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DISCLAIMER: The House of Yahweh is a dangerous cult that Christians should avoid!

Dr. Mike Johnston

The House of Yahweh is a divergent religious cult based in Abilene, Texas. The group claims membership from all races and nations around the globe and welcomes all “who will repent of sin and follow Yahweh’s Law” which has been exclusively entrusted to the House of Yahweh (HOY) and its deluded director, Yisrayl (Buffalo Bill) Hawkins.


Most cults and heretics have launched their egregious enterprises by alleging to have received a secret prophetic revelation from God. [1]  Hawkins like those he patterns himself after, fancies himself a personal mouthpiece of God’s prophetic mysteries even though the prophetic gift arguably ceased at 95 AD with the completion of the Book of Revelation. This nut is a false prophet in light of the numerous events he has predicted that have all failed to come true- including that we were in the tribulation in the 1950s and that the end of the world began on or before September 12, 2006. Still, Hawkins makes audacious claims his authority and credentials were vested him through a clandestine meeting with God where he was endowed with favor and exclusive authority in these last days.


His first lying prediction was that the tribulation had already begun. , Hawkins’ went on to build his theological premises upon an eclectic blend of Sabbatarian, Sacred Name, and anti-Semitic/Anglo-Israel teachings we know originated from the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9).  His authoritarian control over members is a classic picture of such nefarious characters as Nero, Hitler, Pol Pot, Charles Manson, Sun Myung Moon, Jim Jones, and David Koresh.

Ultimate Authority

Independent thinking or dissent is discouraged by equating rebellion against Hawkins as rebellion against Yahweh Himself.

  • If a member leaves the group, they are warned that they are in effect leaving Yahweh and His salvation. He commands this because he teaches that his authority is not only on behalf of Christ, but is absolutely equal with His: “Yahshua Messiah KNEW that He was sent, because He FULFILLED all the Scriptures concerning Himself.  And The True Work of Yahweh: Established House of Yahweh – The Place of Yahweh has chosen to Establish His Name in These Last Days – has this SAME AUTHORITY, with the SAME CREDENTIAL . . . Yes, The House of Yahweh, Established in Abilene, Texas, is SPOKEN OF and WRITTEN ABOUT by the Prophets of Old! This Established House of Yahweh in These Last Days is doing the work that Yahshua Messiah and His Disciples – who were ‘SENT’ – did; the very same work! It is a Scriptural fact that unless Yahweh gives AUTHORITY to someone, by having SPOKEN ABOUT THEM THROUGH HIS HOLY SCRIPTURES, then that person is NOT SENT!” (What Yahweh’s Feasts Mean to You, pp.82-83). “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 These Last Days (Isaiah 49:8)” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p.  36).

Exclusive Truth

Like every divergent, Hawkins boasts that his organization was specifically ordained of God and given sole possession of divine truth for these last days. His doctrines are so wacky and unorthodox, one has to wonder how in the world anyone would believe them. Here’s a few examples:

  • Nature of God: Hawkins denies the Triune nature of the Godhead and the pre-existence of Christ. He writes: “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). Yahweh and Jesus.  He teaches that Yahweh and Yahshua 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).
  • The church: Hawkins teaches:”The One Body of Messiah IS The House of Yahweh . . . 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 GAT OF HEAVEN . . .  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 . . . or 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). 
  • Baptism: Allegiance to HOY leadership is signified by submitting to baptism by the CHOSEN MINISTERS of YAHWEH wherein the candidate receives the Holy Spirit; this they confer with the following caveat: “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). 
  • 7 Year Tribulation: By 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’ House of Yahweh is a dangerous cult that must be exposed and avoided. Paul’s words have never been more needed than they are in relation to groups like this one: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple (Romans 16:17-18).

[1] EG White (SDAs); Joseph Smith (Mormons); William Branham; Oral Roberts; Kenneth Hagin; Kathryn Kuhlman; Benny Hinn.

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