The Sacred Name or the Holy name
ye in his holy name
1 Chr. 16:10 & Psalms 105:3
(identical verses in the AB)
A one people:
The New Testament presents the Way, the remnant church made up of people from all backgrounds and races, with no secondary movement claiming to be closer to the truth or with higher revelation. When this occurs you have a cult like environment ready to hatch out of incubation.
The true remnant, the universal bible believing fundamental group which should be expressed locally (in a geographical setting) as one group being established and functioning in household/organic situations, is also known as the Bride of Christ, or the Body of Christ in scripture, where people do not follow "a Paul", or "a Cephas", or "an Apollos", or a latter day Teacher/Apostle, but the risen glorified Christ in Heaven. When the revelation of one man (irrespective of how scriptural it may be) is majored on by one particular group, you end up with a sect situation. On an official mainstream basis a sect is known as a denomination; whereas on a less official loose-knit basis, you end up with a cult.
In regards to secondary movements; a major one that has come to much prominence in the last decade or so has been the Hebrew Roots Movement. A movement who generally claim Israel or the Jews have the answer for the Gentile believers, capitalizing on the damage caused by the present Great Apostasy, along with the fact most of the first believers were Jewish. This way God's book, the Holy Bible is not presented as sufficient for salvation, revelation and eternal assurance. Which is apparently God's reinvented book, to suit Western class and culture, even antisemitism; so they claim.
Usually one of the following two chief lies (or both working together) are used to seduce the undiscerning/unsuspecting:
One ... Israel is the root; based on the false premise the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew. And two ... the Gentile believers have got the Lord's name wrong, as it is derived from the Greek, which has now been ruled out due to Hebraic Roots "further enlightenment" coming to pass.
Justifying Hebraic roots:
Matt. 21:43. "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you (removed from geographical Israel - Israel of the flesh), and given to a nation (spiritual Israel) bringing forth the fruits thereof."
The delusion claiming Israel is the true root also verifies she is the true vine. Hence, the Hebrew Roots argument validated! Therefore, in order for a Gentile to be part of God's salvation plan, they need to "repent" and be grafted into this vine ("Israel"), and be part of Israel, or what the particular group concerned perceives as Israel at this present time.
This doctrine is taking scripture way out of context of course, as the New Testament makes it very plain Jesus is the root (Rom. 15:12; Rev. 5:5, 22:6) and therefore the true vine (Jn. 15:1). Israel (as the original branches) were once part of this vine being the offspring of Abraham. However, because they did not produce fruit (Jn. 15:4) by rejecting Messiah Jesus, they were subsequently cut off (Rom. 11:7,21).
This is where the Gospel (good news) comes in: Because the Jews (the Lord's chosen) were cut-off, has the Lord opened the way for the Gentiles (Rom. 11:15) to be grafted into this vine, being adopted into Abraham's family (Gal. 3: 28-29) and receiving the benefits of the eternal promise.
However, there was a condition (Jn. 1:12; 1 Jn. 5:12)! The condition was dependant on what we did with Jesus (Matt. 27:22). The other tremendous promise about the gospel was the Lord had not forsaken the Jews entirely either, as they could also be grafted back in (Rom. 11:23), depending on what they did with Jesus too. It was either receive God's free gift (whether Jew or Gentile) and be grafted in; or reject God's free gift (whether Jew or Gentile) and eventually be thrown on the fire heap with the rest of the dead branches (Jn. 15:6). This way the Lord becomes no respecter of persons making both groups (Eph. 2:14) on an equal footing faced with the reality of God's cross.
If it is true that the Gentile Christians should turn to the Jews in regards to finding the truth, it would not make sense as most of Israel is in rebellion against her Redeemer, just as most of everyone else is (Js. 2:10). Moreover, did not Jesus say, "Can the blind lead the blind?" Confirmed by Paul saying, "that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in."
