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Pastor H D Makhubela

Get excited. Stand up and shout for joy. Stand up and dance. The church of God is a triumphant church. Yes it is a victorious church. It’s time to arise and shine. “…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Matt. 16: 18).”

What is the purpose of the church? Why did Jesus come? He came to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. His mission was to redeem us and make us the children of the Most High God. “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God {John 1: 12).” This is the grace of God we should not miss. People are very strange. They want to live a lie. They want the devil to…

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no intimidation

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Pastor H D Makhubela

Don’t  fear  suffering

I  am  moved  to  encourage  my  fellow  pastors  to  be  ready  to  deal  with  stressful  issues

and  tensions  that  confront  us  in  the  ministry  today.  Of  course  certain  issues  of  life

are  not  palatable  and  almost  every  pastor  feels  threatened  to  overlook  them.  That

doesn’t  solve  anything  at  all.  We  better  confront  the  reality  and  carry  the  cross  and

follow  the  master.

The  man  of  God  should  not  be  scared  of  anything.  We  should  not  fear  suffering  if  it

is  for  the  sake  of  the  gospel.  We  sometimes  miss  God  by  trying  to  avoid  suffering

and  persecution.  Life  is  very  strange.  Even  at  its  best  it  is  characterized  by

suffering  and  frustration.  So  we  cannot  completely  shun  suffering  and  hope  to  be

successful.

In  his  book  “70  Great  Christians,”  Geoffrey  Hanks  (1992)  tells  of  the  fate  of  among

others,  Bishop  Polycarp  of  Smyrna.  He  narrates  that  three  days  before  his  execution,

Polycarp  had  a  dream  in  which  he  saw  his  pillow  on  fire.  Believing  it  to  be  prophetic

of  his  fate,  the  bishop  informed  the  other  Christians  and  said:  “I  must  be  burned

alive.”  This  of  course  caused  great  consternation  to  his  fellow  Christian  folks.  The

writer  indicates  that  although  Polycarp  still  had  the  opportunity  to  escape,  he

refused,  saying:  “God’s  will  be  done  (Hanks  1992:  16).”

The  incident  was  so  amazing  because  when  the  Roman  soldiers  arrived  to  arrest

him,  Polycarp  treated  them  with  the  utmost  courtesy,  and  invited  them  to  the  table

where  he  generously  offered  them  food  and  drinks,  treating  them  like  important

guests.  Then  he  asked  them  to  give  him  one  hour  of  devotion.  On  their  way  these

men  persuaded  him  to  deny  Christ  and  to  acknowledge  Caesar  as  Lord.

Polycarp  entered  the  stadium  where  the  wild  beasts  were  kept  ready  to  devour

anyone  brought,  with  amazing  boldness.     He  heard  the  voice  from  heaven

encouraging  him  “Be  strong  Polycarp,  and  play  the  man,”  the  voice  said.  Some  of

the  believers  standing  by,  heard  the  voice,  but  they  saw  no  one.  They  believed  it  to

be  the  voice  of  God.

The  proconsul  also  tried  to  persuade  the  old  man  to  renounce  his  faith  in  Jesus  in

vain.  “Have  respect  for  your  old  age,”  he  told  the  bishop.  “Swear  by  the  divinity  of

Caesar,  repent,  and  say  “Away  with  the  atheists.”  To  this  Polycarp  solemnly  waved

his  hand  towards  the  pagan  crowd  and  repeated,  “Away  with  the  atheists!”  They

were  the  real  atheists,  weren’t  they?

When  the  proconsul  pleaded  further  with  him,  saying:  “Take  the  oath  and  I  will  let

you  go,  revile  Christ.”  Polycarp  nobly  replied  and  said:  “Eighty-six  years  I  have

served  the  Christ,  and  he  has  done  me  no  wrong.  How  can  I  blaspheme  my  king

who  has  saved  me?”

