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God & Jesus
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
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"The name of YAHshua has been
replaced by the names of G-zeus (Jesus), and Ea-zeus meaning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
"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
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
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
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.
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.
And Pilate also wrote a title and put
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]
And Pilate wrote a title, and put
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
Hebrew: Yeshua haNotzri Melech haYehudim
Nazoraios ho Basileus ton Ioudaion
Latin: Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
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: http://www.SeekGod.ca/htwhatsinaname.htm
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.
is His Sacred Name or True Name? (modified from the original)
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
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
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
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
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
that English readers can actually understand how the Hebrew is
relative to the English translation. It is as follows:
Elohiym is rendered as God
El is rendered as God
Elah is rendered as God
Eloah is rendered as God
Adonay is rendered as Lord
Adonay YHWH is rendered as Lord GOD
YHWH is rendered as LORD
YHWH Elohiym is rendered as
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh as I AM
WHO I AM
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.
34 Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, the
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world. (LITV)
17 Jesus said
to her, Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to
But go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to
your Father, and My God, and your God. (LITV)
9 So, then, you should pray this way:
Our Father who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your
36 And He said,
all things are possible to You; take this cup from Me. Yet
not what I will, but what You will. (LITV)
15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery again to
fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption by which we cry,
6 And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of
His Son into your hearts, crying,
It is all about relationship, and King David as well as the
Prophets clearly understood this:
Doubtless you are
though Abraham is ignorant of us, and Israel from
acknowledges us not: you, O LORD, are
our Redeemer; Your name is
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)
Is there not
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)
He shall cry to Me,
You are my God, and the rock of my salvation.
Have you not just now called to
Me, saying, My
Father, You are
the friend of my youth? (LITV)
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
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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