The Real Name of GOD & Why It Matters

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The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that the Messiah’s name never was “Jesus” and that the name “Jesus” is actually an invention of man.

Origin of the name “Jesus”

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the etymological origin of “Jesus” is:

Jesus ..Middle English, from Late Latin ‘Isus’, from Greek, ‘Isous’, from Hebrew, yû‘, from, yhôûa‘, ‘Joshua’

Notice that it says that the origin of His name is from Latin, then Greek, and finally, Hebrew. So the name “Jesus” is the product developed over time and influenced by three different languages. Influences that occurred hundreds of years after the authors of the texts died and just a few hundred years ago with the influence of the letter, ‘J’.

In the earliest 1611 King James Version, the name of Messiah was “Iesus” (photo). Later revisions of the KJV changed it to “Jesus”. This leads to ask some important questions:

  • Who is the one who gets to decide what it is changed to? Man or Yahweh?
  • And if Yahushua is supposed to be the same yesterday, today and forever, why do they keep changing His name?”

If you look up the name “Jesus” in a Strong’s lexicon it has “Iesous”:

“2424 Iesous ee-ay-sooce’ of Hebrew origin (3091); Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites:–Jesus.”

Notice that it traces the name of Messiah to Hebrew word #3091 in the Strong’s lexicon. This name is the same name as “Joshua, Son of Nun”. In the Hebrew, this name is spelled .


Yehoshua

In the Strong’s concordance and other Hebrew Lexicons, the pronunciation listed for the Messiah’s name is typically “Yehoshua”. While I do not believe we should be getting all of our Hebrew learning from a Strong’s lexicon alone (that would be dangerous), most of us do own a Strong’s Concordance so I will be using it during this study for the purposes of illustration. 

The reason for the “Yehoshua” pronunciation is due to the Hebrew vowel pointing added by the Masorite scribes. The vowel points are the little dots and dashes under and above certain Hebrew letters. Unlike English, Hebrew was written with mostly all consonants. It was up to the reader to supply the vowels in each word based on the context of the word.

The Masorites were concerned that Hebrew was becoming a lost language so they invented the vowel point system to preserve the sounds of the Hebrew language. However, in keeping with tradition they were concerned that someone might accidentally mispronounce the letters that followed יהו . Thus, they pointed יהו to produce the same sound seen in “Yehovah”. 

To avoid speaking the Heavenly Father’s name, the Jewish tradition was to say “Adonai” (“Lord”) instead of Yahweh. For this reason, our English bibles also say “LORD” instead of “Yahweh”. So rather than supplying the true vowels of the Heavenly Father’s name, the scribes inserted the vowels for “Adonai” so that the reader would be reminded to say “Adonai” rather than Yahweh. 

But what if the Hebrew scriptures contained a phrase such as “Adonai Yahweh” (Master Yahweh)? They would then have to say “Adonai Adonai”, a rather odd (if not a bit embarrassing) phrase. Their solution was to put the vowel points for “Elohim” within the Heavenly Father’s name so that they would be reminded to say “Adonai Elohim” instead of “Adonai adonai”. This is even mentioned in the Strong’s lexicon and it lists it as a different word number. Read what it says:

 

“136” is the Hebrew word “Adonai” and “430” is the Hebrew word “Elohim”. So these vowel points are used within the Father’s name whenever His name follows 136 (Adonai). And they pronounce this as 430 (Elohim) to avoid having to say Adonai twice. For this reason, many English translations will render “Adonai Yahweh” as “the Lord GOD” with “GOD” being in all capitals to let the reader know that this is where the sacred name is found in the Hebrew. Very few even know that this is why “GOD” is sometimes in all capital letters (See Gen 15:2 for one of hundreds of examples of this). It is amazing how far men will go in order to cleave to tradition! 

So how does this relate to the pronunciation of the Messiah’s name? Let’s take a look at His name again in the Strong’s Lexicon:

Notice that there are other names listed in the Strong’s concordance which contain the first three letters of Yahweh’s name. And just like Yahweh’s name which starts with the “Yeho” vowel points, they use the “Yeho” vowel points in “Yehoram”, “Yehosheba”, “Yehoshaphat” and numerous other names which contain the first part of Yahweh’s name. Consistently, the scribes did not want anyone to accidentally pronounce the Heavenly Father’s name when saying these other names, so they changed the vowel points of names that began with יהו.

Interestingly, they did not change the pronunciation of these same three letters when it was at the end of a person’s name. For instance, look at how Zechariah’s name is presented in the Hebrew text:

Notice the different vowel pointing and pronunciation herein (“ZecharYahu“). There were no concerns by the scribes that His name would accidentally be pronounced when there were no Hebrew letters that followed after יהו and so they provided the correct vowels.

