Copyright 2013-2017 Proclaim His Holy Name Ministries
The Mighty One of Israel is the Creator of the entire universe. He created the planets, the stars, the heavens, the earth, the angels, and you and I. He is the Elohim (mighty one) that existed before the beginning of time and without whom none of us would be here today. Therefore, He is not only the Mighty One of Israel, He is also the Mighty One of all nations and all peoples of the Earth. He is the Elohim of the Bible who commands us to have no other mighty ones before Him.
The Creator's name is specifically written down thousands of times in the oldest consistently and accurately transcribed document in the world: the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament). The Tanakh is a divinely inspired document that binds together Christians and Jews for it is a book about the same Father that both faiths call their own. Yet as seen in the next verse, Elohim's true name was obscured by Bible translators:
(read right to left as Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey or YHVH for short) into "the LORD." These four letters are known in Greek as the Tetragammatron and do not mean "the LORD" in Hebrew, they are instead the ACTUAL name of the Creator of all things.
Most Bible translations have failed to honor the Name. Rather than honor it they have hidden and obscured it by translating YHVH as "the LORD" in nearly all versions of the Christian Bible, ignoring the fact that it appears over 6800 times in the Hebrew Tanakh. Additionally, Moses himself did not write the name of the Creator over 1650 times in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) so that it could be hidden. He wrote the name over and over to honor the Creator as Exodus 3:15 commands (emphasis added): "this is my name FOR EVER, and this is my memorial unto all generations."
And Elohim said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, YHVH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
- Exodus 3:15
The following chart displays the name of the Creator in the ancient Paleo-Hebrew text, modern Hebrew text, the English letter equivalents, the sound of the Hebrew letters (transliteration), and the common English translation. Note: Hebrew is always read right to left.
And Elohim said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
- Exodus 3:15
How does the English translation of Exodus 3:15 obscure the Name? It does so by changing the original four Hebrew letters:
The next time you pick up your Bible and you see the words "the LORD," remember that the original Hebrew text of the Bible makes it abundantly clear that His name is not "the LORD," it's YHVH:
By Peter and Linda Miller-Russo