More important than the number of the beast is the NAME of GOD!! Both old and new Testaments state that whosoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. The saviour said he came in his fatherâ€™s name. So he has the same name as the father. What do you think the correct name out of the many expounded is? And how do we ensure that it is correct???? Any help on this issue would be appreciated. Thank you very much.
Acts 2, Joel 2 does not mean Godâ€™s Name is Magic
This topic is covered in great detail in my first book Planet X in Bible Prophecy, including the verses you cite of Joel 2 and Acts 2 about calling upon the name of the lord to be saved which are amazing prophecies of the future final fulfillment of the Biblical Feast of Pentecost before the Great Tribulation at the coming of Wormwood at the 6th seal. But it really has nothing to do with knowing his name and pronouncing it as the cause of being saved, but to tell us an attribute of the people who will be saved, that they love God enough to find out and use his name (Psalm 91:14) and are under a prophet who has taught them exactly what it is and how to say it, just as Jesus did to his disciples (John 17:6,26). This is contrary to how religions then and today operate in replacing the name with Lord or Adonai or even forbidding learning and saying the name as Judaism traditionally has done. It is not about magic syllables you must know to save you, but part of the restoration of all things promised by Jesus to come with the End Times Elijah before his second coming (Mark 9:12).
Godâ€™s Name According to the Oldest Complete Manuscripts
As for what the name actually is, what I state therein is that if we trust the Bible to be accurately preserved enough for doctrine then why do we not look to it to know Godâ€™s name which is written almost 7000 times as YeH-?-VaH (missing the middle vowel)? The reason is people have been taught that the vowels for YHWH were replaced by the scribes with the vowels for â€œadonaiâ€, or â€œlordâ€, but you can prove this is not the case at all by comparing the two words in Hebrew (an exercise my book takes you through). In fact, although in most cases in most manuscripts one vowel indeed has been removed to prevent the name from being accidently pronounced (against Jewish law) when read, in some of the oldest complete manuscripts the scribes apparently forgot to erase the vowel (in about 50 places). The vowel that appears there, â€œoâ€ (cholam), is consistent with the vowels used in all the names of the prophets, kings who have the first three letters of Godâ€™s name at the beginning (theophoric names) such as Jehoshaphat, Jehoshua, Jehoiada, Jehoram, etc.
Of course you must remember that these are not good transliterations into english since there is no J in Hebrew and the letter there Yod actually makes the sound of â€œY.â€ This gives us â€œYehoVAHâ€ (accent on the last syllable), of course very similar to the classic transliteration of â€œJeHOvah.â€ I believe saying â€œYehoVAHâ€ is as accurate for Godâ€™s name as saying â€œDa-VIDâ€ (accent on last) is for King Davidâ€™s. But I cannot say for sure how to exactly pronounce either of them without a prophet arriving to reveal it to me.
Jesusâ€™ Real Name and Its Meaning
By the way, Jesus does not have the same name as the father. He came in or under his fatherâ€™s authority, which is the other understanding of what coming in someoneâ€™s name means. His original full name is Yehoshua the same name given to Joshua under Moses, which means â€œYâ€™hovah is salvation.â€ Yehoshua became shortened to Yâ€™shua due to the Jewish ban on saying the name of God which Yehoshua contains 3/4 of.