Wednesday, February 2, 2011

All In The Name - Tetragrammaton

The Name of GOD

GOD has several Hebrew names;  Elohim (Authority God), Adonai (Master), El Shaddai (Almighty God)... The Bible records more than a dozen of  GOD's Name .

All these names of GOD are His titles except for the name, Yahweh. Yahweh(proper noun) is HIS personal name. "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM. ...The LORD (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 thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.'" Exodus 3:14 

Yahweh is called Tetragrammaton or 4-letter word in original Hebrew text referring to GOD. It spells יYud, הHei, וּVav and הHei. 

Yahweh is the most sacred, highly regarded name of God for the Hebrews. For the Orthodox Jew, the יהוּה Tetragrammaton is never spoken, only written. Only the High Priest can speak this name with fear and reverence and only on a very special day of the year, the Yom Kippur. Since 70AD, after the 2nd Jewish temple was destroyed by the Roman soldiers, the ceremonial rituals of this celebration ceased to be performed. After almost 2,000 years of silence, scholars can only speculate wether there is someone who could actually pronounce the original Tetragrammaton perfectly since it is all consonants and no vowel.
Today in synagogues during Scripture readings, "Adonai" (Master) is spoken in place of "YHVH." In a regular conversation or in written documents the Orthodox Jews substitute "HaShem" (The Name) to provide further protection of the Name YHWH.

The English name Jehovah was coined by Roman Catholics during the Middle Ages resulting from a misunderstood Masoretic Hebrew texts. The consonants Y-H-V-H (the "Y" used to be pronounced as "J") and the vowels from the word "Adonai" combined to form the word Jehova.

It is interesting to note that the first time the Tetragrammaton appeared in the scripture was after He created man in Genesis 2:7. Yahweh is the covenant-keeping GOD. The GOD who have a relationship with man. Before GOD created man, GOD was called Elohim.

Snapshot from the video "Meditate on God's Word and Receive Grace Upon Grace" by Joseph Prince
These four Hebrew letters are the 4 letters of the Tetragrammaton; Yod Hei Vav Hei. יYod, as mentioned earlier, means hand. הHei means grace. וּVav is pictured as nail. To read the whole Hebrew Pictograph of the Tetragrammaton it says 
The hand of grace nailed in grace! 
Snapshot from the video "Meditate on God's Word and Receive Grace Upon Grace" by Joseph Prince
“They will look on me, Aleph Tav the one they have pierced..." Zechariah 12:10(NIV)

The end is declared from the beginning BUT in RIDDLES. 
The Word

Riddle solved! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" John 1:1 (NIV)
Aleph Tav
is the WORD revealed to John.
The mysterious Word in the Middle of the Genesis 1:1 Creation Account
Jesus Christ is Aleph Tav! He is present when everything was created. He was at the center of the happening.

Four times Jesus said in Revelation: "I am Alpha and Omega..." Revelation 1:8; Revelation 1:11; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:13 John, who saw the vision he wrote in the book of Revelation, was Hebrew-speaking. When Jesus said Alpha and Omega, He said it in the language John can understand, in Hebrew. Alpha and Omega is the first and last letter of the Roman Alphabet, translated to Hebrew is Aleph Tav; the first and the last letter of the Hebrew Alephbet. Jesus Christ is incscribed in the Bible, from the first (Genesis) to the last (Revelation) book.
Aleph Tav is the same Alpha and Omega
revealed to John in Revelation.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8 KJV

This mystery was finally revealed by Jesus Christ Himself to John in a vision! 

Jesus Christ is the The sacrificial Ox. The Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world. (John 1:29) . The cross means covenant and completion/finished, being the last of the Hebrew Alephbet. When Jesus hung on the the cross, He shouted "It is finished!" 

He was the sacrificial lamb slain from the creation.  "... the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation 13:8 (NIV)

"looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" Hebrews 12:2

JESUS is the WORD, the answer to the riddle, the answer to all the puzzles of the heart and mind. His person, His being in man, completes.

“No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" -- 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:7-10

"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings." Proverbs 25:2

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