This month (June 2016) a world-famous boxer, Muhammad Ali, died.
He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. and was named after his father. Later, after his conversion to Islam, he officially changed his name.
Muhammad Ali considered his birth name, a slave name. He is reported to have said, “I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me.”
That is a very strong statement from a very physically strong man. Would you have challenged his wish to be called, Muhammad Ali? Probably not! His worldwide fame and strong physical presence would have been very intimidating. Most people would have submitted to his demand or avoid speaking to him.
Let us look at another very strong being: the creator of the earth and heavens. The King James version of the Bible, in Genesis 2:4, identifies this being as the LORD. However, when you look at the Hebrew, from which this is translated, it is not a title but a name: YAHWEH! This Hebrew name consists of four letters. This is why the name of Yahweh is referred to as the tetragrammaton.
In Isaiah 42:8, the Creator of all creation says this: “ I am Yahweh: that is my name.” Now that too is a very strong statement given by the strongest being that exists. Would you challenge his command to call him by his chosen name, Yahweh? His power too, is very intimidating.
If we were wise, we would submit and address him by his chosen name.
It is a very worthwhile study to take a Strong’s Concordance and look at all the verses in the Old Testament that use LORD. This word can be found in the dictionary- lexicon section of this concordance, under the number 3068. This number identifies the Hebrew name for Yahweh. It is used nearly 7000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Yet, the translators of the Hebrew into English ignored the true name of the most powerful being. He is in fact, their Creator as well! They substituted a title for his name-- how bold and deceptive. In fact, it is a lie! The apostle John tells us in his book, 1 John 2:21: “no lie is of the truth.” The truth is, the Creator’s name is YAHWEH and not the title LORD.
What is the origin of this lie? The apostle John answers this question as well in John 8:44: “he (the devil) is a liar, and the father of it.” Satan, the devil, lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden and has continued to lie to mankind ever since.
We can get angry at the translators and blame them. However, they are pawns, or dupes, who are being manipulated by very powerful forces. Listen to what the apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12: “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
There you have it! Satan is the origin of all lies. He broadcasts his lies to unsuspecting humans who easily fall prey to his deception.
You would not want to challenge the boxer, Muhammad Ali! He would not want to speak with you unless you called him by his chosen name. And yet he was simply flesh and blood!
Do you really want to challenge the MOST powerful being, your Creator? I think NOT! However, that is what we are doing when we call him by the title, LORD, and not his chosen name of YAHWEH! If you choose to use a title or a wrong name for your Creator there are consequences.
The book of Joel 2:32 says this: “whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered.” The apostle Paul confirms the importance of this Scripture by quoting it in Romans 10:13: “for whosoever shall call upon the name of Yahweh shall be saved.” These scriptures very clearly tell us what the way of deliverance or salvation is. Which do you choose? To make the correct choice, you need to study what the Scriptures REALLY say and not what others tell you!
If you wanted to have a relationship with the boxer, Muhammad Ali, how would you address him? You would call him by his chosen name, not his birth name. Should you become rude, insistent or demanding to you use his birth name, Cassius Clay, you might find yourself in very deep trouble.
Well, it might be wise to approach the Creator, Yahweh, just as cautiously. If you desire a relationship with your Creator, then you must learn and use HIS true name and not a lie.
Have you been deceived? Have you bought into the lie that your Creator is named LORD? Now is the time to learn the truth! But where?
First, pray to YAHWEH for truth. Then, study our website very carefully.
Open your Bible and learn what it says about the importance of the name of Yahweh. Ask Yahweh to lead you to HIS truth and not Satan’s lies.
We are here to assist you in your awakening to YAHWEH’S truth. Please contact us and allow us to assist you in your journey,
May Yahweh guide you!