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Theologically, the House of Yahweh (in Abilene, Texas) is a cult of Christianity. Sociologically the movement also has cult-like characteristics.

In addition, this movement is considered to be a doomsday cult due to its focus on apocalyptic end-time events. The group has frequently announced the impending end of the world, but thus far all dates mentioned have come and gone.

The House of Yahweh has produced its own Bible translation, The Book of Yahweh, The Newly Restored Original Bible, which they claim to be the "most profoundly accurate translation of The Holy Bible available anywhere."

How House of Yahweh Describes Itself

On it's official web site, the House of Yahweh describes itself as follows:

The very first House of Yahweh was established in Abilene, Israyl, a city named after Yahweh’s first righteous priest Abel. If you traveled west from Abilene, Israyl you would pass right through Abilene, Texas where Yahweh’s Last Days’ House is established. It is not a coincidence that the first House of Yahweh and the Last Days’ House of Yahweh were both established in a city named Abilene.

The House of Yahweh is known for teaching and practicing the Laws as written in your bible.

We Keep The Feasts
Our members come from across the United States and other nations.

We Believe The Prophecies
The word of the Prophets are the same that The House of Yahweh proclaims today.

What Did The Savior And Apostles Teach?
The world is filled with various religions, so why aren’t the people turning from the evil of their ways? The answer is simple, all the religions of the world reject Yahweh’s 613 Laws of Peace. They teach that the Laws were done away with by the Savior and the Apostles who gave us a new covenant. This simply is not true. In fact, the Savior and Apostles taught the same covenant as Mosheh and all the Prophets.

Why Is Destruction Coming?
The House of Yahweh knows why this destruction is coming. We know who and what is causing the curses of war. We have been telling the world for years. This is why we are so hated and there are so many vicious rumors being spread about us.

Satan, the very one inspiring propaganda against us, has deceived the whole world from keeping Yahweh’s 613 Laws; thereby resulting in GREAT TRIBULATION, killing billions of people.

We know that the hatred in the world is a result of Yahweh’s Laws being rejected. We know that Yahweh’s 613 Laws of Peace are rejected because of deception.

We know that because Yahweh’s Laws are rejected, the greatest time of trouble ever in the history of mankind will begin to take place in the next few months.

Just because the religious leaders teach that the Laws have been done away with will not stop curses from coming upon you. Curses—disease epidemics, murder and war—are all around you at this time. But the most severe curses the world will ever witness will occur during the greatest time of trouble ever in the history of mankind in the next three and one-half years.

The Peaceful Solution
There is only one thing that truly makes The House of Yahweh unique and that is, we have the only SOLUTION FOR PEACE. We are the only group on earth bringing this solution to the world leaders.

Yahweh offers a peaceful solution to today’s world problems that would stop all wars. The Peaceful Solution is Yahweh’s 613 Laws of Peace written in every bible. These Laws are what the Prophet Yeremyah was speaking of in the following Scripture.
- Source: What is The House of Yahweh? Marked: "(c)2004 A House of Yahweh Publication (R)TM", Last accessed July 18, 2006

Other Perspectives

Yisrayl Hawkins, the founder of the House of Yahweh Abilene, Texas, has built his movement on doctrinal themes which are not new to American religion. His theology is an eclectic blend of Sabbatarian, Sacred Name and Anglo-Israel teachings. His internal control over group members is classic authoritarian technique. Critical thinking or dissent is discouraged and controlled by [equating] rebellion against Hawkins as being rebellion against Yahweh. He represents himself as an end-time prophet who is spoken of in the Bible. He claims his work is the only true work on earth; that all other churches are part of Satan's last days' deception, and those seeking God or Yahweh and salvation can only find that salvation through The House of Yahweh. If a member leaves the group, they are leaving Yahweh and his salvation.
- Source: Philip Arn, Profile: House of Yahweh, Watchman Fellowship



According to the House of Yahweh, a Christian sect, when Yasir Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands at the White House on Sept. 13, 1993, they began a seven-year tribulation that will end this Sept. 13 and bring about the end of the world.
- Source: "So, predictions of Y2K global ruin didn't pan out. The good news for doomsayers is they have even more time to theorize about the real end of the world," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 10, 2000



The House of Yahweh, a Texas based religious group whose leaders are former members of the tax protesting Posse Comitatus, is typical: Hawkins (the leader) has interpreted biblical scripture that the Israeli Peace Accord signed on October 13, 1993, has started a 7-year period of tribulation which will end on October 14, 2000, with the return of the Yeshua (the Messiah). He also has interpreted that the FBI will be the downfall of the House of Yahweh and that the Waco Branch Davidian raids in 1993 were a warning to The House of Yahweh from the federal government, which he terms "the beast."
- Source: Project Megiddo, FBI Report



Hawkins, the leader of the House of Yahweh, and his followers are awaiting the return of Jesus in a compound in Abilene, Texas. The group reportedly is stockpiling arms.
- Source: Potential Extremist Reactions to Y2K Detailed in ADL Report, ADL Press Release, Dec. 20, 1999

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19 Responses to “House of Yahweh (Abilene, Texas)”

  1. Peanut says:

    The House of Yahweh is ridiculous! Let me tell you i first hand work with a guy who is part of the House of yahweh and i do not hesitate to ask him about all of their rules and things. He comes into work everyday and smells like he hasn't bathed in months. This is due to the fact that they aren't allowed to use regular soap! Only soap made out of lard. They must use this to not only clean their body but their hair. It is absolutely disgusting, I have gone to my Human Resource office to complain, and nothing so far has been done because it is his "religion". There has to be some kind of standard on hygeine!

    I live in Abilene, TX and this place is filled with people like this. They can't work on saturday's because it is their sabbath day. They can't eat pork, catfish, and numerous other things because they will be considered "unclean" in their community.

    I would encourage anyone who lives somewhat nearbye to visit their community that they live in just to look at how they live. You will not be actually let in past the gate but you can see it from the street you have to drive down. This community is actually in Clyde, TX which is right outside of Abilene. They live in complete poverity because they give all of their money to Israel Hawkins, the man who is in charge and supposedly has direct contact to God. The man i live with was in the US Air Force, and is now retired. He and his wife use to live in a middle class home with 2 cadillacs! He had to give all of this up for the House of Yahweh. He now lives in the nastiest trailer i have ever seen in my life and drives a 1988 beat up car that always breaks down. Let me remind you while the people of this "religion" live like this Israel Hawkins, their preacher or whatever lives in a 3 story mantion across the road from all of their trailers! He lives great! It is probably one of the nicest houses that i have ever seen, and what makes me nauseous is that he only lives like this because he takes a certain percentage of everyone's money!

    The leader is absolutely disgusting and deserves to be in hell when he dies. I have asked the man at work about several things, and he also informed me that Israel Hawkins can take any of their wives or daughters and sleep with whomever he chooses and they have no say so!

    Today is September 13th. The guy i work with was just telling me a few days ago that Israel Hawkins has been told by God that on September 12th there would be a nuclear war that would break out and kill 3/4ths of the population. HAHA! I don't understand why people believe his crap when all these predictions he has made have never come true! These people are brainwashed and i don't understand it at all!

  2. koyote marq says:

    Dear Peanut, Believe me, i understand your frustration. Remember though, the new testament declares there will always be false prophets who abuse the ignorant.Obey the gospel, try to be strong.

  3. mary holcomb says:

    Matthew 24:36 But no one knows the date and the hour when the end will come-not even the angels. No not even God's son. Only the Father knows. Does Israel Hawkins put him self on the same level as God, above God's own son? Sound's like Satin put to much pride and arrogance into to Mr. Hawkins head.

  4. Becca says:

    I understand everyones frustration as well. I am engaged to a man whos mom is involved in the house of yahweh. She tells me everyday that because i eat beef i have mad cow, because i have had sex i have stds in my brain, and that i go towards satan because i believe in Jesus. She says because i celebrate holidays i am worshipping the "gods." My mother was just diagnosed with cancer and when i went to tell my fiancees mom you would not believe her response, she told me that she has cancer because she does not follow yisrayl hawkins 613 laws and that she is going to die because she is a sinner. She says that doctors are only there to kill us and that pharmaceuticals ar no good. Its like they want people to die and suffer. I am so sick of hearing about what is "clean" to eat and what is not. Its nonsense to say that you will be unclean and get diseases if you eat these foods, and i have been eating them my whole life and i'm fine. Everytime I say anything about yisrayl that i dont like she tells me "i would't say that if i was you, he can hear everything you say." I am in college writing a whole speech over this fraud so that everyone can know what awful things he does like: take 10% of each of your paychecks for tithes, say that satan is a female and the pope is her puppet, scare you with the "upcoming nuclear war" which by the way never happened, split families up, do surgical procedures that killed a 7 year old girl, and on and on. Everyone needs to know that this guy is a fraud and should throw any flyers they get away. I'll end with saying that yisrayl hawkins said on his last tape that "those who suffer we all should suffer with them" and he says he got this from the bible.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I received the newsletter they send out at my Lutheran University (it was put on my car,not dispersed in class). It is so ridiculous to think that people actually believe this garbage. I hope that people read the real Bible and know that he is a false prophet. It is upsetting to think that many people believe this instead of the true, inspired word of God. I pray for Mr. Hawkins and his followers. I pray that the Holy Spirit of the true, Triune God will come into their hearts so that they know the truth that only comes through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

  6. nebur says:

    i thought nuke's were to start falling june13/2007 what happend to his predictions this guy is a true false prophet of the one's jesus spoke about his time is short may god have mercy on his soul. the right thing to do as a true christian peace in the name of jesus christ.please pray for LA.

