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To Judge All Teaching (NOT THE PERSON BY SENDING HIM TO HELL) and Preaching is a Scriptural Commandment:
1 Jn. 4:1, ‘Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits [according to the FULL CONTEXT of Scripture, to see] whether they are of God; because MANY false prophets [and teachers] have gone out into the world.’
THE MUCH ABUSED VERSE, USED TO SUSTAIN THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION, (Mt. 15:24):
[Jesus] answered, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’
This does NOT mean that Jesus was referring to a ‘lost, chosen, elite, end-time church!’ The CONTEXT clearly explains that the Jewish ‘church,’ or religious structure of Jesus’ time (and still under the Old Testament Covenant,) rejected Him as their SPIRITUAL Savior. God the Father knew that the majority of Jews would choose to reject His Son. Thus, Jesus first came to save the Jews who knew they were spiritually lost — the few, or ‘the remnant,’ who knew that they were in dire need of the Savior!
Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible: ‘The restriction on Jesus’ [initial] mission [before He inaugurated the New Covenant at Calvary,] did not involve RACIAL OR SOCIAL EXCLUSIVISM… In God’s plan the Gospel was FIRST offered to the Old [Testament] Covenant people, [the Jewish nation,] because of their [physical] calling [as His Old Testament nation,] and the responsibilities it entailed. The gathering of Israel [had to] precede and prepare for the [worldwide] gathering of the Gentiles, (Rom. 1:16.)’
CONTEXTUALLY, all the verses, which the Israel Vision and their associates use to ‘prove’ that they are the so-called ‘lost tribe of Israel,’ echo Jesus declaration:
“Everyone [who knows he is spiritually lost, (Mt. 18:11,) and] who humbles himself as a little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven…” - Please read Mt. 18:1-14!
In the same passage Jesus forewarned against such abuse of His Word, and stated, (Mt. 18:3-14,) “Whoever causes one of these little ones, [spiritually immature believers,] who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the [religious] world because of offenses! [Such as false doctrines, which deceive His gullible believers and lead them astray...] Woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”
Paul brought the false doctrine of predestination into perspective when he wrote in Rom. 1:16-17, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for EVERYONE who believes, for the Jew first, [the Gospel was preached to them first,] and also for the Greek, [all the sincere believers from the Gentile nations.]
“For in it, [the Covenant of the New Testament,] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘the just shall live by faith.’”
Peter declared in Acts 4:11-12, “This, [the New Testament Christ, Jesus,] is the Stone which was rejected by you builders, [the Pharisees— and eventually, Israel as a nation,] which has become the Chief Cornerstone [of the Gospel of Grace.]
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus Christ is the Creator God
SHOULD WE CALL GOD JEHOVAH, YAHWEH, YAHWAH, YAH, YESHUA, JESHUA — OR JESUS?
With love to all the ‘Lost Tribe,’ ‘Israel Vision’ disciples, Messianic Jews, Zionists, Armstrongians,’ Jehovah Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals and other Unitarians out there, because God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is One God and One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus…” – [1 Tim. 2:4:6.] Judaists of the Old Testament Covenant are still waiting for their “Messiah.” New Covenant believers know there is Only One Mediator between God and man and Only One Christ, and His Name is Jesus. Messianic Judaism is therefore a great deception.
THIS STUDY DOES NOT CONDEMN ANYONE, BUT JUDGES FALSE TEACHING, WHICH IS A SCRIPTURAL COMMANDMENT. IT WILL PROVE THE FOLLOWING, REFUTING PROFANE LIES AGAINST GOD, HIS SON JESUS, THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND HIS HOLY, EVERLASTING WORD:
· “The New Testament was Falsified.” Answer: Although some Bible verses were twisted and omitted to incorporate false church doctrines and unbiblical Christian structures, the entire New Testament was NOT falsified, nor was everything “corruptively translated” from so-called ‘original,’ 1st century, Hebrew writings. God promised that His Word will NEVER “pass away,” and He is “not a man that He should lie.”
· The original books of the New Testament were written in Koine Greek, NOT in Hebrew.
· The Name of Jesus is NOT a false Name, invented by the early Roman Catholic church fathers.
· Jesus is not a false christ or savior, nor is He a messianic imposter!
· The title and word ‘Christ’ is not an evil substitute for ‘Messiah.’
· The title ‘Lord’ does not mean ‘Baal’ in Hebrew.
· The Name of Jesus does not mean “earth pig” and “man horse” in Hebrew and Latin!
