Is CHRISTIANITY Anti-Christ?
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
NOTE: In obedience to His commands as recorded for us in the Hebrew Tanakh (the Christian “Old Testament”), we use the Creator’s self-given Hebrew Name, YHVH,(which we pronounce Ye-hu’-ah) and the original Hebrew name given by the angel Gabriel to be the Messiah’s name,Yeshua, (pronounced Ye-shu’-a) which means “he will save” (Strong’s H3442), exactly as Gabriel directed in Matthew 1:21. We also use El or Elohim (capitalized) as a title for our Father YHVH where appropriate. Finally, we refer to what Christianity calls the “Old Testament” as the Tanakh, the Hebrew name for it, and to the “New Testament” as the Renewed Covenant Scriptures. Details on request.
To anyone who considers himself or herself to be a Christian, the very idea that Christianity itself could be anti-Christ must be shocking. It surely was to us. At least until we examined the Biblical evidence. Please note that we are surely NOT referring to “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3), that original Hebraic faith of Yeshua of Nazareth and of all of his disciples, but to what that original faith has become since their time.
Consider that the rôle of the “Christ”, the Messiah, the Promised One of the Hebrew scriptures, was to announce the imminent re-establishment of the Kingdom of God on the earth, restoring conditions on the entire earth as they were originally in the Garden of Eden. The “Constitution” of that Kingdom is to be the Torah (what Christians generally label “The Law”). The Torah spells out the conditions of the Covenant between the Creator, YHVH Elohim, and the “children of Israel”. In addition to all righteous Jews (those who have been faithful to the written Torah of Moses – see Luke 1:5-6), all of those who accept the Lordship of Yeshua of Nazareth, who repent of their sins, and who also keep the commandments from then on, are also “grafted in” to that Mosaic (Sinai) Covenant (Romans 11:17-24).
In other words, our continuing OBEDIENCE to ALL of the commandments of YHVH Elohim which apply to us in the entire Bible is essential to our (Gentile) inclusion in that (Hebraic) Covenant! The pattern for this is clearly established in the account of Joshua and Caleb. Of the million+ of the “children of Israel” who were over the age of twenty when they fled Egypt, Joshua and Caleb were the ONLYTWO who were allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why? The Bible tells us that it was because ONLY THEY “wholly followed YHVH”, that is, only these two were completely obedient to the voice of YHVH. (Numbers 32:11-12; Deuteronomy 1:35-36) We agree with the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) when he says (1 Corinthians 10:11) that this information, like everything else in it, is in the Bible for our instruction, and not as a mere history lesson.
The “Mystery” of Sha’ul’s Gospel . . .
The ability of non-Hebrew individuals to be included in the Sinai Covenant was what the apostle Sha’ul (Paul) called “the mystery” of his gospel, because such a thing had only been hinted at in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”), and was surely not understood by the majority of Jews of Sha’ul’s day. (Romans 16:25 & Ephesians 6:19) In fact, most Jews – then and now – considered themselves to be “G-d’s chosen people” to the exclusion of all others on earth, and would become enraged at the mere suggestion that Gentiles could be admitted into that sacred Covenant. This is exactly the reaction Sha’ul got when he was explaining what happened to him on the road to Damascus to the Roman authorities and to a crowd of Jews in Acts 22. Everything was just fine until he claimed that the spirit of Yeshua HaMashiach (The Messiah) directed him to go to the Gentiles with his message of salvation:
Act 22:21 “And he (Yeshua) said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”
Act 22:22 They listened to him up to this statement, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he should not be allowed to live!”
Act 22:23 And as they were crying out and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air,
Act 22:24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, stating that he should be examined by scourging so that he might find out the reason why they were shouting against him that way.
So this attitude of the Jews against the Messiah’s message could be said to be “anti-Christ”, in the sense of opposition to it. But this is surely not what the term “antichrist” is meant by the apostle Yochanan (“John”). Yochanan is describing a spirit which seeks to get people to follow a false Christ, while mistakenly believing that they have salvation in so doing. Yochanan stated that this spirit was around in his day, and it surely is in ours. (1 John 4:3)
To fully grasp what Yochanan is describing, we first need to understand the link between his concept of “antichrist” and “the abomination of desolation” described by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 11:31 & 12:11), and referred to by our Lord Yeshua in Matthew 24:15.
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. (Daniel 11:31)
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (That is, 1,290 days betweenthe taking away of the “daily sacrifice” and the laterestablishment of “the Abomination of Desolation”, and not days from a date on which both of these events happen. Also, this is days by actual count, and not3 years and 7 months of 30-day “prophetic” months. Because the Hebrew calendar is based on phases of the moon, this would make the actual day of the establishment of the Abomination of Desolation impossible for the faithful to predict, which is surely not by the design of our Father, El Elyon, in this case!). (Daniel 12:11)
“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea* must flee to the mountains.” (Matthew 24:15-16)
[*NOTE: In Matthew 24:16, the Shem Tov Hebrew Gospel of Matthew (George Howard, p. 121) translates the “in Judæa” of the King James Version above as “in Judah” instead. “In Judæa” leads one to expect that these instructions from our Lord to flee were intended by him to apply only to those who will be in the territory of the tribe of Judah when “it” happens, which is the immediate area of Jerusalem. However, “in Judah” would make it apply to all living Torah-true Jews as well as to all living Torah-true disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth, wherever we may be in the world when “the Abomination of Desolation” happens! Why? Because we are “grafted in” (Romans 11) to the Abrahamic Covenant by adoption (Galatians 4:5) through Yeshua and his tribe, which is Judah. All born-again, Torah-obedient disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth are indeed “in Judah” by virtue of being adopted into the Covenant through our Lord Yeshua, who is of the tribe of Judah (Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:15). This same interpretation is even found in the King James Version of John 7:1, where the same Greek word (ioudaia – Strong’s G2449) is rendered as “in Jewry”, i.e., “in the Jewish people” because of the context. We subscribe to the “in Judah” translation of Matthew 24:16, for these and many more reasons as described in our article “Deliverance”, q.v.]