  7. Atta Thomas says:

    I am a Ghanaian and i believe that Hawkins is a prophet who is teaching the correct way to the Kingdom of the creator . Let us ask our self, where did the Bible comes from? In Ghana, the translation from king James version to most of our languages , the real name of the creator is in call Yahweh.There are some mistake in the Bible and he has corrected them. When did the name Jesus written in the Bible? and who bring christianity in the world? As for me let us follow the old path like David, Solomon, like the rest of the old prophets the feast are still to be celebrate according to the correct time including the sabbath.

  8. Mak says:

    For your info I purchase the soap,that you mentioned. It is not made of lard. That would make it unclean. Proverbs 17:28,Even a fool is thought to be wise, if he remains silent;he who shuts his mouth is thought to be a man of understanding. Sounds like great advice for you and Becca.
    I have been in "The House of Yahweh" for several years and drive a brand new vehicle and own others. If the man that you live with, lives in poverty, he made that choice for himself.
    Since your words speak such a clear hatred for "The House of Yahweh", why do you chose to live with an impoverished family that is in "The House of Yahweh"?

  9. a believer says:

    No one hates the house of people twist things around to justify that nonsense that is being taught. they are brainwashed. how many times are you going to keep on believing a lie? he has predicting lies for years now and not 1 has come to pass. what does that tell you? ya'll (speaking to hoy believers) are so busy comparing yourself to christianity...when do you have time to praise and worship? HE gets the glory. not yisaryl hawkins.

  10. Brian says:

    I have written and asked but never gotten a great explanation for why the prophecies have not come true. To the HOY member in Ghana. Didn't everyone go underground for a year or two because there was going to be a nuclear war? Did that happen? Things can be judged by their fruit, and the fruit of the HOY prophecies is that they have not come true.

    The most dangerous religions are not satanic cults, everyone knows they are bad. The danger comes when the name of Jesus is used, when good things like peace and following God are taught. Then... you have people that connect with those good, true and noble things, BUT THEN ASSUME THE REST IS TRUE ALSO. Most cults have some elements of truth to them, and THEREIN LIES THE DANGER.

    I would ask the HOY to make just one prophecy that comes true. Put up or shut up so to speak. Tell followers "if this comes true, stay, if it is false, then we must be lying to you. Don't come up with excuses afterwards about why the nuclear war didn't happen, or why it is currently going on and we are just too ignorant to notice or something. Make a prophecy about something that can be evaluated, where it will be obvious if a true or false prophecy has been made... That's my challenge. To anyone in HOY, I would ask you to demand this for yourselves as a way of knowing if what you believe is true. If you do not have the ability or right to ask this, you might want to think about why you feel limited in this way.

    Also, for a group that emphasizes peace so much.... Why weapons?? I have never owned a gun in my life. Am I less peaceful than a group that is stockpiling arms? Just a thought. God Bless all in their search for truth. Feel free to email me with any thoughts. I don't mean to come down hard on anyone, and am certainly open to criticism if I have said something that is not right.

  11. RichieRich says:

    To Mark,

    All I have to say to you is that Yisrael Hawkins is under a curse because NO man can follow all 613 laws of the Law and be forgiven! That is in Scripture. Dependance on Jesus and His work of atonement is all we need to be concerned about. The Law is not for the Gentile, as the Bible says in Acts 16.

    Stop judging others lest you yourself be judged!

    As to what the soap is made of, it doesn't matter. What matter is Christ.

  12. John Doe in St Louis says:

    If anything they say does not come true do not follow them at all.

  13. Yaaqov says:

    Peace to All

    My name is "Yaaqov/Skip Stanley". I am a member of The House of Yahweh, and I have a website called I was ex-communicated from the group in 1995 for reading The Dead Sea Scrolls. Today I have been investigating this group, and I have found Organized crime, Child abuse, and Murder. I am exposing the truth about the leaders of this group, and the secrets they protect. The leader Yisrayl Hawkins used the truth about certain aspects about the Scriptures to shang-hi The Believers who allowed themselves to study his material that Yisrayl Hawkins translates to his benefit. The materials you will find on his website in the booklets, and magazines is great information, and everyone needs to study these issues. Most of the beliefs within the group are sound doctrine, but the laws about marriage, and the few other small problems, mainly the way things are run, need to change. I am not well liked within this group today, because I am here to change their beliefs, and most of these leaders, and their wives will land in prison.

