Christianity is “all about Jesus” – which is actually a huge mistake because there’s more to God and the Bible than just “Jesus.” One of Christianity’s mantras is: “If you call upon the name of “Jesus” you shall be saved!” Okay, sure…but there’s MORE TO IT than that!
Look, the truth is, Y’shua (or Yeshua, however you prefer to spell our Messiah’s name) was the ‘Word” (John 1:1 and 14) and the “arm of YHWH” (Isaiah 53:1); and as such, he is part of the “whole” but not the “whole” all by himself. He is ONE with the Father (John 10:30, John 17:21). Hard to explain, but I’m going to try….
First, what many don’t seem to understand is that while Y’shua was walking the earth in his physical body, he wasn’t “God” as Christianity suggests. I mean, honestly, can GOD be born or die? Our Creator, YHWH, caused a human woman to bear His Son and that Son had a divine nature because his Father was ELOHIM. (Miriam’s hymen was ruptured from the inside-out; it was supernatural, not the typical pregnancy! – Please check out my article: http://therefinersfire.org/who_is_he.htm) Y’shua in his human form constantly deferred to His Father (John 17:4). However, take a look at this:
Philippians 2:5 And think you so in yourselves, as Y'shua the Mashiyach also thought; 6. who, as he was in the likeness of Elohim, did not regard it sinful to be the coequal of Elohim; 7. yet disinherited himself and assumed the likeness of a servant, and was in the likeness of men and was found in fashion as a man; 8. and he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake. 9. Wherefore, also, Elohim has highly exalted him and given him a name which is more excellent than all names; 10. that at the name of Y'shua every knee should bow, of (beings) in heaven and on earth and under the earth; 11. and that every tongue should confess that Y'shua the Mashiyach is YHWH, to the glory of Elohim his Father. (AENT)
More than his literal birth name Y'shua (which was and is a common Hebrew name), and more than the perfect reputation that his name represents. Y'shua bears the Name of YHWH, the "name above all names"! Y'shua has the Name and reputation of the Father YHWH in him (John 17:11) and the name means "YHWH is Salvation" (Matthew 1:21). (The angels, for instance, only have YHWH's title of ELOHIM within their names: GabriEL, MichaEL, RaphaEL....)
Colossians 1: 15. who is the likeness of the invisible Elohim and the first-born of all creatures: 16. and by him was created everything that is in heaven and on earth, all that is visible and all that is invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; everything was through him and was created by him:(1) 17. and he was prior to all, and by him every thing exists. 18. And he is the head of the body the Assembly; as he is the head and first-born from among the dead, that he might be the first in all things. 19. For it pleased (the Father) that in him all fullness should dwell; 20. and by him, to reconcile all things to himself; and through him he has pacified, with the blood of his stake, both (those) on earth and those in heaven.(2) (AENT)
Footnote: The literal Aramaic reading is "by him," whereas Greek and English texts have "for him." Mashiyach is the creative Word through which everything was made (Psalm 33:6, John 1:1-5, Hebrews 1:1-5). The common Aramaic idiom here and in John is "through his hands" meaning as the Word, Mashiyach crafted all things according to YHWH's blueprints. Mashiyach Yeshua emerges as the Word from YHWH's breath and command and, as such, was with Him in the beginning (John 17:1-11).
So, as we can clearly see, God himself was never (as is Kenneth Copeland’s ridiculous suggestion) “six feet tall and looked just like us!” Here is an exact quote from Copeland:
"If you stood Adam upside God, they look just exactly alike....If you stood Jesus and Adam side-by-side, they would look and act and sound exactly alike....The image is that they look just alike, but the likeness is that they act alike and they are alike....All of God's attributes, all of God's authority, all of God's faith, all of God's ability was invested in that man." (Kenneth Copeland, Authority of the Believer IV (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1987, audiotape #01-0304).
Okay, let’s do some more digging:
We first learn in the Tanach (“Old” Testament) that all who call on the Name of YHWH – the Name He Himself gave to Moshe (see http://therefinersfire.org/name_of_god2.htm) will be saved (Joel 3:1-5; in some versions it’s Joel 2:28-32). This train of thought continues on into the “New” Testament. Take a look:
Acts 2: And it will be (that) all who call (on) the name of Master YHWH will be saved. (AENT)
Acts 2:16. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Yoel. 17. Elohim said, In later days it will be (that) I will pour out my Ruach upon all flesh, and your sons will prophesy and your daughters and your young men will see visions, and your elders will dream dreams. 18. And upon my servants and upon handmaids I will pour out my Ruach in those days. And they will prophesy. 19. And I will cause signs in heaven and mighty deeds upon the earth: blood, and fire, and columns of smoke, 20. the sun will be changed into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of Master YHWH.
21. And it will be (that) all who call (on) the name of Master YHWH will be saved. 38. Shimon said to them, “Repent and be immersed each of you in the name of Master YHWH-Y’shua for the forgiveness of sins, that you may receive the gift of the Ruach haKodesh. 39. For to you was the promise, and to your children, and to all those who are far away whom Elohim will call. (AENT)
Romans 10: 13. For everyone that will call on the name of Master YHWH, will have life.
 Shimon was preaching from the steps of the Temple in Jerusalem. Just below him were hundreds of mikveh (immersion) baths. Both the steps he spoke from and the baths are visible today outside the Western Wall. In Peter’s day baptism wasn’t an act of conversion from one religion to another, but an act of purification from sin. A person repented of their sin, prayed, and then entered into the waters of the mikveh to symbolize atonement.
 MarYah and Y’shua appear next to one another! Therefore, Keefa is saying that the divine part of Y’shua and YHWH are one and the same; he is referring to Him in both ways.
 MarYah, as opposed to the Greek kurios, can only refer to YHWH, giving Aramaic a huge interpretive advantage. It is a critical fact, as is pointed out here, that Rav Shaul specifically tells believers to call on the name of YHWH, which is certainly not at all represented by the name “Jesus.” John 17:11 tells us that the name of Y’shua is of the name YHWH. Before Rav Shaul came to believe, Y’shua had already ascended to the Right Hand of YHWH (Revelation 19:13).
Prayer was being offered unto YHWH in the name of Y’shua. Y’shua stated that his mission was to bring glory to His Father YHWH. Y’shua’s name (YHWH is salvation) is accomplishing the salvation of YHWH. It was also prophetic that the Gentiles would come to know the Name of YHWH, according to Jeremiah 16:19-21:
“O YHWH, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto you from the ends of the earth and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is YHWH.”
And, of course, this is to be done according to the Perfect work of Mashiyach!
Like I said above, there is so much MORE to the YHWH/Y’shua relationship….
Great post, Shali, and right on the mark! I also like the articles on the Mashiyach website (Is The Name Jesus Holy?; What's in a Name?) which helped open my eyes to YHWH.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kevin! We appreciate your posts! Blessings to you!Delete
Very enlightening teaching... thank you, Shali. So we shall call on MarYah, for such is the true name of YHWH.ReplyDelete
Yes! It is, after all, all about YHWH from whom sprang everything, including Yeshua, His Divine Messiah. :)Delete
What a beautiful teaching, i'd been to a different church and i cannot recall hearing something like this. May YHWH bless you more Sister Shali. Shalom.ReplyDelete