Even  though  they  further  threatened  him  with  wild  beasts  and  fire,  the  bishop

remained  firm  in  his  resolve.  Eventually  the  servant  of  God  was  burned  alive  at  the

stake,  fulfilling  the  prophecy.  As  he  boldly  approached  the  funeral  pyre,  the  brave

bishop  declared:  “He  who  gives  me  power  to  endure  the  fire  will  also  give  me

power  to  withstand  the  flames  (Hanks,  (1992:  16-17).

Further  more,  Hanks  narrates  that  at  the  height  of  Nero’s  persecution,  Peter  was

arrested  and  crucified.  He  says  that  one  of  the  apocryphal  account  tells  that  the

apostle  was  crucified  head  down-wards  because  he  did  not  believe  he  was  worthy

of  being  crucified  like  his  master.  As  for  the  apostle  Paul,  it  is  believed  that  he  was

beheaded,  and  not  crucified,  since  he  was  a  Roman  citizen.

It  is  shocking  how  blind  these  cruel  pagans  were.  They  were  not  aware  that  by

trying  to  destroy  the  church  they  were  ignorantly  and  indirectly  fortifying  it.  So

saints,  don’t  fear  persecution.  It  is  the  step  unto  glory.

Servants  of  the  Lord,  we  must  not  fear  suffering.  Suffering  is  the  badge  of  ministry.

All  the  saints  had  a  price  to  pay.  We  must  pay  it  too.

Speak  about  suffering!  It’s  real.  Persecution  is  real.  One  would  think  that  the

stones  that  landed  upon  Stephen  were  mere  religious  stones.  No.  They  were  real

stones.  They  were  real,  physical  and  hurting  stones.  God  did  not  change  them  into

plastic  stones.  Otherwise  Stephen  could  not  have  died.  But  he  suffered  real  severe

pain.  But  by  the  grace  of  God  he  pleaded  for  the  pardon  of  his  tormentors.

Most  church  folks  are  so  weird.  They  behave  like  they  have  been  baptized  in  lemon

juice.  One  can’t  understand  what  kind  of  Christians  they  are.  Real  faith  must  be

tested,  and  great  faith  must  be  tested  greatly.  It  seems  like  God  deals  with  His

servants  in  a  peculiar  manner.  He  first  sends  them  to  the  real  school  of  training

before  He  engages  them  into  ministry.

Look  at  Joseph.  Betrayed,  sold,  jailed  and  promoted.  He  was  pitted,  putted,  and

then  palaced.  He  was  thrown  into  the  pit,  the  prison,  and  then  the  palace.  Are  you

hearing  me?  “Zen  jin  bupa  hua  lian”  (Chinese  proverb)  meaning:  real  gold  fears  no

fire.

We  ministers  sometimes  get  excited  when  we  preach  about  the  Jewish  lads  in

Babylon.  Remember  Shadrach,  Meshach,  and  Abednego?  We  are  tempted  to

believe  that  they  felt  no  pain  at  all  in  the  fiery  furnace.  Can  you  imagine  if  you  are

sentenced  to  burn  in  the  lake  of  fire  that  was  heated  seven  times  more  than  it  was

wont  to  be  heated?  You  begin  to  sweat  and  shiver  at  the  same  time.  You  feel  the

heat  even  before  you  are  touched.  And  beside  that,  I  want  you  to  know  that  God  did

not  change  the  nature  of  that  fire.  It  was  real  burning  fire.  As  for  us  we  can’t  even

stand  the  mere  religious  stones  of  abuse.  Just  mere  ill  and  idle  talk  causes  us

nervous  break  down.

These  lads  went  through  real  fire.  That’s  why  it  destroyed  those  who  were  taking

the  victims  in.  The  only  difference  is  that  God  intervened  and  changed  those  victims

into  victors.  He  so  toughened  them  and  made  their  faith  so  radical  that  they  became

more  ‘fierier’  than  the  fire  itself.  God’s  grace  is  sufficient  for  us  if  we  stand  firm  on

His  word  and  promises.  He  transforms  victims  into  victors.

