Thou shalt not take the name of Yahveh, your God in vain!


After the discovery of the prophetic power of the second commandment, you are now invited to taste the rich and good food given with the third commandment!

The ten commandments of our Lord are, it should be pointed out, the foundations of the life of every believer. Indeed, Yahveh gave these commandments to mankind as a series of signs (Deuteronomy 6: 6-9):

6"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ."

But a sign or an indication is usually set up only to announce the imminent arrival of an event considered to be sufficiently significant. You can compare that with road signals announcing dangerous turns, crossroads or any other event on your way.

In itself, the signal is not very important; it is what it announces that it is important to know.

In a comparable way, the commandments are on you as signs which announce that you are believer! They announce your behaviour and this is what is important.

Indeed, if your life does not fit with the description given by the Ten Commandments, then YOU ARE A LIAR, A MIRAGE OR IN OTHER WORDS, A FALSE WITNESS OF THE LORD.

On the other hand, if you live in harmony with the commandments and if you fit to the description they are giving of you, then you are true and their signs are announcing it to your neighborhood.

(II Corinthians 2: 14-17)

"14Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ."

In other words, if people are seeking the truth, they will not be disappointed by your behaviour and thanks to you, they will be able to find it and to become rich like you.

But let us read and pay attention the contents of the third commandment:

" Thou shalt not take the name of Yahveh, your God in vain; for Yahveh will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain!"

(Exodus 20: 7)

Know Yahveh.

This commandment speaks about the name of Yahveh and the question is why so many translators took the liberty to delete His name and replace it by the Lord? Why should the proper name of Yahveh disappear while the same translators are keeping the names of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and of many others? Isn't it unfair to Yahveh to avoid to call Him by His true name while everywhere in the His word, He is expecting us to use and bless it? Please try to call our Creator by His name Yahveh or Jehovah if you feel it is better but at least do the effort to use His name properly! His name should never disappear. Don't follow the teaching of Israelites religious authorities who are claiming that as nobody knows how His name is pronounced, it is better not to pronounce it anymore for the time being to make sure that one is not committing a sacrilege. This statement is absolutely against the wish of our Father and I want to tell these religious authorities that our Father expects us to behave like His children and to learn like little children how to call our Creator. It is better to try to call Him with a mistake than to ignore his name like they teach to do. Our Father and His son Jesus are powerful enough to correct us if we pronounce it badly and they will do it in due time. Let us use this name of Yahveh to show our love and respect to this Family who has made so big sacrifices for us as an extreme demonstration of love!

Would you be happy if suddenly all the members of your family would start to call you by another name of their choice?

When Yahveh pronounces this third command, He only speaks to the people to whom He introduced Himself few months ago in Egypt and just now on the Mount Sinai. Indeed to be able to pronounce and use His name, still it is necessary to know the personality who carries it. Just like today, only after introduction and exchange of the names and often of visit cards, will people start to call themselves by their names and speak together! Usually, people will not be allowed to enter a house prior to have given their names and introduced themselves, their position and the purpose of their visit. A same person can also have several names or titles that they will use to introduce themselves! It is also the case in the Family of our Father.

Various names and titles for the members

of our Father's family, Elohim!

 

To illustrate this, let us take the example of Moses who feared to go towards the Hebrew in Egypt and take their leadership as he was asked by Yahveh. He asked from Yahveh for an additional title to introduce himself and to be accepted by his people (Exodus 3: 13-15):

13Then Moses said to Elohim, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, "Elohim of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, "What is His name?' what shall I say to them?"
14And Elohim said to Moses, "I will be who I will become (note: wrongly translated by I AM WHO I AM)." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of
Israel, "I will be (note: wrongly translated by I AM) has sent me to you."' 15Moreover Elohim said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: "Yahveh Elohim of your fathers, Elohim of Abraham, Elohim of Isaac, and Elohim of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations."

Note: About the prophetic meaning of the sentence "I will be who I will become", please go and read later in this article the part entitled:

 

Which meaning for: "I will be who I will become "?

