHWH]? All His benefits [are] upon me. 13 THE CUP OF SALVATION I lift up, And in THE NAME OF JEHOVAH [YHWH] I call.
FUN FACT #1: GOD’S WORD is a legal contract, and it is fully legally binding. According to His own LAW, every fact in a Court Case in order to be legally binding, must have at minimum 2 or 3 witnesses. One reason we see a lot of repetition from multiple sources in God’s Word is to fulfill this legal requirement, to make His Word Officially Legally Binding. Above are listed four sources of How YHWH links His Name to His Salvation, which is His Diving Destiny and Purpose Prophesied from the very beginning of Man’s Relationship with YHWH. We will soon see more repetition of “His Name and Salvation” woven into His Name, His Story, and His Work.
Learning a Name in Hebrew is like learning about a Person?
You are about to Learn the True Origins and True Meaning , and the prophetic nature of His Story, imbedded in The NAME OF GOD.
Hold on to your hat because you are about to take a spin through 4000+ years of ancient history to discover a mystery intended to radically and completely change your LIFE, and give you a revelation that will radically impact the Life of everyone you know. That is a bold statement I know. So let me back it up with some cold hard facts that will blow your mind, but only if you let it.
Soon you will realize that THE NAME [YHWH] is a Story all by itself. It is a picture that tells a precise and undeniable True Story–That was a mystery, which is now a revelation. A mystery is something hidden. A revelation is something revealed. Now God’s Name has be revealed, and is just waiting to be imparted to anyone willing to SEE IT.
The Story imbedded in God’s Name is Marvelous, and what story is more worthy of our full attention? Therefore I request that you pay careful attention from here to the end of this presentation, because if you truly discover His Name, you will discover His Mission. If you truly discover His Mission, they you will truly discover His Love. And if you truly discover His Love, you will be forever changed as you BEHOLD THE HAND and BEHOLD THE NAIL, and realize the cost He paid for your Salvation, because you could never have paid it. He paid the price for your forgiveness, because He knew you couldn’t pay it. He gave up every thing, every comfort, every glory, every honor, not to mention every drop of blood, and suffered an agonizing death, so you wouldn’t have to … And that whole story is imbedded in His Name, in only 4 Letters/characters/pictographs.
The name of God is an incredible discovery to anyone with the eyes to see, and a heart to perceive. As noted, it has the power to change the way a man thinks, the way a man believes, and the way a man lives–in just one revelation of His Name. But before we get to the actual name of God, let’s learn just a couple basics about the Hebrew language.
The Source of Our Alphabet
The ancient Hebrew language was originally a visual or pictograph language, like ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Chinese characters, yet much simpler—and much more versatile. The Hebrew Aleph-Beth (alpha-bet), contained 22 pictures. Each Letter/Picture was like a word in itself, it also doubled as a Sound. Each letter also represented a Number.
The first letter “A” in Hebrew is also a Word, “Aleph.” It is the picture of an Ox (head) = א (See Table Below). It is the first letter, so it also represents the number 1. The meaning of the Ox head character is simple: A Strong Leader, The Head, The First.
The second letter “B” or “Beth” (as in Bethlehem = the House of Bread), is a picture and Word for a Home = ב (See below), or rather the floor plan of a tent (the original common Hebrew Home—for they were shepherds).
Commonly, AB is the first word you learn in Hebrew is: ב א (See Table above). And it consists of the first two letters in the Hebrew alphabet.
Can you guess the meaning of Aleph—Beth?
What or Who would be the #1, Strong Leader of the Home? [Find the answer a little later.]
Now let’s apply our new Hebrew understanding of the Hebrew alphabet to:
The Name of God.
Can you feel the sense of celebration in the name? This name YHWH was given to Moses 1500 years before OUR Messiah came to earth. YHWH is the covenant name by which He commanded Moses to use WHEN taking of OATHS, and making PROMISES.
Deuteronomy 6:13-14 (HCSB)
13 Fear Yahweh your God, worship Him, and take your oaths in His name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you…
Deuteronomy 10:20-21 (HCSB)
20 You are to fear Yahweh your God and worship Him. Remain faithful to Him and take oaths in His name. 21 He is your praise and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome works your eyes have seen.
The Picture of His Name and the Story behind it is Unforgettable
His Message is literally so simple and so clear, that even a little child can see it, comprehend it and never forget it.
Matthew 11:25-26 (NKJV)
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
Matthew 18:3-4 (KJV)
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted [and SEE LIKE A LITTLE CHILD], and become as little children [UNLESS YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF LIKE A LITTLE CHILD], ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
SO, that is our criteria for receiving the Revelation of God’s Word about God’s Name, about Himself. If we can become like little Children, if we can receive that which is hidden from the Wise and Self Exulted, so exacting, and so literally fulfilled in the light of History, it really doesn’t need much commentary to understand it’s message or its fulfillment. But just for the record, here is a little background on the details and mysteries behind The Name of God.
“BEHOLD” is used Twice in God’s Name
The letter H, is also the Word “Hey” [H in YHWH]. (see chart below) It means to Respect, Behold, or to Stand as a Witness in Awe of a Great Event, a Majestic Being. The Gives a Person the Ability to Stand and Testify (declare or Proclaim His Witness to the Powerful Work that has been Done (like the Death and Resurrection of Messiah.)
Two Items of God–to Witness or Behold (Too See, Study, Meditate/Reflect on, and Give Praise with Lifted Arms!)
In the Name of God, there are two specific items to which we are to Behold, to Witness, and as a result of our Witnessing these two Items, we are able and qualified to Testify and to proclaim this Mighty Work we are seeing. Because the Hebrew Langauge is written Right to Left, we will cover these two items from the right to the left.