Phonetically, the first three letters in the Heavenly Father’s name are also pronounced “Yahu”. For this reason, the Heavenly Father’s name can be written as “YAHUeh” or “YAHWeh” and the same pronunciation will result, just as in the word “Persuade” could also be spelled “Perswade”. I prefer to use a W so that there is less confusion over how the name is to be pronounced. For if I wrote His name as “Yahueh” most readers would pronounce the ‘hu’ part of His name as ‘Hoo” and this is not how I believe the Father’s name was pronounced.

So the scribes had no problem giving the correct pronunciation of these three letters at the end of a name. Because it ends in ‘Yahu’, there was considered to be no risk in accidentally saying “Yahueh/Yahweh”. This would also explain why the scribes used the correct vowel points in the shortened form of Yahweh’s name (“Yah”):

They even used the correct vowel pointing in “HalleluYah” and even the Greek New Testament properly transliterates this phrase as “HalleluYah” (See Strong’s Lexicon #239).

Thus, the only time they would revert to the “Yeho” pronunciation of these three letters was when it was at the beginning of a Hebrew name. Personally, I want nothing to do with the unscriptural tradition of saying “Adonai/Lord/Elohim/God” in place of Yahweh. That is one reason I do not refer to the Messiah as “Yehoshua.” For it is not “Yeho(wah)” (Jehovah) that saves, it is “Yahu(eh)/Yahweh” that saves!

Having said this, there are some Hebrew students and scholars who have noticed that a natural progression of Hebrew language is to shorten initial vowels whenever an accent is on the later syllables of Hebrew words. This tendency is said to result in the “Y’hoshua” or “Yehoshua” pronunciation. For this reason, some believe “Yehoshua” to actually be the correct pronunciation. 

But while this may be true in some Hebrew words, there is evidence to support that this was not necessarily true in ancient times. At a minimum, it may have not been true in personal names containing the name of our Heavenly Father. During times before the “Rabbis” came to prominence, Yahweh’s name was considered to be very important to pronounce. And ancient evidence suggests that they did not shorten or eliminate the sounds in Yahweh’s name.

Cuneiform tablets (also containing vowels) were discovered near the Ishtar gate in Babylon which give a list of workers and captives to whom rations were given. Cuneiform scripts contain vowels. In addition to validating the biblical account in 2Kings 25:27-29 where it mentions that Jehoiachin (Yahuiachin) ate at the king’s table, these tablets help to establish the way these names were pronounced before the Masorite scribes inserted their vowel pointing, based on tradition:

“Yaukin, king of the land of Yahud,” (“Jehoiachin, the king of the land of Judah”) The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

Also, a family of Jewish businessmen living in the Mesopotamian city of Kippur in the fifth century BC left behind a collection of clay tablets recording their commercial transactions. The clay tablets, known as the Murashu documents, contain vowels and list the names of about 70 Jewish settlers in Persia. The Hebrew names which begin with יהו (Yod Heh Waw) are all written “Yahu-” and never “Yeho”. 

“In the cuneiform texts Yeho [YHW], Yo [YW] and Yah [YH] are written Yahu, as for example in the names Jehu (Yahu-a), Jehoahaz (Yahu-khazi) and Hezekiah (Khazaqi-yahu)” A. H. Sayce in “Higher Criticism” on p. 87

“The evidence from the Murashu documents thus corresponds to that from other sources: after the Exile the ordinary form of the divine name used as an initial theophorous element was yahu” “Patterns in Jewish Personal Names in the Babylonian Diaspora” JSJ, Vol. 4 Issue 2 Pg. 188

Notice that not only were names beginning with “Yeho” written as “Yahu”, but also names beginning with “Yo” such as “Yochanan” (John) and “Yoel” (Joel) were written as “Yahu”. This indicates John and Joel were originally pronounced “Yahuchanan” and “Yahuel”.

A third witness is found in an inscription of the Assyrian monarch Tiglath-pileser III (Gressmann Bilder 348; ANET 282a). When listing those kings who were paying tribute to this Assyrian King, it mentions “Yauhazi”, also known as “Ahaz”. Various lexicons such as the New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon (p. 219 b) and the Hebrew Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (under “Ahaz”) mention this inscription as well. 

With all the evidence, it becomes clear that the name was never originally pronounced “Yehoshua”. Rather “Yahushua” is more correct and there is no reason to mispronounce the Heavenly Father’s name when speaking the name of His Son. Just as names which end with a reference to Yahweh correctly convey the Father’s name (“ZecharYah/ZecharYahu”), so do the names which begin with it.

Yeshua

Much used by the Messianic movement, “Yeshua” is actually an Aramaic form of the Hebrew name “Yahushua”. In the Hebrew script, Yeshua ישוע is not spelled the same as Yahushua יהושע. The “Yeshua” name, spelled ישוע (Yod Shin Waw Ayin), is found in the books of Nehemiah and Ezra where it lists the names of those who returned from the Babylonian exile. One of them is called “Jeshua, the son of Jozadak”:

Ezra 3:2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the Elohim of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of Elohim.

