The House of Yahweh® faith group in Abilene, TX:
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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."
Polygyny within the group.
The belief that the House of Yahweh will play a major role in the
War of Armageddon.
End of the world prediction:
|The 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|
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
Richard Horn & Loretta Fulton, "House of Yahweh may be Breaking
Foodstamp Law", Article: Abilene Reporter-News, 1996-APR-14. See:
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"
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
Richard Horn & Loretta Fulton, "House of Yahweh has ties to
Anti-government group Posse Comitatus", Article: Abilene Reporter-News,
"The House of Yahweh!" is a web site opposed to the House of Yahweh
Philip Arnn, "House of Yahweh," Watchman Fellowship Profile, at:
"Nuclear War begins September 12, 2006," ReligionNewsBlog,
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