National Name of Israel's God

Messiah's True Hebrew Name

Pagan Proofs of the Divine Name

Four Facts About the Sacred Name

A Set-Apart Name and
a Set-Apart Community:

The Scriptures tell us that the Divine Name of Elohim is important! Isaiah 29:22-24 says, "Therefore thus said יהוה, who ransomed Abraham, concerning the house of Ya'aqob, Ya'aqob is no longer put to shame, no longer does his face grow pale. For when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they shall set apart My Name, and set apart the Set-apart One of Ya'aqob, and fear the Elohim of Yisra'ĕl. And those who went astray in spirit shall come to understanding, and the grumblers accept instruction."

The theme of being "set apart" or "sanctified" is doubled. Not only is Elohim's Name to be separated from the names of the world's gods, but there would be a "set apart" community that would follow both His Name and His Teachings. The Keil & Delitzsch Commentary interprets thus: "Just as Abraham was separated from the human race that was sunk in heathenism, to become the ancestor of a nation of Jehovah, so would a remnant be separated from the great mass of Israel that was sunk in apostasy from Jehovah; and this remnant would be the foundation of a holy community well pleasing to God."

Accepting the "set apart" distinctive Divine Name is an emblematic marker of a person who is separated or "set apart" from the world and following the ways of Elohim. Are you part of that "remnant," that "holy community well pleasing to YHVH"?

The Set-Apart Flock Will Know That "I AM YHVH"

Ezekiel recorded, "And I shall set apart My great Name... And I shall sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean – from all your filthiness and from all your idols I cleanse you. And I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. And I shall take the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I shall give you a heart of flesh, and put My Spirit within you. And I shall cause you to walk in My laws and guard My right-rulings and shall do them... And you shall be My people, and I shall be your Elohim. (Ezekiel 36:23, 25, 26, 27, 28; The Scriptures)

Notice above that the setting apart of His Name is linked with our Spiritual cleansing from paganism, sin and idols. It is also linked to a new heart and walking in His ways. It is no accident that many of those who reject His Name also reject the continuing validity of His laws. It is no accident that many of those who reject His Name have debased grace into a license to sin. To own His Name is to model Him in your own life.

"As a set-apart flock...they shall know that I am יהוה." (Ezekiel 36:38)

The Whole World Shall Know His Name

"And I shall exalt Myself and set Myself apart, and I shall be known in the eyes of many nations. And they shall know that I am יהוה." ' (Ezekiel 38:23, The Scriptures)

British Museum Evidence Provides Proof of the True Sacred Name

In the famed British Museum in London, England, stands a six-foot black basalt Assyrian monument inscribed during the reign of King Shalmaneser III in 841 B.C.

Assyrian King Shalmaneser Black Obelisk

Here is evidence of the accuracy of the Biblical historical record. In the photograph to the left, on the second panel on the left side of this Assyrian monument, an Israelite king bows before his Assyrian overlord. The British Museum description seen on the right placard photographed below, under the heading for Side A, second panel, states: "Shalmaneser, benearth a parasol, accepts the 'tribute of Iaua of the House of Humri' in 841 B.C. This is King Jehu of Israel, who appears in the Bible (2 Kings 9 & 10)."

In our English Bibles, this Israelite king is called "Jehu", but his actual Hebrew name was "Iaua" or "Yahuah" because he was named after his God. Note that his name was NOT "Yahweh." It is a common misconception, that we cannot know the pronunciation of the Sacred Name because the old Hebrew language did not include written vowels. As can be seen here, the Assyrian written language did include vowels, and the correct Hebrew pronunciation of the Divine Name can be accurately determined. (Photos 2013 by J.S. Brooks)

Assyrian King Shalmaneser Black Obelisk text

Below is a close-up view of the panel showing King Jehu (Hebrew, Ya-u-a, per Dr. C.F. Burney below) of the House of Israel, on Shalmaneser's Black Obelisk, reproduced from Peloubet's Bible Notes (1898), p.240:

Israelite King Jehu on Shalmanesers Black Obelisk

Professor Ingrid Hjelm of the University of Copenhagen wrote in the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 23:1 (2009), "For the following years of Shalmaneser's reign...Listed among vassals from Gilzanu, Musru, Egypt, Suhu and Patina, we find Jehu (Iaua) from the house of Omri (DUMU hu-um-ri-i). Apart from this famous text from the 'Black Obelisk' dating from 828-827 BCE and discovered by [Henry] Layard in Calah in 1846, similar mention of Jehu is found on bull inscriptions from Calah from 841 BCE, on a marble tablet from Assur dating to 839 BCE and on the Kurba'il statue from Calah from 839-838." (pp. 14-15)

YA-U-A: Noted scholar, Dr. C.F. Burney, in "The Book of Judges," Ktav Publishing Co., NY 1970, p.245 says, "The element Ya-u, as the first element of a proper name, appears in Ya-u-ha-zi, the Assyrian equivalent of the Hebrew Jeho'ahaz, i.e., the Judean king 'Ahaz, in an inscription of Tiglath-pileser IV (cf. Rost, Tiglath-pileser, p.72). The form Ya-u-a occurs as the representation of the name of the Israelite King Jehu, in the inscriptions of Shalmaneser III (cf. KB.i, p.140, p.150). The shortening of Ya-u into Ya as the first element of a proper name is seen in Ya-ma-e-ra-ah."

The Tell Dan Stela

The first mention of Hebrew King David ever discovered on an archaeological find was the Tell Dan Stela, a stone monument from the ninth century, B.C., found in northern Israel. It has been dated to approximately 852 B.C. The inscription includes the words, "bytdwd," meaning "the house of David." The text also speaks of "the king of Israel." The inscription includes the names of two other Hebrew kings: Judahite King Ahaziah, whose name in Hebrew was "Ahazyahu." Ephraimite (ten-tribe House of Israel) King Jehoram's name is given as "Yehoram." See the article in Bible Review 11/6 (1995) pages 26-35, where this information is documented. The two houses of Israel, two-tribe Judah and ten-tribe Ephraim, were separate nations through most of their history, and differed in language dialects, cultural details, calendars, and some religious rites.

It is interesting and important to note that the Tell Dan inscription documents one of the many differences between the two houses of Israel: The Sacred Name in Judah was "Yahu" or full-form "Yahuah," while the northern House of Israel used the Sacred Name of "Yeho." The name "Yahweh" was a later development of the Sacred Name. It is also significant that the Druidic order in early Britain worshipped "Yeho," showing a Hebrew-Phoenician connection due to trade and colonization. See the information given on our research pages.

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