“Jeshua the Son of Jozadak” is the same High Priest mentioned in Zechariah 6:

Zechariah 6:11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;

Notice that in Zechariah, he is not called “Jeshua the son of Jozadak” but he is called “Joshua the son of Josedech” (Heb. Yahushua the son of Yahutsadak). This reflects the Hebrew spelling of the same name. So in Zechariah, he is called Yahushua but in Ezra he is called Yeshua. The book of Nehemiah also changes the name of Joshua the son of Nun to “Jeshua, the son of Nun”:

Nehemiah 8:17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.

The change in spelling to “Jeshua/Yeshua” (ישוע “Yod Shin Waw Ayin” ) is due to the Aramaic influence during the exile. In fact, parts of the book of Ezra are written in Aramaic. For confirmation, look at your Strong’s Lexicon:

Notice that #3442 and #3443 are the same exact word with the same Hebrew spelling, but this lexicon lists them separately. Why is this?

If you looked up “Jeshua” in the concordance, you will notice that it lists “Jeshua” in Ezra 3:2 as coming from #3442 and “Jeshua” in Ezra 5:2 coming from #3443. The reason for the two different Strong’s word numbers is Ezra 5:2 is a part of the book of Ezra which was written in Aramaic (Ezra 4:8 through 6:18; 7:12-26). This is why #3443 mentions “Yeshuwa” as coming from “Chaldean” (Aramaic) in the above definition (3443. ישוע Yeshuwa’ (Chald.)). 

Therefore, “Yeshua” is actually an Aramaic rendering of “Yahushua”. Only #3443 lists the spelling as Chaldean, but #3442 is spelled the same. 1st and 2nd Chronicles, post-exilic books that were written by Ezra the scribe, (compare the ending of 2Chron to the beginning of Ezra) also have this Aramaic spelling. This late pronunciation is found nowhere else in the the scriptures.

Now, some claim that Yeshua ישוע is a pure Hebrew word which isn’t derived from “Yahushua” at all, but that it is a Hebrew word meaning “Salvation.” The problem with this is the Hebrew word for “Salvation” is not ישוע(yeshua) at all! The Hebrew word for “Salvation” is word number #3444. Take a look again in the above lexicon graphic and see the differences between 3442/3443 and 3444. They are:

  • There is an additional Hebrew letter at the end (the “Heh”). ישוע uses the silent (but anciently guttural) “Ayin” letter to end the word, but #3444 ends in the letter “Heh”. While vowel letters under both words indicate they have have a similar sounding ending, the different spelling indicates they are two different words.
  • In #3444 (Yeshuwah) there is a different vowel pointing under the first Hebrew letter (Yod [remember Hebrew reads from right to left]). 3442/3443 (YESHUA) has 2 horizontal dots underneath the first letter like this: . These two horizontal dots represent the Hebrew Vowel point “Tsere” (pronounced Tsey-rey) which produces the “ey” sound as in the English word “Hey”. But #3444 has two vertical dots underneath the first letter like this . The two vertical dots represent the Hebrew vowel point “Sheva” which is a very short “e”, somewhat like our “E” sound in the word “Average” (Check the first page of your Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon for verification of this).

    Incidentally, the (Sheva) is also the vowel point used by the scribes in “Yehoshua” and it is why you will sometimes see “Yehoshua” or “Yeshua” written as “Y’hoshua” and “Y’shua”. The purpose of the is to indicate the presence of the sheva vowel point in Hebrew. But as you can see, “Yeshua” does not contain that vowel point at all. “Yeshua” uses the “Tsere” Hebrew vowel point which produces an “ey” sound. So Yeshua and Y’shuah are actually pronounced differently. The Strong’s Lexicon indicated this when it gave the pronunciation of ישוע as ‘yay-shoo-ah‘, but #3444 as ‘yesh-oo-aw‘.

So the name “Yeshua” and the Hebrew word “Y’shuah” are not the same. “Yeshua” is the Aramaic form of “Yahushua” and “Y’shuah” is the Hebrew word for “Salvation”. Therefore, in spite of what some may say, I find no evidence to suggest that ישוע (“Yeshua”) means “Salvation” in Hebrew. I’m not refuting Strong’s definition. Perhaps it means this in Aramaic, or perhaps it means “he is salvation” in Aramaic, but “Yeshua” is actually not an authentic Hebrew word meaning “salvation”. For it to mean “Salvation” it would have to have the Hebrew letter “heh” added to the end of it, changing the spelling to ישועה (Yod Shin Waw Ayin Heh) and it would need to have the “Sheva” vowel point under the Yod. These things further indicate that “Yeshua” isn’t from Hebrew, but is an Aramaic form of “Yahushua”.

