What’s in a name?
When we realise that the name He spoke to us is Kodesh (holy) and we see that we should not be using any other name, the things spoken of in His word become clear.
Today, most of us know Him as God, or as Jesus, or as the Holy Spirit. But in His word, in the original scriptures we find His name spoken. I AM Who I AM. Yahuwah.
13 Then Moses said to Yahuwah, “Indeed, when I come to the children of YisraEl and say to them, ‘The Elohim of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
14 And Yahuwah said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
15 Moreover Yahuwah said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of YisraEl: ‘Yahuwah Elohim of your fathers, the El of Abraham, the El of Isaac, and the El of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’
He tells us not to even mention the names of foreign gods from our mouth (An issue for the days of the week)
13 Now concerning everything which I have said to you, observe this; do not mention the name of other Elohim (gods); do not let such speech be heard [coming] from your mouth.
7 so that you do not associate with these nations which remain among you, or mention the name of their gods, or make anyone swear [an oath by them], or serve them, or bow down to them.
The sorrows [pain and suffering] of those who have chosen another god will be multiplied [because of their idolatry];
I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips (the names of these foreign gods)
So who is god? What do we find in His word which tells us about this?
11 “But you who abandon (turn away from) Yahuwah,
Who forget and ignore My holy mountain (Zion),
Who set a table for god [the Babylonian god of fortune],
And who fill a jug of mixed wine for Meni [the god of fate],
12 I will destine you for the sword,
And all of you will bow down to the slaughter,
Because when I called, you did not answer;
When I spoke, you did not listen or obey.
But you did [what was] evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”
13 Therefore, Yahuwah your Elohim says this,
“Listen carefully, My servants will eat, but you will be hungry;
Indeed, My servants will drink, but you will be thirsty;
Indeed, My servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame.
14 “Indeed, My servants will shout for joy from a happy heart,
But you will cry out with a heavy heart,
And you shall wail and howl from a broken spirit.
15 “And you will leave your name behind to My chosen ones [who will use it] as a curse,
And Yahuwah your Elohim will put you to death,
But He will call His servants by another name [a much greater name, just as the name Israel was greater than the name Jacob].
16 “Because he who blesses himself on the earth
Will bless himself by Yahuwah of truth and faithfulness;
And he who swears [an oath] on the earth
Will swear by Yahuwah of truth and faithfulness;
Because the former troubles are forgotten,
And because they are hidden from My sight.
Below we see the pronounciation of the word gad. You can click the image below to hear how the word gad (Gimel and Dalet) is pronounced.
So what should we be call Him? There are titles we find in His word. Elohim (Plural), El (singular).
This is where the word Ram comes from, indicating a mighty one who is strong.
We see his name Yahuwah, provided in His word:
When a word is transferred from one language to another, it is either translated or transliterated. When it is translated the meaning of the word is transferred. When it is transliterated it is the sound of the word that is transferred.
The transliteration of the Father’s personal name, as given in scripture, is actually Yahuwah, pronounced Yahuwah. The translation of this name is I Am That I Am.
It implies that the One who bears the name is self-existent from eternity past to eternity future. When Moses asked how he should answer when the Israelites asked who had sent him to them, the reply was: “I AM THAT I AM . . . Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you.” (Exodus 3:14)
Just before He provides us with the ten commandments in Exodus 20 He says in verse 2 “I AM Yahuwah your Elohim, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
While “Jesus” is commonly used to refer to the Son, it is actually from the Greek “Iesus,” which refers to the pagan god, Zeus.
The name of Yahuwah’s Son is very much like His own: Yahushua. As with the Father’s own personal, divine name, the importance of the Son’s name is found in its definition.
