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Is the name ‘Yeshua’ written over a hundred times in the OT?

An article was sent to me, by a friend, where the author claims that Jesus’s name in Hebrew — Yeshua — is written over a hundred times in the OT. I have reproduced the article entirely below (blue indented text) with some comments following.


YESHUA IN THE TANAKH

(The Name of JESUS in the Old Testament)

Arthur E. Glass

In dealing with my Jewish brethren for the past many years in Canada, the United States, Argentina and Uruguay. I had one great difficulty, and it was this: My Jewish people would always fling at me this challenging question, “If Jesus is our Messiah, and the whole Old Testament is about Him, how come His name is never mentioned in It even once?

   I could never answer it satisfactorily to their way of thinking, and I admit I often wondered why His name was not actually written in the Old Bible.  Oh, yes, I could show them His divine titles  in Isaiah 7:14, 9:6 and Jeremiah 23:5,6, and even the word MESSIAH in several places; but the Hebrew name that would be equal to Jesus, that I could not show.  Then one day the Holy Spirit opened my eyes, and I just shouted.  There was the very NAME, Jesus, found in the Old Testament about 100 times all the way from GENESIS to HABAKKUK!  Yes, the very word – the very NAME – that the angel Gabriel used in Luke 1:31 when he told Mary about the Son she was to have.  “Where do we find that NAME?” you ask.  Here it is, friend: Every time the Old Testament uses the word SALVATION (especially with the Hebrew suffix meaning “my,” thy,” or “his”), with very few exceptions (when the word is impersonal), it is the very same word, YESHUA (Jesus), used in Matthew 1:21. Let us remember that the angel who spoke to Mary and the angel who spoke to Joseph in his dream did not speak in English, Latin, or Greek, but in Hebrew; and neither were Mary or Joseph slow to grasp the meaning and significance of the NAME of this divine Son and its relation to His character and His work of salvation.  For in the Old Testament all great characters were given names with a specific and significant meaning.

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Salvation is simple

More than 40 years ago I started witnessing on the streets in Australia and other countries. This was about 2 years after the Lord saved me, brought me out of darkness into His marvellous light. He delivered me from my old life and from where I was otherwise headed, to Hell. (All bold are my emphases added. Square brackets [ ] indicate meanings of words. King James Version Easy-Reading Bible (KJVER) used.)

Slide2Since that time I have met various Christian groups who also were on the streets trying to convert others to their particular form of religion. Some taught that you must be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues to be saved. Some said that tongues was necessary evidence of your salvation. Some required that a person be baptised, by full immersion in water, before she could be saved. In every case, such doctrines depart from the simple clear teaching of the Scriptures. Those with false teaching always require some sort of works. They would say, yes, Jesus saves but you have to do this or that first, including additions like you have to continue to obey all commandments, or you must no longer sin anymore, or you will lose your salvation. They are adding to the true gospel.

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Permit little children, and forbid them not, to come to Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Salvation is simple! (See note at bottom of this article.) But humans always want to add something of themselves, so that they might earn some merit, even just a little.

Some, like one Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) guy, I once met on the street, argued that a Christian must meet and fellowship on Saturday in order to be saved. He even said that those who meet on Sunday are receiving the ‘mark of the beast’ and are doomed to Hell, because they are failing to keep the fourth commandment.

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Bible prophecy Biblical doctrines hermeneutics

Jesus is personally named in the Old Testament

book-chronicles-one-books-bible-38716516The following is a list of verses from 1 Chronicles 24:6-19, where the names of the priests were chosen by lot apportioning their division of service. What is both interesting and surprising are the meanings of their Hebrew names. In them is found the story of Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) meaning “he will save”. Jesus is sent and the Holy Spirit anoints Him to be the one who will reconnect man back into fellowship with God.

In the list the verse number is listed first (the letter ‘a’ or ‘b’ … refers to the first part of the verse, or the second part etc). The text of the verse, with the English form of the name in bold, is then followed by the Hebrew name and the Romanised form of that name, which is followed by the meaning of the Hebrew name. Most of the meanings of the names seem to be relevant to the story of redemption through Christ.


Verse 6a And Shemaiah שְׁמַעיָהּ Shma`yah  Jah has heard

יָהּ Jah is God’s personal name. He has heard our cries and will answer our prayers (Psalm 34:17).

Verse 6b the son of Nethaneel נְתַנאֵל Nthane’l — given of God

Shemaiah is the son ‘given of God’ because ‘Jah has heard’. God gave his only begotten Son, because God has heard our prayers (Genesis 22:2; John 3:16).

the scribe, one of the Levites, wrote them before the king, and the princes,

Verse 6c and Zadok the priest, צָּדוֹק Tsadowq — just (in a moral sense)

God is just (2 Thessalonians 1:6).

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Where is the biblical land of Israel?

Map Israel 1

I recently returned from a visit to the modern-day land of Israel where I spoke to believers at some messianic congregations, as well as at a youth camp and a student camp. At one of those events someone handed me a few copies of Andrew Lessey’s small booklet “The Heart of Israel”. The following is drawn from that booklet.

Jeremiah 16:14,15 Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands where he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. (KJVER, emphases added)

During the 1990’s about 2 million Jews from Russia and other ex-soviet countries returned (made the Aliyah) to Israel. However, not only have Jews come from the north they have been returning from all countries around the world. The return started in the late 1800’s and has been ongoing ever since. The rise of the Third Reich under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany accelerated arrivals both pre and post World War II. God’s promise as indicated by verse 15 was to their fathers and that promise still stands.