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!

 

 

 

 

 

This Shabbat

Yeshua addressed tradition

Shabbat Shalom,friends,

In Matthew / Mattiyahu 15 and Mark 7, Yeshua discussed man-made religious rules  (“Tradition of the Elders”) after a question was asked by the P’rushim and Torah-teachers. Yeshua referred to the Prophets (Nevi’im) who prophesied about these false teachers (Isaiah / Yeshayahu 29:13). This prophecy is still applicable today even after 2000 years. Yeshua pointed out that “…with your tradition which you had handed down to you, you nullify the Word of God!” (Mark 7:13). This is such a powerful statement. Yeshua could have said that at least they were trying to praise ADONAI with their traditions, but no; He was quite direct in addressing their practices and denouncing it. These man-made rules go completely against the Word of God. In fact, if you think about it, these man-made rules are about power and control, greed and deceit.

Furthermore, in Mark 7:18 to 23 [Yeshua] replied to them, “So you too are without understanding? Don’t you see that nothing going into a person from outside can make him unclean? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and it passes out into the latrine.” (Thus he declared all foods ritually clean.)  “It is what comes out of a person,” he went on, “that makes him unclean. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness….  All these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.”

Yeshua teaches that all the above mentioned negative traits make a person unclean and you can’t enforce your own tradition onto ADONAI and think this makes yourself clean and holy. The only way to achieve salvation is to read the Word of God (Tanakh & Brit Chadasha) and let the Ruach HaKodesh assist you to walk in ADONAI’S ways.

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat!

 

Appointed Times · This Shabbat

Counting the Omer and a prayer called Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

Between Pesach and Shavu’ot, we are commanded in Vayikra / Leviticus 23:15 to 16 “[f]rom the day after the day of rest -that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving -you are to count seven full weeks, until the day after the seventh week; you are to count fifty days; and then you are to present a new grain offering to ADONAI.” Counting of the Omer points to 50 days after ADONAI freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and giving of the Torah (ADONAI’S instructions) on Mount Sinai. It also points to the believers who received the Ruach HaKodesh (Acts 2 CJB) 50 days after Yeshua freed us from our sins. Tomorrow is day 33 of counting of the Omer.

As we’ve recently had Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War and 69 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, I wanted to say a prayer called Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you to ADONAI. The establishment of the State of Israel is bible prophecy confirmed!

Our Father in Heaven, I want to say Toda Lecha / תודה לך / Thank you:

Thank you for your salvation;

Thank you for filling me with your Ruach;

Thank you placing Your Torah within us and on our hearts;

Thank you for opening my eyes to your salvation;

Thank you for returning us to the Land and restoring your nation;

Thank you for your grace;

Thank you giving us hope;

Thank you for our King and Messiah;

Thank you that we can walk with You and that we don’t have to follow man-made religious rules.

In the name of Yeshua haMashiach

Amen

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat!

This Shabbat

Yeshua told him: “Away with you, Satan!”

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

In Mattiyahu / Matthew 4:1 to 10 (CJB), we read how Yeshua refered to the Torah (D’varim / Deuteronomy 6 and 8) and the K’tuvim (Writings) (Tehillim / Psalm 91) to defeat temptation from satan in the wilderness. When I read Matthew 4, two aspects stand out. Firstly, Yeshua fasted for forty days and nights. He must have been really hungry and quite weak. It is in these moments of perceived weakness that the power of ADONAI is brought to perfection (2 Corinthians 12:9). Sha’ul also summed this up by saying: “I am well pleased with weaknesses…for it when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Secondly, satan knows the Word of God (The Bible) or at least some of the passages. I wonder if he knows the conclusion(?): he will try to make war with the “holy ones” (Dani’el 7), however the Messiah will return to defeat him! HALLELUYAH!

If you feel attacked by the adversary; if you feel weak; it’s not a pleasant experience, but remember the following:  “See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword” (Messianic Jews / Hebrews 4-12) and “[n]o temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear” ( 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Thus, hazak, hazak, v’nit’chazek! (be strong, be strong, and let us be strengthened!) and follow Yeshua’s example by chasing the adversary away!

Have a good and peaceful Shabbat!

