Yahweh -- Three In One

י ה ו ה




Print/PDFIn the beginning of God’s Holy Bible (King James Version) – the first verse of the first chapter of the first book – we find God talking about Himself:


“In the beginning God (H430) created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 KJV)


And taking a closer look at the Hebrew word (“Elohim” – Strong’s #H430) from which “God” was translated, we find that it is a uni-plural noun (“one” that is actually more than one) meaning Gods:


Elohim [el-o-heem'] (H430) - Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: - angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty. (Strong’s Hebrew And Greek Dictionary)


In Genesis 1:1, and in over 2700 other places in the Old Testament Scriptures, the uni-plural noun “Elohim” (H430) is the Hebrew word that “God” chose to describe Himself.


In fact to further emphasize the “uni-plural” nature of God, “Elohim” (H430) is sometimes used in the Old Testament Scriptures with plural pronouns (Gen. 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 6:8; John 14:23; 17:11,22-23). And as the following example clearly shows, this combination of the “uni-plural noun” and “plural pronoun” proves the plurality of God:


“And God (H430) said, Let us make man in our image (H6754), after our likeness (H1823): and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God (H430) created man in his own image (H6754), in the image (H6754) of God (H430) created he him; male and female created he them. And God (H430) blessed them, and God (H430) said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28 KJV)


So as the preceding Scripture points out, God in the plural form, “Elohim” (H430), made “man” in His plural “image” after His plural “likeness”. And now let’s take a look at the Hebrew word (“Tselem” – Strong’s #H6754) from which “image” was translated:


Tselem [tseh'-lem] (H6754) - From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol: - image, vain shew. (Strong’s Hebrew And Greek Dictionary)


God in the plural form, “Elohim” (H430), made “man” to be His “representative figure” on earth. And now let’s take a look at the Hebrew word (“Demuth” – Strong’s #H1823) from which “likeness” was translated:


Demuth [dem-ooth'] (H1823) - From H1819; resemblance; concretely model, shape; adverbially like: - fashion, like (-ness, as), manner, similitude. (Strong’s Hebrew And Greek Dictionary)


So in Genesis 1:26 we read that “Elohim” (H430), God in the plural form, made “man” to “concretely model” Him as His “representative figure” on earth. In other words, “man” was made to be an “accurate replica” of the “plural God” that created him. And the following New Testament Scripture will give us the details of this “model” that God called “man”:


And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV)


You see in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Brother Paul teaches us that man was made a “tripartite being” with three (3) separate partsbody, soul, and spirit. In fact, Brother Paul plainly states that “all three (3)” must be cleansed and committed to Jesus in order to escape God’s wrath. Jesus is the only One that can enable man to keep all three (3) parts “blameless” until His return. The “three (3) are one (1)”, but yet the three (3) are distinct individual parts that make up the one (1).


Trinity Of Man


So in the first chapter of Genesis we learned that God is uni-plural, “Elohim” (H430), and He made “man” to be uni-plural in His “image” and “likeness”. However, in the second chapter of Genesis we are given more of the details of this uni-plural God, “Elohim” (H430), that created all things:


“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD (H3068) God (H430) made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD (H3068) God (H430) had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and here was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD (H3068) God (H430) formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:4-7 KJV)


You see in the second chapter of Genesis, God – “Elohim” (H430) – makes Himself more personal by adding His Name to his Title. And now let’s take a look at the Hebrew word (“Jehovah/Yehovah” – Strong’s #H3068) from which “LORD” was translated:


Jehovah/Yehovah [yeh-ho-vaw'] (H3068) - From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: - Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069. (Strong’s Hebrew And Greek Dictionary)


“Jehovah” or “Yehovah” is the Name of God… but it hasn’t always been! It was somewhere around the 13th century that the term “Jehovah” first appeared when Christian scholars took the four (4) consonants of God’s Name – “YHWH” – and added vowels to produce the “Yahowah” pronunciation and it’s Latinized spelling of “Jehovah”.


You see, in the Hebrew language God’s Name is spelled with four (4) letters: “YHWH”. And since ancient Hebrew had no written vowels, the original pronunciation of God’s Name was uncertain in today’s culture. However, God’s Name has been found written with vowels in ancient Greek writings that indicate the correct pronunciation to be “Yahweh (Yahveh)”. And the following is how it is written in Hebrew:




Now as we are about to see, The Divine Attributes of God are graphically illustrated in His Name – “Yahweh (Yahveh)”. That's the way we spell “God’s Name” in English (transliterated), but the true “Picture of God” can only be seen by going back to it’s original Hebrew spelling (י ה ו ה). Because you see it’s only through a close inspection of those four (4) Hebrew letters, and their position, that we can see “Yahweh” as God intended – “The Three (3)inThe One (1)”. However, seeing how Hebrew reads from right to left, but English reads from left to right, from here on out we’re going to reverse the four (4) Hebrew letters in God’s Name for the sake of clarity and ease of comparison:


ה - ו - ה - י

Yod - Hey - Waw - Hey



#1) The first letter, which is pronounced “Yod”, is the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has the numeric value of ten. It is symbolic of the First Person of the Godhead – the “Father”.


The Mystery of Yod - (http://www.hebrew4christians.com):
Suspended in mid-air, Yod is the smallest of the Hebrew letters, the “atom” of the consonants, and the form from which all other letters begin and end. [The first dot with which the Scribes first start writing a letter, or the last dot that gives a letter its final form – is a yod. (Likutei Maharan).] In the Jewish mystical tradition Yod represents a mere dot, a divine point of energy. Since Yod is used to form all the other letters, and since God uses the letters as the building blocks of creation, Yod indicates God’s omnipresence…Since Jesus upholds the world by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3), and Yod is part of every Hebrew letter (and therefore every word), Yod is considered the starting point of the presence of God in all things – the “spark” of the Spirit in everything.


#2) The second letter, which is pronounced “Hey”, is the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has the numeric value of five. It is symbolic of the Third Person of the Godhead – the “Holy Spirit”.


The Mystery of Hey - (http://www.hebrew4christians.com):
According to the Jewish mystics, Hey represents the divine breath , revelation, and light (the word “light” is mentioned five times on the first day of creation (Gen. 1:3-4), which is said to correspond to the letter Hey). Since the numerical value of Hey is five, this corresponds on a physical level to the five fingers, the five senses, and the five dimensions. On the spiritual level it corresponds to the five levels of the soul (instincts, emotions, mind, bridge to transcendence, and oneness).


#3) The third letter, which is pronounced “Waw” or “Vav”, is the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has the numeric value of six. It is symbolic of the Second Person of the Godhead – the “Word/Son”.


The Mystery of Vav - (http://www.hebrew4christians.com):
The first Vav in the Torah occurs in Gen. 1:1 – בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם
וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ (In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth). The placement of the Vav suggest two of it’s connective powers:
- By joining heaven and earth (הַשָּׁמַיִם
וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ) it implies the connection between spirituial and earthly matters.
- Since it occurs as the 22nd letter in the Torah attached to the sixth word, אה (et), it alludes to the creative connection between all the letters. Vav is therefore the connection force of the God, the divine “hook” that binds together heaven and earth.


#4) The fourth letter, which is pronounced “Hey”, is once again the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and has the numeric value of five. It is symbolic of the Third Person of the Godhead – the “Holy Spirit”. (See “The Mystery of Hey” in #2.)


So there you have it! God’s Name (The Name of God) spelled out in four Hebrew letters, with each being representative of a Member of the “Triune Godhead”. However, seeing how “tri” means “three”, why do you suppose it took four Hebrew letters to accurately portray this “Picture of God”? I mean after all, one of those three Hebrew letters was used two different times.


ה - ו - ה - י

Yod - Hey - Waw - Hey

Father – Holy Spirit – Word/Son – Holy Spirit


Well it all goes back to the fact that somewhere around 3 BC the “Word” in Heaven became the “Son” on Earth. However, in order for that to happen, God had to restructure His Triune Godhead.


You see when the Second Person of the Godhead – the “Word” – was in Heaven with the Father, the descending order of the Godhead was the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit.


ה - ו - י

Yod - Waw - Hey

Father – Word – Holy Spirit


However, when the Second Person of the Godhead – the “Word” – became a “Flesh and Blood” human being on earth – the “Son” – the descending order of the Godhead suddenly changed to the Father, the Holy Spirit, and then the Son.


ו - ה - י

Yod - Hey - Waw

Father – Holy Spirit – Son


But then came another change. Because it was after His “death, burial, and resurrection” that Jesus returned to Heaven, once again, to sit at the Right Hand of His Father. In other words God’s “Three In One” is now back to the original order: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit.


So, you see it’s only because of the “sin of man” that these changes in the Triune Godhead were deemed necessary by the Almighty. In other words “God so loved the world” that He turned Heaven upside down in order to save it from the everlasting burning fires of Hell. And of course that’s the reason “God’s Name” uses four Hebrew letters instead of three to show us who He is.


ה - ו - ה - י

Yod - Hey - Waw - Hey

Father – Holy Spirit – Word/Son – Holy Spirit


However, even with this unmistakably clear picture of the “Three In One” Triune Godhead in the “Name of God”, there are many that persist in trying to deny God’s “Three In One” existence. Take for instance the following Scripture from the book of 1 John. You won’t find it in many of the “New Age” corrupted Bible versions. For some unknown reason, the Devil just can’t stand it:


“Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” (1 John 5:5-8 KJV)


So regardless of what the Devil might say, the Scripture is clear on the fact that there are Three (3) in Heaven – the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost – and these Three (3) are One (1). That’s the way it was in the beginning, and that’s the way it is now. But what about when the Word became the Son?


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not…But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-5, 12-14 KJV)


Well, as the Scripture plainly tells us, when the “Word” became “Jesus the Son of God” and walked on this earth, the Father and the Holy Spirit were there too:


“Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22 KJV)


“And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:9-11 KJV)


“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17 KJV)


So, without a doubt, the Word of God contained in His Holy Bible (King James Version) documents the proof that the “uni-plural” God “Elohim(H430) is One God made up of Three Parts – “Father, Word/Son, and Holy Spirit” – as exemplified by the three (3) Hebrew letters used in the spelling of His Holy Name: “Yahweh/Yahveh” (H3068).


“Hear, O Israel: The LORD (H3068) our God (H430) is one LORD (H3068):” (Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV)


And to further illustrate the reality of the Three (3) that make up the One (1), we have the following notes from the Finis Jennings Dake Annotated Bible:


Proofs Jesus Is Not the Father



Holy Spirit Not Jesus Or the Father:



Trinity Of God


Yahweh, God Almighty, is Three In One!!!



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