You and I were created to know God. This is our ultimate purpose for existence, and it is very important that we have a correct concept of God, for we tend to respond to Him based upon our perception of what we know about Him.

This has been proven historically. The measure of greatness attained by both individuals and nations has been in direct proportion to their perspective of God. Where God is welcomed and worshipped, there is blessing. Where He is rejected or ignored, there is often bondage and lack.

Immeasurable Majesty

Though our natural minds could never contain the unfathomable magnitude of God, we can know Him and discover what He is like through the revelation of His Word and through relationship.

A.W. Tozer, a writer whose works have inspired me deeply, describes the One whom we seek to know in this extraordinary way:

The God we must learn to know is the Majesty in the heavens, God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, the only wise God our Saviour. He it is that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, who stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in, who bringeth out His starry host by number and calleth them all by name through the greatness of His power.

Tozer’s words paint an eloquent portrait of God for us to consider, yet no words could ever begin to describe the level of perfect fellowship and communion that Adam and Eve experienced as they basked in God’s glory while they strolled through the garden with Him (Genesis 2). 

What tongue could convey the rapturous wonder that Moses experienced when, in response to his plea to know God, he stood in the cleft of the rock as God passed by, revealing His glory to him (Exodus 33:13)?

So glorious was this encounter with the Lord that scripture records “the skin of his face shone” (Exodus 33:29).

Dear partner, you and I can know God, and what awaits us as we grow in our relationship with Him is beyond comprehension, for the Bible declares, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

In Isaiah 64:4, we find a similar assurance: “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”

Within the scriptures God reveals Himself to you and me in 12 glorious revelations of His name: one name, 12 revelations. Each revelation draws us closer to Him, bringing greater depth to our relationship and producing more intimate fellowship. And I’m sure your heart cries out as mine does to know the depths of the Master and experience the all-consuming glory of His presence.

The Names and Nature of God

How important is a name? Is it merely a means of recognition, or is it integral to identity?

In my opinion, a name represents the authority and the qualities and characteristics that set you apart from everyone else, and those considerations are all part of your identity. This principle is true in the Spirit realm, and is readily acknowledged when you and I pray “in the name of Jesus.”

In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “When the petition is so clearly right that we dare set the name of Jesus to it, then it must be granted.”

Man’s chief end and ultimate purpose is to know God, and this occurs through an unfolding revelation: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). 

God Almighty reveals Himself to us in 12 revelations of His name. Although these revelations were given years apart, they were recorded in perfect order by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and each defines with perfection the nature of an awesome God.

Here are the first six names of God:

Elohim: My God, My Creator—Genesis 1:1

The first revelation God gives is that He is Elohim, as recorded in the Hebrew text. This name is always connected to creation, authority, power, greatness, dominion, and glory.  It is introduced in Genesis 1:1, where the Bible declares, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Elohim’s actual meaning is a plural form of God, because when the name is translated from the Hebrew in Genesis chapter 1, it reads “in the eternal past, Gods brought out of nothing the heaven and the earth.”

Indeed, in Genesis 1 we find the words, “… and God said … and God said … and God said,” repeatedly, and in each instance it is the plural form of Elohim. God presents Himself with the plural name Elohim to His creation and the angels: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).

Jehovah: My Father—Genesis 2:7

Whereas the name Elohim presents God’s existence, we see His personality revealed in the name Jehovah. This name is associated with covenant relationship, fellowship, and blood sacrifice.

For example, Elohim presents love, Jehovah reveals love. Elohim presents power, Jehovah reveals power. Elohim presents mercy, Jehovah reveals mercy. Elohim presents His glory, Jehovah reveals His glory.

The Bible tells us that the angels cry, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” while beholding His majestic holy presence. When we experience a revelation of His glory, we will do the same, but there is something that the angels cannot do. They cannot know Him as Jehovah—their Father. 

You and I can know this privilege as believers because of the work of the cross, which allows us to experience the intimate father-to-child fellowship that comes as a result of having a covenant relationship with the God Jehovah.

Jehovah El-Shaddai: My Supplier—Genesis 17:4

In Genesis 17, God reveals Himself to Abram as Jehovah El-Shaddai. When Abram was 99 years old, “the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly” (17:1–2). 

Abram knew God as Jehovah through his covenant relationship with Him. But, at age 99, Abram was about to experience a revelation of El-Shaddai, as God’s promise was about to be fulfilled: “Thou shalt be a father of many nations.… I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee” (Genesis 17:4-6).

When Abraham was an old man and Sarah’s womb was dead, God fulfilled His promise.  Abraham did not know the revelation of Jehovah El-Shaddai (the Supplier) until his body could not produce and his flesh was approaching death. The seed came after their revelation of Jehovah El-Shaddai: the Supplier, the Nourisher, the All-Sufficient One gave Abraham and Sarah their child of promise. 

Adonai: My Lord, My Master—Genesis 18:3

We find an example of the fourth revelation of God’s name, Adonai, in Genesis 18. As Abraham was sitting in the doorway of his tent in the heat of the day, he looked up and saw three men standing near him. Bowing himself to the ground, Abraham, we are told in Genesis 18:3, calls out, “My Lord,” which in Hebrew translates as Adonai, or “Master.”  Being addressed as Master implies that He is in complete ownership and control.

God reveals His will to those who know Him as Adonai. Up to this time, Abraham did not have a full understanding of God’s will. That’s why he tried to help God accomplish the promise to make him the father of many nations when he took Hagar as a wife. But when Abraham begins to call God Adonai, the Lord begins to confide in him about His plans.

We are told in Genesis 18:17, “the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?” referring to His plans of destruction for Sodom and Gomorrah. When Abraham addressed God as Adonai, he was actually saying, “You’re my Lord,” and God rewarded Him with a deeper and more intimate relationship. As God’s servant and partner, “Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” (Genesis 18:23).

From this point, Abraham began to intercede for Sodom and Gomorrah. Great intercessors are born in intimate fellowship with God. As Abraham “drew near,” he experienced intimacy with God Almighty and became an intercessor.

Jehovah Jireh: My Provider—Genesis 22:8

God’s promise to Abraham is fulfilled with the birth of Isaac. Imagine the joy Abraham experienced as he watched his son grow. Imagine, too, how you might have reacted in Abraham’s place when God instructed him, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of” (Genesis 22:2). 

Good servant that he was, Abraham did not hesitate to obey God’s command:

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. (Genesis 22:3)

After traveling for three days, they finally saw the land of Moriah (meaning mountains of provision) in the distance. Abraham told the two young men, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you” (Genesis 22:5). Then Abraham and Isaac set off together, Isaac carrying the wood for the burnt offering, and Abraham carrying the fire in one hand and a knife in the other.

As they walked along, Isaac inquired, “My father … Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (Genesis 22:7). Because Abraham knew God intimately, he responded with a glorious revelation: “My son, God (Jehovah Jireh, Yahweh) will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (22:8).

In this name, Abraham identifies a God of redemption. The Hebrew text suggests two meanings: “Jehovah shall be seen” and “Provider.” The revelation contained in Abraham’s response is glorious! In response to Isaac’s question about the whereabouts of the lamb, Abraham is actually saying, “Jehovah shall be seen!”

In that moment, I believe that Abraham had a vision of Christ on the cross, for the place where Isaac was to be offered (the land of Moriah) is where Christ was crucified. This is confirmed in John 8:56. We are told that while Jesus walked toward the mountains of Moriah, which are in Golgotha in Jerusalem, He said to the Jews, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Provision is impossible without possession. Abraham had a vision of the provision that was to come as he saw Christ on the cross. And amazingly the Holy Spirit put these revelations relating to God’s name in such perfect order in the word of God.

Jehovah Rophe: My Healer—Exodus 15:26

The sixth revelation of God’s name is Jehovah Rophe, my Healer. This revelation came through Moses to the children of Israel as they were coming out of Egypt. It is presented in such perfect order in the Scriptures under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit because to know God as Jehovah Rophe, your Healer, you must first know Him as your God, your Father, your Supplier, your Master and Lord, and your Provider. When you see the Lamb as your provider, healing will come.

As the Israelites came to the waters of Marah, they found that the water was bitter and unsuitable for drinking. Amid their complaints:

[Moses] cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the God that healeth thee. (Exodus 15:25-26)

This is the key. The moment we see Christ as provision through redemption, we see healing. The word provision is connected to redemption. When Abraham says, “God will provide himself the lamb,” he is speaking of redemption. While the sinner may receive healing because of grace, the believer receives healing because of the covenant relationship that comes about through the revelation of who God is.

Abraham and Moses both experienced the revelation of who God is through a revelation of His names. Yet there was one great difference between them. Abraham knew the name, but Moses knew what the name could do! He witnessed firsthand the power of Jehovah’s name in Egypt when the gods of Egypt bowed, when Pharaoh bowed, and when the plagues descended upon the Egyptians.

A glorious demonstration of that power was manifest when 430 years of captivity came to an end for the children of Israel. With the wealth of Egypt in hand, three million slaves were delivered from bondage as they saw the power of the name Jehovah demonstrated!

Many individuals today only know God as Elohim. They have never met Jehovah or experienced a revelation of who He is through a covenant relationship. The covenant begins with the knowledge of Jehovah.

As believers, and because of the covenant, you and I can know the Master in-depth and are able to experience a glorious revelation of Him!

 

God Almighty reveals Himself to us through the 12 revelations of His name: one name, 12 revelations. In part one of “The Names and Nature of God,” I’ve shared the first six revelations of God’s name. We will examine the final six revelations of God’s name in the second part of this teaching next week.

 

Historic Days Ahead

Because of your prayers and seed-gifts, I have just finished five powerful services in Brazil—Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Sao Paulo.

This week I’m in New Orleans for three services. From here I go to California for six services, then to New Jersey, France, Ukraine, England, Mexico, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, and Canada.

And there are even remarkable places where God is opening the doors to the Gospel for the first time. I can’t wait to share more about these historic opportunities as plans are finalized!

But I cannot do these great life-changing crusades and services without your help!

Co-Laborers for the Cause of Christ

This is truly an exciting hour for this ministry. The cry of humanity has gotten louder, but the cry for the Gospel is the loudest ever.

Please help me tell them. Let’s make our precious Jesus proud as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission together!

Please help me tell the lost about our Lord Jesus Christ with effectiveness and power—that Jesus and only Jesus is the Messiah!

Help me show them the power of God from our crusades and meetings around the world!

I am asking you to give today toward what God is doing in our midst. Whatever He places on your heart to do, please obey Him!

I truly believe that your seed will bring you a great harvest and great protection for your financial tomorrow, as we are promised:

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth…. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2-6)

Can I count on you today?

pbh_eblast_footerI am asking you, from the bottom of my heart, to give generously today for this mighty work of God so we can continue to make advance preparations for all our scheduled healing services and can take the Good News of Jesus Christ through the awesome, unprecedented doors He is opening to us.

Please let me hear from you today. We cannot lose this moment!

Give to the Lord your best seed today, and watch what He will do for you!

And as you plant your seed-gift to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations, be sure to send your prayer requests for the upcoming Good Friday Day of Prayer.

I look forward to hearing from you today!

For the glorious and eternal cause of our precious Lord Jesus Christ,

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