Doomsday faith groups
Part 1 of 3 parts
1967 to 1999: The House of Yahweh®
faith group, located in Abilene, TX:
At least two individuals in this group have died due to lack of professional medical attention. However, this group has not resulted in a major loss of life comparable to the dozens or hundreds who have died in other high demand faith groups, like the Branch Davidians and The People's Temple of Jim Jones. Members appear to be physically free to leave the group at any time.
The House of Yahweh appears to be a
high risk group, with the potential of developing into a destructive
cult at some time in the future. It could 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, an interview of their leader
on Hard Copy, mind control episodes on A&E television and Dr. Phil, etc.
1967: The first House of Yahweh, located in Odessa, western Texas:
The House of Yahweh was organized by Jacob Hawkins. He was an
American who had gone to Israel in 1967 to work on a kibbutz. While there, he
heard of a recent archaeological discovery of a 1st century building that had "House
of Yahweh" (in Hebrew) inscribed over its entrance. He believed that this was the name of
a group specially selected in ancient times by God. He returned to the
U.S. and built a religious sanctuary in Odessa TX with that name.
Members of his group worshipped Yahweh (Elohim) and Yeshua, (Jesus) 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, celebrations at Christmas, Easter, and Halloween as Pagan inventions. They believed that Yeshua was born in the spring time, during the birthing season, when the
shepherds are out watching their flock at night. They
taught that Yeshua's shed blood on the cross cleanses believers from sin, but only if they
also have adhered to the 10 commandments from the Hebrew Scriptures (a.k.a. Old Testament).
Members tithed 10% of their earnings. The group's leadership is by 12
disciples and 70 elders. They published a periodical: The Prophetic Watchman. They didn't keep membership records or release information on the total numbers of members. However, in 1980, they reported having congregations in the
US, Israel, India, South Africa, West Africa, Burma, Australian and Belgium.
Following the death of Jacob, the group disbanded.
1980: The second House of Yahweh, in Abilene, central Texas:
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 became the High Priest of the new group 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 had about 100 followers living at their Texas headquarters.
Their web site can be viewed at http://yahweh.com/ The web site includes:
- The last six months of their monthly magazines "The Prophetic Word and "The Quartet in Prophecy."
- Links to weekly sermons by Yisrayl Hawkins,
- Their translation of the Bible called "The Book of Yahweh."
Beliefs taught by the surviving House of Yahweh:
Some of their beliefs are:
- Satan is a female who is the former wife of Yahweh. She rebelled and was expelled from Heaven. She has indirectly controlled of all of the
world's governments and religions by appointing all political and
- The terms "God" and "Lord" actually refer to the minority of disobedient angels who were expelled from Heaven with Satan.
- Catholicism and Protestantism are evil faith groups, symbolized by
the two horns of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:11.
- The 2012-JUL issue of their magazine, The Prophetic Word (PW) stated that:
"Sorceries and witchcraft are practiced mostly by Catholics and Christians, but it’s even more widespread than that. All religions today, except The House of Yahweh located in Abilene, Texas, are involved in sorceries and witchcraft in many ways." 1
- Yahshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) and Yahweh (God) are two separate
beings. The Trinity does not exist. 2
- Yahshua Messiah did not exist from the creation of the world; he was
conceived late in the 1st century BCE, and did not exist before that time.
- Yisrayl Hawkins and his late brother Jacob are the two witnesses mentioned in
- Holding religious services on Sunday and observing the traditional Christian holidays harms believers. They are given the "mark of the Beast" as mentioned in Revelation 13:15-18 and other verses in that biblical book.
Beliefs by outside observers about the House of Yahweh:
There have been a series of largely unconfirmed allegations about:
1998 & 1999: Prophecies of the House of Yahweh:
The group places major emphasis on an end-of-the-world scenario which they once believed
would start on 1998-OCT. That didn't happen.
Subsequently, they issued a second prophecy, published in 1999-SEP. It was linked
to the 7 year Middle East peace plan which was signed on 1993-SEP-13. They
expected that when "the seven year peace plan...starts again in the fall of
2000," 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. They
predicted that by mid-2001, 80% of the world's population would have been killed as a result of
nuclear war. No rain will fall for 1,260 days! This is exactly 42 months according to ancient Hebrew calculations and about about three and a half years according to our the Gregorian calendar. This interval is mentioned in the Books of Daniel and Revelation as either 1,260 days or "time, and times, and half a time." Fortunately, this end of the world prophecy failed as well.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Witchcraft & Sorceries: More than you could ever imagine,"
The Prophetic Word, 2013-JUL, at: http://yahweh.com/
- Philip Arnn, "House of Yahweh," Watchman Fellowship Profile, at: http://www.watchman.org/yahpro.htm
- Richard Horn & Loretta Fulton, "House of Yahweh has ties to
Anti-government group Posse Comitatus", Article: Abilene Reporter-News,
- "House Of Yahweh: A Darker Sect Than FLDS," CBS News, 2008-MAY-13, at: http://www.cbsnews.com/
- "House of Yahweh: History," at: http://people.virginia.edu/
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Latest update: 2016-FEB-05
Author: B.A. Robinson