 

This Shabbat

This shabbat I’m reading that Yeshua spoke to Sha’ul (Paul) in Hebrew

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

This shabbat, I’m reading about Sha’ul’s calling: In Acts chapter 9 and 26 we read Sha’ul’s account of his calling on the way to Dammesek (Damascus) and the words Yeshua spoke to him directly. In Acts 26:14 (CJB) Sha’ul indicated that “[w]e all fell to the ground; and then I heard a voice saying to me, in Hebrew, ‘Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me? It’s hard on you to be kicking against the ox-goads!’”. What is interesting is that Yeshua spoke to Sha’ul in Hebrew. This is significant as the common language spoken by the Jews at the time was Aramaic. As Sha’ul was a Parush, a student of Torah and the Tanakh, he would have been well versed in Hebrew. By Sha’ul’s own account, he was an excellent student and that he was sent to Jerusalem to further this studies. Thus, the fact that Yeshua spoke in Hebrew would have caught his attention. If the voice from the light spoke in any other language than Hebrew, Sha’ul could have thought that he was hallucinating and possibly, he would not have believed that Yeshua spoke to him as he was fundamentally opposed to the believers in Yeshua by his own account.  However, Yeshua did speak to Sha’ul! Furthermore, Yeshua also called him by his Hebrew name “Sha’ul” and not “Paul” as he was known as Sha’ul within the Jewish community.

In conclusion, these little “gems” in the Bible highlight the Jewishness of the Brit Hadasha (New Testament).

May the light of Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah be revealed to all Israel and the world.

Please check out my testimonies page (https://messiahproject.wordpress.com/jews-discover-the-messiah/). Please share these videos with your Jewish friends (actually, all your friends).

Enjoy your weekend!

 

The Word of God says · This Shabbat

Shabbat Shalom 29th of Sh’vat, 5777

Shabbat Shalom, Friends!

This Shabbat I’m reading about the brilliance of EL SHADDAI as revealed to Ezekiel in chapter 1. ADONAI is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29), Who gives light and eternal life. This life is in his Son, Yeshua Mashiach, Melech Yisrael! ( 1 John 5).

Ezekiel 1 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

In the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was among the exiles by the K’var River, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month, which was during the fifth year of King Y’hoyakhin’s exile, the word of Adonai came to the cohen Yechezk’el son of Buzi, in the land of the Kasdim by the K’var River; there the hand of Adonai was on him.

I looked and saw a windy storm approaching from the north and a huge cloud with flashing fire, glowing brightly all around with the color of gleaming amber from within the fire. Inside, there appeared to be four living creatures that looked like human beings; but each one had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight, with feet like calves’ hoofs. They glittered like burnished bronze. Beneath their wings they had human hands on their four sides. The four of them had faces and wings as follows: they touched one another with their wings; they did not turn when they moved, but each one moved straight forward; 10 as for the appearance of their faces, they had human faces [in front], each of the four had a lion’s face on the right, each of the four had a bull’s face on the left, and each of the four had an eagle’s face [toward the rear] — 11 thus their faces. As for their wings, each had two that stretched upward and joined those of others, and two more that covered their bodies. 12 Each [living creature] moved in the direction of any of its faces; in whichever direction the spirit wanted to go, they went, without turning as they moved — 13 thus the appearance of the living creatures.

With them was something that looked like fiery coals burning the way torches do, with the fire flashing here and there between the living creatures; the fire had a brilliance, and out of the fire went lightning. 14 The living creatures kept speeding here and there like flashes of lightning.

15 As I gazed at the living creatures, I saw wheels on the ground, one next to each of the four-faced living creatures. 16 All four wheels looked the same: their inner parts gleamed like beryl, and their structure seemed to be that of a wheel inside a wheel. 17 When they moved, they could go in any of the four directions without turning as they moved. 18 Their rims were tall and fearsome, because the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. 19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels moved along with them; and when the creatures were lifted off the ground, the wheels went with them. 20 Wherever the spirit was to go, they went, in the direction the spirit wanted to go. The wheels were lifted up next to them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When [the living creatures] moved, [the wheels] moved; when the former stood still, the latter stood still; and when the former were lifted off the ground, the wheels were lifted up next to them; because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22 Over the heads of the living creatures was what appeared to be a dome glittering like ice; it was awesome, spread out over their heads, above them. 23 Under the dome each had a pair of wings spread out straight toward those of others, and each had a pair which covered his body. 24 I heard the sound of their wings when they moved; it was like the sound of rushing water, like the voice of Shaddai, like the noise of a tumultuous crowd or army. When they stopped, they lowered their wings. 25 Whenever there was a sound from above the dome over their heads, they stopped and lowered their wings.

