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Names For God & Jesus



Myth. The name Jesus is the same as zeus or some female pagan deity, or the abomination of desolation; means pig, horse or other unflattering definitions. ??? is the true name or sacred name...

Myth. YAHshua is the "true" name of Jesus.

Myth. There were no 'J's in Hebrew so His name could not be Jesus

A. The lack of scholarship within Hebrew Roots unveils itself repeatedly with baseless claims such as the above.

Below are some statements that have been heard over the years:

"The name of YAHshua has been replaced by the names of G-zeus (Jesus), and Ea-zeus meaning healing zeus (Iesus, and Iesous) which are pagan in origin."

"Now that we know that his real Hebrew name is YAHshua, we can't use Jesus any more in good conscience."

"I prefer to use the Hebrew name YAHshua, instead of His Gentile nickname Jesus."

"As true believers we need to refuse the blasphemous talmudic moniker of Yeshua and use his true name YAHshua."

“The name Baal means “Lord” in Hebrew. The church translators replaced the true name of the Messiah, YAHshua with the title “Lord”. When people use that title, they are unknowingly worshiping a pagan idol, and that is why it is so important that we restore the true Hebrew name YAHshua back into the English translations.”

"Jesus" is nothing more than a pseudo substitute for the true name YAHSHUA."

"You should not use the name Ge-sus because the Ge means earth or soil in Greek, and the sus means swine or pig in Latin, so you are saying "earth pig".

"Jesus is a corrupted name derived from the Greek IESOUS. Ies, or iysh in Hebrew means man, while sus -soos means horse, so when you speak that name, you are referring to the Messiah as “man horse” or “man beast”."

"The name IESOUS or “hey-soos” means “hey horse”. Just look at this example: Ps.33:17, “An horse (Heb. hey-soos/Grk. Iesous/ Eng. Jesus) is a vain hope for safety; neither shall he deliver any by its great strength.”"

It has been stated by some that the Name Jesus is a false Hellenic (Greek) name that was conspiratorially created by the early church, in an attempt to give glory to zeus and the Greek goddess Iaso while intentionally censoring the "true name" of Messiah which they say is YAHshua. Some have said, that since the Name of Jesus shares the same letter sigma (V) or "s" from the end of the Greek god zeus' name, that at the very least, it constitutes a pagan connection with the Name of Jesus.

... Amazingly, it has been claimed by some that Jesus is the name that actually represents the person of the anti-messiah, and is an indicator of the far greater evils being promoted by traditional Christianity.

Iesou (Ihsou) and zeu (zeus) are not related, and have two completely different spellings and pronunciations, as the most basic scholarship can easily prove.  Zeus [also known as Jupiter as found in the KJV – Acts 14:12] is pronounced as dzyooce, while Jesus in Greek is ee-ay-sooce [Iēsous]

“YAHshua” is not a possible Hebrew name as there are no pointings in the Hebrew that would allow for such a pronunciation and it cannot be found anywhere in the OT.  It is a made up name to reflect a theological agenda that Jesus came “in the Name of His Father, and therefore, must have part of “Yahweh” in His Name in order to be the true Messiah/Son of God.   For those who know Hebrew, “coming in the name of” [Hebrew – HaShem] means coming in someone’s reputation, character, and authority.  It is not a pronunciation, but that Jesus came in His Father’s authority.  There are examples in both the OT and NT that show others who come in the name of the Lord but do not have part of the YHWH in their names. 

This same errant teaching promotes that Yahshua means “Yahweh is our salvation”.  However; we find that the long form of Yehoshua would translate as "YHVH is salvation" or "He who is (or will be) saves".   Where the 'our' could possibly come from in their constructed name of YAHshua is not known.

