by Maria Merola
On June 14th 2009, The Ten Commandments were discovered in New Mexico in their original Ancient Paleo Hebrew language.
The stone is said to be from the days when King Solomon reigned. So how did the Ten Commandments make it to America if this land had not been discovered yet? We will soon find out that after the death of King Solomon, there was a split in the once unified Nation of Israel. The Northern Kingdom of Israel were Ten Tribes who became known as “Ephraim” and the Southern Tribes (Judah, Benjamin and Levi) became known as “Judah.” The House of Ephraim were ruled at that time by King Jeroboam, and the House of Judah were ruled by King Rehoboam (see 1st Kings 12). After King Solomon died, the Ten Tribes from the Northern Kingdom were scattered to the Nations. Some startling discoveries are made about where these 10 Tribes migrated to by reading one of the Apocrypha Books of Esdras:
2 ESDRAS 13:40 – Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land.
After the death of King Solomon, the Twelve Tribes of Israel split into two kingdoms: the Southern Kingdom of Judah, composed of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi; and the Northern Kingdom of Israel, composed of the other tribes. The ten tribes you are reading about in 2 Esdras 13:40 are the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. For breaking the laws of YaHuWaH, they were held captive under the Assyrian people.
2 ESDRAS 13:41 – But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt,
*Note: Where never mankind dwelt? Had the continent known as America been discovered yet?
These ten Israelite tribes, after being held captive by the Assyrians, decided to leave the heathen (meaning non-Israelite or Gentile people) they were amongst, and as the Scripture says, they went forth “into a further country where never mankind dwelt”. This is talking about a land that previously man never lived in. At this point in history, North/South/Central America, the West Indies,Puerto Rico , Hispanola, Cuba, and surrounding islands had no inhabitants. This is where the ten Israelite tribes came to, and they became the native people of these lands.
2 ESDRAS 13:42 – That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.
The purpose of the ten Israelite tribes coming to the Americas and surrounding islands was to keep the laws, statutes, and commandments of YaHuWaH which they never kept in their own land.
2 ESDRAS 13:43 – And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow passages of the river.
2 ESDRAS 13:44 – For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.
The way the ten tribes came over here was by using information from King Solomon’s naval fleets!
2 ESDRAS 13:45 – For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.
The region that they reached, which is the Western Hemisphere, is referred to by Scripture as “Arsareth”, which means “New Found Land.”
2 ESDRAS 13:46 – Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come,
It says “Then dwelt they there until the latter time”, this lets you know that this is where these ten Israelite tribes would be found at in the last days, which is now.
So, in conclusion, these are the historical records which show that the ancestors of the Native Indians of the western hemisphere are the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
Missouri Cherokee Tribes proclaim Jewish Heritage
by Staff February 7, 2003
The Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory has recently shocked the world by claiming their ancient Oral legends tell of a Cherokee migration made to America from the area known as Masada.
This startling evidence is being offered to the public by Beverly Baker Northup whom is the spokesperson for their organization. The evidence offered in support of this connection to Cherokees escaping the mountain fortress of Masada is based in part of what Northup claims is stories passed down from elders and the similarity between ancient words.
Beverly Baker Northup believes there is a connection between these two peoples based on evidence of Jews of the region around Masada during Roman times wearing braided hair and the similarities that the spokesperson attributes to Hebrew language.
In explaining this connection Beverly Baker Northup is quoted as saying:
“The story has been kept alive among our Cherokee people that the Sicarii who escaped from Masada, are some of our ancestors who managed to cross the water to this land, and later became known as Cherokees. (Please note the phonetic resemblance of Si’cari’i and, Cherokee or Tsa’ra-gi’.)”
Northup claims that the famous scholar Josephus wrote that there were escapees from Masada in which the spokesperson for the Northern Cherokee states that this is evidence that gives credence to this connection between the Cherokee
Indians and the Jews.
In addition to other startling claims, there is also the belief by the Northern Cherokee that a rock that was uncovered in Tennessee in 1889 that is named the Bat Creek Stone, proves a transatlantic connection to Jews.
Northup believes that the scratched writings on the rock indicate that the stone is evidence of a first century Atlantic Crossing to America by these escaped Jews that later became known as the Northern Cherokee Indians.
