To honor our Heavenly Father, and to allow His people to decide for themselves which pronunciation seems the most accurate, Bible Scrolls International has decided to use the Hebrew version of our Father's Name - יהוה - on the Tetra Scroll throughout the text. (as of 1-1-2017)
The Four Hebrew Letters יהוה will appear whenever we are referring to the Father. (Ex 3:15)
The Hebrew Name Yeshua, along with the Hebrew letters יהושע, is used for the Messiah, the one who came to die for our sins that we might have ever lasting life by believing in Him. Yeshua is the Hebrew name for the Son of the Most High, the Word, the Prince of Peace.
Note: English did not become a language until 800 or 900 years after the Messiah's life, death, burial, and resurrection, which means that the English name, Jesus, was not the name our Messiah used while He was on Earth. He parents named him Yehoshua - the longer version of Yeshua - which means Yah is Salvation. The shortened form, Yeshua, means - Salvation. Names have meaning in Hebrew.
The name Tetra Scroll (tetra means four) was chosen to honor the Grand Creator whose name in Hebrew is represented by the four letters YHWH, rendered Yehovah - or YHWH, Yahweh when the English vowels are added. Together, these four letters in Hebrew are commonly referred to as the Tetragrammaton and is featured at the top of the scroll.
It is important to note that about 220 years before Yeshua's birth -- out of respect for the divine name -- the Jewish religious leaders stopped pronouncing the Name of the Heavenly Father. They did not remove it from scripture, but when they saw יהוה in scripture, they replaced it vocally with words like Adonai, which translates to Master in English. Because there were no vowels in the Hebrew language, the exact pronunciation was eventually lost. There are other variations than the two listed above, but the questions becomes, if we don't know the exact way to prounounce the Father's Name, יהוה, should we continue to replace it with titles like master and Lord?
The answer is not a matter of personal preference. The scriptures have much to say about the importance of using the Diving Name. In fact, we are commanded to use the Father's Name, and there are consequences if we don't.
Replacing יהוה's personal name with titles, which is still common today, has resulted in many generations of believers living their entire lives without ever knowing יהוה's name at all!
Bible translators have continued this tradition, which has contributed to the problem. The good news is... there are several Bibles available, now, that have returned the Divine Name to its original place in the Scriptural text.
In the original Hebrew manuscripts, the Divine Name, יהוה, appeared nearly 7000 times, yet in modern times, translators ignored the warning in Deu 12:32 about adding and taking away from the Bible. They took it upon themselves to take out His name and replace it with the title LORD. This has had profound affects. Notice these two quotes from scripture, which are quoted from Joel 2:3, and Rom 10:13
"Who so ever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." VS "Who so ever calls on the name of יהוה (pronounced Yehovah or Yahweh) shall be saved." (Rom 10:13)
In the first example, they tell you that IF you call on the Name of the LORD you will be saved, but they don't tell you what His name is! In the second example, the one written as Holy Spirit inspired it to be written, it tells you exactly what you need to know. If you call on the name of יהוה (pronounced Yehovah, or Yahweh) you will be saved! There is a huge difference here. One is watered down, the other one is all powerful. This example is repeated throughout the entire Bible. Here is another example:
The Name of the LORD is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection. (Prov 18:10)
The Name of יהוה is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection. (Prov 18:10)
There is a tremendous difference! One gives you the Name, the other does not. Lord is a title; it is not his Name.
Does it matter? What does יהוה say about it? As we stated, there are nearly 7000 scriptures that include His name, but here are just a few that express the Father's heart on this issue.
Exodus 3:15 says: And Elohim (God in Hebrew) said moreover unto Moses, Thus you shall say unto the children of Israel, יהוה, the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Note this blessing in the book of Malachi: Mal 3:16-18 "Then they that feared יהוה (pronounced Yahweh or Yehovah) spoke one with another; and יהוה listened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before Him, for them that feared יהוה, and that thought upon His Name. And they shall be mine, saith יהוה of hosts, even my own treasured possession, and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him. Then shall you return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves Elohim, (God) and him that does not serve Him."
Note this curse: Mal 2:1-2 And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you. If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my Name, says יהוה of hosts, then will I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.
Here the religious leaders, the priests, were called into account because they were not honoring the Name of יהוה. This thakes place in Mal chapter 2. Then we see in Mal chapter 3, those who use and think upon His Name become a special treasured possession to Him. Their names are written into the Book of Rememberance!
Clearly, using יהוה's name is not an insignificant matter to Him. It was the first thing Yeshua Messiah told us to pray for. "Our Father in the heavens, let your Name be sanctified." (held holy, honored, hallowed).
In centuries past, no one has had the ability to know יהוה's name. It was hidden until such a time as this, when knowledge would become abundant in the Earth, (mostly because of the internet) until the prophecy of Daniel 12 would be fulfilled, and people would begin to understand what was previously not understood. Praise יהוה! Thank you, Father, for making your Name known unto us, just as Yeshua also did to His disciples, which You gave Him out of the world. (John 17:6, 26)
If your translation reads LORD in the scriptures listed above, turn to the front of your Bible and look for an area called "Articles of Translation" or something similar. There it will tell you that they kept with the tradition of taking יהוה's name out of scripture, and replaced it with LORD. Look for the letters YHWH. This may help you spot it faster. You may also check Prov 83:18. Many Bibles that have taken out יהוה's name everywhere else, have left it there. Most Bibles that have left it in Prov 83:18 will use the for Yahweh or Jehovah. Check the footnotes here if it reads LORD.
If your translation HAS taken out the divine name. Note Deu 4:2 "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of יהוה your Elohim, which I command you."
Here we are commanded not to add, or take away from His Word. How much more would He not allow His Name to be taken out and replaced with a title that is also given to men? Do not the British call men of high rank Lord? In addition to this, other gods--false gods--are also called Lord by those who worship them, but when we use the name Yahweh or Yehovah it identifies exactly whom we are referring to. It is the Name He gave Himself. It is His memorial to ALL generations.
There are many translations available today that have restored the name of יהוה in its nearly 7000 places. If you don't already have one, you may want to get one. The Hallelujah Bible is often available online for free. The Scriptures, published by the International Bible Institute, The Aramaic English New Testament, and many others have also recognized this truth, and published excellent translations. It is my hope that the Tetra Scroll plays a major role in teaching millions of people, the world over, that the Almighty's name in Hebrew is, was, and will always be יהוה.
As Yeshua said, "Our Father in the Heavens, let your Name be sanctified."
Mic 4:5 For all the peoples walk, each one in the name of his mighty one, but we walk in the Name of יהוה our Elohim forever and ever
"You are worthy, יהוה, our Elohim, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, for you created all things, and because of Your will they exist, and were created." (Revelation 4:11)