But does the presence of the Aramaic form “Yeshua” justify its use over the Hebrew “Yahushua” when it comes to our Savior’s name? In light of the scriptural importance of our Savior’s name, I would be cautious of assuming that what’s acceptable for a common man (Yahushua son of Yahutsadak) is just as acceptable for the King of Kings, to whom all power and authority in heaven and earth is given. Acts 4:12 states that there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. How then can I find comfort and a clear conscience if I choose to willfully change and alter it in any way?

Since the Heavenly Father’s name (Yahweh) is a Hebrew name, I would not expect to see His Son’s name coming from some other language, whether it be Greek, Latin, Aramaic or English. The synagogues of the first century read from the Hebrew Torah scrolls, so the people certainly knew Hebrew in those days…even if Aramaic was also spoken.

There is archaeological evidence that the form יהושע was in use during the first century, for an ossuary was discovered which appears to contain this name. Ossuaries (burial bone boxes) have only found to be in use during the late first century BC to 70AD.

So while the other forms seem to be more popular today, in my mind “Yeshua” (Aramaic) is no different than other flawed transliterations such as “Iesous” (Greek), “Iesus” (Latin), or “Joshua/Jesus” (English). None of these languages accurately convey the original Hebrew pronunciation, so why not return to the original, correct, Hebraic form? If none of those languages render “Yahushua” correctly, then it would be most prudent to just skip all of them and go back to the Hebrew!

Also, I should note that there is one prophecy in scripture where the Messiah’s name is predicted. This prophecy is found in Zechariah, chapter 6, and it contains the full Hebrew form. More on this later.

 

Yahusha

This form gaining in popularity fairly recently. However, it is easily proven to be incorrect. Let’s examine the Strong’s Lexicon entry that represents the Messiah’s name again:

 

Notice in the Hebrew letters that there are two variant spellings of the Messiah’s name here. The first spelling has 6 letters יהושוע and the second spelling has 5 letters יהושע. This is because both spellings are used in scripture. The predominant spelling is יהושע but the longer spelling is also found in scripture. Here are two places in the Masoretic Text where the longer spelling is employed:

Deuteronomy 3:21 “And I commanded Joshua יהושוע at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that Yahweh your Elohim has done to these two kings; so will Yahweh do to all the kingdoms through which you pass.

Judges 2:7 So the people served Yahweh all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua יהושוע, who had seen all the great works of Yahweh which He had done for Israel.

In the Dead Sea Scrolls manuscripts, the longer spelling is also found in the following verses:

Joshua 8:3 – So יהושוע arose and the whole army [rose up and marched on Ai. Joshua chose thirty thousand men], valiant warriors and he sen[t] them out [at night]. (4QJoshA, bracketed text missing from manuscript)

Joshua 6:7 – Then  יהושוע [said] to the people, [“Go forward, march around the city, and let the armed guard march ahead of the ark of Yahweh”] (4QJoshA, bracketed text missing from manuscript)

The longer spelling is also found in Deuteronomy 3:21 of the Dead Sea Scrolls (4QDeutM). A fragment for Judges 2:7 was not found at all in the Dead Sea Scrolls so no one is able to know which spelling would have been used for that verse. Click here for proof of this. 

Variant spellings are common in Hebrew (especially in names) and usually the longer spelling is the older form and the newer spelling was the result of an extra letter that was not needed. Due to the fact that the Dead Sea Scrolls are older than the Masoretic text, and the longer spelling is more frequent in the Dead Sea Scrolls than the Masoretic text, it would appear to me that the longer spelling was the original.

Because Hebrew does not need to have the extra “waw” ו to give us the “shua” sound (the Hebrew language does not always supply vowels), this would explain the shorter spelling. It does not mean that the shorter spelling represents the pronunciation “Yahusha,” it simply means that the extra letter was unnecessary for one get the “shua” sound at the end of the name. To conclude that the shorter spelling must mean His name is also pronounced “Yahusha” ignores the fact that Hebrew words do not usually supply us with vowel sounds. It does supply us with all the vowel sounds in יהושוע but it does not NEED to.

Here is how each letter is pronounced:

י Yod – Produces a “Y” or “I” sound. 

ה Heh – As a Hebrew vowel letter it can produce the “Ah” (like in #8283 “Sarah“). 

ו Waw – Also called “Vav”. As a Hebrew vowel letter it can produce an “oo” (u) sound like in #7307 Ruach. 

ש Shin – Produces the “sh” sound. The following “oo” sound is indicated by a vowel pointing but Deut. 3:21 and Judges 2:7 actually gives us another “waw” after this letter, proving the “shu” pronunciation as valid. This is why Strong’s 3091 gives 2 possible spellings (see above lexicon graphic). This also eliminates “Yasha/Yahusha” and “Yahoshea/Yahushea” as being possibilities.