And this one who sets up “the abomination which maketh desolate” will also take some specific actions against the people of the Covenant:
And he shall speak words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (3½ years). – Daniel 7:25
Anti-Christ #1 and the First “Abomination of Desolation”
Part of the difficulty in arriving at a clear understanding of these matters is the archaic language of the oldest English language Bibles. The word rendered as “abomination” in the Hebrew is shikkutz, which means something morally disgusting, repulsive, or abhorrent in the extreme, and especially something associated with idolatry. “Desolation” is the Hebrew word shameme, which means to stun, astonish, or desolate (utterly destroy). In the Biblical context, these two unusual words, taken together, can ONLY signify the intentional desecration of a site holy to the God of the Bible.
Consider that around 167 BC, the Seleucid (Syrian) king Antiochus IV Epiphanes conquered Jerusalem, set up an image of Zeus in the Temple in Jerusalem and sacrificed a pig on the altar. This desecration was the first “Abomination of Desolation” prophesied by Daniel (Daniel 11). For 3 years, Antiochus continued to desecrate the Temple in the same way. The following are the new laws that Antiochus set up in Israel, with death by crucifixion for all who refused to comply:
- Thou shalt profane the seventh day Sabbath of YHVH;
- Thou shalt change the set times (feasts) and laws (Torah);
- Thou shalt set up idols;
- Thou shalt eat unclean animals;
- Thou shalt not circumcise;
- Thou shalt forget Torah.
Three years and two months later, the Temple was taken back by Judah Maccabee and his followers and rededicated. This is known as the Feast of Dedication, or the Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah, which our Lord Yeshua celebrated in John 7:37.
Anti-Christ #2 and the Second “Abomination of Desolation”
Belief in the deity of “Jesus Christ” was INVENTED by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine, and that belief made mandatory by him for all subjects of the Roman Empire. This was done via the Council of Nicæa in 325 A.D., and the later councils of Chalcedon, Laodicæa, etc., and enforced thereafter by Rome (and the later Roman Catholic Church) on pain of death. This is a matter of both Roman Catholic Church history and secular history, and can be discovered by anyone with a “love of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:10), without which we are all doomed, regardless of our “sincerity” and “good works”.
Under Constantine, the “original faith which was ONCE given to the saints” (Jude 3) was stripped of every last vestige of its Hebraic/Jewish roots, and artfully blended into paganism, purely and simply.
The following public oaths were required of all subjects of Rome, especially those who were suspected of being Jews or disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth (“Jesus Christ”). The penalty upon conviction of violation was death by crucifixion. This was done in the name of Rome’s paganized version of “Christianity”, which they called “the New Roman Religion”! And so it remains today, almost 2,000 years later.
“I accept all customs, rites, legalisms, and feasts of the Romans, sacrifices. Prayers, purifications with water, sanctifications by Pontifex Maximus [“Chief Bridge-builder”, referring to the union of church and state in his person, an official title of the Roman Emperor, later of the Roman Catholic pope], propitiations, and feasts, and the New Sabbath (venerabile die solis, venerable day of the Sun, Sunday), all new chants and observances, and all the foods and drinks of the Romans. In other words, I absolutely accept everything Roman, every new law, rite and custom, of Rome, and the New Roman Religion.”
“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all the other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspirations, purifications, sanctifications, and propitiations, and fasts and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants, and observances and synagogues, absolutely everything Jewish, every Law, rite and custom and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the Christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable. And may I be an anathema (cursed and cut off) in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.”
(Stefano Assemani, Acta Sanctorium Martyrum Orientalium at Occidentalium, Vol. 1, Rome 1748, page 105)
Additionally, in approximately 365 AD, the Council of Laodicæa wrote, in one of their canons:
“Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day. Rather, honoring the Lord’s Day. But if any shall be found to be Judaizers, let them be anathema (cursed and cut off, by being killed) from Christ”.
Question: How is the great majority of today’s “Christians” NOT still obeying a pagan Roman emperor, as in, “Will we see you in church this coming SUNday?”
Constantine eventually succeeded in killing off most of the original talmidim/disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth, who actually called themselves followers of “the Way” (Acts 24:14), not “Christians” or “Nazarenes”. Those labels were originated by the pagans and Jews as derogatory terms, and only later “legitimized” by the Roman Catholic Church (along with the rest of the approved worship of Sol Invictus Mithras – a pagan sun god).
By the end of Constantine’s reign, the original Hebraic faith of Yeshua of Nazareth had already been diminished in size to little more than a heretical curiosity to the dominant “New Roman Religion”, as described in this quote from the Panarion of Epiphanius (c. 375 AD):
“But these sectarians… did not call themselves Christians – but “Nazarenes,” … However they are simply complete Jews. They use not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well, as the Jews do… They have no different ideas, but confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion – except for their belief in Messiah, if you please! For they acknowledge both the resurrection of the dead and the divine creation of all things, and declare that God is one, and that his son is Jesus the Messiah. They are trained to a nicety in Hebrew. For among them the entire Law (Torah), the Prophets (Nevi-im), and the… Writings (Ketuvim)… are read in Hebrew, as they surely are by the Jews. They are different from the Jews, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Jews because they have come to faith in Messiah; but since they are still fettered by the Law – circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest – they are not in accord with Christians…. they are nothing but Jews…. They have the Gospel according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew. For it is clear that they still preserve this, in the Hebrew alphabet, as it was originally written.” (Epiphanius; Panarion 29)
So anyone who worships “Jesus Christ”/Yeshua HaMashiach AS GOD is actually obeying a pagan Roman emperor instead of YHVH Elohim and His 100% human Son (Luke 1:35), and is also denying the “Shema” (Deuteronomy 6:4 – Declaration of the unitary monotheistic nature of YHVH) AND diminishing the accomplishments of Yeshua as the 100% HUMAN Son of God, who was conceived, born, lived and died (which God cannot do!) precisely according to everything prophesied about him in the Tanakh.
