Yeshua vs YaHshua -- Ye?Shua, Ya?Shua
Something is missing
by your servant, Dan Baxley
Yeshua, or YaHshua?
I have already touched on this in a previous article but it should be made clear, the name YaHshua, as printed, is not found in the Hebrew Scriptures. But wait, for those able to read of Hebrew the name term, yeshua, does appear and is used sometimes as a name, Yeshua – so it is found in the Bible. That should be the end of the argument, right? Yeshua means "salvation" and nothing more. YaHshua, on the other hand means, YaH is salvation, or savior. Do you see the difference?
As you will see later, the name or term, "y'shua", is not used exclusively as a name, but a statement meaning "salvation". We must not forget that YaHshua said He came in His Father's Name -- and had a Name given Him from His Heavenly Father and revealed to us -- John 5:43 and John 17:11, 17:26 and also Luke 10:22. This will be covered in more detail later.
In Jewish literature and thinking there is a bias toward, against, the pronouncing of the Name of the God of Israel or more precisely, YHWH (YaHWeH). They object to any association with this Name, the HASHEM (the NAME) in any kind of complete form. They are happy to let their Messianic brothers use a title, or a substituted figure of speak as opposed to using His Name (The HASHEM). This is a practice inherited from the Jewish community of scholars and religious teachers.
It pleases the devout Jew not to repeat the Name of YHWH, so they substitute another name, term, title, or saying -- adonay or adonia, which in the English equivalent is the term "lord", or, as in the Old Testament English translation, LORD in Caps as a substitute for the Name YHWH (YaHWeH). Jewish scholars and devout religious fanatics freely substitute titles and other phrases in place of His Holy Name. By doing so they inadvertently treat the Name of their God, the God of the Scriptures, with the greatest disrespect, profaning His Name by refusing to make His Name known, by refusing to "glorify" Him by His Name. They do not call on His Name in this era and refuse to allow others to, but this will one day change --
(Joel 2:32) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name of YHWH shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as YHWH has said, and in the remnant whom YHWH shall call.
I their righteousness they do not see the error of covering The Name (HaShem), sealing it up, out of sight, out of mind. There is a command they ignore -- they, as the chosen of people, are commanded not to call on or mention the names of other gods -- the gods of the Gentiles.
(Joshua 23:7) Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.
So, what do they do? They stop calling on the Name of their own God and use other terms, like "HaShem" or the Greek influenced, "Adonai" (Lord, in the English) as if obeying a command directed toward the false gods of other nations and people -- this is how they treat the Name of their God, the God of all Creation? This is also the God the Christians adore and whose words they too see as Holy, but never mind that, the many Jewish religious leaders strive to keep His Holy Name from the lips of those who would worship Him too.
They quickly use this command from the the book of Joshua when it comes to using the Name for our Savior but in a like manner they also hide, or will not pronounce the Name of their own God -- they end up treating His glorious Name as though it were of heathen origin -- they are wrong in both cases -- In their own righteousness they do just the opposite of what they were and are commanded, "...not to invoke the names of their gods", by not calling on the Name of the True God as well. How do I know all of this? Over the years I have read a lot of their writings, and engaged in debates with some of the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews on this subject as well as having the occasion to discuss the use of the Hebrew language in English with a couple of Hebrew teachers, teaching Biblical Hebrew, one in the States and the other in Israel, and to be fair, many scholars know His Holy Name but strive not to offend their own people, those who lack true knowledge, by avoiding its use, especially in everyday, common language. This too is in part due to the commandment, "You shall not take the Name of YaHWeH your God in vain..." (Ex 20:7). Certainly His Name is to be respected and not used in a useless and vain manner, but to hide it, to make it invisible and thus, useless? They should be declaring it to the world.
They have a zeal for G-d, or HaShem, as some like to call Him (HaShem is to say, The Name), others substitute the title "LORD", but in following their righteous zeal they actually ignore Scripture and cause others to do the same. I have been told plainly, that it has never been the job of Israel or the Jews to proclaim His Name (HASHEM) to the world.
