of Yahweh Ministries Newsletter
of 7th month, 2004
During Biblical times the
month was started by the Ysraelites with the sighting of the first visible
crescent. During the days of
Yahshua Messiah men would be watching around Yerushalem for the visible
crescent of each month. Once
it was observed the priests were informed and thus the beginning of the
month was proclaimed. This
year is a borderline case in which it is not predictable in advance to
know the exact date of the beginning of the seventh month.
It is probable that the crescent moon will first be seen on the
night of Sept. 16, thus making Sept 17 the day of Trumpets, but it is
possible that it will be seen a night earlier.
So in order to be on the safe side and not violate Yahweh’s holy
day, both days must be kept, until reports are heard from Ysrael as to
when it was actually seen. Reports
on the sighting of the new crescent can be received over the internet from
the Israeli New Moon Society at: http://www.geocities.com/royh_il/
or the address at the end of this letter can be contacted. The
feast of Trumpets is a day in which no “servile” work is to be done
Lev. 23:23-25. It is permitted
to cook on this day, Ex.12:16, but no other regular work should be done.
Yom Teruah (festival of Trumpets) announced that the most holy day
of the year, Yom Kippur (Day of Covering) was soon to approach.
There are ten days between the feast of Trumpets and the Day of
Covering (Atonement). So it is
good to focus on one of the Ten Commandments each day and make sure all
your sins have been repented of and put away.
The day of Atonement is
the tenth day of the seventh Scriptural month and it is a day in which one
was supposed to “afflict his soul”, so it has been customary to go
without food and water on this day, Acts 27:9; Joel 2:15; Isa. 22:12-14;
Esther 4:16; Acts 9:9. No work
of any kind was permitted, Yahweh promised to “destroy” anyone who
does work on this day, Lev. 23:30. It
is highly important to know which day is the day of Atonement.
The festival of
Tabernacles is on the fifteenth day of the month and lasts through till
the 22nd day of the seventh month.
This was a feast of rejoicing because one’s sins had been
forgiven. Yahweh commands us
to rejoice during these days, Lev.23:40; Dt. 16:14,15.
The feast of Tabernacles was actually only seven days but there is
an eighth day added to the end of these seven days, Lev. 23:34-36.
This day points forward to the redeemed of mankind being in the new
heaven and earth. The first
seven days of Tabernacles points forward to the 1000 year millennial
Bible Manuscripts and Names and titles of Divinity
people are not familiar with how the Bible in its present form has come to
us. The Old Testament was
originally written in the Hebrew language and thus the word for “God”
is El or Elohim in the Hebrew. The
word for “Lord” is Adon or Adonai.
. (A few portions of
the OT books were written in Aramaic.)
The New Testament is in
ancient Greek and Aramaic languages. It
is disputed amongst various scholars of the Eastern Churches of Asia, and
Western Churches of Europe as to which language was the original.
In the early Messianic Assembly there came a split amongst the
believer of Europe and Asia around the year 300AD.
The believers in Europe basically followed a Greek NT, whereas the
believers of Asia followed an Aramaic NT.
The Aramaic language has many dialects and the dialect that the NT
is written in is called Syriac or Eastern Aramaic.
But the differences between the two dialects of Aramaic and Syriac
are minor as can be seen by going to peshitta.org and looking in the
Lexicon they have online. Also,
whenever the Greek NT uses Aramaic words it will follows the Eastern
Aramaic rather than the Western Aramaic.
The word for God in the Greek is Theos, whereas in the Aramaic it
is Alah or Alaha.
The Name of YHWH is not
found in the Greek or Aramaic NT manuscripts, except in Rev. 19 in the
form of HalleluYah, however the book of Matthew and Hebrews have been
found in the Hebrew language in various middle ages manuscripts, and the
Name of YHWH is preserved in these manuscripts.
The Greek word for Lord is “Kurios”, whereas the Aramaic will
use the words Mar, Marya, or some derivative.
Some books and portions of
the NT are only available in Greek. The
books of Jude, 2Pet., 2&3 John are only existent in Greek.
Some parts of the others books of the NT are only existent in Greek
such as the account in John 8 of the woman caught in adultery.
The original Name and
title of the Savior in Greek would be Kurios Iesous Khristos;
in Syriac it would be Marya Yahshua Meshiha;
in Hebrew it would be Adonai Yahshua Mashiach.
Below are a few verses
that show how the existent manuscripts read when using the Aramaic Names
and titles of Divinity.
