I got a wonderful question today from a wonderful friend. She wrote me a very good email discussing some topics that we all deal with from time to time, and she is making impressive progress. A faithful servant, she is. She closed her email with this question: “Jerry, why do you use the name “Yahusha” rather than “Yeshua” (or some other suspected name).
Well, that’s a very good question and my bad for not addressing this matter years ago.
Let’s start at Wikipedia. Not because Wikipedia is an unbiased source of accurate theology, but because Wikipedia is a place where most lost folks will look when they want some answer to a “bible question”.
Yahusha article at Wikipedia:
BLOTTED-OUT! (9-25-2006 for several weeks, then again on 11-8-2006)
First, on 9-25-2006 the Wikipedia.com site redirected the topic Yahusha to Yeshua, omitting the original article preserved below for you – blotting it out completely. The one, true Name came under severe attack, and a search for it was redirected to Yeshua. Eric Lowry had a Wiki account, and restored this article “Yahusha” to Wikipedia, and it worked for a few weeks.
As of 11-8-2006, Wikipedia again blotted-out the Name Yahusha, redirecting the search to “Joshua.”
Time after time, the article “Yahusha” has been pulled off the site, then restored in slightly altered forms, and will probably continue to be. Whatever form it may be in at any given moment may change from the original form quoted below, so I’ve preserved it for you here. Research reveals that the form Yahusha is used by far the most, found 216 times in the TaNaK; two times it is seen as Yahushua and in one instance at Neh. 8, it is Y’shua.
Someone really doesn’t like the true Name being shown at Wikipedia.
Yahusha, alt. YEHOSHUA, YAHUSHUA, YESHUA
On or about 9-25-06, the article/topic Yahusha was deleted from Wikipedia, apparently for “raving.” Even one complaint can remove any article from their site, so obviously someone complained and cited the article for removal for raving. You can read the article for yourself to evaluate the level of raving you detect in it. It’s very interesting that Yahusha predicted that we would be persecuted and suffer for His Name (Luke 21:12), and that people would readily accept another in their own name.
Yahusha told them, “I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not receive Me; if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him.” Jn./Yahuchanon 5:43.
Yahusha did a little raving at times, such as we see at Jn / Yahuchanon 2:16, 7:37. Now, prepare to see me rave about His Name, if raving is what it really is ~ (if it is raving, then I hope Yahusha remembers how I raved about it).
The Hebrew Aleph-Bet Details Regarding The Name
NOTE: The Hebrew letter commonly rendered “WAW” (UAU) is used as the English letter O, or U, as we hear in the phrase, “HALLELU YAH.” The English letter, W, is a “double-U,” and appeared for the first time in the 13th century CE.
Yahusha (Hebrew letter spelling, yod-hay-uau-shin-ayin) is the Hebrew name for the successor of Mosheh (Moses), and conveys the meaning of “Yah-is our-Deliverer” (in contrast to Yeshua, or “Yeh-is our salvation.” Fully translating the meaning of Yahusha, it is more like “I am your Deliverer.”
Suffering the disadvantages of passing through Greek and Latin alphabets, this Hebrew name eventually mutated into two highly diverse forms:
Names: JESUS and JOSHUA
It then became the whim of a translator as to which form would be used in English translations of the Scriptures. Scholars have long agreed that in the Hebrew, both men (Jesus/Joshua) had identical spellings for this name. Since their appearance, the Society of JESUS (Societas IESU – the Jesuits, Black Army of the Catholic Church-jd) has promoted the use of the Latinized Greek letters IESOUS (pronounced ee-A-sous-jd), assuming the disciples of the Messiah of Israel had written the Name in those Greek letters. The idea of explaining the source of the form JESUS using only the Greek and Latin fails to address the fact that the original Name is actually Hebrew, and carries a meaning in that language. It seems to have no certain meaning in the form of “JESUS”, nor has the sound been preserved. In the Greek text, the letters underlying both names, JOSHUA and JESUS, can be easily seen at Hebrews 4, and Acts 7. These texts refer to two separate men; one is Mashiach, and the other is the successor of Mosheh. The Greek letters for both men’s names are IESOUS.
The translators decided to differentiate IESOUS as JESUS and JOSHUA in the English texts.
The KJV (Authorized Version) was the first to show the world the name Jesus.
Looking at the Hebrew text (rather than Greek or Cantonese), and the letters of the name for the man they today call “JOSHUA”, we see yod-hay-uau-shin-ayin, or Yahusha. This should not be nearly as disturbing as it was when it was announced the Earth is round. The truth is upsetting not because it’s true, but because the lie isn’t.
The Name is also correct if we shorten it to Y’shua (or YESHUA); the meaning still stands, “Yah is our salvation”. “Ben” is short for Benyamin (no letter J is possible for Hebrew, Greek, or Latin – it didn’t show up in any alphabet until about 1530 CE).
Yahusha was never called “JESUS” while He was on Earth. The letter Y at the beginning of the Name is followed by the Hebrew letter hay, and the letters yod-hay comprise the short form of the proper Name Yahuah (mostly seen as Yahweh). This two-letter form, YAH, is seen at Psalm 68:4. Yah is contained in the first part of the authentic Name of the Messiah of Israel, and it is connected to “shua”(save), explaining why Gabriel said, “‘Yusef, you son of Daud, fear not to take unto you Miryam your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Ruach haQodesh. And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His Name Yahusha: for He shall deliver (yasha, the root) His people from their sins.’ – Matt 1:20-25
As recently as 1599, in the “Geneva Bible”, you will find that there was no use of the letter “J” – they spelled the Rabbi’s Name “IESVS”. “James” is spelled “IAMES,” very much corrupted from the original name, Ya’aqob.
The form “YESHUA” has been cited to be from the acronym “YESHU“, a mutilation of Yahusha’s Name used by unbelieving Yahudim during the late 1st and 2nd century CE (search google.com for more on this). The letters in “YESHU” stood for the sentence, “Yemach Shmo u’Zikro” meaning “may his name be blotted out” (from the scroll of life). You can search the internet yourself with these letters, and find this to be true. This “Yeshu” acronym is highly likely the root of the form “JESUS”, after going through Greek, then Latin, considering the following evolutionary path:
YESHU (remember, this is an acronym, meaning “may his name be blotted out“, referring to the scroll of life). A rabbinic word-play, from the original Hebrew words: “Yemach Shmo u’Zikro”. The Talmud (a satanic blasphemy written by the same rabbis who condemn Yahusha to death – jd) records Yahusha’s Name as “YESHU” (seen in modern translations as JESCHU), a form which denigrates Him and promotes the “secret” acronym’s meaning. There’s not actually a letter “W” in the Hebrew alef-beth; the letter “W” is a rather new letter to our own alpha-beta. It’s called a “DOUBLE-U” for a reason; our letter “U” is a perfect match with the sixth letter of the Hebrew alef-beth, now called a “waw”. Acronyms are abbreviated messages, like “SCUBA” stands for “self contained underwater breathing apparatus”.
YESU / IESOU – Going into Greek, the letter “Y” became an IOTA because Greek has no “Y”; also, the sound of “SH” was lost, because Greek has no letters to make this sound. The letter combination “OU” is a diphthong, arising from the Greek attempt to transliterate the sound “OO” as in “woof”. Our letter “U” and the Hebrew letter “UAU” does this easily. JESU is used also.
YESOUS IESOU took on an ending “S” to form IESOUS, since the Greek wanted to render the word masculine with the ending “S”. Going to Latin, the diphthong “OU” became “U”.
THE FORM “JESUS” became popularized by the Authorized Version, or KJV
In the early 1530’s, the letter “J” developed, causing a tail on proper names beginning with the letter i and words used at the beginning of sentences. The J is really the letter IOTA. Many European languages pronounce J as the letter i or Y sound.
If we go to the Greek language, and attempt to spell Yahusha, the first thing we notice is that we cannot do it for the lack of two letter/sounds: the Y and the SH. But, if we had to come as close as we possibly could, it would still wind up like trying to play a symphony on a 4-string banjo. It would have to begin with the Greek letter IOTA, then to simulate the vowel sound in “YAH” the second Greek letter would have to be an ALPHA. Clement of Alexandria spelled YAHUAH (yod-hay-uau-hay) with the Greek letters IAOUE. There is only one name that is the true Name, and that would be the Hebrew-based Name, uncorrupted by foreign alphabets.
To build on a foundation other than the original Hebrew, one cannot arrive at a proper transliteration.
“He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12
If we accept a Roman, Greek, or Arabic forms that have no reference to deliverance, nor contains the proper Name, then we have abandoned Truth (comment by Lew White).
*It also violates the paleo-Hebrew original 3rd commandment not to take Yahuah’s name in vain. The better interpretation of the paleo-Hebrew original is the command that we “not make His name into nothing“, which is broader in scope and means to either make His name into a common verb to use, in example, as in when one stubs one’s toe, or to mistranslate His name to the point where the name becomes meaningless. “Jesus” is a meaningless name, and a made up one at that. “Yahusha” has great meaning. (*comment by Jerry Davis)
Text recently added (and pertinent) to the article: Yahusha (Yahoosha), or Yahushua (Yahooshooah), though similar to Yeshua, differs in a few ways. Foremost among a large part of Messianic Judaism’s scholars, it is believed to be the more correct rendering as it maintains Yahu which is found at the beginning (as many transliterate It) of the Creators Name. Again, YESHU is a rabbinical acronym meaning “may his name be blotted out,” which would seem to have no place among Messianics nor Christians, for they worship Yahusha as the Messiah. Following the death of the Messiah, the apostles were constantly being beaten and threatened by the Pharisees (rabbinic Jews) and Sadducees for their use of the Messiah’s Name (Acts 9:15,16, 18:14,15, 26:9-11).
This apparent dislike for anything associated with His Name is what some scholars believe to have spurred the creation of the apparently blasphemous YESHU acronym in place of the “Yahu” prefix, which rabbinical Yahudaism views as ineffable. The Name is an obvious division in the beliefs between rabbinical Yahudaism and the Natsarim.
Men’s traditions truly blotted out Yahusha’s name, and each time Wikipedia deletes it from their site, it is blotted-out again. We can only hope it will eventually stay.
The attack on the Name Yahusha is bringing attention to it, so we can all rejoice in that fact.
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