The Exalted Name
In 2002, as I was studying Scripture, a very frequent phrase, used repeatedly throughout the Bible (as in Psalm 68), really grabbed my attention. Therein I read that we are to, “Praise the name of God.” It’s true, isn’t it, that Scripture often tells us to, “Praise the Name of God”?
According to our Bibles, though, at that point in time, the Old Covenant Name of God had really not been revealed to us. (Or had it?) It’s true, though, isn’t it, that we learned of Jesus from the New Covenant, but the Old Covenant Name of God only came in the form of letters: (YHWH – The Tetragrammaton)? Nevertheless, Psalm 68, for instance, tells us to, “Praise the name of God”.
With certainty we know that, “The LORD”, is the primary phrase provided throughout the Old Covenant, regarding any “name” that might have been praised. Do you suppose, though, that, “The Lord” was the Name used by Moses, when he spoke to Him “Face to face”? Do we assume that, “The Lord” was the Name used by Abraham, Isaac or Israel when they prayed or worshipped Him? What about Daniel, or David, or Solomon; what Name did they use?
Thru that encounter with Psalm 68, I believe that The Holy Spirit piqued my spiritual obsession, and implanted a need to know if “The LORD” was fully that phrase, or name, which is/was to be praised. Is “The LORD”, really “The Name” that Elohim (God) wants us to, “Exalt”? And if “The Lord” is not “The Name” to be praised and exalted, then What IS The Exalted Name?
In the “About the Author” page, I reveal that vagueness, contradictions or disagreements within Scripture, like we see here, impact me. And, as He knows of me, once impacted this way, I am compelled to research a matter. Until resolution is found; until I find some sort of explanation and consistency for otherwise vague or conflicting matters, I dig.
That’s just who I am (exactly as He made me), and that’s just what I did…
In the course of the next TWELVE YEARS, I learned that when the tribes of Judah and Benjamin were taken into Babylonian captivity, the Gentile nations of Babylon continually blasphemed the Exalted Name, which was openly and frequently invoked by the Jews at that time. (The other tribes, remember, were already gone; absorbed into Assyria).
To maintain the GLORY of the Exalted Name, therefore, and to stop the blaspheme, the Hebrew priests, rabbi’s and teachers systematically removed all mention of the Exalted Name. Orally, the Name was eliminated from daily use. At the same time, the Name was also removed from the written Hebrew Scripture, and replaced with the tetragrammaton (YHWH), or with the phrase, “The LORD”. The correct written format (vowel points) and the correct pronunciation of the Exalted Name, were thereafter held in the highest secret…
Another significant find
Further, they also eliminated all use of the abbreviated form of His Name, (to be discussed momentarily), which is connected to thousands of other words, names or phrases throughout the whole of Scripture. This was a very significant ‘find’ for me, because it meant that thousands upon thousands of smaller, yet important errors existed throughout the the whole of His Word; thru the whole of the Bible that we use today, making our Bibles incorrect and incomplete in multiple thousands of small ways!
Taking His Name in Vain -vs- Blaspheming His Name
However, there is a vast difference between “Blaspheming His Name”, and violating the Third Commandment which says, “You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain”…
Taking His Name in vain, at its very root interpretation of the Hebrew words, means that we are “NOT – TO NOT USE HIS NAME!” We are not to stop using or speaking His Exalted Name, because if we do stop invoking His Name, we are violating that 3rd Commandment! We are Not to STOP speaking His Name in praise, worship or prayer!
In other words, NOT using His Name in praise, worship and prayer is the violation of the third commandment. Or said another way, Taking His Name in vain occurs when we DO NOT USE HIS NAME properly and reverently in Praise and/or Worship and/or Prayer!
Blaspheming, however, as mentioned above, occurs when His Name is used improperly; used disrespectfully; used derogatorily; used irreverently. Blaspheme also occurs when He is not acknowledged properly; when other (gods) are given credit for His work.
