God Almighty reveals Himself to us in 12 revelations of His name: one name, 12 revelations.

In the first part of this teaching, we discussed the first six revelations of God’s name, discovering that each revelation gives birth to the next, ultimately drawing us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with God Almighty. Let me quickly review the first six:

  1. Elohim: God, Creator—Genesis 1:1
  2. Jehovah: My Father—Genesis 2:7
  3. Jehovah El-Shaddai: My Supply—Genesis 17:4
  4. Adonai: My Lord, My Master—Genesis 18:3
  5. Jehovah Jireh: My Provider—Genesis 22:8
  6. Jehovah Rophe: My Healer—Exodus 15:26

Because we are inclined to respond to God based on our perception of Him, it is important to have the right concept of Him. Our natural minds are incapable of comprehending the inexhaustible greatness of God, but we can know Him and understand what He is like through the revelation of His Word and through a personal relationship with Him.  

We Were Created to Know God in His Fullness

Many natural-minded men and women have put their trust in temporal things, incorrectly believing that success and achievement in life represent the purpose for their existence. The Word of God, however, offers this admonition:

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

A.W. Tozer so eloquently expressed how we were created to know about God’s nature:

God can be known in increasing degrees of intimate acquaintance as we prepare our hearts for the wonder. It may be necessary for us to alter our former beliefs about God as the glory that gilds the Sacred Scriptures dawns over our interior lives.

And as our Father reveals Himself in Scripture to us through the revelations of His name, we can know Him and become more like Him:

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

The unfolding revelation of who God is begins as we know Him first as Elohim, or Creator. Next, He reveals Himself to us as Jehovah, My Father. As Jehovah El-Shaddai, He is revealed as My Supply, and as Adonai he becomes My Lord and My Master. He then reveals Himself as Jehovah Jireh, My Provider, followed by Jehovah Rophe, My Healer, at which moment He becomes Jehovah Nissi, My Victory.

7. Jehovah Nissi: My Victory—Exodus 17:15

The revelation of God’s name as Jehovah Nissi is found in Exodus 17 following Israel’s conflict with the Amalekites. Amalek, a descendant of Esau, was preparing to attack the Israelites at Rephidim. So Moses told Joshua to organize the Israelites for battle.

The following day, Joshua did as Moses commanded, leading Israel into battle while Moses stood atop the mountain praying to God for victory and extending the rod of God outward from his arms. The Bible tells us that as long as Moses lifted up his hands in prayer, Israel prevailed in the battle, but that when he grew tired and let down his hands, the battle would swing in Amalek’s favor.

After several hours, Moses was exhausted. Unable to hold his hands up any longer, he sat down on a rock. Aaron and Hur, who had climbed the mountain with him, came to his aid and, standing on either side of Moses, held up and steadied his hands until the sun went down. Joshua and his warriors thus were able to defeat the Amalekites. To commemorate the victory, Moses built an altar.  

And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi. (Exoddus 17:14-15)

In this revelation of God’s name as Jehovah Nissi (My Victory), we see God’s power displayed. He brings victory in defense of His people.  

8. Jehovah M’kaddesh: My Sanctifier—Leviticus 20:7-8

The next glorious revelation of God’s name is found in Leviticus 20:7-8. Here, God is revealed as Jehovah M’kaddesh, My Sanctifier, the One who takes me out of sin into holiness, out of bondage into liberty, out of filth into righteousness.

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God.  And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you. (Leviticus 20:7-8)

In Genesis God reveals sin, in Exodus He reveals redemption, and in Leviticus He reveals sanctification!

As you and I choose to follow God’s example of holiness, we become more like Him. Sanctification sets us apart for service, bringing us into a new dimension of ministry in our lives and to the next revelation of God’s name: Jehovah Shalom.

9. Jehovah Shalom: My Peace—Judges 6:24

The revelation of God’s name as Jehovah Shalom is demonstrated through the life of Gideon, who is commanded to lead the Israelites into battle against the Midianites.

