THE NAME GAME
The Messianic/ Hebrew Roots antichrists go about tale bearing, making fantastic claims that “Jesus” is the wrong name and that God must be referred to by a specific name, which is tantamount witchcraft. They claim “Jesus” is the equivalent to saying “Zeus” and demand that he be referred to as “Yeshua” or any one of the other kosher equivalents. These Sacred Name Only groups (H.R.M.) despise Christianity, especially the name Jesus and denigrate it as pagan. But let us consider these claims. Keep in mind that, although I do have a Bachelor’s Degree in ENGLISH, I do not claim to be a language expert…let alone a FOREIGN language expert (but the Hebrew Roots Rabbis would have you believe they can understand Hebrew).
In Matthew 1:21, we Joseph and Mary were to, “call his name JESUS.” Consider the following, taken from Strong’s Concordance on E-Sword: “‘̓̓̓Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) – ee-ay-sooce’. The Greek form of the name, Joshua or Jeshua, a contraction of Jehoshua, that is, ‘help of Jehovah’ or ‘savior’.” Now, we will learn that “Iesous” (Greek) is the equivalent to Jeshua, or Jehoshua, which are HEBREW.
In Hebrews 4:8 and Acts 13:6, some editions of the KJV use “Joshua” and some “Jesus.” Which is it? While the Greek underlies the English in the New Testament, this is also based on the Hebraic equivalent. See the Hebrew according to Strong’s: “יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (yehôshûa‛ – yeh-ho-shoo’-ah); יְהוֹשׁוּעַ (yehôshûa‛ – yeh-ho-shoo’-ah)—From H3068 and H3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (that is, Joshua), the Jewish leader: – Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Compare H1954, H3442.” Now, again, in Greek: “Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) – ee-ay-sooce’—Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites: – Jesus.” From what I can tell, there is NO error in rendering it according to the Hebrew “Joshua” or “Jesus” because Jehoshua is Hebrew for Iesous, and Iesous is Greek for Jehoshua! Regardless, context must always dictate who, what, when, where, why. In this particular instance, any student of the Bible should be able to understand that the writer is referring to Joshua the Old Testament man who was also a type of Jesus Christ. So now the question is asked, “How did we go from Yehoshua to Iesous to Jesus?” The answer is remarkably simple: TRANSLITERATION. Transliteration “gives the word from a different language in letters that you can understand so as to be able to pronounce it” (english.stackexchange.com), and is “to represent or spell in the characters of another alphabet” (Webster’s). This may explain why the Hebrew “Y” becomes the Greek “I” in “Iesous” becomes the “J” in English.
But a quick search into this particular doctrine of theirs exposes a vast gap in their logic. Simply, there seems to be no consensus on which sacred name is acceptable. “Yahweh” and “Yahshua” seem to be the most common, according to my research. But other groups advocate other names: “Yahvah,” Yahwah,” “Yohwah,” “Yahowah,” (God) and “Yeshua,” “Yahoshua” (Jesus). If salvation partly depends on the correct pronunciation of the correct “sacred” name of G-d (see what I did there?), then what group of Hebrew Roots Gentiles is correct? It seems the one thing each group of these Ghastly Gentiles have in common is their indescribable fear and hatred of the names “Jesus” and “God” (our English words).
Hopefully you can begin to understand the importance of actually believing that the KJV Bible you hold in your hand IS the word of God because once you begin to doubt the inherency of Scripture, you open the door to wearing special edition John Hagee Hebrew prayer shawls, engaging in “Davidic dancing” around a heathen May pole, and, worse, despising the name above all names.