Testimony from the American Indians
by James Adair
James Adair is the earliest source information concerning the American Indians. He observed several Israelite characteristics in the southern American Indians.
James Adair was a backwoods preacher that lived and traded with the Southern Indians some forty years; he was called, by various writers, an Englishman, a Scotchman, and an Irishman. He was of a noble birth, whose family was of Earldom. His book was first published in London in 1775, and the main reason he wrote this book was to give evidence to show that the Indians were the lost tribes of Israel.
In recent times many stones have been turned up in America with ancient writings on them. These writings were compared to writings in the old world, and have been identified. These writings were found to be Arabic, Basque, Celtic, Cuneiform, Egyptian, Gaelic, Greek, Iberian, Libyan, Norse Runic, Numidian, Phoenician, and yes, there is ancient Hebrew inscriptions as well. One of these inscriptions is the “Bat Creek Stone” discovered in Loudon County Tennessee.
Usually interpreted “Only for the Yehudim” (Jews)
With inscriptions like this popping up, its easy to see how someone could come to such conclusions of the American Indians being the lost tribes of Israel, but James Adair had no rocks to go by.
Moses warned the Israelites that if they departed from the covenant faith that “YAHUWAH shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of earth even unto the other.” Deuteronomy 28:64. Most scholars interpret this to mean everywhere but America.
It is not the burden of this book to belabor the point too long, but it is in order to at least mention some points, because they are so interesting.
The American Indians did practice certain aspects of the Hebrew religion. “Cotton Mather in Boston, in the course of a long series of extraordinary letters to the Royal Society in London, drew attention to the existence, in Connecticut, of a tribe of Indians which practiced circumcision.” America B.C. p. 17
Even today the Cherokee nation honors the 7th day of the week. The numbers 4 and 7 are sacred to them, largely because it is the fourth commandment that sanctifies the seventh day.
A few evidences that James Adair listed:
1) They constructed their place of worship so “that their backs are to the east, and faces to the west”, this is after “the Jerusalem copy”! Adair’s History of the American Indians p. 118
2) “They do not pay the least perceivable adoration to any images, or to dead persons; neither to the celestial luminaries, nor evil spirits, nor any created being whatsoever. They are utter strangers to all the gestures practiced by the pagans in their religious rites.” Ibid p.20
3) “The Germans among them, frequently say “Yah-yah”, as an affirmative, they call them Yah-yah Algeh, Those of the blasphemous speech’; which strongly hints to us, that they still retained a glimpse of the third moral command delivered at Sinai.” Ibid p.70
4) They “observed a weekly sabbath”. Ibid p. 79 [This Sabbath is the seventh-day, as the Cherokee observe and many Seminole, the same day which Jews observed]
5) When they go to war they always carried their “sacred ark” with them! Ibid p. 162
6) They rejoiced “at the appearance of the new moon.” Ibid p. 20
7) They “observed a year of jubilee”! Ibib p. 226
8) They used the word “HalleluYah” in their religious gatherings etc.
James Adair, throughout his book, notes the set-apart name used by these American Indians as Yo He Wah. Josiah Priest, in his book (American Antiquities p. 76) bears out that this was from the Choctaw and Florida Indians.
I remember attending a Feast of Tabernacles down in Kerrville, Texas where we had a formal reading of the book of Deuteronomy, where persons would take turns reading from the Scriptures. When the readers came to capital LORD (which indicates in the King James Version where the tetragrammaton originally appeared in the Hebrew Scriptures), some readers would say Yahweh, while others would say YAHUWAH, but when one sister came to it, she was uncertain of the correct pronunciation, so she would simply say the four letters “Yod He Vav He”. Later on she began using “Yod He Waw He”. To me, it sounded much like what Adair heard, possibly through time the three letters “Yod He Waw” turned into Yo He Wah.
In the old world, the form YHW was used by Jews in Elephantine Egypt.9
Also worth noting is that James Adair mentioned the Hebrew word which Strong’s shows to be “huw“, which Adair transliterated as Hewa, meaning he or she. Adair did this because of the way it is vowel pointed.