· The Name of Jesus was not derived from the Greek god Zeus.
· The Name of Jesus was not derived from the name of the goddess Iaso or ‘Isus.’
· The Name of Jesus is not a false, “twice-removed translation” of the Name.
· Jesus is not a false Name “used by boastful Christians who killed Jews.”
· Jesus’ Name was not derived from paganism to keep “anti-Torah, anti-Jewish tradition.”
· God did not command us to revere and respect the fact that Jesus was Jewish!
· Not a single Bible verse, any of the early disciples, nor any verse in the Hebrew Old Testament, commands that Jesus must be called by a Hebrew name.
· The name ‘Yashua’ or Y’shua or whatever else, upholds Unitarian, anti-Scriptural doctrines.
The rejection of the New Testament Christ, the Son of the Living God of the Bible, in favor of the “Old Testament Hebrew Christ,” stems from a so-called ‘divinely chosen people,’ and/or ‘a faithful Jewish remnant,’ rooted in Messianic Judaism through various movements such as Messianic Christianity, the ‘Restored Church’ of HW Armstrong, the ‘Restored Earth’ of the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah Witnesses, and so forth.
God supposedly endowed these church leaders and their members with ‘higher spiritual knowledge’ to ‘know’ that everyone, who does not call God and His “Messiah’ by His Old Testament Name ‘Jehovah’ or ‘YHWH,’ (erroneously pronounced ‘Jahweh,’) commits the unpardonable sin. Some even allege that neither Jesus’ Divine title ‘Lord,’ [which means ‘Yehowah’ in Hebrew,] nor the Name of Jesus, nor the description of His Person, (‘Christ’ in English,) can relate to Yeshua, the so-called “Real, Old Testament” “Messiah.”
If it is correct that people really do have to call God by His “Old Testament Name” only, while abiding by certain Jewish traditions, parts of the O.T. Law, and certain uncontextual, O.T. covenants, (which pertained to the old Hebrew nation only) in order to be saved, disciples of Jesus have to repent from believing in Jesus Christ, that’s for certain. However, if this is wrong, these “Messiah”-disciples actually reject and demise the New Testament Covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ, (Mt. 5:17; Heb. 8:8-13; 9 & 10.) Thus they reject, blaspheme, and defile the Name of God the Savior, revealed throughout the New Testament Scriptures as the Lord Jesus Christ.
[Jesus is not merely called Savior, or Christ. Jesus Himself IS GOD, as Paul declared in Col. 2:9, “In Him DWELLS [present tense] the FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY!”
THE CORE OF MESSIANIC JUDAISM
Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia wrote, “Messianic Judaism is a religious cult whose adherents believe that Yeshua, [and not the New Testament Jesus,] is both the resurrected Jewish Messiah and their Divine Savior. Messianic Jews consider themselves to be Jewish... Many Christians consider Messianic Judaism to be a form of Christianity… The mainstream movement accepts Yeshua as "the Torah [Old Testament Law] made flesh… He is HaShem… Some offshoots… deny Jesus' divinity entirely…."
They claim their Christ is HaShem, which, in fact, means ‘The Name,’ (Lev. 24:11-16.) [The Jews believe that God is so holy and His Name is so sacred, they should never call Him by His Name. Therefore, when Jews refer to God, they usually call Him HaShem.] However, these people focus entirely on God’s ‘Name,’ (i.e. ‘Jehovah,’ ‘Jahweh,’ or ‘Jashua’ as their salvation,) while they should focus on God Himself; His Person and Character, described by His Name - just as the Jehovah Witnesses, Pentecostal Oneness Church, (Jesus Only,) and other Unitarians do.
They do not realize that a name by itself is empty and without meaning, (Mt. 28:19.)
They focus so much on the ‘name’ they lose the Savior called by that Name.
This ‘Jewish’ Christ is supposedly the ‘Old Testament or Tanahk,’ called ‘Jehoshua’ or ‘Jashua, (Yashua,)’ not the Jesus of the New Testament.
These people twist Lev. 24:11 to deify ‘The Name’ by itself; but this verse does not state that ‘The Name’ by itself IS God and should thus not be blasphemed. GOD HIMSELF is God; God’s Name alone is not God. Contextually, this verse declares that whoever blasphemes or curses the Name of the LORD – (in other words, those who curse God Himself; those who slander His Person and Character) – must be put to death. And this is exactly what these blasphemous sects do: they curse the holy Character of God by distorting, abusing, and falsifying His Name!
