Yah and Yasha!
When we first discovered the Memorial Name, the names we thought correct were "Yahweh" and "Yahshua". We fellowshiped with those of like mind, attending the feasts, receiving information and purchased a Bible from Bethel, PA and one from the House of Yahweh. We were so happy to be able to really,
"Praise Him by His Name Yah". Psalm 68:4.
Eight months later we received a Newsletter saying that Yahweh and Yahshua were not the correct names according to the Scripture. Our first reaction was, "how can we change now?" We have a publishing ministry, but as in all truths that have been presented to us, we searched this out and discovered several very interesting things.
On the front of the Bible - Bethel Addition - there are 2 names in Hebrew characters: The first hw hy, [YH VH- reading from right to left] they pronounce as "Yahweh" and the second is (#why [Yhosha-the "vav" [w]can be either a "v", "o" or "oo". [We will explain why we use the "o" in this name later.] which they pronounce "Yahshua". We also discovered that there is no "w" in Hebrew. The American Peoples Ency. 1-649 reads: "The "W" added in the Middle Ages . . . to create the new character "W". The origin of the "W" was indicated by its English name of "double U" or its French name of "double ve."
In Strongs Hebrew Dictionary under #2053 it shows the "vav" as the 6th Hebrew character. The Hebrew Alphabet is found in the 119th Psalm. The 6th character in some translations will read "vau" and in others "waw".
We read the introductions to all the Bibles we have and they mentioned they had substituted the "LORD" in capital letters for the "Tetragrammaton", which is a Greek word that means "4". But in Psalm 68:4, and Exodus 3:14 it was only the 2 characters, hy "Yah". There are also 100 other times when it is just the "yod and hey", "Yah".
In looking up "Yahshua" [(w#hy] we couldnt find it in Scripture, or in Strongs Hebrew Dictionary. We looked up salvation and found:
#3444 = Yeshuah h(w#y feminine From # 3467.
#8668 = Teshuah hqw#t from 7768 in the sense of # 3467.
#4190 = Mowshah h(#wm from # 3467
#3468 = Yesha (#y from #3467.
#3467 = Yasha (#y a primative root means - avenging, defend, deliver, Deliverer, help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (iour) [Savior], get victory. [The only difference between # 3467 and 3468 is the Masoretic Vowel Marks, which we dont always accept, because they are not ancient but were "added" to the Hebrew Scriptures in the 6th century AD.]
We started to see a trend. All these words went back to the primitive root [the first word used anciently], Yasha.
We had been told that the Saviors Name was the same as "Joshua" but Scripture doesnt support this.
In #3091 there are 2 forms the first is (w#why which Strongs pronounces as "Yehoshua". This is correct with or without vowel marks except it should be "Yahoshua. The second form they pronounced as "Yehoshua" - however, when you look at just the Hebrew characters (#why and pronounce it without the vowel marks you have "Yahosha". The second form is the one found in the Hebrew Scriptures, in Numbers 13:16,
"These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land; but Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua." KJV.
His name was (#wh [Hosha]from Strongs #1954 - pronounced "Hosha" and goes back to #3467. This is how it is in the Interlinear Bible of the Hebrew. In verse 8 his name was "Hosha" in verse 16 it was changed to "Yahosha". All Moses did to change Hoshas name was to just add the yod y changing his name from one that meant "deliverer" to one that means "Yah is deliverer".
We looked up "salvation" in the New Testament and found 2 forms #4991 = soteria - which means - rescue, safety, deliver, health, salvation, save and saving. The second form is #4992 - soterion - which implies a person, a defender. In Luke 2:30, when Simon held the Savior up in the air, he said in Hebrew,
"For my eyes have seen Your Yasha." [In Greek Soterion - the person]
The Savior said,
"I have come in My Fathers Name, and you do not accept Me; when another will come in his own name, you will accept him." John 5:43.
His Name had to contain the Fathers Name - Yah. Psalm 68:4 NKJV tells us to
"Praise Him by His Name YAH."
This Name has been shown in various ways. According to the Jewish Ency. First it was shown as "4 yods" then "3 yods" then "2 yods" and then "yod and hey". It is the "yod" attached to a silent consonant that makes the "Yah" sound. We can say His Name without the "hey" and have the same sound, "Ya". In Revelation 19:2, 3, 6 in the KJV it is just written "Alleluia" and yet when we pronounce it we say "Alleluyah". The Hebrew characters are not sacred, the sound is what is important.