Another statement by Adair is worth noting:
“It is plain that where the Indians have not been corrupted by foreigners, their customs and religious worship are nearly alike; and also that every different tribe, or nation of Indians, uses such-like
divine proper name, and awful sounds, as Yah-Wah, Hetovah, &c.
being transpositions of the divine essential name, as our northern
Indians often repeat in their religious dances. As the sound of
Yah-wah jarred in Laudon’s ear, he called it Java, in resemblance to
the Syriac and Greek method of expressing the tetragrammaton, from
which Galatinus imposed it upon us, calling it Jehowah,instead of
Yohewah.” History of the American Indians p. 218
Notice in the above statement the word “Java”, a Syriac and Greek way of expressing the tetragrammaton. The Syriac nor Greek have the letter “J” in their alpha-beta, nor do they have a “V”!
It must have been a modem way of expressing it, just as the translators of the Ante-Nicene Fathers put “Jave” in the text of an early Greek writer. The reason for bringing this out, is that YAHUWAH would be transliterated correctly into Greek as Ioua instead of Iaue, as Josephus related to the Greeks, which he did say consisted of “four vowels”, which leaves out the “J” and the “V”!
To this day the Cherokee call the Creator “Yowa”, which does resemble “Iowa”, which would be a short form. J.C. Beltrami called the Iowa river the YAHOWA river, interesting to say the least.
Some have argued the Hebrew connection of the Hopi, that their ways were similar to the Baal worship of the Hebrews, the Kabalah connection. The Hopi have a word which describes from whence life first began, this word is “yayva”.
In the Book of the Hopi by Frank Waters, the Sun God is referred to as the Creator by the name “Taiowa”, a combination of Tau and iowa. The Paleo-Hebrew Tau , is a symbol of the sun, also called the “MARK” or cross. The Hebrew Aleph and Tau are the first and last letters in the Hebrew alephbet. “Thus saith YAHUWAH the King of Israel, and His redeemer YAHUWAH of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no Elohim.” Isaiah 44:6. The Greeks related it as Alpha and Omega as in Revelation 1:8. Other books refer to the Sun Spirit as Tawa. The Pueblo also call the creator godTawa.
“Yahoya” is the deity of Bear Clan at Shongopovi.
The Chickasaw Indians call the Creator “Chihoowah”. In Arizona there is a county and tribe of Indians called “Yavapai”, meaning sun people, pai, meaning people, and Yava meaning sun. There are many examples throughout history of the sun being confused with the deity. These Indians literally make prayers to the sun. We know from Scripture, in Ezekicl 8 for example, that this is not only an error but an abomination. However, YAHUSHUA said that the sun was a symbol that pointed to Himself when He said, “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12. The sun is the light of this world, which enables us to see about us and not wander around in darkness. What the Catholic church has done is take something that is a symbol of YAHUSHUA, and worship the symbol instead of what the symbol represents, which is the Messiah Himself.
Another example is that the Saviour said, “If any man will come after Me let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Marthew 16:24. The Catholic takes this literally and wears a cross around their neck.
Obviously they are in darkness and have not seen the “Sun of righteousness.”
In Texas, the Catholic priests established the Alamo as a mission for the very purpose of “Christianizing” the Indians. These areas, near the border of Mexico, were heavily Catholicized! Thus, my point with the Yavapai Indians of Arizona. Yahushua’s missionaries are needed out west, to help correct these errors.
Another one that is a bit speculative, but worth considering, is another tribe in Arizona called Havasupai. While passing down the interstate in Arizona, and seeing the word “Havasu” on a sign, caused me to ponder a bit. I already knew that “pai” means “people”. So what is left is Havasu; then I thought, what if this “H” is an English translation from the Spanish “J”, that would make it appear more like Javasu. Then this Spanish “J” would lead us back to an old “I” or “Y” in the Old World.
The ancients used to associate a virtuous idea with the set-apart name, and from this stemmed many words, like jus = law, judge, justice, jury, jurisprudence etc. Take for instance the name “Jupiter”; the “Ju” is a corruption of “Yahu”. A quick example: Judah, in Hebrew is Yahudah. The prophet/king Jehu (originally Yahu) in the Septuagint is “Iou”, the English text beside it has “Ju”. Jupiter was associated with “the heavens”, as many reference works bare out; yea, even the Bible in Acts 19:35, “the image which fell down from Jupiter”. Newer versions put “the image which fell down from heaven.”
Piter is the same as pater, pader, padre, fader, meaning father, in this way Jupiter would mean heavenly father. What the Romans did was make an image of what they thought god looked like, which is forbidden in the Ten Commandments. At first, it was intended to only represent what El was like; then a couple of hundred years ago, by and by, they start worshipping it. Idolatry usually doesn’t start over night, but I still say men are more in the “image of Elohim” than some statue.
David wrote, “the heavens shall declare His righteousness.” Ps. 50:6. The heavens are blue, but blue also represents “the law”. Lets finish the text, “for Elohim is judge Himself.” There are hints in Scripture that the Ten Commandments were written on sapphire stone from YAHUWAH’s very throne (see Ex. 24:10 & Ezek. 1:26). Dan means “judge”, and the stone in the breast plate, worn by the high priest of Israel for the
tribe of Dan, was sapphire (Sapphire is the fifth stone listed Ex. 28:18 and Dan is the fifth son listed in Gen 29 & 30).
YAHUWAH also told Mosheh, “Bid the children of Israel to make fringes, and be sure that when you make it, put a “ribband of blue…” why? “…that you may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of YAHUWAH, and do them; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go a whoring: that ye may remember, and do all My
commandments.” Numbers 15:38,39.
Green also represents “living”, to be “alive” in YAHUSHUA. In the book of Revelation, chapter 9:4, the angel is commanded not to hurt “any green thing” or those written in the Book of Life, who have “life” in them. But the text continues, “but only those men which have not the seal of Elohim in their foreheads.” Rev 9:4. They receive not the set-apart
name which is part of the great seal:
Name – YAHUWAH, Title – Creator, and Jurisdiction – Heaven & Earth, as brought out from the fourth commandment. Those who are not a green thing, receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved.
This is the hidden message of the Blue-green folks. This same concept is throughout Scripture. YAHUSHUA the Messiah told the rich young ruler and tells us today, “If thou wilt enter into LIFE, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17, with a reference to Leviticus 18. John also wrote, “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of LIFE.” Revelation 22:14 KJV
There is also a large rock on Mystery Mountain near Los Lunas, New Mexico, which is inscribed with the ten commandments. Some scholars believe it to be some form of Paleo-Hebrew, others Phoenician. Cyrus Gordon thought it to be Samaritan. The inscription is certainly authentic, as it was inscribed in a nearby stone, the documentation of a lunar eclipse; possibly how Los Lunas got it’s name. Researchers discovered that there was a lunar eclipse there in 107 B.C.E.
The set-apart name is inscribed therein as. The Testimony from the American Indians have one common thread that runs through them all, and that is the “a” sound at the ending of the set-apart name.
Ezra and the Lost Tribes: An Eye-Witness To History!
In any important public or historic event, reliable eye-witnesses serve as the primary authority concerning what has actually taken place. In Biblical history, we can also call upon dependable and inspired first-hand eye-witness accounts in the writings of the prophets.
When the Babylonian captivity of the House of Judah ended in 538 B.C., there was a return of YAHUWAH’s people known today as “the Restoration.” Religious writers looking back upon this event 2,500 years later invariably assume that virtually every one of the Israelites, all twelve tribes, were soon reestablished in Canaan. But surprisingly, there are two very creditable and inspired witnesses to the events of that period — Ezra and Nehemiah — who sharply disagree with most modern historians.
In fact, these two prophets are the only reliable eyewitnesses existing today concerning the Restoration period of Biblical history. Both agree on an important point: They specifically refer to the returnees as being only of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, corporately known as the House of Judah. There is no mention at all of any of the other missing ten tribes which comprised the kingdom of the House of Israel!
Ezra was looking for colonists to resettle Israel’s old homeland, yet not only did he not send an embassy to the missing ten tribes, he strangely did not mention their existence at all. We receive the definite impression that Ezra had no idea where they were himself! In 2 Kings 17:6, we were told that the house of Israel was exiled by Assyria “to Halah, and Habor, and the cities of the Medes.” If they were still in the same location in Ezra’s day, surely he would have sent emissaries there to encourage them to return to the land of Canaan. Yet Ezra did not send an envoy, nor did he seem to even know where they had gone.