Wikipedia continues, “It is believed that [a so-called ‘physical remnant’ of the physical nation of ISRAEL] were to remain, and will continue to be the chosen people of the God of Jacob, and are central to His plans for existence here on earth. Virtually all Messianics (whether Jewish or non-Jewish) can be said to oppose… the Biblical view that the New Testament [body of Christ,] has replaced [physical] Israel in the mind and plans of God.”
The ‘Israel Vision,’ in whatever form it reveals its ugly face, nullifies the entire N.T. Gospel of Grace in favor of a false christ, certain Old Testament laws, covenants, traditions, and the Kingdom-Now theology. Their entire philosophy centers on restoring ‘god’s physical kingdom here on earth.’ However, the entire N.T. focuses on the Spiritual Kingdom of God, and declares that ‘God SO loved the WHOLE world, that He sent His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him [personally] shall not perish, but have eternal life,’ (Jn. 3:16.)
These sects allege that the entire N.T. was so completely corrupted that the ‘real gospel’ and the ‘real messiah’ were misconstrued. They reject the N.T. Christ and His Gospel of Grace, which declares that Jesus bought His disciples with His blood ‘from every tribe, and tongue, and nation,’ (Jn. 1:12-13; Rev. 5:9; 7:9.) They do not accept the fact that Christ suffered, died, and rose from the grave for everyone who would willingly and personally accept Him, (Jn. 1:12-13.) They believe ‘messiah’ died only for a ‘predestined, chosen elect’ – which, essentially, remains the evil core of Roman Catholicism, Calvinism, and every other Christian religion without the True Biblical Christ.
While they desperately recite O.T. verses and O.T., Hebraic covenants, they forget that the NEW Covenant or the NEW Testament, written in the blood of the Real and Only Scriptural Christ, is the only valid covenant, (Heb. chapters 8-10!) The very reason why Jesus, the only begotten Son of God suffered, died, and rose from the grave, was to establish the New Covenant! The old covenant, or the O.T. law, was completely annulled and done away with when Jesus fulfilled the entire Sacrificial and Moral Law on the cross! – (Mt. 5:17!)
Conveniently, they ignore God’s promise to Abram in Gen. 11:3b, “…in you I will bless ALL the [true believers from all the] nations of the earth.”
God fulfilled His promise to Abram under the New Covenant, as described in Gal. 3:6-14, “Just as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness… those who are of faith [in Christ] are sons of Abraham… Christ has redeemed us, [the Jesus-believing Jews,] from the curse of the law… [Deut. 28,] that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, [the Jesus-believing pagans from every tribe, tongue, and nation] in Christ Jesus…”
‘God is not a man that He should lie,’ therefore, He will not reject the New Covenant in favor of a non-contextual Hebraic covenant, which focuses on a so-called ‘physical,’ New Testament nation here on earth.
[Read the discussion on Messianic Judaism inside the article on the Godhead, Modulism, Binitarianism, and the trinity.]
THEY TARGET MUCH MORE THAN THE NAME OF JESUS
It is clear, according to the many variations of the Name ‘Yehoshua,’ that these ‘enlightened ones’ do not know their christ’s name at all. All so-called ‘hidden’ or ‘higher knowledge’ of God’s Word is Gnostism. Gnostism is a pagan belief, which fixes humankind’s salvation upon so-called human mind-knowledge, and not upon true faith in the Biblical Savior and obedience to His true, contextual Word.
While most fallacies concentrate on the truly Scripturally born again believer’s daily walk with Christ, these sects target the believer’s life in Christ – the very salvation of his or her soul! Subsequently, this debate does not merely relate to the Name of Jesus or the origin of the word ‘christ.’ It attacks the Character and Person of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God.
‘YOU ACTUALLY CALL UPON BAAL AND ZEUS, AND THE GREEK GODDESS IESOUS’
The reasoning behind the ‘Jehovah’ and ‘Jashua’-argument is supposedly “based on historical and Scriptural fact, and knowledge of the original Hebrew language.”
However, their blasphemous allegations prove the complete opposite.
Ignorant of the Hebrew language and its pronunciation, they allege, “to call Jesus ‘Lord,’ is to call upon Baal, because the name ‘Baal’ means ‘lord’ in Hebrew. Early translators of the Bible replaced the Name of Messiah Jahshua, (or Yehoshua) with the title ‘lord.’ Thus, when you call Him ‘Lord,’ you refer to Baal.”
They also allege that the Greek Name of Jesus was derived from ‘the Greek goddess Iesous.’ They say that the ‘soos’ of Ie-‘sous’ means ‘man horse’ in Hebrew and ‘earth pig’ in Latin!