26 Above the dome that was over their heads was something like a throne that looked like a sapphire. On it, above it, was what appeared to be a person. 27 I saw what looked like gleaming, amber-colored fire radiating from what appeared to be his waist upward. Downward from what appeared to be his waist, I saw what looked like fire, giving a brilliant light all around him28 This brilliance around him looked like a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. This was how the appearance of the glory of Adonai looked. When I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of someone speaking.

 

The Word of God says · This Shabbat

Tehillim / Psalm 91

This Shabbat I’m reading Tehillim / Psalm 91.

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

As we are walking with Adonai i.e having a relationship with the Almighty Living God of Israel, we have also found shelter; a dwelling place in Adonai. This dwelling place offers protection as well as a place to speak to Adonai, in the name of Yeshua through prayer. Even-though, we are living in an ever-increasing dark world, we don’t have to fear for no disaster will happen to us and Adonai will answer us when we speak to Him.

Furthermore, Adonai says in Verse 16, He will show us His salvation. The Hebrew word for “salvation” in Verse 16 is בִּישׁוּעָתִי -B’Yeshuati. Adonai keeps His promises and we receive salvation through Yeshua   (ישׁוּעָ) who is the Mashiach and King of Israel.

There have been rocket attacks on Israel from the Sinai Desert in recent weeks. Please pray for the protection of Israelis and people affected by conflict.

 

Tehillim 91 (Complete Jewish Bible version)

1 You who live in the shelter of ‘Elyon, who spend your nights in the shadow of Shaddai,

2 who say to ADONAI, “My refuge! My fortress! My God, in whom I trust!”

3 he will rescue you from the trap of the hunter and from the plague of calamities;

4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his truth is a shield and protection.

5 You will not fear the terrors of night or the arrow that flies by day,

6 or the plague that roams in the dark, or the scourge that wreaks havoc at noon.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it won’t come near you.

8 Only keep your eyes open, and you will see how the wicked are punished.

9 For you have made ADONAI, the Most High, who is my refuge, your dwelling-place.

10 No disaster will happen to you, no calamity will come near your tent;

11 for he will order his angels to care for you and guard you wherever you go.

12They will carry you in their hands, so that you won’t trip on a stone.

13 You will tread down lions and snakes, young lions and serpents you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he loves me, I will rescue him; because he knows my name, I will protect him.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble. I will extricate him and bring him honor.

16 I will satisfy him with long life and show him my salvation.”

 

The Word of God says · This Shabbat

Walking with ADONAI

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

This week, I’m reading about walking with the God of Israel. In Genesis 5:21 to 24, we read about Hanokh (Enoch) who was 65 years at the time when he fathered his first born Metushelach. Then he walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Hanokh lived a total of 365 years and then “he wasn’t there, because God took him”.

Although, this section about Hanokh’s life is only a couple of verses, it really points to the essence of how our relationship with Adonai should be. We should walk with God, instead of following man-made religious rules and procedures that only pull us away from Adonai. Thus, we should trust  (Hebrews 11:5) and walk with God. The Bible and the Ruach ha Kodesh will show you how to walk with God.

It’s also interesting that Hanokh lived 365 years. The number “365” is obviously the same number as the days in a calendar year.

My conclusion is this: place your trust in Yeshua ha Mashiach, read the Bible and walk with God 365 (everyday).

 

The Word of God says · This Shabbat

This Shabbat I’m reading about … Jewish and want to accept Yeshua as the Mashiach? No worries!

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

In Romans 11, Paul uses the analogy of an olive tree, whereby he refers to the Jewish people as the natural branches of a cultivated olive tree. If Jews accept Yeshua as the Mashiach, they are “grafted back into their own olive tree” (Romans 11:24). There is no need to be converted to another religion, because if you are born a Jew, you will die a Jew, but by accepting Yeshua ha Mashiach you will have life. You will be completely Jewish. So, we welcome you into the remnant (Romans 11:5).

For Gentiles, you are grafted into the cultivated olive tree as wild branches (Romans 11:17). Yeshua broken down the division between Jews and Gentiles whereby Gentiles are fellow citizens with God’s people (Ephesians 2:19). Fantastic, isn’t it?

Thus, we are all part of Israel! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.