House of Yahweh:
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
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.