 

It was indeed very important for Moses to know the name of The One who was sending him to accomplish his mission near his people.
The other name "Elohim (note: in most bibles "God") of the patriarchs" is also taken very seriously by Jesus, our Saviour when He makes use of it to explain to the Sadducees why there is must be a resurrection after death (Matthew
22: 31-32):

 

"31But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32"I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."

Jesus wants to show by this that at any time in history of the mankind, the Father is always Elohim/God of the patriarchs who meanwhile are dead and consequently must resuscitate in the future. Elohim sees the patriarchs as sleeping and they will awake at the time of the next return of Jesus-Christ as it is very well explained in the book of the Revelation of John (chapter 20: 4-6) and also in the first epistle of Paul to the Corinthians (chapter 15: 20-26) or in the first one to Thessalonicians, chapter 4: 16-18.

Thus with this example of Jesus-Christ, we must understand the meaning and the value of the names and the titles of our Creator when we want to pronounce them in any language that exists. Indeed not only the original name but its meaning and its value are of utmost importance. By the way, in the texts of the New Testament the name Elohim is translated by God that comes from the Greek Θεος.

Which meaning for:

"I will be who I will become"?

 

Did you already meditate about this name that Yahveh Elohim unveiled to Moses to introduce Himself to His captive people in Egypt? His new name is no more Yahveh but "I will be"! Why this choice?
This name that Yahveh Elohim reveals to Moses would give him an impressive authority near his people. This sentence in Exodus 3: 14 means according to experts in Hebrew: "I will be who I will become (in Hebrew: "") (Héhié acher Héhié) and more simply "I will be" or "I will become".
This title under which Yahveh Elohim wants Moses to introduce Him to the Children of Israel is a prophecy about the future prestigious position He will fulfill in the future. This event can be compared with the coronation of a Prince.

Another example to illustrate the possibility of several titles for the same person is for instance when somebody who would be a Professor and is asked to become Prime Minister: Family members will call him Darling, Father or Mother, very close friends will call him by his given name but in government meetings his name and title will become Mr. Prime Minister. If for some reason, he is asked to perform in a University, his title will become Professor! Four different ways to call the same person! It is now easier to understand that for Jesus and Yahveh, it is the same.

 

Indeed, in many places of the New Testament we can read Jesus existed before Mary gave birth to him as her first baby of flesh. Elohim became Father for the first time as he fathered. But Jesus has a divine past before his birth on earth as a human being. Let us have first a look at the beginning of John's gospel, chapter 1 verse 1:

 

"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men"

 

Then at verse 14:

 

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15John (note: the Baptist) bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, "He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me."

 

This reveals us very clearly that before he was born with the name of Jesus, our Saviour, alias the Word, was with God at the time of the creation and that He took part to it. It is even established that He was involved in all the creation! This former activity of Jesus is confirmed by Paul in several of his epistles. First in the one to the Colossians, chapter 1, verses 15 and 16:

 

"15He (note: Jesus, the Son of His love) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him."

And the prestigious past of Jesus is also mentionned at the beginning of the epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 1, verses 1 and 2:

 

"1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;"

 

And finally, in the first epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 10, verses 1 to 4, Paul unveils that Jesus is the same as Yahveh who was protecting the children of Israel in the desert of Sinai:

 

1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ."

 

Having said this, one can better understand why Yahveh asks Moses to introduce Him as the One who will be to the Hebrews as He wanted to announce His Future role of Son of Elohim, Elohim that was to become Father for the first time! This being accepted, it also is an explanation to the meaning about the way Jesus was introducing Himself in several places of the New Testament as "I am" (at the present this time), for instance to the crowd coming to arrest him a little before his crucifixion. By the way, it is interesting to see the powerful effect His name does on those who came to arrest him: All of them fall by respect.

