Who is Elohim, Jahova, Yahweh

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Who is Elohim, Jahova, and Yahweh. How did we get these names? Jesus called the Father, Abba. God told Moses to call Him, I AM. Where did we get these names?

-- Chris Fox (martinaj@sprynet.com), January 01, 2001



This is perhaps an overly simplified answer to your question, but no one knows God's name. The Israelites believed that to be so bold as to speak His name meant certain death and so they used discriptive words.

When Moses ask God his name he simply told Moses that "I Am" the Hebrew word for I AM is YHWH (Yahweh), I believe that Jehovah is also derived from this meaning, but I am uncertain of that. Most of the Old Testament used the word Eloa of which Elohim is a derivative to mean Deity or just as we do, God. In the New Testament Jesus called God "Abba", which would translate to english as Daddy or Papa, to give us a sense of His Fatherly love.

Thus all the names you asked about came from scripture and describe God.

Hope this clears it up a little for you.

Kerry Turley <><

-- Kerry Turley (kdturley@bentonrea.com), January 02, 2001.

This is interesting, IHVH (YHVH Yahweh)(I am) is called the tetragramation it is the four letter sacred name of god (considered very sacred) Kabbalistic theory says that this word contains all the secrets of the universe and creation. (an interesting side note is that the name of jesus in the bible is Yehoshua (hebrew IHShVH Shin (Sh) symbolises spirit, this spirit). Jehovah was a mistranslation in the king james bible but it stuck. Abba is Aramaic, meening my father or the father.

I think thats all right, dont take my word as gospal though :) Jim

free email @jahova.com (www.jahova.com)

-- jim c. (thoth_a@jahova.com), July 06, 2001.

From what i understood, is that their is a true name of god. It was passed secretly through the tribe of levi, and would be spoken once a year at a seramony in a secret chamber in "the temple" by the head levit priest, who was the only one who would know it, because of the power this word had. god said "let their be light" and thier was light. this showers the power words can have, if you look at it literally. My memory is so bad latly, but i dont remember if the known information on the name was its 72 characters long, or 40... and in hebrew, 40 rarly ever means 40,, it just means allot.

-- Crhis W (dingbat1999@hotmail.com), April 22, 2002.

Not a literal name. It is still in Jewish Custom to say GOD. NO, the un created does not have a literal name. Why it is so hard for anyone th understand this puzzles me. It is to me a lack of true faith of the creative powers of the Almighty one.

-- Fred Bishop (fcbishop@globaleyes.net), April 22, 2002.

OF COURSE GOD HAS A NAME ("Let your NAME be santified" "Santificado sea tu NOMBRE", said his son, Jesus), an Yahweh or Jahova are the best name to translate the tetragramatron (sorry but english is not my mother tongue), becuase the isrealites din't use vocals when they wrote the bible... So, really there is no way to be sure whether we are calling the right name or not... But also you would't say or call San Francisco the same way that Spanish people do, although you got the same "written" name... Got the point?

Anyway, no matter how u call him... what really matters is if you listen him, or not....

-- Yomismo Quepasa Contigo (manimatronico@yahoo.es), September 10, 2002.

Jehovah is the name of the only one true God, the Almighty (Psalm 83:18). Thank the archeology, we know that Jehovah is the most accepted way for God's name. We ough to use this name so we can distingush the true God from the other false gods (just as Buda, Baal, Astoret, etc. that are considered god). Besides, the Bible says we must use it (Romans 10:13). And one of the reasons for wich Jesus came to earth was to give and sanctify the name of God (Mathew 6:9).

-- Juan Pablo Peralta Saavedra (jp_advance@hotmail.com), December 04, 2002.

Catholics do not call God "Jehovah."
Jim C, above, was correct in saying, "Jehovah was a mistranslation in the king james bible".

The name that God revealed to Moses was "Yahweh" (I AM). This is rendered by four consonants in Hebrew, properly transliterated as YHWH (Yahweh, when the vowels are inserted). In German, the letter that has the sound-value represented by the initial English consonant "Y" is "J." (That's where the "J" in Jehovah came from.) A translator wrongly thought that three vowels (e, o, and a), instead of two (a, e) should be inserted between the consonants.

God bless you.

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), December 07, 2002.

Jehovah is the mastaa!The only almigthy,Beliving to JEHOVAH is a good luck and good life!Belive believe believe

Jehovah Bless you!!

-- Kemal Ozturk (jahova@superonline.com), March 06, 2003.

JERAMIAH 23:26-28...HIS NAME IS YHWH . however it must be treated with respect...the bad guys brought in false names. Christ said i come in my fathers name. Christs real name is YHOSUAH YHWH the YH in hebrew is masculine while the WH is feminine.(this shows balance)the word means I WAS IAM I WILL (i was is opposite of i will....i am is outside the balance) the silence, everything,the nothingness,the nothingness . is the biggest something. negative times a negative = a positive (light) since all monotheistic beliefs came from judaism, i would say their original scripts are obviously important to TRUTH...EVERYWHERE IT SAID LORD IN THE OLDTESTAMENT, IT SAID YHWH. (over 6000 times) notice its always : blessed is he who comes in the name of the ____" in the name of.. THE NAME IS IMPORTANT

THIS WAR: REVELATION 9:9-15....the word "WEEK" is missing.

YEAR, MONTH, _________, DAY, HOUR


-- the messenger is not important... (LOOK4YHWH@MSN.NET), April 10, 2003.

YaHWeH does not mean "I was, I am, I will be."
It means, "I am."
This is expressive of the fact that God is eternal -- with no beginning and no end.
As Fr. Mitchell Pacwa once shocked Mother Mary Angelica by saying, "God does not know the future." He does not know it, because, to God, there is no "future."
Everything is one great "present" to God. What we call the past and the future are (and always have been) just as eternally visible to him as what we call the present.
Thus he says, "I am I AM" (YaHWeH).

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), April 13, 2003.

Yahweh means: I AM WHAT I AM!

Why would anyone give an answer to the question, what is your name? I AM?

-- K.Smith (ksys123@blueyonder.com), June 06, 2003.

sure, but first, the response was not "i am who i am" but it was merely I AM WHO AM. a much more powerful response.

Noah also did not ask what Gods name was, he asked, who is there. so this was an appropriate response from God. it is descriptive of who God is.

-- paul (dontsendmemail@notanaddress.com), June 06, 2003.

That's correct, Paul. Moses asked the Lord; ''Whom am I to say sent me?''

The Lord said, ''''Tell them I am has sent you.'' This is truly the name of the Holy Trinity, God.

-- eugene c. chavez (loschavez@pacbell.net), June 06, 2003.

the greatest part of the whole I AM WHO AM thing is what it entails...

Pharoah is looking for a demigod, such as the kind he believed in. he only recognizes partial gods like anubis, or other egyption gods. thus God does not give a direct name for himself but a description instead.

His use of the words I AM WHO AM conveys a clear idea of the fact that God is revealing he is EVERYTHING. there is nothing which is outside of God. this would have been a powerful message to pharoah indeed, who would have expected an explanation like 'i am the god of rain' as opposed to I AM EVERYTHING.

-- paul (dontsendmemail@notanaddress.com), June 07, 2003.

I usually use God's name as Yavé following La Biblia Latinoamericana and La Biblia de Jesrusalén ( The Jerusalem Bible), 2 Catholic Bibles.

Here I use the King James with the sacred name.

< a href="http://www.sacrednamebible.com/kjvstrongs/STRHEB30.htm#S3068">Go d's name

The following passages I took them from here.

Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of YHVH: 10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of YHVH: Hosanna in the highest

Acts 2: 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith YHVH, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of YHVH come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YHVH shall be saved. 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; YAHSHUA of Nazareth, a man approved of YHVH among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which ELOHIYM did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of YHVH, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 Whom YHVH hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Even Psalm 110 sounds fifferent using God's name it it.

1 YHVH said unto my ADOWN, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2 YHVH shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 4 YHVH hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 5 The ADONAY at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. 6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. 7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

You can check other passages in the Bible using God's name. They sure sound different once god's name is inserted.