Similarly ‘Je-zeus,’ from which the Name of Jesus was supposedly derived, “relates to the Greek god Zeus.” “So,” they say, “when you call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you call upon the sun god Baal, the Greek god Zeus, and the goddess Iesous – an entirely false Savior, whose name means ‘earth pig’ and ‘man horse!’”
Firstly, the goddess “Iesous” they refer to was called ‘IASO,’ not ‘Iesous.’ The Greek Name ‘Iesous’ is NOT a false Name with “roots in the Greek-Hellenistic paganism!”
Secondly, the origin of the Name ‘Iesous’ is indeed Greek and not Hebrew, because it is proven fact that 1st century, New Testament writings in Hebrew do not exist.
Thirdly, the Hebrew adjective ‘-soos’ does NOT relate to the Greek Name ‘Iesous,’ and it does NOT describe Jesus’ Name in Hebrew or in Latin!
‘Seek God Ministries’ explained, “It goes without saying that Acts 4:11-12 does not read the English Name ‘Jesus’ in the original [Koine] Greek manuscripts.
“The English language did not yet exist.
“It is true that Peter did not say "Jesus" was the Christ’s Name, as Peter did not speak Latin or English. Neither did Peter say Jesus’ Name was the Hebraic spelling and pronunciation of the modern name Yeshua, [or Yehoshua.]
Peter said His Name is Iesous, the Greek Name for Jesus…
“The English name Jesus derives from the [later] Latin Name Iesus, [not the goddess Iaso,] which was translated from the [earlier] Koine Greek name Ἰησοῦς or Iēsoûs,]”
The Modern Greek letters IHΣOYΣ definitely do translate as ‘Jesus Christ.’
[We acknowledge the help of our Greek friend - thanks, Vicky!]
‘CHRIST’ IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR ‘MESSIAH!’
The Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia declares, “Christ does not ‘rename’ ‘Yehoshua Messiah,’ nor does the word ‘Christ’ constitute another meaning for [the real Hebrew] Messiah!”
‘Christ’ simply means ‘Savior.’
The Hebrew word ‘Messiah’ also means ‘Savior.’
We do not have to speak Hebrew for God to understand and acknowledge us. God is all-knowing, or omniscient.
COULD THE NAME OF JESUS REFER TO ZEUS?
As explained in “HOW SECRET SOCIETIES CONTROL THE RISE AND FALL OF RELIGIONS — Part 1-7, ”the concocted, (not translated) word ‘church’ completely replaced the Koine-Greek word ‘ecclesia’ in the Bible. The word ‘church,’ (which was derived from the word and concept ‘circle,’ the Druidic ‘circus/fairy ring,’) completely changed and nullified the meaning, structure, form, calling, function, and the very nature of the word ‘ecclesia,’ the “called out assembly” or born again body of Christ. But the English Name ‘Jesus’ does not change or nullify the Character and Person of the Biblical, New Testament Christ, Iesous.
‘Seek God’ explains, “If we take the logic used in the Jesus/Ge-zeus fallacy, and apply it to a Hebraic context, then people could never name their children Nathan or Jonathan, because those names have the same ending as Satan…”
Well, of course, that is ridiculous!
And when the same satanic ‘logic’ is applied to the Name of Jesus that is most evil blasphemy!
THE EVOLUTION, PRONUNCIATION, AND TRANSLATION OF HEBREW AND GREEK
Jason Dulle wrote, “Hebrew is a consonantal language, having no vowels… No one knows exactly how Ancient Hebrew, [the language God spoke to Abram,] was pronounced. The closest idea of how to pronounce Hebrew comes from those who lived some 2,300 years after the earliest Hebrew Scriptures, and some 1,300 years after the latest Hebrew writings…. There can be no doubt that the vocalization [of later years] was not that of the Paleo-Hebraic, [the ancient Hebrews,] or even the later Hebrew dialects up to the time of Christ…”
In Jesus’ time, Jerusalem was a bustling hodge-podge metropolis under Roman control.
Many languages and dialects were spoken in the regions where Jesus and the disciples ministered – and God did not object to any in favor of the Hebrew language. Jesus and His disciples spoke Aramaic, Modern Hebrew, and Koine Greek. Koine Greek is ‘common,’ 1st century Greek and the forerunner of Modern Greek, which evolved from classical Greek between 300 B.C. and A.D. 300. Under Roman rule, the 1st century Jews used Koine Greek as the language of