I  want  you  to  know  something  about  Jesus.  Those  who  met  Him  immediately  after

His  resurrection  couldn’t  recognize  Him.  They  couldn’t  see  anything  in  Him  to

remind  them  that  three  days  before,  my  Lord  was  beaten  and  tortured  to  death.  He

was  as  fit  as  before  the  ordeal  of  the  cross.  And  yet  the  cross  He  was  carrying  that

day  was  a  real  beam.  God  didn’t  reduce  its  weight  either.  The  nails  that  were  used

to  crucify  Him  were  not  plastic  nails.  They  were  real  and  painful.  Jesus  really  bled

to  death.  The  Bible  does  not  speak  of  fables  and  myths.  It  is  for  real.

But  look  at  Jesus  on  the  resurrection  day.  He  was  made  absolutely  whole.  The  same

as  those  Hebrew  boys  of  whom  the  Bible  reports,

…four  men  walking  around  in  the  fire,  unbound  and  unharmed,  and  the

fourth  looks  like  a  son  of  the  gods…the  fire  had  not  harmed  their  bodies,

nor  was  a  hair  of  their  heads  singed;  their  robes  were  not  scorched,  and

there  was  no  smell  of  fire  on  them  (Daniel  3:  25;  27).

Remember  Daniel  in  Babylon?  He  was  not  taken  to  faked  or  mystical  lions.  They

were  real  blood  thirsty  and  hungry  lions.  But  God  had  to  discipline  them

miraculously  to  deliver  a  man  of  faith.  Oh,  hallelujah!  Oh,  how  I  love  Jesus,  because

He  first  loved  me!

The  secrets  of  success  in  the  ministry  is  to  allow  God  work  His  divine  grace  in  our

lives  so  much,  that  we  be  able  to  stand  in  the  face  of  any  persecution.  That  we  may

be  able  to  go  through  persecution,  feel  its  pain,  endure  it,  survive  it  and  then  forget

it.  Praise  God.

I  have  learned  it  the  hard  way,  but  I  know  it  pays  to  praise  the  Lord  and  worship

Him  through  all  unbecoming  circumstances  and  crisis  situations.  He  will  take  care

of  us.  He  said,  “I  will  not  leave  you  or  forsake  you.”  (Heb.  13:  5).

Life  is  not  only  mirth  and  jokes  and  laughter,  but  this  is  the  only  partial  side  of  life.

One  of  the  famous  writers  said:  “Most  of  the  golden  trophies  of  life  have  been  won

through  toil,  sweat  and  blood.”  Christ  has  experienced  both  sides  of  life.  He  was

criticized,  ridiculed  and  mocked,  yet  Jesus  never  lost  his  joy.  When  He  rose  from

the  dead  he:

-Never  complained  about  Judas  betraying  him.

-Never  complained  about  Peter  denying  him.

-Never  complained  about  the  soldiers  that  gambled  over  his  garment.

-Never  complained  about  his  accusers  accusing  him.

-Never  complained  about  Pilate  surrendering  him  to  the  mob.

-Never  complained  about  the  mob  beating  him.

-Never  complained  about  the  mob  giving  him  vinegar  for  water.

-Never  complained  about  the  cross  weighing  heavily  upon  him.

-Never  complained  about  the  soldiers  cursing  and  crucifying  him.

-Never  complained  about  the  soldier  piercing  His  side.

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Pastor H D Makhubela

DEDICATION

This  book  is  dedicated  to  all  the  servants  of  the  Lord  in  the  kingdom  of  God.

Beloved  ones,  don’t  fear  any  challenges  in  the  ministry,  rather  challenge  them, break  through  them  and  win  the  victory  for  the  one  who  has  called  you  in  the ministry,  after  having  detected  the  potential  in  you.  Challenge  the  status  quo where  necessary  and  bring  about  and  initiate  transformation  and  change  suitable for  the  21st  century  church.

The  pastor’s  task  is  very  delicate.  It  needs  handling  with  care,  for  it  is  fragile.  It  is sometimes  also  stressful.  High  (or  let  me  say  extra-ordinary)  expectations  are  set for  the  minister.  Because  a  minister  is  aware  of  the  extra-ordinary  expectations  set on  him,  he  tries  his  utmost  best  not  to  disappoint  his  followers,  even  those  on higher  hierarchy.