Despite their miraculous liberation from Egypt, the Israelites soon forgot that the Lord had rescued them from bondage. Forced to wander in the wilderness, the Israelites found themselves confronted by the Midianites, who, lacking sufficient manpower to wage war on their own, often formed coalitions with other local people to become a formidable foe.  

In commanding Gideon to lead the Israelites into battle against the Midianites, God assures him that “Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man” (Judges 6:16).

Gideon, though, is unaware of who he is in God and discloses the unbelief in his heart, saying, “If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign” (Judges 6:17).

God then reveals Himself to Gideon. Gideon’s fear and unbelief vanish, and his life is filled with peace through obedience to God. In acknowledgement, “Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah-shalom” (Judges 6:24).

Following God’s revelation of himself to Gideon as Jehovah Shalom, My Peace, Gideon led 300 men to a supernatural victory over the Midianites. This is a victory long remembered in Hebrew history.

The peace that stilled Gideon’s troubled heart was supernaturally given by God: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).

It was, as Philippians 4:7 declares, a peace beyond human understanding: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,” a peace, moreover, that “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

This is a peace made possible only by coming to know God as Jehovah Shalom. And it is only in this knowledge that we can subsequently discover the 10th revelation of God’s name, as Jehovah Tsidkenu, My Righteousness!   

10. Jehovah Tsidkenu: My Righteousness—Jeremiah 23:5-6

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

In this revelation, we recognize that righteousness is impossible without God. The Lord is our righteousness:

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

In revealing Himself to us by the name Jehovah Tsidkenu, My Righteousness, God prepares us for the intimacy that we can discover only in Him as Jehovah Rohi, My Shepherd. The best part is this: Throughout eternity, we will continue to make discoveries about our infinite God!

11. Jehovah Rohi: My Shepherd—Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most familiar of all the psalms. It begins with this often-quoted verse: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

No other revelation of God’s name conveys such tender intimacy and fellowship as Jehovah Rohi, meaning “my Shepherd.” The word “rohi” means to feed and to lead, aptly describing a shepherd’s duties and responsibilities.

Some interesting facts about sheep that apply to the natural and the spiritual realms include the following:

  • Sheep respond to their shepherd’s voice. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
  • Sheep get lost easily. Yet, when even one sheep goes astray, the shepherd goes after it and restores it to the flock. As Isaiah 53:6 indicates, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.”
  • Sheep become restless for three reasons:
    1. Hunger: They can graze peacefully for hours, but sheep become restless when food is scarce. Spiritual hunger occurs when the Word of God is lacking. But the Good Shepherd “maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:2).
    2. Bugs: There is a bug in the Middle East that torments sheep by landing and nesting on their heads. If the shepherd does not routinely rub olive oil—a symbol of the anointing of the Holy Spirit—on the sheep’s heads to keep the bug from landing on them, the bug will multiply and eventually blind the sheep. In the Spirit realm, bugs are symbolic of demons, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit protects us from being harassed by demons.
    3. Goats: Allowed to infiltrate a flock of sheep, goats steal the flock’s food, which, in turn, causes anxiety among the sheep. Spiritually, the goats represent carnal Christians in the Church who have no commitment to that body of believers. They simply come to steal the spiritual food and, in so doing, cause strife before moving on to other pastures.

When Jehovah Rohi, Our Shepherd, is revealed to us, we are exposed to the 12th glorious revelation of God’s name, Jehovah Shammah. In this, we discover the ever-present glory and the abiding presence of God!

12. Jehovah Shammah: The Lord Is There—Ezekiel 48:35

The prophet Ezekiel gives us the 12th and final revelation of God’s name, Jehovah Shammah, which means, The Lord Is There. This glorious revelation deals with the abiding presence of God.

As a 25-year-old exile in Babylon, Ezekiel prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem 11 years before judgment fell on that city. Years later, and still residing among the Babylonians, Ezekiel began to prophesy the restoration of God’s glory. He describes a temple and a city of the future in which the glory of God shall abide forever, declaring, “and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there” (Ezekiel 48:35).

When God is our shepherd, He leads us into the grandeur and the glory of His abiding presence, to dwell with Him forever as Jehovah Shammah: The Lord Is There.

In grasping a deeper dimension of who God is through each revelation of His name, deep calls unto deep. And we begin to discover the ultimate purpose for which we exist: to know our magnificent, unfathomable, mighty God in all His power and glory forever and ever!

A Quick Overview of the Names and Nature of God

God Almighty reveals Himself to man in 12 revelations of His one name: 

  1. Elohim: God, Creator—Genesis 1:1
  2. Jehovah: My Father—Genesis 2:7
  3. Jehovah El-Shaddai: My Supply—Genesis 17:4
  4. Adonai: My Lord, My Master—Genesis 18:3
  5. Jehovah Jireh: My Provider—Genesis 22:8
  6. Jehovah Rophe: My Healer—Exodus 15:26
  7. Jehovah Nissi: My Victory—Exodus 17:15
  8. Jehovah M’kaddesh: My Sanctifier—Leviticus 20:7-8
  9. Jehovah Shalom: My Peace—Judges 6:24
  10. Jehovah Tsidkenu: My Righteousness—Jeremiah 23:5-6
  11. Jehovah Rohi: My Shepherd—Psalm 23
  12. Jehovah Shammah: The Lord Is There—Ezekiel 48:35

Knowing God and Understanding the Pressing Need to Share His Love with the Lost

worshipingDiscovering more about who and what God is should be the greatest and most worthwhile endeavor for all believers!

We gain understanding of His ways through the revelation of His Word, yet, as A.W. Tozer wrote, “The sacred page is not meant to be the end, but only the means toward the end, which is knowing God himself.”

In knowing God, we discover that there is no limit to God’s love. It is, as declared in the Bible, available to anyone who will believe: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

It saddens me that there are people in every nation who have never met, much less called upon, the Savior. More than ever, we must do everything we can to tell people everywhere about Jesus, for “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).  

We can do great exploits for God together as partners in ministry by boldly preaching the Gospel message to the world. John 3:16 clearly tells us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Your faithful support has helped to make available to us the strategic technology and means to take the Gospel worldwide, yet there is so much more that we must do for our wonderful Master, Jesus.

Millions, Even Billions, Still Live in Spiritual Darkness

God’s mandate for this ministry is to take the message of His saving and healing power to the nations. And we must fulfill that mandate by every means possible. Some people are drawn to the Lord by the preaching of the Word, while others come to God as they see His miracle-working power transform the lives of those around them.

For more than 42 years, I’ve sought to fulfill God’s bidding. And as a partner in this ministry, you, too, have done so much on the Lord’s behalf by helping send me to the nations to preach the Gospel.

Your financial and spiritual support through your offerings and prayers place you with me each time I step onto a platform around the world. Every time I give the invitation for salvation and thousands respond, the eternal reward for this mighty harvest of souls is yours to claim.

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Be Part of This Remarkable Season

pbh_eblast_footerToday, as we seek to proclaim the life-saving and miracle-working message of Jesus Christ, I need your help as never before. Oh, that the lost and hurting could know the many revelations and facets of our Father as we do today!

Will you prayerfully send in your best seed today to help to take the Gospel message to the nations and reach more souls?

I believe with all my heart that the greatest ingathering of souls is before us, but I can do little to achieve it without your help.

Everywhere we have gone this year, we have seen such a powerful anointing in an unprecedented way, and to God belongs all the glory for what has been accomplished!

Yet I truly believe the greatest days are just ahead. I sense in my spirit that we are about to witness the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit since the book of Acts!

In addition, I am confident that we will experience the greatest harvest of souls we have ever seen. It’s exciting, dear partner, to know that you and I are going to be a part of it as we stay faithful to our calling to the cause of Christ!

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 on April 14.

I look forward to hearing from you today!

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