There is a difference, therefore, between using His Name properly and reverently in praise, prayer and worship, and misusing His Exalted Name, which is blaspheme. Sadly, we have not learned these things properly or fully, because His Name has truly been taken in vain through non-use – for CENTURIES! Fortunately for us, though, we did not know about His Name, or the fullness of this commandment, so we are not guilty of violating the Third Commandment! We did not know, therefore, we did not violate anything.
Unfortunately, by eliminating the use of the Exalted Name from the old Hebrew writings, the Bible’s that were ultimately translated from those writings also eliminated the fullness of the Exalted Name. Therefore, just like the edited Hebrew writings, the inserted phrases, “God” and “The Lord” were used in our Bibles instead of His Exalted Name.
BUT, NOW WE KNOW! But now, you will know too!
Here is some (proof) that early scholars knew something was wrong. Listen to this:
The Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, © 1980, by Thomas Nelson Publishers, IN SPEAKING ABOUT THE TETRAGRAMMATRON – YHWH, says,
“This is the incommunicable name of the God of Israel. In the Common Version of the English Bible it is generally, though improperly, translated by, ‘the Lord.'”
Do you see that? This concordance, and many other documents, actually admits that what we read, “In the Common Version of the English Bible”; what we are actually reading, is something that is, “Generally, though improperly, translated as ‘the Lord'”!
The first question that came to my mind upon reading that statement was, “If you know that the phrase is generally, though improperly, translated by ‘the Lord’, WHY is it not corrected?”
More significantly I had to ask, “If ‘the Lord’ is not His Name, and if ‘the Lord’, is not the proper presentation of the Name we are to be praising and exalting, then what is the proper presentation of His Name?”
Furthermore, I was also forced to ask, “What is this ‘incommunicable’ thing?” If in His Word, The Holy Spirit repeatedly commands (and suggests) that we are to sing unto “His Name”, and to praise “His Name”, how can that Name be “Incommunicable”?
Well, how can it be so?
As it turns out, The Exalted Name was incommunicable (by our generation) only because the children of Israel: the Hebrew Priests, Rabbi’s, and teachers, ultimately FORGOT THE VOWELS (and Vowel Points) needed to make His Name FULL and pronounceable again. Thru their lack of use, they literally forgot how to write and pronounce His Name.
Think of the implication of this fact in light of the Third Commandment, because in that light, we can understand the pure significance of that commandment. Do Not Fail To Remember And Praise MY NAME. WHY? So WE DO NOT FORGET WHO HE IS; SO WE DO NOT FORGET WHOM IT IS THAT WE MUST DEAL
Seriously, brethren, they forgot how to pronounce His Name, because they had literally, “Taken His Name in Vain” for so long! And this violation of the Third Commandment has lasted throughout many, many generations… Think about that!
FINALLY, A REVELATION:
Ultimately, research took me to a book written in 1857 by Mr. Charles William Wall. The book is entitled, “Proofs of the Interpolation of the Vowel-Letters in the Text of the Hebrew Bible and Grounds Thence Derived for a Revision of Its Authorized”. (Volume 20; v.925; General Books publication date: 2009).
Whew, A serious title for a serious topic, wouldn’t you say? Nonetheless, in his book, Mr. Wall reveals the truth of the Exalted Name in a very profound and reverent manner.
Some very serious thinking – and my Discoveries:
My first revelation came in the fact that Mr. Wall’s understanding and comprehension of Hebrew is fascinating. Personally, I believe his knowledge exceeded all the scholars of his (or even of our) day.
Without pomp or bravado, Mr. Wall minutely details his proof regarding the Vowel-Letters in the Text of the Hebrew Bible, and how those Vowel-Letters dictate the proper spelling and pronunciation of The Exalted Name. Going back in writings as far as possible, Mr. Wall learned the truth, and shared his proof with us.
