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House of Yahweh

Yisrayl Hawkins of Abilene TX

Their story begins with Buffalo Bill Hawkins who was named by his older brother after a famous cowboy star. He was one of nine children in an Oklahoma family. Both Hawkins and his brother J.G., (called Jacob), started their religious radio broadcast in the early 1950's out of Eastland, Texas. The broadcast was called “The Question and Answer Program.” It concentrated on Bible Prophecy and the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament.

Hawkins had been receiving a recurring dream which gave him his mission direction in life: “From memory, I think it was about 1951 that I had my FIRST DREAM that my brother Yaaqob and I were the Two Witnesses spoken of in Revelation 11. My dream went something like this: I knocked on the door of a WHITE HOUSE next to a sanctuary. My brother answered the door, and I asked him, 'Are you ready to go Israyl and do what we have been called to do?” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p. 766).

The year 1969 J.G. Hawkins accepted the dream as divine direction. Immigrating to Israel in 1967 with his family and two other couples. While in Israel Yaaqob worked on a kibbutz in the Negev and heard of an archaeological discovery of a 1st century building that had a door mantel with the Hebrew title, “BAYIT YHWH” (House of Yahweh). Both brothers became convinced that this is the true name of God's true work. It was at this same time he began calling himself Jacob or Yaaqob in Hebrew.

Yaaqob Hawkins decided to return home to the United States in 1973 to build a sanctuary that began in 1975 at Odessa Texas. Eventually the brothers divided over the issue of the true name of the Creator. Yaaqob chose to use the title Elohim. Bill (Yisrayl) disagreed stating that Elohim was the title for pagan deities. In 1980 Yisrayl began to hold Sabbath service in his mobile home in Abilene. Yisrayl left to form a second House of Yahweh in Abilene TX. which he dedicated the On December 2, 1980. He taught that the original house with his brother in Odessa was the stirring by Yahweh. He became convinced to establish this true one according to Micah 4:1-2 in Abilene, which was due west of Jerusalem. Fulfilling the prophecy of the house of the Lord would be established on the mountain tops in Mic.4:1-2. This was to prepare the world for the 2nd coming of Yashua just as Biblical Abilene had been the starting point of John the baptists preparing for the 1st coming.

“The House of Yahweh is the ONLY place where Yahweh's Complete Truth is taught, including Yahweh's Truth about The Place He has CHOSEN to Establish HIS NAME in These Last Days!”( What Yahweh's Feasts Mean to You. p. 77).

Hawkin believes his group he is in command of is the only place and avenue of truth to be found here on earth. In 1998 Hawkins identified Abilene as Jerusalem, which is synonymous with the House of Yahweh

A Hebrew  makeover

Like other sacred name groups they make an issue of pronouncing the correct name. In the  picture of their building on their website, it shows the name of the Lord (Yahweh) but its in English with Hebrew type lettering.

 He insists the name is Yahweh. This argument is only partially true in the Old Testament, but it is certainly not so in the New Testament. Hawkins emphatically states,  “Yahweh is not a God. He is our loving heavenly father...”(The Prophetic Word p.20,  2-2002)

Yes the Bible says he is Father and it also states he is God. Yahweh calls himself (God) Elohim from the beginning of Genesis onward. It is used in Genesis 1. In Gen 2:4 it tells us who this God is Yahweh Elohim. The word Elohim is used for both the true God and false Gods. Otherwise God would not have had to identify himself in Exod 3:6 “I am the God of your fathers-- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Ex.10:3 the elohey of the Hebrews. Ex. 20:3 the true God (called Elohim) says “you shall have no other elohim before him.”

So how does he get around this? Yisrayl Hawkins states “The name Yahweh was actually taken out of your Bible replace with words such as Lord and God.” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV ch .52 ) “False Scribes removed Yahwehs holy name from the Scriptures and replaced His name with Canaaniter titles God and lord” (The Prophetic Word p.20,  2-2002). 

Did evil scribes take the name of Yahweh out and substitute other pagan names for him. Exod 3:6 He said to Moses, “I am the (Elohim) of your father-- the (Elohim) of Abraham, the (Elohim) of Isaac, and the (Elohim) of Jacob.”  He says I am your Yahweh Elohim, separating himself from other gods who are not really God.  Exod. 20:3 “You shall have no other gods (Elohim) before Me.” We can understand this better By Yahweh saying of himself  in Exod. 34:14 “for you shall worship no other god (Elohim), for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,” a Jealous Elohim. In Luke 4:6-8  Yeshua answers the devil and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God (Elohim), and Him only you shall serve.” Deut. 4:39 “Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God (the Elohim) in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” So we see Yahweh does use the word God for himself and there is absolutely no manuscript evidence one can provide to prove Hawkins assertions.

Hawkins accuses that “the word lord was forced there by King James and his translators under the supervision of people who worship the devil, who did worship the devil and of course will do worship the Devil. Knowing this title did not belong to the creator but to Baal himself” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV). So I must assume they never use the KJV, nor any other English translation. I wonder where they got their New Testament translation from? Because the original was written by the apostles in the language of the worlds culture they lived in at the time, (koine) common Greek, not Hebrew.

Hawkins states that in Ungers Bible Dictionary “under the word lord it shows it is not a divine title and should never have been used to replace the creators name” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV).

I will condense and use what Ungers Bible Dictionary wrote to get to the point he makes: Jehovah (yahweh; Heb. YHWH, “self-existent”). This is used as a proper name of God and should have been retained in that form by the translators. See (The) LORD; Yahweh.

Adonai (Heb. 'adonay), emphatic, “the Lord”; many regard it as the plural of no. 2. It is used chiefly in the Pentateuch-- always where God is submissively and reverently addressed.

Lord, Master (Gk. kurios, “supreme”), he to whom a person or thing belongs, the master, the one having disposition of men or property, as the “owner of the vineyard” (<Matt. 20:8; 21:40; Mark 12:9; Luke 20:15>, see marg.); the “Lord of the harvest” <Matt. 9:38; Luke 10:2>; the “master of the house” (<Mark 13:35>, see marg.); “Lord of the Sabbath”

The title is also applied to Jesus as the Messiah, since by His death He acquired a special ownership of mankind and after His resurrection was exalted by a partnership in the divine administration <Acts 10:36; Rom. 14:8; 1 Cor. 7:22; 8:6; Phil. 2:9-11>.

 Baal (Heb. ba`al, “master”), applied only to heathen deities, or to the man as husband, and so on, or to one specially skilled in a trade or profession. See Baal.

LORD--Pronunciation. The true pronunciation of this name, by which God was known to the Hebrews, has been entirely lost, the Jews themselves scrupulously avoiding every mention of it and substituting in its stead one or other of the words with whose proper vowel points it may happen to be written, usually the name Adonai. They continued to write YHWH, but read Adonai. Where God is called “My Lord Jehovah” (Heb. Adonai YHWH), Elohim was substituted to avoid the double Adonai. When the vowel points were added to the Heb. text the rule, in the case of words written but not read, was to attach to these words the vowels belonging to the words read in place of them. Thus they attached to YHWH the points of 'adonay; hence the form Yehowah and the name Yeh'v'h. The strong probability is that the name Jehovah was anciently pronounced Yahweh, like the Iabe of the Samaritans.

For the LeClerc-Haupt-Albright view that Yahweh was originally a causative finite verb see Yahweh. Import. The passage in Exodus 3:14 seems to furnish designedly a clue to the meaning of the word. When Moses received his commission to be the deliverer of Israel, the Almighty, who appeared in the burning bush, communicated to him the name that he should give as the credentials of his mission: “God said unto Moses, I am that I am [Heb. 'ehyeh 'asher 'ehyeh]: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I am hath sent me unto you” (KJV).

So we can see that Hawkins is not telling the whole matter, as is often the case with those who have an agenda, trying to be unique and wanting people to believe something that they make important but the New Testament Bible does not. (go to sacred name article for more information on this topic).

The fact is that the name for God is pronounced many different ways and he, God (Elohim) is not known by one name only. He is called Elohim in the beginning of Genesis and also Yahweh Elohim (although there are many variants on Yahweh even in the sacred name movement). God says m y name is Quanna ( Jealous) Ex.34:14; Isa.9:6 His name will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, Father of eternity, prince of peace.” Rev.19:13 His name is called “the word of God.” There are numerous other names God uses to describe Himself. So this should not be an area of contention unless one is divisive.

Doctrines

Yisrayl Hawkins, the founder of the House of Yahweh Abilene, Texas, has built his movement on Old Testament doctrinal themes which are commonly found in many other sacred name groups. His theology is based on the Mosaic law, Sabbath keeping, Sacred Name and Anglo-Israel teachings. His control over group members is strong shepherding and authoritarian techniques. He represents himself as an end-time prophet who is spoken of in the Bible. He claims his work is the only true work on earth; that all other churches are part of Satan's last days' deception. Those seeking God or Yahweh and salvation can only find that salvation through The House of Yahweh. The have congregations in the US, Israel, India, South Africa, Burma, Australian West Africa, and Belgium literally worldwide. Their membership is unknown. Their official Publications is The Prophetic Word magazine.

They are Sabbatarians and they celebrate various Jewish feast days specified in Leviticus 23. They also celebrate two additional feasts: “Yahshua's Memorial” and “Last Great Day.” They reject, Christmas and Easter putting it in the same category of Halloween as Pagan inventions. Quoting Judges 2:13 They provoked Yahweh to anger, because they forsook Him and worshiped Baal The Lord, and the Ashtoreth; the goddess Astarte or Easter. 

