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The House of Yahweh
faith group in Abilene, TX:

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This group has not resulted in a loss of life. However, it appears to be a high risk group, with the potential of developing into a destructive cult at some time in the future. It would then pose an extreme danger to its members. There have been a number of negative media reports on this group, including a Newsweek magazine article in 1997-APR, a mention on the "This Morning" TV program for 1997-AUG-28, and an interview of their leader on Hard Copy.

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House of Yahweh, Odessa

The House of Yahweh was organized by Jacob Hawkins. He is an American, who had gone to Israel in 1967 to work on a kibbutz. While there, he heard of an archaeological discovery of a 1st century building that had "House of Yahweh" (in Hebrew) over the entrance. He believed that this was the name of a group specially selected in ancient times by God. He decided to return to the US and to build a sanctuary in Odessa TX with that name.

Members worshiped Yahweh (Elohim) and Yeshua, His son. They were Sabbatarians; that is, they hold religious services on Saturday. They celebrated the main Jewish festivals (Passover, Pentecost, Feast of Tabernacles). They rejected, with considerable justification, Christmas, Easter, Halloween as Pagan inventions. They believed that Yeshua was born in the spring time, when the shepherds are out watching their flock at night during the birthing season. They taught that Yeshua's shed blood cleanses believers from sin, but only if they also adhere to the 10 commandments.

Members tithed 10% of their earnings. The group's leadership was from 12 disciples and 70 elders. They published a periodical: The Prophetic Watchman. They didn't keep membership records, but reported (in 1980) congregations in the US, Israel, India, South Africa, West Africa, Burma, Australian and Belgium.

Following the death of Jacob, the group became defunct.

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House of Yahweh, Abilene

Jacob's brother Yisrayl was originally part of the Odessa group. But he left in 1980 to form a second House of Yahweh in Abilene TX. The brothers had disagreed over the proper name for God. Yisrayl is the High Priest and is assisted by elders, and male and female deacons. They celebrate the various Jewish feast days specified in Leviticus 23. They also celebrate two additional feasts: "Yahshua's Memorial" and "Last Great Day". They have a periodical called The Prophetic Word. In 1987, they reported seven congregations served by 35 ministers. They have about 100 followers living at their headquarters.

Yisrayl Hawkins has written a number of books and articles about Biblical prophecy. In 1983, he correctly predicted that the Middle East Peace Accord would be signed in 1993. He has written a book "Can We Avoid The Next Holocaust?" about massively disruptive events in the immediate future. Other books include:


The Book of Yahweh: The Holy Scriptures


Devil Worship: The Shocking Facts


The Sabbath: Every Question Answered


The Mark of The Beast--Volume 1 & 2


Unveiling Satan: Her True Identity Revealed


The Two Witnesses


Did Yahshua Messiah Pre-exist?


Deceptions Concerning Yahweh's Calendar of Events


The Lost Faith Of The Apostles And Prophets: History and Prophecy

Copies can be ordered from their home page at: http://www.yahweh.com/index.shtml

Some of their beliefs are:


Satan is a female who has been in indirect control of all of the world's governments and religions by appointing all political and religious leaders.


Catholicism and Protestantism are evil faith groups, symbolized by the two horns of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:11. 


Yahshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) and Yahweh (God) are two separate beings. The Trinity does not exist. 6


Yahshua Messiah did not exist from the creation of the world; he was conceived late in the 1st century BCE, but not before


Yisrayl Hawkins has stated that the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11 are himself and his now deceased brother Jacob.

They place major emphasis on an end of world scenario which the believed would start on 1998-OCT. Their latest prophecy, published in 1999-SEP, is geared to the 7 year Middle East peace plan which was signed on 1993-SEP-13. They expect that when "the seven year peace plan...starts again in the fall of 2000" that the world will experience "the worst time of trouble ever." According to Isaiah 24, God will make the earth a wasteland and will scatter its inhabitants. The land will be utterly emptied and plundered. By mid-2001, they predict that 80% of the world's population will have been killed as a result of nuclear war. No rain will fall for 1260 days.

There have been a series of largely unconfirmed allegations about:


Extreme psychological control over the membership of the Abilene group. Members are told what to wear, what to read, and what to listen to or watch.


The assembly of weapons by the leaders.


"Four men tied to the militant, anti-government Posse Comitatus of Wisconsin are elders or guards in the House of Yahweh." 4


Polygyny within the group.


The belief that the House of Yahweh will play a major role in the War of Armageddon.

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End of the world prediction:

bulletThe House of Yahweh issued a news release in 2006-AUG stating that nuclear war will begin on SEP-12. The war will start around the Euphrates River. Their leader, Yisrayl Hawkins, says that the countdown to the nuclear war began with the signing of the Oslo accords on 1993-SEP-13. He interprets the Book of Daniel as stating that this is a seven year agreement but would take 14 years to be fully carried out. He interprets Revelation as implying that nuclear war will begin a year, a month and a day prior to the end of the Oslo agreement. Hawkings has posted a video clip on YouTube.com that explains his predictions. 7

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Richard Horn & Loretta Fulton, "House of Yahweh may be Breaking Foodstamp Law", Article: Abilene Reporter-News, 1996-APR-14. See: http://texnews.com/news/yahwehfood.html

  2. Jody Beard, "House of Yahweh Member Responds", Article: Abilene Reporter-News, 1996-APR-18. An elder of the Church states that alleged irregularities in the Abilene group do not exist. See" http://texnews.com/news/yahwehbeard17.html

  3. Richard Horn & Loretta Fulton, "Daughter of Yisrayl Hawkins responds to food stamp issue", Abilene Reporter-News, 1996 article. A daughter of Yisrayl Hawlins, Margo Corneillie, Available at: contradicts Jody Beard's column. See: http://www.texnews.com/news/yisrayldaughter.html

  4. Richard Horn & Loretta Fulton, "House of Yahweh has ties to Anti-government group Posse Comitatus", Article: Abilene Reporter-News, 1996-MAY-5

  5. "The House of Yahweh!" is a web site opposed to the House of Yahweh (Abilene) at: http://yahweh.faithweb.com/ 

  6. Philip Arnn, "House of Yahweh," Watchman Fellowship Profile, at: http://www.watchman.org/yahpro.htm

  7. "Nuclear War begins September 12, 2006," ReligionNewsBlog, 2006-AUG-28, at: http://www.religionnewsblog.com/

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Copyright 1999 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2015-SEP-05
Author: B.A. Robinson

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