ו Waw – Again, produces an “oo” (u) sound as in #7307 Ruach. This is the ignored letter in the pronunciation “Yahusha.” As it is common that Hebrew words do not supply all the vowel sounds, this letter is not always used.

ע Ayin – Silent without a vowel point but indicates an “ah” sound at the end of “Yahushua”. 

Those who use “Yahusha” will sometimes claim that “shua” can actually mean “riches.” This word “Shua” and the “riches” definition is found as Hebrew word #7769 in the Strong’s lexicon. But when you examine how the word “shua” is actually used in the Hebrew, it becomes evident that the Strong’s Lexicon may not be correct about that. It is used in two verses.

The first is in Job 30:24

Job 30:24 – “Surely He would not stretch out His hand against a heap of ruins, If they cry out (“shua”) when He destroys it.

Obviously “Riches” would not be an appropriate meaning here. It sounds more like someone “crying out” to save them from destruction. Therefore, “shua” might indeed legitimately be rooted in the Hebrew “yasha” meaning “save.”

Here is the other verse where “shua” (7769) is used:

Job 36:19 – Will your riches (“shuach”), Or all the mighty forces, Keep you from distress?

In this verse, “shua” is translated “riches” in the King James but it wouldn’t be hard to see the word also meaning “your cry” as in a cry for salvation.

For this reason, it seems plausible that “shua” in these instances may actually be rooted in the Hebrew word “Yasha.” In fact, the Theological wordbook of the Old Testament makes a comment that “shua” could legitimately be derived from either “yasha” (save) or “shawa” (cry).

“Shua. Cry, if it is from shua; opulence, “relief” if it is from yasha “to save, deliver” (cf. BDB p. 447b and 1002b). The first meaning is likely in Job 30:24, though the second meaning cannot be ruled out

But to me, one of the most convincing evidences for the “shua” in the Messiah’s name ending is this:

  • The Strong’s word #3444 is pronounced “Yeshuah” but it is derived from #3467 “Yasha.” This shows that the “shua” sound can indeed be derived from the root word for salvation, “Yasha.” It’s just the Passive Participle form of “Yasha.”
  • The Aramaic form of Yahushua (as we discussed earlier) uses “Yeshua” ישוע and just like יהושוע uses a “waw” ( ו )to give us the “shoo” sound in “shua.” If the original Hebrew form were “Yahusha,” the Aramaic form of the same name would not have been pronounced “Yeshua” (#3442) to begin with. But the Aramaic form is found in the scriptures in 29 verses of inspired scripture (e.g. 1Chron 24:11, 2Chron. 31:15, Strong’s #3442).
  • The Greek form of the name “Iesous” gives us an “oo” sound at the end of the name. Since the “Iesous” form is found in the Septuagint, a translation of the scriptures into Greek that was completed 200 years before Messiah came, it shows that the “oo” sound existed at the end of Yahushua prior to the time that Yahushua came and died for our sins.

 

  • The Masoretic Hebrew vowel points give us a “shua” ending as well. That’s why all Hebrew lexicons give us the “shua” pronunciation in this name. 

Thus, in spite of those who claim it cannot, the Messiah’s name can have the “shua” sound even though it is derived from “yasha” (meaning “salvation”) and there are clear examples in the scripture where “Yahusha” would be an impossible rendition of the Messiah’s name.

So the pronunciation “Yahusha” can be proven wrong by simply looking at the scriptures and knowing that in order to arrive at the “Yahusha” pronunciation, we would need to ignore the scriptures which clearly have a ו (oo sound) after the ש (sh sound).

Yahshua

This is another popular way of writing the Messiah’s name but I have never seen an example of this word anywhere in scripture.

It appears to have its origins in the Sacred Name movement in the 1930’s when certain men saw that “Jesus” was derived from “Joshua”. Since they understood that the “J” sound is not in the Hebrew language, “Yahshua” was apparently considered correct. It made sense so I used this form for many years. However, I later learned that “Yahshua” clearly ignores the third letter of the Messiah’s name (Waw) which gives us the “oo” (u) sound in Yahushua. To demonstrate this, let’s look at the individual letters of יהושע.

י Yod  – Produces a “Y” or “I” sound.

ה Heh – As a Hebrew vowel letter it produces the “Ah” or “Oh” sound (like in #8283 “Sarah” and #8010 Sh’lomoh). Otherwise produces the “H” sound and the “ah” sound would have to be supplied by the reader.

ו Waw – Also called “Vav”. As a Hebrew vowel letter it produces an “oo” (u) or “oh” sound (like in #7307 Ruach). Otherwise produces a “W” sound. This is the ignored letter in the pronunciation “Yahshua”. This letter is nowhere represented. Where is the W or initial U??