Unfortunately  in  many  cases  the  old  English  adage  “care  killed  a  cat”,  becomes  a reality.  The  more  cautious  we  become  in  the  majority  of  cases,  the  more  we  missGod.  There  is  always  a  fear  of  stirring  more  troubles.  There  is  always  a  fear  that  if  I do  something  beyond  the  expectations  of  my  people  I  will  lose  my  reputation,  or  I will  make  things  get  worse.

When  we  do  things  in  a  little  different  way  we  arouse  suspicions  and  wrong conclusions.  Prejudice  and  bias  is  one  of  the  major  conflicts  amongst  Christian  folks.

Some  will  jump  into  conclusions  and  say:  “we  know  he  is  not  living  right,  and  he can’t  change.”

As  we  have  just  entered  the  new  millennium,  we  need  to  demonstrate  our  genuine concern  on  conflicting  issues  in  the  Body  of  Christ.  One  of  the  challenging  questions that  need  to  be  addressed  now  is:  “are  single  mothers  and  widows  of  equal importance  to  the  rest  of  the  members  in  the  church?”  How  does  God  view  these people?  What  does  God  expect  from  them,  in  terms  of  their  service  and  conduct?

How  does  God  expect  the  church  to  treat  them?  Is  the  church  doing  well  in  the intervention  and  support  of  the  fatherless?

Also,  are  people  admonished  by  the  church  to  redeem  the  time?  The  time  factor  is very  important.  People  must  be  taught  to  respect  time.  Remember,  time  is  money.

I  have  once  been  fortunate  to  visit  the  United  States  of  America,  and  throughout the  whole  trip  I  observed  how  critical  the  time  factor  is.  In  the  most  of  the  busy parts  of  the  U  S  A,  In  New  York  for  example  people  will  rather  give  you  a  dollar  bill, than  their  time.  During  rushing  (picking)  hours,  they  don’t  have  any  minute  to  waste.

When  the  times  change,  people  and  their  systems  change  too.  But  our  belief-system  as  the  church  should  not  change.  The  word  of  God  endures  for  ever (1  Pet.  1:25  K  J  V).  Unfortunately  today  one  hears  of  abominable  things  that  are problematic  in  the  church  and  the  community  at  large,  being  crowned.

What  does a  pastor  say  about  the  so  called  “gay  and  lesbianism?”  Tell  me  what  the  church must  say  about  the  so  called  “safe  abortion.”  How  should  we  react  as  the  church.

(Gal.  5:  19).  These  are  the  corruptible  works  of  the  flesh.  Period!  I  amdetermined  to  address  these  critical  issues  (in  spite  of  misunderstandings)  because these  are  unique  types  of  controversy  that  a  few  pastors  dare  to  address.

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ZION, MOUNTAIN OF YAHWEH

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MountZION

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This is what the LORD says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I am exceedingly jealous for Zion, yes, with great wrath I am jealous for her.’ 3“Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.’ 4“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of age.…

ZCC ZION CHRISTIAN CHURCH

ZIONCITY

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The Zion Christian Church (or ZCC) is one of the largest African initiated churches in southern Africa, with members belonging to ZCC star and members belonging to the Saint Engenas ZCC. [1] The church’s headquarters are at Zion City Moria in Limpopo ProvinceSouth Africa, and the two congregations that compose the church are led by Barnabas Lekganyane and Saint Engenas Lekganyane, the grandsons of its founder.

ZION IS the mountain of YAHWEH

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Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it. 3And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.4And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.…

No matter where you are in the world… there will always be a ZION nearby!

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Debunking the Myths About Yahushua

Before we continue to search out the questions we have already asked regarding the true fundamental nature of Messiah, as well as his purpose for coming to the Jewish people, I would like to preface that with some startling facts which many fail to realize—facts which are essential to a clear understanding of this subject.