In some case this sentence of Jesus (John 18: 6-7), is wrongly translated by "I am he", while it should be I AM (Еγω ειμι= ego eimi which means I, I am) to be compared with the previous I WILL BE. And the reason for which Jesus uses the present of the verb to be and either the future at the time of Moses is quite simple:

 

At the time of his answer, HE is indeed the Son of God according to the prophecy given to Moses, and no more need to say I will be because He is.

 

Jesus is introducing Himself in the same way in John 8: 24 and in few other places:

 

 

"24Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am, you will die in your sins."

 

Here again Jesus is asking his people to believe that he became what was prophesied about him in the time of Moses,

 

THE SON OF GOD, A NAME THAT MUST BE PRONOUNCED!

 

Let us insist on the fact that Yahveh wishes to be called by His name as it is written in so many places of the bible. So don't follow the teachings and practice of Jewish beliefs that abstain to pronounce His name or even prefer to distort it to make sure it will be pronounced with a mistake (for instance Elokim and not Elohim) because all this is superstition. Such an even unconscious attitude is a scorn on His name; to render His name useless is opposite to our Creator's will: Our Father wants that all the things He has created, even the lesser ones, will be used and be at our dipsosal; this includes names! Pronounce His name with love and respect will help us to produce fruits. Have always in mind the parable of the talents! (Matthew 25: 14-30)

 

Here are now few advices to help us to know the name of our Creator?

 

A first way is to be trained

TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT THE WORDS OF OUR FATHER

Accept them they are without trying to twist their meanings to adapt them to our carnal nature.

Fo this purpose, let us read about this in the book of Proverbs (Proverbs 2: 1-5) and we will find how to do:

 

"1 My son, if you receive my words,
        And treasure my commands within you,
        2So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
        And apply your heart to understanding;
        3Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
        And lift up your voice for understanding,
        4If you seek her as silver,
        And search for her as for hidden treasures;
        5Then you will understand the fear of Yahveh,
        And find the knowledge of Elohim."

 

 

The second step to improve our knowledge of Yahveh and His name consists in KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS.

 

For this purpose, you should understand them, therefore you should study them carefully to discover all their richnesses. To summarize, we should simply LOVE YAHVEH (I Jean 5: 2-3):

 

"2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome."

 

The knowledge of God exists only in those who keep his commandments (I Jean 2: 3-5):

 

"3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him."

 

Our Father likes very much to be known in the same way as a father wishes to be known by his children but unfortunately His Children, the people of Israel, rejected Him and His knowledge but let us read what occurred (Hosea 6: 4-6):

 

"4 "O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
        O
Judah, what shall I do to you?
        For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
        And like the early dew it goes away.
        5Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
        I have slain them by the words of My mouth;
        And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
        6For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
        And the knowledge of Elohim more than burnt offerings.
"

 

Finally to secure and strengthen a good knowledge of Yahveh and of His name, you must

SEEK WISDOM AND STICK TO INTELLIGENCE!

Wisdom is given to you by the Father and thanks to it, you will always have a complete vision of the truth. Nothing will be able to bar you from the knowledge of Yahveh (II Corinthians 10: 3-5):

 

"3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ"

 

WHY OUR FATHER AND HIS SON DO ATTRIBUTE SO MUCH IMPORTANCE AT THEIR NAMES?

 

 

To answer this question, we must first of all be aware that all names have a meaning which often corresponds to a title or a quality attached to the person, the animal or the thing who or which receives it for the first time. Each name goes hand in hand with a responsibility and all the names existing on earth were created either by Elohim, or by men.

Here is an example to confirm that (Genesis 2: 19-20 and 3: 20):

 

"19Out of the ground Yahveh Elohim formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him

Chapter 3: 20: 20And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living."

 

By the way, these verses of the Bible shows how profound is the contradiction with the partisans of evolution (so-called theory of Darwin) who see the origin of human beings as a very long and slow process starting from the development of cells, then via primates close to the monkeys to finally reach first men still unable to speak, to write and to build, living in caves and under precarious condition. Meanwhile, the Bible describes us the first man able from the beginning to create judicious names for all the numerous varieties of animals, undoubtedly much more than those which we know today!

