Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

Is “Jesus” Lord? Not according to the 1611 KJV Bible!

... What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, do you know?

Can you answer the challenge given in Proverbs 30:4?

The name ‘Jesus’ is never used in the original 1611 King James Version of the Bible. Nor for that matter are the names: ‘Jehovah’ ‘Judah’ ‘Joseph ‘Jacob’ ‘Jerusalem’ ‘John’ or ‘Joshua’ found in the original 1611 KJV. This is beyond controversy. You can still buy copies of the original version!

What is always found in the ‘real’ KJV is ‘Iesus’ (ee-ay-sooce’), the shortened Aramaic (and Hebrew) equivalent of the Hebrew name ‘Yehoshua’.

‘Yehoshua’ is found 218 times in the Tanak (Old Testament). The revised translators renamed him ‘Joshua’.

The actual name that the heavenly Messenger gave to Mary is Yeshua. (See Jesus):

Matthew 1:20-21 “...Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to marry Mary, because the Child conceived in her is from the kadosh (holy) spirit. 21 She will give birth to a Son, and she [Aramaic] will name Him Yeshua, because He’ll Rescue His people from their sins.—The Gabriel Bible

Yeshua is usually translated as “Jesus”, but He was really named Yeshua; that is what His family, friends and followers called Him. While not in any way an eternal life issue, if you claim to love Him, shouldn’t you at least know His name?

Closely related to the Hebrew ‘Yehoshua’ (Jesus) is ‘Yehovah’ (Yeh-ho-vaw’), His Father’s name.

‘Yehovah’ appears in the revised KJV as ‘LORD’. It should have appeared in the revised KJV that most of us are familiar with 6,519 times, but instead the translators substituted His the word ‘LORD’ 6,510 times, GOD 4 times, Jehovah 4 times, and one odd translation. The NASB Interlinear is similar.

There is an excellent article that traces the possible evolution of the Messiah’s name from Yeshua to Jesus here. The article particularly well discredits the modern forgery YAHshua. Here is an excerpt”:

“...many have been falsely led to believe that “YAHshua” is the original Hebrew name for the Messiah. In order for YAHshua to be an actual name in Hebrew, it would need to be spelled in Hebrew as Yod-Hey-Shin-Vav-Ayin. Unfortunately for it’s supporters, this name can not be found anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures. What you will find in the Hebrew Scriptures is Yehoshua which is written in the Hebrew as Yod-Hey-Vav-Shin-Ayin or Yod-Hey-Vav-Shin-Vav-Ayin, or the shortened form Yeshua and 3443) which is written in the Hebrew as Yod-Shin-Vav-Ayin.”

As usual, I apply my standard Disclaimer. While the article just referenced traces the Messiah’s true name to Yeshua, the writer really doesn’t care that people don’t actually use the most important name in the history of the planet!

However there is likely a far more sinister origin to the name Jesus, and I don’t mean Je-Zeus! Alexander Hislop, in The Two Babylons, p. 164, also remarked on the similarity of Jesus and Isis”. The etymological evidence presented here is pretty convincing. Of the two scenarios, I’m leaning toward this latter one. Still, I don’t agree with the alternative names presented here, and especially the dire consequences of being ignorant of Their names!

YHVH or LORD?

Romans 10:13 Whoever calls on YHVH’s name will Live! GB

‘Lord’ is another substitute name for both Yeshua and Yehovah that I prefer not to use. It was prophesied that the name of Yehovah would be replaced by “LORD”. Jeremiah says:

Jeremiah 23:26-27 How long will this be in the mind of the prophets who prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceit of their own mind? 27 who intend to cause My people to forget My name by the dreams they tell one another, just like their ancestors forgot My name due to Baal [Lord] worship.

Hosea prophesied that Yeshua’s bride would never refer to her husband as “Lord”—after she is punished for idolatry:

Hosea 2:13-16 I’ll come and punish her for the times when she burned incense to the Baals, when she adorned herself with her rings and jewelry, and chased her lovers, and forgot Me”, declares Yehovah. ... 16 Yehovah says, “When that day comes, you’ll call Me Husband [Ishi] and you will never again call Me ‘Lord’ [Baali]!

Conclusion

Yehovah winks at innocent ignorance. He excuses it to a point, but ignorance does come at a cost, and lying is not so easily forgivable.

Revelation 3:8-9 I know your works. Look, I have put an open door in front of you that no one can shut, because you have a little strength and you’ve obeyed My Word and haven’t denied My name! 9 I have something for those of the cabal of Satan who claim to be Jews and arent, but lie, I’ll make them come and worship before your feet, and realize that I have loved you!

What would Mary say? Wouldn’t she call Him Yeshua?

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Minor update February 23, 2012