Anti-Christ #3 and the Continuing “Abomination of Desolation”
We ask you, in what way has “Christianity” not voluntarily continued ALL of these same “commandments of men” which violate the commandments of the very God it claims to serve?
1. Christianity “keeps” SUN-day, dedicated to Mithra, the pagan sun “god” of Rome and of its promoter, the Roman Emperor Constantine, instead of the seventh-day Sabbath of YHVH.
2. Christianity “keeps” Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc., which are ALL pagan, pre-Christian celebrations honoring false pagan gods, instead of the feasts and holy days commanded by YHVH Elohim. Such substitutions are forbidden by YHVH Elohim. (Deuteronomy 12:30)
3. Christianity worships “Jesus Christ” AS God, in addition to YHVH Elohim, who alone is God according to Yeshua himself (John 17:3) and to the entire Bible (1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:6). According to the Bible, this IS idolatry (Exodus 20:3) and sin (1 John 3:4).
4. Christianity allows eating whatever one wants, even ignorantly commemorating the death of the false Babylonian “god” Tammuz (described by name by the God of the Bible as “an abomination” -Ezekiel 8:13-14) by traditionally eating ham/pork on “Easter/Ishtar SUNday”, instead of the kinds of food declared clean by YHVH Elohim, Who is the ONLY true God of the Bible.
5. Christianity generally avoids circumcision, which is required by the written Torah for ALL males who seek to enter the Covenant between YHVH and the children of Israel, though optional for non-Hebrews under the Renewed Covenant (1 Corinthians 7:19).
6. Christianity forbids its followers to obey as many of the written commandments of YHVH Elohim and Yeshua Messiah as it can, and still appear to be “Christian”.
What is tragically ironic is that ALL of these laws were created by an actual, historical anti-Christ – Antiochus – who sought to prevent the Jews from obeying the Commandments of YHVH Elohim under threat of death. These laws are exactly the same things that the Roman Emperor Constantine would later repeat in the same spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:3). Nevertheless, these commandments of men are what people who call themselves “Christian” insist on living by today, in total rejection of the commandments of our Father YHWH and of His fully-human Son (1 Timothy 2:5), our Lord Yeshua, choosing to obey these horrifically evil commandments of men instead. (Mark 7:7)
But What Does Scripture Say?
By his own testimony and the consistent testimony of all of the rest of Scripture, Yeshua is NOT God. He IS the miraculously begotten Son of God, the Shaliach of Father YHVH (His fully empowered agent, His proxy, the Sent One of the Father), HaMashiach/The Messiah, the Promised One of the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures), “the only name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), but he is NOT God, and anyone who worships him AS God is committing idolatry, and is obeying the Roman emperor Constantine and the Roman church, instead of the one true God, YHVH Elohim, as we have the honor and privilege to proclaim.
“Christianity” no longer requires obedience to Constantine’s rules under pain of death (for now), just under pain of disfellowship. In fact, most “Christian” denominations require that prospective new members sign a statement of agreement with the “principles” of that denomination as a condition of acceptance. If one has been born into a particular “Christian” denomination, whether Catholic, Protestant, or “other”, the pain of obediently following plain Bible truths can be overwhelming, as we have personally discovered.
It was for the substitution of their own commandments (takanot & ma’asim) in place of the written Torah of Moses that our Lord Yeshua condemned the Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes of his own day, calling them the “sons of your father the devil” (John 8:44). In Matthew 15:3-9, he stated the same thing in another way:
3 And he answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
4 “For God said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,’ and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.’
5 “But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you is Corban (has been given to God),”
6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidate the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
7 “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
8 ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’” (Isaiah 29:13)
When he said that “In vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”, Yeshua was quoting the Prophet Isaiah, who was quoting YHVH Elohim, the Father. Yeshua was surely NOT claiming to BE God by this, nor that he considered himself to be entitled to the worship that was properly due to the Father alone. He was simply repeating the words of his Father, and warning the Pharisees, etc., that ALL of their worship of YHVH Elohim was IN VAIN, because they were DISobedient to the Father’s written Torah! So we ask you: if one is unrepentantly and continuously choosing to obey an actual AntiChrist INSTEAD of the Creator God of the Universe and His Son, what possible hope could such a person have, unless they repent? Unfortunately for them, the answer is: none whatsoever. The principle is well-established in the Tanakh:
“If anyone sins, doing any of the things that by YHVH’s commandments ought not to be done, though he did not know it, and then realizes his guilt, he shall bear his iniquity.” – Leviticus 5:17
Yet that is precisely what hundreds of millions of people today are doing: ignorantly and contentedly living their “Christian” lives according to laws created by Antiochus and Constantine, both prototypes of the prophesied end-times Antichrist, instead of by the Torah of YHVH Elohim. When the end-times Antichrist finally does arrive, do you imagine that he will preach anything other than what most “Christians” have previously been led to believe is “righteous” behavior?
Are not most “Christians” in fact already fully prepared to accept just such a “Christ”?
Indeed, most already have.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:4, the Apostle Sha’ul tells us that the Antichrist will claim to BE God, exactly as most “Christians” already believe “Jesus Christ” to be! But is this true?
On the “deity” of “Jesus Christ” . . .
It is a sad fact that there are almost as many different “Christian” denominations as there are preachers in need of a paycheck. They can’t all be right, but they are almost allwrong about oneparticular thing which the Bible says will surely result in the loss of the salvation of all who believe it.
Do you believe that “Jesus Christ”/Yeshua of Nazareth is GOD (deity)? FYI, John 17:3, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 1 Timothy 2:5, Revelation 3:14 (all quoted below), all plainly state that he IS the prophesied Sent One (Hebrew: Shaliach) from YHVH Elohim, and IS The Son of God (a messianic term applied ONLY to the Jews’ expected human Messiah), but he is NOT GOD, as all of Judaism, in agreement with the written Tanakh, also asserts concerning the real HaMashiach, the Anointed One.
In fact, the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) found it necessary to warn the Church that false teachers were already trying to corrupt that “original faith which was once given to the saints” (Jude 6)!
Words of the the Apostle Sha’ul:
3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning (“Hath God said…? – Genesis 3:1), your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a spirit different from the one you received, or if you accept a gospel different from the one you accepted, you tolerate that readily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–
7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again:If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9)
So, what was the singular foundational truth of the gospel which Sha’ul and all of the other original apostles and disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth preached? It was the true identity of the Father and of His only begotten (born of a human mother) Son, as follows:
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:6)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Yeshua Messiah; (1 Timothy 2:5)
Words of Yeshua:
And this is life eternal, that they might know You (Father YHVH) the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Yeshua HaMashiach, whom You have sent. ( Yochanan/“John” 17:3)
And Yeshua answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel; YHVH is God, YHVH is one:’ (Quoting the “Shema” from Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Shema Yisroel, YHVH Elohim, YHVH echad”) (Marcus/“Mark” 12:29)
And the scribe said unto him, “Well, Rabbi, you have said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He:” (Marcus/“Mark” 12:32)
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom You have given me, that they may be one, as we are. (Yochanan/“John” 17:11) [How can we 100% humans be “one”/echad AS Yeshua and the Father are, if they are “really” a 3-in-1 trinity?]
“To the angel of the church in Laodicæa write: “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God, says this:” (Revelation 3:14) Here, the risen and glorified Lord Yeshua describes himself as part of “the creation of God”. If he even describes himself as having been created, how can he possibly be God? How?
12 And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (Matthew 12:32) [If Yeshua is God, why is it not blasphemy to speak against him? Also, it is not necessary for the “holy Spirit of the Father” (Matthew 10:20) to be a separate “person in the godhead”, for speaking against it to be considered blasphemy, since it is the manifestation of the personality, power and presence of the Father in the material world.]
Words of YHVH Elohim (“the LORD God”):
8 “I am YHVH, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:8)
10 You are my witnesses, says YHVH, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me. (Isaiah 43: 10)
24 Thus says YHVH, your Redeemer, and He that formed you from the womb, I am YHVH Who makes all things; Who stretches forth the heavens alone; Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; (Isaiah 44:24)
5 I am YHVH, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: (Isaiah 45:5)
18 For thus says YHVH Who created the heavens; God himself Who formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am YHVH; and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:18)
Testimony of the Apostle Ya’acob (James):
You believe that there is one God; you do well: the demons also believe, and tremble. (Ya’acob 2:19)
Testimony of the angel Gabriel:
And the angel answered and said unto her, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: for that reason (his miraculous conception by the power of YHVH) also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35) (NOT “God the Son”, a paganconcept which appears nowherein Scripture). [Also, if the holy Spirit really IS a separate “person in the godhead”, WHY is “He” never referred to as the actual father of Yeshua? Why?]
Prophecy of Moses:
YHVH Elohim will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; him you shall obey. (Deuteronomy 18:15) [Was Moses God?]
Prophecy of King David:
- <A Psalm of David.> “The LORD” (Hebrew: YHVH) said unto my Lord (Hebrew: adoni, a term of address alwaysused for angels or humans, as opposed to adonai, a term alwaysused for YHVH Elohim only), Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. (Psalm 110:1)
In Matthew 22:45 and Luke 20:44, Yeshua claimed that the above clearly Messianic prophecy (addressed to a human Lord, Adoni) referred to him! This is just one more block of evidence that the Jews NEVER EXPECTED that HaMashiach would BE God or much less a “piece” of the God they knew was echad (one)! Yeshua was accepted by many of the righteous Jews of his day PRECISELY BECAUSE HE FIT THE COMPLETE PATTERN of Messianic prophecies perfectly!
So if “Jesus Christ”/Yeshua is NOT God (deity), then anyone who worships him AS God is surely committing IDOLATRY (Exodus 20:2-3), which IS transgressing Torah, which IS sin (1 John 3:4), and the penalty of sin IS death (Romans 6:23), annihilation in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15).
Here are some more reasons . . .
Why “Jesus Christ”/Yeshua Can’t Be God
1. The Messiah had to die for our sins. Scripture states that God is immortal. He can’t die.
2. To fulfill the Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew scriptures, the Messiah had to be born of a woman, as a descendant of David, etc., not just show up as a pre-existing deity in “human” shape.
3. God knows everything, all the time. Yet Yeshua occasionally did not know things.
4. God doesn’t “get tired” or hungry. Yet Yeshua did both of these.
5. God cannot be tempted (James 1:13). Yet Yeshua was tempted in all things, even as we are. (Hebrews 4:15)
6. Worshiping Yeshua as God, when he is NOT God, is worshiping a false god, and is idolatry.
7. Worshiping Yeshua as God, when he is NOT God, diminishes the unique character and position of YHVH Elohim the Creator, who tells us that He was ALONE when He created everything (Isaiah 44:24), and that He will NOT share His glory with another.
8. Worshiping Yeshua as God takes away from Yeshua’s accomplishments, which, if he were God, would be meaningless, utterly without significance.
9. God is a logical Being and He made us like Himself in this way. But when we accept the illogical idea of a “3-in-1” “triune” god, which is a purely pagan concept predating the birth of Yeshua by thousands of years, we surrender our God-given logic, and with it, any hope of salvation.
10. Yeshua stated outright that ONLY the Father was TRULY GOD. (John 17:3) The Apostle Sha’ul stated the same thing. (1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6, et al.)
Some other “Christian” departures from “the original faith”
The Savior’s name . . .
The overwhelming majority of these man-made religions, from Roman Catholic-ism to Russian and Greek Orthodox-ism, to Presbyterian-ism, Lutheran-ism, Baptist-ism, Pentecostal-ism, Messianic Juda-ism, Charismatic ism, Full Gospel ism, Holy-Roller-ism, Nazarene ism, Mormon-ism, Seventh-Day-Adventist-ism, etc., etc., bear absolutely ZERO resemblance to that “original faith which was oncepreached to the saints” (Jude 3), except for claiming the name of its principal, and few even get that right! The only begotten Son of God bears a name which was given to him by his Father the Creator via the archangel Gabriel (Matthew 1:21), and it was surely NOT “Jesus Christ”! The angel said:
“She will bear a son; and you shall call his name Jesus [NOT!], for (because) he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
Since the native language of Miryam (“Mary”) and Yosef (“Joseph”) and every other native of Israel/“Palestine” at the time was Hebrew, why don’t we see what “he will save” is in Hebrew?
According to Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary (H3442), it is (spelled right to left) yod shin vav ayin, pronounced Y’shua or Yeshua . The apostle Kefa (“Peter”) tells us in Acts 4:12 that “there is no other nameunder heaven that has been given among men by which we mustbe saved.” Was Hebrew-speaking Kefa thinking of the name “Jesus” when he penned these lines? Not even possible, since the letter “J” existed in NO language, not even English, until the 1600’s. No, the name by which his parents, his relatives, and everyone else who knew him, was and is Yeshua.
So, when the Hebrew apostle Kefa (“Peter”) was addressing the Hebrew Sanhedrin (council of the Pharisees) in Acts 4:12, what language might we assume that he was speaking? Hebrew? So, if Kefa was speaking Hebrew when he said “there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we MUST be saved”, what name was he speaking? So, when Kefa/”Peter” states unequivocally that there is NO OTHER NAME, but 99.9999% of “Christianity” today insists on using ANOTHER NAME , what possible excuse will be acceptable to the Father, OR to our Lord Yeshua?
What possible objection could a TRUE disciple of Yeshua of Nazareth have to calling him by the name given him by his Father, the Creator of the universe? What else but a “tradition of men, taught as a commandment”? (Isaiah 29:13; Mark 7:7)
So if “Yeshua”really is “the onlyname by which we must be saved”, WHY has “the Church” of “Jesus Christ” totally ignoredthis plain declaration of the Apostle? In the face of such strong testimony from an actual apostle of our Lord, what conceivable justification could there be for anyone who later merely calls himself or herself a “Christian” to continue to prefer to use what is an alias in the foreign language of the invaders who unlawfully murdered him? And not even the original alias itself, but a transliteration of it into English, using the letter “J”, which – as we have noted – did not even exist in any language until the 1600’s! The reason for this substitution is obvious, once we start delving into the early history of “the Church”, as we will see.
As the subjects of Rome started losing their faith in the pagan gods, Constantine saw his once-unified empire starting to rot away. Seeing the Christian faith in the Hebrew Messiah exploding, he decided to commandeer it, strip it of all its identifiably Jewish aspects, merge it with Roman sun-god worship (Mithraism), and use this new “universal” religion to unite the Roman Empire once more. Key to this “bait and switch” scam was the removal of every trace of the original Hebraic roots of the new “Christianity”, especially the Savior’s Hebrew name, Yeshua. The rest, as they say, is history.
What IS “the spirit of anti-Christ”? . . .
We need to understand that “anti-Christ” is a spirit that has been manifested in the physical world since long before Yeshua walked the dusty roads of Israel. We also need to understand that “anti” in Greek has a somewhat different meaning than it does in English. As used in the Bible, “anti” actually means “instead of” and not “opposed to”. In Latin, the word is vicarius, from which we get the Roman Catholic term “vicar”, one who falselyclaims to rule in Christ’s place, as the Pope and others do. So to Yochanan, “the spirit of antichrist” is one which seeks to be mistaken for the REAL Christ, and the false teachings that support such a mistake.
To discover the source of the “spirit of antichrist”, we must go back, all the way back, to some of the very first verses in the “Old Testament” (Tanakh in Hebrew), where the Creator, YHVH Elohim, is cursing Satan for what he did:
And I will put enmity (eternal hostility) between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your seed (those who allow Satan to corrupt them) and her seed (Yeshua); he (Yeshua) shall crush your head, and you (Satan) shall wound him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Since Yeshua is obviously not going to literally crush Satan’s physical head, and neither is Satan going to literally wound Yeshua’s physical heel, we need to understand that Genesis 3:15 is symbolic language, and to understand the symbolism we need to understand the essential natures of the entities involved.