(Isa 48:20) Go you forth from Babylon, flee you from the Chaldeans; with a voice of singing declare you, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say you: "YHWH has redeemed His servant Jacob”. JPS (Jewish Publication Society -- His Holy Name Restored)
(Joshua 23:7) That you come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: (They are not to make mention of other gods, other names, but they do just that while denying His Name, using any substitute possible to avoid calling on the God of all Creation -- using general or generic terms used by pagan nations in reference to gods, all gods in general, terms like, Lord, and God, in place of names or His Holy Name)
(Deut 10:20) You shall fear the LORD (YHWH) your God; Him shall you serve, and to Him shall you cleave (H1692 - cling, adhere), and swear by His Name.
(1Ch 16:8) Give thanks unto the YHWH call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people.
(Psa 96:2-3) Sing unto the YHWH, bless His Name; show forth His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people.
The following verse expresses a duality in His Holy Name Name -- YH, one as YaH, and two as YaHWeH. These are called God and declared to be “salvation”, the source of all life, the source of eternal life. With His Name restored to the text we can see the sense of it. Most translations do not know what to do with this verse – because they have either denied His Name or do not know it.
Isa 12:1-2 In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O' YHWH. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my y'shua (salvation); I will trust and not be afraid. YH YHWH, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation (yeshua)."
(Isa 26:4) Trust in YaHWeH forever, for in YaH YaHWeH is an everlasting rock. HRB
(Isa 26:4) Trust you in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: KJV
(Isa 26:4) Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. NIV
We can see the folly of the translators as they try to work around the use of His Name. Remember, LORD, in all caps is supposed to mean YHWH , which is pronounced, YaHWeH. "Trust you in YaHWeH forever: For in YaH YaHWeH, is the Rock Eternal",
What has this to do with our Lord’s Name? Everything, as you will see, if you haven’t already. Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious to those who have lived under the lie and lies their whole lives. Sometimes it take an act by our Savior to open a person's mind to this truth -- it is obvious but difficult for those having called on and prayed in a name they have felt trust in for so long. It is understandable and I too once suffered this deception in my innocence when first called. Sooner or later a believer will have to decide, wether it is now or later, like, in the Judgment, if they will confess His Name, His Birth Name or reject His Holy Name for another -- and that day is coming for all, either now or later. Every tongue will, one day, confess YaHshua as the One and only Savior.
(1Co 12:2-3) You know that when you were heathen, you were led away to those mute idols, however you might be led. Therefore I make known to you that no man speaking by God's Spirit says, "YaHshua is accursed." No one can say, "YaHshua is Lord," but by the Holy Spirit. (YSRB - YaHshua Servant's Reading Bible)
(Mat 10:32-33) Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my FATHER who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my FATHER who is in heaven.
So, Israel has dropped the ball, it seems, instead of making His Name known, blessing His Name, declaring His Glory among the heathen and calling upon His Name what have they done? Nothing, they refuse to use His Name among their own people, let alone among the nations. Many of the more Ultra Orthodox want to lash out at anyone daring to expose His Name to anyone. They refuse our Savior's Name, twisting it or hacking it up and trying to make it say something else, all to avoid applying the One True Name of our Creator, their Creator in writing or by word of mouth. And what is He going to do about this? When others refuse to obey His word does he then forget it? Hardly, just read --
(Mal 1:10-12) Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says YHWH of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. For from the rising of the sun to its setting My Name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to My Name, and a pure offering. For My Name will be great among the nations, says the YHWH of hosts. But you profane it when you say that the Lord's table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. (That is to say this is how they treat His Name, they treat it as if it is polluted and dispised)
(Eze 36:23) And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am YHWH, declares the Lord YaHWeH, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
What has this to do with our Savior's Name? Everything, because His Name is the Name the Orthodox and Ultra Orthodox Jew deny, His Name is the Name of their God, which they deny by their actions, by covering His Name, by substituting something else for His Name, they in effect, “profane” it among the nations instead of making it famous.
We should know that this practice of covering His Name, of trying to block anyone in its use began after the Second Temple was destroyed by Rome. There were a few trying to be more righteous than others by reasoning it was too HOLY to say, but the real movement toward not saying it and keeping it away from the Gentiles began much later.
You would think the religious Jews would read what we read and see this error and reverse themselves and begin to declare His glorious Name to one and all. But the fact is, the ultra-religious, the Orthodox and the Ultra-Orthodox Jews do not spend much time in the Writings and the Prophets of the Bible as we know it. In fact, in some discussions I have had with the Ultra side, I have been told that even the Torah of Moses is only a small sampling of the Oral Torah, which is what they study as opposed to the Hebrew Bible the Christians read -- in other words, for the most part, the Ultra-Orthodox Jew is Biblically ignorant, spending copious amounts of time studying the Oral Torah, which take more than a life time to cover. That's right they ignore much of the OT in favor of the Written Oral Torah which is found in the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud which are writings supposedly from inspired Super Rabbis from the past. And on top of that they have other writings explaining the writings of the Talmud. Many of the Jewish fables come out of these fabled writings.
They should be the last authority any Christian should listen to as most of what they study from the Oral (now written) Torah is fables and myths even delving into the art of black magic, which, I am told, the Super Rabbis can use for good because they knew how to use it properly. They, of course, accuse our Savior of using black magic to heal people. They do not deny He healed people, but of course, it was by black magic which he abused, unlike the Super Rabbis. (note: I call them Super Rabbis and found no objection in the debate with the Ultra Orthodox Jews in calling them this)
These religious people of the Jewish side, followers of the Super Rabbis Oral traditions will do just about anything to prevent the use of the Name of the God of Israel and any suggestion that there is a connection with our Savior. When forced to use a name in reference to our Messiah they drop letters as some in the Hebrew Roots movement do – y’shua, yeshua, and the like, dropping the “H”. YaHshua becomes Y'shua, or yeshua, or even occasionally, Y-shua. Some of the more intimidated and angry Jews twist the word, yeshua into an insult, as this word is very close to a nasty and derogatory remark -- discussed later in the article.
The Real Missing Link
What is missing in transmission from "HaShem" (the Name) is a key part of the original Name of our Creator. I believe this is willingly ignored in avoidance of saying His Name in effect treating His Name as if it were of heathen, or pagan origins. I know our Lord, YaHshua, instructed us not to swear on anything (Matt 5:34) but we are discussing what is expected of those denying YaHshua as Messiah. The instruction is clear, concerning those of the Jewish faith, they are to "swear by His Name", and they are not to make mention of the names of any other gods. In the Hebrew/Jewish mishandling Of His glorious Name they have left something out, there is something missing. What is it?
Drum roll, please -- The "H" in the Name of the God, of all things, is MISSING! The Name of our Creator and the God of Christian and Jew alike is YHWH (YaHWeH) and they leave it out, they mutilate it, and they change it for something else. Our Savior said He came in the Name of His Father and His Name, the Name given Him at birth is YaHshua (YH-Shua) -- the Jew says His Name is Yeshua -- do you see it? The "H" is missing! There is no "e" in His Name either, they supply that letter, although some do spell it as Y'shua, still the "H" is missing. I would challenge anyone, in support of His Name being changed to Yeshua, to explain that, why, why is the "H" dropped? I have read all of the word play and the claims the name, Yeshua is merely the Aramaic expression and that they spoke this dialect of Hebrew in the first century. Others say, however, that "Yeshua" is the "short form" of YeHoshua. The "short form", really? Any excuse not to complete His Name, a Name that declares the Father.
Okay, so the people 2,000 years ago used the term "yeshua" every time they said, "salvation", after all yeshua means salvation and only salvation. We have seen in the Old Testament examples, this term was used on occasion as a name, but most often as a term meaning only "salvation", but when you restore His complete Name, YaH, it becomes more than a definition or a word meaning "salvation", it then becomes, YaH is Salvation. Aramaic expression, indeed, how about Hebrew/Aramaic? But, of course, you can call it the "short form" if you cannot get the Aramaic explanation to stick – anything but restore His name.
Worth repeating: In Hebrew the stand alone term, yeshua, means salvation and when, or if, used as a name the missing "H" is expected to be replaced, mentally, by the reader (this instruction is expressed in the Preface of "The Holy Scriptures, According to the Masoretic Text", page v, 1965 edition). This then would be pronounced as YaHshua, or YH-shua as the reader comes across this Name in Scripture. Remembering, there is no "e" in the Name, ever, as the "e" is a vowel just as the "a" is a vowel and is supplied by the translators -- supplied only as an assist in pronunciation. This is also true of the transliteration for the old English transliteration of the Name Joshua, YeHoshua, the first should be YHoshua or YaHoshua, or YaHushua, agreeing with the second, more modern and correct transliteration -- the Hebrew Bible transliterates Joshua's Name as these in these examples and never as "yeshua" -- our Savior was given the same Name as Joshua, which is the best Old English equivalent of the 16 th century, today that we have.
YaHshua is today’s transliteration while Joshua is the transliteration from the Old English. I know I am repeating but it is very important to understand this and to see how far removed the false name, JESUS, is from the correct original, even in the English. Why use the name, JESUS, when we have the English transliteration, YaHshua, or YaHoshua? Why use a name that is nothing like the English transliteration of the Hebrew? Remember, a transliteration may be different in other languages but will be a repeat able sound, of the same phonetic value. We, in all tongues, would be saying and singing praise to the same Name – saying the same thing in the same sound. For some reason this seems to be a stumbling block for so many?
Our Savior was not a Greek, was not born a Greek, so why use what they say is a Greek name, or from a Greek name? Why not use the Name He was given at birth? Don’t se have the proper Hebrew/Jewish transliteration? Yes, we do, so why use an inferior name?
To drop the "H" is to change the Name – changing from a name to a term, not really a common name at all. To just say something is so does not make it so. Even if a majority of people accept a false name does not then make it correct. Remember, it is not the majority that is headed down the narrow path, no, it is the majority headed down the path of destruction. So, then, which side of the issue do you suppose you should be on, the majority, or the minority?
You hear a lot about the term "yeshua" being the Aramaic, from the Jews for Jesus, and other Messianic groups. This language is closely associated with Arabic but this Semitic dialect does not excuse the dropping of the "H". Some in the Jewish Messianic movement have taken this as their mantra, mostly due to having been taught this from birth. They too need to take steps to restore the proper Name of our Savior and Messiah, YaHshua, or YaHushua, or even YaHoshua, all Hebrew/Jewish, not some Greek hybrid. Even the Old English, Joshua, pronounced as Yahshua is available and ready for use. But, for some reason, the translators can this name, a name they have transliterated themselves in the OT and changed to a completely different name. Again, why use a name that is nothing like the proper transliteration of His Birth Name when we have this Name, in the English of today, available for use, why push it aside and claim a name that is nowhere near a proper transliteration of His personal Name?
Yeshua as a Name
In the name, Yeshua, we see a distortion of His true name, YaHshua, and this distortion has a different meanings for the Jewish reader. (YeHoshua, or YaHushua, if you prefer)
According to the Jewish New Testament Commentary, the name Yeshu is, "…a kind of coded incantation against Christian evangelism. Moreover, since Yeshua came to be regarded in non-Messianic Judaism as a false prophet, blasphemer and idolater wrongly being worshiped as God, and since the Torah says, ‘You shall not even pronounce the names of their gods’, the Messiah’s name was purposely mispronounced." (Emphasis added)
Isn’t it odd, the Jewish scholars, the scribes, and Rabbis use a name they say is too Holy to say, too holy to USE. Isn’t it odd they are commanded not to mention the names of a false god, the gods of the gentiles, and they cannot see how they are treating His Name equally in the same manner, by avoiding it -- do not mention the names of other god, oh, and not our God either -- can't they see this? And to many of the Jewish faith, they see this Yeshua (Jesus) as a false god of the gentiles.
To repeat; this is exactly how Yeshua is seen -- a god of the Gentiles, of the Gentile Christians, and they use, "yeshua", or "yehsu" as a pagan name and they tell Gentiles this was and is His Name -- who is fooling who? It is their "catch 22", however, having a problem in not saying or using His true Name and not using the name of other gods so they change it and sell it to the Gentiles but in doing this they again violate the command of ignoring false names as well as His true and Holy Name by their refusal to use even the Name of the God they claim is theirs -- they fail to declare it, to proclaim it to the nations.
Equally, by not mentioning pagan names and of the Christian god, Jesus, or Yeshua they have helped create another god, by another name -- a name not His Name (John 5:43).
How is this done, how do they accomplish this? First, they do not supply the full Name of the God of Israel to the Gentiles, second they change the Name associated with the Messiah of the New Testament just enough to still be a Jewish name, after all, this man was a Jew, but not delivering THE NAME (Ha Shem) of our Messiah, a Name that literally declares our Heavenly Father, someone they do not know or if they do, they cleverly hide -- denying the use there for themselves and others, all the while claiming to be the chosen of HaShem -- that would be chosen of The Name, odd, but true, a Name they deny by their actions. Nowhere in Scripture is there a commandment not to use His Name, only a warning not to abuse His Name but never a command to stop using or calling on Him by His Name – it is only men that say this.
Jewish View of YaHshua (rehashing the truth)
The Jewish/Hebrews of modern scholarship do not deny YaHshua existed, as some ignorant critics still cling to, no, he is not denied as a man as a famous Rabbi of Jewish origin. What they deny is that he was anything more than this, a Rabbi (teacher) having fallen on hard times, a magician of the arts preforming miracles by magic, etc.
They are obliged not to use or say the name Jesus, the name of a god of the Gentiles, and they hesitate to use His Hebrew name so they use what is defined as an Aramaic name, or equivalent, Yeshua. This name, however, is associated with a man they call a false teacher and liar a worker of black magic, when speaking about our Savior. A man of magic and falsehood whom they admit their fathers rightly executed for his blaspheme – daring to call Himself the Son of God. On the one hand, and this is again odd, when debating the ultra-Orthodox Jews, they will argue He, the Christian Messiah, never existed but is a fable made up -- then two sentences later they will say all of the miracles He performed were done by black magic. Odd, right, denial then admission, and in this, those of the Jewish religious sects, witness against themselves.
They, the super religious Jews, wish to avoid the use of the name, YaHshua, or even YaHushua if at all possible – as this Name contains the Name of God Himself, they don’t want to use it and most of all they do not want you to use it. They are happy to let the Gentiles use the term, yeshua, even supporting this with their own modern translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, translating a name pronounced as YaH-shoo-ah but written as Yeshua. Again, if the term, as found in the Hebrew Dictionary H3442, is used as a name, the reader is to mentally supply the missing "H" (The Holy Scriptures According to the Masoretic Text, published by the Jewish Publication Society, Pg V of the Preface, provided that instruction), and if, on the other hand this term is not used as a name it remains without the "H", it is then merely a term meaning "salvation".
YaH is Salvation, or YaHshua -- the very Name our Savior came in, YaHushua if you prefer, so we do not need to argue over the added vowel or vowels and you will notice the Personal Name is found in each example.
They Say, It is the Short Form – The Insult – (more rehashing)
When backed into the corner of this argument they, being the Ultra Jew and some of the Messianic movement, say the Aramaic, Yeshua, is the "short form" of His complete Name. Why do you suppose they say this -- the name Yeshua is a "short form"? To keep from admitting the error they have fallen into and this comes out only after they cannot answer the question of WHY drop the "H"? This reasoning would mean that they have dropped a letter, that there is a complete Name, but they prefer to use the incomplete, short form, and want you to do the same. They work very hard to not use His true Identity to avoid using the Name that is above every Name. Even the Messianic Jews know this is not a complete name, but it is so ingrained in their thinking they cannot shake it, just like the Christians have trouble shaking the false name, JESUS. You can also see that Yeshua, as a name, is a pretty long "short form", and this seems to me to be a very flimsy argument not using His full Name, but this argument is only used when all of their other arguments fail.
They admit, by claiming it to be a "short form", that this is only part of His Name. When a Jewish person wants or needs to communicate this name it is, in most cases, pronounced, Yeshu (Yes ua) and is actually an insult.
According to the Jewish New Testament Commentary: "…Yeshu is also an acronym consisting of the first letters of the Hebrew insult, "Yumach sh’mo v’zikhro" ("May his name and memory be blotted out…)".
We can then see the insult intended when the Hebrew says, Yeshu. When the incomplete Name used by many Christians and Jewish Messianic it is meant to be an insult, like their little secret. By restoring the missing letter to this Name we have YeHshua, or YaHshua and the suggested insult is removed completely.
Strong's Hebrew Dictionary to the Rescue
An earlier volume of Strong's Hebrew Dictionary supplies the pronunciation of "yeshua" as YaH-shoo-ah. Also, this is the pronunciation supplied by the Strong's numbering system found in the popular bible software, e-sword. H3442 - yeshua -- yah-shoo-ua or yah-shoo-ah.
When The Name or HaShem, YHWH, is used by many, even the Messianic Jews, it is replaced with the title Adonay, or Adonai, which means or is the same as the English use of the title, LORD, in all caps. The Jewish Publication Society, in the production of modern Hebrew Bible into English, readily admit to following the traditions of the King James translators in the use of names -- how convenient (The New JPS Translation According to The Traditional Hebrew Text - Preface pages XV-XVii), and you will also read in this Preface how much the Jewish translators relied upon the Greek Septuagint for their translation. Why? Because, they do not have the original Hebrew Writings, only partials. No one has the stone upon which Moses wrote, no one has the writings in their original form, only pieces and partials to compare to.
However, the Septuagint has proven to be a very close and reliable translation when compared to these parts and pieces, and even the English translations have proven reliable in the same comparisons. What they failed in was the preserving of His Holy Name from the Hebrew to the English. In the KJV we see the Greek influence as well, and we see His Name in the names of the Prophets and others but ignored when it comes to the NT.
The history for the creation of the Septuagint begins with the Romans and their desire, as an educated society, to preserve the arts, ancient works and other creations they saw as magnifying the achievements of men. They commissioned 70 Jewish scholars, as the story goes, to translate the Hebrew writings into a language common to the people of the Empire. The purity of the Hebrew language was being lost and the people of Israel were beginning to speak a different dialect. The KJV and other translation before that one used the Septuagint as a guide in translating the OT from on language to another, from the Greek to the English and the name was never lost. The Greek influence is seen in names like, Isaiah and Jeremiah. The IAH on the end of these names is the Greek Latin transliteration for His Name, YAH or YaH. His name is unknowingly spoken when anyone reading from the KJV and others read these names containing the Name of our Creator. Also, when we sing or say HalleluYaH, or Halleluiah, we are saying, Praise You YaH, or Praise You IaH. So, when someone tell you the name is lost don’t believe it, and when someone tell you the Greek is different, don’t believe it. Yes, they changed it when it came to the NT. It has never been lost, only changed.
HaShem or The Name
You have noticed the term, HaShem, used throughout this article it is a Hebrew term meaning, The Name. Some Jewish translations in the Messianic Jewish movement use this word or saying, HaShem, in place of the Sacred Name, YHWH. "HaShem" is not a name, it is a statement and merely another method at avoiding the use of what they think the Heavenly Father's Name is.
An example of this usage can be seen in The Stone Edition of the Tanach, published by, Mesorah Publications, ltd., edited by Rabbi Nosson Scherman -- (also the Art Scroll edition) – example verse:
Genesis 2:8 -- HASHEM God planted a garden in Eden, to the east, and placed there the man whom He had formed. And HASHEM God caused to sprout from the ground every tree that was pleasing to the sight and good for food; also the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad
This avoidance of using His glorified Name for lesser terms and titles is sad indeed. Knowing that the term, HASHEM, means The Name. You would then read the beginning of verse 8 as, "The Name God planted a garden in Eden...", making no sense at all. When translated as they have it, would lead many to think they are saying our Creator’s name is really "God". It just keeps getting stranger and stranger.
What they are actually doing is replacing His Holy Name with "The Name" in place of His Holy Name – the translators of these versions drop the Creator’s Name completely and say, "the Name" or HaShem. Not unlike the English translators dropping His Holy Name for the word, LORD. Spelling it out in all capitals makes it all better somehow. Why not just put His Name back in? Why not restore His Holy Name. The Lord’s will be done, I guess, for the day is coming when this will be correct and our Lord YaHshua will declare His Father’s Name to the world, and His Name will be glorified among the Nations – something the Jews should be doing now. Maybe it is really better they do not? Maybe it is better they too stay in the dark until the Light returns and opens their eyes? Yes, maybe that is better.
I pray this article will be of encouragement and will inspire you to study the word for yourself. Peter told us what to do and it was not to lay up arms, or food stores or digging holes in the ground to hide but to continue in and grow in the knowledge of our Lord, YaHshua.
(2Pe 3:16-18) As also in all his (Paul's) epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (twist), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour YaHshua the Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
Transliterations -- a final thought
We should understand something concerning the transliteration of names as opposed to translation – One of the Hebrew bibles known as the Art Scroll Tanach, Stone Edition, quoted from earlier, contains the Torah as well as the Writings and the Prophets. This is a beautiful work and favors using the term, HASHEM (meaning, The Name) in place of the actual Name of our Creator, YHWH. This term, HASHEM, is this translation substitution can easily lead one to mistaken for a "name", when it is not a name at all. "Ha Shem" is the transliteration for the translation, "The Name". HaShem means, "the Name" and nothing more and is used in place of YHWH, the Name of our Creator. This is a perfect example of a translation as opposed to a transliteration. YHWH, is the transliteration of the Hebrew Name of our Creator, as revealed to Moses. It is the representation of the Hebrew into the English giving us the letter for letter pronunciation.
So, the transliteration, YHWH, with the help of a couple of "vowels" is pronounced as YaHWeH -- not HaShem. Like the English translators, the Hebrew translators have substituted a term in avoiding the use of the Name given to Moses for all generations to remember (Ex 3:15, remember, LORD is supposed to be YHWH). The Creator God, YHWH, says all generations are to know Him by this Name, YHWH, and what do men do, they discard the Name for a term or title -- they do just the opposite.
The English translators substitute the term, or title, LORD, and use it as a name and most Christians are ignorant of this and use the term, LORD, as a name never questioning what His Name might really be, being satisfied His Name is "Lord" and "God", which is it neither -- these are generic terms or titles that can be applied to any god or lord. What a sad state this has all become. The glory of His Name is ignored, the Creator and the Savior of all the universe is forgotten for a title or false names that can be applied to any of the gods and even to Satan himself. After all, Satan is called the "god" of this world --
(2Co 4:4) The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of the Christ, who is the image of God.
Without the knowledge of His Name you could read this verse as saying our Savior, the Messiah, is in the image of the "god of this age". We know this is not true, our Messiah, the Christ, is not in the image of the "god of this age" but is in the image of the God in Heaven, our Heavenly Father whom He came to reveal and whose Name He came in (John 5:43). But by using "god" as a name this could be the outcome or misunderstanding of this verse, and others.
(1Co 8:5-6) For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, YaHshua the Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
God the Father, is not just any old god, or lord, just as our Savior, YaHshua, is not just any old savior or lord, or god. YaHshua was given a name and that name was not, "lord, and not "god" and not "Jesus", and not an Aramaic equivalent. He was named YaHshua (Old English transliteration, Joshua) and He told us He came in His Father's Name (John 5:43, John 17:12), and we are instructed later, by Peter, that there is no other Name by which we MUST be saved --
(Act 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other Name under heaven given (found) among men, whereby we must be saved.
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