YAHSHUA vs JESUS
(taken in part from a message heard years ago)
There’s a major misnomer that exists out in the world today; not only in the world, but in the Assemblies as well as others who truly search the scriptures. The misnomer is that the name of Yahshua and Jesus belong to the same person. There’s no difference between them. They have the same characteristics. They mean the same. One of them comes from an ancient language, one of them comes from a more modern language. One is in Hebrew, one is in Greek, but they are both the same—they mean the same and belong to the same individual. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Most of the Christian religions in the world have two things in common. The first is the claim that their religion or church is founded on biblical standards founded in the Scriptures. The second is they all mold the Scriptures and standards to fit their needs and their wants. The Name of the Savior is not any different.
In Exodus 32, when Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, the people took matters into their own hands and what came out of it? A golden calf. In Exodus 32:5, Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow is a feast to Yahweh, pointing to the calf. So, Yahweh became a “calf.”
Jeroboam took the ten northern tribes and what did he do? He counterfeited the faith that Yahweh gave His chosen people. He got rid of the Levites and he appointed his own priests. 1 Kings 13:33 says that he made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. 1 Kings 12:32 says that Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast [of Yahweh that is in the seventh month] that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar....
The first day of the week as the Sabbath day--nothing new under the sun, we just make alterations. They know what is right but, for some reason, they want to be different.
Take the Name of Yahweh, for instance. They know the Name of Yahweh. Catholics have a bible with the Name of Yahweh throughout the entire Old Testament. The Christian world has songs with Yahweh’s Name in them. They know it—but they refuse to use it for some reason. The funny part is that when you tell them the Name of Yahweh should be used, that is His personal Name, this is what He should be called, the response most often given is “Well, we don’t speak Hebrew, we speak English and we call him ‘God,’ it’s the same thing.” “We don’t speak Hebrew, we speak English”—remember that phrase because it will come up again.
So what could be the biggest reason they refuse to use the Hebrew Name of the Messiah? Thinking about this, there could be a reason why. It could be because they’re afraid of what the Name "Yahshua” stands for. When you check it out, you will find that the Name "Yahshua” stands for the exact opposite of everything most in the world believe and do.
It could be that Yahshua predicted the coming of Jesus. We talk about the anti-Messiah. “Anti” has two meanings. It means “other than” or “totally against.” It can mean either. Stop and think about it. Yahshua knew somebody was going to follow Him. He made comments in different places, “many will come in my name,” and such. But He made a distinct comment in the Book of John:
John 5:43, I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Some years back, there was a study done and over 90 percent of the people in the United States claimed to be “Christians.” They all believe in “Jesus.” That leaves the rest of them, including those who believe in “Yahshua,” way down in the lower numbers.
I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: another will come in his own name and him you will receive—did Yahshua predict the coming of that “other” Messiah?
Act 13:32-33, And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, Yahweh hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Yahshua again; as it is also written in the second psalm,—that IS the Gospel! The gospel is the good news. The good news is the resurrection of the Messiah! That IS the good news! Look at what Paul says in Galatians 1:6-10: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Messiah unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Messiah. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or Elohim? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Messiah. Let him be accursed—the gospel, the resurrection, the death and resurrection of Yahshua the Messiah—that IS the gospel; that is the good news. AND, if anybody preaches a different gospel, let him be accursed!
The world loves “Jesus.” Why? Well, it’s easy. Because he makes life easy for them. They no longer need to keep any of the rules and regulations that the people had to in the Old Testament. They are a “new testament church” now and “Jesus” freed them from all of that.
What the world has done is they have taken the concept of a savior and they have invented one for themselves and they call him “Jesus.” He is not the Yahshua we know; he is a different “gospel,” a different “good news.” What is he really doing for them? I’m afraid he is keeping them from entering into the Kingdom. According to the words I just read, they are accursed! I didn’t write the Book, I just read from it--those are the word that are written.
According to them, all they have to do is go and read Matthew 5:17 and they do not even read it all, they just read the part that He fulfilled all the law and that’s it, they don’t have to worry about anything anymore—”Jesus fulfilled the law.” Where are they leading them?
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. That is the second death. Yahshua didn’t do away with any of the laws and He never once said He did.
Luke 24:47-48 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. “Remission of sins be preached in His name”—He came for the remission of sins, not to do away with the law—the remission of sins. What is sin? What “name”?
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. If there is no law, there is no sin. There would be no need for redemption, there would be no need for a savior! You can put it together—it’s really easy to figure out; it reads like an open book.
John the Baptist probably said it the best with the fewest of words. When he saw Yahshua coming, Lo, behold the Lamb of Yahweh who takes away the sins of the world. That’s it. That’s Yahshua—the Lamb of Yahweh that takes away the sins of the world; not that does away with all the laws. Behold, the Lamb of Yahweh, who takes away the sins of the world; that’s what he takes away. When you get baptized in the Name of Yahshua, He does away with all of your past sins; He doesn’t take away the laws. He gives you a fresh start and the ability to be able to follow the Father’s laws.
Acts 13:26-27 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth Elohim, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. They were fulfilling the law in condemning him—He was standing right in front of them and they didn’t even recognize Him!
