This Shabbat

Revealed: The Name of the Jewish Messiah

Shabbat Shalom, Friends!

In the Tanakh, every name has a meaning and the meaning relates to a specific action or event that happened to this person, for example Moshe was given this name as he was pulled out of the river (Exodus 2:10). At certain times, a person’s given name was either changed to reflect their current status or purpose in life for example Avram was changed to Avraham (Genesis 17:5) or the given Hebrew name was changed to a foreign name based on their place of residency, but later their original Hebrew name was revealed again for example Yosef, son of Israel sold into slavery by Judah and his brothers. During this time, Yosef as a slave suffered and was even imprisoned, but later, he oversaw the affairs of Egypt. Later Yosef revealed his real name to his brother Judah, and all his brothers again (Genesis, 41:45 & Genesis 45).

The same trend applies to ADONAI, when in ancient times, ADONAI gave His Name as EL SHADDAI (אֵל שַׁדָּי) to Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov/ Israel. However, in Exodus 6:3 ADONAI revealed His Name to Moshe as YUD HEY VAV HEY (YHVH /יְהוָ֔ה).

So, what does this have to do with the Messiah’s name and identity? Well, throughout the Tanakh, starting with Moshe, the Prophets and King David, they all sang songs and prophesied about the word “ Yeshuah”/ ישׁוּעָה, the hebrew word for salvation:

  • In Exodus 15:2: Moshe sang that “God is my Salvation”

 ב  עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ, וַיְהִי-לִי  {ר}  לִישׁוּעָה;

  • In Isaiah 12:2, this prophet prophesied “for see! God is my salvation” הִנֵּה אֵל יְשׁוּעָתִי אֶבְטַח
  • In Psalm 62:2 King David sangs “ADONAI is my light and salvation He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken”.

 ב  אַךְ אֶל-אֱלֹהִים, דּוּמִיָּה נַפְשִׁי;    מִמֶּנּוּ, יְשׁוּעָתִי.

  • In Psalm 118:21 “I am thanking you because you answered me; you
    became my salvation”  אוֹדְךָ, כִּי עֲנִיתָנִי;    וַתְּהִי-לִי, לִישׁוּעָה.

Can you see the name Yeshua / ישׁוּעָ contained these verses? You could say this is all coincidence, however we know that the Messiah, the anointed one will bring about ADONAIS salvation / ישׁוּעָה and read in context with the Branch as explained below, the picture will be clearer that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah:

Connected to this word Salvation /  ישׁוּעָה, thousands of years ago, Moshe prophesied that a Prophet will raise up just like him and we should place our trust in Him.(Deuteronomy 18:18). The Prophets made a connection ,as revealed by ADONAI, between this coming Prophet and a Branch that “will emerge from the trunk of Yishai”(the root of Yishai), father of King David (Isaiah 11 and Jeremiah 33:15: ADONAI  will cause to spring up for David, a branch of righteousness.) In Zechariah 6:11-12 the Branch / Sprout (Tzemach / צֶמַח) would sprout up and rebuild the temple. This “Branch” will be the future King of Israel, a descendant of David, the Prophet as referred to my Moshe and Messiah of Israel.

Further, what is interesting is that in Zechariah 3:8 the cohen gadol named Y’hoshua (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ) and his colleagues were seen as being the Branch: “these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח.” Later the name “Y,hoshua” was changed to “Yeshua” יֵשׁ֨וּעַ in Ezra- Nehemiah period (Ezra 3:8). The New Testament period started a couple of hundred years later. This means that the name Y’hoshua / Yeshua is linked to being the Branch / Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח from the tribe of Judah, King of Israel and furthermore, will bring about ADONAI’s Salvation / Yeshuah /  ישׁוּעָה, thus ADONAI is Yeshua – all revealed in the Tanakh.

Now, some thoughts on the translation of the name Yeshua into greek:

We know that the Jewish Messiah was born with the Hebrew name Yeshua /  ישׁוּעָ , in the area of the Tribe of Judah, in the Land of Israel little over 2000 years ago. As the Brit Chadasha was mainly written in Greek, Yeshua was changed to “Jesus”. However, His original Hebrew name is again being revealed to Israel and the nations now. (In the State of Israel, ordinary Israelis don’t necessarily know or use the name “Yeshua”. The reason being that His name appears as a cursed name in the Talmud and the Rabbis have been using this cursed name for last 1500 years to stop Jews from believing in Yeshua as Messiah of Israel).

This change and revelation of the Messiah’s name as Yeshua is similar to that of the story of Yosef (which contains a messianic message even in Orthodox Judaism).

Whether, you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or Jesus is your choice, however consider the following: Firstly, the name “Jesus” also apparently appears in the religion of Islam and in the quran (or at least in theory). In this man-made religion, this “Jesus” character is seen as an islamic prophet and they give all kinds of misquotes from the Brit Chadasha why this islamic prophet isn’t the Son of God. The problem is that groups and congregations, who only believe in “Jesus” but follow replacement doctrines ( i.e rejection of Torah, Shabbat,  the importance of the Land of Israel, the Jews etc) might fall for the deception and lies that this man-made religion of Islam is spreading. These groups and congregations will continue to believe in a “Jesus” figure but now subject to the quran and sharia laws. (Apologies, this isn’t politically correct, it’s just truth.)

Secondly, in 2017, do we refer to Yosef, Son of Israel by his Hebrew name or by his foreign name Tzafnat-Pa’neach? Probably, 99.8% of people use his Hebrew name and the other 0.2% are probably researching the name Tzafnat-Pa’neach, which is why they use this name. So, shouldn’t the same principle apply to Yeshua? Should we use His real name?

Finally, the Name “Yeshua” means salvation and is found thought out the Tanakh and the Brit Chadasha ( if you read the “Complete Jewish Bible” version of the Bible). This Name has prophetic meaning and is full of history as seen in the above-mentioned paragraphs; and the Name connects Jews and Gentiles to the Jewishness of our faith.

IMPORTANT: if you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or Jesus is your choice. However, if interested, next time you pray, why not end your prayer “in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah / Yeshua Mashiach. In Hebrew, you would say “b’ Shem Yeshua Mashiach”.

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, protection of believers and Israel!

 

 

 

 

 

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