I AM or YAM?
By Your servant, Dan Baxley
Special Note from the author of this article: I would like to make it plain that this article is covering a new look at the "IAM that IAM" and the Greek influence upon the Hebrew Scriptures and no one, that is, NO ONE, is making this observation. This is not a point of "salvation", and it is not an absolute and I admit to this being my own speculation and even guessing in some places to make my point. Scripture is always first and it is the scriptures you should be most attune to not the ranting of someone like me with a new "theory" to push. But I do find this observation concerning IAM that IAM interesting and worth a look. First you need to know that there is a Hebrew Bible avoiding the use of our Creator's Name but put some kind of "holy" value on their substitution, replacing His Holy Name just as those have replace His Name, YHWH, with the term, LORD, so these Jews have replace His Name with this term -- HASHEM. What does HaSHEM mean, it means and is to say, THE NAME. I hope you can understand the following example. This is not speculation, that comes later in seen the IAM or YAM as another form of revelation concerning our Creator, and Savior.
HaShem = The Name
IAM = HaYaH = The YaH
Knowing and understanding that our God and Savior has a personal Name and that the God of Israel also has a Personal Name we can look at the Hebrew Scriptures and the correct wording, without the Greek, and we come up with the Hebrew "ha" for the Greek "I" and the Hebrew YaH in place of the Greek for "AM". Marvelous isn't it? Ha-YeH, or I YaH, I-YeH, if you insist on including the Greek or discarding the Greek all together we have Ha-YaH, or THE YaH. If you think I am making this up, then let's have a look at Strong's Hebrew Dictionary:
(Exodus 3:14, IAM) H1961 - hayah - A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): - beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use.
So, what do we see if we stay with the Hebrew only? "And God (El) said to Moses, The YaH that (that is to say) The YaH: and He said, thus shall you say to the children of Israel, The-YaH (eh-YeH) has sent me to you." It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it. For IAM we can look at Strong's H1961 -- hayah, and it does not get much better than this.
I Would like to thank those that have questioned this and given me the opportunity to clarify some points in this article, so thank you Adam and Duane (you know who you are), also I will mention a book given me to read that also mentions and makes plain, IAM is Ha-YeH in the original Hebrew Scriptures -- the book titled, "Jesus And YAHWEH The Names Divine" by Harold Bloom, page 128, and, of course, Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, H1961, where we see the Hebrew rendered "hayah" with the "a" marked as a vowel. What can we make of this? Understanding the Dictionary does not recognize the Holy Name in many of its definitions, is that to those with this knowledge see the ha-YaH for what it really is -- the declaration of the Name of the God of Israel and our Savior YaH-shua is declared to Moses and the world. Moses did not confuse this but the world has but Moses knew exactly what he was hearing and did not question this because there was nothing to question, especially when you read the wording as Moses heard it --
Now let's return the Exodus 3:14 with this corrected --
(Exodus 3:14) And God said to Moses, ha YaH (that is) ha Yah: and he said, This shall you say to the children of Israel, The YaH has sent me unto you.
How simple is this? Can it be any plainer? The KJV and all modern translation following the "tradition" of the KJV bible allowing the Greek influence to muddy the clear reading of the original Hebrew. IAM is a Greek mess, and when it is further degenerated by the English misunderstanding we do not see the Name at all. Once we resort back to the Hebrew we see YHWH declaring Himself.
The main thrust of this article, as mentioned before, is considering the Scripture in light of the Greek influence which many translations, especially the King James Version, have gone to as their primary source and exhibit this Greek influence throughout the Scriptures. This is a kind of misdirection and hiding of our Savior and Creator's true identity has backlashed on the original instigator of this covering, or attempted covering of the Holy Name. In the attempted deception, certainly influenced by Satan, the truth still comes forward. The absolute truth of the IAM that IAM is HaYaH that HaYAH once restored. This, my friends, is the truth, uncovered, and stands in plains sight but ignored. It is not IAM that speaks but he-YaH - The YaH.
The rest of this article is full of speculation but I think may demonstrate how a plan to hide the Creator God can, and perhaps has, boomeranged on the deceiver, and in this deception we can still see the True God of Creation as the misused Greek, IAM or YAM, points to a god known as YAM, identified as the God of the Flood and thus coming full circle pointing to His personal Name, YaH - YaHWeH -- the God of the Flood.