Mr. Wall’s 410 page book also does more than reveal proof of The Exalted Name. No matter how great a service that single task might be, Mr. Wall’s entire book is dedicated to proving why, “A revision of the authorized version (of the Bible) is needed”.
Mr. Wall showed us the entirety of the translational errors found within our Bibles today; translational errors that many feared would cause souls to be lost if revealed and corrected. We must understand though, that this fear (of revelation of facts) existed solely because the admittance of any errors within the Bible (it was believed) would cause unbelief in the whole of that Bible.
Even though the errors within Scripture were caused by human translational misunderstandings, it was feared that the whole of Scripture would be scorned. I have no such fear! I trust that the revelation(s) I am being shown are meant to inspire, not cause doubt. Clarity is powerful, and I believe the final product of The Exalted Name Bible™, presented here, will profoundly transcend all fear or doubt.
Mr. Wall does a remarkable job setting-up his findings. He digs deep, rooting and shepherding his readers to the very base of the Hebrew language. And, he consumes 140 pages of explanation in that process, before even daring to discuss the misuse of the phrase, “The Lord”.
Then, between pages 141 and 152, Mr. Wall clearly presents the findings needed to once again PRONOUNCE and GLORIFY The Exalted Name of the Elohim (God) of Israel…
From pages 153 thru 410, Mr. Wall not only proves his findings, but adds vital information regarding the intentionally uncorrected misuse of words throughout the whole of Scripture.
For this work that I now present in The Exalted Name Bible™, I (we) owe Mr. Charles William Wall a great thanks!
Explanations, Revelations and Reasonings
With that said, here are a few excerpts from Mr. Wall’s explanation of the matter, along with my notes and conclusions, which should further ease your hearts as you read The Exalted Name Bible™. Mr. Wall said,
“As the pointed text has now been shown to yield a just representation of the sound of the four-lettered name (YHWH)… It may appear, at first view, unaccountable that the Jewish priesthood, considering the strong prejudices they felt on the subject, should have ever permitted the Hebrew Bible, with its vocalization thus improved, to get into Christian hands. But the fact is that, however eagerly they may have desired to prevent this event – and the expectation that they would be able to do so was probably one of the natural means by which they were induced to suffer the vowels belonging to the proper sound of the group in question to be applied to it in any site, – it became eventually quite beyond their reach to secure this object of their ardent wishes.”
In other words, no matter how hard the Jewish priesthood tried, they could not stop the Christian scholars from discovering the proper vocalization of The Exalted Name. No matter how hard they tried, the educated Christian scholars of that (and our) day would not be denied the knowledge needed to present and speak The Exalted Name!
Mr. Wall advances his discussion on this matter, thus,
“What rendered them (the Jews) completely independent of either priestly or rabbinical instruction was the printing of the pointed Hebrew text near the end of the fifteenth century; and they have (the Christians), in fact, so advanced since that period in the critical analysis of Hebrew, that, by means of close attention to the grammatical structure of the sacred text, and more especially through the light thrown upon its sense by the inspired writers of the New Testament, they have arrived at a far superior knowledge of it to that possessed by the very priests of the Jews.”
He later adds that,
“The whole Hebrew Bible was first printed with (vowel) points at Soncino, in the year 1488; – and twenty-eight years after, came out the Arcana Catholice Veritatis…(where)…in the tenth chapter of the second book of which the true pronunciation of the four-lettered Name is given; nor, from the manner in which the subject is there discussed, does the proper sound of this word appear to have been then for the first time announced.”
Mr. Wall concludes his discussion of these writings by saying,
“The edition of this work to which I have had access is dated in the year 1603; and the right pronunciation of the Name in question is therein printed “lehoua”, which would, in the modern form of it, be exhibited Jehova; which again, by substituting equivalents for the two letters whose original powers have since been changed, would come out Yehowa, differing from YEHOWAH, the exact transcript of HIiT, only by the omission of an unsounded H at its end.