ש Shin – Produces the “sh” sound. The following “oo” sound is indicated by a vowel pointing but Deut. 3:21 and Judges 2:7 actually gives us another “waw” after this letter, proving the “shu” pronunciation as valid. This is why Strong’s 3091 gives 2 possible spellings (see above lexicon graphic). This also eliminates “Yasha/Yahusha” and “Yahoshea/Yahushea” as being possibilities.

ע Ayin – Silent without a vowel point but indicates an “ah” sound at the end of “Yahushua”.

So if the Messiah’s name was “Yahshua”, we would have to delete the third letter (waw) in יהושע. For this reason, יהושע cannot not be pronounced “Yahshua”.

There are some who claim that “Yahshua” is actually the correct pronunciation of the Aramaic word ישוע(“Yeshua”) and the Hebrew scribes simply took out the proper vowel sounds, replacing the “Yah” with “Ye”. But as mentioned before,ישוע is not a legitimate Hebrew word. It’s Aramaic.

Also, as seen in the above scans of the Strong’s Lexicon (and the Hebrew manuscripts as well), the scribes used the “Sheva” vowel pointing to replace the “Ah” sound in “Yahweh” and “Yahushua”, not the “Tsere” vowel pointing as is found in the name “Yeshua”. If they were interested in changing the vocalization of “Yeshua” to fit their tradition, one would expect them to use  the as they did in יהושע and all of the other names beginning with “Yah”.

Why use Yahushua?

Since we seek to walk in the truth, we should want to proclaim His name as Yahweh gave it. Some of this may seem confusing, but it’s rooted in the fact that our scriptures were written in a different language. For one who could speak the ancient language, no confusion would exist.

One thing is clear. Yahweh is the one who named His Son and we simply have no business changing it. It is all these changes that have brought about the confusion. It can be complicated to sort through it all, but truth seeking is an honorable thing that is pleasing in Yahweh’s eyes.

Of course, if we are somehow unable to pronounce the Messiah’s name, certainly Yahweh is able to show mercy. But if we are able to, what reason do we have to continue in error? It is better to cleave to what Yahweh gave rather than continuing in the traditions and mistakes of men. Continuing in error is never superior to walking in the truth.

Yahweh predicted what His Son’s name would be, so we have something we can look to for clarification. In the book of Zechariah, it states:

Zech. 6:9-13 –  Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying:
10 “Receive the gift from the captives– from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon– and go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah.
11 “Take the silver and gold, make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of
יהושע(Yahushua) the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
12 “Then speak to him, saying,`Thus says Yahweh of hosts, saying: “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of Yahweh;

13 Yes, He shall build the temple of Yahweh. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”‘

 

Notice that this “BRANCH” would be both a priest and a King. Obviously, this is not literally speaking of the man ‘Yahushua, son of Yahuzadak.’ It is speaking of the Messiah, called “The Branch” who would be a Priest AND King. This was the role of the Messiah (Compare Psalm 110, Isaiah 9:6). Another scripture mentioning the “BRANCH” is Jeremiah 23:5, and its’ clearly Messianic: 

Jer. 23:5 – “Behold, the days are coming,” says Yahweh, “That I will raise to David a BRANCH of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

The same Hebrew word is used here so Zechariah 6 is a quite clear Messianic prophecy. So what we have in Zechariah is a prophecy of what the Messiah’s name would be called.

Zechariah was instructed to take a crown and place it on the head of Yahushua, the son of Yahutsadak (in the Hebrew it does not have “Yeshua” here, but rather “Yahushua” יהושע). When placing the crown on the head of Yahushua יהושע the High Priest, Zechariah was told to proclaim:

 “Behold the man whose NAME is the BRANCH”. 

Thus, this High Priest (Yahushua) had the same name as the coming Messiah who would reign as a priest on His throne. He had the NAME of the Messiah, and Yahweh predicted and revealed what the Messiah’s name would be through this beautiful object lesson. So why not call Him by that name?

Also, notice that it was not Moshe (Moses) who was able to bring the children of Israel across the Jordan, but rather it took a man named Yahushua (Joshua) the Son of Nun to lead them across the Jordan and into the promised land. In this is a lesson, for Moshe can show us the right way to live, but the law cannot save us. We need a man named Yahushua to lead us across the Jordan and into the Promised Land.

At the beginning of this study I shared a number of examples where the first century believers who were proclaiming His name, baptizing in His name, healing in His name, being persecuted for His name, etc. I say, let’s be willing to do the same by using the Messiah’s name as it is written and understood in Hebrew, a name that is proclaimed in the law and prophets, a name with a very important Hebrew meaning:

יהושע

 

 

 

 

 

 In the King James Version of the scriptures, we find an interesting problem in its translation:

Acts 7:44(KJV)

Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. 45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

Isn’t this scripture referring to Joshua, son of Nun rather than the Savior? Yes. Here is another instance…

Hebrews 4:7 (KJV)

‘Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.’