Although only two tribes are ever mentioned throughout the Book of Ezra, the common teaching today is that all twelve tribes of Israel, from both Houses of Israel and Judah, were reunited at the end of the Babylonian captivity. If so, why is there no mention of the rest of these tribes, either in the early portion of the book (see Ezra 1:5 and 4:1, “Judah and Benjamin”), or during events years later (Ezra 10:9, “Judah and Benjamin”)? The prophet Ezra knew nothing of any return to old Canaan of the exiled ten tribes of the House of Israel! Neither did his contemporary, the prophet Nehemiah, who spoke only of the existence of the “House of Judah” (Neh. 4:16) and the two tribes it comprised, Judah and Benjamin (Neh. 11:4, 36; 12:34).
A leading Jewish Israeli scholar, Sara Japhet, agrees and says, “the restoration [i.e. return from exile] and the subsequent renewal of Jewish community life involved only three tribes: the lay tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and the tribe of Levi.” (From The Rivers Of Babylon, p. 82) Levi was the priestly tribe whose members were divided and spread among all of the other tribes. It therefore did not inherit land itself and the majority of its members would be proportionately found among the missing tribes of the House of Israel.
It is further very significant that out of all of King David’s descendants, only one — Hattush — is listed (Ezra 8:2) among the returning exiles. Since the land of Canaan was virtually emptied of Hebrews during the Babylonian exile, apparently all of David’s other
descendants remained in the diaspora in other lands.
Another line of descent from King David provides an interesting link with the Norse-Gothic tribes and their early leader Odin. We read in 1 Chronicles 3:17-18 that Davidic descendant and king of Judah, Jehoiakin, had one son, Asir (KJV: Assir), translated in the RSV and NIV as “captive.” This Asir was therefore among those exiled from Canaan, and as noted above, neither he nor any of his descendants were included in Ezra’s list of those who returned from Babylon. Where did Asir, of the Davidic royal line of kings, and his descendants go? In Norse history, although encased in myth, Asir or Aesir was the name of the chief royal tribe living at Asgard, the early Mideast homeland of the Norse people. The Columbia Encyclopedia under the heading “Germanic religion” states, “In early times there were two groups of gods — the Aesir and the Vanir. However, after a war between the rival pantheons which perhaps reflects a war between two rival tribes, the defeated Vanir were absorbed into the Aesir, and the gods of both were worshipped in a single pantheon…of twelve principal deities…The gods dwelled at Asgard.” Apparently, exiled Israelites of the twelve tribes gathered around their Davidic leader, Aesir, before leaving the Mideast for Europe. A later leader of these assembled tribes was Odin, whose name is pure Semitic. The name Odin has been shown by scholars to be a royal title meaning “Lord” (compare the Hebrew “Adonai” and early Greek hero, “Adonis”). The Norse ancestral-line has been historically reconstructed from King David to Odin in a chart available from the Servant People booksite at:
This should not be surprising, since Ezra informs us that only four courses or divisions of priests returned from Babylon (Ezra 2:36-39), out of a total of twenty-four courses (1 Chron. 24:7-18). These twenty-four courses of priests were a prophetic foretype of the twenty-four elders of the Book of Revelation (4:4; 19:4), showing us that they were not eliminated in YAHUWAH’s Divine purposes. Simple math will show that well over 80% of the priesthood of Israel therefore did not return from its exile in foreign lands. This percentage would also be reflected in the very low number of Israelites as a whole who returned to Canaan.
Respected scholar, Dr. W.F. Lofthouse, in “Israel After The Exile,” (Clarendon Bible, Old Testament, Vol. 4), has this to say: “[Cyrus’ decree] did not mean that any large number of Jews returned from Babylon to Palestine…it is doubtful if many of the Jews (save the poorer members of the community) would have been anxious to leave… Moreover, if there had been a considerable company of returning exiles, our sources for
subsequent events in Palestine must have referred to its presence there. As a matter of fact, such references do not exist.” (p. 24) In other words, relatively very few Israelites ever returned to the land of Canaan after being exiled.
The only place that you will read that all of the Israelite tribes reunited in Babylon, and returned together as one body to Canaan, is in the false and misguided theology of the religious opponents of the Two-House belief! Neither the Bible nor history support the idea of a mass return from Babylon of both Houses of Israel. Instead, the prophet Ezra stated, “…grace hath been showed from YaHuWaH our Elohim, to leave us a remnant to escape…” (9:8) Again he emphasized, “We are left this day as a remnant.” (9:15, NIV) There is no question that Ezra, an eye-witness, documented that the majority of Israel remained in exile in other lands!
Some of our critics claim that these exiled Israelites all intermarried with the pagan nations of Assyria and Babylon and passed out of existence as a separate people. To this, Dr. Lofthouse replies, “Were they absorbed into the new civilization? If they had been, no one would have been surprised. But they were not.” (ibid. p. 5)
Other critics assert that although few Israelites may have returned immediately, a mass exodus took place sometime later. This too, ignores the facts of history. An interesting statement appears in Ezra’s last chapter which bears on this. It reads: “And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem; And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.” (Ezra 10:7-8)
Ezra stated that exiles who did not return to Jerusalem at that time “forfeited” all of their property. The Hebrew word used here, yaharam, means confiscated property. Any Israelite who returned months or years later would have found his home and vineyard legally turned over to others. He was disinherited! At that point, there was no incentive to return. Those not present at the appointed time were “separated” or “expelled” (NIV) from citizenship among the exiles. (Ezra 10:8) Those remaining in exile were truly “lost tribes,” for they had lost their land, property, and citizenship in their former homeland of Canaan.
The book of Nehemiah tells us that the whole community of exiles who returned to Canaan was only 42,360. (Neh. 8:66) What happened to the rest of YaHuWaH’s people, the Israelite majority who continued in exile? They did not remain in Assyria and Babylon. As Dr. Lofthouse expressed it, “[the prophet] Jeremiah…seems to imply a certain restlessness among the exiles.” (ibid. p.5) The fulfillment of the numerous prophecies of Scripture required that these restless wanderers be later found in the coastlands and isles to the west, where they became a great multitude and company of nations. (Gen. 15:5; 35:11; Isa. 42:4)
— J.S. Brooks
Hope of Israel Ministries P.O. Box 2186 Temple City, CA 91780, U.S.A.
I want to share some basic understanding about the Paleo Hebrew Name for our Heavenly Father. They are known as 4 Hebrew Letters:
Yod, Hey, Waw (Vav), Hey
Below are the Paleo Hebrew “Pictographs”:
= The Open Hand of Power
= Breath, Inspiration, Wind
= The Nail
Here we see a picture of our Messiah with both hand stretched out and he was nailed to a tree for our sakes!
These Letters do not need to have vowel points added to them for they already produce vowel sounds as they are:
Yod = Y sound
Hey = ah sound
Waw (Vav) = oo sound or long u sound
Hey = ah sound
The name Yahweh is not accurate, because the letter “Hey” makes the same sound of “ah” in the beginning of the tetragrammaton as it does at the end.
YHWH and the “ah” / “eh” Argument
Some say that Hebrew words ending with an “ah” sound are feminine (i.e. Sarah, Rebecca) and that the “eh” is masculine. This argument is used against YHWH being pronounced Yahuwah. It is said that Yahweh is correct because of its “masculine” termination. Indeed, many Hebrew words with the “ah” termination are considered feminine. However this argument fails when one examines Hebrew proper names. YHWH is a proper Name that was revealed to Hebrews and recorded phonetically in Hebrew. Yahweh is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Yahuwah. Notice only a few of the names below are feminine, the majority are masculine. It is common for Greeks to translate Hebrew names ending in “ah” to an “eh” because it is easier for them to pronounce. (See study entitled, Four Vowels) Here are a few other examples found in the KJV and many examples from other translations based on the Greek:
Pre-Tonal Shortening Rule Invented in 10th Century by Masorites
The History Behind the Name of YHWH
When Israel was taken captive into Babylon, they were ridiculed for using this name of YaHuWaH, so they stopped pronouncing his name in fear that the pagans would take his name in vain and trample on it. Hence the name of Y-H-W-H had not been pronounced for many centuries.
In the 1600’s, King James hired the Massorites (Hebrew Scribes) to transcribe the Hebrew scriptures into English. The Massorites inserted English vowel points into the name Y-H-V-H, hence they came up with YeHoVaH. But the “v” sound or the Hebrew letter “vav” had once been pronounced as a “w” sound as “waw.”
