Names of God – Yahweh, Yehovih, Yah, I AM, Plus 6 More

  1. YAHWEH (or Jehovah)

Strong’s Old Testament #3068

Definition: Eternal, Self-Existent; the Jewish National Name of God.

Among the Jews, the proper Name of the one True God was unpronounced, and the vowels were omitted in speaking and writing because of its sacredness. The Name “Adonai” (Strong’s #136) was spoken in place of Yahweh. The tettragrammation Y-HW-H is traditionally pronounced as “Jehovah” (or Yehovah).

In the King James Version, Yahweh (or Jehovah) is usually translated as “LORD” (ALL CAPS), and in many instances translated as “GOD” (ALL CAPS).

The Names YHWH and Jehovah are used interchangeably. YHWH is the original Divine Name and considered to be too holy to utter, and thus later was pronounced as Jehovah. Often times, the Name “Hashem” (meaning: “The Name”) is used when referring to the Divine Name of God.

Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD (YHWH); that is My Name; and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.”

Exodus 6:3 “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; by the Name of God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My Name Jehovah was I not known to them.”

Psalm 83:18 “That men may know that Thou, whose Name alone is Jehovah, art the Most High over all the earth.”

Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord GOD (Adonai YHWH)! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

  1. Yehovih (Strong’s #3069) is a variation of Yahweh. It is translated as “LORD” or “GOD”, but is pronounced as “Elohim” (Strong’s #430).
  1. Yah (Strong’s #3050) is a contraction of Yahweh and means the same as Yahweh. This shortened Name is used in many compounds, such as names beginning with “Je” (in English) or names and words ending with “iah” or “jah”. Hallelu-jah means: “Praise be to Jah” (“Praise be to Jehovah”).
  1. Hayah (Strong’s #1961) is the root word in which the Name Yahweh (or Jehovah) is derived. Hayah is translated in Exodus 3:14 as “I AM” (“I AM that I AM”) – “hayah ‘aher hayah”). Meaning, “I will be what I will be” or “I will be all that is necessary as the occasion will arise”.

Names of God – More Names of God in the Old Testament

  1. EL. Translated as “God”.

Strong’s Old Testament #410.

Definition: God, the One True Almighty God, Yahweh. El can also be used to refer to a false god, mighty men, men of rank, mighty things in nature, strength, power and angels.

  1. ELOAH. Translated as “God”.

Strong’s Old Testament #433.

Definition: God, the One True Almighty God. Eloah used of God, as The One and True Deity. Can also be used to refer to a false deity.

  1. ELOHIM. Translated as “God”.

Strong’s Old Testament #430. Plural of Eloah (#433).

Definition: Specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the Supreme God, Yahweh. Can also be used in reference to false gods. Occasonally applied by way of deference to magistrates, and sometimes as a superlative (exceeding, great, excellent). Can refer to God-like ones. Can be used to denote rulers, judges, angels, works or special possessions of God. In Genesis 1:1, in creation, we see that it was Elohim who created the heavens and the earth. Elohim denotes a plural of Beings, alluding to the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

  1. ADONAI. Translated as “Lord”.

Strong’s Old Testament #136.

Definition: Adonai is a proper royal Name and title of God spoken out of reverence in place of Yahweh. Also used of men (lord, master).

In the King James Version, Adonai (when in reference to God) is translated as “Lord” (title case), while Yahweh is translated as “LORD” (upper case).

Adonai is an emphatic form of Adown (#113). Adown means: sovereign, to rule, strength, lord, master, king, governor, husband, prophet, prince, priest, captain, Theophanic Angel, one designated as having authority. Used for names beginning with “Adoni-“.


Strong’s Old Testament #7706.

Definition: The Almighty. Most Powerful. Referring to the One and Only True and Living God, Yahweh. The All-Sufficient One. The many breasted One (His provision never runs dry, and He is nurturing).

  1. ELYON.

Strong’s Old Testament #5945.

Definition: Most High God. The Highest. A Name of God. The Supreme God. Also used in reference to rulers, angels, princes, Davidic kings exalted above monarchs.


