The disciples are looking up into the serene face of the risen Savior. They have been with him for forty days now—witnessing the glory in His every word and movement. He has taught them precious things “pertaining to the kingdom of God.” He has also instructed them to stay in Jerusalem and “wait for the promise of the Father.” He has told them to wait for a spiritual baptism in which they will be immersed in God’s very own Spirit. No water like John’s baptism—this time the power from on high will come upon them.
This promise to them must have been difficult to believe because instead of asking questions about it, they ask a question concerning the kingdom. Thinking He was talking about a political government, they ask, “Wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”
He responds by saying that the times and seasons of the restoration of the kingdom to Israel rests in the Father’s power. Shortly, you will be given some of this power from the Father. That is the first step in the restoration process. You disciples must begin to receive some of the Father’s power so that you can be witnesses of Me, not only locally, but throughout the whole world. First receive the power of the Father, and then He will restore the government to Israel in due season.
This account in the first chapter of Acts begins the talk of the restoration of all things in the post-resurrection era. Peter picks up this thread in Acts 3: 21 when he tells the crowd on the day of Pentecost that “the heaven must receive” the Savior “until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” In other words, the Savior Yahshua will not be returning to set up the kingdom of God here on earth until all things are restored.
Restoring the Knowledge of His Name
And one major piece of the puzzle that God is restoring is the knowledge of His name. First, we must become aware of His original Hebrew name. But that is only the beginning. The secrets of God’s power are locked up inside the holy name of God—secrets to His power, secrets about receiving answers to our prayers, and secrets about how to have Him flow through us to heal, which, in turn, shows that the Father is alive and well and living in His sons and daughters.
Clues to the Power in His Name
Peter gives a clue to this healing power found in His name five verses before in Acts 3:16. Peter and John had, of course, just received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire on the day of Pentecost. They go to the temple; a lame man asks alms from them. Peter then delivers his famous line. “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Yahshua the Messiah of Nazareth rise up and walk.” And the man was healed!
And he starts to walk and leap around in the temple, praising God for healing him. And everybody standing around knew this crippled man, and “they were all filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him” (v. 8-11).
And Peter, looking around, realizes that the people think that they had healed him somehow. So he straightens them out and tells them that it was the Holy One who had healed him. In fact, he gets even more specific about just how the man was healed. “And his name through faith in His name has made this man strong.”
Wait a minute now. Let’s not just pass over this lightly. It was “His name through faith in His name” that infused that poor man’s legs with strength.
Now if a person nowadays could channel this power by just saying, “in Jesus name,” then everybody would be healing the sick everywhere And we know that is not happening. So there has to be more to it than just speaking a formula, such as “in Jesus’ name.”
And, yet, we have thousands of so called men of God running around the earth trying to invoke the name of God in order to heal someone. They will say earnestly, “But He said that if we ask anything in his name, that He would grant it.”
Now all of us at one time or another labored under this thought. We have understood this to mean that if we say the special words, “in Jesus’ name,” that somehow or other God would answer our prayer requests.
But upon further reflection, just saying those words, “in Jesus’ name” tacked onto the end of a prayer, does not guarantee anything. Our minds, of course, did not know what else those words could mean. After all, someone supposedly much more knowledgeable about God than us showed us how to say “in Jesus’ name” after our prayer request, and so we, without questioning it, began to say it. We were young and impressionable. We did not know any better. We were spiritual children, “tossed about by every wind of doctrine.”
And then a wonderful thing happened. We learned about the sacred names. It was a glorious revelation at the time. And so we began to replace the name of Jesus with God’s Hebrew names. And, so, we naturally ended our prayers, asking all “in the name of Yah, or Yahweh or Yahshua.”
But we still are saying the words, “in Yahshua’s name,” at the end of our prayers the same way we did with, “in Jesus’ name.” We have the name right now, but why aren’t we seeing the fruit of our prayers? Why are we powerless to heal in His name?
The key: Believing what His name means
It is time for us to get a deeper understanding of His promise, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do…” (John 14:13). YHWH earnestly desires to share this with us. He wants us to have the power to be His witnesses. So what is the key to understanding what this means: asking anything in His name and receiving it?
The key lies in believing what His name means. Three steps are on this road of understanding. First, we need to know His name. Second, we need to know what His name means. Third, we need to believe in the meaning of His name.
The Hebrew name of Immanuel, God with us, is Yahshua. There are many variations on the spelling. Spellings may be different by one or more letters. Different camps are adamant that their spelling is the correct one. I’m not trying to be glib here, but until He or one of His heavenly messengers speak His name to us, it is difficult to be sure. Paul of Tarsus, under the influence of the Spirit, said that the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. Getting to the spirit of His name is more important than the exact spelling, as rendered in a foreign language called English. Understanding its meaning is the important thing.
Yahshua means “Yah is Savior.” “Yah” translated means in essence, “The Self-Existent One.” So, “Yahshua” means “The Self-Existent One is Savior.” YHWH created everything, says many verses of scripture. It also says that Yahshua created all things. “He was in the world and the world was made by Him,” says the apostle John. “You shall call His name “Yah Is Savior,” for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
Believing in the meaning of His Hebrew Name
It is when we get to this third step that the going gets tough. Believing in the meaning of His name. That is the difficult part because one must throw away preconceptions about His name, and there are plenty. This is the crux of the matter, however. If it were not difficult to come to this part of the quest for God, then everyone would have the power.
This is what, literally, separates the sheep from the goats, the spirit of truth from the spirit of error. To believe the message contained in His name, we must believe its meaning. And it means that Yah, the eternal Spirit, the Father, dwells in a human vessel known as the Son of God, and that entity, called the Holy One of Israel, is the Creator and Savior of mankind.
There are not “two men and a dove” up in heaven somewhere. There are not two gods in two different forms sitting on two different thrones. The Father is invisible—period. If you want to see the Father, you will have to go to the “expressed image of the invisible God.” In other words, you will have to go to the Son, for He is that very image of God. And so are we humans, for that matter. We have been created by the Pattern Himself in His own image. You want to see what God would look like here on earth? Just look around at your brothers and sisters walking the globe. That is the reason that he said, “If you cannot love him who you can see, you cannot love Him who you don’t see.” To love the invisible Father we need to love His visible image. That would be Yah in human flesh—Immanuel, an invisible Spirit, dwelling in the Son, who is sitting upon the throne. For He is the First and the Last, and “Beside YHWH, there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11). The prophet Isaiah saw into the throne room in heaven; he is a reliable witness to His majesty. We need to believe him. KWHancock