Finally, they gave Yah Shua the one question He was willing to answer - the one they had been waiting for and the High Priest asked it as a charge: And the High Priest, standing up said to Him, “Answerest thou nothing? What do these witness against thee? But Yah Shua was silent. And the high priest answering said to Him, “I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us if thou art the Christ the Son of God.? Yah Shua says to him, “Thou hast said. Moreover, I say to you, from henceforth ye shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power of God, and coming on the clouds of heaven. Then the High Priest rent his clothes, saying, “He has blasphemed: what need have we any more of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard the blasphemy. (See Matthew 26:64, Mark 14:62, and Luke 22:69.) The word “God” here is a substitute for “Yah Veh” and in the Hebrew Shem Tov (Matthew) the word “El” is used and not “the power of God”. “El” is used as a substitute for “Yah Veh”. It was immediately after Yah Shua said these words that the High Priest then rent his garments because this was the procedure required at a trial of a blasphemer when the Sacred Name was actually uttered! As recorded by Josephus and in Acts 5:34-37, it should be noted that at this time there were many others who also claimed to be the Messiah – but NO ONE was ever prosecuted for simply making that claim.
Reason #2: We are COMMANDED by scripture to bless, declare, magnify, sing, and thank His holy Name! (See 1 Chronicles 16:10, 35; 23:13; Psalms 7:17, 9:1-2, 18:49, 20:5-7, 22:22, 27:6, 29:1-2, 30:4, 34:3, 35:27, 44:8, 45:16, 54:6, 63:4, 69:30, 72:18, 74:21, 75:1, 80:18, 86:11-12, 89:15-16, 92:1, 97:12, 99:2-3, 100:1-5, 103:1-4, 106:47, 113:1-3, 116:11-14, 135:1-3, 138:2, 140:13, 145:1-4, 148:1-5; Isaiah 12:4; Jeremiah 10:25, 23:6; and Matthew 28:19 to list just a few of the over 100 scriptures that command us to use His Name!)
Reason #3: God gave Yah Shua God's holy Name! John 17:11: “And I am no longer in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to Holy Father, keep them in thy name which thou hast given me, that they may be one as we.” (Also see Hebrews 1:4 and Revelation 3:12.)
Reason #4: Yah Shua performed ALL of His miracles in His Father's Name! (See Matthew 4:10, 22:44; Mark 12:11, 29, 36; Luke 4:8; and John 10:25.)
What seems to have been forgotten in most Christian congregations today is that Yah Shua died on the cross so that the barrier between God and man could be torn asunder and that we would all once again have direct access to God Himself. Yah Shua said, “No one comes to the Father unless by me”. (from John 14:6) Note that the goal here is to reach the Father NOT the Son! Yah Shua is our intercessor. Because of His sacrifice on the cross the Father is now again willing to listen to us. For this reason we often plead our cause by invoking the blood of Yah Shua or the nails or thorns that pierced His flesh. Yah Veh is willing to hear our pleas only because of the incredible pain, suffering, and death experienced by Yah Shua HaMashiach for our benefit. Our concern with Yah Shua is that we recognize Him as our personal intercessor with His Father and honor the terrible sacrifice He made so that such intercession is possible. Remember that all blessings come from the Father. (Matthew 18:19, John 8:42, and John 15:26) We invoke Yah Shua's name to acknowledge that we come to the Father through Him. Too many churches give all of their praise and worship to the Son to the exclusion of the Father! Yes, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are indeed in echad (oneness, unity), but scripture is clear that we must praise and worship the Father’s holy Name. Sadly, most Christians don't even know what the Father's Name is! Most cry out “alleluia” or “hallelujah” not even knowing that these words are a corruption of “hallelu Yah” which means praise Yah (“Yah” , of course, being the shortened version of “Yah Veh”). And as noted at the beginning of this writing, the letter “J” didn't even exist less than 600 years ago - so “Jehovah” is at best a corruption of the Father's Name!
Why We Should Use God’s Actual Name
Reason #1: Our Saviour was condemned to death for using God's actual name! Yah Shua (The name “Jesus” was only invented, along with the letter “J”, less than 600 years ago! The Apostles NEVER called our Saviour by the name “Jesus”! “Yah Shua” means “Yah saves”.) was condemned to death for using His Father's Name. The religious leaders of Judaea had made it illegal for anyone except for the High Priest and certain chosen ones (who kept it a secret) to say the Sacred Name and then only in the temple and during certain times of the year (such as Yom Kippur). This was a misinterpretation of Leviticus 24:10, Exodus 20:7, and Deuteronomy 5:11 since these scriptures do not forbid the use of the Holy Name. The Mishnah (the so called “oral law” that was actually a code of Jewish customs that became law) explains: Sanhedrin 7:5; “He who blasphemes is liable only when he will have fully pronounced the divine Name. `Said R. Joshua b. Qorha, “On every day of a trial they examine the witnesses with a substituted name, (such as), `May Yose smite Yose.` (Once) the trial is over, they would not put him to death (on the basis of evidence given) with the euphemism, but they put out everyone and ask the most important of the witnesses, saying to him, `Say, what exactly did you hear (in detail)?`` And he says what he heard. `And the judges stand on their feet and tear their clothing, and never sew them back up. `And the second witness says, “Also I (heard) what he heard. `` And the third witness says, `Also I (heard) what he heard.`”
So the key to the trial was to find witnesses that could come forward and testify that Yah Shua had pronounced the Sacred Name and they must do it according to a pattern found in the Mishnah. They could not say the Sacred Name themselves but they were required to use a substitute. If the person pronounced the Sacred Name, it was requirement under the Mishnah that the priests tear their clothing.
Matthew 26:59-61: “And the chief priests and the elders and the whole Sanhedrim sought false witnesses against Yah Shua, so that they might put him to death. And they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. But at the last, two false witnesses came forward and said, ‘He said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and in three days build it.’”
At first the testimony required a substitute name in repeating the statement but later in private the witness had to reveal the actual name used. Hence, this is why the word “God” is used here. The phrase “the temple of God” is a substitute for “the temple of Yah Veh” that appears throughout the Old Testament. (1 Samuel 1:9, 3:3; 2 Kings 11:10, 23:4, 24:13; 2 Chronicles 26:16, 29:18; Jeremiah 7:7, 24:1; Ezekiel 8:16) The temple was the only building in Scripture in which Yah Veh placed His Name. In the end, the claim of the two false witnesses could not stand because their testimony could not agree. (Mark 14:59) Under Scriptural law at least two witnesses were required before a person could receive the death penalty - Numbers 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15.
There were Pharisees at the trial, like Nicodemus, who had earlier defended Yah Shua and who wanted to see Him have a fair trial. Nicodemus would not have allowed Yah Shua to be condemned without due process and proper witnesses. (See John 12:42-43.) When the witnesses could not agree the trial came to a halt, and they could not proceed. At that point Yah Shua would have won His case because the witnesses were in disagreement. Seeing that their case against Yah Shua had not succeeded, His enemies now began to press Him personally with questions, which He did not answer.