Summary: The 3rd Commandment (Exodus 20:7) was intended to protect God's name, but when translators removed His name and replaced the four letters called the tetragrammaton, with LORD in all caps, They took His name in vain (made it empty as they made it into a generic title). Elijah turned Israel back to the true God. His name by the best evidence dating to Josephus in 70 AD, says “it consists of four vowels.”

Why is God's name important now? ”The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before of the LORD, and it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Joel 2:31,32. The timing for the eclipses is this spring.

The sun will be darkened in a “rare” solar eclipse with a supermoon on the equinox, March 20. A full lunar eclipse will give a “blood moon” two weeks later on Passover. These dates fit Exodus 12:2,7 when God designated the new moon in the spring as the beginning of the year (His calendar, not Pope Gregory's. Israel put blood on their doorpost on Passover when God is giving a blood moon this spring.

But God also “executed judgment” in Exodus 12:12—will He do so this year? One clue would be a peace accord or treaty like the White House is pushing with Iran. “When they shall say 'Peace and safety,' sudden destruction comes,” 1Thessalonians 5:1-6.

And whoever calls on God's name can be spared, but what is His name? Josephus gives us a major clue. He describes the high priest’s golden crown, “in which was engraven the sacred name [of God]…It consists of four vowels,” Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 5, Section 7.

Some say those letters are consonants, but a renowned Hebrew textbook says, “Long before the introduction of vowel-signs, it was felt that the main vowel-sounds should be indicated in writing, and so the three letters, yothe, hay, waw, were used to represent long vowels.” A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, Weingreen, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 7-8.

Some modern authorities agree. “The letters of the Name of God in Hebrew are yod, hay, vav,  and hay. They are frequently mispronounced Yahveh…[but] they are all vowels.” Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, The Book of Words, Jewish Lights Publ, p. 27.

Consonants [like b, d, k, or m] are made by obstruction of air flow. God’s name has no obstruction like our names or characters have. His name and His character are all flow and melody.  Vowels are the essential part of any pronounceable word.

We use the vowels of God’s name in every word we speak or write—we wouldn’t have any intelligible words without vowels. God lets us use the vowels of His name in every word we speak!

The Hebrew word for praise is Hallel, and HallelUIA is an international word meaning praise to God (IAUA) for those are the vowels of His name in which the “I” has the international “ee” sound, A is pronounced ah and the U is pronounced oo.

The short form of God's name is IA as some of the prophets had that ending to their name. There was no “J” in Hebrew. Elijah was really El-IA which means my Elohim (God) is IA. Countries wanted to be God's country like SamarIA, SyrIA, etc. For more information, the reader may visit

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Richard Ruhling's primary focus in retirement is Bible prophecy for end-times. His ebook, Apocalypse 2015, is free on selected Saturdays on Amazon at