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Finding the Name of God

Updated on January 28, 2018
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PlanksandNails' gol is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves.

Throughout the Scriptures, we find that God has many names. 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.

Could there be an important factor that is not considered and missing in all the heated arguments concerning the name of God and His Son?

Don't misunderstand, the name of God is very important, but it does not come from the way man-made religion goes about attaining His name.

It may not be being able correctly spell it out, or pronounce it correctly, but focusing on a much weightier issue of knowing His name in a spiritual sense.

The Search

Many will search for and to attempt to decipher God’s name, but it will be a vain endeavour 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 by what Christ has done.

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 because 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 had called. The result were men like Moses having their hearts changed as God'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 as children of God.

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 the Messiah's Name

In similar manner today, God has revealed His name through Christ, the Father’s word [logos] manifesting in Christ as the glory of the Father. This is the place that God has declared to make His name known through His Son.

And he said, "If you will diligently listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, and will do that which is right in his eyes, and will pay attention to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you, which I have put on the Egyptians; for I am Yahweh WHO HEALS YOU." – Exodus 15:26

Moses built an altar, and called its name Yahweh OUR BANNER. – Exodus 17:15

Then Gideon built an altar there to Yahweh, and called it "Yahweh IS PEACE." – Judges 6:24

I AM that I AM

Throughout the Old Testament, the God revealed his name to different people in different ways unveiling the many facets of it.

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 as we are transformed into His likeness and image becoming His sons and daughters. God’s name is an action or expression of who He is. 'I AM that 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 and the Pastor instead. They become slaves to the name of their god. Unfortunately, the way of 'Babylon' is written on their foreheads.

The Name makes Disciples: Sons and Daughters of God

When we walk with Christ, we become his disciples and learn from him by the Spirit. He is our starting gate of changing from the inside out. As we come to know the name of the one true 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 by what Christ has done.

Religious men strive to learn through their inductions, but the Holy Spirit teaches us through deductive discovery of who we are in Christ and he in us.

Church constituencies with their hirelings are more concerned about making a name for themselves than the name of God and His Son.

It is through a certain name where we become disciples, but it doesn’t end there.

Notice Christ'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 Christ and do things in his name become his disciples. When he ascended to the right hand of his Father, he showed us the way to become one with his Father. He was the firstborn of the new creation becoming our example to follow so that we too can attain the Kingdom of God just as he did.

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.

Man-made 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 Christ our Saviour.

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 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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      Hayal Talmid 7 weeks ago

      I read your article about the name of Elohim. Personally, I believe His name is Yehovah. Yehovah tells us His name “forever” in Exo 3:15:

      "Elohim also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, Yehovah, the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations."

      I construe it to be a commandment (mitzvah). The Masoretic text gives us the vowels, and the Masoretic text was designed to preserve the correct pronunciation of Biblical Hebrew. Add that up and you get Yehovah or possibly Yehowah. I lean towards Yehovah because hoveh means present (tense) and has a “v” (sound) in it. Long ago I noticed that Ye, the first syllable of His name, signifies future, hov-, present, and -ah, past so Yehovah literally means future present past = all time, immortality, eternal life. Through His name, I think Yehovah is telling us that He lives forever, and we, too, can live forever. We just need to grab His tzitzit (fringes on the edges of His clothes, which stand for His Mitzvot) and fly with Him forever. His priorities must be our priorities.

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      JourneyHolm 12 months ago

      Oztinato, I completely agree! Words and letters are symbols for our mind to understand more complex concepts.

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      Oztinato 12 months ago from Australia

      It's all about the meaning behind the word. Whatever word is used is just a handful of letters. What's important is the underlying meaning.

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      JourneyHolm 12 months ago

      Some say there are 100 names of God. If you know them all, you will have the power of creation/magic/alchemy. However, only 99 are known to man, and the camel knows the 100th name...which is why he looks so snooty.

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Jesus Christ prayed on our behalf to the Father that we would share in His Spirit too, just as he did with his Father.

      This is one of my favorite Scripture references as follows because I believe it expresses so much when one comes to understand what it means to be one is spirit with the Father and the Son.

      “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be ONE, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be ONE even as we are ONE, I in them and you in me, that they may become PERFECTLY ONE, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your NAME, and I WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT KNOWN, that the love with which you have loved me may be IN THEM, and I IN THEM.” - John 17:20-26

      I really like how you said, God shared His Spirit with us. I believe these verses in John sums that up nicely.

      Thank-you for sharing your thoughts. God Bless

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      tlmcgaa70 2 years ago from south dakota, usa

      thank you, planksandnails. to be honest, i never put deep thought into the Holy Spirit...i guess in my mind i just assumed it was a third "person". i guess i have not left all of my early church upbringing behind after all. what you say makes a great deal of sense. and yet, perhaps the Holy Spirit is more than just an inanimate gift, since the bible declares that we dont know how to express ourselves so the Holy Spirit groans on our behalf. i know i didnt quote it properly, i will look it up and edit this with the proper quote.

      our spirits are the real us, inhabiting a temporary, phyisical shell. but GOD is already Spirit. perhaps GOD shares HIMSELF with us, HIS children? when all is said and done, and the saved are with GOD, andCHRIST, there is no mention of the Holy Spirit. so perhaps GOD is using HIMSELF, or an aspect of HIMSELF to bridge the great gulf that seperates man from HIM?

      while CHRIST walked in physical form, HE was that bridge, teaching and guiding us, but when HE ascended, GOD shared HIS Spirit with us to guide and teach us. what do you think?

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      You are correct that the Trinity is false. Both God the Father and Jesus Christ are persons, but if you read about the heavenly scenes in Revelation where there are a multitude of angels, twenty-four elders, and four living creatures all praising the Father and His Son. We don’t find the “person” of the Holy Spirit with a throne to be worshipped.

      That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that YOU TOO MAY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH US; and indeed OUR FELLOWSHIP IS WITH THE FATHER AND WITH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. – 1 John 1-4

      Our Father and Jesus Christ project their will, influence nature and power affecting the minds of believers. The Holy Spirit is a gift that is the power of the Father and Son who are one in Spirit.

      Many believe that Holy Spirit is a person (separate being), but we must remember that Mary was pregnant with Jesus as a result of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18) If the Holy Spirit is a person, then “he” would be the the Father instead.

      The fact is; it was the power by which our one heavenly Father gave human life to Jesus in the womb of Mary.

      By reading through the introductions of the books in the NT, you will find that the early ekklesia did not teach that the Holy Spirit was a person. It is the grammar translations in our English Bibles that personify the Holy Spirit by using personal pronouns.

      The gift (Holy Spirit) that is imparted through Jesus Christ promotes the follower to grow spiritually to become sons and daughters of our heavenly Father becoming one in Spirit too.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia



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      tlmcgaa70 2 years ago from south dakota, usa

      very well written hub. i wouldlike to make a comment on the trinity aspect of GOD. many believe that GOD, CHRIST and the Holy Spirit are three aspects, or faces of one GOD. i dont believe this. in all that CHRIST taught, HE spoke of GOD as someone else, rather than HIMSELF. HE implied that HE answered to GOD. in the garden HE prayed to GOD, not HIMSELF. the voice from the cloud stated this is my Son, i whom I am well pleased.

      i believe GOD, CHRIST and the Holy Spirit are three seperate beings who are one in purpose, and that purpose is the will of GOD.

      i also want to point out that while there are many religions that worship many gods, if none of those religions accept CHRIST as the divine Son of GOD, then they arenot worshipping the true GOD. for acceptance, repentance and obedience of and to CHRIST is the only path to the true GOD. so the belief that all religions lead to the same GOD is a lie and can cost you your salvation.

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      Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

      Aaron & Rich -

      Yes. When I came across the following statement he made in the midst of talking about the "meaning" of the name of God I was really intrigued.

      "Conversely, and in my opinion very fittingly, the Divine name Ehyeh - the Personal name of the God of Judaism – can stand alone as the definitive response to and decisive refutation of the Christian idea of a triune God. This is so because the Explanation of the Meaning of the Name has as its most fundamental premise the Jewish understanding of God as one in His Person, and is derived in its entirety from the Jewish understanding of God as in every conceivable sense The Perfect One. It is therefore incompatible with the Christian understanding of God, which contends that God is three persons, and is moreover an implicit refutation of that understanding."

      If he is of the impression that "all" of Christianity adheres to the trinity doctrine, than I see his point in saying that if that foundation is proven false beyond a shadow of doubt, then Christianity falls.

      Believing as we three do, that the trinity is false, I don't think our foundational belief in the Messiah being God's begotten son is shaken.

      However, I believe his well thought out and constructed arguments against the trinity do serve to help further destroy the foundation of trinitarians.

      Have a look at these 2 short videos. And then check out the author's Youtube page and various web site links. He's a pretty sharp individual and has lots of excellent studies on the Hebrew language and culture.

      Also, are either of you aware that recent historical discoveries seem to show proof that the NT was originally written in Hebrew and not Greek?

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      PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Here are some quotes from the links to the site you posted.

      "To complete the task of refutation it is necessary to establish the invalidity of just one indispensible Christian doctrine, because if just one indispensible doctrine is demonstrably invalid, then the whole edifice of Christian thought is without foundation and is likewise invalid. It really is that simple. However, I intend to go two steps further than this by refuting three of the indispensible doctrines of Christianity. The three key doctrines to be refuted are the Incarnation, Redemption, and the Trinity. If any of these three can be proven invalid, then the entire edifice of Christianity falls."

      "Christian thinkers may try as they like to defend the doctrine of the Trinity with layer upon layer of sophistic obfuscation, but the irreconcilability of absolute unity with trinity is beyond normal rational dispute, which we have seen has little place with the blinkered irrationality of Christian thinkers. The Trinity is rationally impossible, and calling it a mystery does nothing at all to alter that fact."

      "And finally, it will be recalled that if the Explanation of the Meaning of the Name is valid, then the doctrine of the Trinity is invalid. This is because the most fundamental premise in the Explanation is that God is one in His Person, and so if the Explanation is true then the doctrine of the Trinity is false, and so too is the entire edifice of Christianity."

      You have finally got my attention because I believe when the Trinity doctrine fails the test, there is a domino effect. Once the foundation is destroyed, all the things that are built upon it fall into a pile of rubble as well.

      Thanks for the post, I plan on doing some reading.

      God Bless.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia


      Checking out the links, looks interesting especially the way he refutes the trinity.


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      Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

      Aaron and Rich -

      Here is a study that I just this minute found. It is probably the best I have found regarding the personal and proper name of the God of Israel.

      For some reason it makes really good sense to me.

      Let me know what you guys think.

      It is 2 pages (click "next" at bottom of first page), with a 3ed page of references and end notes.

      I have not read any other posts on this site but will be checking it out.

      Here is the link to the landing page of the web site:

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia


      actually it does. Currently the planet is engulfed in another religious war all about "my God is better than your God". We are contributing to that unless we rise above that inaccurate argument.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      Well enjoy your beliefs, doesn't make mine wrong or create a ego/superiority problem as much as you might think so.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      The Hebrew God is identical to all other cultures God. They all have the exact same sons as they are the same exact God. Only our egos see differences and superiority where there is none.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      Let me rephrase my statement

      The Hebrew God has a Son (Jesus), that makes your implications of one god all religions wrong. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Brahman is not the same as Brahma.

      Brahma is the first of the creator Gods of Hindu beliefs (after Brahman of course)

      Brahman is the original or actual One God.

      Looked at this way original the original One God has a multitude of sons.

      The Ancient Hebrew phrase "the only son of god" refers to a descriptive phrase meaning a very important son by earthly concepts. Such descriptive phrases flavour the old and new testaments with the expressions and metaphors of an ancient important civilisation.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      The Hinduism god is Brahma and Brahma has no son

      The Muslim god is Allah and has no son.

      The Hebrew God has a Son so I doubt your one god all religions implications are correct.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Yhwh is the anient Hebrew word for God. This translates into English as "God" and into Hindi as Brahmin and into Arabic as Allah etc.

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      Rich Kelley 2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      Thanks for the write up,

      The video at the end came up with the hand nail story for Gods name and I can say that sounds good.

      Another one that sounds good is His name is Yehovah, Ye-ho-ah can mean “Who was, who is, who shall be.”

      Revelation 4:8 "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!"

      This as you have mentioned leads to I am of Paul, no I'm of Yehovah, no I'm of Jehova, etc. When we become like Him from the inside out then not only will we know but others will see as well.