Yah and Yasha!
When we first discovered the Memorial Name, the names we thought correct were “Yahweh” and “Yahshua”. We fellowshiped with those of like mind, attending the feasts, receiving information and purchased a Bible from Bethel, PA and one from the House of Yahweh. We were so happy to be able to really, (Written by Hannah Mehl)
“Praise Him by His Name Yah”. Psalm 68:4.
Eight months later we received a Newsletter saying that Yahweh and Yahshua were not the correct names according to the Scripture. Our first reaction was, “how can we change now?” We have a publishing ministry, but as in all truths that have been presented to us, we searched this out and discovered several very interesting things.
On the front of the Bible – Bethel Addition – there are 2 names in Hebrew characters: The first hw hy, [YH VH- reading from right to left] they pronounce as “Yahweh” and the second is (#why [Yhosha-the “vav” [w]can be either a “v”, “o” or “oo”. [We will explain why we use the “o” in this name later.] which they pronounce “Yahshua”. We also discovered that there is no “w” in Hebrew. The American Peoples Ency. 1-649 reads: “The “W” added in the Middle Ages . . . to create the new character “W”. The origin of the “W” was indicated by its English name of “double U” or its French name of “double ve.”
In Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary under #2053 it shows the “vav” as the 6th Hebrew character. The Hebrew Alphabet is found in the 119th Psalm. The 6th character in some translations will read “vau” and in others “waw”.
We read the introductions to all the Bibles we have and they mentioned they had substituted the “LORD” in capital letters for the “Tetragrammaton”, which is a Greek word that means “4”. But in Psalm 68:4, and Exodus 3:14 it was only the 2 characters, hy “Yah”. There are also 100 other times when it is just the “yod and hey”, “Yah”.
In looking up “Yahshua” [(w#hy] we couldn’t find it in Scripture, or in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary. We looked up salvation and found:
#3444 = Yeshuah – h(w#y feminine From # 3467.
#8668 = Teshuah – hqw#t from 7768 in the sense of # 3467.
#4190 = Mowshah – h(#wm from # 3467
#3468 = Yesha – (#y from #3467.
#3467 = Yasha – (#y a primative root means – avenging, defend, deliver, Deliverer, help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (iour) [Savior], get victory. [The only difference between # 3467 and 3468 is the Masoretic Vowel Marks, which we don’t always accept, because they are not ancient but were “added” to the Hebrew Scriptures in the 6th century AD.]
We started to see a trend. All these words went back to the primitive root [the first word used anciently], Yasha.
We had been told that the Savior’s Name was the same as “Joshua” but Scripture doesn’t support this.
In #3091 there are 2 forms – the first is (w#why – which Strong’s pronounces as “Yehoshua”. This is correct with or without vowel marks except it should be “Yahoshua. The second form they pronounced as “Yehoshua” – however, when you look at just the Hebrew characters – (#why and pronounce it without the vowel marks you have “Yahosha”. The second form is the one found in the Hebrew Scriptures, in Numbers 13:16,
“These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land; but Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua.” KJV.
His name was (#wh [Hosha]from Strong’s #1954 – pronounced “Hosha” and goes back to #3467. This is how it is in the Interlinear Bible of the Hebrew. In verse 8 his name was “Hosha” in verse 16 it was changed to “Yahosha”. All Moses did to change Hosha’s name was to just add the yod – y changing his name from one that meant “deliverer” to one that means “Yah is deliverer”.
We looked up “salvation” in the New Testament and found 2 forms #4991 = soteria – which means – rescue, safety, deliver, health, salvation, save and saving. The second form is #4992 – soterion – which implies a person, a defender. In Luke 2:30, when Simon held the Savior up in the air, he said in Hebrew,
“For my eyes have seen Your Yasha.” [In Greek Soterion – the person]
The Savior said,
“I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not accept Me; when another will come in his own name, you will accept him.” John 5:43.
His Name had to contain the Father’s Name – Yah. Psalm 68:4 NKJV tells us to
“Praise Him by His Name YAH.”
This Name has been shown in various ways. According to the Jewish Ency. First it was shown as “4 yods” then “3 yods” then “2 yods” and then “yod and hey”. It is the “yod” attached to a silent consonant that makes the “Yah” sound. We can say His Name without the “hey” and have the same sound, “Ya”. In Revelation 19:2, 3, 6 in the KJV it is just written “Alleluia” and yet when we pronounce it we say “Alleluyah”. The Hebrew characters are not sacred, the sound is what is important.
In the Universal Jewish Ency. Page 584, under “Yahveh” it reads:
“If Yah or Yahu was original, then Yahveh is a later theologizing expansion.”
This is what we believe happened! When the Almighty gave His Name to Moses He said “I am Yah”. [Exodus 3:14.] There was only the yod and hey [hy] – Yah. The hw [VH] was not there in that verse nor in close to 100 other texts in Scripture.
The Talmud is of “Jewish” tradition, the written form of the “Oral writings of the scribes.” We only take statements from it when their statements coincide with the Scriptures.
In the Talmud [Sanhedrin 10:1] it explains that “the Name of the Almighty is written [hw] Yah, but pronounced [)dny] Adonai.”
In the Pesanim it reads, “(In) this world [the Sacred Name] is written [hy] Yah and read as Adonay [)dny]; but in the future world it shall be one: it shall be written hyand read hy– Yah.”
“You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me.” John 5:39.
The Savior was talking about the Old Testament, because when He spoke the New Testament hadn’t been written. We looked under “salvation” and found all the different words, we mentioned before, but couldn’t find “Yahshua”, there was “Yeshuah” but that was an action word and is feminine. The name movement began in America in the 1930s and the name “Yahshua” is attributed to an Elder Wm. (Bill) Bishop.