Fun Fact #3: As a general rule: The Languages of the Earth originating from East of Jerusalem, are written Right to Left <<< pointing Westward to the City of the Great King. The languages originating West of Jerusalem are written from the Left to the Right, >>> pointing Eastward to the City of the Great King. (Examples: Arabic, Aramaic, Azeri, Divehi, Fula, Hebrew, Kurdish, N’ko, Persian, Rohingya, Syriac, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Most Western (if not all) Languages are written Left to Right.)
The hand or arm is the first object we are told to behold
Item #1: The Hand (or Arm of God)
The rest of the Name rests in your own imagination. What Do You See? Behold?
Deuteronomy 4:34-35 (NIV)
34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD [YHWH] your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? 35 You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD [YHWH] is God; besides him there is no other.
Deuteronomy 5:15 (HCSB)
15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm.
The nail or tent-peg is the second object we are told to behold
Item #2: The Nail (of God)
The rest of the Name rests in your own imagination. What Do You See?
What do you Behold? What is your witness and your testimony?
Below are some scripture foreshadowing the Event that splits Human History into 2 parts, before and after this event.
Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV) Written Circa 700 B.C. (Translated into Greek 200 B.C.)
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.
Zechariah 12:10 (KJV) Circa 500 B.C.
10 And I will pour upon the house of David,
and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
the spirit of grace and of supplications:
and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,
and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son,
and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
John 19:32-37 (KJV) Written Before A.D. 70
32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
Revelation 1:7-8 (KJV) Written Before A.D. 70
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Matthew 26:27-28 (KJV) Written Before A.D. 70
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Luke 24:46-48 (KJV) Written Before A.D. 70
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
Yes, that was quite a few scriptures to read all in a row.
Yet all Five passages have a laser sharp focus directing all our attention to the Same Picture; The same Event; The Same Story; And as you now know, to the Same Name: “Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail!”
This is the Covenant Name of God. This Name is sealed in the Blood of the Lamb. It is the “Only Name Given under Heaven by which we must be saved.” It is the Only Name under Heaven that provides complete and total freedom from Sin, by providing “Legal Forgiveness of Sin,” by being the Only Fully Acceptable Sacrifice for Sin ever made in the History of Mankind.
This Lamb, this perfect spotless, innocent “Lamb of God that Takes away the Sins of the World” has been foreshadowed in the Testimony of God from the Very Beginning. First in Genesis 3, He is the “Seed of the Woman” who will “Crush the Serpent’s Head.” Next He is Foreshadowed in the sacrifice of the very first death in the Paradise of God, where God Himself kills an animal and provides skins to cover Adam and Eve’s Nakedness. Next in Genesis 4, we see Abel offers a lamb from the flock, as a sign of His Blood Covenant with God [YHWH]. For that act of Faith, Abel and His offering were accepted by YHWH, but Cain as his offering were rejected. Cain choose not to offer a blood sacrifice–he offered a bloodless sacrifice that was not acceptable, that was not according to the Blood Covenant “Without the Shedding of Blood there is no remission of sin”.
It was a foreshadowing event for more that 1,5oo years. This event goes all the way back to the for chapter in the Testimony of God, where that was offered throughout Israel’s History with “Behold the Hand–Behold the Nail” for 1,500 years before the actual that provided Heavenly Protection from the Destroying Angels to the People of God while they were all Slaves of the Pharaoh of Egypt. but I hope you can clearly see how they all connect one to the other and how they all reinforce and Proclaim: the same Amazing Story, the same Awesome Testimony, the Same Majestic Life, Death, and Resurrection, of Yeshua Ha Messiach (pronounced: Meh-Shee-Achk, Ha Messiach = is translated into English as “The Christ.”)
John 20:24-31 (NIV) Circa Pre A.D. 70
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Disrespecting a Person (especially when unjustified due to arrogant bias, prejudice, bigotry, partisanship, partiality, intolerance, discrimination) is also simultaneously dissecting, dishonoring, and defaming all of the Above levels of authority and relationship in a Man or Woman’s Life.
This is a serious matter: Wise Communities, Wise People, Wise Laws, and Wise Rulings due their best to limit the disrespect that will infiltrate a foolish and unsuspecting, and uncivilized culture, people, or person. More on this subject coming up in: “The Name of God (Part 3 | Blasphemy).”
This message is the second in a series of messages on: The Name of God.
The Name of God (Part 1 | Honor)
The Name of God (Part 2 | Abuse)
The Name of God (Part 3 | Blasphemy)
The Name of God (Part 4 | Worship)
The Name of God (Part 5 | Intimacy)
The Name of God (Part 6 | Beholding the Promise)
The Name of God (Part 7 | The Eternal Reward)
Yahweh’s Entire Being, His amazing Person, His Powerful Life contained in Who He is—This is the His greatest gift ever given to His children. He is our great treasure. He is our pearl of great price. His is our Great Reward. Nothing in the Universe Compares to Him. Nothing is Like Him. Nothing is as Valuable as Him.
To use His Name in a dishonoring way, or to make any reference to God, to His Body, His Son, His Spirit, His Children, His Angels, His Servants, or to treat anyone in His Family in a disrespectful Way is to Defame HIM. This is something you and I do not want on our record on the Day we meet with YHWH for Judgement, on the Day of Reckoning, let us be wise enough, not to have any of our transgressions of Dishonor in His ledger Books (Books of Accounting).
May God use this series to help you prepare in practical real time physical ways, that will benefit you for to come. (eon = an indefinite and very long period of time).
Remember, What makes God different from all others is one key factor: God never ever lies.