“James, a servant of
Alaha and of Maran Yahshua Meshiha, to the twelve tribes which are
scattered abroad, greeting.” James 1:1
be Alaha the Father of Maran Yahshua Meshiha, which according to his
abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the
resurrection of Yahshua Meshiha from the dead,”1Pet. 1:3
to us there is but one Alaha, the Father, of whom are all things, and we
in Him; and one Marya Yahshua Meshiha, by whom are all things, and we by
Him.” 1 Cor. 8:6
The book of 2John is only existent in Greek, below is how
chapter 1 verse 3 would read giving the Greek titles and Names of
be with you, mercy, and
peace, from Theo the Father, and from Kurio Iesou Khristo, the Son of the
Father, in truth and love.”
The existent Greek manuscripts have many differences from
manuscript to manuscript, but they are classified into three main groups,
The Byzantine manuscripts, the Alexandrian, and the Western type
manuscripts. The Byzantine
type manuscripts are what about 90% of all the manuscripts agree with, it
is the same manuscripts that the KJV is taken from.
Whereas the NIV and most all modern versions of the Bible are taken
from the Alexandrian manuscripts. The
Western type manuscripts tend to agree most with the Aramaic NT but no
English translation are based on the Western type manuscripts that I(bro.
Mattithyah) know of.
When doing a translation of the Bible into another language
it is difficult to produce a homogenized version in another language
because of the various ancient languages that the Scriptures were
originally written in. To do a
proper job one must know both the ancient language and the present
language that he would want to translate into.
Today, with all the modern scholarly helps in English such as
Interlinear Bibles, Lexicons, and Concordances, it makes it possible for
one who knows English to translate somewhat without a thorough knowledge
of the ancient languages.
In the present ongoing translation of the Bible into the
Telugu language, the translation team is attempting to adhere closely to
the original languages and to use the existent Names and titles of
Divinity for the old and new Testaments.
The Byzantine type manuscripts are being used for the N.T.
This will be the first Telugu Bible that uses the Byzantine
manuscripts as its base text for the N.T.
While the Greek text is the base text for the NT, the pronunciation
of names of all people and places are from the Aramaic NT.
Most all scholars admit that Yahshua and His disciples did not
speak Greek, at least as a first language.
Both the Greek and Aramaic existent manuscripts have ancient
origins going back to about the third century A.D.
Tzitzit House Discipleship Yeshiva
A new Messianic Training course for those seeking to do
Missionary endeavors is being planned to start in Vijayawada, A.P. in the
month of November. Young men
who are fluent in the English language are invited to come and enroll in
the planned four-month course. The
goal of the training is to prepare young men for missionary outreach to
unreached people groups. For
more information contact bro. Rodney Giles at:
Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries Annual General Body
Meeting, October 17, 2004
All AOYM members are called upon to attend the Annual General
Body Meeting to be held in Vishakhapatnam at the Zion School Premices in
Pithapuram Colony. The
following are members of the AOYM body.
G. Raja Prasad, President; K.
John Babu, Vice President; Y.
Sunith Premanand, General Secretary; G.
Sarojini, Joint Secretary; Tony
Suckla, Treasurer; P. George,
Hyderabad; K. ChinnaBabu,
Hyderabad; P. Prem Raj,
Hyderabad; S. Solomon, Guntur
dt.; G. Samson, Guntur, dt.;
B. Aquila, W.G. dt.;
B. Jyothi, W.G. dt.; M.
David, W.G. dt.; M. Hariem,
W.G. dt.; G.B. Benoni, W.G. dt.;
P. Neelambaram, W.G. dt.; G.
Dixon Rupart, Krishna dt.; V.
Tabitha, W.G. dt.; D.
Devasahayam, W.G. dt.; D.V.
Rao W.G. dt.; G. Vijayanand,
Vizak dt.; M. Mani Kumar, E.G.
dt.; Kakara Yadidiyah, Vizak
dt.; P. Solomon Raju, W.G. dt.;
D.S. Paul, E.G. dt.; B.
Prasad, W.G. dt.
The meeting will start at 10am and will end around 9pm that
night. It is compulsory for
all members to attend or either to inform the office of the President,
Gen. Secretary, or Treasurer as to why they cannot attend.
Failing to attend the meeting without informing anyone will be
reason for removal from the body. Many
items need to be discussed such as the Bible Translation Project, the
unity and financing of the work, election of Executive Body, doctrinal
position, addition of new members, etc…
One side travel charges will be provided to those requesting
it from the Treasurer.
The AOYM is helping many pastors in Andhra Pradesh with a
stipend each month; also many poor elderly widows in the Assemblies are
given a monthly stipend from the Treasurery.
We encourage all to support the ministry with their Tithes, Tithe
of Tithes, and offerings.
Contact Information for Assemblies of
Mattithyah 08812-248030 (telefax)
A.P. 530017 >>>
0891-2575569 or 9246614656
how good and how pleasant, for brethren to dwell together in unity!
that covers his sins shall not prosper;
but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.
they that do His commandments that they may have right to the tree of
life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of Yahshua Meshiha His Son cleanses us from all