Yesterday we looked at Yahweh, the only name men call upon to be saved. Today we will examine, Yahshua (Jesus' name in Hebrew). Yahshua or Yeshua literally means "Yahweh Saves." Yahweh doesn't just save, Yahweh is salvation. Within the very name of Jesus' original Hebrew name is the name of Yahweh, on whom men must call to be saved. It is no wonder that Yahshua is the name above all names and at His name every knee will bow (Philippians 2:9-10). His name is synonymous with His father's name. In John 17:6, Jesus proclaimed He had manifested the Father's name unto men. In Yahshua, we behold the Father's name and wonder at the miracle of Yahweh in human flesh Saving us.
Yahshua is usually translated into English as Joshua. How then did we get the name Jesus in the Bible you may wonder? Well, the answer is both simple and complex. In simple terms, the word Joshua is used for Jesus' name in a few sections of the New Testament, while Jesus is used in the majority of text. If you examine the Strong's Greek numbers for either of these words, both names have the exact same Greek word identified. The Greek translation of the Hebrew word had a four major problems of consonant and vowel sounds that couldn't smoothly transition between the languages. Sadly, in Greek the translation of the name of Yahshua lost most of of its sound and meaning. Therefore, Yahshua was known as "ee-ay-soos" to the Greek speaking world for nearly 400 years. Then Latin became the dominant language in the Christian world. Yahshua's mistranslated name in Greek was then translated into Latin as "Iesou," or "Iesus." As the English language developed "i" became a "j" and Jesus became the translation into modern English. Before the 12th Century though, there was no "j" sound in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin. William Tyndale was the first person to use the letter J instead of I in the first printed Bible in 1526. The original Bible readers would have pronounced the name "Jee-zuz."
Today's English bibles repeat this mistransliteration of Yahshua as Jesus. Interestingly, every "J" name in the Bible has come from these mistransliterations - Judah, Jerusalem, John, Jew, etc. When Yahshua walked the earth, the world never heard the name "Jesus" or sound of J.
"Remember, the name Jesus has existed for only a few hundred years"
This last quote is taken from a very scholarly article from the website listed below. For more insight into Yahshua or Jesus, please read it.
Dawn comes late in December to Alaska, with the sun rising around 10 AM. Thankfully, Fred preserved another beautiful glimpse of the sunrise yesterday as it came up behind the Twin Peaks near Palmer. Just had to share such beauty with you.
Today's name for God is "Avi 'Ad," Everlasting Father from Isaiah 9:6. As I've been uncovering over the past week, sometimes in bible translations designed for today's English, we lose a deeper aspect of God's word by misunderstanding the intent behind the words in the original language. This often happens when one language is translated into another. Even the King James Version of the Bible fails to accurately portray this name of God, because it only capitalizes the word 'Father.' As a result, many people tend to read 'everlasting' as an adjective describing the noun 'father.' However in Isaiah 9:6, Everlasting and Father should both be capitalized because they are both nouns of the name of God. The phrase is a double noun to reinforce the concept of the name.
'Ad is the Hebrew word meaning eternal, everlasting, continual, infinity. God is eternal, with no beginning and no end, since time is part of His creation. As 'Everlasting,' God declares in His name a unique characteristic, which He alone possess. In verse 9:6, we see a proclamation of God as His Eternity characteristic is linked with another exclusive attribute, Father.
God reveals from the name, 'Everlasting Father,' that He from eternity is the only parent responsible for creation. He did not need or have a female partner for creation, but all creation originated from the Father alone. Interestingly in the Hebrew language, the word for Father is Av, pronounced Ab, from where we get the word Abba, daddy. However, in Isaiah 9, the word Av has an additional letter. The addition of 'i' transforms Av into 'Avi' and alters the word 'Father' to become a personal possessive noun. Avi literally means 'My Father.' Using Avi, God clarifies He, as the Everlasting Father, has a personal relationship to us; He is our father.
The name "Everlasting Father" is often understood to be solely the position of God the Father (Jehovah) and rarely associated with the Son, Jesus. However, Isaiah 9:6 makes it extremely clear that the Son who has been given as a child to mankind is indeed the Everlasting Father. There can be no separation between the two identities, they are one in the same person. The Eternal Father declares He is stepping into time, taking human form. This is what is a wonder, a miracle, and why the whole of humanity can stand in awe of this great mystery. The Everlasting Father was the Son born in Bethlehem.
Understanding the unity of Father and Son as one God will equip you to be a better witness. Often times, Jehovah Witnesses come to my door. I admire their zeal but am saddened by their misguided understanding standing of Scripture, which is often reinforced by the horrible, twisted version of God's Word called the New World Translation, which lead them down the path of destruction. Many Jehovah's Witnesses remind me of Saul of Tarsus, who simply need a glimpse of the living Jesus to understand the Truth of God. As Christians, we can be better witnesses to them through the Old Testament because that portion of their 'translation' remains accurate. Most Jehovah Witnesses are under the false notion Jesus and Jehovah (The Father) are not the same person. Using Isaiah 9:6 to identify and clarify the names of Jesus will help them see Jesus is God, because God alone has certain attributes/names like Father, everlasting (eternal), and Mighty God. Understanding the Eternal, Everlasting Father, the Mighty God is the Son, Jesus, may help lead them to a revelation of Jesus. I'm not suggesting we argue scripture, but we need to know which scriptures to use to defend our faith and open the minds of others.