 

Yahveh kept the right to name all the stars in the skies (Psalm 147: 4):

 

"He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name."

 

An interesting study you could undertake is to seek the etymology and the meaning of the names in the Word of God. Often the Bible itself gives us the explanation for it and if we do a little effort to undertsand the etymology (origin of the names) from some words in foreign languages such as Hebrew and Greek, our eyes will open and we will understand better our Bible.

Let us take an example with the name of the adoptive ancestor of all Christians, Abraham: Genesis 17: 5 explains the meaning of his name:

 

"No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations."

 

His name is composed of the word Abba which means father as we are told in Mark 14: 36 and the word aham that means many nations!

Now by analogy, we can try to discover the meaning of Balaam's name, the name of the false prophet living at the time of Moses (Numbers 22) and also mentionned in Revelation 2: 14:

 

"But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality."

 

In Aramite, this name could be decomposed in two parts:

1) Bal similar to the Hebrew baal which designates originally the lord and the owner who dominates. It is still used in modern Hebrew and it means the husband as the head of the family. By the way, it is interesting to note that the actual biblical name for husband is not baal but "ich" ().

2) Aam is the second part of the name Balam and as we saw earlier, it designates a crowd of nations. Balaam thus seems to designate the dominator of the nations.

 

If you go and read the history of Balaam and his end in the book of Numbers, you will discover that his behaviour is according to Satan, the ruler of this world. But there is more to understand from the meaning of his name. Indeed, here is an interesting example showing that by having in mind the meaning of a name, you will be able to trace it in another language. This will help you to make links between names and sects that are a danger for true believers. This understanding can be used to warn us against dangerous deviations from the paths of righteousness that would be inspired to us not by the Father but by men possibly influenced by the evil. So let us continue our reading in Revelation 2, verse 15:

 

"Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate."

 

Here, it is time to remember that the writings of the New Testament were inspired in the Greek language by a reaction to the rejection of the Lord Jesus by the Jews, by his own people. I am telling this despite all the statements of some even famous scholars who, for once, would like to include the sayings of Jesus and of His disciples in the Hebrew language; but the motivation of this scholars is not Jesus and His sayings but pride and money! It is not for nothing that Jesus is calling himself as the alpha and the omega, the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. He did write the aleph and tav, first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet! For the same reason, in several places of the New Testament, when an Aramic or Hebrew word is used, it is translated in Greek to help people to undertsand the meaning of these words.

 

Now if we try to discover the meaning in Greek of the name Nicolaitans, we will be surprised to discover that it is almost the same meaning as Balaam:

1) Nico comes from the Greek verb nicao which means to defeat and overcome the enemy.

2) Laitans comes from the Greek laos which means people or crowd.

 

Nicolaitans or the disciples of Nicolas (Saint Nicolaus today) are only one with the believers in Balaam since the meanings of both names are the same: The lord or winner over people and nations!

 

Maybe you will better understand why our Father and His Son are pressing us to flee out of the traditions of the world related to "Sint Nicolaus", like Christmas with its Sint Nicolaus whose origin comes from the Scandinavian countries and has nothing to do with our Saviour.

Nicolaus and Balaam have one single meaning: The ones who defeated, weakened the nations of this world like Satan did (Isaiah 14: 12):

 

"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!"

 

It is thus not astonishing that Yahveh forced Satan to impose his mark to his disciples.

I would like now to make here a remark for all the Nicolaus on earth: Don't ne worried by what you have just read! Don't change your name that was given as it would be an action of superstition. What is aimed by what was written earlier about Nicolaus, is the philosophy behind a religion such as the one of Balaam alias Nicolaitans. A person being called Nicolaus seeking to live according to the Word of God must feel trustful in his spiritual being and must walk with faith towards safety. At the end, it would be a victory for Elohim to have many good Nicolaus among His sons. To reassure you on this subject, everybody should also know that the Bible teaches us that we all are sinners, some conscious, some unconscious about their sins. Being sinners according to the Bible means also to have unfortunately contributed like the Jews and the Romans, consciously or not to the sacrifice of Jesus-Christ. We are all in the same "chit"! This situation is much less enviable with respect to the one who would bear the name of Nicolaus, Christmas or Judas. We all are on the same boat and we all want to reach safely the good port whatever the name that was given to us at our birth.