Names of God – Names of El (El Shaddai, El Elyon, etc.)

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Blessings and Benefits of Shalom

Shalom is the Hebrew word for “peace”, and also often used as a greeting “may things go well for you”. May Shalom be yours, especially during this Christmas Season.

The Blessings and Benefits of Shalom (Strong’s Hebrew #7965) include:

  1. Peace, quietness, tranquility
  2. Salvation and Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  3. Rest, Joy, Hope, Faith
  4. Love
  5. Absence of war
  6. Absence of strife and contention
  7. Peace in our spirit (rational intellect, the part of us that communes with God)
  8. Peace in our soul (mind, will, emotions)
  9. Peace with God, especially in covenant relation
  10. Peace that surpasses our understanding; peace like a river
  11. Unity; concord; harmony (the anointing oil flows with unity in Psalms 133)
  12. Freedom from confusion, addictions and captivity of any kind
  13. The Lord looses the prisoners
  14. Success and Blessings (family, children, grandchildren, houses, cars, land, assets, both material and non-material things)
  15. Giving thanks for all your blessings
  16. Prosperity; wealth; living debt free; debts cancelled
  17. Satiation of God’s goodness
  18. Being filled up with the Word of God
  19. Possessing the promises of God
  20. Completeness, Wholeness
  21. Restoration; Rejuvenation; Refreshment; Relaxation; Recreation
  22. Contentment
  23. Friendship; Friendliness (including friendship with God)
  24. Soundness in mind and physical body; excellent health; wellness
  25. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation
  26. Security
  27. Welfare, Happiness
  28. Nothing missing and nothing broken
  29. Safe (in mind, body or estate)
  30. Restitution; compensation
  31. To walk in favor with God and man
  32. God gives His Beloved sleep
  33. Days of Heaven upon earth
  34. A greeting (“May it be well with you”)
  35. Messianic Reign

The Gift of Salvation, Plus Many More Gifts God Has For You!

The Gifts God Has For You

Christmas is a time of giving. We give gifts to express our love and appreciation. Children, and adults alike, enjoy receiving gifts.

Children are filled with so much excitement at the anticipation of Christmas Day and can hardly wait to open their presents. Their faces light up with joy when they receive the toy or bicycle they wanted so very much.

First John 3:1 says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.”

Galations 4:6-7 states: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father. Wherefore, thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Matthew 7:11 tells us that in the same way that parents enjoy giving good gifts to their children (though they be evil compared to God’s goodness), then how much more does the Father delight in giving good gifts to those who ask Him.

Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness or shadow of turning (James 1:17).

The Lord has many good gifts to give to us. All we have to do is just receive by faith and thank Him. His gifts are so many, but include:


  • Salvation and Eternal Life
  • Heaven
  • Forgiveness
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Health and Healing
  • Abundant Life
  • Wealth and Prosperity
  • Peace of Mind
  • Love and Joy
  • Family, Friends and Children
  • God’s Anointing and Presence
  • Favor of God
  • Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12
  • The Desires of Your Heart
  • Reconciliation in Family Relationships
  • Every Blessing From Heaven


All these gifts are for you with your name on it!

You Can Receive Salvation

In John 10:10, Jesus said that the thief (Satan) comes only for to kill, steal and destroy. But He (Jesus) has come to give us life, and life more abundantly, to the full, until it overflows.

The best gift that anyone could ever receive is salvation and eternal life. Romans 6:23 (KJV) says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and His resurrection, anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV) says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus is knocking on the doors of our hearts. If we will open the door, He will come and sup with us and us with Him.

The Lord is knocking on the door of your heart right now just waiting for you to let Him come in. If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, you can be saved right now. You can pray your own prayer from your heart, or you can pray this simple prayer. Just say:

“Dear Jesus,

I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I believe that You rose from the dead. I accept You into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I repent of my sins. Forgive me and wash me clean by Your Blood. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for writing my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I want to serve You all the days of my life. Help me to become the person You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer for the first time, where is Jesus right now? Do you feel His presence in your heart?

You are now a child of God and are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

I would encourage you to find a good Bible-believing church to help you grow in your newfound faith. I would also encourage you to be water baptized as a declaration that you are now following Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV).

May you have a joyful and peaceful Christmas season!

Kathleen Riley

Pt. 18 – The Christmas Story (God is Faithful to Keep His Promises)

God is Faithful to Keep His Promises

The theme of God keeping His promises is interwoven throughout the entire Christmas Story.

The Lord was faithful to His words to Mary, Joseph, Zacharias, Elisabeth, the shepherds, Simeon and Anna. God did for them exactly what He had said He would do.

There are 332 Messianic promises and implications in the Old Testament regarding Christ’s first coming. God fulfilled every single Messianic prophecy when Jesus came to earth—from His conception up until His resurrection and ascension into heaven.

For a complete list of every Messianic prophecy regarding Jesus’ first coming, I would highly recommend a book entitled Lamb of God: Yesterday, Today and Forever (Clarion Call Marketing, 2004) by Benny Hinn. Please go to his website at or .

If God has spoken prophetic promises to you, or that of a loved one, just know that He will be faithful to fulfill those words in His due timing.

Numbers 23:19 (NIV) declares, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

God has promised us many things in His Word. Also, many of us have received prophetic promises that were spoken over us. We want to receive our promise or healing. We know that God is able to do it, but for some reason or another, many are not completely ready to receive their promise or healing at this moment. We have to get to the place where we not only know that God is able to do it, but that He will do it.

In John 5:5-9, Jesus came by the pool of Bethesda and found a lame man who had suffered with an infirmity for 38 years. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made whole?”

Rather than the man instantly saying “yes”, he gave Jesus the reasons why he hadn’t been healed in the past. Plus, the man was stuck in the mode of blaming others for his condition. When the man decided to take responsibility for his own life and stop blaming others and making excuses, then he was able to receive his healing.

If prophetic words were spoken over you and it bore witness with your spirit and is in agreement with the Bible, then trust God to perform His Word.

May we prepare our hearts to receive all that God has for us. May we make whatever changes God tells us to make, so that we are ready to receive.

It is time to cross over into our promised land and receive what we have been believing God for. May we not let fear, doubt and other issues get in the way of receiving our promise.

Romans 4:17 says that God calls those things that are not as though they already were. That is what we need to do … begin calling those things in our lives that are non-existent as though they already were in existence. Then we will begin to see those things come into manifestation.

God wants to do something in our life that’s bigger than us. He wants us to believe for the impossible. He’s able to do miracles, even creative miracles.

Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV) says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” In verse 17 Jeremiah declares, “Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

When Zerubbabel (mentioned in Haggai and Ezra) had faced opposition to restoring the temple in Jerusalem and work had been suspended for several years, the situation looked bleak. However, God spoke through the prophet saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a [level] plain” (Zechariah 4:6-7).

We can personalize this for our own lives. Replace the name Zerubbabel with your name or that of a loved one. Declare aloud, “The Word of the Lord comes to __________ saying, It’s not by your might, nor by your power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before __________ thou shalt become a leveled plain.”

Matthew 21:21 says that if we speak to our mountain and tell it to move out of our way, and do not doubt in our hearts, that it would obey us. What is the mountain (the obstacle or problem) in your life that stands in your way and tries to intimidate or taunt you? You have to speak to it, telling it to get out of your way.

Luke 3:5 speaks of Jesus, saying that He would cause every valley to be filled and exalted, every mountain to be made low, every crooked path to be made straight, and every rough way to be made smooth.

God wants us to keep our focus on Him, and see Him as powerful and mighty and awesome. Who else is like unto Him? Who else can do what only He can do? There is none like Him!

Hebrews 11:11 says that Sarah received the promise (giving birth to Isaac) because she considered Him faithful who had promised. Like Sarah, we need to believe that God is faithful to fulfill everything He said He would do even before we see it happen.

Mary said to Gabriel, “Be it unto me according to thy word”, and then she conceived. May we have the heart of Mary and say to the Lord when He speaks something to us, “Be it unto me according to Thy word.”