Some of these same teachers have stated that they do not like to use the name Yeshua [Jesus], because it only means "salvation". This needs to be clarified, as it is an incorrect statement.  Yeshuah (H3444) is a feminine noun that means "salvation" [note the “hey” [h] on the end]. Yeshua (H3442) is a masculine noun that means "He is salvation" or "He saves." It is the name that refers to Joshua in the TeNaKh (OT), and is the shortened form of Yehoshua which the name Jesus was derived from. In scripture we find in Matthew 1:21 "for He will save His people from their sins"’

The Name Yeshua was transliterated [not translated] into the Greek - Iesous, then into the Latin – Iesus which then became the same in old English.  Eventually, the English “I” [pronounced like a German “Y”] took on the French “J” sound and was changed to Jesus. 

Transliteration is a process of replacing letters to change a name for ease in pronunciation from one language to another.  The Greek speaking people would not have been able to pronounce “Yeshua” as they were not able to vocalize the “yeh” sound.  Nor could they vocalize the “sh” sound.  The “yeh” was transliterated to “ee-ay” and the “sh” to the “s” sound.  The ending sound of “ah” which would be a vowel sound is not allowed in Greek, therefore, an “s” was added which is how masculine names always end in Greek..  The final transliteration is “Iesous” [ee-ay-soose].  [Note:  the middle “oo” sound is different also between Hebrew (“oo”) and Greek (ou)]

If everyone knew Him only as Yeshua, there would have been no need to write His Name in its other transliterated forms of Greek and Latin on the sign above Him when He was crucified.

John 19:19-20 And Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And having been written, it was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20. Therefore, many of the Jews read this title, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. And it had been written in Hebrew, in Greek, in Latin.[LITV]

John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. [KJV]

Hebrew: Yeshua haNotzri Melech haYehudim

Iesous ho Nazoraios ho Basileus ton Ioudaion

Latin: Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

For an expanded discussion of this please see:

Yahshua, Yehoshua, Y'shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, or Jesus The Sacred Name or True Name

Myth. God and Lord are pagan names, which must be expunged from our Bibles and vocabulary.  XXX is the True Name of God or sacred name. Some also write G-d, and so on.

A. What is His Sacred Name or True Name?  (modified from the original)

Yahweh, Yahwah, Yahawah, Yahovah, Yaheveh, Yehaweh, Yehowah, Yehowih, Yehwih, Yahuweh, Yahueh, Yahuah, Jahveh, Iabe, Iahueh, Iehouah, and Jehovah:

As the examples show in the list above, there are many different names used by many different groups, most of whom believe that they have the correct pronunciation, or true name. Some have even stated that the spirit has revealed the true name to them. Many of the people believe that their choice is the only name that should be used. Some groups believe that if you do not call on their specific name, you are addressing another god, which they say breaks several commandments. ...

The pronunciation of Yahweh started to become popular in the scholarly circles around the mid to late 1800's. Before that time, Jehovah and other versions of it were the pronunciations most commonly used. The pronunciation of Yahweh was derived, based on a scholarly reconstruction from various early Greek writings. It was reported that Yahweh comes from an original pronunciation of the Samaritan “yaphe” [beautiful] which was used like the Jewish “Adonay” in place of the YHWH  [as it is found in the Hebrew Scriptures] so as not to speak the Divine Name out loud.  This means that the name “Yahweh” actually came by way of the Greek – it is not a Hebrew Name. 

In Hebrew, the YH [theophoric element] is not pointed in the OT as “Yah” at the beginning [suffix] of a proper name, but as the ending only.  As a suffix, it is always pronounced as “Yeho” or a shortened form [truncated] of “Yo”.  When the theophoric element is present at the end of a proper name, it is pronounced as “Yah” or “Yahu”.  “Yah” is also a “stand alone” Name as used by David in the Psalm 68:4 when the theophoric element only is used.