Not YAM but YaH
I need to start this article with the reader understanding the our Creator's Name is not YAM, the when this name was first introduced, to Moses, it was a name known among the ancients as the God of the Flood. This was a name men gave Him, not His personal Name. Read the article, I AM that I am YAM, for more on this. It has recently been brought to my attention that it sounds like I am saying IAM, orYAM is His Name, this is not the case and I wish to make it clear, this name is a name given to our Creator, YHWH, by the ancient people not long after the worldwide flood. In other words, the Egyptians knew of a God they called YAM, a mean God that used water to destroy the world, a God of water. His personal Name, as revealed to Moses, is YaHWeH (YHWH) the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and it is by this Name, YHWH, He made Himself known to the founders of the people of Israel. The application of the name YAM is for the sole purpose of identifying to Moses and to the people of then which of the gods He is. He was seen as the "water god' having power over the "surf", the oceans.
With this clarification I hope this article and its big sister article will make more sense. This treatment is not unlike our Savior's Name. Many have given Him a name that is not His but is applied to Him as opposed to His personal, birth name, which is, for the most part ignored. Christians, as a whole, want to call our Savior by any name except the Name given Him by His Heavenly Father. They preach in a name that did not exist some 400-500 years ago. What a deception this has become. Like the Israelites, having lost the identity of the God of their Fathers, they began to call on other gods, other names of gods and so have the Christians traded in the true Name of the Savior for a name imagined.
I have written on this before, see The Great I AM, but new information shows up now and again and new thoughts on this cover-up. Wikipedia has a very good definition and understandings concerning the origin and the placement of this name, YAM, given to Moses as an aide in identify Himself to the children of Israel, so long under Egyptian domination and influences. I my previous article I demonstrated the association with the “Great Flood waters” with that of the God YAM, the Great IAM and how this is not defined as “I am” as the English speaking world defines it. Here is the excerpt from Wikipedia with many links for deeper study, enjoy.
Excerpt taken from Wikipedia, YAM (god):
Yamm, from the Canaanite word Yam, (Hebrew ??) meaning "Sea", is one name of the Ugaritic god of Rivers and Sea. Also titled Judge Nahar ("Judge River"), he is also one of the 'ilhm (Elohim) or sons of El, the name given to the Levantinepantheon. Others dispute the existence of the alternative names, claiming it is a mistranslation of a damaged tablet. Despite linguistic overlap, theologically this god is not a part of the later subregional monotheistic theology, but rather is part of a broader and archaic Levantine po
Yam is the deity of the primordial chaos and represents the power of the sea untamed and raging; he is seen as ruling storms and the disasters they wreak. The gods cast out Yam from the heavenly mountain Sappan (modern Jebel Aqra; "Sappan" is cognate to Tsephon (Tsion). The seven-headed dragonLotan is associated closely with him and the serpent is frequently used to describe him.
Of all the gods, despite being the champion of El, Yam holds special hostility against BaalHadad, son of Dagon. Yam is a deity of the sea and his palace is in the abyss associated with the depths, or Biblical tehwom, of the oceans. (This is not to be confused with the abode of Mot, the ruler of the netherworlds.) In Ugaritic texts, Yam's special enemy Hadad is also known as the "king of heaven" and the "first born son" of El, whom ancient Greeks identified with their god Kronos, just as Baal was identified with Zeus, Yam with Poseidon and Mot with Hades. Yam wished to become the Lord god in his place. In turns the two beings kill each other, yet Hadad is resurrected and Yam also returns. Some authors have suggested that these tales reflect the experience of seasonal cycles in the Levant.
If you read Exodus 3:14, you will see YHWH identifies Himself, to Moses, as YAM.
“God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
Understanding modern translations, following the KJV example, traditions, used many words from the Greek Septuagint of the Old Testament. This can be seen in the use of the letter “I” in place of the more correct Hebrew “Y”. On the surface this may seem unimportant but in the English language, as it has changed, however, we see a confusion not realized – an ignorance unknown. If the Hebrew “Y” instead of the “I” were used no one would suggest some of the definitions they attempt for this verse. “YAM (not I am) has sent me to you”, would be the natural application that is soon followed by the declaration that this YAM is actually YHWH, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the founding Fathers of the people of Israel.
(Exo 3:15) And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD YHWH) God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
What happened to the name YAM? It is kicked to the side, discarded and Moses had no problem understanding what he was being told -- "...for all generations", not I AM, or YAM but YHWH (YaHWeH).
From the information found in Wikipedia you can easily chase down the origin of YAM (again, not I am but YAM) and see the connections this God has with the power of the ocean. He is the flood God and from the Canaanite legends you can see a tale of conflict between the children of El (the Bull) and Yam’s representative, Judge Nahar. The article above suggests Judge Nahar is a possible title for Prince Yam. Certainly you have to piece this together but what this shows is that there had been a God known as “YAM” and we see this God making Himself known to Moses and then fine tuning His identity for Moses as YHWH (Exodus 3:15-16) in the next two verses, the God of Abraham. The worship of the god that had flooded the earth had been replaced by the worship of the children of Adam (EL, the Bull), identified as Baal and Ashroth. The worship of men as gods had begun with Cain and continued on through the Flood. Worshiping families as gods and children of god, as we see in the Egyptian model, followed by other nations to one degree or another
Immanuel – God with us?
(Isa 7:14) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
(Isa 8:8) And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
(Mat 1:23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
We have another example of the KJV changing letters in names. The Greek/Latin influence mixed, then, with the English language in the creation of the KJV bible is unmistakable. In the verses above we see the name in the New Testament with the first letter, the most important part of any name, as being and “E”, whereas in the Old Testament we see the lead, or head letter, as the Greek “I”.
If we can understand the Greek and Latin influence on the Hebrew Scriptures, we can see the name Immanuel in a new light. Today this name is pronounced as EE-MAN-U-EL but knowing the first letter is from the Greek, i, and originally was pronounced as, or close to the Hebrew Yod, or Y, it should be pronounced, Y-MAN-U-EL. This is the way I would present the name – Yam – man – El, which would be to say, YaM as Man and God. I know, I know, and will be the first to admit I am reaching way out there and there is no one, no one making a suggestion like this. This is all from my own observation but, in this case, why not, the biblical scholars have been doing this for centuries – making a best guess. One thing is certain, the head letters are different in the KJV and it appears the letter for the name should be the Greek “I” and that being the case it should really be represented by the English “Y” for the Hebrew Yod. I do not believe it is a mistake the name Immanuel’s head letter is the Yod, or “Y”, as this is the reference to the name of our Creator. Also, when you consider what we have just seen in the name IAM as YAM and its connection with the identity of the Creator and Father of Israel, the God of Abraham, all of this seems to be saying more than, “God with us”. To me it seems to be saying the God YaM is with us, or among us, or becomes man? The God YaM is identified for Israel (Ysrael, Strongs’s H3478, meaning “He will Rule as God”) by His personal Name, YHWH (YaHWeH).
There are many names in the Old and New Testaments that obscure the Holy Name of our God. The names Israel, Jacob, Jesus, John, and Joshua are all names that should be corrected to reflect their Creator’s name and character. In the name Israel we see the same sort of covering we see in the name Immanuel, the use of the Greek “I”, a letter that has changed over the centuries. The English “J” is a replacement for the Greek “I” and this change can be seen in the KJV 1611, the original version, later revised and the name Iesus changed to Jesus. Now, look at the name Israel and change the head letter to “J” and you will see what is meant by covering the identity of YHWH. Jsrael? Seems silly doesn’ it? Staying consistent with the KJV the IAM should be JAM. This is like throwing another shovel of dirt on top of the identity of our Creator and God YHWH. He named the Judah and the people of Judah after Himself and we can see this when the name Judah is restored to YaHudah, which is how it is pronounced by the Jew, or people of Yahu-shua, the YaHudahians themselves.
It is my hope that those with skills in languages will pick up on this and unravel this hidden mystery surrounding this God YAM. Why? Simple, it points to YHWH as God of Israel and begins to uncover the damage done to the identity of the True God, the One God and Father of Israel and the One Father and God of us all. YaHshua came in His Father’s Name, and it is a Name given Him at birth and that Name is not the name presented to the world. Another name for the Christ is being preached, by another name, a name that is not His Name but “another” name. Say it anyway you want, JESUS does not come out to YaHshua, the birth Name and the only Name by which all must and will be saved.
Peace to you in His Name, YaHshua, and your servant, Dan
Read also -- I Am that I Am YAM