This is a season of leaving the wilderness and crossing over into our promised land. There are giants there—new challenges and new devils to contend with, but God will conquer every giant. Although the old can be miserable, it’s familiar. The new seems scary because it’s a place of the unknown.

God has a “promised land” for each of our lives (a place of blessings, joy, abundance and fulfilled dreams). The Lord will lead us there if we take His hand, and be willing to leave the past behind.

Pt. 17 – The Christmas Story (Mary Treasured These Things)

Mary Treasured These Things

Three times in the Christmas Story it is mentioned that Mary pondered and treasured these things in her heart.

The first time was when the shepherds came and told her everything the angels had said to them concerning her son.

The second time was when Simeon prophesied over her son at the Temple.

The third time was when Jesus was twelve years old and had been missing for three days.

Yearly, the whole family, including extended family, went up to the Temple in Jerusalem to observe a feast. After departing Jerusalem to head back home, they discovered He was missing (Luke 2:42-52). Many relatives were traveling in a caravan, and one thought He was with the other and vice versa.

They came back to Jerusalem and searched for Him. Mary and Joseph found Him at the Temple sitting with the teachers. When His parents expressed how distraught they were in searching for Him, Jesus said, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 NKJV)

Mary has been honored for centuries for being chosen to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah and to be the mother of the Great I AM.

The prophecy spoken by Simeon at the temple about a sword piercing her soul came true when she witnessed her son being beaten, scourged with 39 stripes, a crown of thorns being placed upon his head, Jesus carrying the heavy cross to Calvary and collapsing under the weight of the heavy load, being crucified, being spit on and ridiculed, being stripped naked on a cross and finally dying.

Her sorrow was turned to joy when she saw Him alive again after His resurrection. Then she felt grief and loss again when 40 days following His resurrection He ascended into Heaven. It would be years before they would be reunited in Heaven.

Mary was among the 120 people waiting in the Upper Room for ten days following Jesus’ ascension. He told them to wait until they were endued with Power from on High (Luke 24:49). When the Day of Pentecost was fully come, the Holy Spirit was poured out. They spoke in languages they had never learned before. The early church was birthed (Acts 2).

The sword also pierced Mary’s soul as it related to the family situation. Jesus’ family was not believers prior to the resurrection. Therefore, the family was divided and Mary was caught in the middle.

While Jesus was still hanging on the Cross, He entrusted the care of His mother over to John the Beloved disciple (His cousin). John was the brother of James and son of Zebedee. Jesus said, “Mother, behold thy son … John, behold thy mother” (John 19:26-27). From that day forward, Mary lived in John’s home for the rest of her life.

Normally, the custom was that one of her other sons would take care of his mother for the rest of her life. However, Jesus chose John. He knew that His mother would be the best cared for by John.

It is recorded that Jesus had four brothers: James, Joseph, Simon and Judas. He also had sisters, although their names, and how many sisters, are not mentioned (Matthew 13:55-56).

At the time of Jesus’ death, his siblings were not believers yet. However, they eventually became believers and even leaders in the early church. The most well-known of Jesus’ brothers is James, who was a leader in the Jerusalem church, who wrote the Epistle of James.

Jesus, who foreknew the future, knew that His brothers would become martyrs for the Gospel’s sake. John was the only one who was not martyred and lived to be a ripe old age (around 97).

It is believed that Mary died in Ephesus where she and John were living.

Mary was a woman of courage, grace and strength. She endured many years of scandal and people whispering and gossiping about her and Joseph.

Those around them believed that she and Joseph had conceived a child out of wedlock. That is what it appeared to be. Joseph married her sooner than they originally planned, and when doing the math, it was obvious that Mary gave birth to Jesus less than nine months after she and Joseph were married.

Only a few in Nazareth believed that Jesus was the Messiah. To most people in Nazareth, He was just the son of a carpenter.

To be a vessel used by the Lord, like Mary, you may have to drink a bitter cup. There may be reproach and suffering that you have to go through in order to carry Jesus to the world. You may have to put your life on the line for the Gospel’s sake. However, a blessing and reward will be yours for an eternity.