Fact #1: The true historical Messiah mentioned repeatedly in the Messianic Writings (commonly, but erroneously, known as the New Testament) was (and still is) separate from his heavenly Father. Please see John Cordaro’s online article on this subject, called Yahshua the Messiah is Not Almighty Yahweh.[4]

To demonstrate this point could take many pages of detailed references, however, for the sake of brevity only a few will be listed here:

For though there be that are called gods, whether in…

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Perfection Through Messiah’s Atonement

Because of prevailing views regarding the nature of sin, it is necessary to review some important information about the doctrine of original sin. There is the false teaching which was introduced by Augustine and made popular for protestants by Calvin that we all inherited sin in our lives. This teaching says that an innocent baby is born a sinner. Scripture does not teach that. Scripture teaches that we inherited the death sentence for sin from Adam, and we inherited the propensity to sin, but we did not inherit sin itself. As free moral agents we can (through the power of Yahweh and the atonement of Messiah) overcome sin, and even live a perfect sinless life!!

Notice what is said in the Messianic Writings about the so-called “original sin:”

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so…

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Charles Stanley  

When it comes to spiritual maturity, we can’t simply take for granted that we’re growing. To evaluate personal progress, I’ve compiled a brief inventory of spiritual benchmarks. Check the list for an idea of how you’re doing. But remember, these items are just a place to start; see the Bible for a complete growth chart!

We know we’re growing spiritually when we become increasingly aware of our sinfulness and weakness. As I read biographies of godly saints, it’s clear that they don’t “get better” with age and spiritual maturity. Instead, they become ever more sensitive to their dependence upon the Lord. Moreover, progress is apparent when we respond to sin with quick repentance. Failure to deal with sin is rebellion against God. Growing believers turn away from wrongdoing and embrace righteousness. As we live with the good results of dependence and repentance, our desire to obey intensifies, and the attraction of sin lessens.

Growth is also marked by an increase in two things—joy and struggle.

I regard this article to be the ultimate test in the life of each and every  believer reaching spiritual maturity.

George Kleynhans

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Waiting for Answers to Prayer

Psalms 33:20-22

Scripture makes it clear that our heavenly Father hears and answers prayer. Yet we all experience times when, though we pray for God to act right away, He does not. What are some reasons for the delay?

At times the Lord sees that our attention is misdirected. Our relationship with Him should have priority over any earthly matter (Mark 12:30). Yet minds and prayers can become so fixed upon a need that our gaze shifts away from Him. The Father may delay His answer until we refocus on Him. In other situations, God waits because the timing is not right for granting our request. Perhaps certain events must happen first, or people’s thinking needs to be changed.

There are also seasons when the Lord wants to stretch and grow our faith. One of the ways He accomplishes that is by having us watch for His response. The Holy Spirit will work in these times of waiting to mature us and bring forth righteous fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).

Other reasons are a wrong motive for our request (James 4:3) and the practice of habitual sin. We all fall short when it comes to God’s standard of holiness, but some of us persist in a lifestyleof disobedience. The Lord may delay His answer so He can prompt us to confess our sin and turn back to Him.

Waiting on the Lord isn’t easy—faith and trust are needed (Heb. 11:1). If His answer is delayed, check that 1) your focus is on Him, 2) your motive for asking is God-honoring, and 3) you aren’t practicing habitual sin. Then believe that His response will be for your good and His glory.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

 

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Among the ranks of Messianic believers there has long been a controversy as to the correct pronunciation of the name of our Savior.  Predominately, among Jewish Messianics, there is the belief that the Messiah’s name is to be pronounced “Yeshua,” while among other Messianic believers there is the belief that the Savior should be called “Yahshua.”  Obviously they can’t both be right.

Our Savior said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the Truth, your Word is Truth.”  It therefore stands to reason that the truth of this matter can be learned by examining the Word of Yahweh.

The Meaning of the Savior’s Name

By examining the Scriptures we learn that the Israelite leader Joshua had the same name as our Savior.  Hebrews 4:8 reads in the KJV, “For if J-sus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.” The context of this passage shows that this is not referring to our Savior, but rather to the Israelite general who took Israel into the Promised Land.  This evidence supports the fact that the Messiah and Joshua had the same name.