Scripture is very clear ... Christians follow the word, not Israel:
2 Chronicles 17:4. "But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel."
The other area the roots thing has been distorted is by saying the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew not Greek. This once again makes Hebraic interpretation of the roots to our faith look factual, handing the Jews control over the New Testament, justifying their Hebrew Roots recovery campaign. However, the world then (when the NT was being penned) was chiefly Greek speaking, as English is today. The cross spelled the end of the division of the Jew and the Greek. The Jews of the Old Testament (which was written in Hebrew) could become one with the Gentiles of the New Testament era, as the division wall of the Jewish Old Testament and the Greek New Testament was brought down by Jesus' work at Calvary (Ep. 2:5). This way no one can now claim monopoly over the truth, but we all learn of each other (whether Jew, or Greek, or Arab, or any other) through the same Holy Spirit (Eph. 4: 4-5), as each one hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation, when we come together in Jesus name.
Justifying another name:
The other lie used to lure the scripturally naive into the HR (Hebrew Roots) camp is the notion the Gentile believers have got it wrong about our Saviours name. Once again, if the New Testament was originally penned in Greek this doctrine would not stand up. That is why it is imperative for the HRM (Hebrew Roots Movement) to undermine the Greek New Testament so there would be no scriptural hindrance for their doctrine to be embraced.
The Hebrew Roots Movement is made up chiefly of two other movements; one, being the Messianic Movement incorporating mainly converted Jews of whom many have wonderfully discovered Jesus to be the Messiah, but have not realized or been taught the word of God is found within one book called the Holy Bible (the A B "Version"). This has made this group susceptible to being hi-jacked by more ardent Hebrew Roots instigators who have another agenda, who are infiltrating Cabbalists out to destroy Christianity, just as Western Christian fraternities have been infiltrated and undermined by other secret societies, such as the Lodges.
The other group making up the HRM is the Sacred Name Movement which consists of largely misguided Gentile Christians who have been seduced away from their true roots in the Greek Received Text, which the inspired AB has been derived from. This is because people have been so caught up in "their" thing looking for convenient fables to suit their cause, or have run off with some "Teacher" hero.
Let me make this plain and clear ... Yeshua/Y'Shua (etc.) cannot purvey from, be pointed from, or replace Jesus! Ask yourself which name is despised and mocked around the world universally ... Jesus or Yeshua? Which name is cursed millions upon millions of times daily from Hollywood, to the office, to the factory; from bar to bar, from household to household, to out in the street, irrespective of what nation you belong to? Is it Jesus? Or is it Yeshua? Scripture is clear when it shows Messiah points to Christ, not the other way! Therefore, Yeshua points to Jesus, not the other way around! Nor does Yeshua replace Jesus! More on this later.
Sacred or Holy:
The word "sacred" is not found in the Holy Bible (note - the Holy Bible, also known as the AB - the Authorized Bible) but is used quite commonly in pagan and New Age circles. It is also used quite frequently in counterfeit Christian circles as a substitute for the word holy. This is because the word sacred is a lot broader than the word holy, and can be applied more liberally. I believe, in essence, sacred means 'safeguarding a religious belief', whereas holy means 'kept apart for God'. One is to do with a 'belief' system, whether it be related to traditional, ancestral, or cultural preservation. The other is to do with sanctification (spiritual separation) and what is acceptable to a holy God with whom we have to do.
F'instance, the word of God does not say, and can not say ... "Let a person be a sacred dwelling place for a sacred God to live in!" (this New Agey sounding phrase would place our bodies/temples on a par with ancient burial grounds, or locations for ritualistic ceremonies etc.) But ... Be ye holy; for I am holy. For God is an holy God who says ... Hallowed be thy name. In other words ... honour His name as being holy!
This means our Saviours name is not a candidate name for redefining, re categorizing, revamping, reinventing, nor re-representing Himself on earth. Nor is it a scrambled name to suit segments of someone's cause. Nor is it a name to represent an age, a trend, a movement. But a name representing His very Being, Divinity, and attributes both in heaven and on earth.
Conclusion: His name is 'set apart' for Him. Other names are 'safeguarded' for man, and by man, depending on mans belief system.
The spiritual conflict:
From 1998, when I first come online, my mailbox was being constantly filled with correspondence from members of the Hebrew Roots/Sacred Name Movement trying to wear me down, or using the Charismatic (Catholic) style approach, like back in the 70's and 80's, of trying to disarm an "over zealous" opponent "in love". A few others are more genuine in their approach ... they either call me Brother, or ironically ... the antichrist!
