YEHOSHUA – JESUS
I have to be perfectly honest with you and tell you that this is perhaps the most difficult page I have written in relationship to The Exalted Name Bible™ or The Letters of Faith™.
The difficulty of the subject matter cannot deter this project though, because the end results are simply too significant… What is important to note, however, is that as I was investigating and scribing the Words of the Old Covenant, I discovered that the Words of the New Covenant had issues as well, and here too, The Exalted Name Bible™ strives to eliminate those issues.
The primary concern with the New Covenant rests on the simple fact that there is no “J” or “J” sound in either the Hebrew or the Greek languages. This becomes a significant matter, therefore, when we realize that the name, “Jesus” cannot be The Messiah’s name, which also means that “Jesus” cannot be the Greek equivalent to that Name. Simply put, the name, “Jesus” cannot be the Name HE revealed to us as He walked among us, and if it is NOT His Hebrew name, and if it is not the Name that He used when He walked among us, then where did the name Jesus come from, why are we using it today, and what is the real Name of the Messiah that we should be using today?
I am going to attempt to answer these questions using two New Testament passages. In my heart, I find the urgency of the matter clearly outlined in these verses, because they very quickly point to incredibly obvious and significant truths. The first passage is Acts 4:12, which says,
The second passage is also from Acts, and it is found in chapter 9, verses 1-6, and here we read,
“Now Paul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Master, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to The Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. And it came to pass that as he journeyed, he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who art Thou, Master?” And He said, “I am _________ whom you are persecuting, but rise, and enter the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.” (ENB)
Whenever I read or consider Acts 9:1-6, I have always been forced to ask, “What was the NAME You gave him, Master?”
If you have read my “About the Author” page, you already know how important it is to me to pronounce names properly. In that knowledge, you can understand how this passage might impact me. I wanted to hear exactly what Paul heard that day, so that I could repeat it properly, and announce it without error. And you must believe that I have prayed fervently about this matter, because as Acts 4:12 says, “There is no other name under heaven given among mankind, whereby we must be saved” (ENB). I have prayed to hear His voice pronounce His name, and I have prayed that His Holy Spirit would write His name on my wall, so that I could see exactly what we need to see.
In answering my prayers regarding the Exalted Name of the Old Covenant, I found tremendous relief, joy and satisfaction. Never-the-less, I was still left wondering exactly what Name Paul heard on the road to Damascus that day, because that is the Name we should be using today! Because, that is The Name, “By which we must be saved.”
A simple “Google” search on the name, Jesus, provides us with the fact that this name is “a 12th century transliteration of the Greek word, iesus, which is a very poor rendition of the Hebrew Yeshuah”. Iesus, as we know, is a Greek god (el), and for any number of reasons, but especially because of the Third Commandment, where we are commanded to invoke His Name, I find it difficult to imagine His Name being derived from some Greek god!
Furthermore, the Exalted Name is not present in this transliteration, which really does make the use of “Jesus” insufficient. (And you must know two things right now:
First, what I just said about the use of “Jesus” being insufficient – is very difficult for me to write!
Second, that I did considerably more labor on this than a simple “Google” search)…
Additionally, we already know that when the Messiah walked among us, the Name He used, and the teachings He presented, so annoyed the Jewish Priesthood, that they HATED HIM! Aside from the fact that He was offering some very profound messages, have you ever really wondered exactly why they hated Him as they did? And why they still refuse to accept Him as the Messiah?
For the longest time, even knowing The Exalted Name of the Old Covenant, I was thwarted in comprehending the exact spelling and pronunciation of the Name used by the Messiah when He walked among us, because His Name is not found in the writings available to us.
I looked at the Hebrew again and again, and considered the notion that He must have used some name similar to Joshua, which in Hebrew is: YEHOSHUWAH, and which means: YEHOWAH SAVES! But that name does not fully describe the Messiah, does it?
Finally, thanks to a very persistent sister (Angela), who forced me to reconsider a number of my thoughts, I found enough data – much of which is very old – to substantiate the fullness of the Messiah’s exalted Name. He is YEHOSHUA, and His name means, YEHOWAH’S DELIVERER!
In proclaiming His Name throughout the synagogues, and whenever or wherever He taught, He was openly proclaiming Himself to be the Messiah, and that is why He was hated so fervently. In the fullness of His Name though, He fulfilled every prophetic Word spoken, because He Came in the Father’s Name, and proclaimed the fullness of YEHOWAH to mankind.
Of The Exalted Name, The Old Covenant says:
“Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘YEHOWAH, the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, has sent Me to you, and this is My Name forever, and this is My memorial unto all generations” (Exodus 3:15 ENB).
“An altar of earth you shall make unto Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My Name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you” (Exodus 20:24 ENB).
“His Name shall endure forever. His Name shall continue as long as the sun, and in Him shall the people be blessed; all the nations will call Him blessed. Blessed be YEHOWAH Elohim, the Elohim of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious Name forever; and may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen. The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended” (Psalm 72:17-20 ENB).
And when He walked among us, in the New Covenant, He said,
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also Elohim highly exalted Him, and bestowed upon Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of YEHOSHUA every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that YEHOSHUA is Master, to the glory of EL the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11 ENB).
“For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, ‘I will proclaim Your Name to My brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your Praise'” (Hebrews 2:11-12 ENB).
Well, dear reader, the Messiah did in fact come, in The Father’s Name, exalting and uplifting that Name at every utterance. And The Exalted Name Bible continues the fullness of that tradition and proclamation.
I wholeheartedly pray that as you begin to embrace the Messiah’s Exalted Name, that you will discover the fullness of His Power, Majesty and Might that is contained within That Name. May YEHOWAH be glorified through His Son, and may our deliverance be confirmed through the anointing of His Holy Spirit – as we boldly proclaim the only Name through which salvation and deliverance is available: YEHOSHUA!
In His peace, love and joy, I remain faithfully and humbly your servant through YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach,