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Yeshua or Jesus

Aug 10, 2012 by     8 Comments    Posted under: Uncategorized

I’m asked sometimes why I refer to Jesus as Yeshua. Today’s Christians only know what they have been taught and many have grown up their whole lives with the understanding of their Messiah with the name of Jesus. They have been praying to and developing a relationship with someone by that name.

It’s very hard for some to understand that someone who they have worked with developing an intimate relationship with has a different name. Its like saying to someone who has been married to their spouse for over 20 years of marriage that their spouse indeed doesn’t have the name they thought they did. That is a hard pill to swallow for some people.

Amid a myriad of translations over the past 2000 years, the name of our Messiah has been lost to many. While I believe its absolutely possible to still develop an intimate relationship with our Savior because of what He did and who He was, getting back to the Hebrew understanding of what His name really means is all the more exhilarating. Yet still, many don’t even want to entertain the idea of our Messiah with the name of Yeshua/Yahoshua which actually translates to Joshua in the English.

I can prove this by comparing the NIV translation to the King James. Let’s look at Acts 7:44.

King James Version

Acts 7:45
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;

New International Version

Acts 7:45
Having received the tabernacle, our fathers under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David,

One version says Jesus and the other version says Joshua. Why? Its simple. The context of the verse is Stephen retelling the story of the Israelites being led into the promised land by JOSHUA. But the King James makes a small error and translates it as Jesus because THE NAME IS THE SAME and the original translator of the Textus Receptus goofed because they didn’t know the difference.

It makes sense as Joshua was a type and shadow of the Messiah who led the Father’s chosen people into the promised land just as Yeshua will one day do again!

Yeshua is the Hebrew word for Salvation. Yahoshua/Joshua means “Yah’s salvation” or the “Salvation of Yah”. So it would make sense that the Messiah, our Savior would have this name!

Many including me believe that much of the writings of Jeremiah are prophetic and tell us of the last days. Consider this following verse.

Jeremiah 23:26-27
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to FORGET MY NAME by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my NAME for Baal.

This verse is telling of false teachers who have caused His people to forget His name. In fact, it says they have forgotten His name for Baal. Every year believers (His people) celebrate a non-biblical festival called Christmas which absolutely has its roots in sun-god worship. Baal was the sun-god.

Is it sinking in yet?

The Father gives his children 7 appointed times (Lev. 23) to celebrate during 3 times of the year. And yet today the modern American church has three times and celebrations they currently keep…or at least most do. Christmas, Easter and Halloween. These holidays are steeped in pagan traditions that can all be traced to either Baal worship or the worship of Ishtar/Semirammis who was the wife of Baal.

The contrast is stark! Now what are you going to do about it?

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  • That’s a very important quote from Jeremiah, because YAHWEH is translated as LORD in most Bibles which actually means Baal (from what I’ve heard). Not only are many “Christians” living according to Baal’s ways but they are also calling their god by his name as well, and just not realising it. Thus many will say Lord, Lord, on the day of judgement and Yeshua will say He never knew them. It’s terribly sad and I pray more will find their way out of the pagan churches.

  • Where does it say in the Bible that the Hebrew name for God or Jesus is the one people who don’t speak Hebrew should use?

    • I completely understand your strong reaction to this, and I think I speak for most of us here when I say that we’ve all been there at one point or another. It’s not an easy thing to deal with when one realizes that he’s been sold a bill of goods, and as Zac mentioned, worked hard for many years to develop a relationship with someone who in reality goes by a completely different name. That certainly hurts, but the pain that you initially feel quickly fades when you apply what you’ve learned to your walk, brush yourself off, and continue to seek (and live by) the true ways of our Father. I see that you consider yourself to be a Seventh Day Adventist, so I’m guessing that you may have gone through the same type of realization previously when you discovered that the Sabbath was not “done away with”, the roots of our popular holidays are deeply rooted in paganism, and eating bacon offends our Father.

      Here’s a good way to look at this…

      When I travel to a different country on vacation, those that get to know me while I’m visiting call me Jason. They don’t call me John, James, Jarold, or Jake — and it doesn’t matter if they speak Chinese, Spanish, Russian, French, Greek, or Hebrew. It’s always Jason, and no one complains about it or has any difficulty whatsoever. Why should we call our Messiah anything other than the name that His Mom, brothers, and followers called Him? At the end of the day though, if this still doesn’t make sense and you would prefer to call Him by an English-sounding name that you’re more familiar with, then that name would in fact be Joshua.

      • Thank you Jason for your friendly post 🙂
        I was born and raised Seventh-day Adventist, but only came to the truth of the Statutes of the Lord last year. I thank God for continuing to prune me!

        I’ve lived many years in foreign countries, and everywhere i go people use a different way to pronounce my name. It doesn’t bother me. To think that God is more thick-skinned than i am is strange, isn’t it?

        Your explanation is similar to what i’ve heard others say, pretty similar to Brad Scott’s explanation of why to use the Hebrew name for Jesus. But, just like Brad Scott, there is a failure here to show from the Scriptures of truth that God somehow is pleased with or wants us to call him by his Hebrew name. This is a very big omission, and, in fact, makes this Hebrew name doctrine look suspiciously close to the “doctrines and commandments of men” that we are trying to discard.

        • It’s wonderful to hear testimonies like yours, I get so excited when I see the lost sheep of Israel being called out from all four corners of the earth to follow all of His ways. These are incredible times we live in as we’re literally watching prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes!

          I agree with you 100% that people may pronounce my name a little differently based on their accent, but the actual name itself does not change. In other words, I might get called “Jay-soon”, “Jeh-zin”, or “Ja-sun”, but those people are all saying the same name. They’re not calling me something entirely different, such as Vladimir or Chien. As I mentioned, I feel that we should call the Messiah by the same name that others called Him by, or “Joshua” if one really insists on using a name that is more “English-sounding”. Both of these names share the same underlying meaning (Yah is salvation), whereas the name “Jesus” has no meaning in and of itself.

          As far as Elohim vs. God, Adonai vs. Lord, and Abba vs. Father, those are titles for Yah and I don’t see a problem if one chooses a certain form over another. I personally have embraced the Hebrew form because it is a pure language and I feel more of a connection to them, but if someone chooses to use “God” instead of “Elohim”, I completely understand and still occasionally use these English forms myself.

          To expect to find clear instructions in Scripture to call Yah only by Hebrew titles (Elohim, Adonai, Abba, etc.) and to use only the Messiah’s Hebrew name is something that I honestly don’t understand, but I can appreciate the heart of what you’re trying to do. Most of us have been led down a path of worthless, man-made traditions, and it’s important that our focus remains on the Father’s instructions (His Word) instead of man’s doctrine.

  • Well said Jason 🙂 It was most difficult for me at first as well, but has turned out to be a blessing of unproportionate measures.

  • Amen!
    I recently saw a documentary called, “Secrets of Christianity: Selling Christianity.” Between documentaries and reading documents from the council of Nicea. The deception of the Constantine church runs deeper then most realize. It all centers around sun worship, and denying the commandments of Yahweh.

  • I’ve been told that Jesus actually means “hail zeus” but I didn’t find anything to back that up in my bit of google searching. Also that there is something wrong with saying “God” instead of Yahweh.

    Can anyone clear these up for me?

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