 

But let us come back to the name that exceeds all the names, an exceptional name, that of our Creator:

 

"16Do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. "

(Ephesians 1: 16-21)

 

And His name in whatever language you will pronounced, Hebrew, English, French or German, will always refer to the same Majesty, our Father the Creator of all that exist under our sky and in the skies.

As we read about the same meaning Balaam and Nicolaus have, we must understand that it is not the language which counts but the meaning of the name!

Jesus is giving us another well known proof for this: Peter's name in Aramic and in Greek: Cephas and Petros that both mean a stone.

 

So if Elohim asks us to not take His name in vain, it is because of the attributes, the great prestige and the glory that are associated with it. Besides Yaveh warns the people of Israel during their travel across the the desert of Sinai:

 

" 20 Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him."

(Exodus 23: 20-21)

 

The Angel does not have like Christ the power to forgive sins and consequently the one, who would take Yahveh's name in vain is threatened with death. But in spite of this solemn warning, the people of Israel on several occasions have scorned the presence of Yahveh's name in the Angel and the cost was always very expensive as we will read it in two following examples:

 

1. " 1 Now when the people complained, it displeased Yahveh; for the Yahveh heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Yahveh burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. 2Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to Yahveh, the fire was quenched. 3So he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of Yahveh had burned among them."

(Numbers 11: 1-3)

 

2. Let us take now the famous example of the return of the twelve spies that visited the Promised Land. By their attitude they dared to scorn the Yahvhe's name carried by the Angel:

" 36Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land, 37those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before Yahveh. 38But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land.." (Numbers 14: 36-38)

 

On the other hand, there are also the extraordinary promises for those who will honour and pay respect to the Yahveh's name carried by this Angel:

 

" 22But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. 23For My Angel will go before you and bring you in to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off. 24You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars.
25"So you shall serve Yahveh your Elohim, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. 26No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
27"I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you. 29I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 30Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land.
" (Exodus 23: 22-30)

 

Having read and meditated these words of our Father, you understand that the Believer who walks with Him does not need any insurance since His Fahter is his support and his living insurance!.

 

To follow, please find some of the good qualtities you can find in Yahveh's name:

        He is the One who provides for the sacrifice:

 

" 13Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14And Abraham called the name of the place, Yahveh-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of Yahveh it shall be provided." (Genesis 22: 13-14)

 

And this name is indeed very true if you realize that Jesus-Christ was offered in our place!

 

        Elohim cures also all diseases like written in Exodus 15: 26:

 

"26and He (Yahveh) said, "If you diligently heed the voice of Yahveh your Elohim and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am Yahveh who heals you."

 

        Yahveh is also called my Banner (Nissi) as we can read in Exodus 17: 13-16:

 

"13So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14Then Yahveh said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." 15And Moses built an altar and called its name,

Yahveh-Is-My-Banner;

16for he said, "Because Yahveh has sworn: Yahveh will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."

 

If Yahveh is my banner, it means that I will always be able to find in case I need His protection against enemies.

 

        One of the most beautiful attributes given by man to Yahveh is certainly that of Yahveh of peace:

 

"22Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of Yahveh. So Gideon said, "Alas, O Lord Yahveh! For I have seen the Angel of Yahveh face to face."
23Then Yahveh said to him, "Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die." 24So Gideon built an altar there to Yahveh, and called it Yahveh-Is-Peace (Shalom). To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites."
(Judges 6: 22-24)

 

And if we understand that Yahveh does not change, we will discover that He is still Yahveh of Peace today! To be convinced, let us read the prophecy of Paul in his epistle to the Romans 16: 20:

 

"20And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
"

 

        Finally Yahveh is also our righteousness according to Jeremiah, chapter 23: 5-8:

 

"5 "Behold, the days are coming," says Yahveh,
        "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
        A King shall reign and prosper,
        And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
        6In His days
Judah will be saved,
        And
Israel will dwell safely;
        Now this is His name by which He will be called:


        YAHVEH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.