No one I know worships Easter nor Baal, but is easy to deceive the simple as they use surface level arguments.

Members tithe 10% of their earnings as the Old Testament law states (its more like 22% to be accurate under Moses' law )

He considers himself the high priest, and the group's leadership is from 12 disciples and 70 elders.

On their sermon tape list they offer tapes for a reasonably priced donation tapes from the Hawkins family: Elder Mattitheya Hawkins; Elder Banahyah Hawkins; Elder Bezaliyl Hawkins; Elder Kepha Hawkins; Elder Yahodah Hawkins; Elder Yedidiyah Hawkins; And Elder Yisrayl Hawkins.

They believe that Satan is a female who has been in indirect control of all of the world's governments and religions and she has been appointing all of the political and religious leaders. As most of the Sacred name groups they believe that Catholicism and Protestantism are evil faith groups, symbolized by the two horns of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:11.

He promotes  polygamy, “The IDEAL MARRIAGE described in the Holy Scriptures is NOT a `one-on-one' marriage. In fact, Yahweh inspired the wisest man on earth in his time, to write that THREE are BETTER than TWO, and that two are better than one when speaking of marriage. Eccl. 4:9-12 ... The gods who have deceived women and men into thinking TWO are better than THREE, have played them for a bunch of fools. Those who fall for it have played right into the hands of the GOD of this world who is AGAINST Yahweh's Perfect Way of Life...”  (Reconsidering Yahweh's Laws of SLAVERY and MARRIAGE OBLIGATIONS. p. 66,68-69).

Eccl. 4:9 says “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.”
 v12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Most people who understand the Bible in its whole perspective would see this as either speaking of  a family or the third being God that holds the two together. The fact is there is no command for multiple marriages, Solomon broke the command of God who said they were to be united as husband and wife. And he   “shall be joined to his wife”  (Gen.2:23). 
Jesus reaffirms this   “and said,   “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? (Matt 19:5). Wife as in singular.(see article on polygamy practiced by Mormoms.)

“Scoffers, in these Last Days, will come SPEAKING AGAINST the Teachings of The House of Yahweh -... Please notice very carefully, that these Scoffers who depart from The Faith, actually TRY TO FORBID MULTIPLE MARRIAGES, and SPEAK EVIL AGAINST DOCTRINES which Yahweh has SANCTIFIED in His Law”( Reconsidering Yahweh's Laws of SLAVERY and MARRIAGE OBLIGATIONS. p. 311).

Keeping the Law- All 613 commands

“Yahweh gave Adam and Eve the way to achieve complete joy, peace, righteousness and abundant living, through His 613 Laws, statutes, precepts and judgments. This was pictured as the Tree of Life and can be read about in Genesis Chapter Two” (The Prophetic Word p. 20, 2-2002)

 How is this possible, part of the 613 laws were the sacrificial system; was there a tabernacle, a ark, a priesthood, feast days.We find that these laws were specifically given to Moses thousands of years afterwards, not Adam and Eve in the garden. This is why they are called the law of Moses and the ark was made. John writes, “The Law came through Moses”(Jn.1:17).Jesus said “Did not Moses give you the law” (John 7:19).

 God told Moses to write all of His words down and put them in a book because these words were a covenant between God and Israel. Deut.5: 3” The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us...” (Exod 34:27-29; Deut 31:25-26; Neh 9:13, 1 Kings 8:9,21) The law came 430 years after the covenant made with Abraham, and it was to continue to be in effect until the seed should come who is Christ (Galatians chpt.2-3).

Heb 10:1 “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. “If the sacrifices were taken care of by one sacrifice and an eternal priesthood was installed replacing a continual changing of one doesn’t it make sense the law of God was also changed. That’s exactly what it says Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.”

“Yahweh will only select for His Kingdom those who totally reject. Satan's kingdom and uphold Yahweh's Righteous 613 Laws “(The Prophetic Word p. 20, 2-2002).

Gal. 2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” “the law was our tutor” and Rabbi Shaul explains;  “After faith has come we are no longer under a tutor.” Shaul communicates in Romans 6:14,  that as believers we are “no longer  under law but under grace.”  This clearly teaches that law is not a saving principle. Rom 7:6:But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.” Yeshua never commanded us to keep all 613 laws, in fact he instructed Peter to give up his kosher eating in Acts 10. In fact the apostles ruled at the Jerusalem council recorded in Acts 15:24-25 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law'-- to whom we gave no such commandment.”

The Nature of God

Hawkins denies the Triune nature of the Godhead and the pre-existence of Christ: “Those who are False Prophets and Lying teachers 'teach' the false doctrine that there is a 'trinity' or a 'duality' in the (and I quote) 'GODHEAD'. Therefore, it is also The Truth of Yahweh that Yahshua Messiah did not 'pre-exist'!” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p. 7).

