Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Name of the Messiah in the Tanakh

Did any of you know that the name of the Messiah is given in the Tanakh (Old Testament)? "...and hast spoken unto him, saying: Thus spake Jehovah of Hosts, saying: Lo, a man! A Shoot- [is] his name, And from this place he doth shoot up, And he hath built the temple of Jehovah." (Zechariah 6:12, Young's Literal Translation) This prophecy is a double fulfillment, concerning Joshua (Yehoshua) the high priest, but it also refers to the coming Joshua (Yeshua), who we know as Jesus. "Yeshua" is simply a shortened form of "Yehoshua". Both of them mean "Yahweh is salvation". This name is really significant when referring to Jesus. The angel of Yahweh spoke and said in Matthew 1:21, New English Translation), "She will give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Jesus/Yeshua, describes who the Messiah is (Yahweh) and what He came to do (bring salvation). The Old Testament even uses "Yeshua" as a verb for salvation and deliverance. Before Moses stretched his rod over the Red Sea during the exodus Israel out of Egypt, he said in Exodus 14:13, "Fear not, station yourselves, and see the salvation [yeshua] of Jehovah..." David, in Psalm 3:8, said "Of Jehovah is this salvation [yeshua]..." Jesus is the salvation of our heavenly Father Yahweh...come to Him for deliverance, salvation, and freedom. To know Jesus Christ is to know the very God (John 14:9). Thank God for becoming Emmanuel (God with us) when He, the Logos, became flesh to be our Yeshua. Blessed be the name of Yahweh. HalleluYah!