Again, the context reveals that this scripture is referring to Joshua, the son of Nun and not the Messiah. All other translations put “Joshua” here. Why then is it translated ‘Jesus’? The answer lies in the Greek/Latin corruption of the Messiah’s original Hebrew name.

Originally, the name of the Messiah was  , pronounced Yahushua. This is the Messiah’s original name. When the Gentiles tried to transliterate His name into Greek, they came up with ihsoun or “Iesous“. But originally, this word was from #3091 in the Hebrew which is  .

When Iesous was transliterated into Latin, it became “Iesus”, which was then carried over into English it became our modern day “Jesus” when the letter “J” developed. 

Therefore, the reason the King James Version has “Jesus” in those two verses is because the Messiah’s name is actually the same name as Joshua, Son of Nun… correctly pronounced “Yahushua”. It is quite evident that the modern form “Jesus” doesn’t even remotely resemble the original name that the disciples were praying in, baptizing in and receiving so much criticism for preaching in. This is fact. Do some research and see for yourself.

Secular References

Encyclopedia Americana:

“Jesus Christ— …Although Matthew (1:21) interprets the name originally Joshua, that is, ‘Yahweh is Salvation,’ and finds it specially appropriate for Jesus of Nazareth, it was a common one at that time.” (Vol.16, p. 41)

Encyclopedia Britannica (15th ed.)

“Jesus Christ—…The same is true of the name Jesus. In the Septuagint it is the customary Greek form for the common Hebrew name Joshua;” (Vol. 10 p.149)

Religious Scholars

Barnes’ notes: (Note on Matt. 1:21)

“His name is Jesus: The name Jesus is the same as Saviour. It is derived from the verb signifying to save. In Hebrew it is the same as Joshua. In two places [Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8] in the New Testament it is used where is means Joshua, the leader of the Jews into Canaan, and in our translation the name Joshua should have been retained.”

Word studies in the New Testament, by Marvin R. Vincent—

“Jesus. The Greek form of a Hebrew name, which had been borne by two illustrious individuals in former periods of the Jewish History — Joshua, the successor of Moses, and Jeshua, the high priest, who with Zerubbabel took so active a part in the re-establishment of the civil and religious polity of the Jews in their return from Babylon. Its original and full form is Jehoshua, becoming by contraction Joshua or Jeshua.”

The Acts of the Apostles, by Jackson and Lake

“Jesus— This is the regular Greek translation of the Hebrew Joshua.”

Smith’s Bible Dictionary:

“Jesus Christ —- The name Jesus means Savior, and was a common name, derived from the ancient Hebrew Jehoshua.”

A dictionary of the Bible, by James Hastings

“Jesus — The Greek form of the name Joshua or Jeshua. Jeshua —- Yahweh is Salvation or Yahweh is opulence.”

Alford’s Greek New Testament, An Exegetical and Critical Commentary:

“Jesus — The same name as Joshua, the former deliverer of Israel.”

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion:

“Jesus (The Name) — Matthew’s gospel explains it as symbolic of His mission, ‘For he will save His people from their sins.’ This agrees with the popular meaning as ‘Yahweh saves…’ ” p.1886

Catholic Encyclopedia:

“The Sacred Name —- The word Jesus is the Latin form of the Greek “Iesous” which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Jeshua, or Joshua, or again Jehoshua, meaning ‘Jehovah is Salvation’ ” Vol. 8, p. 374

Interpreter’s Bible: (Note on Matt. 1:21)

“Jesus: for He shall save: The play on words (Yeshua, Jesus; yoshia, shall save) is possible in Hebrew but not in Aramaic. The name Joshua means “Yahweh is salvation”

Matthew Henry’s Commentary

(on Matthew 1:21)

“Jesus is the same name with Joshua, the termination only being changed, for the sake of conforming it to the greek.”

Conclusion

It can be concluded then, that “Jesus” was not the Messiah’s name when He walked the earth. That is the purpose of this study. For information on why we should use the Messiah’s original name, click here. 


 

Something remarkable happened to Yahuwshuwa our Savior after he offered his life on Calvary as a ransom for mankind’s sin. The Book of Philippians chapter two describes how Messiah received a rank promotion if you will. He was both glorified and highly exalted by the Abba Father to sit on the very throne of heaven  where Messiah rules supreme over all things. This profound truth is not effective taught and proclaim to the nations as it should be.

Philippians 2:5-11 (Hebrew Names Version)

‘ …Messiah Yeshua, 6) who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider it robbery to be equal with God, 

7) but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 

8) And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. 

9) Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; 10) that at the name of Yeshua every knee would bow, of those in heaven, those on eretz (Yisrael), and those under the eretz (Yisrael), 11) and that every tongue would confess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father’.

