In our English-speaking world we have been taught that the saving name is “Jesus.” So we accept this name that few stop to consider its authenticity. There is an indisputable fact that the Savior’s name is NOT Jesus, and never was. “Jesus,” an etymological hybrid from Greek and Latin, has NO inherent, etymological meaning in Greek or Latin, not to mention Hebrew or English.
Although many believers strive to keep the Commandments, contending that they properly keep every one of the Ten. But the Third and Fourth Commandment is the most overlooked or ignored of all the Ten! It is broken virtually every day. The Third Commandment expressly deals with the holiness His name. “You shall not make wrong use of His name ………” Christianity and other religions have so painstakingly engrossed the world in the error of this tradition for the past 500 years that few even think to research the matter or to consider the consequences of calling on the wrong name. As a result, most continue believing that the Hebrew Savior is called by a Latinized Greek name that could not possibly have existed at the time He walked the earth. It’s a name that would have been completely foreign to Him and many in His time.
History reveals that the letter “J” did not exist about 500 years ago. One of the most asked questions of at New Breed Assembly, “How can the Messiah’s Name be Jesus if the letter “J” did not exist 500 years ago?” “When did the letter “J” come into existence?” “Is it accurate to say the Messiah’s Name is indeed Jesus?”
We know the Messiah walked on earth about 2,000 years ago. If the letter and sound of “J” did not exist when the Messiah walked on this earth, what then was His Name? When did the letter and sound of “J” come into existence?
According to the history of the English Alphabet, the official and original sound of the letter “J” was the sound of “Y” in “yet” or “yellow”. How-ever, the very first English-language book to make clear distinction between the sound of “I” and the sound of “J” was not written until 1634. It wasn’t until then, after the 1611 Bible was published, that the English language officially accepted the shape and sound of the letter “J” as “jay” and no longer the “yuh” “Y” sound. There is not now nor was there ever an equivalent letter “J” in all the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Nor is there any Hebrew letter that carries even an approximate sound of the consonant letter “J”. Neither is there a letter “J” in the Greek alphabet.
The 1611 KJV Bible was the original most known and accepted translation of the Bible. And this Bible has absolutely no letter “J” in it. The name “Jesus" is simply a combination of the Latin and Greek IESOUS. Please note the similarity between the Greek IESOUS and pagan deity of ZEUS. The origin of the term “Jesus” is from the pagan deity “Zeus” of the Greeks. According to the Dictionary of Comparative Religion (p.622), “The Greeks generally identified the chief god of other peoples with Zeus (e.g. Amun, Hadad).” From Bux and Schone, Worterbuch der Antika, under “Jesus,” we find: “Jesus: really adapted from the Greek, possibly from the name of the Greek healing goddess Ieso (Iaso).”
There isn’t even a letter or sound of “J” in the Greek Alpha-bet. While the historical references are foggy about when the initial and exact time the letter “J” sound came into existence in the English language, the window is sometime between the 1500-1600s. This current modern translation of what the world uses, “Jesus”, did not exist until roughly 500 years ago. JeremiYah, ObadiYah, ZechariYah, ZephaniYah, etc.). “Shua,” the last part of the Savior’s Name, carries the primary meaning of “salvation.” Thus, Yahusha/Yahshua means “the salvation of Yah.”
Where is the justification for changing the Savior’s Name? Even in a Greek context, there is no J or J sound in the Koine or in any Greek dialect known. The Greek New Testament of the Bible provides the basis for our present Latin and English translations. Obviously the J came from another source, as Greek has no phonetic equivalent of the letter J in its 24 characters of the alphabet. Neither does Hebrew.
If the letter “J”, its shape and sound is only about 500 years old, what was the Messiah’s Name? We must ask ourselves, how could He have been called Jesus if this version of His Name did not even exist two thousand years ago? What was His Name? Is that Name still usable during this current generation?
The scriptures tell us that Messiah did not speak English, nor did He speak Greek. Hebrew was the language He spoke about 2,000 year ago. The Messiah spoke His Name in Hebrew not Greek. Did you know, the Name Yahusha/Yahshua actually tells us who saves: “Yahuah Saves” (Psalms 68:4). The prefix Yah is the short or poetic form of YAH-uah the Heavenly Father’s Name as found in HalleluYAH and in names of many personalities and in the names of many people of Scripture (IsaYah, JeremiYah, ObadiYah, ZechariYah, ZephaniYah, etc.). “Shua,” the last part of the Savior’s Name, carries the primary meaning of “salvation.” Thus, Yahusha/Yahshua means “the salvation of Yah.”
Again, there was NO letter “J” in Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and Latin language! The Name above all Names could not begin with the letter “J” as this letter did not exist some 2,000 years ago. We are told in Yohannan/John 5:43, “I am come in my Abba’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” We have been forewarned. Yet sadly, a great impersonator has indeed come in his own name.“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The name the angel gave to Hebrew-speaking Mary and Joseph was Yahusha/Yahshua, meaning “Salvation of Yah.”
This original Name has been made a hybrid by translators and changed to the Latinized, Grecianized name Jesus. Modern scholarship recognizes “Yahusha/Yahshua” as the best rendition for the Name of the Savior, while “Yahuah” is the closest transliteration for the Name of the Creator as found in ancient Scriptural manuscripts. In returning as nearly as we can to the Bibles’ original language and meaning, we come to a deeper and more accurate understanding of the truths contained within it.
Doesn’t it make you wonder who is this man everyone calls Jesus? How did he end up in the picture and why was the Messiah’s true Name forgotten? Remember, The Father’s Name is in the Son’s Name. If they hated the Father’s Name, they hated the Son’s Name also.
Nothing in existence is more holy than the Father and His personal, revealed Name Yahuah. Paul wrote that Yahuah has given His Son a Name that is above every name, Philippians 2:9. Our primary goal as True Worshipers should be to return to fundamental truths, like His true Name, once known and taught by the early church but that have been neglected or ignored through the centuries. Shouldn’t this be the desire of every sincere Bible believer—to worship in ALL truth? Why go only halfway, or put another way, why continue worshiping partly in error?
Jude 3 speaks directly to us: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” This original faith as practiced in the early New Testament Assembly is being restored now by many in this generation. Acts 3:21 say the heaven must receive the Savior until the time of restitution of all things. The Bible says that Yahusha/Yahshua cannot return until truth is restored.
The early Christians were ignorant of Hebrew and cared less for the language. Therefore, they relied upon the Greek Septuagint (LXX) Old Testament as their source instead of going directly to the Hebrew texts. We are not free to reject the Name Yahusha/Yahshua, the very Name sent directly from Yahuah (God) through the archangel Gabriel. Nor are we pardoned to call Him by the man-made, Greco-Latin Jesus.
Yahusha/Yahshua said that the mark of His true Assembly is that it would not reject His true Name. He tells the true Philadelphia Assembly, “I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and HAVE NOT DENIED MY NAME” (Rev. 3:8).