In John 5:43 we read ” I AM come in My Father’s name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [because your minds are closed]; but if another comes in his own name and with no authority or power except his own, you will receive him and give your approval to an imposter.” – very telling when we call Him Jesus……
In fact in Acts 4, the very chapter you are quoting, it says, “17 But to keep it from spreading further among the people and the nation, let us [sternly] warn them not to speak again to anyone in this name.” 18 So they sent for them, and commanded them not to speak [as His representatives] or teach at all in the name of Yahushua [using Him as their authority].” And hence His name was changed.
The beautiful meaning contained in the Saviour’s name is an all-encompassing revelation of the mighty salvation offered sinners. Yahushua means:
Yahuwah Save! (A cry for help to the only One who can help.)
Yahuwah Saves! (A joyous statement of fact.)
Yahuwah Saving (An present-tense immediate action.)
Yahuwah’s Salvation (An all-encompassing statement of who and what the Saviour is.)
When the angel Gabriel was sent to Mary to tell her she would bear Yahuwah’s Son, he told her what to name the Baby: “You will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Yahushua.” (Luke 1:31) Joseph was told the same thing by the angel: “You shall call His name Yahushua for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
In Scripture, there are over 360 names or titles for the Father and the Son, from The Rose of Sharon, to The Provider.
Other names applied to the Father and the Son are: The Lily of the Valley, My Shepherd, My Healer, My Banner (in War), My Guide, My Light, My Bread, My Life.
Elohim, or El, means The Mighty One. In ancient times, parents would name their children under the inspiration of Yahuwah. This is seen in the many names which contain references to Yahuwah (Yah) and El.
Abijah – AbiYah: worshipper of Yah
Azariah – AzarYah: Yahuwah has helped
Azaziah – AzazYahu: Yahuwah has strengthened
Daniel – DaniEl: judge of El
Elijah – EliYah: El of Yah (Mighty One of Yahuwah)
Elisabeth – Elisbet: El of (the) oath
Ezekiel – YechzqEl: El will strengthen
Gabriel – Gabriy’El: man of El
Isaiah – YeshaYah: Yahuwah has saved
Ismaiah – YishmaYah: Yahuwah will hear
Israel – YisraEl: he will rule (as) El
Jedidiah – YediydeYah: beloved of Yah
Jeremiah – YermeYah: Yahuwah will rise
Joel – Yah’El: Yah (is his) El (Mighty One)
Jonathan – Yahownathan: Yahuwah-given
Joshua – Yehushuwa: Yahuwah saves
Josiah – YoshiYah: founded of Yahuwah
Michaiah – MiykaYah: who is like Yah?
Michael – Miyka’El: who is like El?
Mishael – Mysha’El: Who is what El is
Matthew – MatiYahu – Gift Of Yah
Samuel – Shemuw’El: heard of El
Zechariah – ZekarYah: Yahuwah has remembered
Jersuslem – Yahrushalom Yah is Peace
HalleluYAH – Praise Yah
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto Elohm, a workman that neddeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The hebrew meaning
יהושע – YAHUSHA
י Yud – Produces a “Ya” sound. In pictographic Hebrew, it is in the image of a hand reaching down, The actual Hebrew word “yud” means: “arm or hand, work, throw, or worship”
ה Hay – A Hebrew vowel letter that produces the “Ah” sound, Image: Man with arms raised and is the shape of a window (in Heaven). Means: Look, Reveal, Breath
ו Uau – As a Hebrew vowel letter it produces an “oo” (u) sound (like in #7307 Ruach). The Image of a arm reaching down through the window and means “nail”, add, secure, or hook. The Uau is also the number 6, the number of man.(Yahusha came as the Son of Man)
ש Shin – Produces the “sh” sound. Shin means “tooth, sharp, press, eat, two and symbolizes the Spirit, the Spiritual Fire, The Flaming Sword.
ע Ayin – Silent without a vowel point, but indicates an “ah” sound at the end of”Yahusha”. Ayin means “eye, watch, know, or shade. It signifies the Source and the Nothingness out of which everything has emanated.
Hebrew names can be translated; they make a statement, like Yahusha = “YAHUAH is Salvation” or Deliverance.