-- Elpidio Gonzalez (egonzalez@srla.org), June 13, 2003.

the Sacred Name Bible

Yahweh is a future masculine verb name, not a present one. He knows the future.

-- Elpidio Gonzalez (egonzalez@srla.org), June 13, 2003.

You are mistaken, Elpidio.
"Yahweh" is a present-tense form of the Hebrew verb for "to be."
(There is a different word, "ehyeh," that is the future-tense form.)

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@Hotmail.com), June 15, 2003.

God's name

These words are not mine, John G. They come from the page. It is a Jewish site.

Shemot 3:14 3:14 'I Will Be Who I Will Be,' replied God to Moses. [God then] explained, 'This is what you must say to the Israelites: 'I Will Be sent me to you.' ' Vayomer Elohim el-Moshe eheyeh asher eheyeh vayomer koh tomar livney Yisra'el eheyeh shlachani aleychem. Commentary:

I Will Be... Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh in Hebrew. This is a Divine Name (Shevuoth 35a), and it is therefore not translated by the Targum. It denotes that God has absolute existence (Moreh Nevukhim 1:63; cf. Septuagint), and that He is outside the realm of time (Sforno). According to the Kabbalists, this Name denotes the Crown (Kether) of creation, that is, the very first thought and impulse of Will that initiated the creative process. Hence it is 'I will be,' since at the time of that impulse, everything was in the future. This first thought is identified with the idea of Israel (Bereshith Rabbah 1:5; Berakhoth 6a; Tikkuney Zohar 17a; see God Man and Tefillin, p. 35 ff.). This name was revealed now that God was about to create the nation Israel.

Copyright © 2000 World ORT So, following your argument then that Ehye is future, then you can see how God calls himself I will be in the future (not I am as many believe). Ehye Asher Ehye (asher means which, what,...in context).

Yahweh is third person ,future. We call him that.

-- Elpidio Gonzalez (egonzalez@srla.org), June 16, 2003.

Again, Exodus (Shemot) states that Moses is the first to know the name Yahweh.

6:2 First Reading God spoke to Moses and said to him, 'I am YHVH. Vayedaber Elohim el-Moshe vayomer elav ani Adonay. 6:3 I revealed Myself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty (El Shaddai), and did not allow them to know Me by My name YHVH. Va'era el-Avraham el-Yitschak ve'el-Ya'akov be'El Shaday ushmi Adonay lo nodati lahem .

Exodus 6

Abraham knew him as El, or El Shaddai. Jewish people still call him Adonay instead of Yahweh. Notice Ani Adonay ( I am Yahweh). Here I am is represented by Ani.

-- Elpidio Gonzalez (egonzalez@srla.org), June 16, 2003.


I had already read about that misinterpretation of "YaHWeH" before I posted my message last time.
I reject that opinion, and -- as I believe that you will find (at other Jewish sites) -- the opinion is not accepted by every Jew.

You yourself copied the footnote (above) that reads:
"According to the Kabbalists, this Name denotes the Crown (Kether) of creation, that is, the very first thought and impulse of Will that initiated the creative process. Hence it is 'I will be,' since at the time of that impulse, everything was in the future."
This is the opinion, not of Judaism as a whole, but of "Kabbalists." [I suggest that you read about this relatively modern group, in whom I place no trust. http://www.digital-brilliance.com/kab/faq.htm#WhatisKabbalah]
I and many other people reject the Kabbalists' interpretation, in part because there was/is no "future" for God. He cannot say, "I will be," since he exists eternally. The footnote is dead wrong to say that "everything was in the future."

God bless you.

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), June 17, 2003.

Were were given His Holy Spirit to reveil to us all things. Even the answer to this question. Seek Him, Desire Him, Know Him and He will reveal to you what He wants you to know. He Loves you and wants a personal relationship with you. If we search the scriptures without His Holy Spirit then we will rely only on our understanding. May the Lord God Almighty open your eyes and reveal to you all things especially the significance of His name.

-- Rick (red7777@hotmail.com), June 08, 2004.

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