In the first place, when the Tempter (Satan) is referred to as a serpent, it is likely his essential nature that is being described symbolically, and not necessarily his actual physical appearance. Next, we ask ourselves, how does a poisonous snake kill its prey? The obvious answer is, it injects the prey with its poison. So, what is Satan’s “poison”? Lies, i.e., false teachings. So if Yeshua – “the seed of the woman” – knew from this prophecy that it was he who was going to crush Satan’s head, but not before “the serpent” injected his “poison” (lies) into “the Body of Christ”, does this help us to understand why Yeshua was so insistent on being personally identified with The Truth?
Another consideration, still in keeping with the central snake/heel metaphor, is that the lies (“poison”) are going to be injected into the heel of the Body of Christ. The heel is part of the sole of the foot, which is that part of the body which is in contact with the earth. One might say, it is the most earthly, or carnal, part of the Body of Christ, and so is most vulnerable to being “poisoned” by the lies of Satan, the deceiver.
This is precisely what our Lord Yeshua himself was warning us about, in Matthew 24:3-5:
3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray.
5 For many will come in my name, saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.”
Please note that the quotation marks on the ‘I am the Christ’ (above) in the 1789 King James and most other modern translations (NIV, NASB, ESV, CEV, GNB, ISV, etc.) do not appear in many of the older English language Bibles (1611 King James, Geneva Bible, Webster’s, Bishop’s Bible, etc.). These older versions were generally in agreement that those to whom our Lord Yeshua was referring would come “in his name”, that is, in his authority, posing as being one of Yeshua’s disciples. Anyone who did that would hardly thereafter try to get people to believe that he was, in fact, Yeshua himself. This would make absolutely no sense. Strangely, this illogicality has not prevented its insertion by the 1769 King James (and later versions), New American Standard Bible, New International Version, etc.
No, what Yeshua is actually warning us about is that many false teachers (and Bible “translators”) will appear who will agree that Yeshua is the Messiah, but who will still seek to lead the faithful astray with their false teachings. Has this happened? You know that it has. This then is the spirit of anti (instead of)-Christ, which seeks to replace the real Yeshua with a fabricated one who offers easy teachings which tickle the hearers’ ears and appeal to their carnal natures, while still promising eternal life. Since it minimizes or eliminates altogether the need for our obedience to “the will of my Father who is in heaven” (the commandments – Matthew 7:21), this is surely “the broad path” which leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13)
Those who have accepted the sense of the “quotation mark” version of Matthew 24:5 above have been subtly led to believe that “The” Antichrist will claim to BE “Jesus Christ” before our Lord’s actual appearance, and that all they have to do is refuse to follow such an obvious impostor, to be safe.
But what they do not realize is that they are already worshiping any one of the thousands of FALSE “Jesuses” invented by Catholic and Protestant denominations which crowd the spiritual marketplace. The Apostle “John” (whose actual name was Yochanan in his native language, Hebrew) warns his readers (us) of precisely this:
17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.
21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies (the true identities of) the Father and the Son.
23 Whoever denies the (true identity of the) Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2:17-23)
And the Apostle Kefa (“Peter”) is in total agreement:
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as therewill be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2 Many (Greek: polus – a majority) will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. (2 Peter 2:1-3)
As is the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”):
Gal 1:7 There be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
And our Lord himself:
Mat 24:4 And Yeshua answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying that I am the Messiah; and shall deceive many.”
And in Matthew 7:13-23 our Lord Yeshua prophesies that the beliefs of the MAJORITY of Christians in the future will NOT result in their salvation:
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many (Greek: polus – a majority) who enter through it.
14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few (Greek: oligos – a tiny number) who find it.
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.
22 “Many(Greek: polus – a majority) will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (Greek: anomia – Torahlessness).’ (Matthew 7:13-23)
So, for anyone who feels a certain safety in numbers, being surrounded by thousands of other like-minded souls each SUNday, we urge you to examine these things for yourself, as we are all charged with the personal responsibility for so doing by our Lord himself!
Most of those who believe themselves to be “Christians” also believe that:
- the Christianity that they practice is “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” [Jude 3]
- just believing in the person, death and resurrection of “Jesus Christ” and saying a “Sinner’s Prayer” is enough to get a person saved (“eternal security” or “once saved, always saved”).
- being “saved” or “born again” means getting to spend eternity in a spiritual heaven with Jesus.
- when bad people die, they immediately go to hell, and burn there for all eternity.
- the demons, fallen angels and Satan are in hell right now, and Satan rules hell as his kingdom today.
- when good people die, they immediately go to heaven to be with Jesus for all eternity.
- good people who die and immediately go to heaven can see us here on earth, and intercede for us, such as the “Virgin” Mary, St. Jude, and any number of other “Saints”.
- they are going to be “raptured” from the earth to be in heaven with Jesus Christ for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb before the seven years of “The Tribulation” starts.
- God expects us to go to church on Sunday, and then engage in “family activities” for the rest of the day, and that we are keeping the 4th Commandment, to keep holy the Sabbath, by so doing.
- keeping the seventh-day Sabbath, the Biblical dietary laws, and celebrating Passover and the other major Old Testament feasts and holy days as described in the Old Testament are all un-Christian practices.
- any Christian who chooses to do the above is actually preaching “justification through works”, is a legalist at best, and a modern-day Pharisee at worst.
- it is impossible to keep the Ten Commandments, which is why Jesus did away with them for us.
- “you are not under the law, you are under grace” [Galatians 6:14-15; 5:18] means that Christians have been freed from the need to keep the Old Testament Law (the Torah/Tanakh), including the Ten Commandments, to be saved.
- any shortcomings we may have concerning our spiritual walk are all “covered by the Blood”, and to deny this is to “deny the Blood”, which is an insult to the Spirit of Grace, and is also blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which is the unforgivable sin.
- the Old Testament Law (the Torah/Tanakh) and the “Law” Paul preached against are the same thing.
- it was this Law that was “taken out of the way” and “nailed to the cross” [Colossians 2:14] by Jesus Christ.
- good works can get a person into heaven, because there are a lot of good people who don’t know Jesus.
- the Israel of the Bible and today’s nation of Israel are essentially the same thing.
- it is a sin not to support the government of the state of Israel, no matter what it may do.
- all religious Jews support the nation of Israel, and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.
- the Old Testament is “all about works”, and the New Testament is “all about grace”.
- the Old Testament is mostly about the Jews, and need not be studied or understood, unless one is interested in that sort of stuff.
- God entered into a New Covenant with the Christian Church at Calvary, eliminating the old one.
- the Christian Church has replaced the Jews as God’s covenant people.
- the Christian Church has inherited all of the blessings promised by God to the children of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, but none of the curses.
- most popular televangelists and denominational preachers thoroughly understand Bible prophecy.
- if a ministry demonstrates “signs and wonders”, it must be blessed by God, and speaking for him.
- if I believe something a preacher tells me which is not true, that’s his problem, not mine.
- the God of the Bible would never deceive a Christian or allow a Christian to be deceived.
- the names of God do not really matter, as long as one treats them with respect.
- Jesus Christ is God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, co-equal with the Father.
- the Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, co-equal with the Father.
Unfortunately for them, all of these beliefs
are dead wrong, according to the Bible.
It gives us no pleasure to have to be the ones who tell you this, but unless the Bible itself is a lie, if someone doesn’t tell you, and you don’t change your ways, you will lose your salvation. What follows is a Biblical analysis of some of the more detestable things “Christians” do (and which we did), which the God of the Bible states that He hates, and why.
“Christmas trees” as objects of pagan worship(Jeremiah 10:1-6). . .
1 Hear the word which YHVH (“the LORD”) speaks unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus says YHVH, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the traditions of the people are useless: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5 They are as upright as the palm tree, but they speak not: they must be carried, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto you, O YHVH; You are great, and Your name is great in might.
NOTE: The phrase “green tree” appears 12 times in the 1769 King James Version of the Bible, and in all 12of those occurrences, it refers to prohibited pagan practices of idol worship.
Copying pagan modes of worship(Deuteronomy 12:29-32)
29“When YHVH your Elohim cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land,
30 beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’
31 “You shall not behave thus towardYHVHyour Elohim, for every abominable act which YHVH hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
32 “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.”
[This lastis actually a repetitionof the commandment in Deuteronomy 4:1-2:
1“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which YHVH the Elohim of your fathers, is giving you.
2 “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, so that you may keep the commandments of YHVH your Elohim which I command you.” ]
Those who claim to be in covenant with Him, but who still practice such things(Isaiah 66:1-4). . .
1 Thus says YHVH, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?
2 “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares YHVH “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. [Acceptable offerings below are in boldface, pagan practices are underlined…]
3 “But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man. He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dog’s neck. He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers swine’s blood. He who burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol. Since they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations,
4 “So I will choose their punishments and will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight And chose that in which I did not delight.”
The futility of man-made “gods”(Isaiah 44:14-20) . . .
14 Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.
15 Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god from it and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it.
16 Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm, I have seen the fire.”
17 But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”
18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He (YHVH) has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.
19 No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!”
20 He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
The futility of following false beliefs (Jeremiah 16:19-21) . . .
19 O YHVH, my strength and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of distress, to You the (non-Hebrew) nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, futility and things of no profit.”
20 Can a man make gods for himself? Yet they are not Elohim!
21 “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know – this time I will make them know My power and My might; And they shall know that My name is YHVH.”
The Father’s True Name . . .
The name by which the God of the Bible wants us to know Him is YHVH in Hebrew, which is written from right to left. The individual letters (right to left) are pronounced Yod Hey Vav Hey. Since the Vav can be pronounced as either our V or W, or as a vowel, YHVH can be spelled in English as either YHVH or YHWH.
In the Hebrew Tanakh (what most Christians incorrectly call “the Old Testament”) this name appears over 6,500 times. And, despite the repeated and clear instructions from our Father that He wants us to use His name – respectfully and appropriately – the translators of the King James 1611 and later versions chose to follow a rabbinic Jewish tradition which considered that the Father’s Self-given name was “too holy” to be pronounced. So instead of YHVH (or YHVH) the KJV translators substituted “the LORD” for His Self-given name. This also served to de-Judaize the Hebrew Tanakh, one of the major objectives of all false Constantinian “Christian” religions.
“The LORD” is not even a name, but a generic title, which also just happens to be one meaning of Baal, the name of a false pagan god! This substitution of “the LORD” forYHVH is itself a direct violation of the Third Commandment (Exodus 20:7), to not desolate (Strong’s H7723: shva שׁוא –destroy the meaning of) His name! The King James and most other Christian Bibles render this commandment as “thou shalt not take the name of the LORD in vain”. This blatant substitution does precisely what the commandment itself plainly forbids, and DESOLATES the meaning of the Father’s Name!
Notes on the pronunciation of the Father’s Self-given Name…
Bucking the current trend favoring Yah’-weh or Je-ho’-vah or Ye-ho-vaw’ as the correct pronunciationof the Creator’s Name, some others are now saying it as Ya-hu’-ah or Ye-hu’-ah or Y’-hu’-ah. They reason that the Hebrew name of the tribe of Judah (Hebrew: Ye-hu’–dah) has exactly the same right-to-left letter sequence (YHVDH) as the Name of YHVH, but with a “d” (dalet) inserted. So, they reason, removing the dalet (English letter “d”) should result in a close approximation to the correct pronunciation of the Sacred Name of Father YHVH Elohim.
If this is linguistically acceptable as well as being logical, we now have the ability to correct centuries of intentional rabbinic distortion of the actual pronunciation of YHVH. The rabbinic Jews, having no apparent reason to try to camouflage the pronunciation of the name of the tribe of Judah, seem to have left it alone. The pronunciation of the name of the tribe of Judah in Hebrew is “Ye-hu’–dah”. “Yehudah” minus the “d’ = Ye-hu’-ah. Real simple. This has the added characteristic of being phonetically related (cognate) with the accepted pronunciations of the tribe of Judah (Yeshua’s tribe), and the Savior’s name itself. See for yourself: Ye-hu’–ah / Ye-hu’–dah / Ye-shu’–a.
Since it is the sound of the names that we are trying to get right after all these centuries of silence, these have a phonetic consonance and a correct feel (to us, at any rate) as the other possibilities do not. Please note that we are not insisting that “our way” is correct and all others are wrong. This is just our attempt to skirt all of the various denominational/rabbinic issues involved, and to arrive at a logical sound for the Father’s Name, based on the above facts.
Those who disagree with this pronunciation seem to fall into one of two camps: those who still object to ANY pronunciation of YHVH as being “too holy to pronounce” (rabbinic Jews and their associates in “Christianity”: counterfeit Messianics, Catholics and some “Protestants”); and those who argue against it from their understanding of the linguistic rules of modern Israeli Hebrew. We dismiss the first argument as being contrary to the expressed will of our Father on the subject, and the second as having no basis in fact, since spoken Hebrew was only resurrected from centuries of non-existence starting around 1881 by one Eliezer ben Yehuda, working by himself from printed texts. In other words, we would be accepting a purely modern language which was literally created by one man, a rabbinic Jew and a follower of the Talmud, as the ultimate authority on how to actually pronounce the Sacred Name of Elohim, which he considered himself forbidden to do. Right. The choice is yours.
In either case, while it is surely permissible to spell out the Father’s Name as it is pronounced for illustrative purposes, it is also incorrect to spell it as anything but hwhy /yod hey vav hey in Hebrew or as YHVH/ YHWH in English as being His actual Name.
Our Lord’s correct name . . .
While most Bible students have abandoned “Jesus” as our Lord’s real name, some are spelling it as “Yahshua”. This would require it to be spelled in Hebrew yod hey shin vav ayin, or yod hey shin vav, or yod hey shin ayin hey, or yod hey shin ayin, but there are no such names (or words!) in the Hebrew Tanakh, as far as we have been able to discover. These spellings seem to be a hangover from a discredited central teaching of the “Sacred Name” proponents (many of whom also erroneously believe in the divinity of the Son). Believing that, when Yeshua said that he had come “in my Father’s Name” (John 5:43), that this necessarily meant that the Father’s Name had to be part of Yeshua’s name (???). They therefore try to force the poetic shortened form of the Sacred Name “Yah” into His son’s name, despite there being no basis for this in Scripture. In fact, all it means is that Yeshua claimed to be coming in his Father’s authority, and nothing more.
Some others are spelling the name of our Lord as “Yahushua”, as though it were spelled (right to left) Yod Hey Vav Shin Ayin. This also happens to be the Hebrew spelling of the name we call “Joshua” (Strong’s 3091). The question remains, did our Savior actually have exactly the same name as Joshua, which means “YHVH saves”? Starting from the made-up English alias of “Jesus”, we suppose that anything is possible, but what makes more sense? Following the instructions of our Father, the angel said to Miryam “you shall call his name “X” for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) The angel did NOT state that the infant was to be called “X” because YHVH shall save Yeshua’s people from their sins, although that is also surely true in a broader sense.
Yacov Rambsel was an Israeli Messianic Jew and linguistics expert who has authored many books on the ELS codes (Equidistant Letter Sequences) in the Hebrew Tanakh. He found “Yeshua shmi”, “My name is Yeshua,”spelled right to left – Yod Shin Vav Ayin – encoded in Isaiah 53. This is called “the Suffering Servant” chapter, and is generally regarded as one of the clearest Messianic passages in the entire Tanakh. If you are looking for a convincing reason to use a particular spelling of the Savior’s name, this would be hard to beat. Yacov also used Yeshua as the Savior’s name himself, and that is good enough for us.
NOTE: A word almost identical to “Yeshua” in sound and spelling is a Hebrew word for “salvation” or “deliverance”: yeshuah (Strong’s H3444). The result of this is that, oftentimes in the Tanakh when the subject of salvation or deliverance is being discussed, the sound of the name of the Messiah is injected, which gives a wonderful concealed double-meaning to many of these verses.
On Keeping the Commandments
16 And someone came to him (Yeshua) and said, “Good Teacher, what thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?”
17 And he said to him, “Why do you call me good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:16-17)
21 “He who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him.”
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, what then has happened that you are going to manifest yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Yeshua answered and said to him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him.
24 “He who does not love me does not obey my teachings; and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me. (John 14:21-24)
We pray that you will heed these words and warnings from our Father, YHVH Elohim, and from His Son, our Lord Yeshua, and from all of his disciples, and obey the commandments, all of them that apply to us today, and be saved.
In our Lord Yeshua’s blessed name and service,
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick