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Friday, February 12, 2010

The Names of Yahweh (God)



Several months ago I was given a revelation about the meaning of Elohim and El Shaddai. The Holy Spirit gave me the understanding that there are different times in our lives that God will present himself in these fashions. I want to give you a breakdown of these Hebraic names, their meanings and how they can be manifested in your life.

Elohim is the Hebrew plural word meaning “gods and goddesses” (which is the masculine plural of a feminine noun, used as a singular), but each time it appears in the Bible it is translated as singular "God." This is significant because Yahweh is the God of all gods. There is none before him, there is none after him. We also have the Holy Trinity (God-the Father, God-the Son, and God-the Holy Ghost), which are three, yet one. Yahweh-God is One or Whole. When Adam was first created in the garden, he was whole. He contained both male and female. Therefore Adam would have been able to reproduce himself had God not decided to create Eve. Notice that Eve was taken from Adam and created from one of his ribs. Adam called Eve, “woman”, which merely means a man with a womb. Yahweh said; “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness~Genesis 1:26. When he said “man”, it wasn’t indicating the sexual identification of being male, but the whole race of man. But notice that he said; “In our image, after our likeness”. In heaven everything is whole. This is why the Apostle Paul talks about the body of Christ being one body with many members. The literal body of Christ (being us, who are saved by the blood and grace of Jesus Christ) contains both male and female. But in heaven, when we are transformed into our heavenly bodies, there won’t be a sexual orientation of male or female. We will be one, and all will be called HIS bride. Yahweh-God is the I AM; meaning the wholeness and perfection of both male and female as a spirit. And before the fall, Adam was intended to be an offspring of God’s perfection.

Elohim, when used in certain utterances, also means “Ruler”, “The Existing One” and/or “The Law”. When God comes to us as Elohim, he is presented as a Judge or The Law. Therefore he is shown in his power, rulership and magnificence. For example; Yahweh-God manifested himself as Elohim when he gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. He is presented as Elohim throughout the bible when dealing with our enemies. And he will be presented as Elohim at the final judgment seat. Elohim is who will cause every knee to bow and every tongue to confess that Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is Lord.

El-Shaddai means “God Almighty”. El points to the power of God Himself. Shaddai seems to be derived from another Hebraic word, Shadayim; meaning “breast”. When a baby latches on to the mother’s breast, it receives nourishment and the baby becomes satisfied once full. The bible says; “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus~Philippians 4:19. When Yahweh-God comes to us as El-Shaddai, he is presented as one who nourishes, supplies, and satisfies. It is God as El who helps, but it is God as Shaddai who abundantly blesses with all manner of blessings.

There are many names for Yahweh-God, which all add up to the conclusion the there are no limits to him. He is whole, pure, and complete. And we as saints have the power to pray the manifestation of his spirit into our lives. Yeshua (Jesus) said; “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father (Yahweh) may be glorified in the Son~John 14:13. Yeshua and Yahweh are one, but it is only through the son, that we can get to the father. Understanding who Yahweh-God is, helps us to live in the fullness of him and through this, we can touch the lives of others. I pray this fed your spirit.


~Mena Lee