Sunday, July 25, 2010

Daily Word: The Messiah's Name Part 1

We are going to spend a few days looking at the name of the Messiah. This is of vital importance because Acts 4:12 says: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (NKJV) The name is important because there is no other name that brings salvation, deliverance, healing, and victory. We need to get this right. Ask the average Christian and you will be informed that Jesus is his name. Let me state unequivocally that his name is not "Jesus." First, there is not one authoritative source which says our Savior's name was Jesus. Second, there was no "J" in the Hebrew language during the first century. As a side note, the "Jehovah Witnesses" have a problem because the name of YHWH is not "Jehovah," because there was no "J" In Biblical Hebrew. How did we end up with the name "Jesus" anyway?

"Jesus" is the transliteration of the Greek Iesous or the Latin Iesus. The Worterbuch der Antike tells us that: "JESUS: really named Jeshoshua, Iesous (Greek), Iesus (Latin) is adapted from the Greek, possibly from the name of a Greek healing goddess Ieso (Iaso)." According to ancient Greek religion, Apollo, the sun-god, had a son called Asclepius, who was the deity of healing. He had daughters and one of them was named Iaso (Ieso). The name Iesous can be traced back to Ieso, a sun-god. By removing the Hebrew name for the Messiah and replacing it with a derivation of the name of a sun-god, it was easier to make pagans feel comfortable with the new religion of Christianity.

Again, we see the effort to disconnect the followers of Yeshua from His Hebrew roots. This is done to compromise true faith in the name. There is only one name that contains salvation, deliverance, healing and victory, and it is not Jesus. Over the next few days, we are going to reconnect with our Jewish Savior who is closer than a brother. Isn't it time we knew His name. He knows ours.

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