This is by far the most frequently asked and debated question of all times. However the answer is clearly documented in the scriptures. What name did the Creator reveal to Moses? For the record, Moses was not the first to know the name of the creator neither was he the last. But being a restorer of antiquity to the children of Israel he preserved it and taught it to the generations of Israelites that came out of Egypt. The True name of the Most High was not a secret or debate in the earth until the Greek and English translations of the scriptures began to come about, and you will learn why.
Exodus 8:1 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.”
While Israel was in Egypt they were not taught to serve the Creator correctly according to his law as their forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did. But learned to serve the gods of the other nations.
Deuteronomy 32:16-18 “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. v17. They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. v18. Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.”
As Moses began to know and serve the True creator, he had to understand to make a distinction between the True creator and the gods (idols) that the nations served and worshipped in Egypt and the earth. This is done by a NAME. We may all be men in the world but our personal name gives us our identity that separates us by character. Even children in one household each have a name that sets them apart one from the other. For example, Jacob had twelve sons. If he were to say among his whole family, “son go and get your brother!” Which son would receive this instruction? However if he were to say “My son Judah, go and get your brother Benjamin!” It is perfectly clear to everyone what must be done and a clear distinction is made one from the other. So is it with the Creator. Another example, If you were to go into the country of Arabia and say “all praises to God” in the English or Arabic language, the inhabitants of that land will assume you are giving honor to the god of Islam known as allah. A distinction must be made. This is why the Creator explained this to Moses on two occasions before he went to the children of Israel so there will be no confusion as to what god will deliver them because there were many gods in Egypt that the people worshipped.
NAME OF THE CREATOR
Exodus 6:3 “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”
The Creator reiterates to Moses that his NAME is Jehovah. The Israelites spoke Hebrew and Jehovah is an English form or transliterated form of the Hebrew name YHWH (pronounced Yah-ha-wah, some pronounce Yahweh). This is a fact seeing that there is no letter J, E, O, V, or U in the Hebrew language. It would be written in the hebrew language like this. Hebrew is read and written from right to left.
Words like god and lord are simply general titles and not names that identify one from the other. These words were placed in the Greek and English translations of the scriptures because the True name of the Creator cannot be translated into another language but only transliterated.
Definition of transliterate form the Oxford English Dictionary
Transliterate |transˈlitəˌrāt, tranz-|verb – write or print (a letter or word) using the closest corresponding letters of a different alphabet or language: names from one language are often transliterated into another.
Here is the transliterated version of the Creator’s name.
The translators felt transliterating the True name of God into another language would mean corrupting the name, so they used words like Lord (Adown) and God (elohim) in place of the true name during the translation process. To help the reader make a distinction between when the creator is mentioned as opposed to other gods mentioned in the scriptures, capitol letters were used for God and Lord where the true name YHWH is used in the original language. When you read in the English translations and see the word “Lord” The name YHWH was there in the Hebrew texts. If you examine the name of some biblical people and the meaning of their names you will see the name YHWH was widely known among the Israelites. The letters “YHWH” known as the tetragrammaton, is a transliteration of the four HEBREW letters or characters that make up the name of the Creator. A Bible Concordance or hebrew lexicon is a helpful and basic tool to find biblical words and their meanings in the original language that they were translated from. The following information comes from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance which is a basic and popular concordance.
In the Hebrew language Exodus 6:3 is posed as a question to Moses rather than a statement because Abraham Isaac and Jacob knew the name of the Creator YHWH. It would actually read in this fashion.
Exodus 6:3 “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them?”
When you do not understanding phonics and sentence structure of languages in translation, many assume this was a statement made to say the true name of the Creator was not known until the time of Moses. The scriptures prove that the forefathers knew the name YHWH before it was revealed to Moses.
Genesis 12:8 “And he (Abraham) removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.”
What name did he call?
Genesis 22:14 “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: (YHWH will see) as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”
Genesis 29:35 “And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.”
The Hebrew name for Judah is pronounced Yahawadah Which means “YHWH is praised” Proving that Jacob also knew the creator’s name is YHWH. All throughout history the name YHWH is known by the Israelites.
Psalms 83:18 “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH (YHWH), art the most high over all the earth.”
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”