All Hebrew names have meaning, and the name of our Savior is no exception. If we look in Matthew 1:21 we learn the meaning of the Messiah’s name. Again, we quote from the KJV: “And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name J-SUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” The name of the Messiah means “savior” and its meaning is derived from the Hebrew word for salvation.

From Hebrew lexicons we learn the precise meaning of the Savior’s name. The Brown, Driver and Briggs Hebrew Lexicon gives the following definition for the name Joshua: “…Jehovah [Yahweh] is salvation as a proper noun, masculine:

1) a son of Nun of the tribe of Ephraim and successor to Moses as the leader of the children of Israel; led the conquest of Canaan;

2) a resident of Beth-shemesh on whose land the Ark of the Covenant came to a stop after the Philistines returned it;

3) a son of Jehozadak and high priest after the restoration;

4) the governor of Jerusalem under king Josiah who gave his name to a gate of the city of Jerusalem.”

This reference says that the Savior’s name means Jehovah, or (more correctly) Yahweh is salvation.

For a second witness on the meaning of this name we go to the Hebrew Lexicon of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.  The definition there states: “No. 3091, uwcwhy…-from No. 3068 and No. 3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader: -Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Compare No. 1954, No. 3442.”

This definition verifies our previous definition, and it reveals the root words of this name. The first root given in Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon is No. 3068.  This is the Name of the Heavenly Father.  “No. 3068, hwhy Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw’); from No. 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of G-d: KJV – Jehovah, the L-rd. Compare No. 3050, No. 3069.”

The second root of the Savior’s name is Strong’s No. 3467.  This is the Hebrew word for salvation, “No. 3467, ucy yasha` (yaw-shah’); a primitive root; properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor: KJV -at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.”

From the Scriptures and from these lexicon definitions we learn that the Savior’s name should be translated as, Yahweh is salvation or the salvation of Yahweh.

Yahweh or Adonai?

The name of the Heavenly Father is composed of four Hebrew letters. For that reason it is referred to as the Tetragrammaton. Understand that when James Strong produced his concordance, the popular view among scholars was that the name of the Heavenly Father was Jehovah.

Strong and most scholars of that time were for the most part still following the error of the original English translators who had mistakenly incorporated the vowel points occurring in the Hebrew text into the transliteration. These vowel points had been added by the Masoretes to maintain their belief that the Sacred Name should not be spoken.  The vowel points that were placed there were for the title Adonai (my L-rd).

Traditionally, the Jews read Adonai or Ha Shem (“the Name”) instead of pronouncing the Name of the Heavenly Father.  They believe that “Yahweh” should not be pronounced because it is too holy, being called “the ineffable Name.”  When the reader of the Hebrew Masoretic Text would see the Tetragrammaton, he would be reminded by the vowel points to read Adonai and not Yahweh. This belief is in direct conflict with what our Savior taught on the subject; He openly proclaimed the Name of the Heavenly Father to His disciples.  Consider the following quotations from the Savior’s prayer in John chapter 17: “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word,” v. 6, NASU.

John 17:11-12: “I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled,” NASU.

John 17:26: “And I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them,” NASU.

Four times in this prayer our Savior emphasized that He had declared the Name of the Father to His disciples.  Obviously, the Messiah did not follow the Jewish tradition concerning the sacred Name. Scholarship has proven that the name of the Heavenly Father is not Jehovah but Yahweh.

The Correct Pronunciation

When looking at the various pronunciations offered in the lexicons, bear in mind that they are based upon the vowel points that were added by the Masoretes several hundred years after the Messiah’s death to help preserve the Hebrew pronunciations.  The Hebrew texts were originally written without vowel points. In Marks and Rogers Handbook to Biblical Hebrew is the following quotation: “Originally Hebrew had no written vowels; the following consonants, however, were often used to indicate long vowels: a, h, w, y. When the Masoretes introduced their vowel signs, they added their signs to these consonants,” p. 7. Notice that all of the letters that compose Yahweh’s name are listed here.

The Masoretes took certain liberties with the sacred Name because of their belief that it was too holy to pronounce.  For those fluent in Hebrew the vowel points are not necessary for reading or understanding the text.

It must be noted that the same “liberties” that were taken with Yahweh’s Name were also applied to the Savior’s Name in Hebrew.  Because of these corrupted traditions it is necessary to disregard the vowel points when translating these names.  Let’s take a look at these names as they appear in the Hebrew text.

We will first consider the name Yahweh.  In the Hebrew it is written hwhy.  Hebrew is written from right to left.  The English transliteration is YHWH.  These are four vowel letters.  It is not necessary to have vowel points to pronounce this name. The first letter— y (yoth) is pronounced as a long Y sound, like the Y in heavy (an ee sound).  The second letter— h (hay) is pronounced as a short A sound, like the A in father (an ah sound).  The third letter— w (waw) is pronounced as a long U sound, like the OO in food (oo sound).  The fourth letter— h (hay) is pronounced as a short E sound, like the E in met (an eh sound).  When we put these sounds together we get the correct pronunciation of the Heavenly Father’s Name, ee-ah-oo-eh, or as written in English, Yahweh.

The following from the Theological Workbook of the Old Testament is more proof of the true Name: “Yahweh. The Tetragrammaton YHWH, the L-RD, or Yahweh, the personal name of G-d and his most frequent designation in Scripture, occurring 5,321 times in the OT (KJV and ASV, the L-rd, or, in those contexts where the actual title ‘L-rd’ also occurs, G-d, except KJV, Jehovah, in seven passages where the name is particularly stressed (Ex 6:3; Ps 83:18 ; Isa 12:2; 26:4) or combined with other elements, such as Jehovah Jireh (Gen 22:14;  Ex 17:15; Judg 6:24; ASV, consistently Jehovah)… The tetragrammaton YHWH is not ordinarily written with its appropriate Hebrew vowels. But that the original pronunciation was YaHWeH seems probable, both from the corresponding verbal form, the imperfect of its root…”

Putting It Together

According to the previous definitions, the Savior’s Name is the combination of two words.  In the Strong’s Lexicon they are No. 3068—“Yahweh” and No.  3467—“salvation.” When we look at the Savior’s name in Hebrew it is written as ucwhy. Again, Hebrew is written from right to left.  Note the first three letters of this name—why. This is the contracted or abbreviated form of Yahweh’s name, pronounced Yah.

From the Theological Workbook of the Old Testament in regard to Yah:  “YAH. A contracted form of Yahweh. Occurs fifty times (rendered in English as above, except KJV, Jah, in Psalm 68:4, where the name is particularly stressed).

Also numerous proper nouns compounded with shortened forms of the divine name ‘Yahweh, e.g.: Jehonathan, ‘Yahweh has given’; ‘Jonathan,’ a substitute name for the same person (compare Gen 1:1 with 1Sam 14:6,8; 2Sam 17:17, 20 with Gen 1:1-2);  Jehoshaphat, ‘Yahweh has judged’; alternatively, ‘Joshaphat,’ applied only to two subordinates of David (1Chron 11:43; 15:24).”

Furthermore, we can cite the Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon on Yah hy.  This authoritative work shows the two forms of Yah as being hy and why.  It gives several examples in Hebrew showing how these two forms combine with other words to form proper nouns.  Both of these forms are transliterated as Yah.

The Savior’s name is one of the many proper nouns in the scriptures that is compounded with the shortened form of Yahweh’s name, Yah.  In this particular case it combines with the uc form of yahsa (salvation). From this evidence we can conclude that the Savior’s name must be pronounced as Yahshua and not Yeshua.

These facts take on even greater meaning if we consider the prophetic passage which deals with the Philadelphia Congregation of Revelation chapter 3.  This is obviously an end-time congregation since in verse ten they are offered protection during the tribulation. “Because you have kept the word of my perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10, NASU).

These end-time true worshipers were complimented for not having denied the Savior’s Name. Yahshua then tells them that He will cause those of the synagogue of Satan to bow before them. “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. ‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie — I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you’” (Revelation 3:8-9, NASU).

