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This is a response I received from Amazing Facts Ministries, Roseville California, Pastor Doug Batchelor, in reference to a question about the use of the Name given to our Savior at birth.
This ministry presents a lot of bible truth and understanding and I must admit my disappointment with the answer I received.
I am presenting his answer the email I sent to him concerning his understanding on this subject, and I have interjected “My Comments”. It is my hope anyone reading what is presented here will come to a better understanding on this crucial “key” to understanding your Bible.
It is obvious from the structure of the reply I received this is a form letter, or is pulled from a larger piece of material concerning this subject. This would indicate they, Amazing Facts ministries, have received other requests and questions concerning this vital subject. It is highly likely this reply has been pulled from a sermon Doug gave at one time.
THE NAME OF GOD
By Doug Batchelor
An Amazing Fact:
A man stopped at the bar in the Los Angeles airport to “relax” for a few minutes before catching his plane. Then, realizing he had lost track of time, the man raced out of the bar and quickly asked directions for the departing gate to Oakland. After hurrying through a maze of terminals, he handed the flight attendant his ticket and scurried onto the plane just as it was about to depart. After storing his briefcase, the weary traveler slumped into his seat and drifted off to sleep. When he awoke two hours later and examined his watch, the man wondered why the one-hour flight was taking so long. To his horror, he discovered that instead of boarding the plane for Oakland, Calif., he was on his way to Auckland, New Zealand! Because someone had confused Auckland with Oakland, that man had to endure a 22-hour round-trip flight.
Humorous things have happened because someone mispronounced a name. I have a friend who was flying from Australia to the Dulles airport in Washington, D.C. However, he got confused and ended up in Dallas, Texas.
Most of us try to avoid this type of confusion, but others actually promote it! Perhaps you have heard of the “Lear Jet”? Well, the Lear family named their daughter Chanda Lear. Then I had a friend named Jerry Mellow who named his son Marshall. Can you imagine growing up with the name Marshall Mellow? I have jokingly told my sons that they need to marry a girl named Mary Ann, because then her name would be Mary A. Batchelor.
A Holy Name
While people’s names can be very funny or even fascinating, the holy name of God should never be taken irreverently. “Hallowed be thy name,” Jesus proclaimed in Matthew 6:9.
The Bible also teaches that the name of Jesus is to be respected far above every earthly name. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11.
My Comment: Doug fails to ask himself, and answer, a simple question, a question posed by myself, and others -- “Is Jesus the name of our Savior”? “What if it is not”? Doug uses scripture to demonstrate the importance of His, our Savior’s, Name but follows the pattern of the early translators accepting the Jesus without question. This Name is so important we should all be asking our Pastors why they reject our Savior’s Birth Name for a substitute – is the name Jesus really the name every Knee is to bow? Is Jesus the name by which we must be Saved?
Is it possible the translators got it wrong? You need to be asking your pastor, you minister, your priest, and don’t settle for a shrug of the shoulders, a wagging of the head, a patronizing pat on your pointed little head.
The name “Jesus” did not exist before the 16th century as a name. The Name given our Savior “at birth” had been presented to Mary and Joseph by and angel of the Lord (a messenger of God), they, Mary and Joseph, did not pick His Name, a Name to which “every knee will bow”, they named Him by a Name delivered to them from His Heavenly Father. The reason for this Name was also given, for “He shall Save His people” – this is the very definition of His birth Name, YaHshua – the very definition of His mission! How does the Name from His Father become, Jesus? The Name Jesus is not Hebrew, and it is not of the Aramaic language, and it is not Greek, and it is not Latin! Again, could the translators have gotten it wrong? It is a corruption of the Hebrew eventually becoming a comingling of Greek and Latin into a name not even close to His birth name. When the english trnalstors got hold of this name, twisting it from the grip of the Roman Church, they added their own variation on an already corrupted name and title. (go to, Jesus Is Not His Name)
Pastor Doug’s answer to these questions is a collection of pat answers developed over the years and accepted by many as “the answer”. I believe he believes what he says in response to the many questions about this subject. Let us then go on, with a critical eye, looking for the truth, and see what Pastor Doug, along with thousands of other pastors and other religious groups have agreed upon. Please, do not misunderstand my purpose here, it is not to denigrate Pastor Doug, this man has a lot to say and teaches a great deal of truth -- I appreciate his ministry and look forward to the day a Pastor such as Pastor Doug sees this vital truth and commites to the Holy Name of our Savior.
Israel had a great reverence for God’s name, perhaps because the Mosaic law taught that those who disrespected God’s name must pay the ultimate price (Leviticus 24:16). The name of God was so sacred to the ancient Jewish scribes that they used a special pen to write the name of God as they reproduced the Scriptures. Each time they came to the name of God, they would set down the regular pen and pick up a pen that was used only for writing God’s name. After saying a prayer, they would write God’s name with the designated pen and then resume their work.
My comment: There is no argument with this information I would like to add to it, however. The method of copying the Word of God to scrolls took many paths but all demonstrated a reverence with which the “people” of the Creator God treated and approached the Holy Identity their God in Scripture. When scribes (not priests) began to be used in copying, the scribe would stop when he came to the Name, a priest would then come to his workstation and pen in the Holy Name in the original “Hebrew” (lettering equivalent to the English letters,YHWH). There are several ancient manuscripts demonstrating this method. Even today there are a few English translations following this same practice of presenting the Holy Name in what is believed to be the original form as given to Moses.
(Isa 52:5) “And now, what have I here,” declares ????, “that My people are taken away for naught? Those who rule over them make them wail,” declares ????, “and My Name is despised all day continually. (Version; The scriptures 1998) (If you see ???? then you do not have the correct font to display, but the example is still valid as these modern trnalstors attempt to follow in the steps of the ancient scribes)
This example, however, is using modern Hebrew, but demonstrates the practice. From some of the ancient scrolls you can see the scribe’s printing then the Holy Name printed in different form and characters, usually the paleo, or ancient Hebrew. Here is a view of this practice continuing on into the New Testament
(Mat 1:21) “And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name ????? for He shall save1 His people from their sins.” Footnote: 1This is the precise meaning of the Heb_rew of His Name.
On the contrary, most of the secular world—and even many within the church—have no concept of how offensive it is to heaven when we employ the name of God carelessly. One author put it this way: “Angels are displeased and disgusted with the irreverent manner in which the name of God, the great Jehovah, is sometimes used in prayer. They mention that name with the greatest awe, even veiling their faces when they speak the name of God; the name of Christ also is sacred, and is spoken with the greatest reverence. And those who in their prayers use the name of God in a common and flippant manner, have no sense of the exalted character of God, of Christ, or of heavenly things.”1
My comment: I think we can see where this is going. Like the Jews we are to be cautious in the use and abuse of the Holy Name, I agree. What would be the next best thing?Perhaps we should not use it at all, to prevent any error, of course? This is what the Jews have done and this is what the Christian Church has been doing but more from a point of ignorance, I believe, and who is responsible for that? With many of the Israelites and Jews the Holy Name has been relegated to the closet of secret things, things not to be mentioned. The Israelites had been entrusted with declaring YHWH (YahWeH) as their god and to make His Name great among the nations, but instead they ‘profaned’ it where ever they went. Let us reason – if the Jews have been protecting His Holy Name, by not using it, not preaching it, not proclaiming it, then how is it they are profaning His Name? Simple, by not using it, caught up in their own righteousness they make the Holy Name of their God useless and this is a type of profaning of the worst kind – neither hot, nor cold – and this is why the Creator God Himself will magnify His Holy Identity among the nations Himself. (Read Ezekiel 36:20-23 – Strong’s Hebrew dictionary #2490 “…to wound, to dissolve”)
A simple point of reason: If you have a solid gold coin and you hide it somewhere and you never use it, nor do you plan using it, of what value is the gold coin if no one finds it?
The subject of God’s name remains one of the most confusing and disputed issues in Christianity. This is partly because God has many names in Scripture. Each serves as an important key in disclosing His doctrine, character, power, holiness, and desired relationship with His people.
Examples of the names of God (as they appear in the original text) include:
• El-Shaddai (Genesis 17:1-2), which means “the Almighty God.”
• El-Elyon (Numbers 24:16), which means “the Most High God” or “the Exalted One”
• El-Olam (Psalm 90:2), which means “God of eternity” or “God, the Everlasting One”
• El-Berith (2 Chronicles 34:32), which means “God of the covenant”
• El-Roi (Genesis 16:13), which means “God who sees me” or “God of vision”
• Elohim, a plural form for deity, is used in Genesis 1:26 where the Bible says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image.” This name is frequently used to support the truth of the trinity.
My Comments: This is an often used line of thinking – He has many names, lots of Names, so we don’t need to put any emphasis on one particular Name, right? First, let’s make it plain the name “el” is not a name but a title or position and is used just as the term “god” found among English speaking people. My “El” is Yahshua, or, my “God’ is Yahshua, not tell me what is the Name of your god? El-Elyon, means, “most High god”, or, “most High el”. My God is Most High! While the term God and Lord has been used as replacement names, when actually they are names but titles, titles that can be associated with a name. In your Bible we find this example making this truth plain:
(1Co 8:5-6) For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Yahshua the Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (KJV, Holy Name restored)
This error keeps truth seekers from seeing clearly, but this will not continue, as we approach the return of our Savior we will see His Holy Name become more and more visible. Our Messiah (another title, like the title “Christ”), Yahshua said, “many would come in My Name and deceive many” (Matthew 24:5) – this happened in the first century of the Church and it is going to happen again, but first there must be some sort of restoration of the Holy Identity of our Savior – and we are seeing this today, even though is still rejected by many.
Jesus also has many names in the Scriptures. I’ve listed just a few of them below:
Son of Man Son of God Son of Righteousness
The Branch The Vine The Root of David
The Door The Way The Living Water
The Life The Bread The Lamb of God
The Truth The Word The Faithful Witness
The “I AM” The Amen The First and Last
Alpha & Omega King of KingsGood Shepherd
In addition, Isaiah 9:6 says of the Messiah, “And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
My Comment: These are all titles that belong to Yahshua. Listen, my name is Dan, and it is said that I tell the truth, so my name must be Truth? I am sure you can see through this kind of reasoning, my name is not truth but it may be a characteristic I am know for, but I am not the only person telling the Truth, right. I am sure you get the point.
Notice I have highlighted “I am” in the above paragraph to illustrate a point concerning the understanding, or lack thereof, when it comes to saying YaHshua associates this to Himself as the great I AM. This is a name found in Exodus 3:14 where we read the famous statement, I AM that I AM. First, Moses needs to tell the Israelites about the God he is going to tell them about. The children of Israel were familiar with several god, gods of the Egyptians, so it would be natural they would ask such a question. Moses is to tell them that IAM (notice, I do not put a space after the letter “I”, this truly makes this a name) has sent him. Guess what? The Israelites had heard of this God, as had the Egyptians. This form of this name is take from the Greek Septuagint not the Hebrew. In Hebrew this would be YAM, and YAM is the God of the Surf of the Great waters, He is the God of the Flood – this God the world was familiar with and did not like fro having destroyed the world by water. One other interesting note: the Red Sea, through which the children of Israel were delivered, is know as Yam Surf (Ex 15:4, NIV note “Hebrew Yam Suph, that is sea of reeds, also verse 22”) Moses led the Children of Israel across YAM Suph (Surf), not the Sea of Reeds. This is where the confusion enters, the failure of Biblical scholars to accept the reality of the Red Sea crossing then reading “Yam Suph” to mean sea of Reeds.
When the Great YAM (not I AM or I am, but IAM = YAM) spoke with Moses He immediately gave Moses His personal Name, not a Name of explanation but a personal Name, YHWH, Exodus 3:14-15.
More confusion reigns when the term “I am” is defined by the modern understanding of what “I am” means, failing to realize there was once a god of ancient times known as YAM, not “I am”. When this is understood the message given to Moses makes a lot more sense. It is really simple, replace the Greek “I” with the Hebrew “Y” and it becomes immediately clear – no one argues the Old Testament was inspired in Greek – that honor is reserved for the New Testament, or is it an honor?
Concerning Isaiah 9:6 we are told “His Name will be called Wonderful – Counselor – The Mighty God”. This is true, but confusing – His name is “wonderful” but His Name is not Wonderful. This verse is not saying His personal Name is to be known as Wonderful, no, it is saying His Name IS wonderful – His Name, YaHshua, is wonderful, a name to be counseled in, a Name belonging to the Mighty God! I am telling you the name of our Creator is wonderful, do you see? It is assumed, by some, for the purpose of diminishing our Creator’s Name, all you have to do is “capitalize” the first letter of a word and it becomes a Name. I capitalize the first letter to the word “name” as a matter of emphasis, to let the reader know I pay honor to the Holy Identity of our Savior and our Heavenly Father, setting these terms apart in reference to them, but this is never understood by anyone that I am saying “Name” is His “Name”, anymore than the translators intended you take the term “wonderful” as a name. On the other hand, maybe they did, but in this the error is seen. Certainly, our Savior’s Name is a wonderful Name, a Name in which we can be, and should be, counseled, a Name belonging to the Mighty God. “A Name by which we MUST be saved” (Acts 4”12), and “…that at the Name YaHshua every knee shall bow…” (Phil 2:9-11) (KJV - His birth Name restored)
What Is the “Correct” Name of God?
On our weekly Bible Answers Live radio program, an increasing number of people are calling with a burden regarding the correct pronunciation of God’s name.
The word so often translated “LORD” in the Scriptures is a biblical enigma. Nobody seems exactly sure how to pronounce that word. It is a combination of four Hebrew consonants, YHWH, which is known as the Tetragrammaton. YHWH, meaning “self-existent or eternal one,” is God’s most common Hebrew name and is found more than 6,000 times in the Old Testament. Reverence for the divine name led to the practice of avoiding its use lest one should break the third commandment (Exodus 20:7). In time it was thought that the divine name was too holy to pronounce at all. Thus the practice arose of using the word “Adonai,” which means “Lord.” Many translations of the Bible followed this practice. In most English translations, YHWH is substituted with the word “LORD” in capital letters.
Over the course of centuries, the correct pronunciation of YHWH was lost. Jewish scholars in the Middle Ages developed a system of symbols placed beneath and beside the consonants to indicate the missing vowels. YHWH appeared with the vowels from “Adonai” to remind them to say “Adonai” when reading the text aloud. A Latinized form was pronounced “Jehovah,” but it was actually not a real word at all. Most scholars today believe that YHWH was probably pronounced Yahweh.2
My Comment: Basically what Pastor Doug says here is correct, except for one, well, maybe two things. First, the pronunciation has not been lost and it can be easily demonstrated. The Name YHWH is called the Tetragrammaton, heaven forbid the scholars should call YHWH a Name, but look, try to pronounce these four letters, can you? Certainly, you can, these letters represent the Hebrew characters and together give you the Creator’s Name. Some add the vowels “a” and “e” to aid in the pronunciation and this is how you get, YaHWeH (Yahweh) – simple. It has been admitted by Jewish scholars that the Name has never been lost in translation, after all, they would have failed miserably in their job to preserved the backbone of the Holy Book had they lost the Name of their God, presented nearly 7,000 (6,800 ?) times in their Holy Book. They chose not to use it, openly, for fear the Gentile and even their own people, will abuse it, so they tuck it away to be pronounced only by the High Priest, or priests, during certain Holy Day Festivals. It has never been lost, only ignored. This reasoning, however, is an easy out for Christian priests, pastors, and other teachers and once this false premise is accepted there is no need for further study, the error is complete. The Christian translators follow the tradition of Jewish scribes in substituting a title, or term, in place of His Holy Name – the Jews use the term “adonai” (Webster’s: Hebrew- adonay – used in place of YHWH as a name of the god of the Hebrews during prayer and recitation.), while the Christians used the term “LORD” (Webster’s: Lord – one having power and authority of others -- used informally in place of a full title – obsolete: Male head of a family). You see, it is not so hard to turn up some truth – you don’t have to be a scholar, as the world measures scholars, to see the simple truth and to prove it. Certainly there are deeper studies, outside of Webster’s Dictionary, but I think I have made my point. Titles can refer to a name but titles are not names. My Lord is Yahshua and YaHshua is Lord of all.
One problem is that most of us speak English, not Hebrew. Furthermore, we’re not sure what language we will speak in heaven. Therefore, it is certainly not a sin to say these divine names in your own native tongue.
Does the Lord say: “Let me see if you can say My name correctly. No, I’m not going to answer that prayer because you didn’t say it right. You have a thick American accent!”?
Of course not. Earthly parents don’t become angry when their toddler says “Dada” instead of “Father.” A good father is excited that his child is starting to recognize him. Likewise, our Heavenly Father is primarily concerned with whether or not we know Him, not with the pronunciation of His name!
My Comment: Pastor Doug makes an excellent observation here, but really misses the mark. We begin as child like children of God, first we crawl, then we walk, we drink milk but later we move on to stronger meat (Heb 5:12-14). We are not to remain babies we are expected to grow. When new knowledge is given and a better understanding is revealed to us do we crawl right on by or do we get up and walk? Pastor Doug’s reasoning would have us stay on the floor burbling our words no one can understand. Certain our Heavenly Father will understand but sooner or later you will have to distinguish you Father from the other fathers in the world – you will have to able to say who your god is, for there are many gods and many lords, and many fathers. Isn’t the Pope in Rome called the “Most Holy Father”? Aren’t certain priest called “Father”? Perhaps you thought it is only about terms such as “Lord”, or “God”, or “El” or “Adonai”, but no it is also about whose your Dada. In fact, the term “Dada” (Dad, daddy) is closer to the expression “Abba” found in scripture. Our Savior used this term when calling on His Father and it is written the sons and daughter will also. It is a child like term of endearment demonstrating our child like approach to our Heavenly Father (Mark 14:36, Romans 8:15, Gal 4:16). It is worth noting that the term “abba” (Dada) is used in conjunction with the title of Father. It is also worth noting that the term “Father”, as a converted Christian, is not to be used in any application except to our Heavenly Father (Matthew 23:9), and this instruction is right from our Savior’s own lips. When a man, any man, assumes to replace out Heavenly Father by this title it is blaspheme. This is a clear demonstration of what a believers approach should be toward this title. This is not to bring offense to your earthly, flesh and blood father, but this title and emphasis is to be shifted to the one true Father of the believer and should no long apply to the flesh. The main thrust of this knowledge is not to you fleshly birth father, as defined by the world, but to men that would dare to take this title to themselves as an avenue of worship!
There are numerous scriptures pointing to the importance of our Father’s. Every
Child eventually knows his father’s identity outside of the loving call of “Abba”,
or “Dada”. (John 5:43, 10:25, 12:28, 17:6, 17:11-12, 17:26, Hebrews 2:12)
Some people in Hollywood have tried to build their careers around the practice of “name dropping.” They refer often to some famous producer or actor, using their names freely as though they know them intimately, in the hope that they will gain prestige by association. But in reality, they may not know the person at all.
Believe it or not, some professed Christians have used the name of God in the same manner. Acts 19:13-17 tells the story of the seven sons of Sceva, who decided to use the name of Christ to cast out demons. Apparently these itinerate Jewish exorcists saw Paul’s gifts and thought, “Hey, Paul’s really good at this! Maybe we should adjust our means of casting out devils. We’ll use the name Paul uses!” At their next opportunity, they commanded the demons, “We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.” Verse 13.
The Bible says that “the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” Verses 15, 16.
Those young Jewish exorcists tried “name dropping” with the devil. They knew the name of Jesus, and they even knew how to pronounce it. They just didn’t know the Lord! And unfortunately for them, even the devils recognized this fact.
My Comment: This analogy is hard to believe, I understand it but even pastor Doug cannot be serious. First the Name the Jewish exorcists used could not have been “Jesus” as that name did not exist then but foremost these were Jews and they would not have used a pagan name like “Jesus”, they would have been using the Savior’s Birth Name, YaHshua. Next, the demon possessed readily admitted to recognizing the Name of the Savior but not the names of those attempting copy the apostles in calling on the Name of our Savior. What are we to get from this exchange? First, knowing His Name is not a key to spiritual cooperation. The Name of our Savior, a Name by which we must all be saved (Acts 4:12) does not automatically transmit power to anyone using it. The demons know whom the people of God are and it is they that are given this authority over the demons, not just anyone, and in this case it is seen the Apostles had this authority and the demons knew them and had to obey, but not to anyone else, as these, unconverted Jews discovered. This had nothing to do with name-dropping as Pastor Doug humorously applies this bit of scripture.
Do you know Him? God’s name is not a magic word, but a revelation of His character. Paul understood God’s character and could cast out demons by the name of Jesus. They obeyed because of the authority and the power of Christ’s name.
God may have intentionally allowed the exact pronunciation of His name to be lost because He does not want us to use it like some people use the magic word “abracadabra.” The Lord did not allow the children of Israel to see His form when He spoke the Ten Commandments lest they should seek to make an idol (Deuteronomy 4:15, 16). He concealed the burial place of Moses to prevent people from making it a shrine (Deuteronomy 34:6). Likewise, God does not want us to worship Him because He has a glorious form or a mystical name, but rather because of who He is.
When Peter healed the beggar at the beautiful gate, he said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6. The miracle happened by virtue of the power, authority, and person of Jesus, not by the correct utterance of His name.
My Comment: Why, if the holy Name of our God, has no relevance today, and it has been hidden so people won’t abuse it, is there such a strong defense for the use to a name that is not His Name, the name Jesus? Why is that? It has always been battle about names, about Identity! Elijah made a grand stand against the prophets (preachers and teachers) of the “Lord” (Baal) and Elijah stood alone against over 400 if these false ministers. Elijah told them to call on their false god Baal (Baal means Lord), even making fun of them, and when it came his turn Elijah called on the Name of the Creator God YHWH (YaHweh). Elijah (Eli-YaH) did not call on the “Lord” (Baal), thus proving himself to be the true prophet of “Baal” but he called on YHWH, making the distinction between the false “gods” and the one true God, the Creator God, YHWH. We can see this theme running through out scripture. In the Book of Revelation we see the Mark of the Beast, a number and a name. And what is to happen if you do not accept this “name”, or the “number of the name” – (Rev 13:17) –
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Pastor Doug, in his statement, “…Jesus, not the correct utterance of His name” is admitting the name “Jesus’ may be incorrect. His position is, it does not matter, so we can use any name but what if we mistake the name of the “Beast” for the name or the Savior? Then I think it becomes really important.
Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain
Using God’s name without a real knowledge of Him is part of the sin pointed out in the third commandment. “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7. We often think of this commandment condemning profanity, and it surely does, but that is the least of the meanings. To take the name of the Lord in vain means to take it unto yourself and say that you are a child of God, but then live like the world.
A newspaper ad read: “Lost—one dog. Brown, scruffy hair with several bald spots. Right leg broken due to auto accident. Left hip hurt. Right eye missing. Left ear bitten off in a dog fight. Answers to the name ‘Lucky’.” Obviously, that unfortunate little dog was “Lucky” in name only. Some Christians are like that! When we become Christians, we take the name of Jesus. Sadly, some people merely become “nominal” Christians, meaning “in name only.” These people are essentially taking the name of the Lord in vain.
My Comment: On one hand Pastor Doug says the Name is of little importance as we do not know how it was pronounced but here we see the name Jesus as a name one “takes on” and is to live by but some only take the name Jesus but do not live by it. It seems to me the name “Jesus” is very important to those calling themselves Christians, as Pastor Doug makes plain. The challenge is, what if this name, JESUS is not the name of our Savior?
History tells us that Alexander the Great had a soldier in his army who developed a bad reputation. When the fighting became severe, the young man would start to retreat while everyone around him fought on. The general summoned this soldier, whose first name was also Alexander, and said: “I hear how you’re behaving in battle. Young man, you either need to change your behavior or change your good name! I don’t want the name Alexander to be associated with cowardice.”
When you say you’re a Christian, you have a responsibility to uplift the name of God in word and in deed. Jesus began the Lord’s prayer by saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed [holy] be thy name.” Matthew 6:9. If we take the name of the Lord in vain, we are making our Father’s good name look bad.
My Comment: Here again we see Pastor Doug making the name JESUS of great importance. Are we to assume the name “JESUS” is the name of our Savior, the Savior of the Holy Bible, the one sent from the God of Heaven? How can this be if we can see the name “Jesus” is a name only recently introduced into Christianity? This name is neither Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, nor Greek. The Old English King James Bible rendered the name of our Savior as “Iesus” until a revision some time later. Still, the name “Iesus” is not the Savior’s name either as this name is neither Hebrew, nor Aramaic, nor Latin, nor Greek, it is a corruption of the Greek and Latin and nothing close to the name given our savior at Birth. While men can argue over the lost pronunciation of the Name YHWH, there is no argument over the name of YaHshua, a name seen as “Joshua” in the KJV. It is by our savior’s Name we must be saved. It is by His Name we can differentiate our Lord from all the other Lords in the world – we can identify Him personally as the one born of the Holy Spirit. The argument should stop with the Name of our Savior as it has never been lost, and its pronunciation is intact and it is nothing like, not even similar to the false name “Jesus”. Pastor Doug, like nearly every other Christian minister has the name and its defense in common. Pastor Doug is saying what all other critics are saying, his defense of the name of “Jesus” is typical of all other arguments, so it is not just Pastor Doug but the majority that breath these weak excuses for not returning to our Savior’s Birth name. Why? I thihnk we all know the answer to that one.
A New Name
In the Bible, every name had meaning. Some names described a person’s character, as in the story of Nabal (1 Samuel chapter 25). Some names were memorials of events that happened at the time of the child’s birth; one example is Ichabod (1 Samuel 4:21). Others were prophetic, pointing to a future event in the person’s life—as with Jesus (Matthew 1:21).
Sometimes God would change someone’s name because of a change in the person’s heart. For example, Jacob’s name meant “supplanter.” Sure enough, he tricked his twin brother Esau out of his birthright and his blessing. But after Jacob wrestled with an angel and confessed his sin, God changed his name to Israel, meaning “Prince of God.”
God wants to do the same for us. He wants to take the bad name we’ve made for ourselves and give us the good name provided by His Son. Jesus tells us that everyone who is saved will have a new name. “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” Revelation 2:17.
John saw that the 144,000 in particular would have God’s name in their foreheads. “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1.
At the end, everybody will be associated with a certain name. One group is going to have the mark of the name of the beast in their foreheads (verses 9, 11). The other group is going to have their heavenly Father’s name written in their foreheads (verse 1).
Does this mean that they will have something tattooed between their eyes? No. In the Bible, the forehead represents the mind. In Deuteronomy 6:6-8, God tells the Israelites, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: ... And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” The “frontlets between the eyes” were to symbolize that the God’s commands were “in thine heart,” or in the mind. The book of Hebrews quotes a prophecy in Isaiah, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” Hebrews 10:16.
To have God’s name means having His law—not just the rules of the Ten Commandments, but also the principles of His greatest law of love—written in our hearts. The apostle John tells us, “God is love.” 1 John 4:8. That’s one of His names! It is also the best definition of who He is. This is the name God wants to give us. Like
Jacob, we sometimes get a bad reputation because of our behavior. God says that we can get a new name and a new reputation based on the merits of Christ.
My Comment: I don’t have much to say about this. Pastor Doug has said it and it is a witness against anyone assuming “Names” are not important. By the things he writes here the importance of a “name” cannot be denied. I think Pastor Doug is attempting to stay with in the sound word of the Scriptures but at the same time tell you it does not matter, it is what is between you ears that counts, internally. He is counting the idea the “sealing of God’s people” will not be visible, and he may be right but he may also be wrong. The “marking” of God’s people with the Father’s Name on their foreheads may be visible for all to see. We will know when the time comes and if we are present to witness this “marking”, this “sealing”. Certainly this should demonstrate the importance of our Heavenly Father’s Name, and the Name he gave YaHshua? Pastor Doug is on the mark here but has missed his target by faulty reasoning.
Baptize in What Name?
There has been an increasing amount of discussion recently regarding the precise declaration to utter during one’s baptism. Do we baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as stated by Jesus in Matthew 28:19, or in the “name of Jesus Christ” as Peter said in Acts 2:38?
Let’s be careful to place the emphasis where God places the emphasis. Of the 70 references to baptism in the New Testament, only five make any reference to a specific name or title of God to proclaim. One time it says, “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19. Another time it says, “be baptized ... in the name of Jesus Christ.” Acts 2:38. It also says, “be baptized in the name of the Lord.” Acts 10:48. Twice the Bible says, “baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 8:16; 19:5.
The phrase “Lord Jesus” was a favorite title used mostly by Luke (21 times) and does not appear at all in the other Gospels. So, to stay on the safe side and remove any possibility of leaving out one member of the Godhead, it is probably best to follow the clear statement of Jesus given in the great gospel commission and baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19.
During a wedding ceremony, the couple can decide how formal to be in the wording of the official vows. The pastor could say, “Do you William Spencer Peabody IV take this Rebecca Marie Ann Hunter?” or he might say, “Do you Bill take Becky?” As long as the parties involved and the witnesses understand who is being married, the wedding is legally binding. So it is with baptism.
My Comment: Baptism, a big subject. It shouldn’t be but it has become some what complicated by the introduction of the false name “Jesus”. When baptism was being called for in the first century church there were two types. One had been the baptism of John, a call to repentance. The other followed the baptism of John and it was the baptism into our Savior’s Name, or you might say, the “baptism of YaHshua”. (Acts 18:25, 19:4-5). This is the baptism I believe most sincere Christians have been baptized into, a “baptism of repentance”. No one has ever said that to be a bad baptism but it is of John, a changing of the heart, a need seen to change and to quit your sinful life. There are those preaching the gospel and teaching about the Messiah full tilt, full of power and truth but are not of the Baptism of YaHshua. Appolos is a prime example of this (Acts 18:24-28), but do you think Appolos was teaching Jesus? Hardly, He was a Jew, teaching Jews and would have been teaching YaHshua, as it plainly states, he taught from the “scriptures”, proving YaHshua to be the Messiah. What scripture? The Old Testament as the New testament had not been fully penned. Do you find the name “Jesus” in the Old Testament? You do not. No where will you find the name “Jesus” in the Old Testament but you do find “Joshua” the Old English form of Yahshua, and they are almost pronounced the same. Realizing the “J” is a mismatch for the letter “Y” you can come to nearly a perfect pronunciation – Yoshua, or Yahshua. Appolos taught YaHshua.
What was Paul’s instruction to those of John’s baptism? Acts 19:5, “ And when they heard this they were baptized in the Name of YaHshua”.
A Name We Can Trust
I get a number of bogus checks in the mail. One said in big letters that I had won $2 million. But the fine print read, “If you are selected, you may get a check that reads this.” So I never get excited when I see those bogus checks. But whenever I see a check in the mail from Batchelor Enterprises, I get excited because I know it is from my father. I know the person associated with the name, and I’ve never received a bad check from him.
God wants us to learn to recognize the true value of His name. Sure, this world offers us riches and pleasures and even a name for ourselves. In the end, though, all it will lead to is worthless shame and death. By contrast, the promises of God can be trusted. He has a good reputation. Jesus told us that “whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13, 14.
My Comment: The scriptures them selves witness against the kind of reasoning and false teachings concerning our Creator’s personal identity we read from Pastor Doug. He isn’t alone, remember, he is but one of many. I appreciate the truth Pastor Doug has and delivers to those in need but on this subject he has fallen with the rest of those professing Christianity and follow after a god made up by the world. All of the various groups, pointing fingers at one another as not being holy enough, or not keeping a certain amount of scripture, of not observing the right days, or Holy Days, but they all fall through the same crack in the earth – they reject Yahshua as Messiah, they refuse YHWH as Creator and they do not recognize the Heavenly Father whom YaHshua came to reveal.
The Eternal Name
He says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.” Revelation 1:8. Only a few things are declared to be eternal. These include His existence (Psalm 90:2), His Word (Mark 13:31), His gift of life for the redeemed (Romans 6:23), and His name (Exodus 3:15).
When Ptolemy decided to build the Pharos lighthouse in the second century, he chose Sostratus to design that mammoth structure, which later became one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ptolemy insisted that the building should bear his inscription as a personal memorial; however, Sostratus didn’t think the king should get all the credit for his work. He therefore put the title of Ptolemy on the front of the lighthouse in a thick plaster, which would be eye-catching at first but later would be worn away by the elements. Secretly he had cut his own name in the granite underneath. For decades the sea dashed against the inscription and gradually eroded the plaster facade. Though it lasted the lifetime of that earthly monarch, it was finally obliterated, leaving the name “Sostratus” standing in bold relief! In like manner, worldly fame often disappears before the relentless waves of time, but “His name shall endure forever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun.” Psalm 72:17.
1Ellen G. White, “The Value of Prayer,” The Signs of the Times, Nov. 18, 1886.
2Mark Fountain, entry entitled “YHWH, Holman Bible Dictionary, edited by Trent C. Butler (Nashville, Tenn.: Holman Bible Publishers), © 1991, pp. 1429, 1430.
My Comment: It is fitting Pastor Doug should end his reply with Psalm 72:17 for surely His Name shall endure for ever” and that is no matter what excuse one may use in an attempt to lessen the value of our Creator’s Identity, nor any attempt at removing the Name of our Savior from the lips of men. Let His Word be true and every man a liar, just as we see in this final quote by Pastor Doug.
I would like to thank Pastor Doug and those working for him for making this reply to an email I sent. It is not my intention cause any emotional distress or to create any anger due to “My Comments”, but the truth is the truth and of those that have the truth we are instructed to “expose” those causing others to be led into error (Ephesians 5:11).