This restoration, however, of the true sound of the examined name, was for a considerable length of time admitted to be correct only by individuals: The first Bible into which it was introduced is, I believe, that of Matthews, published in the year 1537, whence it spread through all the authorized English versions which after that date successively came out; so that it is wanting in only the first of them, namely, Coverdale’s Bible. Thus the English Church appears entitled to the credit of being the first Christian community which has given its sanction to this important correction.”
THE EXALTED NAME:
With that said, let it now be known that the fullness of the Old Covenant Exalted Name is:
(YEH -HO- WAH) or (YEH – O – WAH)
And it is THAT NAME that you will find, wherever applicable, throughout The Exalted Name Bible™.
Furthermore, wherever the abbreviated form of His Name was altered, which customarily is found in use with another Hebrew word, name or expression, the correct abbreviated presentation of His Name, YEH, will now be found. Some examples of these altered names are: Joel, Elijah, Judah and Benjamin. (There are many more, as you will see).
Of equal interest is the fact that His Name is hidden in the New Covenant as well… The Exalted Name Bible™ eliminates those omissions too, literally bringing The Word to life, right before your eyes – and in your spirit!
The Abbreviated use of His Name
Pronouncing the abbreviated form of His Name is easy too. Whenever you have seen a name ending in “iah”, like Jeremiah, you will now see “yeh”: as in Jeremiyeh. YEH instead of IAH. A simple change with a very profound impact, as you will see.
Similarly, whenever you see a name beginning with ‘ju’ or possessing a ‘ja’ for instance, as in Judah, or as in Benjamin, The Exalted Name abbreviation, YEH, will rightly be utilized, thereby generating names like: Yehudah and Benyehmin…
Some Other Important Names – Pointing to YEHOWAH:
- The name currently interpreted as JOEL, should actually read, YEHEL. This Name means, “YEHOWAH is EL“. Since “EL” means, “GOD”, therefore, Joel’s name, YEHEL, is really telling us that, YEHOWAH IS GOD!
- The name we interpret as ELIJAH, should actually read as, ELIYEH, which means, “EL is YEHOWAH”. Therefore, thru this name we are told that, GOD IS YEHOWAH! Do you see the message here? Do you see what we have been missing for centuries? Yehel = YEHOWAH is EL… And Eliyeh = EL is YEHOWAH… are significant in meaning and intent. The originally inspired Word SPEAKS REEMS to us in ways we have never before seen, and the beauty and glory of the Inspired Word once again erupts from the pages of Scripture. Within The ENB™, His Word comes alive right before our eyes. How marvelous this discovery! How magnificent this revelation!
Other Examples, because there is more:
- The name we know as BENJAMIN, should read as, BENYEHMIN, which means, “Son of YEHOWAH’S right hand”.
- And the name we read as JUDAH, should read as, YEHUDAH, and it means, “YEHOWAH be praised”.
HALLELUYEH, by the way, is a New Testament word, and this Greek word is directly linked to YEH, because Halleluyeh, means “PRAISE YEHOWAH”!
Not making this difficult
The Exalted Name Bible is NOT trying to “Hebrewize” Scripture. The prophet Haggai’s Hebrew name is “Chaggay” in English, but nothing is gained in making that change.
Making Scripture more difficult to read or remember is not our goal. Changing names like Zephaniah to Tsephanyeh serve no real purpose. This is especially true when the primary emphasis of Zephaniah’s name, for our purpose, occurs at its end. The correction to Zephaniah’s name, and other similar names, therefore, is made only at that “iah” point.
- Zephaniyeh, by the way, means, “YEHOWAH has treasured”.
With those examples provided, I am hoping you will be comfortable in vocalizing The Exalted Name. Divided into three syllables, His Exalted Name is: YEH -HO- WAH.
Praise be unto His Most Exalted Name: YEHOWAH!