There goes Micah 5:2; Isa.9:6; Jer.23:5-6; Jn.1:1-3; Heb.1:1-3 ;Col.1:15.It doesn't help to have a Hebrew basis if one does not acknowledge what the Hebrew actually teaches.

He actually teaches that Yahweh and Yahshua (Jesus) are two different “beings.” “Some of those trying to support the deception of a 'pre-existent savior, argue that Yahshua and Yahweh are THE 'SAME' BEING...The Holy Scriptures plainly show that Yahshua and Yahweh are TWO DIFFERENT BEINGS!” (Did Yahshua Messiah Pre-exist? p. 40).

So he denies Jesus is God in the flesh which the Bible certainly teaches. Jesus said that He and the father are one (in nature) As Jn.1:1 states The word, who is the Son, is God (Col.2:9 Jesus is fullness of God in bodily form). There are not two Gods but one being who is God. The Bible says God created all things, the New Testament attributes this to Jesus (Yashua) Jn.1:1-3; Col.1:15.

“BAPTISM - The third step one must then take is to be Baptized by the CHOSEN MINISTERS of YAHWEH, so you may receive The Holy Spirit:..Please notice that you can NOT obtain the Holy Spirit of YAHWEH from the preachers of this world!” (Why Aren't Your Prayers Answered Today? p. 20). 

No kidding, you can’t obtain the Holy Spirit (Ruach ha Kodesh) from any man, not even Hawkins, so this is a mute point to make. The Bible says we receive the Holy Spirit by Christ himself, who alone is the baptizer. This is done when we believe on the gospel. (Eph.1, 1 Cor.12:13).

Yahweh's wife

Yahweh has a wife and queen. “Lucifer was created by Yahweh as a beautiful being and wife to Him. She was fully trained by Him in complete righteousness. She was ordained to be a teacher to malakim and mankind. She had the responsibility of teaching mankind the way to achieve perfect righteousness and become in the exact likeness of Yahweh. Satan was not content to be the light-bringer to mankind. She did not want mankind to become in the likeness of Yahweh and receive ruling positions in His Kingdom. She wanted that for herself. She lusted for more authority than what she was given, so she rebelled against Yahweh's Authority as Creator and Heavenly Father and sought to rise above Him.”(from Let The Children Also Come To Me Written by Yisrayl Hawkins pp. 18-19)

“ Lucifer (Hillel) is a female being, a wife of Yahweh” (Prophetic word p.3 7-2002) can a creature be Yahweh's queen? He even says that “when Yahweh led the children of Israyl out of the land of Egypt, He warned them not to worship his wife: the Queen of Heaven…” (Prophetic word p.77-2002)

The Bible never teaches that any angels are female, they are called in the Old Testament sons of God, not sons and daughters. This idea of Lucifer was to be the lightbearer to mankind has more in common with Mormonism that the Scripture.

“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD” (Job 2:1)

“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Rev. 12:9)

 “He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years” (Rev 20:2)

Yeshua specifically said Satan is a he, not a she (unless one wants to say Lucifer is not the same as Satan, which Hawkins does not) “And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.” (Mark 3:26)

  In Luke 4:6-8 After the Devil offer Jesus authority and their glory he states v.7 “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

 “If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? “(Luke 11:18)

  “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31)  For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14).

There is no evidence from the Bible he is a she- Yeshua called Satan a he. that should settle it.

Salvation

The claim is that the Churches are teaching against the laws and that is what is bringing the violence upon the world.” Check the churches, you will find that all of them teach against the laws… why aren’t we keeping the feast days?” “Why aren’t we keeping Passover?” why aren’t we keeping the 7th day Sabbath?” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV)

The New Testament gives no requirement for feast days observance. But one has to run to the Old Testament that is strictly for the nation Israel, to justify this. Nahum 1:15 “O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, perform your vows.” Notice it is to Judah, Israel not the world. Nor does it teach the Sabbath was mandatory after Jesus rose from the dead and instilled the New Covenant. Exod 34:27-29 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”

Did not the Pharisees keep these laws, yet Jesus scolded them for not keeping the laws correctly.

They teach The keeping of the commandments are necessary to have eternal life Matthew 19:17--”But He said to him; Why do you question Me about righteousness? There is only One who is the standard of Perfection, and that is Yahweh; so if you would enter into life, keep the commandments.” They miss the point Jesus was trying to make, if one reads it in context the purpose was to show that the rich young ruler could not (and neither can we) keep the commandments correctly, as he first stated he did.
Revelation 22:14-15--”Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,that your Salvation depends upon these Laws of the Kingdom.” There are many NT commandments some of which are against the legalism that they actually promote.

Rom 10:4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” By trusting in Christ’s work the law is fulfilled perfectly. The Old Testament law clearly is not our reference point under grace

Hawkins lambastes the Church using Mt.7:21 “Not everyone who says to me teacher, teacher will enter the kingdom of Yahweh. Well who will enter the kingdom of Yahweh then? He says him who does the will of my father, the will of the father is in the first 5 books of the Bible, the laws of Yahweh.” Nowhere does it say this. The NT states very clearly that Jesus gave new laws through the holy spirit (Acts 1). It becomes plain to true students of the word that Peter was asked to not keep Kosherut as Jesus told him all the food is now cleansed. That the Gentiles could be admitted to the body of Christ (Messiah) not by becoming a proselyte first, or circumcised as in Judaism. This man is teaching the Old Testament law and not the New Testament covenant, he disregards that a believer is to be operating by grace. It’s as if anything the apostles taught afterwards do not take precedence over the Old Testament law.

His Name and His Laws are the only guarantee anyone has to receive Salvation.” Malachi 4:1-- “Remember the Law of Moses...” Deut. 6:25--”And it will be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments: His Law, before Yahweh our Father, as He has commanded us.” These are all commands to Israel not to the world.

Clearly the Bible says we are saved by grace not law. As Paul states in Gal.2 :16 “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Yashua Ha Mashiach.”V.21 “For if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Rabbi Shaul states the law shows his sin but then he cries out oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death, he then thanks God for Jesus Christ. Acts 15:24-25 “Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law'-- to whom we gave no such commandment.”

He seems to think that we can keep God's laws. Like other legalists he has fallen into denying the New Covenant. Gal.5:4 “You who would be justified by the law (obedience and works) you have fallen away from grace.” He is specifically referring to the 613 laws, that he claims “are designed to bring peace.” The Bible never says the keeping of the law brings peace to the world. There is a promise of peace to Israel the nation in Lev 26:2-6 “You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD. 'If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land.” But there were also warning that if they did not adhere to this condition they would be scattered and taken captive.

There was peace specifically to individuals as well Num 25:11-13 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, turned back Gods wrath from the children of Israel, So Yahweh gave to him his covenant of peace;”

There is never peace promised to the whole world except by the Messiahs rule. Only the messiah the prince of peace can accomplish this.

Isa. 9:6  “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.”

Acts 10:36 “The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ-- He is Lord of all--” This is the peace the apostles preached. Rom 5:1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Rom 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” First peace in people’s heart, than Christ comes to bring an everlasting peace to earth by his rule.

I John 3:4--”Whoever commits sin, transgresses also the Law; for sin is the transgression of the Law.” The law is there to show our sin but is not able to make us righteous because we would have to keep it perfectly. This is why Christ is our righteousness as he kept the laws perfect (Rom.10). Rabbi Shaul in Galatians 3 says the law was our teacher until the seed (that is Christ) came.

He also seems to believe the mark has been here since the beginning of the church “The Mark of the Beast is THE BREAKING of Yahweh's Laws: it is GODWORSHIP. It is as simple as this.”( The Prophetic Word. June 7 1991p. 70).

To leave House of Yahweh is to leave Yahweh

It is here where we find the control over the members  producing fear. “The One Body of Messiah IS The House of Yahweh! Assuredly, that is not `me' telling you this...The Holy Scriptures say this...We are partakers with Yahshua - IF we are part of the Body of Messiah of the House of Yahweh. In Genesis 28:11-17, the Patriarch Yaaqob saw a vision of The House of Yahweh as the way to Yahweh's Kingdom. The House of Yahweh IS THE GATE OF HEAVEN!” (What Yahweh's Feasts Mean to You, pp. 78, 87). 

By the way Hawkins is called the High Priest. Does he think he can replace Christ who is the only high priest for the Church for all time? See Hebrews chapters 7-10.

Nowhere does it say the House of Yahweh is the gate of heaven in the New Testament. In fact nowhere in the Bible does it say this. Yeshua points out he is the gate in John 10:2-5: “But he who enters by the door (the gate) is the shepherd of the sheep. “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

John 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” If you think you are going to heaven by joining a church or group you are sadly mistaken.To equate the house of Yahweh with the House of the Lord that Israel had is sacrilegious.

Hawkins says, “The church is not preaching this message (Mt.24:14 = Isa.2:2 says that he would establish his house in the last days so the message could be preached in all the world.” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV). This he applies to himself. But a careful examination we find the location of this house is not in Texas but In Israel. The “Lords house shall be established on the top of the mountains.” 

That certainly is not Texas. “For out of Zion will go forth the law.” Even further it states that Messiah is present to enforce it as” He shall judge between the nations” And further proof that this has not happened is that there is peace among the people. So this would have to occur AFTER the tribulation and in the Millennium.

“...IF we 'separate' form the One Body of Messiah: The House of Yahweh, then we succumb to Satan, then at that very moment we become worshipers of Satan...of if one LEAVES The Body - The only Prophesied, Established Work that Yahweh Himself has chosen, then that one does NOT partake, or is NO LONGER a partaker, with the rest of The body of Messiah - The House of Yahweh” (What Yahweh's Feasts Mean to You, pp. 78, 87).

“No one leaves the house of Yahweh except those who hate the laws.” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV) This is what cult groups do, there is no where else to go, everyone is wrong except us. Critical thinking or dissent of anything said is discouraged and to challenge Hawkins is interpreted as rebellion against Yahweh making you his enemy. “Those who rise up against me...have turned to judges of the Gods in order to try to destroy Yahweh's work, just as they did to Yahshua.” (The Prophetic Word, November 1994, p. 18).

They claim anything negative said about The House of Yahweh on the Internet or in the newspapers are lies, which cause hatred. He is probably referring to the negative media reports, from Newsweek magazine article in April 1997, a mention on the “This Morning” TV program on Aug.28, 1997 and the interview of their leader on Hard Copy. Their zeal to be right on everything blinds them to the same hatred they exhibit toward the historic Christian Church.

He claims “your view of the house of Yahweh depends on whether you are listening to the friends or enemies of Yahweh. The dishonorable views come from those who hate the laws of Yahweh.” This is spreading nonsense and makes this man beyond reproach as HE THINKS HE CAN DO NO WRONG!

No removing of the Saints in a Resurrection

“Those who tell you that your going to be raptured away you who are breaking the laws right now the savior will have nothing to do with you.” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV ch 52) He disbelieves a rapture” I know your preacher has told you that your going to be raptured and caught up to heaven. He is lying there no such in your Bible, he’s deceiving you into thinking your going to escape this trouble that is coming your not going to. In fact Isa. 24:1-6 says its going to be upon the preacher too as well as upon you”. (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV)

It is true this passage refers to God's judgment in the tribulation but he neglects to see that it is about breaking the everlasting covenant. This couldn’t be the Old Testament Mosaic law because it is not everlasting (Heb.8:6,13). It is the New Covenant that is everlasting. The priest could be distinguishing the priests that teach against the new covenant. Which very well could put him in this category.

Yahweh says many places that he will keep his people from the judgment. The theme of Scripture is that the righteous are not judged along with the wicked. And this takes place from Noah on. The rapture according to Scripture is the resurrection as it takes place at the same time (1 Thess.4) so he is denying a fundamental of the Christian faith.

Hawkins is one of the TWO WITNESSES in Rev.11 

Yisrayl Hawkins boldly claims that both he and his late brother are prophesied in the Bible as the two Witnesses whose ministry is found in Revelation Chapter 11. Hawkins had claimed that his authority and credentials are founded on his fulfillment of Bible prophecy: “Yahweh then says, Through Prophecy - 'Let these TWO WITNESSES FORETELL the things that are coming, and let them PROCLAIM that I am ONE!” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p. 4).

“From memory, I think it was about 1951 that I had my FIRST DREAM that my brother Yaaqob and I were The Two witnesses, spoken of in Revelation Chapter 11...It was AFTER YAAQOB RETURNED FROM ISRAYL THAT I HAD THIS SAME DREAM FOR THE third time..” (the Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991. p. 76).

Hawkins proof “They BOTH `write'; BOTH `teach'; and BOTH `print' -... And this Writing, teaching, printing and ESTABLISHING The House of Yahweh in These Last Says `HAS BEEN GIVEN' to Yahweh's Two Witnesses... “Yes! These are TWO WRITERS who `print'` The Prophetic Word Magazine - out of The House of Yahweh, Abilene, Texas, and The Prophetic Watchman Magazine, out of The House of Yahweh, Odessa, Texas ... “However, in Revelation 11:5 Yahweh reveals that there is only ONE who is to be The SPOKESMAN of The Two Witnesses!” (the Prophetic word. p. 10).

“Yahweh Himself has given this inspired Testimony to Isayah 44:5, showing exactly 'HOW' His Prophesied TWO WITNESSES would obtain NAMES which were not given to them at birth!...The prophecy has come to pass! One of Yahweh's Two Witnesses 'LEGALLY GAVE HIMSELF' the name of 'Yisrayl'...this Prophesied 'WAY' in which Yahweh's Two Witnesses would attain their Prophesied Name, is the most outstanding 'SIGN' Yahweh gives that these TWO MEN are HIS TWO WITNESSES!” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p. 6). Look carefully and it really mentions three people not two. One says I am the Lords (Yahweh) another will call himself by the name of Jacob ( a physical descendent of the Jews) another Israel (being of the nation). To find a scripture and say it says to name oneself Yisrayl and do so is a self -fulfilling prophecy having no weight to its import. Especially when it is saying they will be Jewish descendents, is Hawkins? this has absolutely nothing to do with the two witnesses. Yet Hawkins insists “This PROPHECY has come to pass! One of Yahweh's Two Witnesses only `CALLED' himself `Yaaqob'. One of Yahweh's Two Witnesses `LEGALLY GAVE HIMSELF' the name of `Yisrayl...” (The Prophetic Word p. 6).