    These people were my friends and I had high respect for most of these men, but then I learned they were really evil, and I have been left no choice but to do something about it. It is sad to watch my friends ex-communicate and murder their families-both physically and spiritually.

    I pray that the Heavenly Father will lead you into all truth and bless with you with wisdom.


  14. john brown says:

    I once being a member of the house of YAHWEH and haveing read the post in here most of witch is untrue they use soup dont use lard lol however lye soap was used for years by your grand parents for years i have not meet a single member who smells mabe after work but who dont they do not sacrfice dogs cats bla bla bla and yes if everyone keeped theres laws the world would not be in the mess it is in and anyone who does not belive in christianity is a cult my opinon is it is not a cult of any kind some of the nicest people i have ever meet in my life however it was not for me i would incourage anyone to read there books to gain understanding about the house and not everyone in the house is poor most were poor when they got there as for there houseing ever been to new orleans seen some of those trashy houses and mr hawkins the pastor does not mees with other people wives what a joke my wife was there and i still have many friends in the house as for some of the thing they say are to occurr they may just be a day late a year or many years least there trying to help people understand how sick the world realy is i give props to the house for keeping the sabbath and the laws when christains cant even keep ten they keep all the old laws from the old testament more than i can say for any religion i just wanted people to know the truth and if all people can do is lie about the house they are envious of them mainly because they themselfs are sinners bye for now john

  15. Peanut says:

    My comment that i posted almost 2 1/2 years ago will tell you what i know first hand about the House of Yahweh. And can i just say Yaaqov you are right, because just Tuesday afternoon on February 11th, the leader Yisrayl Hawkins was arrested for bigamy on a $10 million dollar bail. Is it a high bail for bigamy??? Yes, but it's worth it to keep him in jail so he can not come out and tell these people that follow him to do something stupid like all kill themselves. He deserves the punishment not only for bigamy but for making all of these people believe his bunch of BS!!! It's sad that someone can actually make people believe that he is a prophet, that the world is going to end, and that they have to live in poverty because of him.

    Here is the website for the abilene reporter news with the latest information on him being arrested:

    This is so all of you can see exactly how they live when people on here who claim to be a part of the House of Yahweh say they don't live in poverty....look at the pictures for yourself!!! Buses with AC units put in them that people are living in!?!?! Why? because he has taken their money!

  16. child of a former elder says:

    My father brought us to the House of Yahweh when I was around 9 years old. He trully believed what they were teaching. For years it was just my religion. I stayed in regular school but missed up to a month of school three times a year for the feasts, but i always enjoyed the feasts. I hung out with friends from all over the country and they were people I only got to see then. But my father who became an elder soon learned that the others did not practice what they preached. We left when I was around 13. Ten years from when we first arrived, I don't hate the house of yahweh, but i try not to think about my time there and what happened subsequently. They will ruin you financially. I can only hope that whoever the spirit is that looks over us and our well-being protects my family that is still there. That's all I want. I would love to see them and talk to them more but being "excommunicated" prevents that, and I don't want them getting in trouble as they have before simply for talking to their family.

  17. Ashong says:

    I have not seen my mother, brothers and sister in 6 or 7 years because they left my father and I to follow the House of Yahweh. They won't speak to us, I don't even know if they are alive or dead. Speaking of which, my mothers mother died last summer and I don't think she knows. To any one that hasn't seen their family member because of this cult, God doesn't want you to put your life on hold trying to convince them to change when they don't want to change. Move on with you life, be a blessing to someone daily and be happy because the day will come when they will be free of the hold that HOY has on them and they will need you to be strong for them. I love my family and look forward to the day I will be reunited with them or their children or childrens children. But I'm not going to give up my life for them. Jesus did that already. Stay blessed.

  18. vpintheak says:

    Hello folks. My experience with HOYgoes like this: My sister and brother inlaw and kids are involved in this cult. Essentially my brother in law is an arrogant sucker, who looks down upon all the rest of us because we don't follow the laws. This cult attracts people who have chaos in their lives because it gives them structure and discipline. They have had people from the HOY call them up when they haven't given enough, even though they cannot pay their bills, the "church" still gets their cut. Buffalo Bill Hawkins is a liar and a thief, and I ray that the Lord will cause him to die every day, I firmly believe when he goes, the HOY will go. He claims to be a Prophet spoken of in Revelations, but I claim he is an agent of the devil. If soemone can send me more information on this cult, I would appreciate it. God Bless.

  19. Phaedron says:

    He claims that devil is female and is equal and opposite to God and used to be married to God. Honestly I can't think of a more blasphemous thought then saying that God married the devil. Classic false prophet. You who would be justified by the law have fallen from grace. Yashua most certainly did do away with the law, all but the ten commandments. One thing does keep my interest though and that is the possibility the law will be reintroduced in the Millenium kingdom.

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