By The Way:
The manner in which the abbreviated form of The Exalted Name is used throughout the whole of Scripture; as found in the names of His people, and in the names of cities within Israel, etc., is additional PROOF that BEFORE BABYLON, The Exalted Name was spoken and used DAILY within the Nation of Israel; within the entire population of HIS people!
The first five Books of Scripture were written by Moses, as dictated by YEHOWAH on the top of Sinai. Moses KNEW the Exalted Name. They ALL KNEW!
How about His Messiah; His Mashiach?
Under the Tab, “Books of the New Covenant”, I explain the full Exalted Name of the Messiah – YEHOSHUA – as well. His Name means, “YEHOWAH’S DELIVERER”.
Excluding the Exalted Name from further usage today, however, is not necessary. Whether the Exalted Name was intentionally obscured or not, is irrelevant, because we now know the fullness of His Name, and we now know that the Third Commandment actually speaks against our NOT USING HIS NAME IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP. Thankfully, the fullness of His Name is alive today in the ENB™, where you will find that FULLNESS very reverently placed and spoken.
The treasures found within Scripture through the use of The Exalted Name are profound. Furthermore, they reverberate throughout thousands of passages within both the Old and the New Covenants. From here on, therefore, whenever you see “yeh” or “el” within a name or word, be assured that a greater meaning than just a name, place or thing is intended.
So how is this Name to be applied? How are we to use it today?
Let’s begin with the understanding that we do not know The Father’s Name. The Name of, “The Ancient of Days” (Daniel 7:9, 13 & 22) remains unknown to us. And yet, The Name YEHOWAH does apply to Him in every way.
Later, I explain in detail the use of the words: Elohim and El; El being singular and Elohim being plural. El and Elohim are two MORE words transliterated in our Bibles today by the single word, “God”. Regardless of how the Hebrews used the words, El and Elohim in the originally inspired version, those words were transliterated into the single word, “God”.
If you look closely at Scripture, however, you will see an extremely familiar phrase continually repeated for us, and that phrase is, “The Lord God”… Within His Word, we often read the phrase, “The Lord” followed by the word, “God”. It’s true!
The words, “The Lord God”, however, as we’ve discussed, have not been translated properly from the originally inspired text. As discussed, “The Lord” replaced His Name, YEHOWAH, and the word, “God” replaced either the plural “Elohim” or the singular, “El”. The most frequently used of El or Elohim, is Elohim (Around 100 to 1). Therefore, instead of reading, “The Lord God”, we should be reading, “YEHOWAH ELOHIM”, and this also defines for us how we are to think of, and use, His Name today…
YEHOWAH ELOHIM is the Name for the “TRINITY”!
YEHOWAH is the collective Name for The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit; YEHOWAH is The Elohim of Israel.
It’s true, YEHOWAH IS THE ELOHIM OF ISRAEL!
This discovery, brethren, truly is a Revelation for our use and understanding in regard to His Word. And now especially, in regard to our relationship with Him. The fact of The Trinity, the Triune Nature of our “GOD”, has been right before our eyes all along. We simply did not know!
Now though, we can Praise, Worship and Pray unto YEHOWAH ELOHIM, in the full knowledge that we are speaking to our Father, to His Son and to The Holy Spirit collectively, because They Are ONE! (More on the Trinity later)…
We pray unto YEHOWAH ELOHIM, THRU YEHOSHUA ha MASHIACH (Thru Jesus The Messiah) our Redeemer…
A concordance of names, listing every name used within Scripture, is provided with The Exalted Name Bible™. Like the examples provided above, you now have the opportunity to know the meaning of (practically) every name within Scripture.
Revision of Its Authorized
In the title of his book, and in reference to the Common Version of the Bible, Mr. Wall correctly said that his findings provide grounds for a “Revision of Its Authorized”.
I wholeheartedly believe that The Exalted Name Bible™, may just be that “Revision of Its Authorized”. Our most sincere prayer is that you will come to KNOW and BELIEVE that about The ENB™ as well…
With Sincere humility and thanks!
I remain your servant,
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