What In the World Is Going On Here?
Okay, so what in the world is going on here? As we learned in the "First Things First" article, God's Name is Yahowah. He says so Himself. Yet, for some reason, we do not hear or see His Name being spoken or used by the two major religions which claim to speak for Him! Instead, followers of Judaism and Christianity refer to Yahowah as "the Lord". Why is that?
NOTE: I deliberately omitted Islam even though it claims to speak for the god of Abraham. The name of Islam's god is Allah, and Allah is nothing more than the alter ego of Muhammad, one of the most detestable creatures ever to walk the earth. Read Craig Winn's "Prophet of Doom" if you want to know and understand the criminal enterprise that is Islam (Mohammedanism).
The following is an absolute and indisputable fact: "the Lord" is actually the Adversary, the devil (literally, "the false accuser"), aka Satan. I will prove that to you immediately.
"The LORD" is the literal English translation of the Hebrew words, ha ba'al. The Hebrew word ha means "the", as in ha shem, "the name". ba'al means "Lord". So ha ba'al translates into "the Lord". We see then that, rather than being a respectful alternative for the Creator's Name, "The LORD" is in reality the title of His worst enemy!
Ha Ba'al is written in Hebrew—which is read from right to left—like this: הבעל (heh-bet-ayn-lamed). As you can see, it looks absolutely nothing like the Creator's Name, יהוה (yod-heh-waw-heh). Therefore, no good reason exists for the translators to be using "The Lord" where "Yahowah" is what was written in Hebrew.
Remember how we learned that names are to be transliterated rather than translated? Well, why then don't the translators just put Yahowah wherever the ancient text has "יהוה"? Answer that. I'm waiting.
Every time you refer to Yahowah as "the Lord", you are calling Him by His worst enemy's preferred title. When you say, "The LORD, He is God," you are telling the world that Satan is your god. Is that really what you want to be doing?
Did you know that the Pharisees made reference to "Ba'al-Zebub", which means "The Lord of the fly", when they were disparaging Yahowsha? (See this page and this page for the translation of Ba-al-Zebub)
Yah is giving us a gift / Mattanyah / Matthew 12:24
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "It is only by Ba'al-Zebub, the ruler of the demons, that this man casts out demons."
The religious leaders of the Yahudim (the Jews) knew who the Lord was. He is God's enemy. He is your enemy. This is not some weird notion that is being presented to you here. It is verifiable historical fact. Yahowah wants you to wake yourself up.
In all likelihood, your Christian pastor, Roman Catholic priest, or Jewish rabbi already know—or at least suspect—these things. But they have chosen not to share their knowledge or suspicion with you. There is an explanation for that. An excellent example may be found in the footnote below.
The Lord, ha ba'al, is repugnant to Yahowah, and his desires are the opposite of Yahowah's.
- Yahowah wants us to stand up and walk with Him.
- The Lord wants us to prostrate ourselves before him.
- Yahowah wants us to get to know Him and, as a result of knowing Him on the most intimate level, to fall in love with Him.
- The Lord wants us to worship him. He demands it of everyone, regardless of which god they've imagined themselves to be dealing with, and he threatens the tortures of some kind of Hell Fire to all who would oppose his will.
- Bear in mind that the Lord has no authority over the souls of mankind. He is himself a created entity and has already been sentenced to eternal separation from Yahowah. So his threats are just more lies. It is exactly as Yahowsha declared, the Lord is a liar and is the father of lies.
- Yahowah encourages us to listen carefully to His words and to thoughtfully consider them so that we can make informed decisions that result in good for our lives.
- The Lord commands his followers to obey him without question or hesitation, threatening them with an eternity of unbearable torments (which he cannot deliver) if they do not comply.
The concept of obedience is the cornerstone of the religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, but it has no place in a loving relationship such as the one our Maker wants to have with us. Yahowah, Who created the Hebrew language, deliberately did not include a word for "obey". Really. Hebrew has no word for "obey". Instead, we are encouraged to shamar His Towrah. That is, He wants us to listen to, to closely examine, and to carefully consider His advice and instructions. He never gave us anything called "The Law", either. The Hebrew word Towrah means teaching, guidance, instruction, and prescriptions for living. It does not mean "law".
Religion binds us with laws. In fact, the very word "religion" comes from a Latin word meaning "to bind again". Look it up. Yahowah frees us from the bondage of religion with His teachings, with His advice, through His means of resolving conflicts, and with His prescriptions for living. Yahowah, our God, is all about freedom. It is God's adversary who is into servitude, grovelling worship, and forced compliance. And his servants on the earth gleefully and ruthlessly enforce his will on whomever they can.
Punishment is also a favorite threat of religions. "Obey the Lord or burn in the unquenchable fires of a sinner's hell forever and ever!" The truth of the matter is that Yahowah has reserved punishment only for those who lead others away from Him, and that punishment is not one of active torture. (Read about the unforgiveable sin in this footnote.) The punishment for those who lead others away from Yahowah and His Towrah is to be imprisoned in total darkness and isolation, alone with their memories of how they deliberately blew it. Yahowsha described it as a place where "there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Everyone else who has not been adopted into Yahowah's family, the vast majority of souls, will just die when their bodies die, exactly as Yahowah declares through Hezeq'el (Ezekiel), "The soul that sins will die." He never says that He will torture the sinner forever and ever. That is a religious myth being used with varying degrees of success to control the masses.
What all this means is that for centuries Yahowah's Name ( יהוה ) has been replaced with one of the Adversary's titles—"the Lord"—, while His real Name has been kept hidden. It means that every day English-speaking people around the world are referring to Yahowah, our God, by His worst enemy's title. It means that Christians and Jews alike are disrespecting the very One they claim to love every time they call Him "the Lord"!
Yah is giving us a gift / Mattanyah / Matthew 7:21
"No one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord', will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven."
Popular English Bibles translate the beginning of the passage as "Not everyone". However, that translation is incorrect, which becomes obvious when the passage is taken in context with the rest of Yahowsha's message. Yahowsha, Yah's Prophet errantly known as Jesus Christ, goes on to say that His reaction to those religious enemies who rejected Yahowah's Towrah and who addressed Him by the Adversary's title will be, "I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who practice Towrahlessness!" They will whine and plead in terror that they did miracles and great things in His Name (which of course they didn't because they didn't know it or because they refused to use it). And He will tell them, "Get away from Me! I never knew you!"
If you are a Christian and that bit of rock-solid fact doesn't give you pause, then you are in serious trouble.
Are you one of those who calls our Creator by His greatest enemy's title? If so, then stop it.
Why do the most popular commercial English translations of the Towrah, Prophets, and Psalms replace Yahowah's Name with His enemy's favorite title? Bible publishers scream loud and long that their Bibles are literal translations from the best manuscripts, or that they're the very best possible interpretations of what the writers meant to convey, but those claims are easily proven false. Why are we being lied to? What is the purpose of all the deception?
There are two answers. The purpose as far as ha satan is concerned is to get us to miss out on a relationship with Yahowah. He is forever separated from Yahowah with no hope whatsoever of reconciliation. His goal is to see to it that as many of Yahowah's little creatures as possible share that fate. The purpose as far as man is concerned is power and riches.
= יהוה = ee-ah-oh-ah = Yahowah
Song / Mizmor / Psalm 19:7
Yahowah's Towrah is complete and entirely perfect, returning and restoring the soul. Yahowah's testimony is trustworthy and reliable, making understanding and obtaining wisdom simple for the open-minded and receptive.
Yahowah's ( - יהוה) Towrah (torah — teaching, guidance, direction, and instruction) is complete and entirely perfect (tamym — without defect, lacking nothing, correct, genuine, right, helpful, beneficial, and true), returning and restoring (suwb — transforming) the soul (nepesh — consciousness). Yahowah's testimony ('eduwth — restoring and eternal witness) is trustworthy and reliable ('aman — verifiable, confirming, supportive, and establishing), making understanding and obtaining wisdom (hakam — educating and enlightening oneself to the point of comprehension) simple for the open-minded and receptive (pethy — easy for those who are receptive).
The following story comes from the Yada Yah Forums. Yada, who was himself an ardent Christian in times past, posted the following message:
"One of my closest friends, a man I spent nearly a thousand hours with during the course of several years, was America's most famous fundamentalist Baptist, the late Jerry Falwell. In one of our last meetings together I presented him and the head of Liberty's Hebrew and Old Testament departments with a white paper which revealed my initial findings with regard to translation and doctrinal errors. Over the course of many hours, both men agreed that everything I had uncovered was true, and that it was in conflict with what they were saying. Then Jerry said, 'If I were to say these things, the pews in my church would be empty and the check-filled letters required to fund Liberty University would be a thing of the past. And if you say these things, people will label you a kook.' "
(Richard's Note: bold italics added by me)
If my understanding of what was said is correct, then maintaining the status quo was more important to Dr. Falwell than embracing and proclaiming the truth. If I am grasping the religious icon's reply, then he was unwilling to risk losing his income and credibility by exposing the enemy's deceptions.
I think he chose poorly.
The Unforgiveable Sin
Names / Shemowth / Exodus 20:7
"You are not to lift up, support, or advance, forgive or dignify, respect or tolerate, through the Name or reputation of Yahowah, your God, lifeless and worthless deceptions or devastating and destructive falsehoods. For indeed, Yahowah will not forgive or leave unpunished those who deceive, beguile, or delude, using clever trickery to mislead in association with His Name, to promote vain and ineffectual lies which lead to lifelessness and destruction, or devastating deceptions which nullify our existence, leading to emptiness."
That's quite a far cry from what commercial English translations have! They say some nonsense along the lines of, "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain, for God will not hold him guiltless who taketh his name in vain."
Words / Dabarim / Deuteronomy 18:18,19
"I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will speak to them all that I command him. Now whoever does not listen to My words that this prophet speaks in My Name, I Myself will call him to account."