For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood! (Part V: The Name and The Mark)

What is in a Name?

Have you ever researched your name? Or, have you researched your family name? Names can be funny in their origins, or practical or based on some new technology of their day. Take for instance the invention of the English longbow. It changed the history of warfare and the political geography of Europe in the 11th century. Look at some of the names that evolved from that technology: Archer, Bowman, Stringer, Fletcher, Knox, Shafter, Pointer, to name a few, but you get the idea. Can you imagine what would happen if technology of the 21st century was used for the same purpose? You would have family names of Blog, Tweet, Chat, Facebook or Facetime, or maybe Apple, Dos, Unix, or Pinterest. Well, maybe not.

Let’s look to the scripture and see what it says about a name: (KJV) Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. And also, Ecc. 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.  The word that is used in both of these passages is “shem” which literally means appellation but has the context of character or reputation. That is why, when I was growing up you would forever hear people ask “Who’s your people?” The speaker was asking for the name of your mother and father so they could determine whether or not you were from a family possessing a good reputation. Even today, in our modern culture a person’s good name is protected by libel and slander laws.

The man with no name.

In the 60’s and 70’s Clint Eastwood made a fortune, and a good reputation as an actor, as the “man with no name”. No one knew his name but when they saw him somebody was going to die. Why? Because of his reputation. So, is a name important? Yes, how would you know when your mother called you for lunch or dinner? How would you know when you were wanted or needed? How would you know if your wife or husband loved you if they always called you by another name? It would make you suspicious to say the least. So, at the bare minimum we need names in our interpersonal relationships and also when transacting business. Even in a contract you have to know who exactly is the Party of the First Part and the Party of the Second Part so you will clearly know what your responsibilities and duties are.

So why do people serve a god with no name?

Naturally, you are looking at the word “god” as a clue as to whether or not I am referring to The God or just a god. But, if your God has no name how do you know you serve the one true God? What attribute or attributes distinguish your god from another god? And, is your god really The God? If you have read my articles in this series you know that I refer to the Most High as YHVH, which is the Tetragrammaton (4 letters) that represent our God’s true name. Like many other things in religion there are at least as many sides as there are people +2 more. Let me qualify myself, I am telling you what I have learned over a period of time studying semitic languages since 1976. Many people quote Wilhelm Gesenius as the foremost authority in Hebrew linguistics but please remember Dr. Gesenius admits he learned his Hebrew from Samaritans, not Jews. Not that that in and of itself disqualifies him since the rabbis have done everything they can to obscure YHVH’s name anyway. But in my research I believe that the “w” sound of the 6th character of the Hebrew aleph bet was introduced during the Babylonian exile and actually proliferated due to the influence of Aramaic and much later Arabic. I truly believe that the original sound is a “vav” rather than a “wow”. I do not want to get into a long discussion of pronunciations so, for the sake of argument, I will use YHVH.

Some pronounce His Name Yahweh, others pronounce it Yahuwah and others, like myself, pronounce it Yehovah. I could point to a multitude of factors that would show you why I am right and everyone else is wrong, but then, so could they.

I want to thank Vickie H. for pointing out the 365 names of YHVH. Since I do not have enough room in this article to even begin such an endeavor I will point out the names used in my authorized King James edition of the Bible but rendered as “God” or “Lord”.

  1. El – The Strong One (Genesis 17:1)
  2. Eloah – The Mighty One (Job 3:4)
  3. Elohim – The Almighty *Author’s note: I disagree with this meaning. I prefer the title “The Originator”. (Genesis 1:1)
  4. YHVH (Yehovah) – He Is **Comes from Exodus 3:14 which reads in Hebrew eheyeh asher eheyeh (comes from the verb hayah which means “to be” or “to exist”).
  5. Adon or Adonai – translated as Lord (Exodus 23:17)
  6. YHVH Adonai – YHVH is Lord (Psalms 68:20)
  7. YHVH Elohim – usually translated ‘The Lord God’ (Genesis 2:4)
  8. YHVH Tsebaoth – ‘the Lord of Hosts’ (Stop and think about his name. If there are no other gods there is no hosts.) ((1 Samuel 1:3))
  9. El Elyon – ‘the Most High God’ – (Genesis 14:18
  10. El Roi – ‘God is the One Who sees me’  (Genesis 16:13)
  11. El Olam – ‘God is the Eternal One’ – (Genesis 21:33)
  12. El Shaddai – ‘Almighty God’ – (Genesis 17:1)
  13. El Gibbor – ‘God is the Warrior’ – (Isaiah 9:6)
  14. Elaha Illaya – God the High One – This is an Aramaic phrase and is most often used in the Book of Daniel since it was written in two languages originally. This equals the Hebrew El Elyon.

These are just a few of YHVH’s names, but first and foremost you must remember His Name is not God, God is His Title. Just for your information YHVH is used about 6,000 times in the Tanakh or ‘Old’ Testament.

So, what is the big deal, right?