So what about this Latinized-Greek name, “Jesus”? I’m confused that an English-speaking people cannot pronounce the Hebrew Name of Yahshua, but they can pronounce the Greek name of “Jesus”—sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Most all ministers and priests know the Father’s Name is “Yahweh,” and that the Messiah was born of the tribe of Judah and would have a Hebrew Name as well.
The name “Satan” is Hebrew also. In the Hebrew language, his name is “ha śāṭān,” (Strong’s #7854) and nobody seems to have a problem with pronouncing it. So the adversary's Hebrew name, no one has a problem pronouncing it yet the only Name under heaven through which we can receive salvation (Acts 4:12), people can’t pronounce because it’s “Hebrew”!?!
First of all, don’t take anything out of context; learn to get a little here, a little there and put it together (Isaiah 28:10, 13). Learn what “transliteration” is. If they learn what “transliteration” is, they wouldn’t have any problem with the names. They wouldn’t be trying to “translate” the names, they would be “transliterating” the names and all you do in transliterating is you take sounds from one language and find the same sound in another language and you put it together. It is quite easy to do. Each one of the Hebrew characters has a sound. Every English letter has a sound. So you match up the English sounding letter with the Hebrew sounding character and you end up with a pronunciation of a name. How much simpler can it be?
The hardest thing about studying the Scriptures is wanting to know the truth. Studying to learn what the Scripture teaches—not trying to prove what you believe is right out of the Scriptures. You have to WANT to know the truth! Most folks out there don’t want to know. In today’s difficult times, you hear a lot of folks professing to pray...but to who? A generic g-d? There are “gods many and lords many,” is what the Scriptures say. So to whom are they praying? And why do most pray in tough times and not in good times? They pray for healings yet do not investigate the possible causes of those difficulties (both individually and as a nation). They teach “G-d hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” However, Yahweh “hates” all who do inequity [sin] (Psalm 5:5)!
In early civilization, names actually meant something. Even in our young nation, the name “Johnson” literally meant “son of John.” When Yahshua walked the earth, names still meant something. “Yahshua” undeniably and literally means “Yahweh’s salvation,” or “salvation of Yahweh.” “Yah” is the poetic short form of the Name “Yahweh” (Psalm 68:4) and “shua” means salvation.
So, what does “Jesus” mean? Christians say that it means “salvation.” The Greek word for “salvation” is “soter,” and there is no part of “Jesus” that you find “soter.” Some of the theologians say it comes from “Hail Zeus,” a pagan deity. The dictionary says the “sus” on the end is referring to a female pig—a sow. Some say it comes from “healing Zeus,” but nobody actually knows absolutely, positively for sure what it means. Where did it come from; how did they end up coming up with the name? The reality of it, though, shouldn’t really matter—what matters is the entire time the Messiah walked the earth, He never, ever, ever heard Himself called “Jesus” or “Iesus”! When His mother, father, friends called to Him, they called for “Yahshua,” not “Iesous”!
Isaiah 43:11, I, even I, am Yahweh; and beside me there is no saviour. So Yahweh claims to be your Savior.
Isaiah 44:6, Thus saith Yahweh, the King of Israel, and it’s redeemer Yahweh of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no Elohim.
Isaiah 45:45, ...and there is no Elohim else beside me; a just Elohim and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
So, Yahweh is our Savior and how does Yahweh save us? Through His Son, Yahshua! Scripture says there is only ONE Name--”Yahshua” and “Jesus” are two names, you cannot pick and choose!
An individual characteristic goes along with everybody’s name. Yahweh’s character is “self-existent.” There is no other deity that can make that claim—”self-existent.” Yahshua’s character is “savior/deliverer of the world,” and there’s no one else that has that characteristic either. No one else that can take that characteristic on—there’s only two that fit those: Yahweh, Self-Existent; Yahshua, Savior of the world.
Let’s look at the characteristics of Yahshua and Jesus, according to the Bible and Holy Mother of the Church. Let’s see if you think they’re the same:
Two different names, two different men, two different agendas, two totally different characters and characteristics—not even close to being the same. I come in my Father’s Name and you receive me not, that’s what the world did—they received Him not, but if another should come in his name, him you will receive, and that is absolutely what has happened. Is it possible that Yahshua predicted the coming of Jesus?
After learning about what “Jesus” stands for and what “Yahshua” stands for and the differences, now re-consider the word “anti-Messiah.”
Now, in conclusion, it would be remiss not to mention that there are several pronunciations out there for the true Hebrew Messiah including, but not limited to “Yeshua,” “Y’sha,” “Yahushua,” and probably more and it is likely there is not 100 percent proof of the “correct” pronunciation. However, and very importantly, there is a HUGE difference between using a Greek-Latinized pronunciation and the Hebrew pronunciation—at least it is in the correct format, even if not 100% correct! Similar to the difference between using a title for our Father (g-d, l-rd) over His given Name (“Yahweh,” “Yahuweh,” etc.) which He, Himself, states over and over how important His Name is and “His people will know [i.e., and use] His Name.”
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