At the end of the names of prophets, the name of the Father is seen as “Yahu.” Examples are:
Isaiah = Yeshayahu
Jeremiah = Yirmeyahu
Elijah = Eliyahu
Nathaniel = Netanyahu
But in modern Hebrew, a new grammatical rule was invented known as “pre-tonal shortening” which states that when the Father’s name comes at the beginning of a name, then it changes from a “Yahu” to a “Yeho.” This “pre-tonal” shortening rule did not exist in the days when YHWH revealed himself to Moses and the Prophets.
Hence the names of the prophets would’ve been spelled differently in the Ancient Hebrew than they are today in modern Hebrew. Examples are seen as follows:
Joshua = Yehoshua = Yahushua (ancient Hebrew)
Jonathan = Yehonathan = Yahunathan (ancient Hebrew)
Jehovah = Yehovah = Yahuwah (ancient Hebrew)
The name of our Messiah is actually the name “Joshua” which is rendered “Yehoshua” in modern Hebrew, and Yahushua in ancient Hebrew due to the fact that there was no “pre-tonal shortening rule” in ancient Hebrew. The Hebrew name Joshua means “Yahu is savlation” or “Yahu has saved.”
Calling him Yahu’shua is declaring that the Father has saved us in the past and he is continuing to save us in the present and in the future through his son.
The shortened version of our Messiah’s name is Y’shua and it means “salvation” in Hebrew. You will see in the articles that I write, that I use “Y’shua” interchangeably with “Yahu’shua.” Y’shua is not his proper name, but Yahu’shua is his proper name. If we call him Y’shua, we are declaring that Messiah is our “salvation.” But if we call him “Yahu’shua” we are declaring that the Father’s salvation is in the son!
Below you will see the King James Rendering of this verse:
Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
But in the Paleo Hebrew, it would’ve read like this:
Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of Elohim Shaddai, but by my name YHWH was I not known to them.
And so YaHuWaH was telling Moses that he was only known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by the title “Elohim Shaddai” or “The Almighty God” but his proper name was first revealed to Moses!
Exodus 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it YaHuWaH – Nissi
The “banner” of victory over the Amalekites was given to Moses as the name YaHuWaH! In other words that name is what saved Israel in the Amalekite War!
The deceased Messianic Jewish Evangelist and historian Art Katz, cites the orgins of the true name of the Messiah and the Elohim of Israel from his former website:
The original Hebrew or Jewish Name of the professing Jewish Messiah, who was accepted as such by a certain section (some 3000 souls) of Israel, at and after His Appearance in Israel, some 2000 years ago. To them He was known as YAHU’SHUAH
(abbreviated: Y’SHUAH, also pronounced YEHOSHUA or YESHUA). In time, over the first few centuries after Messiah, His Name was gradually changed to “Je-Zeus Khristos” by the pagan masses who converted and joined the originally Jewish Messianic Sect.
Out of this, Christianity was born, which was a mixture of originally pure Judaism, and gradually, progressive influences of pagan customs and traditions, together with a growing tide of an anti-Semitic spirit. This
was greatly due to the instigation of influential leaders like
Constantine the Great, who was a Zeus worshiper, and who purportedly
converted to Christianity. It was also a natural process as a result of
the infiltration of followers of the sun god, Zeus, into the Christian
ranks. Even the name of their pagan idol Zeus was applied to their
new-found Jewish Messiah – and Y’Shuah (the abbreviated transliteration
of YAHU’SHUAH), became “Y’Zeus” or Je-Zeus – which became ‘Jesus’ in
English (NOTE – the middle ‘s’ is pronounced as a ‘z’). In other languages, it took on various other forms.
And so we can see why the Heavenly Father allowed our Messiah Yahu’shua to take on the pagan name J’Zeus for a time, in order that he might win the heathen nations to himself. Like Queen Esther, our Messiah has a real Hebrew name. Esther’s true name was Hadassah. The Heavenly Father has allowed our Messiah to be given a heathen name for a season so that a later time in history, when “The fullness of the Gentiles” is accomplished, all the nations who love J’Zeus (Y’shua) would rise up to fast and pray for the House of Judah (Jews) to be saved from their enemies.
Art Katz’s biography is at this website: