STATION 22: BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
This writing, The Stations of The Cross, is one of many
writings which belongs to The Church of Yahweh. The Church of Yahweh is dedicated to spreading the
proclamation of God's one True, Holy and Real Name.
The human race has lost touch with this Holy Name, and it is
the purpose of this Church to attempt to restore this. The core documents which hope to outline clearly the nature
of God's Real Name are "A Simple Overview", "I
Will Be Who I Will Be", and , "God is Not God's
If you have not had the opportunity, I would direct you to
read these at this time. Without them, this Station of the Cross will be
tough to fully appreciate.
What does God's Name have to do with the death and
resurrection of Jesus? What does God's name have to do with
They are exactly the same thing! One reveals and explains the
other, it turns out.
Jesus, it is said, "came in
the name of the Lord" (Mt 21:9). It was never intended that the word
"Lord" would appear in the Bible. The word
"Lord" is simply a convenience. It is a ruse; it is a
Every time you see the phrase "The LORD" in all
capital letters in the Bible, especially in the Hebrew Bible, The "Old
Testament" (though we hate that term), it is referring to God's name, YHWH, Yahweh.
It is not my purpose here to go into great detail about that
name, but rather to discuss how Jesus' life, death and
resurrection relate to that name.
The truth is that Jesus' entire life, his teachings, miracles, even
his death and resurrection, were all explanations and clarifications of
God's Holy Name YHWH.
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of YHWH." You see, Jesus'
name was not "Jesus". There is so much ignorance here...God is not
God's Name, and Jesus wasn't named Jesus! We sing songs in Church about Jesus.
there's something about that name." Well, indeed there is. But,
Jesus was not His name!!!
Language lesson time again: "Jesus" is the English version of the Greek
word Ieasus, of the Hebrew word Yahshua which was His name. (Did you follow
A bit slower now: Jesus is English for
a Greek word, "Ieasus." "Ieasus," is what the
Greeks called Jesus.
Jesus' original ministry was to the Jews, but over the course
of time, Christianity very quickly spread to the Greeks. The
Greeks spoke, obviously, a different language. As the message of
Christianity passed from the Hebrews to the Greeks, Jesus was no
longer called according to His God given Hebrew name, but
according to the name that the Greeks wanted to call Him, Ieasus.
Ieasus is Greek for Joshua. Joshua, is the English way that we
pronounce Yahshua, pronounced Yah-SHOE-uh. (For the record, you will
see this spelled many ways: Jeshua, Yeshua, Yeshuah, Yehshua, Yehshuah, among
others. Converting Hebrew to English letters is more of an art than a
So here's how it went: Yahshua --> Ieasus --> Jesus.
Yahshua is spelled in Hebrew
Those are the Hebrew letters we spell Y-H-S-W-H.
Those letters are called Yod (Y), Hey (H), Shin (S), Vav (W)
and Hey (H).
And Hebrew is spelled right to left, so "Jesus'" Name, in Hebrew,
Now....Where were we....Oh yes. "Blessed
is he who comes in the name of YHWH, blessed is he who comes in
the name of .
God The Father has revealed His holy sacred infinite name as
Yod (Y) Hey (H) Vav (W) Hey (H).
Spelled in Hebrew, right to left,
Jesus' name, Yahshua, is spelled Yod (Y), Hey (H), Shin (S), Vav
(W) and Hey (H)
(This is something which, unfortunately probably not one in a hundred
people, even inside of religious circles, actually know.)
You take an additional letter, an "S," (which in Hebrew
looks like a "w") and you insert it into the very center of YHWH
you come up with Jesus' name YHSWH.
Spelled in Hebrew, right to left,
As we draw
that name vertically it looks like this:
The "Shin" represents the heart. "This is my beloved
son, with whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him!"
Now here's the
first thing we must recognize. In the beginning, mankind was
created in the image of Yod Hey Vav Hey, .
Adam perfectly reflected
God's nature and attributes. That is the proclamation of the book
of Genesis. Through the fall, man stopped recognizing this,
stopped properly reflecting YHWH's nature and attributes, and
through sin and the fall, we became darkened creatures. We lost
the ability to reflect God's Holy Name.
Though we were and are created in the image of YHWH, we cease
to live that way. So, God came to the Earth to restore the lost
balance. YHWH came to the Earth as YHSWH, who was once again
the visible image of the invisible God. He is known as the 2nd
Adam in St. Paul's writings.
Through His teaching, through His life
and His ministry, through His death and resurrection, through, as
we've discussed before, being baptized into His passion, we can
be remade into the image of God.
That's what Christianity is all about. God's name can be
restored within us. Jesus was the representative of God, through
whom God could be known, through whom God could be seen, in whom
is embodied God's power. Jesus was God's name. Perfectly. And, we
too, can be called to be God's name.
But, there is much more. Jesus invokes the holy
Tetragrammaton, YHWH. YHWH has a meaning, I am that I am. And, in
verse 58 of the Gospel of John, chapter 8, Jesus says to the
scribes and Pharisees, "Truly, truly I say to you, before
Abraham was born, I am."
This is a direct connection of YHSWH to YHWH. He is claiming
God's name for His own. Yod Hey Shin Vav Hey is claiming Yod Hey
Vav Hey's name as His own.
claiming 's Name as His
Now, it is clear in the writings that Jesus does things in His
father's name. It's also clear that He empowers the disciples to
ask and do things in Jesus' name. For example, in John 10:25,
Jesus says, "I told you and you do not believe the works
that I do in my father's name, these bear witness of me."
It is also true in John 14:13, "Whatever you ask in my
name that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the
Son." YHWH and YHSWH are different sides of the same coin.
They are one connected entity.
YHWH is the non-manifested, hidden,
transcendent God. YHSWH is the visible, manifest, present God.
You could say that YHWH is potential and YHSWH is kinetic.
Hidden and revealed, spirit and flesh, transcendent and present.
These two beings, God the Father, God the Son are united. And,
they're united in the name.
What is also remarkable, then, is that Christianity tries to
pride itself on being a religion of the Trinity. The Trinity is
subject to great debate and discussion, but I will simply show
you one thing. Gospel of John 14:26, "When the helper, the
Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name comes, He will
teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I
said to you." In other words, The Holy Spirit comes in the Name of
It is clear that YHWH and YHSWH are one being united by the
invisible spirit, who is also sent in the name of YHSWH.
So what does this name have to do with Jesus? Everything. They
share the same name. But, there is indeed much more here.
has in high priestly prayer in John 17, where in one of His final
moments on the Earth, He takes a moment to pray, to speak to God
just Before He is taken away. John 17:6 says, "I manifested your name to the men whom
you gave me out of the world." This is one of many similar
passages wherein we learn that Jesus' life, His teachings, His
ministry, is an attempt to explain God's name to the disciples.
The connections are many. I have, for quite some time,
contemplated writing a complete Bible study of the life of Jesus,
showing how His life, ministry, healings, miracles, and teachings
are all manifestations of The Name.
Let me give you a few examples.
- Jesus raised people from the
dead. "I will be what I will be." "I am that I
am." YHWH, God's holy
name, is the power of eternal life, is the power of resurrection.
Showing people physically raised from the dead is one indicator
of the power of God's name.
- "I am that I am" is a name which we all share, wherein
God wants us to be self determinant, not to be possessed in any
way. Jesus cast out devils and demons, showing that by the power
of God's name, we can be set free. We need to hear that message
more than the people of Jesus' day did, for we have more demons
now then they ever dreamt possible. We have many more things
which lay claim to our soul.
- The entire social order works against nature. It convinces us
to do things which we do not believe in and do not truly want.
How many people have spent a great portion of their life, only to
look back and to wonder how did this ever happen to me? What
happened to my life? It seems that countless people spend decades on this earth
acting and moving and putting in time but never once actually
doing what they truly want to do. That is remarkable. We buy
clothes we do not like so that we can look hip. We fashion our
hair in ways that we don't personally care for, just so that we
can fit in. We buy outrageous things that we do not need and that
do not give us any pleasure, just so that we can keep up with our
friends, with our neighbors, with our business partners, and with
our family members. In fact, from the day we are born until the day we die, our
entire life is a battle against demons which attempt to control
us. We are told that our feet have horrible odors, that our arm
pits stink, that the corns on the bottoms of our feet are ugly,
that the dandruff on the top of our heads is unpleasant to look
at. All we need is Madison Avenue's chemical salvation in order
to be made whole. Women, especially these days, will diet almost to the point of
starvation, and then undergo a surgical knife in order to enhance
those parts of the body that they deem to be more desirable. We
are told what we can say. We are told what we cannot say. We are
told what we can do; what we cannot do. We are even told how to
think. If we step out of bounds, the demons which possess us will
curse us, toss us to the ground, make great spectacles out of us,
and cause us incalculable pain. This is demonic possession. And,
we must be free. The power of the name, the power of Jesus'
ministry was to set us free, "Come to me all who labor and
our heavily laden down, and I will give you rest for your wary
souls, for my load is easy and my burden is light, come to
- Jesus wants to set us free. The power of the name, "I am that I
am", "I will be what I will be"--as that name resonates within us,
we begin to have our own self will. We can live our lives the way
we live them because we want to live them that way, not according
to what the government tells us, or what social pressures tell
us, or what the family tells us, or what commercialism or
advertisements tell us, but what the witness of God upon our
hearts as to what is good and right for us, tells us.
- Jesus did, in fact, reveal God's name as He cast out these
demons. He performed miracles. These miracles, too, were a
revelation, an explanation, a manifestation of God's name. You
see, YHWH is the self mover. He is the source and origin of all.
He is the cause of all causes, the self-existent one, the source
of all with no source. And as such, He has limitless power, can
never die. What we call miracles are manifestations of higher
bounds of power than we have ever seen before.
- Certainly, if God exists, and I am certain that He does, and
this God is capable of creating a universe with a 100 billion
galaxies in it, certainly that God could step into time and space
and feed 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a couple of
fish. The Name is sovereign, the Name is self-existent and
contains all power.
- Jesus' parables try to teach us about the Kingdom of God. "I am
that I am" seeks only to know what is, because the world is all good.
- And, as Jesus manifested this name to His disciples, He tried to
get them to focus on only the here and now, to live each day for
today, because every day has trouble enough of its own.
- "I am that I am" is the same yesterday, today and forever. All
of His parables about faith, about the Kingdom of God, about
planting, about harvesting, are all truly glorious revelations of
what God is all about and therefore what His name is all about.
- But, there is more. In Jesus' darkest hour, as He awaits the
last supper, He knows that His final hours on earth are at hand.
He reaches up to Heaven and utters another prayer. This is in the
Gospel of John 12:27,28. "Now my soul has become troubled
and what shall I say, Father? Save me from this hour? But for
this purpose I came to this hour, Father glorify thy name. There
came therefore a voice out of Heaven, I have both glorified it
and will glorify it again."
- It is quite astounding to read this simply for what it is.
Jesus essentially says in other Gospels, Father not my will, but
thy will be done. Here in the Gospel of John, that is equated to
Father glorify thy name, not my name but thy name, and the voice
from Heaven is astounding: "I have both glorified it and will
glorify it again." God is echoing in agreement that the teachings
and miracles which Jesus had done were a glorification of God's
- But God also indicates that the upcoming passion, the death
and resurrection, are also going to be a revelation of that name.
We come then to the central question, for this writing does
attempt to focus on Jesus' death and resurrection:
How is it that
Christ's passion tells us anything about the Name?
In section 20, we discussed the breath of God, how God died so
that we can live, so that we can die, so that God can live. That
incredibly powerful revelation is all embodied in The Name. The
cycle of the eons, the breath of God, began as Jesus (YHSWH) existed in
the form of God (YHWH), but emptied Himself, taking upon Himself a man
servant, died to Himself, and was resurrected and returned to the
eternal glory with the Father.
You can spell that
YHWH dies, so that
YHSWH can live, so that
YHSWH can die, so that
YHWH can live.
It is all one name! It is
all one God!!
This one God pulls Himself apart, if you will,
stretches Himself out, so that we might see and understand Him.
He's changed, so that we can hear Him and see Him and touch
Him. Just like the ocean bubbles up the rain drops, those rain
drops remain ocean water. They, just for a while, pretend not to
be. They're separated from the ocean and appear to be autonomous,
but are not. So too, the only reality is YHWH. That is the only
truth of the universe. He is the source and origin of all, and we live
inside of Him. We move inside of Him. We exist inside of YHWH.
The Bible could not be more clear about that, if it tried.
Since the only reality is YHWH, then all YHWH can do is spread
Himself out, stretch Himself out a bit, so that we can see Him a
little clearer. That's what He did. The mighty infinite limitless
ocean of YHWH separated off, reduced Himself to become a rain
drop as YHSWH. And, that little rain drop died to His self will.
And as He did so, He said, "Father glorify Thy Name."
And as He died, YHSWH emptied Himself out and returned to the
infinite glory of the ocean of YHWH.
Jesus truly was God's name.
When we see Christ upon the cross,
we are seeing God's name.
The Father and the Son and the Spirit
are one, and that oneness is all embodied within that name.
And YOU, dear friend, are called by that Name.
and indeed, blessed is He who comes in the name of YHWH.
An important email:
I have read your section on Yeshua being YHWH with Sheen in the middle
YHSWH. I can not find this in my Bible. Could you please give me some verses
to look up. It is most interesting to me as it explains alot.
Roger E. Nasiff, PhD
Thank you for writing.
You ask a very interesting, and profound, question.
You will not find "YHSWH" in the Bible.
Yeshua's name in the New Testament, of course, is spelled in Greek. "Ieasous". This was supposed to be the greek version of
Yeshua, though many have felt that, as the listeners of the day heard it, they actually heard something very close to
"Eeyay-Zeus", a slang-type phrase meaning "Son of Zeus." I have not been able to find confirmation of this, however.
So, YHSWH is not in the New Testament, nor is it the standard Hebrew Bible way of spelling "Yeshua", or "Joshua".
So, where does it come from, and why do I use it?
Well, the source of spelling the Son's name by inserting a "Shin" into YHWH appears (as far as I can tell) to have been
introduced in the late middle ages by what's known as the Christian Kabbalists. "YHSWH" (and the Hebrew equivalents) is (it's
been explained to me by my Rabbi) an alternative, phonetic spelling of YaHSHuWaH. The Name was spelled that way for
precisely the reason of illustrating the immense closeness of the Father and the Son.
Some are bothered by this "extra-Biblical" name. I am not. Yeshua Himself said He had many things to tell us, but that we
could not bear it. (I frankly find few references to the internet in the Bible.) In short, YHSWH is a gorgeous, marvelous
illustration. Even if it is only an "artist's drawing" of The Son's Name, it is certainly preferable to "Ieasous", which the authors of
the Greek New Testament had no problem using.
That's the best answer I can give you.
Again, I really appreciate your question, and I would love to hear your response.
Thank you, and peace.