Finding the "Name" of God
- What does the "Name" of God Have to do with Our "Foreheads?"
What is interesting is that in Scripture the “forehead” refers to something that goes on inside the head. It is something that refers to the “heart” and “mind,” or our thoughts and actions.
Throughout the Scriptures, we find that God has many names. Also, there are many debates going on concerning the proper pronunciation and spelling of God’s “true” name. From the Jehovah Witnesses to the Hebrew Roots movement, there is no shortage of text to read. It is easy to get caught up in the name game.
Don't get me wrong, I believe the "name" of God is very important, but it does not come from the way man-made organized religion goes about attaining His name. In a previous article, “What does the “Name" of God Have to do with our Foreheads?” I touched on how it is important to have the “name” of God written upon our “foreheads.” It was not about being able to correctly spell it out, or pronounce it in a literal sense, but focusing on a much weightier issue of knowing His “name” in a spiritual sense.
So, how do we come to know His “name?”
Many will search for and to attempt to decipher God’s name, but it will be a vain endeavor finding it. Most will agree that YHWH represents our heavenly Father. Mere man cannot reveal the representation of God in these four letters into words, spelling, pronunciations, or meaning.
Man-made organized religion have absolutely no clue, or understanding of what YHWH means. If they did, even the Jehovah Witnesses would have changed the name of their sect, and “church” denominations would conduct themselves quite differently. The are stuck in the quagmire of the Babylonian name game.
The Unveiling of the "Name"
In the Old Testament, the capitalized “LORD” has replaced the tetragrammaton (YHWH); the four-letter “name” of God.
I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by MY NAME the LORD (YHWH) I DID NOT MAKE MYSELF KNOWN TO THEM. – Exodus 6:3
From the above verse, it states that God Almighty (El Shaddai) appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but the LORD (YHWH) did not make Himself known to them.
Don’t you find it interesting that God appeared to them, but did not make Himself known?
Scripture states that God's relationship with them was through a covenant. This was part of His nature that was revealed to them as “God Almighty.” This was His “name,” or role that God chose at that time to reveal Himself. That was all they needed to know and understand at that time. Knowing that He was “God Almighty,” they put their trust and confidence in Him by being obedient to His ways.
The Old Testament reveals that different men understood God’s “name” in different ways as they walked with Him in their covenant relationships.
Today, among the ekklesia, God’s covenant with us will result in an outworking of our allegiance to His “name.” It is revealed from a revelation that comes from inside of us becoming imprinted upon our “foreheads.”
And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I HAVE MADE YOU LIKE GOD TO PHARAOH, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. – Exodus 7:1
The “name” of God that dwells within us should enable us to do the Lord’s work. Our Father in heaven has chosen the ekklesia (called out ones) for His “name” to dwell. We are to go out into the world to draw others to His “name.”
The "Name" is not Found in Religious Buildings
The problem today is that God’s “name” is not revealed, or elevated in man’s religion. They have many signs and billboards with objective names upon them, but they are not a manifestation of God’s "name," but of Babylon. These are the “golden calf” denominational religions that have broken their covenant with God; they are a stiff-necked religious people.
And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a STIFF-NECKED PEOPLE. – Exodus 32:9
Man still attempts to do thing their own way, instead of God’s way. Rebellion has been going on since the beginning of time.
Continuing Revelation of the "Name"
The Old Testament reveals more about the “name” of God through the men God called. The result was men like Moses having their "heart" changed as YHWH’s “name” was imprinted inside of them revealing more of who He was.
The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God MERCIFUL and GRACIOUS, SLOW TO ANGER, and ABOUNDING IN STEADFAST LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS, keeping STEADFAST LOVE for thousands, FORGIVING INIQUITY AND TRANSGRESSION AND SIN, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children... Exodus 35:5-7
The outworking of God’s “name” can be read through the ups and downs of Israel’s relationship with Him.
To find, discover and understand the true nature, or “name” of our heavenly Father is to accept and to walk in the plan of where He is making His “name” known. God’s covenant with His people today is about a preparedness of "heart," but in a different way the “name” of God was revealed the generations before.
The “name” of God is multi faceted action plan of revealing Himself to those who are His sons and daughters.
So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will PROVIDE”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” – Genesis 22:14
In Yahshua's "Name"
In similar manner today, God has revealed His “name” through Yahshua, the Father’s "word," the hope of glory. Christ in us! This is the place that God has declared to make His “name” known.
“If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, YOUR HEALER.” – Exodus 15:26
And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is MY BANNER – Exodus 17:15
Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it, The LORD IS PEACE – Judges 6:24
"I Am that I Am"
Throughout the Old Testament, the Lord revealed his “name” to different people in different ways unveiling the many facets of His "name."
YHWH’s “name” in us is salvation. YHWH is not limited to man’s limitations. It’s that simple. He is who He is. “I AM that I AM.” God wants us to conform to His “name.” This means as we come to know the “name” of the Father, it will be written upon our "foreheads;" we transform into His likeness and image becoming sons and daughters of Him. God’s “name” is an action, or expression of who He is. “I AM” is who God is. God can only be “named” in relation to Himself. It is about His nature. God is not named in terms of something man has devised.
The masses run to religious men to find the “name” of God, but find the name of a denominational “church” building instead. They become slaves to the “name” of their “God.” Babylon is written on their “foreheads.”
The "Name" makes Disciples and Sons and Daughters
When we walk with Yahshuah, we become his disciples and learn from him through the Spirit. He is our starting gate of changing from the inside out. As we come to know the “name” of God from the inside out, we take on the nature and image of our Father. Having the nature of the Father means that we have become His sons and daughters.
Religious men strive to learn through their inductions, but the Spirit of Christ teaches us through deductive discovery of who we are in him, and he in us.
“Church” constituencies with their hirelings are more concerned about making a “name” for themselves.
It is through a certain “name” where we become disciples, but it doesn’t end there.
Notice Yahshua's words,
Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but GO TO MY BROTHERS and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to MY GOD and YOUR GOD.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced TO THE DISCIPLES, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
– John 20:17
This is the Son of God who called his disciples “my brothers.” Those who follow Yahshua and do things in his “name” are “disciples.” When Yahshua ascended to the right hand of his Father as the firstborn of the new creation means we can now through the Spirit of Christ that is one with the Father become sons and daughters of the Father too.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are SONS OF GOD. – Romans 8:14
To know the “name” of God will lead to a walk of holiness and reverence for our Father in heaven. It is the “name” only discovered by a working that comes from the inside out.
Organized religion has not discovered the “name” of God. They never will.
And when you pray, YOU MUST NOT BE LIKE THE HYPOCRITES. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. – Matthew 6:5
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your NAME. – Matthew 6:9
The Name Game, or Revelation
Playing the name game with special spellings and pronunciations will never end. The “church” merry-go-round may keep you entertained, but you really won’t get anywhere.
The “name” of God only comes through revelation by an outworking of the Holy Spirit given through the “name” of Yahshua.
Is knowing the “name” of God important?
Of course it is, but it all depends on how you go about discovering it.
To what "name" is your allegiance to?
God has a name and it has been hidden by the scribes and translators.
God said moreover to Moses, "You shall tell the children of Israel this, 'YAHWEH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' THIS IS MY NAME FOREVER, and this is my memorial to all generations. - Exodus 3:15 WEB
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