The truth of who Jesus is, was, and forever will be, is found in His name. Jesus’ Hebrew name—YAHWEH of the Old Testament—is Yeshua of the New Testament. Yeshua is composed of the same four letters—YHVH. God does nothing by accident. The name Jesus is the English translation for Yeshua.
Ancient rabbis used to say that when the Lord reigns on earth, He will be known by his one name, YHVH, or Yeshua (see Zechariah 14:9). Jesus was a popular name in his day, but Jesus the Christ is the only one who fulfilled the meaning of YHVH—Y as humility; H as Almighty God; V as redemption; and H as springs of water.
“God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him . . . .” (Col. 1:19). Revelation 19:13 shows Jesus on the white horse dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name as the Word of God. “And His eyes are a flame of fire . . . .” (Rev. 19:12 NASB).
“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16).
Yeshua Jesus is the exact representation of Jehovah/Yahweh/LORD
Yeshua Jesus is El Roi—who sees you and me, the only One who is Love
Yeshua Jesus is Elohim—GOD the Holy Spirit the third person of the Trinity
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Tsidkenu—whose blood redeemed me from the grave, death and hell
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Shalom—the only Peace we will ever find
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Rohi—the only One who gives trustworthy guidance
Yeshua Jesus is El Shaddai—the only One who can bless, provide and protect
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Jireh—the only One who can deliver through the fire
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Rapha—the only One who can heal spirit, soul and body
Yeshua Jesus is El Elyon—the only One who has been there all the time
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Sabaoth—our friend, bridegroom and lover of my soul
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Shammah—my marriage partner for all eternity
Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah, also known as Yahweh––the fire in my life
Jesus is Jehovah—the great I AM who is our very being, our High Priest leading the way to our heavenly Promised Land.
After Judas betrayed Jesus, he and the Pharisees went to get Him. Jesus, knowing all that would befall Him, asked them whom they sought. They told Him they wanted “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.”
Just as Jesus said, “I AM,” the men drew back and fell to the ground (see John 18:6).
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:3 emphasis mine), and He lives within us by His Spirit, and He has given us His name to use.
Is Jesus God? He is the exact representation of His very being and the Holy Spirit who resides within us. No wonder Paul prayed we may be able to comprehend these truths:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. —Ephesians 1:17-19
Jehovah, Yahweh and LORD are interchangeable. The first time Jehovah [YAHweh in Hebrew] appears in Scripture is Exodus 3:14-15:
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, 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, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”—Exodus 3:14-15
In the same chapter, Moses had already turned aside to see why the bush was burning and not consumed. When God noticed Moses watching His presence as a blazing fire in the bush, God revealed His heart—to deliver His people from the power of the Egyptians. He told Moses, “I want to use you to do it.”
Moses resisted at first and finally said, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exod. 3:13).
In other words, Moses knew that just saying “God [Elohim]” sent him was not enough, or that saying the “Lord” sent him was not enough. All nations had elohim (gods) whom they worshiped. All had adonai (lords) whom they called their masters. Sarah spoke of Abraham as her lord; Ruth spoke of Boaz as her lord. So, Moses was asking his Elohim, his Creator, what His own unique name was.
God told him,“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exod. 3:14). The word AM comes from the Hebrew word Hâyâh. “This major Hebrew verb means to exist, to be . . . . The key to the meaning of Jehovah/Yahweh is undoubtedly found in this verb . . . Perhaps ‘I am that I am’ should be translated ‘I am He who is,’ or ‘I am He who exists.’”
These words, I AM, are also seen in the original Hebrew as YHVH. These four letters called the Tetragammaton (Greek for ‘four letters’) are unique to Him alone. Only the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob received the name YHVH for their God. He alone was their Elohim. He alone was their LORD. Any time LORD, or GOD are seen in all caps, this is His name—YHVH.
Israel My Glory is a magazine put out by the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. and a great resource on Israel and the Jewish people. Thomas Simcox writes, “A possible explanation for the composition of the name Jehovah from the Hebrew might be yehi—he will be; hovi—being; hah yah—he was. Jehovah might also be understood as an acronym using parts of the same Hebrew words, making Ye-hov-ah, a name that states, ‘I will be (future) because I am (present), because I was (past).’
“YHVH not only contains the aspects of past, present and future but also declares that God exists in the eternal present because all three aspects are the same to Him. He is, and He is eternality itself. Thus He was telling Moses in Exodus 13:15, ‘I will be what it shall be. Whatever happens, I am it. I am your past, I am your present, I am your future.’”
WHY IS JEHOVAH SO HOLY A NAME?
Before the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem in 586 B.C., the name signified by YHVH was pronounced regularly with its own vowels, but the Hebrew language was lost and today no one knows what they were or exactly how the name was said. “Because it was considered too holy to utter, down through the ages YHVH was vowel-pointed with the vowels of Adonai. Today almost all Jewish people automatically say ‘Adonai’ whenever they see this name in the Sidur (Jewish prayer book) or Scriptures. Some will simply say ‘Ha-Shem,’ which means ‘the name.’”
His very own personal name—Jehovah! A Hebrew may say “my Elohim,” or “my Adonai,” but never “my Jehovah.” Jehovah is His name. No one would ever say, “God is my Jehovah.” God is Jehovah—His most sacred name, for He is LORD.
“God spoke further to Moses and said to him, ‘I am the LORD; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty [El Shaddai], but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them” (Exod. 6:2-3 NASB). By His name Jehovah He was never known.
In other words, God changed His own name, just as He changed Abram’s name to Abraham. He is revealing it now because He is getting ready to do amazing things as He takes them into the Promised Land—for them to be His people and Him to be their God. He revealed His personal, intimate name because He desired a personal, intimate relationship with each one of them.
Of all the names we have studied thus far, each one spoke of what God will do for us, but Jehovah, YHVH, is His essence of being—so holy a name.
GOD is, thus, He is not interested in what we can do for Him, but that we understand who He is so we can understand who we are and what He can do in our lives.
 Spiros Zodiates, Th.D., Executive Editor, The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, (AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 1990). p. 1721.
 Thomas Simcox,, “I Am That I Am,” Israel My Glory, Volume 61, Number 4, (July/August 2003), p. 15.
Bounding up the stairs and exploding into our bedroom, our third son and youngest child, seventeen-year-old Hank, blurted, “Mom, it’s time you and I had a bonding time together. Dad is gone and it’s just you and me. You have to come out to the lake road and see the big fire!”
Already dressed for bed, I absolutely had no interest in going to see a fire, but Hank’s insistence made me take notice. He literally took my robe from the closet and put it on me. I thought, this will be an opportunity to look at the lake. So, I sneaked out of the house at 9:00 p.m.—in my robe.
Hank drove all the way to the lake. Saw no fire. Looked at the lake. Didn’t say much. On the way home, I said, “You know Hank, if there were a fire, don’t you think we would have seen it by now?”
“Yes Mom” he said, “But, as I was driving home, between the lake and the turn off on Horton Street, I looked out my rear view mirror, and there was this huge fire, and smoke billowing from the top.” He kept repeating how there was smoke “billowing” from the top.
When we got home, I walked Hank over to where my journal was lying open to what I had written that morning:
03/03/03, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud…” (Exodus 19:9, NIV). Our ladies group has been praying Psalm 91:1, “We dwell in the secret place of the Most High and shall remain stable and fixed under the ‘shadow’ of the Almighty (Amplified Bible says, “Whose power no foe can withstand”). In other words, the shadow of the Almighty is from the cloud that is God himself.
Together, Hank and I read further in my Bible, Exodus, chapter 19, verses 16-19:
On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thickcloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him).
At a loss for words, I reminded Hank of Moses when he saw the burning bush and said, “If it ever happens again, stop, turn aside like Moses did and ask God what he is saying to you.” Without a word, Hank shook his head in agreement, and our bonding time was over.
At the time, I knew the date was 03-03-03, but the significance of it all had not yet settled into my thinking until I studied in more depth: ‘The Name’ Jehovah.
Fire is significant because of its association with the LORD
LORD in all caps in the English Bible means Jehovah. There are 417 occurrences where the LORD and fire are associated together in Scripture. God used fire to represent His presence in a visible way and to signify His glory and awesomeness. He was visible to the children of Israel in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night as He led them in the wilderness; it never left.
“In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt, on the very day, they came to the Desert of Sinai” (Exod. 19:1). On the third day, Moses was to have the people standing at the foot of the mountain while He, Jehovah, descended upon it in fire.
This was a most solemn occasion because the people had made a commitment to do all the LORD [Jehovah] would command them to do, and Jehovah was about to give them the Ten Commandments. It was out of the fire the LORD spoke to Moses. The LORD declares that His Word will be like fire (see Jer. 23:29).
Biblical fire, as its association with the LORD, is very significant in all of Scripture in about seven different ways which we will look at.
We have studied the names of God with Jehovah as part of His name, so it is time we look at this most awe-inspiring name itself, which is far beyond any we have yet explored or could ever study. We will examine why it is so holy a name and what the fire of His Name and presence in His Word can do in our lives.
WHAT IS BIBLICAL FIRE AND HOW IS IT USED IN SCRIPTURE?
Fire symbolizes God’s presence
When God made His covenant with Abram, He accepted his burnt offering by passing as a blazing torch between the pieces of offering—a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon (see Gen. 15:8 and 17). This covenant took place when the Sovereign LORD promised Abram a son as his heir in order to take possession of the land. God answered David with fire from heaven (see 1 Chron. 21:26); fire from heaven consumed the burnt offering of Solomon and glory filled the temple (see 2 Chron. 7:1). “The LORD your God is a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24 and Heb.12:29).
Fire symbolizes our sacrificial prayers before the throne of God
“The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma” (Gen. 8: 21) from the burnt offerings Noah offered after the flood waters receded and he and his family were on dry ground. The Israelites burned incense to the LORD. It was made from a special recipe, was holy and never to be used for personal purposes. Anyone who did was to be cut off from his people. It was reserved for the LORD alone. The book of Revelation reveals smoke of the incense with prayers from the saints coming before God (see Rev. 8:4).
Fire symbolizes the refining and purification of God’s people
We have seen how Jehovah-Jireh is our teacher through many trials and testings, and that without being forced to stretch and grow, we will not. “He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates and pays attention to it].When he has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous]” (Job 23:10 Amplified). Job tells the result of his trials, “My foot has held fast to His steps, His ways have I kept and not turned aside. I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasure up the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:11-12 Amplified). Job ate the fire of Jehovah’s Words. (See also Rev. 3:20 and 10:10).
Fire can be judgment from the LORD
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by the LORD when he rained upon them with fire and brimstone from heaven. Fire consumed Ar of Moab (see Num. 21:28); fire devoured 250 men at the rebellion of Korah and his followers (see Num. 26:10). “Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the LORD with unauthorized fire” (Num. 26:61). To people who choose their own way as best, “his fury will be shown to his foes, See the LORD is coming with fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind; he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For with fire and with his sword the LORD will execute judgment upon all men, and many will be those slain by the LORD (Isa. 66:15-16).
Fire literally is hell
Fire burns to the realms of death below (see Deut. 32:22). The words hell and fire are found together eight times in the King James Bible. We are told it would be better that our offensive hand, foot, eye or tongue be cut off rather than our whole body be cast into hell fire. Satan’s final doom will be torment forever, day and night, in the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet will also be thrown (see Rev. 20:10). And, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).
Fire is the symbol of the Holy Spirit
John the Baptist, who prepared the hearts of the people to repent of their sins to be ready to receive Jesus when He arrived, said, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Matt. 3:11). On the day of Pentecost, after Jesus ascended into heaven, and His disciples were praying all together in one place, “Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2:2-4).
Fire and blood are signs of end times
Fire and blood are some of the literal judgments during the Great Tribulation (see Rev. 8:7-8). But among the Church on earth before the Rapture, they are signs. After the Holy Spirit descended over two-thousand years ago upon the disciples of Jesus, Peter addressed the crowd who witnessed the enabling fire on the disciples. His preaching, under the unction of the Holy Spirit, brought 3,000 people to the LORD. In Acts 2:17-21, He began by quoting the prophecy from Joel 2:28-32:
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.
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