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Dont use His name in things He himself would not be associated with

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Q. What about the third commandment and what does it mean when it says we are not to take His name to nothingness?

A. By His name I assume you are referring to the four Hebrew letters "yod, hey, vav, hey" and symbolized in English by YHVH.

However, God has many names in the Bible, not just one.

In fact, He tells Moses to tell Pharaoh His name is "Ehyeh."

What this means in Hebrew and biblical thought is we are not to give false oaths, false prophecies, use His name lightly or in half-hearted appeals to God and use His name in a curse.

Now, this has little to do with pronouncing His name correctly, it has to do with what His name means and signifies.

"In the name of" in biblical thought relates to the reputation, fame, glory, memorial and religion of whatever name you use.

For instance, if someone speaks "in my name" it should be exactly the way I would put it and according to how I would have done things.

That is what the Lord is trying to say.

Don’t use His name in things He himself would not be associated with.

Many today teach things "in His name" that God never said or would say.

That would be a violation of the commandment. But, it has nothing to do with pronouncing His name correctly.

Nobody knows how to say it anyway.

Some say it is pronounced "Yahweh" or "Jehovah" but the four Hebrew letters for YHVH can be pronounced 22 different ways.

God has gone to great detail in telling us what kind of food to eat, how to dress, calendars, what days are holy, loving your neighbor and so on.

If pronouncing His name correctly was as important as some in the Sacred Name movement say it is, He would have gone to great lengths to make sure we knew how to say it.

What it comes down to is the attitude in the heart.

Some say we can’t say Lord or God because it has pagan connections.

But, God uses ‘God" in talking about Himself and if it’s acceptable to God to describe Himself that way, so can I.

We would have to discard most of the English language to comply with what some of these Sacred Name people say we ought to do, but they don’t do it themselves.

They use words with pagan origins in their writings and books telling us we shouldn’t use names with pagan origins!

I wouldn’t worry so much about the phonics of His name, I don’t believe He does.

What I would be concerned about is the intent of your heart because that is what He is concerned about. He knows who you are and who you mean when you call on Him, and that’s the only thing that counts. Forget about what anybody else says about pronouncing His name right.

They don’t know either. Besides, you aren’t praying to them anyway. If the Lord has a problem with it, let Him tell you about the pronounciation. God knows who you mean.

Q. What is Mystery Babylon?

A. Mystery Babylon is a term used in Revelation 17 for the antithesis of the woman in Revelation 12. Simply speaking, it is the age old comparison you will see in the Scriptures between the virtuous woman( God’s truth) and the harlot(deception).

The book of Proverbs goes into great detail in comparing the two. In Proverbs 7 Solomon warns about staying away from "the harlot" and this is in a literal sense of course, but spiritual harlotry is also meant.

Chapter 9 talks about the virtuous woman and she is personified by "wisdom" and she is the opposite of the harlot. In Proverbs 31.10-31, the virtuous woman is praised. In Hebrew there are 22 verses in this portion (v10-31).

So, each verse starting in v10 starts with the first Hebrew letter "aleph" and then verse 11 starts with "Bet", verse 12 "gimel" and so on through v 31. The meaning is clear, the virtuous woman has God’s blessing in total perfection of His Word.

The harlot doesn’t, she will pervert the Word of God. In short, the harlot is false religion of any kind and the virtuous woman is the true faith Given by God. The messiah would never marry anyone but a virtuous woman. We live with the "harlot" all around us.

But, the problem is she goes around and presents herself as the virtuous woman in order to seduce those who do not use insight, knowledge, discernment and understanding, and these can only be given by God.

Revelation17 is talking about the apostate religious system in place in the last days, led by the false prophet who will point those seduced by this harlot to follow the false messiah to their own destruction.

Deut 13.1-5 and Deut 18.14-22 not only contrasts the two "women" but show us how to tell the difference between the two. There is much more to this but I hope this helps.

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