It should also be noted, that observant Jews typically do not write out or pronounce the Name. This is based on their belief that you should avoid the possibility of defacing the Name as referenced in Deuteronomy 12:3-4, or taking the Name in vain according to the third commandment. In extra-biblical Jewish writings, it is even said that those who pronounce the Name, will lose their place in the world to come. Adonay (Lord) or HaShem (the Name) is usually substituted when they come upon YHWH written in the text while reading aloud. God and Lord are also used in some translations. 

Those who promote these errors concerning the "true name" are usually quick to cite that YHWH has been conspiratorially removed by the church, and replaced with the term LORD almost seven thousand times in the majority of the English versions. It should also be noted, that many of the Jewish Bibles also use the titles Lord and God, while some also use Adonay (which means Lord),  HaShem (the Name), and the letters YHWH which is left untranslated. Some have alleged that this is a Jewish conspiracy to hide or eliminate the Name as well. To the best of my knowledge, none of the Jewish translations spell out the Name when YHWH is found in the Hebrew text.

In the Ben Chayyim texts which the OT portion of the KJV and other reformation Bibles are based on, that YHWH is pointed as Yehowah in the majority of cases that it appears in the Hebrew text (approx 6500 times). It is pointed as Yehowih on a minor number of occasions (approx 300 times), when the title Elohiym follows YHWH in the text.

Those who promote this conspiratorial concept might be interested to know that there is actually a translation code that was followed by the King James translators, as well as other modern translators, so that English readers can actually understand how the Hebrew is relative to the English translation. It is as follows:  

  1. Elohiym is rendered as God

  2. El is rendered as God

  3. Elah is rendered as God

  4. Eloah is rendered as God

  5. Adonay is rendered as Lord

  6. Adonay YHWH is rendered as Lord GOD

  7. YHWH is rendered as LORD

  8. YHWH Elohiym is rendered as LORD God

  9. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh as I AM WHO I AM

When God Almighty said to Moses I AM WHO I AM (Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh), He was describing who He was, is, and will be. He is the Eternal, without beginning or end.

As discussed, there are various pronunciations of “Yahweh” being promoted as the correct name of God, however; God is not the author of confusion.  What is found in both the OT and the NT is a clear understanding of what we are to call God.  Jesus taught us to say “Father”, which is what He called Him.  Paul and the other disciples also called God, Father.

Matthew 25:34

34  Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, the blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (LITV)

John 20:17

17 Jesus said to her, Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and My God, and your God. (LITV)

Matthew 6:9

9  So, then, you should pray this way: Our Father who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (LITV)

Mark 14:36

36 And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible to You; take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will. (LITV)

Romans 8:15

15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery again to fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba! Father! (LITV)

Galatians 4:6

6 And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba! Father! (LITV)

It is all about relationship, and King David as well as the Prophets clearly understood this:

Isaiah 63:16

16 Doubtless you are our Father, though Abraham is ignorant of us, and Israel from
acknowledges us not: you, O LORD, are
our Father, our Redeemer; Your name is
everlasting. (KJ2000)

Isaiah 64:8

8 But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we are all the work of your hand. (KJ2000)

Malachi 2:10

10 Is there not one Father to us all? Has not one God created us? Why do we act deceitfully, each man with his brother, to profane the covenant of our fathers?  (LITV)

Psalm 89:26

26 He shall cry to Me, My Father, You are my God, and the rock of my salvation. (LITV)

Jeremiah 3:4

Have you not just now called to Me, saying, My Father, You are the friend of my youth?  (LITV)

Jeremiah 3:19

19 But I said, How gladly would I put you among the sons, and give you a pleasant land, a beautiful inheritance among the multitudes of nations! And I said, You shall call Me, My Father; and you shall not turn away from Me. (LITV)

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (KJV)


For the expanded article please see:

Yahweh, Yahwah, Yahawah, Yahovah, Yaheveh, Yehaweh, Yehowah, Yehowih, Yehwih, Yahuweh, Yahueh, Yahuah, Jahveh, Iabe, Iahueh, Iehouah, and Jehovah: What is His Sacred Name or True Name


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