Frequently Asked Questions

Are you affiliated with any Sacred Name group?
Why do you use “Yahushua” and not “Yahshua” for the messiah’s name?
Aren’t both the names Yahweh and Yahushua the names of salvation?
Are the dietary regulations required for salvation?
Is water baptism necessary for salvation?
Isn’t it required for a person to be water baptized in order to participate in the Phasekh (Passover) Festival?
I want to be baptized. Do you know of anyone that is authorized to perform water baptisms?
Does the moon have to be physically visible in order to determine a new month?
Don’t we have to watch for the green ears of barley to determine when to begin the New Year?
Do you have a calendar of feast days for the year?
Why do you keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread on Abib 14-20 and not Abib 15-21 like most Sacred Name groups?
Is it possible to know the timing of the next Sabbath and Jubilee Year?

 


Are you affiliated with any Sacred Name group?

The Yahu Ranger Report (YRR) is not associated with any Sacred Name group or part of the so-called Sacred Name Movement. This blog is basically a sister website of Qadesh La Yahweh Press (QLYP). Most of the material presented by YRR is taken from the published content at QLYP. As one can readily observe, the Ranger takes a more casual approach regarding the presentation of the material to the reader.


Why do you use “Yahushua” and not “Yahshua” for the messiah’s name?

The ineffable name doctrine adopted by the Jews in the mid-second century B.C.E. resulted in the official suppression of the true pronunciation of the father’s sacred name, Yahweh, as well as the praenomen of the lesser deity, his son, Yahu. It is from Yahu that the name Yahushua (Yahu saves) is derived and not from Yahweh, as popular and misinformed advocates would argue.

In time, the Jewish religious leaders decided that only two letters of the sacred name Yahweh were allowed for popular use. This doctrine eventually led to the suppression of the full form of the name Yahu (representing three letters of the sacred name). The full form “Yahu” is found in early inscriptions when a direct reference is made to this deity. Nevertheless, by the first century C.E. the Pharisaic Jews had officially dropped the letter “waw” when writing this name in their texts (though other Jewish and Christian groups continued for a time with the use of the full form Yahu).

In turn, the suppression of the full form “Yahu” found its way into many personal names using Yahu as the theophoric element, if not by the actual spelling often by means of pronunciation. Sometimes (whether by writing or pronunciation) the “waw” was dropped; other times the “hay”; and in other incidences both the “hay” and the “waw.” This process began with both Aramaic and Greek translations and their alternate forms of Hebrew personal names. It then found its way into Hebrew usage.

Hebrew names, such as Yahushua and Yeremyahu, eventually were altered so that they were pronounced as Yeshua or Yahshua and Yeremiah (Jeremiah). Therefore, even though the name of Joshua the son of Nun, whose personal name is identical to that of the messiah’s, is spelled Y-ah-u-shu-a (Yahushua), by using late Jewish rules for pronunciation, it is often pronounced Yahshua. It is as if the “waw” in the theophoric element did not exist at all!

We believe the correct pronunciation of the messiah’s earthly name is Yahushua. There is great, prophetic significance when we understand the true meaning of the name Yahushua which is “Yahu saves,” rather than the popular understanding being “Yahweh is salvation” or “Yahweh saves.”

In reality, it is the person Yahu (Yahu-shua) who does the saving through his surname given to him by the father, the one and only saving name “Yahweh.” Accordingly, Scriptures have revealed that the full name of the messiah is “Yahu Yahweh.”

The ramifications of this evidence are far reaching, especially in light of the fact that it is “Yahu Yahweh” that ultimately will grant us a share of the inheritance of eternal life. For more information regarding this subject see “The Sacred Name Yahweh.”


Aren’t both the names Yahweh and Yahushua the names of salvation?

The Scriptures scrupulously limit the one name of salvation as being Yahweh. We should be reminded of Keph’s (Peter’s) quoting in part of Joel 2:28-32.

…For it will be (that) all who will call on the name Yahweh shall be saved. (Acts 2:14-21)

Therefore one does not receive salvation by calling on the messiah’s true earthly name “Yahushua,” even though Yahushua contains part of the sacred name (i.e., “Yahu”).

There is only one name by which mankind can attain salvation: the name shared by our heavenly father and his son Yahushua, the name that will also be shared by the saved, the full and only sacred name “Yahweh.”

For a detailed examination of this issue please refer to Chapter 17 of “The Sacred Name Yahweh.”


Are the dietary regulations required for salvation?

The dietary regulations were an augmentation to the Abrahamic Covenants of Promise instituted under the written contract of the Old Covenant made at Mount Sinai, also referred to as the Torah of Moses. Contained in the handwritten Torah were the augmentations of fleshly works or dogmasin (public decrees) that were adverse to us. Scriptures point out that with the manifestation of grace at the death of the messiah, these augmentations (dogmasin) have been nailed to the stake (Col. 2:11-16).

Therefore one’s salvation is not dependent on fleshly works of the law of which the dietary laws are a part of. Consequently, we do not discourage, prohibit, or judge anyone in regard to keeping or not keeping the dietary regulations.

We agree that the dietary rules found in Scriptures, as well as other cleanliness statutes, are excellent to practice, possessing great health benefits. Their symbolism for taking in clean knowledge is also beneficial as a teaching tool. If a person understands the scriptural significance and prophetic symbolism, practicing the dietary rules can help enhance the development of one’s divine nature, keeping in mind that it is not actually required for salvation.

For a complete review of this complex discussion please refer to chapters 1-8 of “The Festivals and Sacred Days of Yahweh.”


Is water baptism necessary for salvation?

John the Baptist points out the pure symbolic nature of water baptism when he states:

I indeed baptize you in water to repentance; but he who is coming after me is stronger than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you in the sacred ruach (spirit) and fire; whose fan is in his hand, and he will cleanse his floor, and will gather wheat into the barn. But he will burn the chaff with fire that cannot be put out. (Matt. 3:11-12)

In other words, water baptism is a token of repentance—the true baptism is yet to come. In the example of Yahushua’s baptism, he was baptized with water by John and baptized with the sacred ruach by his father (Matt. 3:13-17). But this was not the messiah’s final baptism—the baptism of water was symbolic of his death and resurrection and the baptism of the sacred ruach was symbolic of his quickening. In the book of Matthew the mother of the sons of Zeebedee requested that they sit on his right and left side in the kingdom. Then Yahushua responds:

You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup which I am about to drink, and to be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized? (Matt. 20:20-22)

Remember this is a point long after Yahushua was baptized by John and yet he still had a baptism to go through—his death and resurrection and his quickening before he ascended to the Father.

Prior to John the Baptist there were no general water baptisms for the remission of sins (there were ritual cleansings before one could enter the Temple). However, the crossing of the Red Sea was a type of baptism (1 Cor. 10:2)—the water symbolic of death and resurrection and the cloud symbolic of quickening.

But, Abraham, Isaak, Jacob, etc. were never water baptized—they instead received fleshly circumcision as a token. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing but the keeping of Yahweh’s commands. (1 Cor. 7:19) The true circumcision is the “circumcision of the heart,” that is the quickening (Rom. 2:29).

If water baptism is necessary for salvation consider the following:

  • The messiah never baptized anyone. (John 4:1-2)
  • Saul gives thanks that he only baptized a few. (1 Cor. 1:10-16)
  • Saul couldn’t remember the last time he baptized anyone. (1 Cor. 1:16)
  • Saul wasn’t sent to baptize. (1 Cor. 1:17)
  • Some were baptized a second time with the sacred ruach. (Acts 19:3-6)

Even though water baptism isn’t necessary for salvation, we are not saying that one should not be water baptized. In fact, Scriptures indicate that water baptism is a good thing as long as the necessary prerequisites are met. Scriptures indicate that only persons directly authorized by Yahweh can legitimately perform water baptisms.


Isn’t it required for a person to be water baptized in order to participate in the Phasekh (Passover) Festival?

If water baptism is a requirement before we can observe Phasekh then the messiah didn’t observe the Phasekh until he was about 30 years old (Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:23). But Israel did observe Phasekh before they were baptized with Moses in the Red Sea (1 Cor. 10:2).

The fact is, all men, whether they want it or not, will receive both the baptism of death and resurrection (water baptism) and the baptism of fire. However, not all will survive the baptism of fire.


 I want to be baptized. Do you know of anyone that is authorized to perform water baptisms?

There are many who claim that they have the authority to water baptize especially those from the various Sacred Name groups. In reality, we know of no one in our present day who Yahweh has given the authority to water baptize.


Does the moon have to be physically visible in order to determine a new month?

There is no statement whatsoever in all of Scriptures that the moon’s luminary has to actually be viewed by a person before it could be officially designated as the beginning of a month. This detail is implicit in the statement that Yahweh “made the moon for the moadim (appointed times)” (Psalm 104:19) and by the fact that it was already designated as regulating the night before Adam was created. (Genesis 1:14-18)

Therefore, the original purpose of the moon, which existed long before any man walked upon the face of the earth, was to fulfill its role as a mechanism for calculating time. Its role is not predicated upon the existence of mankind.

Indeed, even when its crescent is large enough to be visible to people who are standing on the ground, the obstruction of clouds, snow, smoke, poor eyesight, and the like are all a constant threat as an impediment to their vision. This detail moves us away from visibility as a prerequisite for determining a new moon and emphasizes the moon’s position in orbit.

For a detailed discussion please refer to “New Moon Madness” and the article by Qadesh La Yahweh Press titled “Rules for the New Moon.”


Don’t we have to watch for the green ears of barley to determine when to begin the New Year?

The month-name ha-Abib (“the Green Ears”) does not require us to date that month based upon the maturity of barley. It was merely the name given to the first month of the year and was labeled as such because it was associated with the spring season. The month of ha-Abib was to be dated based upon the season and not upon the maturity of barley. If Phasekh (Passover) always came after the beginning of the solar year (i.e., after the vernal equinox), then it would always fall in the spring and at the season of greening ears.

The Hillelic Pharisees, on the other hand, associated ha-Abib specifically with barley grain and the omer wave offering. Since roasted grain and fruit could not be eaten until after the omer wave offering was made, for the Hillelic Pharisees the maturity of barley and of fruit trees became important in their formula.

There are a number of inherent problems that are manifest when one uses barley and fruit trees to date the beginning of the New Year. Namely, such a method is without scriptural authority, lacks specificity, is too heavily burdened by allowing subjective interpretations and personal preferences, and does not address severe climactic conditions that could either bring on an early appearance of crops or—as would occur in severe prolonged drought periods—an absence of crops altogether.

The opportunistic rabbis knew that such unusual periods negated any legitimate use of crops and orchards for determining a new year. Their solution was to fall back on the only real scriptural determinative of a year they had: the tequphah (the equinox).

Qadesh La Yahweh Press is planning to present a comprehensive discussion regarding Yahweh’s Calendar in a forthcoming publication. For now, we refer you to our post titled “New Year’s Day Dilemma.”


Do you have a calendar of feast days for the year?

Yes. Just click on this link: Calendar. Here you will find a listing of this year’s sacred days and new moon dates.


Why do you keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread on Abib 14-20 and not Abib 15-21 like most Sacred Name groups?

Our research has proven that Yahushua the messiah and the early assemblies who followed, held to the practice that the seven-day Festival of Unleavened Bread began with the 14th of Abib and ended at the close of the 20th of Abib.

This system recognized that the 14th was not only the date for the ancient Phasekh (Passover) sacrifice (an event no longer required) but was the correct date for both the Phasekh supper and the first High Sabbath day of that festival. In this construct, Phasekh is the first day of the seven days of Unleavened Bread.

The practice of observing Abib 15-21 for the Festival of Unleavened Bread originated among the ancient Hasidim and was later made popular by the Pharisees and their spiritual descendants the Talmudists. For more information regarding this Pharisaic practice, see Chapter 13 of the publication by Qadesh La Yahweh Press titled “The Festivals and Sacred Days of Yahweh.”

Unfortunately, few realize that the Abib 15-21 Hasidic/Pharisaic practice was instilled within most of the early Sacred Name assemblies due to the errant beliefs of Clarence O. Dodd, one of the leading founders of the Sacred Name Movement.

In the late 1930’s, Clarence O. Dodd along with Herbert W. Armstrong (ex-members of the Church of God 7th Day) became confused regarding the feast days and the sacred calendar. Ultimately, they determined that the Jews were divinely appointed to maintain the true calendar. This belief led to the adoption of the Hasidic/Pharisaic practice for the Feast of Unleavened Bread by Dodd and Armstrong.

Even though Dodd and Armstrong eventually parted ways, primarily over the issue of the sacred name, both were instrumental in passing down the Hasidic/Pharisaic practice for the Feast of Unleavened Bread to their respective followers.

Hence, today we have most of the Sacred Name groups holding to their Unleavened Bread practice  of Abib 15-21 as promoted by Clarence O. Dodd who in turn relied upon the authority of the Jews for his views. For additional information relating to the calendar issues of Dodd and Armstrong see Passover-C. O. Dodd’s Failing.

For a more complete overview of the true Feast of Unleavened Bread practice and its subsequent Hasidic/Pharisaic corruption, please reference the entire publication “The Festivals and Sacred Days of Yahweh.”


Is it possible to know the timing of the next Sabbath and Jubilee Year?

According to the research published by Qadesh La Yahweh Press, the next Sabbath year will begin Abib 1 (spring) 2016 to Abib 1 (spring) 2017. The beginning date corresponds to March 9, 2016 at sundown.

Regarding the Jubilee year, Abib 1 (spring) of 1996 to Abib 1 (spring) of 1997 represented the latest Jubilee year.

It should be noted that the last 49-year Jubilee cycle (Abib 1, 1947 to Abib 1, 1996) was the 69th cycle from the time that the Israelites observed the first complete Jubilee cycle in the land of Kanaan, which occurred in the spring of 1386/1385 B.C.E.

Also, the last Jubilee year (spring 1996/97) represented not only the 50th year of the 69th cycle but it was also the beginning or first year of the 70th Jubilee cycle.

This means that the next Jubilee year will be Abib 1 (spring) of 2045 to Abib 1 (spring) of 2046.

For an examination of the comprehensive research concerning this subject please refer to the publication by QLYP titled “The Sabbath and Jubilee Cycle.”

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