If you are among those who have rejected Messiah Yeshua because you believe he is not mentioned in the Tanach (Old Testament), we offer this short article as proof to the contrary. Please note that the key to discovering ELOHIM’s Truth is that you don’t just accept what the Jewish counter-missionary Rabbis proclaim (because they refuse to believe that Yeshua is Messiah, while at the same time, expecting the long-dead Rabbi Mendel Schneerson to suddenly rise…); but instead, you must personally be willing to READ and STUDY this issue through the lens of the Ruach haKodesh.
With that said, we invite you to read and absorb everything written below, including the links to our articles. When you’re finished, please feel free to contradict anything we’ve espoused, using Scripture instead of personal interpretation!
To begin with, the Tanakh records the name Y’shua 30 times, Y’hoshua (Joshua) 199 times. Y’shua is the shortened form of Y’hoshua, the same name given to Mashiyach (Messiah). The successor of Moses, Yehoshua (Joshua), is a type of Mashiyach, who brought the Israelites into the promised land. Additionally, yeshua (salvation), used 78 times, is the passive participle of yasha (save or savior), which is used 205 times. (Source: Aramaic English New Testament – AENT.)
(Please bear with us as we bounce back and forth between the Tanakh and the NT.)
"God with us"; Emmanuel, Imanu'el) is a Hebrew name appearing in Book of Isaiah as a sign that ELOHIM will protect the House of David. Matthew 1:22-23 quotes part of this, "a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel", as a prophecy of the birth of the Messiah and the fulfillment of Scripture. (See our articles about the early stages of Miriam’s pregnancy, ; and the explanation of “almah”)
Proverbs 30:4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has cupped the wind in the palms of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know!
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....) Yeshua was an arm of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1).
Genesis 49:18 “I have waited for your yeshua (salvation), O YHWH.”
In our article containing an explanation of Son of Man (which uses scripture and footnotes from the AENT) you can find the following proofs of Y’shua filling the shoes of the prophesied Jewish Messiah:
John 10: 30 "I and the Father are one."
The intimate relationship between Father and Son unfolds in Matthew 6:9-13 with the Prayer of our Master, and progressive revelation continuing in Matthew 26:39, 42 and so on. Put simply, if Yeshua is YHWH, then is he talking to himself? The answer, of course, is NO! But, in order to understand we must go deep into the Tanakh ("Old Testament") to the following milestone passages:
(1) In Exodus 23:20-22 we find mention of the only Messenger that YHWH sent to Israel who "has My Name in him." This is key because every other messenger has only YHWH's title - EL (MichaEL, RaphaEL, Gabri_EL, etc.) in their names. But Y'shua's name means, "YHWH is salvation" which is tied to prophecy about him in places like Jeremiah 23:5-6, and fulfilled in John 17:11.
Mashiyach has a superior name to the other messengers (Hebrews 1:1-5) and a Name in him that is above all other names (Colossians 1:16-19, Philippians 2:9-10). This means that Y'shua and this Messenger, who are one and the same, have the Name Yah rather than El/Eloah/Elohim.
(2) The other aspect of Exodus 23:20-22 is that YHWH warns that this Messenger will not forgive Israel if they sin; implying that he had the independent power to do so, but would not on this occasion. Such ability was not ever afforded any other heavenly messenger. To see how this might manifest with Mashiyach's power and office, please see Matthew 9:5-8.
(3) Isaiah 9:6 tells us that one of the names of Mashiyach is "the Everlasting Father," who is obviously YHWH Himself. Then Isaiah 11:1-2 tells us that Mashiyach as the Root of Jesse will have the Spirit of YHWH rest inside him! Incidentally, the Spirit of YHWH and the Ruach haKodesh are also one and the same, as evidenced by Psalm 51:1-11 and Isaiah 63:1-11.
