The biggest lie in the Bible is a bad translation of what the people exclaimed when fire came from heaven and burned the sacrifice that Elijah made on Mt Carmel. They said, “The LORD, He is God!”

On the surface that sounds ok, what’s wrong with it? The fact is that 98% of people do not know that wherever you see LORD in all caps, translators removed God’s name represented by four letters, the tetragrammaton, and they substituted the title, LORD.

That was a bad mistake because Moses said not to add to the Bible or take away from it -and Christ said the same– “Not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law till all be fulfilled.” Matt 5:18

Actually Christ said not one yod–that was the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and the first letter of God’s name. In removing it from the Bible, translators were violating what Moses and Christ said.

Solomon dedicated his temple to God’s great name, “that all people might know Thy name,” (1Kings 8:42,43) but now not 2% of the population know His name. (God and Lord are titles, not names)

We might wonder why “the LORD, He is God” is a big lie. Elijah was making the point that Baal was NOT God, but the translation of Baal is “lord.” For the the text to read that the LORD is God is obscuring God’s great name and using the title of Baal to say ”He is God.” In Elijah’s day, they actually said IAUA, He is God., but that text is replaced by LORD.

Christians and Jews don’t worship a calf, but they call God by the same title–Lord.

We live in a time of identity theft. The original crime was with God’s name so no one knows it, in which case the pope’s title might work–one of his official titles is Lord God the Pope (Google). And it was probably Catholic translators who influenced translation to get rid of God’s name, making it more generically acceptable.
After asking questions that can only refer to Deity, Proverbs 30:4 asks, “What is His name?” These words reflect our need to know. Josephus, a Jewish historian at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction, gives a major clue. He describes the high priest’s golden crown, “in which was engraven the sacred name [of God]…It consists of four vowels,” Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 5, Section 7.

Most people think those four letters are consonants, YHWH, but a renowned Hebrew textbook says, “Long before the introduction of vowel-signs, it was felt that the main vowel-sounds should be indicated in writing, and so the three letters, yothe, hay, waw, were used to represent long vowels.” A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, Weingreen, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 7-8. God’s name is spelled yod, hay, waw [vav], hay.

For those who wonder, HallelUIA is an international word praising God’s name in most languages. The short form of His name is IA, (pronounced ee-ah, and the prophets, Isaia, Jeremia, Zephania, Obadia, Zecharia came in His name. Nations like Samaria and Syria wanted to be godly people.

Consonants [like b, d, k, or m] are made by obstruction of air flow. God’s name has no obstruction like our names or characters have. His name and His character are all flow and melody. Vowels are the essential part of any pronounceable word.

We use the vowels of God’s name in every word we speak or write—we wouldn’t have any intelligible words without vowels. God lets us use the vowels of His name in every word we speak and we shouldn’t take His name in vain, which is what translators did, taking it empty.

Moses said, “I will publish the name of IAUA, Deut 32:3. Publish means to make known. Will we do so too? I know it sounds wild because we are not used to it–maybe start with HallelUIA–like “in everything give thanks” as Paul said 1Thes 5:18.

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Richard Ruhling is an author on current events and Bible prophecy. His blog postings are topics from his new book book, Not Left Behind, at