House of Yahweh:  History
     The original House of Yahweh, organized by Jacob Hawkins, was based in Odessa, Texas.  Hawkins formed the group following a trip to Israel in 1967.  While there, he heard of an archaeological dig which had discovered a building from the first century which had the Hebrew words "House of Yahweh" over the entrance.  Hawkins believed the name was that of a special group, selected by God.  After he returned to the United States, he established the House of Yahweh in Odessa, Texas.  The group members tithed (gave 10% of their earnings to the group), and were led by 12 disciples and 70 elders.   No official membership records were kept, but the group reported congregations in the United States, Israel, India, South Africa, West Africa, Burma, Australia, and Belgium in 1980.
The members worshipped Yahweh and Yeshua (Elohim and His son).  They held religious services on Saturday and celebrated the main Jewish holidays, including Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles.  They rejected Christmas, Easter, and Halloween as Pagan inventions.  They believed that Yeshua was born during the springtime, when the shepherds would be out watching the flocks.  They taught that Yeshua's shed blood cleansed believers from sin, but only if the 10 commandments were followed.  After Jacob Hawkins' death, the Odessa House of Yahweh became defunct.
    Jacob's brother, Yisrayl, was originally part of the Odessa House of Yahweh, but left in 1980, after the brothers disagreed on the proper name for God.  Yisrayl formed another branch of the House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas.    Yisrayl is the High Priest of the House of Yahweh, and is assisted by several elders and deacons.  The group celebrates the feasts which are mentioned in Leviticus 23.  They also observe two other holidays, "Yahshua's Memorial" and "Last Great Day".  In 1987, there were 100 followers reported at the compound. The actual number of people there today is unknown.
    Yisrayl has written several books about biblical prophecy and upcoming destructive events.  The doctrine of the Abilene House of Yahweh focuses on the upcoming destruction of mankind and the evil which exists in the modern world.