Well, the big deal is that our “God” has a name and that name is special. Look at the following scripture in the King James Version: Act 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

If this is how Paul actually spoke to the Athenians then I am quite sure they were at least scratching their heads by his response if not outright laughing at him. Now, read the same scripture taken from the ISR: Act 17:23 “For passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN MIGHTY ONE. Not knowing then whom you worship, I make Him known to you:
Act 17:24 “יהוה, who made the world and all that is in it, this One being Master of heaven and earth, does not dwell in dwellings made with hands.

You can now see that YHVH is the God that Paul is referring to not a god. In the Aramaic version that I have it uses ELAHA instead of YHVH but we still that in the list above as a name for the Most High. Now, let’s look at another well-known scripture, at least I hope it is well known, and how it is rendered in two different versions. (KJV) Exo 20:7 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.
Now in the ISR: “You do not bring the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. ((Please look up the word ‘naught’ and you will see the danger contained in this verse of scripture.))

Now for those of you who read Part IV and noticed the I highlighted the words My Name in blue at the end of the “Aaronic Blessing” or Priestly Blessing as some call it, then you may have also surmised what this article would deal with, “Having YHVH’s name put on us.”

THE MARK!!

Everyone concentrates on the “Mark of the beast”. Why? It seems to terrify people or maybe it is just the “mystery”. Quite frankly, if you diligently search the scriptures there is no mystery. First and foremost let’s concentrate on YHVH’s Mark. That is the one I want.

Exo. 13:16 And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt. (KJV)
Deu. 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. (KJV)
Deu. 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. (KJV)

Exo. 13:16 “And it shall be as a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes, for by strength of hand יהוה brought us out of Mitsrayim.” (ISR)
Deu. 6:8 and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  (ISR)
Deu. 11:18 ‘And you shall lay up these Words of Mine in your heart and in your being, and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (ISR)

So, what are these scriptures referring to? Let’s diligently search the scriptures. Exo 13:9 “And it shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a reminder between your eyes, that the Torah of יהוה is to be in your mouth, for with a strong hand יהוה has brought you out of Mitsrayim.  (ISR) And now, the same scripture in the KJV: Exo 13:9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

So, you can see that YHVH has a mark and it is on your hand and your forehead. Where have you heard this before? Right, Revelation: Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (KJV) Now think back to what I have said in the past Hasatan can only imitate, so what he does is put his mark in the same place YHVH would put His Mark.

Now, I am sure you are wondering if YHVH has ever used His Mark in the past and if so, when? He sure has and it was just before judgement. Eze 9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
Eze 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
Eze 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.  Now compare this scripture with the next: Rev 7:1 And after this I saw four messengers standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Rev 7:2 And I saw another messenger coming up from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living Elohim. And he cried with a loud voice to the four messengers to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea,
Rev 7:3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees until we have sealed the servants of our Elohim upon their foreheads. (ISR)
and next: Rev 9:4 And it was said to them that they shall not harm the grass of the earth, or any green matter, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of Elohim upon their foreheads. (ISR) and next: Rev 14:1 And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mount Tsiyon, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s Name written upon their foreheads. and next: Rev 22:1 And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3 And no longer shall there be any curse, and the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
Rev 22:4 And they shall see His face, and His Name shall be upon their foreheads.

Hallelu-Yah!!! We will carry the mark of His Name, just like it says: Num 6:22 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 6:23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:
Num 6:24 “יהוה bless you and guard you;
Num 6:25 יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you;
Num 6:26 יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.” ’
Num 6:27 “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.”

Deu_4:2 “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you.

Deu_12:32 “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.

Pro 30:6 Do not add to His Words, Lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.

Rev 22:18 For I witness to everyone hearing the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, Elohim shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book,
Rev 22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim shall take away his part from the Book of Life, and out of the set-apart city, which are written in this Book.

I will end this article here. I know you want to know the name of the beast/anti-Christ. I will save that for the last article of this series, which should be the next article. Von and I are leaving for Mansfield, MO to the Baker’s Creek Festival and hope to fellowship with many of our brothers and sisters in the faith.

****PLEASE NOTE: Lest there is any misunderstanding, I will not give you the name of the “anti-Christ”. I will tell you how to identify the anti-Christ but you must come to the decision on your own. Know this: It has absolutely nothing to do with 666, 616, a chip in your hand and/or a retina scan. The 666 or 616 does not appear in the original manuscripts but was added later. As soon as I give you the actual translation and rendering of 666 or 616 many of you will get it on your own without any further need for my help. ((Some manuscripts are translated as 616 rather than 666, that alone should tell you that it is not cast in stone but rather man’s invention.))

I will assist you but I will not tell you what to believe. If you choose to pay no attention to what I have said and will say about this subject, that is fine and that is your right. I wish no ill will on anyone. I have simply tried to offer you a key to the scriptures. Remember this, the scripture is perfect in agreement from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to understand Revelation better read Genesis.

Num 6:22 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 6:23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:
Num 6:24 “יהוה bless you and guard you;
Num 6:25 יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you;
Num 6:26 יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.” ’
Num 6:27 “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.”

Shalom,

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