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Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries Newsletter

Issue No. 06                                               India                                                           June 2003

 

2003 Festival of Unleavened Bread Report Vizakhapatnam

The Feast of ULB was joyfully observed at the Zion School in Vizakhapatnam with approximately 35-40 in attendance each day.  Throughout the Festival time seven people decided to serve Yahweh fully and were immersed in water in the Name of Yahshua Messiah, thus sealing their covenant with YHWH.  Several had jobs that require attendance on the Sabbath day, and a few are in college.  But they decided that, come what may, they will honor Yahweh's law and keep Sabbath day.  We invite the prayers of all for these believers that they may be true to their baptismal covenant with YHWH. 

Zion English Medium school is now taking applications for the 2003-4 school year.  Residential facilities are available, any who are interested can contact Sarojini or Vijay at- 9849147243 (cell phone)

Pentecost Hyderabad, June 8, 2003

All of good will are invited to the festival of Pentecost that will celebrated at the Medipally prayer hall in Hyderabad.  Meetings will start on Friday evening and continue through till Sunday afternoon.  Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks, as it is called in the Torah, is celebrated by the Jews as the day the law was given by Yahweh from Mt. Sinai.  In the NT this was the day that YHWH gave His Holy Spirit power in fullness to the first believers in Yahoshua Messiah.  Whenever the believers of Messiah today come into harmony with the Law of Yahweh He will give His Holy Spirit power again.  We pray that all will be weighing their life against the Law of YHWH and coming into harmony with the perfect life of Yahshua Messiah, that we too may receive the fullness of His Power in our lives.

The Name of the Messiah Fundamental Belief #5

Time does not make error, truth;  nor truth, error.  Error is still error, no matter how long it has been practiced.  Truth is still truth, no matter how long it has be covered up or ignored.  What is the truth in regard to the Name of the Savior of all mankind, what is the error.

There is not a single authoritative Biblical reference source that will give Jesus or Iesous(Greek) as the original Name of the Messiah of Ysrael.  In Matthew 1:21 and Luke 1:3 Yahweh sent the angel Gabriel to the parents of the Messiah and told them the Name of their soon to be born Son.  Thus showing the concern that the Heavenly Father had in making sure His Son had the right Name. 

In Acts 26:14,15 the Savior Himself told the Apostle Paul what His Name was, and Paul said that he heard a voice speaking to him in the Hebrew language.  So the Name that the Apostle Paul proclaimed that there was salvation in, is the Hebrew Name of the Messiah.  What was this Hebrew Name?  The well respected Anchor Bible says, in Vol. 26 p.2, "Jesus.  The word is the Greek rendering of a well-known Hebrew name.  It was Yahoshu(a) first, then by inner Hebrew phonetic change it became Yoshua, and by a still later northern dialectal shift, Yeshua." (parenthesis added)  Names in Hebrew have symbolic meanings and the choosing of the right Name for a person was an important matter.  The Name Yahshua means, "Yahweh's salvation", and the Name Yahweh means, "eternal, or self-existent", so the Name Yahshua means, "the Eternal One's Salvation".   The Father's Name, "Yahweh", is in His Son's Name, so if one knowingly corrupts the Name of the Son, they have also corrupted the Fathers Name, and thus transgressed the third commandment.

The Hebrew Name Yahshua can be directly transliterated into Greek as, "Iasoua", as several Greek scholars have shown, so there is no good reason for the Saviors Name to be spelled as Iesous(Jesus), or Yeshua. 

The substitution of the "e" syllable rather than an "a" in the Father's Name came about as the result of a Jewish taboo against saying the Name of Yahweh.  In Biblical Archeology Review mag. 1985 July/Aug p.78, a professor Anson Rainey, who is a professor of Semitic linguistics at the Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel, says, "It should be noted that there are many strong linguistic and epigraphic arguments in favor of Yahweh as the correct form. ... The Anglicized form, Jehovah is a 'ghost word' based on the four consonants, YHWH, with the vowels of another word, adonai, meaning, 'my Lord.' The Hebrew scribes of the Middle ages put those vowels in to remind the reader to say adonai rather than pronounce the sacred Name.  But in the first syllable, they nevertheless put in an e rather than an a so as not to cause anyone to see the syllable ya- and inadvertently blurt out the sacred Name!  This is just further proof of the correct first syllable, which in any case is confirmed by Greek spellings and the evidence of Hebrew linguistics.  So Yahweh is not just some sort of 'scholarly convention.".  The Introduction to Hebrew Grammar, by A.B. Davidson, p.25 26th ed. says, "YHWH was so venerated that it was called the separated name, too holy to be uttered by the lips of men.  Therefore, whenever it occurred in the reading of the Sacred text., Adonai(Lord) was read in its place;  the vowels of Adonai were attached to YHWH thus YHWH (with an "e" written after the "Y" instead of the "a" which follows in Adonai."  (The English letters were substituted for the Hebrew letters in this quote)

The Theological Dict. of the O.T. vol.V p.501 says, "The Massorites did not however, supply the precise vowel points required for their pronunciation, which would have yielded the form yahowah, this form would have violated the very taboo they sought to observe if the first syllable had contained an a vowel.  They therefore wrote yehowah with the most colorless vowel in their system."

The above evidence explains why many call the Father Jehovah rather than Yahweh, and the Son Jesus or Yeshua rather than Yahshua.  Only the Name Yahshua can bring salvation, because this is the only Name that means, "Yahweh's salvation".  It is true that many people have only known the Savior by the name of Jesus, so Yahweh has over looked their ignorance, but once one knows the truth, obedience is required. 

In Acts 4:10,12 Peter said, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Yahshua Messiah of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom Eloah raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole. ... Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." 

"The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Yahshua, and shalt believe in thine heart that Eloah hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."  Rom. 10:8-10

Wherefore Eloah also hath highly exalted him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of Yahshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yahshua Messiah is Lord, to the glory of Eloah the Father.  Phil.2:9-11

This is a short study on the Name of the Messiah, for a fuller more complete study of the issue, write for the 12 page study compiled by bro. Tony B. Suckla.  Ask for the article, "What is His Name and What is His Son's Name", or view the article on the internet at:  sevendayweek.com

Hebrew or Greek N.T.?

Many people today will agree that Yahweh and Yahshua are the correct Hebrew Names, but they will say that these Names are not used in our present day Greek N.T., so hence these Hebrew Names must not be that important.  Many early church fathers testify that the N.T. was originally written in Hebrew and later translated into Greek.  Consider the following:

Clement of Alexandria (150 - 212 A.D.)

In the work called Hypotyposes, to sum up the matter briefly he [Clement of Alexandria] has given us abridged accounts of all the canonical Scriptures,... the Epistle to the Hebrews he asserts was written by Paul, to the Hebrews, in the Hebrew tongue; but that it was carefully translated by Luke, and published among the Greeks.

(Clement of Alexandria; Hypotyposes; referred to by Eusebius in Eccl. Hist. 6:14:2)

Jerome (382 A.D.)

"Matthew, who is also Levi, and from a tax collector came to be an emissary, first of all evangelists composed a Gospel of Messiah in Judea in the Hebrew language and letters, for the benefit of those of the circumcision who had believed, who translated it into Greek is not sufficiently ascertained.  Furthermore, the Hebrew itself is preserved to this day in the library at Caesarea, which the martyr Pamphilus so diligently collected. I also was allowed by the Nazarenes who use this volume in the Syrian city of Borea to copy it. In which is to be remarked that, wherever the evangelist... makes use of the testimonies of the Old Scripture, he does not follow the authority of the seventy translators [the Greek Septuagint], but that of the Hebrew." (Lives of Illustrious Men Book 3 )

"Pantaenus found that Bartholomew, one of the twelve emissaries, had there [India] preached the advent of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah according to the Gospel of Matthew, which was written in Hebrew letters, and which, on returning to Alexandria, he brought with him." (De Vir. 3:36)

Isho'dad (850 A.D.)

His [Matthew's] book was in existence in Caesarea of  Palestine, and everyone acknowledges that he wrote it with his hands in Hebrew...  (Isho'dad Commentary on the Gospels)

Jerome (382)

He (Paul) being a Hebrew wrote in Hebrew, that is, his own tongue and most fluently while things which were eloquently written in Hebrew were more eloquently turned into Greek.  (Lives of Illustrious Men, Book 5)

If any would be interested in obtaining the book of Matthew or Hebrews in Hebrew with their English translations, it can be ordered online at:  www.nazarene.net    In these Hebrew manuscripts of the NT the original Names of the Father and Son are used, so the true Names are in the New Testament, just one would need to go by the Hebrew rather than Greek.  The Greek manuscripts generally do not use the Name of Yahweh at all, rather they cover it with the Greek title, Kurios(Lord), and the Greek manuscripts generally misspell the Sons Name as, Iesous(Jesus), rather than the true Name as Iasoua(Yahshua).

 For a more indepth study of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament, a free online book can be viewed and downloaded at:  http://www.nazarene.net/textcrit.htm

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 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Yahshua, giving thanks to Eloah, even the Father by Him.  Col.3:17

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