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Revelation 5

1) I saw, in the right hand of him who sat on the throne, a book written within and on the back, sealed shut with seven seals. 2) I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?” 3) No one in heaven, or on the eretz, or under the eretz (earth), was able to open the book, or to look in it. 4) And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look in it. 

5) One of the Zakenim said to me, “Don’t weep. Behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Yehudah, the Root of David, has overcome to open the book and its seven seals.” 6) I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the Zakenim, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the eretz. 

7) Then he came, and he took it out of the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8) Now when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four Zakenim fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones. 

9) They sang a new song, saying, “You are worthy to take the book, And to open its seals: For you were killed, And bought us for God with your blood, Out of every tribe, language, people, and nation, 

10) And made them kings and Kohanim to our God, And they reign on eretz.” 11) I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the Zakenim; and the number of them was ten thousands of ten thousands, and thousands of thousands; 

12) saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who has been killed to receive the power, riches, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing!” 

13) I heard every created thing which is in heaven, on the eretz, under the eretz, on the sea, and everything in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb be the blessing, the honor, the glory, and the dominion, forever and ever. Amein.”

My objective in this teaching is to share from scripture how that after Messiah’s glorious resurrection and ascension, He was glorified, promoted and highly exalted by Yahuwah the Father. Messiah is now seated in a position of ultimate and supreme ruler-ship to the extent that there is a perpetual increase of glory in His Lordship.

Let the Scriptures speak;

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The Lamb Sits Upon the Throne

Revelation 22:3

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it;…

—QUIZ: Who do we sitting on the throne of God? The correct answer is, those who are of the Lamb.

Revelation 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

—QUIZ: Who is the person speaking in verse 8? Yes, it is Messiah. Notice that He declares plainly to be – the Almighty Yahuwaj!

Revelation 3: 1

“These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars…;”

—Here, it is plainly stated that ‘Someone’ has all seven Spirits of God and also the seven stars. Whoever this person is represents and contains all of who God Almighty is…within Himself. This person is our Messiah, the one speaking.”

But wait! It’s not over. As read further down in this same chapter an interesting discovery is made verses 21 and 22.

  • Messiah promises that those who overcome will be granted to sit with Him in His throne.
  • He is sitting guess where? In the throne of the FATHER! (verse 21)
  • As He is continuously speaking He says, “let him that hath an ear hear what the Spirit saith to the church…” (verse 22)
  • Do we not realize that it is Messiah doing all the talking? He is plainly declaring Himself to be Yahuwah Father and the Spirit!

Shallow to Deep Waters

This lesson will take you beyond the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. When I use the term fundamental I’m referring to commonly accepted truths of scripture concerning the deity of Christ. These are truths as embraced by all Christian denominations.

But let’s go deep!

HIGHLY EXALTED ABOVE GOD (El Elyon)

Interesting changes took place after Messiah’s resurrection. After Messiah’s glorious resurrection and ascension some wonderful things took place that Christians know very little about.

  • All Power and Divine Authority was Transferred to Christ our Lord. Matthew 28:18. ‘And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.’ Our Lord had not yet made His final ascent into heaven, but the glorious transfer of power and authority had taken place. We should no longer look at Jesus Christ as second in command. He is not underneath the Father or ‘sitting back seat’ if you will. (Matthew 26:64, Acts 2:36, Ephesians 1:20-22, Colossians 2:10, I Peter 3:22, Daniel 7:13)
  • The Christ Was Highly Exalted Above All that Is God, even the Father. Philippians 2:9-11. ‘Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ {Hebrews 1:8, Acts 2:32-36, Mark 16:19, Acts 5:31, I Peter 1:11, 21. Ephesians 1:20-21.}
  • The Father (HaVa or Elohim Avinu) is Pleased to Submit All Things to Christ the Lord of Lord (Adonei Ha-Adonim). We need to also understand that this act of surrendering all authority over to the Son pleased the Father! *Colossians 1:19 “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;…’

  • The Christ Sits on the Very Throne of Almighty God. Revelation 5:6. ‘And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.‘ {Here we see that it is the precious Lamb of God who is standing in the midst of the throne of God. Not only can we now identify exact who is in the throne, but notice that the seven Spirits of God reside within the Lamb. In other words, Christ is the fullness of all that God is and respresents. This vision of Christ’s majesty being on the throne and possessing all that God is also explained in Colossians 1:18-19. ‘And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
  • There is a perpetual increase of His Government. Isaiah 9:7. ‘Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this’.

This means that throughout time the span of Messiah authority will actual increase more and more. ‘His government and peace will have unlimited growth. He will establish David’s throne and kingdom.’ His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and forever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:7 ‘Increase; no end-His princely rule shall perpetually increase and be unlimited.  – Daniel 2:44

*[ Also see; Daniel 2:44, Luke 1:33, Isaiah 63:1]