In 1982 Buffalo Bill Hawkins had his name legally changed to Yisrayl Hawkins (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p. 76). The change of name enabled Yisrayl Hawkins to claim the mantle of prophetic authority as spokesman for the Two Witnesses of Revelation Chapter 11. Upon Yaaqob's return from Israel in 1975, Yisrayl claimed to have had a third occurrence of his dream. In his third dream, he claimed there was a “TERRIBLE TRAGEDY” involving someone's death. Yisrayl now states this dream was prophetic of his brother's death on March 22, 1991 (The Prophetic Word).

“In the middle of this Seven Years - in the Midst of This Week, or 3 1/2 Years after this week begins, Satan Is Cast TO THE EARTH, The Last Witness is KILLED by Satan, The seed of The Two Witnesses - The Sealed remnant are delivered to Mount Zion in Yerusalem. When Satan is Cast Out of heaven, his first act is to PERSECUTE The Woman which Brings Forth The Man! Through this PERSECUTION - Satan stops the Prophesying of THE ONE WITNESS who is still alive at this time - BY KILLING HIM! It will be at this time that 'his testimony' will be perfectly accomplished (Revelation 11:7). However, in spite of this same persecution, 'THIS WOMAN' is taken to The Place of Safety!” (The Prophetic Word, p. 48).

If one examines the Bibles word next to his, we find that the two witnesses are killed at the same time and the Bible gives the timetable. In Rev.11:3 they prophesy 1260 days and they are clothed in Sackcloth. Yisrayl dresses in a suit. V.8 says both their bodies lie in the street (where our Lord was crucified). They both lay dead for 31/2 days and then they are resurrected v.11-12 and ascend to heaven in Gods glory. This certainly has not happen as Hawkins claims his brother died separately from him and did not rise from the dead as the Bible states in any way, shape or form. So clearly his self proclamation to be one of the witnesses is proven wrong.

“Yes, Yahweh now has ONLY ONE WORK under His ONE REMAINING WITNESS Yisrayl - His Prophesied Spokesman who will continue to perform all The Will of Yahweh... Just as Yahshua Messiah came AS a `covenant to the people' in His day (Isayah 42:6) - The Witness Yisrayl comes AS a `covenant to the people' in These Last Days (Isayah 49:8).” (The Prophetic Word. 6/7/91, p. 36).

So Hawkins thinks of himself likened to Yeshua to be a covenant to the people today. I have not read of a newer new covenant. How can anyone who actually reads their Bible believe this?

“The RAIN WILL SOON BE CUT OFF AGAIN, as it was in the days of Yliyah. This time, it will not rain for one thousand two hundred sixty days - but this soon coming Time Period will BEGIN the LAST Seven Years of Satan's rule upon the earth. This Seven Year Period is known as The Great Tribulation - and for the FIRST 1260 Days of this Period, there will be NO RAIN” (Ibid., p. 15). This has not happened so once again he is a false prophet according to the Bible. He has not caused the rain to stop, neither has he been slain by the beasts power, nor have his followers been taken to Israel. By his own criteria he is a false prophet.

A False prophet and false prophecy of the tribulation

“Yes I’m a doomsday preacher, yes because what I’m painting to you is the doom that is coming upon the world right now, upon all the governments, that every prophet said would come at this time” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV).

In a later prophecy in late 1994 Hawkins had altered his theology and was teaching that The House of Yahweh was already in “the midst” of Tribulation: He explained: “In order to understand what time period Yahweh is referring to when He says, 'the midst,' we will refer to Yahshua's Message of the End Time - the Time Period known as: The Seven Years of Tribulation...Yahshua Messiah spoke of the FIRST PART of the Seven Year Period...(Matthew 24:7). Since the time of my brother Yaaqob's death, March 22, 1991, wars have been raging not only in Israyl, but throughout the eastern world.”...”These things: WARS, FAMINES, PESTILENCES, and EARTHQUAKES are prophesied to take place through the FIRST HALF of the Great Tribulation. But, the end is not yet! When the first three and one half years are complete, the LAST HALF of the Great Tribulation begins. Since the Feast of Tabernacles, September 22, 1994, my brother Yaaqob, the first witness to be killed by the Beastly System, will have been dead THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS” (The Prophetic Word, November 1994, pp. 14, 16). ) Hawkins now claims the world is toward the end of the Great Tribulation by his calculations.

“The hatred taking place at this time, just as we are APPROACHING THE MIDDLE of the Seven Year Time Period known as The Great Tribulation... “(The Prophetic Word, November 1994, p. 18).

He teaches that at the end with be filled with violence. No argument here, it just may be he has gotten a little ahead of the Lords timing (maybe a lot). Nonetheless he has prophesied that this has occurred. We may agree with him about the one world government and the unity of all religions and the Catholic Church’s role and the lawlessness in the land. But not to the extreme he has taken it and how he explains it. For he has changed the events by saying it is already occurring.

Hawkins warns that the US can be destroyed in one hour. He has written a number of books and articles about Biblical prophecy. Previously In 1983, he predicted that the Middle East Peace Accord would be signed in 1993. The Abilene group certainly has the potential to develop into a destructive doomsday cult, because of this prophetic teaching. They teach this is now fulfilled

“They are bringing this curse that’s going to devour the world and few men left in the next three years. In the coming three years. The hidden codes of your Bible. I know you heard of it, the book is very popular right now, and in these hidden codes it shows in the torah itself… the nuclear or atomic bomb would be used the first time in the Hebrew year that corresponds to the roman year 1945-46.” ... “The hidden codes show that the next time it will be use its going to be Hebrew year that corresponds to the roman year 1997-1998 through the year 2,000. Three years in the row that it shows the nuclear bomb will be used.” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV ch 52)

This proves he is a false prophet, for there was no nuclear disaster, (unless this was hidden form us as well) as he stated 80% of the population would be annihilated.

“Daniel in the 9th chapter shows that there will be a 7 year peace plan that will be signed in Israel that will end the world in the destruction. That was signed in 1993 Sept.13. How plain, how many details does the prophets have to give you before you will start believing and turning to Yahweh.” (May 12, 2000 Olelo TV) 

Does this need any comment considering the biblical and historical record of the last 7 years? This will be over by this September. But just look at what he said, that this has been occurring. Has it? We agree that there is to be a 7 year peace treaty to be signed. But if one looks at the judgments in Revelation that correspond to it, it has not taken place. This is such shoddy prophecy teaching that no one should pay attention to this man after the time has already expired.

“These things: WARS, FAMINES, PESTILENCES, and EARTHQUAKES are Prophesied to take place through the FIRST HALF of the Great Tribulation. But, the END IS NOT YET! When the first three and one half years are complete, the LAST HALF of the Great Tribulation BEGINS “ (The Prophetic Word p. 16).

 Hawkins stated on television in 1998 that the United States would be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust in the fall of the year 2000.  Then in 1999 he began saying the end may not come for another several years.  

 "Millions are prophesied to die in the next two years, in fulfillment of bible prophecy, because of what the Catholic Church plans to bring about. ("Newsletter dated 11/1998).
 "According to Daniyl's prophecy this destruction will take place in the next two years. ("Newsletter dated 12/1998)
 Y. Hawkins says, "This same religion, called the great whore and her daughters, will still be in power at the time of Yahshua Messiah's coming, approximately TWO YEARS from now." ("The End" Book 1998 p. 153.) Continuing on p. 190 "If you do not believe Yahweh's inspired prophets now, you will come to believe them in the next two years. There will be greater troubles in 1998, than in 1997. But the worst time of trouble will not be seen until late 1999, early 2000.

He says Yashua warns us in Mt.24:14 that this message would be preached into all the world and all nations then the end will come. It’s here you got three years left, (this was 1997) mark it on your calendar right now… its going to come and you got three years and that three years will be filled with nuclear exchanges according to the prophets and the hidden codes of the Bible.”… “We got three years left.. three years.” “Then when the nuclear exchanges come you will know that a prophet has spoken to you and told you that this would be.” (broadcast Olelo TV, May 12, 2000)

First we need to see that what he calls a warning of judgment is not, but is the Gospel of the kingdom (good news) not bad news. Have the three years already taken place? Is Hawkins ready to admit that he is not a prophet if this does not take place? For if he holds to still being one than it puts him in the category of a false prophet, since this has not come to pass.

They state, “You can scripturally test the message you hear for yourself; to see if it is of the Creator or if it is of the devil: I John 4:1--”Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, to see whether they are of Yahweh; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” We have tested the spirit and we find that they neglect much of the New Testament teaching on grace superceding it with law. Anyone can quote scripture from the Bible and even put a theology together from it. However one needs to look more carefully at what is being taught. Are they RIGHTLY dividing the word or inserting their own presupposition.

This Church is not a Christian Church but a mixture of Old Testament law and Some New Testament prophecy teaching. Its focus is on the end and not Christ. They do not teach on walking with the savior but concentrate on the other Church’s as completely wrong and they alone have the true message. Almost all the points of warning about cults are found in this Assembly. They may mean well but good intentions can be just as dangerous, especially for admitted doomsday groups like this one. 

 

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