“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)
Failing to take Yahweh Seriously has Dire Consequences
I retired from the University of Virginia in May 2004. Before I retired, Katie and I bought a house on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. It’s about 65 miles from Athens, Georgia where I went to high school and college. My parents still lived in Athens when I retired.
In 2004, one of our daughters lived in Charlotte and the other one lived in Atlanta. Our house is a couple of miles off I-85. It was about the same distance from both of them time wise. It was a perfect location for us. About 2 hours from both daughters. Close enough to make visiting them easy and far enough away to avoid getting into each other’s way.
During spring break that year, I went to Athens and stayed with my parents while I did a few things in our house on the lake. That was in March 2004. Since I was in Athens, a friend invited me to speak with a group of Christian men who meet at the Athens YMCA each Thursday morning at 6:00 if I remember correctly. My friend knew that I was in the process of writing a book titled His Name is Yahweh, and he wanted me to tell them about it. I was happy to accept his offer.
When I arrived at the Y, my friend and the group leader were the only two people there. We stood around and talked for several minutes while the attendees showed up. Interestingly, the man in charge of the group was the stepfather of two girls that I knew in high school. I used to spend a fair amount of time around their house, and as a result, I knew his wife. I also knew a few things about him because he came up during discussions on several occasions.
The man was a military pilot who served in Vietnam while we were in high school. That’s about all I knew about him until I met him. Most of our discussion that morning at the Y revolved around his wife, the mother of the two girls I mentioned. She was very ill, and he was her primary caregiver.
His wife was one of the kindest people I ever met. We probably spent too much time at her house, but she never made us feel unwelcome. In fact, she always made us feel at home. I will never forget that.
I won’t go into detail about the talk that I gave. The facts are in His Name is Yahweh. You should read it. This was the gist of my talk:
- The Messiah’s Name is Yahweh.
- We have salvation in the Name Yahweh.
- We are supposed to call Him by that Name.
Again, the facts proving the validity of those claims are in the book. You should read it.
A few days later, I was back in Virginia, and my friend forwarded me an email that he and the other attendees at the meeting received from the group leader. It was a raging rant. He said things like this:
- I was saved in the name of Jesus, and that’s good enough for me.
- I have been healed in the name of Jesus many times so I refuse to use the Name Yahweh.
Those are just a couple of examples. He said a lot more. It was a long, blistering attack on the Name Yahweh and on me for delivering the message. I was shocked.
A couple of months later when classes ended, I was back in Athens again to make final preparations for our move to South Carolina. That was in May 2004. On the very day that I arrived in town, the group leader committed suicide. I’m not saying that the two things are connected. I’m simply stating a fact.
I know this, though. We need to take Yahweh seriously, and we need to pay careful attention to what He told us about His Name.
- His Name was never Jesus. That name was made up. It is derived from the Greek name Iesous, a name that the translators of the New Testament from Aramaic to Greek used to convey the impression of deity because it sounded like the chief Greek god, Zeus.
- He was born in Israel. Aramaic was the common language in Israel at the time of the Messiah’s birth.
- At birth, He was given an Aramaic name, Y’shua. Y’shua means Yahweh saves or Yahweh is salvation.
- Y’shua was one of the three most common names for boys in Israel at that time. The other two most common names for boys were Yohanan and Ya’akov. Those three names were as common in Israel then as Bill, Bob, and Mike are in the United States today.
- The Name in which we have salvation is Yahweh.
- The Messiah told us plainly that He is Yahweh, and He commanded us to tell the world who He is.
- He was crucified for committing blasphemy. According to Halacha (i.e., Jewish religious law or the Oral Tradition), the definition of blasphemy is simply saying the Name Yahweh except on special occasions without permission from the religious leaders.
There is a lot more, but I won’t tell it here. This is my point: failing to take Yahweh seriously has dire consequences. Yahweh will forgive us for things we do in ignorance, but when we are exposed to the truth and reject it, we are in trouble.
As I said, the group leader didn’t just reject the truth. He attacked it. That’s definitely a no-no.
It’s time for all of us to take Yahweh seriously. I can’t stress that point enough.
“If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
Change that Yahweh calls “good” begins in the hearts of believers—people who are recognizable because they are different.
We are different because we belong to Him and are called by His Name. We are Yahweh’s people, His followers.
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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
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