In this Bible Prophecy Decoded post I explain why I use the name Yah for the Heavenly Father in my Bible prophecy explanations.
The simple answer is that I would rather call the Heavenly Father by the personal name that He declared, than by the title of Lord and God. If you prefer Lord and God, that’s fine, I’m just explaining my reasoning.
I’m not a Hebrew Roots type person who proclaims that everything needs to be in the Hebrew language, and that those who don’t use the Hebrew name for the Father and Messiah aren’t saved. Sadly, Hebrew Roots types learned some truth about the Hebrew names, but they take the narrative too far.
The New Testament manuscripts use the Greek transliteration of Messiah’s name Iesous, which became the English transliteration Jesus.
Psalms 68:4 says, Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name YAH, and rejoice before him.
There was no letter J when the Old Testament was written, so it would have been spelled and pronounced YAH.
JAH in Psalms 68:4 is Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary is word 3050. יָהּ Yahh, which means; Jah, the sacred name:—Jah, the Lord, most vehement. Compare names in “-iah,” “- jah.”
The Hebrew word Yah is found 45 times in Old Testament. Every time the all caps word LORD is used in the King James, it represents the Hebrew name for the Father, Yah.
Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Exodus17:16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
Psalms 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
Psalms 77:11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
Psalms 89:8 O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?
Psalms 94:7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
Psalms 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
Psalms 102:18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
Psalms 104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
Psalms 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Psalms 113:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
Psalms 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
Psalms 115:18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.
Psalms 116:19 In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
Psalms 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
Psalms 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
Psalms 118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
Psalms 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
Psalms 122:4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.
Psalms 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psalms 135:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.
Psalms 135:3 Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.
Psalms 135:4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
Psalms 135:21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 146:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
Psalms 146:10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
Psalms 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
Psalms 148:14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Psalms 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Psalms 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
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.
Psalms 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
Psalms 38:11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
We see clear evidence the title of LORD points to the Father’s name, YAH.
The word Hallelujah points to Praise ye (Hallel) Yah (Jah). HalleluYAH!
In the name JAH in the Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary, it tells us to compare names in “-iah,” “- jah.”
We see this applied in the names of the Old Testament prophets. We know them by the English version of their name, but they had Hebrew names which include the name of Yah.
Their names have specific meanings which relate to the mission of the prophet. This gets lost in English Bible translations.
Isaiah in Hebrew is Yeshayahu, means ‘Yah is salvation.’
Jeremiah in Hebrew is Yirmiyahu means ‘Yah will raise.’
Hezekiah in Hebrew is Chizqiyahu means ‘Yah strengthens.’
Zechariah in Hebrew is Zekharyah means ‘Yah remembers.’
Zepheniah in Hebrew is Tzefanyah means ‘hidden by Yah.’
Some people proclaim that the name YAH comes from Babylon pagan god worship, but that’s a false association.
Satan perverts the things of the Father to steal glory from Him, but that doesn’t invalidate that the name Yah is proclaimed in Scripture.