Under “salvation” we found Yasha in the following texts:
In Isaiah 62:11 it was “Yesha” # 3468, which goes back to the primitive root “Yasha”. Any word except the primitive root are adaptations of that word. We prefer to go with the original as far as the Scripture shows us. [The only reason it is pronounced “Yesha” is because of the man made vowel marks.]
The only Name for “Savior” in the Old Testament is “Yasha” # 3467.
When we were looking in the New Bantam-Megiddo Hebrew and English Dictionary for the way the Hebrews would say “Jesus”, there was “Jesuit” and in the Hebrew it is written y(w#y, and is pronounced “Yeshua-it”.
Do we want to continue using a name for our Savior that is the same as “Jesuit”? Also we discovered that the converted Hellens [Greeks] were not allowed to use the Father’s Name “Yah”, that is why they transcribed the prophets names leaving off the Memorial Name, Yah. Such as,
Esaias for Isaiah=Yashayah;
Elias for Elijah=Yilyah;
Elizeus, Eliseus for Elisha=Yilyasha;
Jeremias & Jeremy for Jeremiah=Yeremiyah; and
Zacharias for Zechariah=Zakaryah.
In the 1611 Edition of the KJV, the Introduction reads, “a word-for-word reprint of the First Edition of the Authorized Version presented in roman letters for easy reading and comparison with subsequent editions.” Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1982. In this edition under Luke 4:27 the Savior is talking about the prophet “Yilyasha” but it is written “Elizeus”. Is this proof of a substitution? We think it is!
From the Reader’s Digest “Great People of the Bible” on page 283, they say:
“The priesthood in Jerusalem had long resisted the Greek attitude that their God was the same Zeus worshiped by the Greeks. When Antiochus IV attempted to unify his Kingdom by imposing a uniform Hellenistic culture on his subjects, he had an altar to Zeus erected on the Temple altar. For the Greeks, the pig was a common sacrificial animal…But to the Jews the offering of an “unclean” beast was an outrage. Such acts provoked the Maccabean revolt.”
We want the Scriptures to teach us all things, not man. We had been using the quote from the Jewish Encyclopedia where they said, “the name is probably pronounced Yahweh, as the Greek scholars say.” Until we noticed the Jews aren’t saying this, they are quoting the Greek scholars.
This is why we use “Yah” and “Yasha”. Scripture tells us it was “Yasha” that rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. [Zechariah 9:9] And the children shouted “Yashana“. The Savior said this was perfected praise.
“… ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ And Yasha said to them, ‘Yes, have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise?’ Matthew 21:16.
We have also found more evidence to the fact that the Savior’s Name is “Yasha”. For those of you who are truly interested request our study “Who is Ishi“.
- All names in blue will be found at the bottom of each study in alphabetical order, with the Strong’s # found in the Hebrew Dictionary. If the name is only found in the Greek Dictionary, there will be a G#- after the name.
- Israel – Yasharon # 3478. “Israel” is an incorrect. Yasharon is the name that was given to Yakob when he persevered with Yah. That name belongs to all those who follow Yasha and “persevere” and “overcome” all sin by Yah’s Spirit. “The people called by My Name.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. For more information see our study “Who is Ishi?”
- Jerusalem – Yarashalom # 3389/3384-7999. We have gone back to the “Primitive root” on all the names in the Scriptures; this is why we spell Yarashalom this way. Originally the city was called “Shalem” in Genesis 14:18, and Psalm 76:2.
- Yah # 3050, “the Sacred Name.” We are instructed in Psalm 68:4 to sing to the Almighty in His Name “Yah”. The Name was also given to us by the Son in Exodus 3:14 – I AM is a translated of “Yah”. In verse 15, it is Yah veh, or Yah, the Life Giver, and states this is His Memorial Name forever. We do not believe the 4 characters YH VH are one name, but is His name “Yah”, and a description of one of His characteristics, the Life Giver. In the Old Testament [OT] “God” is from Elohim or El which is a substitute for the Memorial Name. [Universal Jewish Ency. Pg. 7.] “God” in the New Testament [NT] is from the Hellen’s [Greek] “Theos” which is their “Supreme One.” In restoring the names to the OT and NT we have used appropriate titles for “God” or restored the Memorial Name in many of those places where the context suggests. See our Study “The 3 Powers of Heaven“.
- Yasha # 3467. This is the only name for “Savior” in the Hebrew language. See “salvation” in Yashayah 62:11; Zekaryah 9:9, and “Saviors” in Obadyah 21. The Greeks substituted “Iezeus” for the Savior’s true name because they were forbidden to speak, preach or write in His name. [Acts 4:17, 18; 5:28, 40, 41] They believed that their savior god “Zeus” was the same “god” that the Hebrews worshiped. This is not our own opinion, but is used in the original 1611 KJV in Luke 4:27. This is what the exact quote says: “And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elizeus the prophet…” If you look up Elisha, for that is the prophet the Savior was referring to, you will see by the Hebrew characters it should be “Yilyasha”. The Romans brought the name “Iezeus” over to “Iesus” and the modern Jews, thinking they were translating from the original Hebrew, use “Yeshua” which is just the Hebrew way of saying “Jesus“. For more information on the Savior’s Name, click on our study “Blotting out His Name” And “Who is Ishi?”]
- Yashana – Hosana # G# 5614 “of Hebrew origin [3467 and 4994]; oh save!; hosanna (i.e. hoshia-na), an exclamation of adoration: –hosanna.” #3467 is Yasha and 4994 is ‘na’.