May I also add that many of the Messianic or HR people I have come across are very sincere, some being good friends (who would show up many evangelicals by their honest and teachable spirit), unaware there is a consorted effort by New Age Cabalistic Cultists to push this movement and use it to destroy Christianity. There is even websites set up to do this. Bring down Christianity that is:
More proof sources within the HRM is out to liquidate NT Christianity:
Re: Jan 1st 1988 ... "The battle to return Christianity 100% to its Hebrew roots is sure to pick up this year, and I am looking forward to some mighty moves of G-d."
"For those of us who believe that "Christianity" has become so far removed from the restoration that Y'shua gave us, taking Christians out of Christianity is like taking pagans out of witchcraft that disguises itself as the worship of the true God. The only truth that has lasted throughout the ages, in so-called Christianity, is that Y'shua is the Messiah. Even that concept has been overlaid with Mithran sun-worship imagery that we no longer recognize Him."
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 10:07:38 -0500 Organization: Prepare the Way Ministries
"Now Rome-oriented for the first time, these post-135 C.E. miso-Judaic pagan gentiles were the first to proclaim their Romanized, de-Judaized, gentile-saving, divine man-g-o-d image -- J-e-s-u-s!"
http://www.netzarim.co.il/Sukkah05.htm"Early Christianity/Birth of Church historical Jesus, apostasy, 666, antichrist, Zeus, Jupiter, Aelia Capitolina, beast Syncretizing a few Netzarim ideas into their own pagan pantheism (e.g., G-o-ds mating with human women to produce divine offspring), the pagan Z-e-u-s / J-u-p-i-t-e-r worshippers and sun-worshippers of "Aelia C-a-p-i-t-o-l-i-n-a" became, under Marcus, the first Christians -- (Notzrim, not Netzarim!). This was the true birth of the Christian Church -- in 135 CE."
(Documentation and details in the book Who Are the Netzarim? -- Advanced Level.)
My case has always been this ... the HRM at its best is Christians being lured back under the law. At its worst it is leading believers into occultism.
Receiving Jesus Christ as Saviour on the grounds of the cross is totally sufficient for either Jew or Gentile in making it with their Creator. The Holy Bible is our complete source in faith, life, and practice. And the Holy Spirit is the One who leads the individual into all truth.
Using a generalization, following is some types of remarks I have received from the SNM people since I came on-line a few years ago:
"You need to get back to the Jewish roots of your faith to find a deeper meaning in G-d!"
"There is so much you can learn from the Jewish believers to make you faith more meaningful!"
"You need to follow the Jewish feasts and sabaoth to please G-d!"
"The NT was originally written in Hebrew, therefore you need Hebraic scholars to convey the original meaning of scripture!"
"You are at a disadvantage if you cannot speak Greek or Hebrew!"
"The early believers were Jewish, therefore they called the Lord Yeshua!"
"The early believers never called the Lord "Jesus" as Jesus is English!"
"Jesus" is a Greek name and a corrupt name for the Messiah!"
"Lord" is unscriptural. It has been translated wrong as it means Baal!"
Although these statements sound plausible, and the scripturally naïve can be emotionally susceptible to them, they happen to be filled with inaccuracies which I cover in my article called "The Name".
Here are some more blatant statements taken 'word for word' from SNM correspondence I never deleted from my file; some being very recent at the commencement of this article. Although this is once again 'an across the board' generalization, it must be taken into account there are those tied up in this movement who will strongly disagree with some of the following comments:
"Satan will do anything to turn men from the truth. Yahweh's Name IS truth. Yahshua's Name IS truth. Anything else is simply a lie ... You see, Father Yahweh is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. And when we call Him by a false name, then we are worshipping Him in lies and not truth. If we know that "the Lord" and "Jesus" are false, why continue in error??"
"The name "Jesus (Strong's #2424)" has no apparent meaning in any language."
"Many Christians become obstinate, angry and indignant when told that Jesus is not only not the Messiah's true Name, but is in fact a variant of the Egyptian deity, Isis. When translated into Greek, Isis becomes Iesous which becomes Jesus in English. This error of ineffability has become so entrenched among modern day religions, that when anyone dares to mention the true Name of YAHWEH and His Son Yahshua, they are labelled mentally unbalanced with perhaps cultic affili-ation."
"Well it would be if it (Yahweh) had remained in use instead of being thrown out with the rest of the Jewish believers and killed. Jesus was the name that the catholic church and anti-Semitic leadership gave Him."
"Jesus Christ is used in the Catholic Harlot church. He is the Son of the black madonna (Semiramus) that they worship behind the altar. But they believe in Jesus Christ, don't they?"
"And this "Authorized Version" you claim to be the only Bible that is true. Who authorized it? Yeshua sure didn't King James (A Catholic himself) authorized this Bible. Why are you promoting a Catholic Bible? Why are you promoting the very thing that Yeshua stood against and said would be destroyed in the last days?"
"Did you know that there is no letter "J' in the Hebrew language? The book of James is really the book of Ya-Acov. That was Yeshua's half brother. King James had Ya-acov's name changed to James in honor of himself. He also had Yeshua's name changed to Jesus. In reference to the Greek text of Iesous. Needless to say this was the Greek word used for the god Zeus. Iesous went from Hebrew, (Yeshua) to Greek Iesous Zeus, to Latin Christos, to English, Jesus. Zeus."
"As far as being a pagan. The name Jesus is pagan if you must know the truth. It was coined from the Greeks."
"I think you misunderstand. "Christianity" is an invention of the Catholic Church for the most part."
"These ways that YHWH instructed the Jews created the "Jewishishness" of the Jews. These are things GOD loves such as; sacrifices to himself, modes of worship, unique symbolism. I would say in reality that GOD is what we call "Jewish"."
"I have been raised in this western "Christian" Religion and until recently have I found it to be a real mess. I have been studing the Hebrew Roots of our faith and found just how far we have strayed. It has become so clear to me that this western "Christianity" has adopted many of the practices of the "Roman Whore". Please forgive my bluntness but it is fact. If I can see this for what it is, then what is YHWH's view of it, I shutter to think! I have come to Love the Master's law and am so very thankful for being grafted into it. It is my ernest desire to learn these Hebrew Roots and ask Yahsuha to write them upon my heart, that I may NEVER forget them. Again please forgive us for trying to impose this mess I call "Churchiantity" on any-one. Thank you for listening."
"WE DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR POINT OF VIEW, AND IN FACT, FIND YOUR BRAND OF ANTI-SEMITISM TO BE VERY SIMILAR TO THE SENTIMENT THAT PREVAILED IN EUROPE DURING THE CRUSADES AND IN THE EARLY THIRTIES AND FORTIES, AND THEREFORE VERY OFFENSIVE TO BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE. WE ARE REQUESTING THAT YOU PLEASE DO NOT MAIL US ANYMORE. PERIOD."
"This Nazi propaganda is from hell and that is where it needs to go back to."
Set apart from Israel:
If the Jewish demeanour, tradition, or religion was the way (the new sect) the Book of Acts records, then there would be no need for Jews to experience conversion. Also, a believer would be considered a Jew in the formal sense, and the word 'pilgrim' would have to be omitted from the NT, as we would not be seeking a heavenly city afar off.
Paul went to the Gentiles with the gospel as they needed converting. Peter went to the Jews with the gospel as they needed converting also. Therefore, when someone comes to Christ they do not become a Jew (in the formal sense) but a new man ... one new man corporate with fellow Gentiles and Jews in Christ. Just as the Lord does not want to make a Jew into a Gentile upon conversion, neither does He want to make a Gentile into a Jew.
Also, if the word church is the wrong word because a believer in Christ/Messiah becomes an extension of geographical Israel, then they would not have been accused of being a sect by the Jews (recorded in Acts as below) and a threat to their religion. It's only when believers succumbed to the Judaizers were they relieved of persecution, as observing forced Jewish tradition cancelled out the cross through justifying keeping the system in place.
The preaching of the cross always clears the dross! Folk hate it! It is a stumbling block! A rock of offence! Paul said in Galatians 5:11:
"And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision (representing the ceremonial law), why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased."
The law was good, but it couldn't save. The free gift could ... and His name is Jesus!
If you have time to do more in-depth research please look into the following:
More on the holy name
In order for any movement to take preeminence over the simple 'little flock' following Jesus, the first thing that needs to be undermined is the word of God contained in the scriptures, which is found packaged in an orderly way between two covers, as one book (Ps. 40:7; Is. 29:12, 34:16; Heb. 10:11; Rev. 22:19) we call the Holy Bible.
In this book one verse will not stand on its own and can be used effectively by man or devil to subvert the truth. When truth is at stake there is only one true interpretation ... and this is God's interpretation (not man's) through His Spirit, who leads us into all truth. In order to receive this truth as revelation to our own individual hearts, we need to take all scripture in full context, rightly dividing (balancing) the scriptures, using scripture to prove itself. Therefore, the following study is to endeavour to let the scriptures speak for themselves, rightly weighing one with the other so there are no discrepancies, omissions, inaccuracies, standalone passages or verses, or exclusive extra commentary.
Let the motive be as Paul's ... that "the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified" ... and "it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent i", according to Isaiah 55:11.
Salvation is in the name:
In regards to the religious scene the word Babylon sums it all up ... a wide gate for captivity. Where all the worlds cultures, ideas, philosophies, and beliefs, converge into a conglomerate of "many". The name of this city is derived from the word Babel which means confusion ... many voices. In Babylon there are many voices. In God's Holy City there is only One. Just as scripture emphasizes one Spirit, one body, one baptism, one way, one book; it also only promotes one name ... the name of our Saviour. This name is a pure name and cannot mitigate into scrambled generic names such as:
Jeshua, Yeshua, Yeshuah, Yehshua, Yehshuah, YESHUA, YESHUAH, YEHSHUA, YEHSHUAH, Yeshouah, Y'shua, Y'shuah, Jeshu, Yeshu, Yehoshua, Yehoshuah, YHVHShua, YHVHShuah, Yhvhshua, Yhwhshua, YHWHShua, YHWHShuah, Yhvhshuah, Yhwhshuah, Yahvehshua, Yahwehshua, Yahvehshuah, Yahwehshuah, Jahshua, Jahshuah, Jashua, Jashuah, Jahoshua, Jahoshuah, Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Yashua, Yashuah, Yahshua, Yahshuah, YAHSHUA, YAHSHUAH, YASHUA, YASHUAH, Yahushua, Yahushuah, Yahoshua, Yahoshuah, Yaohushua, YAOHUSHUA, Yaohushuah, Iahoshua, Iahoshuah, Iahushua, or Iahushuah, and so on! If these names can't point to the name of Jesus (not the reverse) then they are nothing but impostor names.
The following holy name which is to be hallowed in the earth is the only name whereby man can be saved according to the written word of God:
John 20:31. "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
The word points to the name, not the other way around:
Ps. 138:2. "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy (hallowed) name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth (taking into account - thy word is truth): for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
The New Age versions completely change the meaning to the above verse putting the name on a par or above the word. The scriptures proclaim the word as final, above the name, as is the name it proclaims above every other name.
1 John 3:23. "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."
This name which was hid in times past, which other biblical names and titles are related to, is now made manifest because the cross was victorious:
Phil. 2:9. "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name"
We must know which name God is referring to if we have a responsibility with the name ... Romans 9:17. "For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth."
... "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Fulfilled and made known when the door was opened to the whosoever (Jew or Gentile) after the cross:
Acts 11:17. "Forasmuch then as God gave them (the Gentiles) the like gift as he did unto us (the Jews), who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?"
The name which was realized, acted out in real life, trusted upon, praised, spoken, glorified, and proclaimed:
Eph. 5:20. "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"
2 Thes. 1:12. "That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."
Rev. 15:4. "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?"
Acts 3:6. "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."
2 Thes. 3:6. "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us"
The name of our Saviour is made manifest in the New Testament being the only name where man can be saved, the only name back to God, and the Highest name there is.
Rev. 19:12. "His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew (past tense), but he himself."
The promise of the new name be made known:
Heb. 2:12. "Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee."
This hidden name now revealed and being a present day reality!
Col.1:26. "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints"
His name is JESUS!
The false name: (purveying to an impostor ... the anti-christ)
Any name that is promoted by the undermining of the word as a substitute for Jesus, is an impostor name which is blasphemous.
Rev. 13:1 ... "and upon his heads the name of blasphemy."
1 Tim. 6:1. "Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed."
Rev. 3:12. "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."
Jesus is the name! Who is King in another country, a far country! Where the New Jerusalem resides. Other names must point to the scriptural Him and not justify or endorse another 'movement'!
John 5:43. "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."
Everything unscriptural is pointing to the false Christ who is about to storm the scene in the name of peace and security, and be received as Israel's messiah, in her earthly capital. Also, as Christendom's counterfeit Second Coming and the false saviour of the world. This will be given momentum as many join the Great Falling Away and follow the mitigating name/s.
In order for man to receive a substitute name, the name of Jesus has to become obscured. The best way to create this is to throw up a barrage of "many" names or substitute names. This causes confusion as "many" is the product of Babylon ... many ways, many faiths, many sects, many orders, many spirits, many churches, many denominations, many doctrines, many baptisms, and many names. This mitigating effect is produced by scrambling the name, which can be invented, or occultic in origin.
In order to avoid being swept away we need to rightly divide and discern the word now:
The Messiah (Hebrew) points to the Christ (Greek) not the other way around:
John 1:41. "He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is (present tense), being interpreted, the Christ."
John 4:25. "The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is (present tense) called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things."
The preserved Hebraic Text purveys to the preserved Greek Text. Not the other way round. If this scriptural progression is switched we are lead into error and the scriptures become property of private interpretation, not public for every ordinary man, woman and child, contradicting scripture 2 Timothy 2:9 ... "the word of God is not bound." Meaning, the word has no copyright, or earthly/ethnic ownership.
Rev. 9:11. "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
From the above verse we see that this time the biblical sequence is applied to our spiritual enemy but in the same order. However, still the same Divine principle applies (Rom. 1:16; 2:9,19) ... to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (representing the Gentile world).
Here's a great example in Acts 16:1: "Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess (had the scriptures - OT), and believed (in Messiah named the Christ); but his father was a Greek (the new and living way being presented in his tongue)"
Therefore, the two (plus their mixed family) would become one in God's messiah Christ as the dividing partition had been pulled down at the cross.
Rom. 1:16. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, (from the OT) and also to the Greek. (to the NT - not the other way around)"
Because Jesus has fulfilled the 10 commandments, the OC ordinances have been nailed to the cross once and for all, and the veil to the presence of God has been removed, both Jew and Gentile now have free equal access as one new man, without custom nor ethnic restriction (Eh. 2:15; Col. 2:14, 2:20; Heb. 9:1,10).
Rom. 10:12. "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him."
Gal.s 3:28. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
Col. 3:11. "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."
Does this mean the Lord has finished with Hebrew and can never use Hebrew? Not at all. The Lord will use any language ... "In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues"!
In Acts Two we witness the fulfilment of God using other languages in a Divine way. As God is a God of order and clarity, and not confusion, His word in another language must always have an interpretation for the hearer's sake. It is also important to know when the NT (Greek) word is presented back to the Jewish people as the Good News, Hebrew can be used. However the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is still completely valid and irreplaceable as in Paul addressing his own people as follows. Here you will see Paul uses the Greek name for His Saviour without apologies:
Paul's method and his kinsmen the Jews:
Paul was all things to all men in order to win men to Christ:
1 Corinthians Chapter Nine:
19 ¶ For though I be free from all men (both Jew and Gentile), yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more (win more to Christ).
20 And unto the Jews I *became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews (proof Jews needed salvation like everyone else, without exception); to them that are under the law, as under the law, (Paul could keep the law, as it in itself was good - 1 Tim. 1:8 - but couldn't save anyone - Rom. 8:3) that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law (the Gentiles), as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men (both Jew and Gentile, bond and free, male and female), that I might by all means save some (only those who would repent).
Acts Chapter Twenty One (Paul addressing his own people who would've been bi lingual speaking both Greek (the common language) and Aramaic (their native Semitic language) or Hebrew:
37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue (*he became as a Jew - or used his Jewishness- in order to win the Jew), saying,
1 ¶ Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
3 ¶ I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel (Acts 5:34), and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
4 And I persecuted this way (the Christians, the remnant) unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren (the Jewish hierarchy was behind Paul's murderous campaign to stamp out the new sect called the way or the Christians), and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest (Paul was persecuting Jesus because he was doing it to His brethren, the church, His Body, the Way).
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
Paul was no longer Saul, a very zealous, religious, Jewish Pharisee, who went about wasting Jesus little flock called 'the way' (redeemed Jews and Gentiles who were reborn into a heavenly kingdom), but was now one of them. Even though he addressed his people in their own tongue, on this occasion we see also from the above passage that he used the Greek name for our Saviour - JESUS! If he had of used the Hebrew name for his saviour then clearly the English would have been written as Joshua. This is backed up by Hebrews 4:8 which says:
"For if Jesus (meaning Joshua) had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day."
Backed up again in the Book of Acts (7:45):
"Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus (meaning Joshua) into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David"
Joshua (or Jehoshua or Jeshua - Hebrew) is OT ... just as Jesus as a stand alone name (Greek) is NT! There is simply no room for Hebraic invented or generic counterfeits. Let's stick to the "J" and refuse the "Y" (yes it does come down to this - every jot and title Jesus said). Better to be biblically safe than opinion orientated. JESUS is His name!
Now let's move on:
The name in relation to His people:
Title ... The LORD (meaning the ultimate authority - Ruler above all rulers).
Name for Israel (Jew - Old Testament) ... JEHOVAH
Name for the Church (both Jew and Gentile - New Testament) ... JESUS
Proclamation of Deity ... the LORD - in capitals. The Lordship of a people called out and elect:
The LORD (standard, by itself - the LORD is Lord as GOD is God!)
The LORD God of your fathers (He had a people. A warning was given. Pr. 22:28. "Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.")
the LORD God of thy fathers
the LORD God of Israel (He was their God yet they choose another. Jer. 2:23. "How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim?")
The LORD your God (in relationship to His people)
the LORD thy God
The LORD our God (in relationship to His people)
the LORD our Lord (proclamation and personalization)
Ps. 8:9. "O LORD (in capitals a proclamation) our Lord (in lower case a personalization), how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"
The LORD makes Israel his nation. His people are commanded to make the LORD their God, for they cannot make their (own) God. For He is who He is!! When He is acknowledged for whom He is in relationship, the letters to His title become lower case but the first letter is still in a capital:
Judges 6:13. "And Gideon said unto him (the LORD), Oh my Lord (relationship/personal), if the LORD (proclamation of Deity/His position) be with us, why then is all this befallen us?"
Check it out!! You'll only find it in the Holy Bible (Authorized Bible) though. This cannot be mere coincidence, or word manipulation. I believe the translators would've never known about it. It proves God's word is Divinely inspired and completely and totally authoritative! But once again, because I do not give the Hebraic scholars monopoly over the word of God but the Holy Spirit, I will be labelled anti-Semitic. It is the only weapon the New Age Judaizers have left.
Here is another random verse out of many in the Old Testament:
Judges 16:28. "And Samson called unto the LORD (proclamation of Deity), and said, O Lord (relationship) GOD (proclamation of Deity), remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God (relationship), that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes"
O Lord GOD was the Old Testament title for addressing the LORD
Lord means the highest authority within a governable sphere. Therefore, mere rulers in scripture (separate from Deity) were referred to as lord (first letter in lower case as all others) e.g.:
2 Sam. 19:19. "And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart."
Just as the g is in lower case when the word is referring to an inferior god, below the God (One God of heaven) of gods (many below heaven)"
Ex. 15:11. "Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?"
There is One God of Israel (God's people) and there are many gods of the heaven (non believers):
Deut. 29:18. "Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations"
Summary: When a person in relationship were referring to the LORD, Lord the majority of times started with a capital signifying the higher authority in God, as already explained. When God's title was proclaimed, full capitals the majority of times were used in acknowledgement to the Authority above every other authority.
Mark 12:36. "For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD (in heaven) said to my Lord (Jesus being glorified), Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool."
Is. 19:4. "And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord (the lower authority); and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord (the highest authority/personal), the LORD (in heaven) of hosts.
God is usually spelt with lower case letters except for the first letter when referring to Deity. When capitals (GOD) is used it is in the Old Testament when His Deity is being extolled by one of His servants usually in prayer. When a lower case letter is used for the first letter as 'god' it is in reference to false deity.
For instance, in reference to the fourth person in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:
Dan. 3:25. "He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
This of course is Jesus. However, the modern versions say in verse 25 ... "a son of the gods". This throws doubt on the Divinity of Jesus as well as in conjunction of Him being found in the Old Testament reinforced in the New when the centurion said at the cross:
Mark 15:39. "Truly this man was the Son of God."
Once again the modern versions pervert the scriptures by, or with an added footnote, saying ... "a son of a god". Once again tampering with Jesus' Divinity or leaving the reader with the doubt ... hath God said?
The Bible starts off with God the Creator (beginning of Genesis) and finishes with the Lord Jesus Christ (end of Revelation). He is the complete word ... Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. The Son of God, the Anointed One, is found throughout the Old Testament not including the hundreds of prophecies relating to His first appearance or His millennium reign. However, it is not until the New is His full authoritative/holy name revealed:
Matt. 1:1. "The very first passage in the New Testament! What does it say? "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham."
His name is sealed in the Books: In the Old Testament as JEHOVAH (He is Who He is), mentioned four times only in capitals. In the New Testament as JESUS (Jehovah saves), mentioned four times in capitals.
Coincidence? Ask the Lord!
Also, the LORD is his name (not just a title but a name also - nothing to do with Baal) ... is mentioned four times too (in the OT). Lord in capitals.
Coincidence? Ask the Lord!
In the Old Testament JEHOVAH is I AM, covering His complete Divine attributes.
Ex. 3:14 "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."
Is. 43:10. "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."
In the New Testament JESUS is I AM, covering His complete Divine attributes.
John 18:6. "As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground." Confirming and declaring His invested power and authority as God in the flesh. Yes, Jesus is the great I AM!:
"I am from above (who else can say this?)"
Many rely on human wisdom for guidance but who would become foolish in the world's eyes to hear from somewhere above the natural, above the trappings and the tangible . Many feel more comfortable belonging to tangibles like denominations, sects, fraternities, and religious clubs than keeping their eyes on the things which are unseen and eternal.
"I am one that bear witness of myself"
Many borrow from others not believing they can receive it themselves ... the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
"I am the bread of life"
Many rely on money or possessions, or their career for sustenance, than depending on the Bread from heaven. Others mystify the bread as being objects of reference in a religious ceremony, but nothing to do with walking (partaking of the bread) in Him daily.
"I am the light of the world"
Many look to paid religious professionals, higher critics and bible scholars, for light. As many prefer being spoon fed instead of individually seeking revelation through faith.
"I am the door"
Many would rather enter Babylon through the wide gate of expedience, spiritual relativity, liberalism, and spiritual license, than enter through the narrow way ... up! Or even take short cuts over the wall (Jn. 10:1) as to avoid the only pathway to life ... Christ's rugged cross.
"I am the good shepherd"
Many prefer to look to a personality, a message of eloquence, or gifted orator for titillating and security, than trusting Him whom they can't see.
"I am the resurrection, and the life"
Many look to the latest trend/fad for fresh elation and sense of well being, than dying to mans methods to experience His quickening power.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life"
Many are happy with the status quo than giving up all for the Pearl of great price. Many would rather be deceived with distorted facts and misinformation than love the truth of inconvenience.
"I am in the Father, and the Father in me"
Many depend on substituting the intimacy of drawing near to God with formalism, ritual and outward devotion.
"I am the true vine"
Many prefer to draw their nourishment from others, their community, or group, and borrow from teachers, than daily communion with the true living God.
"I am not of this world"
Many would rather give themselves over to change than change themselves, using changing the System as a cop-out for the individual being changed from within.
"I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."
Many would rather pursue a convenient New Age Jesus than look to him with whom we have to do.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end"
Many would prefer to look to another (contemporary) Jesus who "fits in with us", than to look to a God with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
"I am the root and the offspring of David"
Many would rather link themselves to their own roots, origins, traditions, culture, what they really don't want to give up, than connect (be grafted in) to their Maker through His Son.
"I am Jesus whom thou persecutest"
Many would rather follow another Jesus, or choose another name, so they will not be responsible or answerable to the one they profess to know, and avoid harassment from those who hate the truth.
"I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest."
Jesus, His name! Of Nazareth, a Jew! Who is persecuting who?
Jewish, zealous, religious Saul was against Jesus' little flock and tried to eradicate it. Nothing has changed! However, Paul did change, by the word of God that is! Now he is part of the flock ("if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"). As Jesus said, "Is it hard for thee to kick against the pricks?"
"Therefore my people shall know my name!"
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