The Sacred Shem Revelation | Part 2 of 4
The very first appearance of the Sacred Name is found in Bereshith (Genesis):
These are the births of the shamayim and the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh Elohim made earth and shamayim.
Bereshith (Genesis) 2:4
And the very first appearance of anyone calling upon the Sacred Name is found in Bereshith (Genesis) 12:8, where Abram calls upon the Name of Yahweh:
8. And from there he moved to the mountain east of Beyth El on the west and Ai on the east. And he built there an alter to Yahweh, and called on the Name of Yahweh.
Bereshith (Genesis) 12:7-8
Later, in Shemoth (Exodus) 3:15, the second book of the Torah, Elohim Himself declares His Name to Mosheh and instructs us that it is to be remembered by all generations ... forever!
And Elohim said further to Mosheh, "Thus you shall say to the children of Yisra'el, Yahweh Elohim of your Fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Yitshaq, the Elohim of Ya'aqob, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.
Shemoth (Exodus) 3:15
Note that Yahweh says this is My Name forever -- it's the Hebrew word olam that is translated into English as forever, and olam means time out of mind or eternity ... one might very well translate that as saying this is My Name from outside of time itself; from before the beginning of time as well as after the end of time!
We have clear evidence that Adam and Hawwah (Eve) were familiar with the Name in Bereshith (Genesis) 4:1 where Hawwah (Eve) gives birth to Qayin (Cain):
And Adam knew Hawwah his wife, and she conceived and bore Qayin, and said, "I have gained a man from Yahweh."
Bereshith (Genesis) 4:1
Even though the above Scriptures prove otherwise, there are some who argue that the sacred Name was not revealed to anyone prior to Mosheh. This is all based on Shemoth (Exodus) 6:3, where translators made the blatant error of placing a period at the end of the sentence rather than a question mark, as it was in the original Hebrew-Aramaic.
And I appeared to Abraham, to Yitshaq, and to Ya'aqob, as El Shaddai. And by My Name, Yahweh, was I not known to them?
Shemoth (Exodus) 6:3
And there are still others who claim that they need not use the sacred Name (as if they need some reason not to) because, as they put it, since Elohim sent Mosheh to the Yisra'elites in Mitsrayim (Egypt) with this Name (see Shemoth (Exodus) 3:13-16), the Name was only intended for the Yisra'elites and not for anyone else. This just proves how some people can conjure up the most ridiculous excuses for creating their own false doctrines ... which are always built on one singular statement taken from Scriptures. Beware of such practices! Sound doctrine is always backed up by the whole of the Scriptures; Yahweh's mark of integrity and of the Qodesh Spirit is to reveal His truth in numerous places from Bereshith (Genesis) through Hazon (Revelation).
All this confusion and deception regarding His sacred Name originates from a seed that was planted around 200 B.C. by the Jewish religious leaders who, by their own authority, decided to create what is known as the Ineffable Name Doctrine. To insure that the Father's Name would not be profaned, they decided to enforce a law stating that any common man, including devout Jews, who spoke the sacred Name would be put to death ... and in the interest of instituting a universal deity in place of a tribal deity, they replaced His Name with Adonai which translates into Greek as Kyrios (Lord in English) or Theos (God in English).
The Encyclopaedia Judaica, states that Yahweh was regularly spoken and written by Jews, at least until 586 B.C.:
At least until the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E this name [Yahweh] was regularly pronounced with its proper vowels, as is clear from the Lachise Letters, written shortly before that date.
EJ, 7, p. 680
In 167 B.C. Antiochus Epiphanes led a massive attempt at Hellenization - see the book of Maqqabim 2 (2 Maccabees) 6:1-2, enforcing under the penalty of death that all Jews depart from the laws of Elohim and that the sanctuary in Jerusalem was to be polluted and named after Zeus, the god of the Greeks. This was the first Abomination of Desolation committed in the Temple -- see Daniel 11:31 -- and which will be commited again when the antichrist comes into power -- see Mark 13:14. This led to a major revolt and, subsequently, brought the emergence of the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Essenes, all supporting a firmer establishment of the Ineffable Name Doctrine and death penalty.
In Luqas (Luke) 11:52, Yahshua warns the Pharisees about having taken away the key of knowledge ... it's just possible that He may have been referring to the sacred Name of Yahweh as the key of knowledge:
Woe to you, learned in the Torah, because you took away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.
Luqas (Luke) 11:52
Is He referring to the Ineffable Name Doctrine, saying that they took away the Father's Name? Is the Father's Name the key of knowledge?
Some 200 years after Yahshua left this earth to be seated at the right hand of the Father, Constantine further reenforced the Ineffable Name Doctrine in continued support of giving Christianity a more universal appeal. Many Christian leaders also felt that Yahweh was strictly a Jewish Name and to use it would be Judaising.
Much later still, Latin versions of the Bible, such as the Vulgate, joined in the confusion by replacing Yahweh with Dominus which translates into English as Lord.
Note: Ba'al translates into English as Lord.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia:
A word which belongs to the oldest stock of the Semite vocabulary and primarily means "lord."
Ba'al is a Semitic title and honorific meaning lord that is used for various gods, spirits and demons particularly of the Levant.
Strange as it may be, the Ineffable Name Doctrine seems to go mostly unnoticed and unrecognized by most Christian theologians today.