In the Universal Jewish Ency. Page 584, under "Yahveh" it reads:
"If Yah or Yahu was original, then Yahveh is a later theologizing expansion."
This is what we believe happened! When the Almighty gave His Name to Moses He said "I am Yah". [Exodus 3:14.] There was only the yod and hey [hy] - Yah. The hw [VH] was not there in that verse nor in close to 100 other texts in Scripture.
The Talmud is of "Jewish" tradition, the written form of the "Oral writings of the scribes." We only take statements from it when their statements coincide with the Scriptures.
In the Talmud [Sanhedrin 10:1] it explains that "the Name of the Almighty is written [hw] Yah, but pronounced [)dny] Adonai."
In the Pesanim it reads, "(In) this world [the Sacred Name] is written [hy] Yah and read as Adonay [)dny]; but in the future world it shall be one: it shall be written hyand read hy- Yah."
"You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me." John 5:39.
The Savior was talking about the Old Testament, because when He spoke the New Testament hadnt been written. We looked under "salvation" and found all the different words, we mentioned before, but couldnt find "Yahshua", there was "Yeshuah" but that was an action word and is feminine. The name movement began in America in the 1930s and the name "Yahshua" is attributed to an Elder Wm. (Bill) Bishop.
Under "salvation" we found Yasha in the following texts:
"Behold, Yah has proclaimed to the end of the world, Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your Salvation comes; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him." Isaiah 62:11;
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes to you: He is the Just One, Salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey." Zechariah 9:9.
In Isaiah 62:11 it was "Yesha" # 3468, which goes back to the primitive root "Yasha". Any word except the primitive root are adaptations of that word. We prefer to go with the original as far as the Scripture shows us. [The only reason it is pronounced "Yesha" is because of the man made vowel marks.]
The only Name for "Savior" in the Old Testament is "Yasha" # 3467.
When we were looking in the New Bantam-Megiddo Hebrew and English Dictionary for the way the Hebrews would say "Jesus", there was "Jesuit" and in the Hebrew it is written y(w#y, and is pronounced "Yeshua-it".
Do we want to continue using a name for our Savior that is the same as "Jesuit"? Also we discovered that the converted Hellens [Greeks] were not allowed to use the Fathers Name "Yah", that is why they transcribed the prophets names leaving off the Memorial Name, Yah. Such as,
Esaias for Isaiah=Yashayah;
Elias for Elijah=Yilyah;
Elizeus, Eliseus for Elisha=Yilyasha;
Jeremias & Jeremy for Jeremiah=Yeremiyah; and
Zacharias for Zechariah=Zakaryah.
In the 1611 Edition of the KJV, the Introduction reads, "a word-for-word reprint of the First Edition of the Authorized Version presented in roman letters for easy reading and comparison with subsequent editions." Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1982. In this edition under Luke 4:27 the Savior is talking about the prophet "Yilyasha" but it is written "Elizeus". Is this proof of a substitution? We think it is!
From the Readers Digest "Great People of the Bible" on page 283, they say:
"The priesthood in Jerusalem had long resisted the Greek attitude that their God was the same Zeus worshiped by the Greeks. When Antiochus IV attempted to unify his Kingdom by imposing a uniform Hellenistic culture on his subjects, he had an altar to Zeus erected on the Temple altar. For the Greeks, the pig was a common sacrificial animal But to the Jews the offering of an "unclean" beast was an outrage. Such acts provoked the Maccabean revolt."
We want the Scriptures to teach us all things, not man. We had been using the quote from the Jewish Encyclopedia where they said, "the name is probably pronounced Yahweh, as the Greek scholars say." Until we noticed the Jews arent saying this, they are quoting the Greek scholars.
This is why we use "Yah" and "Yasha". Scripture tells us it was "Yasha" that rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. [Zechariah 9:9] And the children shouted "Yashana". The Savior said this was perfected praise.
" Do you hear what these are saying? And Yasha said to them, Yes, have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise? Matthew 21:16.
We have also found more evidence to the fact that the Saviors Name is "Yasha". For those of you who are truly interested request our study "Who is Ishi".