7"Therefore, behold, the days are coming," says Yahveh, "that they shall no longer say, "As Yahveh lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,' 8but, "As Yahveh lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.' And they shall dwell in their own land."

 

Here are many titles and qualities to know and remember when we pray Yahveh: all these names belong to the glory of the Father and consequently the glory of Jesus- Christ too:

 

"10And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them." (John 17: 10)

 

How not to take

the name of Yahveh in vain?

 

If you believe that you to take the name of Yahveh in vain simply when you are swearing, you are completely wrong and few coming examples will show you why. Indeed "to take the name of Yahveh in vain" means much more than that!

For instance, if you accept to be member of the Assembly of our Creator, and if your behaviour is improper, then you are transgressing the third commandment! Indeed, to bear the name of member of the Church of our Father and His Son is a signal announcing to the world which surrounds you that you are living according to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of our Creator. The Christian who bears on himself His name should keep His words:

 

" 6 "I (note: Jesus speaks) have manifested Your name (note: of His Father) to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
9"I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled."

 

(John 17: 6-12)

 

If our behaviour as believers does not fit to the name of members of the Assembly of our Father and His Son, Jesus-Christ, WE ARE TAKING THE NAME OF YAHVEH ELOHIM IN VAIN and He will not leave unpunished such a sin! To be more convinced about this, please read what was the end of the Kingdom of Israel because they were wrongfully bearing the name of Yahveh:

 

"16 Moreover the word of Yahveh came to me, saying: 17"Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. 18Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. 19So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. 20When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name --when they said of them, "These are the people of Yahveh, and yet they have gone out of His land.' 21But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22"Therefore say to the house of
Israel, "Thus says the Lord Yahveh: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am Yahveh," says the Lord Yahveh, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes." (Ezechiel 36: 16-23)

 

A second way to desecrate the name of Yahveh consists in praying Him without making His will as it is revealed in the Bible. Indeed, when we pray Yahveh, we call Him by His name. Moreover all the prayers of the believers are made in the name of Jesus-Christ. But if our prayers are not accompanied by our will to obey the law of Yahveh, we take these names in vain! Let us read on this subject in Proverbs 28: 9:

 

"One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination."

 

A third way of taking the name of Yahveh in vain would be to teach like the pharisees or the doctors of the law, i.e. not practice our teaching and consequently act like a hypocrite. Such people would be at the origin of a mutliple transgressions of the third commandment: once for themselves and many times for those who see their deees and are enclined to imitate them. Let us read how Paul writes about this kind of "teachers" in his epistle to the Romans, chapter 2, verses 17 to 29:

 

"17 Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God, 18and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. 21You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22You who say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," as it is written.


Circumcision of No Avail
25 For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? 28For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God."

 

Our Father is very clear in His teaching transmitted by the writings of Paul!

 

A last way of taking the name of Yahveh in vain is the one followed by the false prophet. Indeed, he usurps the name of our Creator in order to spread teachings that were never given to him by the Lord! Often the false prophet is motivated by pride to become the leader of his people. This pride is often combined with the lure of profit. Please read how Yahveh speaks about these prophets in Deuteronomy, chapter 18, verses 20 to 22:

 

"20But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.' 21And if you say in your heart, "How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?'-- 22when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."

 

God gives you here the key to recognize if a prophet speaks on behalf of God or not: if his words are carried out, he speaks in the name of the Lord, if not, he is lying and usurping his position; one should not be afraid of him.

 

The third commandment also orders us to use the name of Yahveh!

 

The third commandment, as opposed to what teach most of the existing sects of the judaism, encourages us to use and pronounce the name of our Lord. The religious authorities of the Jew became so restrictive as for the pronunciation and the use of the name of Yahveh that they claim to have forgotten the pronunciation of this beautiful and prestigious name. Thus our Lord's name is only known by a tetragram often translated as Jehovah or Yahveh. The Jews will replace the name of Yahveh by the NAME (Hachem)! However the bible is full with examples where the use of the name of our Lord is useful and often vital.

Let us read the spectacular event in the life of David when he was about to fight against Goliath; this account is taken out of I Samuel 17, verses 45 to 46 and 49 to 50:

 

"45Then David said to the Philistine (note: Goliath), "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of Yahveh of hosts, of Elohim of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This day Yahveh will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel 49Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David."

 

This shows us that a good and respectful use of the name of our Creator is a priceless source of power.

It is thus necessary to learn how to do this while having always in mind the third commandment.

Let us also read about the important value of the name of Yahveh in psalm 44, verses 4 to 8:

 

" 4You are my King, O Elohim;
        Command victories for Jacob. 5Through You we will push down our
enemies;
        Through Your name we will trample
those who rise up against us.

        6For I will not trust in my bow,
        Nor shall my sword save me.
        7But You have saved us from our enemies,
        And have put to shame those who hated us.
        8In Elohim we boast all day long,
        And praise Your name forever.Selah"

 

How could we praise and celebrate the name of our Lord if we cannot even pronounce it and if we are unaware of its meaning? The name of our Lord is vital and if we are not able to promounce it in certain circumstances, we are likely to lose our only help:

 

1 "If it had not been Yahveh who was on our side,"
        Let Israel now say--
        2"If it had not been Yahveh who was on our side,
        When men rose up against us,
        3Then they would have swallowed us alive,
        When their wrath was kindled against us;
        4Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
        The stream would have gone over our soul;
        5Then the swollen waters
        Would have gone over our soul."


        6Blessed be Yahveh,
        Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
        7Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
        The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
        8Our help is in the name of Yahveh,
        Who made heaven and earth.
" (Psalm 124)

 

Very soon we will be offered the dramatic choice between two names, the name of Yahveh or the name of the beast !

 

Prophecy reveals that we must pay a great attention to the names and their meanings. Soon we will have to choose between two names:

 

*    On one side, the name of the beast rising up out of the sea and that is described in the Revelation of John. The beast, the false prophet and their government will try to force you to wear that name and this will occur in the very near future.

*    On the other side, the name of our Creator who will be offered to you and if you are patient enough, it will become your future surname! Some among us will have the privilege to be marked of it by Christ himself.

 

We will have the choice between the mark of the beast or that of Christ! Let us read in the book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 16 to 18 where we will discover the circumstances around the apparition of the one who is called the beast:

 

"16He (note: the beast rising up out of the earth) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (note: new religious rules will be imposed to get license to do business).
18Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
"

 

What you have just read must convince you of the importance that our Father gives to all the names which are under the skies. If we pay attention to the writings of the prophets, among others, Daniel and John, we will understand that the last empire that has ruled worlwide was the Roman Empire. We will also understand that this Empire will come back and go to its final end.

 

But where there is no empire without an emperor, in this case, the beast whose name makes 666!

 

The man who will exert this misfotunate function already exists today, he is a person like you and me. The Lord gives us a key to discover him in time and to recognize him in his actions: in particular that to let himself be worshipped whereas he is only a false god. We read earlier in the book of Deuteronomy, believers should not fear such a man nor his name!

But it is important to take into account the valuable information which is given in the book of Revelation about the number of the name of the beast and to be able to count it. But how to do?

First of all, we should know that at the time of John and also at time of the Hebrew, men did not use the Arab numbers as we use today. Indeed, the letters of the alphabet were also used to count. This method is by the way still in use by the Jewish people in Israel where the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are also numbers as in biblical times. But the texts of the New Testament were written under the inspiration of the Lord in Greek language, widely used by all the nations of that time.

This is the reason why our Father is introducing himself in the book of the Revelation as the Alpha and Ôméga, the first and the last letter of the Greek alphabet! He did not say Aleph and Tav which are the first and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. No he used the Greek language. The reason of this choice is well explained by Paul in his epistle to the Romans: our Lord wishes to use elected people in the pagan world to excite the jealousy of his beloved people of Israel in order to restore them in their original position before they rejected Yahveh.

But let us come back to our Greek alphabet, the British encyclopaedia describes us the values attributed to each one of its letters as shown in the table below.

Thanks to this table, you are able to count the number of the names; here as an example, the name Alexandre as in Alexandre the Great would give:

A=alpha=1 + L=lamda=30 + E=epsilon=5 + X=xi=60 + A=alpha=1 + N=nu=50 + D=delta=4 + R=rhô=100 + E=epsilon=5.

The total is 1+30+5+60+1+50+4+100+5=256.

President Chirac as well as former Prime Minister Jospin should not fear about their future as you can find that their numbers are respectively 731 and 416 (by taking the iot like J).

 

But the name of a man who is among us today fits with 666 and it is our duty as believers to use wisdom and to show intelligence to discover his name and act consequently! With a little effort, you can discover this name, this man is already known in his country but mostly unknown abroad.

 

Greek letter

Pronunciation

Today's equivalent

Number

 

 

 

 

α

alpha

A

1

β

beta

B

2

γ

gamma

G

3

δ

delta

D

4

ε

epsilon

E

5

ζ

zeta

Z

7*

η

heta

8

θ

theta

Thé

9

ι

iota

I

10

κ

kappa

c or k

20

λ

lambda

L

30

μ

mu

M

40

ν

nu

N

50

ξ

xi

X

60

ο

omicron

O

70

π

pi

P

80

ρ

rho

r or better rh

100**

σ

sigma

S

200

τ

tau

T

300

υ

upsilon

u or hy

400

Φ

phi

F , Ph ou pf***

500

Χ

chi

Chi

600

Ψ

psi

Psi

700

Ω

ôméga

Ô

800

* 6 is symbolyzed by an unused letter iot

** 90 is symbolized by another unused letter

*** pf in German as in Pferde (horse), Pfeffer (pepper) or also in Kopf (head).

 

 

The beast should appear today as a respectable man who has conducted a successful political career. To shed some more light on him, I suggest you to try to discover his nation and his future plan in Isaiah 10: 12-26 and his end in Isaiah 30: 27-33, an end that is confirmed by Revelation 19: 19-20. His country is still existing today but under a group of other names.

 

 

Once again, have in mind that a believer should not fear the name and number of the beast. But a believer must be careful and act with a lot of prudence. Never forget that Daniel was one of the most faithful servants of the kings of Babel to whom he wished the best! It must be the same with the believers who must act with a lot of respect for all the authorities that the Lord appointed on earth till the return of his Son Jesus-Christ. Meanwhile, the believers must also pay respect to this other name which is above all that is nommable: this name about which we spoke throughout this meditation about the third commandment. This name should not be used in vain.

On the contrary of the name of the beast which will be destroyed soon and be forgotten, the name of our Lord is a name for ever and some among us, who will persevere till the end, have the promise to wear it:

 

"12He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name."

(Revelation 3: 12)

 

A name to pronounce, a name to love and a name which protects and saves!

 

"1 May Yahveh answer you in the day of trouble;
        May the name of Elohim of Jacob defend you;
        2May He send you help from the sanctuary,
        And strengthen you out of Zion;
        3May He remember all your offerings,
        And accept your burnt sacrifice.Selah
        4May He grant you according to your heart's desire,
        And fulfill all your purpose.
        5We will rejoice in your salvation,
        And in the name of our Elohim we will set up our banners!
        May Yahveh fulfill all your petitions.
        6Now I know that Yahveh saves His anointed;
        He will answer him from His holy heaven
        With the saving strength of His right hand.
        7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
        But we will remember the name of Yahveh our Elohim.
        8They have bowed down and fallen;
        But we have risen and stand upright.
        9Save, Yahveh!
        May the King answer us when we call.
"

 

(Psalm 20)

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