Judaism has for centuries sought to cover up the true pronunciation of Yahweh’s Name. That same false notion has been perpetuated today by those who insist on using the altered form Yeshua, rather than the correct and proper form, Yahshua. Yahshua is truth while Yeshua is error.  Our Savior said that His disciples are sanctified by the Truth, John 17:17.
As sincere seekers of truth, let us follow the example of the Philadelphia Assembly and not deny the name of our Savior.  Let us choose wisely and use the name that means “Yahweh is salvation.”

By Elder Bob Wirl


“Why do you pronounce the savior’s name Yahshua

instead of Yeshua?”

Rabbinic tradition suppressed the true Name Yahweh out of a fear of pronouncing the ineffable Name. In Hebrew, Jewish scribes inserted a vowel point, shewa (:) instead of the proper qamets (T), thus changing the sound “ah” in “Yah” to “eh.” This was done to hide the sacred Name and yielded the improper Yehovah and Yeshua, from which the improper “Jesus” arose. This may have been done to avoid offending the Jews and their proscription against even the short form YAH.

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew Dictionary reveals this erroneous vowel pointing of YAH to YEH in the first column of page 48 where the resulting “YEH” is clear. In every name in this column, a shewa (:) appears under the Hebrew letter yod (y:), so that the pronunciation, following the Hebrew spelling, begins with the prefix “YEH.”

The Greek transliteration of the Tetragrammaton YHWH is “EE-AH-OO-EH,”showing the vowel “a” and not an “e” in “Yahweh.”

Even the well-known Hebrew word “halleluYah,” which means “Praise Yah,” employs the “a” and not “e”. You never say “halleluyeh.”  The proper “ah” pronunciation is also found in names of patriarchs, like IsaYah (Isaiah-”Yahweh has saved”) and YeremiYah (Jeremiah-”Yahweh will exalt”).

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Yeshua vs. YAHshua

  • BY D. THOMAS LANCASTER  | TEACHING TEAM | COMMENTS
  • JANUARY 2, 2008
 I often receive letters and comments from people who write the name of Yeshua as YAHshua. More than a simple mispronunciation or spelling error, the implication is that the Master‘s name contained the sacred syllable “Yah,” that is the first syllable in the divine name of HaShem (Y/H/V/H). Rather than simply ignore this theologically loaded nomenclature, I have begun to simply correct people and assure them that the name of the Master should be transliterated into English and pronounced as Yeshua – the common Aramaic version of the Hebrew Yehoshua (i.e. Joshua). Last week I received the following response:

Sorry sir! But The Name is “YAHSHUA” and not “Ye-shua”! As the scripture says; “If my people how are called by [MY-NAME; "Y-H-W-H," = "YAH-SHUA!]” His Name is not Ye-shua! The people of Y-H-W-H should be calling them selves YAHUDAH! and not Jew! You be blessed, in The Name of YAHSHUA THE MESSYAH!

What is up with this? Where does this come from? There must be someone out there in the world of internet-scholars promoting this idea. Some object that this is nitpicking and it does not really matter how we pronounce the Master’s Name. I agree that it does not matter whether we call Him Jesus, Yeshua, Yehoshua or by whatever pronunciation His actual name legitimately appears in one’s language. But those who insist on the YAH-shua pronunciation have a specific theological agenda that is, in my opinion, subversive and dangerous.

Let’s use this blog forum to get to the bottom of this. I invite your comments and insights, but please observe at least the basic etiquette of civil discourse. Keep your comments short. No more than 150 words per post. I reserve the right to edit all comments. And remember, no “name-calling!” (Sorry. Bad joke.)

D. Thomas Lancaster
Tevet 24, 5768

conclusion

This entrapment to fall into argument about the name of our Messiah is dangerous amongst scolars, however my submission is that the name of our Lord and Saviour is significant in every language, spiritually empowered in each and every pronunciation thereof.

I have purchased a domain yashua.co.za because yeshua.co.za was not available. This domain lead me to another yahshua.co.za and eventualy I have registered yahshuablog.com.

On all the above mentioned sites I am praising our Master’s Name, who delivered us from evil, teaching us how to worship the father – YAHWEH

George Kleynhans

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