(4) Perhaps the most essential passage is in Zechariah 12:10, where the only begotten Son is killed but YHWH is "pierced." The Hebrew here, despite of rabbinic arguments to the contrary, could not be clearer. The phrase in question is et asher dakaru. The et serves as a direct object pointer; it shows what part of a Hebrew sentence is receiving the action. So in Genesis 1:1 we are told et hashamayim v'et ha'aretz, with the et meaning that the heavens and the Earth are receiving the action of being created.
On this everyone agrees, but the same rabbis who agree with this usage in Genesis everywhere else in Tanakh turn a blind eye here. In this passage in Zechariah, it can only read as "to whom pierced they," and since YHWH is speaking, He is being pierced! And yet the rest of the passage talks of people mourning for the man as "an only begotten son"! How can this be? The Son whose flesh is pierced contains YHWH's Spirit – His qnoma, or nature - so while it is the flesh that is literally pierced and dies, the Spirit of YHWH is pierced too, but of course, cannot die.
(5) Finally Isaiah 53:1: "to whom has the arm of YHWH been revealed?" This is the only acceptable form of "Godhead" in Scripture. Clearly not a Trinity of three separate beings (or persons), because the arm is not a separate entity from the rest of the body and has no independent will. The "arm" moves only with the power and control from the mind. In the same way YHWH's nature is manifest as an occurrence within the Son that is separate but side-by-side with his human nature. These two natures then communicate with one another; thus explaining why Y'shua is not talking to himself when he prays to his Father.
This fact is also why sometimes Y'shua says things like, "My teaching is not my own" and "I can do nothing without my Father" on the one hand but on the other he says, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father" and "I and my Father are one of the same." This indicates a 100 percent divine nature that exists in a 100 percent human soul and flesh, where one or the other talks through Y'shua. But the human is subject to the divine (again, "Not my will...") which is the only way the Scripture cannot be broken. It is not Trinity but neither does this deny the divine aspects in Y'shua himself. It is also the real meaning behind, "No one comes to the Father but by me." See also John 5:26.
And 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 Master YHWH is Y’shua the Mashiyach, to the glory of Elohim his Father. (AENT)
Footnote: More that 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).
Yeshua, the Branch, the Sprout, the Root … will remove the sin of the land in one day!
Please allow the following verses discussing YHWH's Messiah to touch your soul: Genesis 49:10, Deuteronomy 18:15, Malachi 3:1, Isaiah 9:5-7, Isaiah 11:2-9, Isaiah 42:1-4, Daniel 9:25, Ezekiel 21:26-27, Zechariah 9:9. See also Number 12 of the 13 Principles of Faith - wherein Maimonides himself said that Jews are to "believe" in the Messiah!
- Isaiah 11:1 - But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai (Jesse), a shoot will grow from his roots.
- Isaiah 11:10 - On that day the root of Yishai (Jesse), which stands as a banner for the peoples - the Goyim (Gentiles) will seek him out, and the place where he rests will be glorious.
- Isaiah 53:2 - For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us.
- Jeremiah 23:5 - "The days are coming," says ADONAI when I will raise a righteous Branch for David. He will reign as king and succeed, he will do what is just and right in the land.
- Jeremiah 33:15 - When those days come, at that time, I will cause to spring up for David a Branch of Righteousness. He will do what is just and right in the land.
- Zecheriah 3:8 - Listen, cohen gadol Y'hoshua (Joshua the high priest), both you and your colleagues seated here before you, because these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Tzemach [the sprout]. 9 For look at the stone I have put in front of Y'hoshua: on one stone are seven eyes; I will engrave what is to be written on it,' says ADONAI-Tzva'ot; 'and I will remove the guilt of this land in one day.
- Zecheriah 6:12 - ...and tell him, 'ADONAI Tzva'ot says: "There is coming a man whose name is Tzemach [the sprout]. He will sprout up from his place and rebuild the temple of ADONAI.
Just because ALL of the messianic prophecies haven’t been fulfilled yet, doesn’t mean they won’t be! There is NO scripture that says the prophecies must be fulfilled in a certain timeframe. Y’shua is due to return to fulfill the rest, so be patient (see Matthew 24).