Origin of the Name Jesus
Did you know
…that you may be in danger of not receiving your inheritance of glory?
Many are misled into believing that all they have to do is "believe on Jesus", and that it doesn’t make any difference what you call Him. That is NOT what your bible says!
If you don’t care where you will spend eternity, then stop reading right now! However, should you choose to continue, be prepared to be shocked!
Since you must personally account to The Judge, based on a comparison of His Word to your life, you are responsible for what you believe! Clever analogies and Stories designed to make you feel good and keep you rooted in your seat…and opening your bank account… will affect your eternity, negatively! Ignorance by choice will not be overlooked! That means you must make the effort to understand. Were you aware that there was a counterfeit savior from the beginning? Yes, it’s true! There was a counterfeit messiah from the earliest days of The Faith!
For if he that cometh preacheth another [IHS]*, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another evangel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. [2 Corinthians 11:4] [*Name omitted for explanation]
Will the real Savior please stand up…? The problem with a counterfeit is that it closely resembles the authentic, sometimes down to the minutest detail. We are told that it is a ‘matter of faith’, isn’t that true? But what is true about having faith in something that is not true? Your bible says to ‘prove all things’…so, let’s look at the actual Greek transliteration of the Hebrew, and notice the obvious difference.
Did you know that there is no "J" in Greek or Hebrew, nor was there a "J" in English for nearly 1700 years? The name "Jesus"…was not used until after the invention of the printing press and the letter "J" in the mid to late 17th century, a mere 300 years ago. That means the apostles never even heard the name "Jesus"! So, what was the name of salvation before 1700CE? That will be covered later, but for now, you need to understand the origins of your beliefs, and why it makes a vital difference to your personal salvation.
We are told that "Jesus" is the English form of the Latin form of the Greek form of the Hebrew name, "Joshua". But that is not true! Here’s why!
In the pagan world of the Greeks, before the real Savior came, there was a half-deity by the name of "Iesius" [Ιεσιυς the son of Zeus1 (& Electra)]. Zeus, of course was the head of the Greek Pantheon, the supreme "Father" of the array of deities. Iesius, (a.k.a.: Iasius, Iasion, Iasus, Iesus, and Iason), was associated with the eagle, as master of the air, and was part of the Roman collection of deities2 as well.
Before we continue, mention should be made of Greek grammar, and names. Particle and tense alter name endings, so names may be without an ending or ending in "s", "u", or "n". Therefore, original texts may utilize any variation as an identifier. In addition, there were several dialects, though similar, which also had variant applications regarding vowels, thus "i", "a" , "e", and "u" may have been determined according to the dialect of the writer, depending on their particular speech pattern and emphasis. This is not inconsequential, as it impacts the vocalization when carried over into other languages.
The Koine Greek name Ιεσιυς , "Iesius", also rendered "iesu-" was carried over to the Old Latin as, IESU [download this font] "IESU"- (Latin uncial script, i.e. small letters, did not exist until after the 2nd century CE). This eagle deity3, IESU,"IESU", was the main emblematic symbol of the Roman republic. It is imperative that we understand this, because many of our earliest Bibles were Latin4 and the Roman emperors were highly involved in the process!
Since Roman emperors were worshiped as deities, and their primary symbol was an eagle, it is understood that the Roman emperors were worshiped as the earthly representatives of IESU, "IESU".
But I Thought It Was from Hebrew!
That is what we are led to believe, isn’t it? The misdirection away from the Greek and Roman deities, plus the anti-Hebrew obfuscation which would lead us to believe that tens of thousands of 1st century Jews did not even know Hebrew, speaking only Aramaic, of which Hebrew is a dialect5, and Greek, can only be seen as self-serving in order to persuade the unlearned to accept a disconnection from the Hebrew origin and nature of our Savior. Of course relying on Hebrew meaning is maintained, as is a supposed linguistic connection, but the circular reasoning to void the actual truth of Messiah’s Hebrew name is apparent in the dominance of the Greek/Latin explanation and vocalization of the other entity’s name.
FACT: The biblical Messiah had the same name as the Israelite General, and successor to Moses, Yah’shua (like "Joshua" with a "Y"), the son of Nun, as Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8 (in the KJV) show, and is used about 249 times in the Septuagint [LXX] as [Ιησου]["Ihsou"]. Please note that the full lettered Hebrew contains six letters: יהושוע [yothe-hey-waw-sheen-waw-eyin] while the shortened form contains five letters AND a replacement mark [ֻ] three diagonal dots for the second [ו] "waw", rendering the first non-vocalized! That is why the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew יהשֻוע..."Yahshu(a)" [Ιησου] does not employ any representation for the first [ו] "waw". So the Greek is Ιησου ["IHSOU"].
The Latin "IESU", however, is NOT from the biblical Yah’shua [Ιησου , "Ihsou"]! Note that the first two letters of the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew "Yah’shua" (from the Septuagint & Gk NT) are transliterated as "IH"…not "IE". The Greek manuscripts clearly reveal that there IS a linguistic link to The Father’s Hebrew Name, retaining the "YH" [YaH] of the Hebrew " יהוה ", YaHWeH). The Latin writings, however, fail to convey that vital connection! But there is a surprise in Latin…that will amaze you!
There are Hebrew names which begin with "Ies…" in the LXX, such as Ieska (Gen 11:29), Iesbok (Gen 25:2), Iesoua and Iesua (Gen 46:17), Iessuiou (1Sa 14:49) ...etc., but never, and I repeat NEVER do you find the name "Yah'shua" written in the Greek as Ιεσ or Ιεσι ["Ies" or "Iesu"]! That can only be found in Latin! Retention of the IH is very significant!
Conversely, there are about six Hebrew names beginning with "YH" in the old testament, that when written in the Greek writings, i.e. the "New Testament", begin with "Ie…". There is, however, one glaringly noticeable exception … "Yah’shua", which in the Greek is "ΙΗΣΟΥ"[IHSOU] and is the only Hebrew name beginning in "YH" that is written "IH" in the Greek NT! The importance of this cannot go unnoticed. Of all the names beginning with "YH"…only Messiah’s name retained that distinction! Also very significant!
Note the iconography of "IHS" from the Old Latin script: "IHS". Some would have you believe that this is the "Greek" script [ΙΗΣ], but the truth is, there is no "S" symbol in the later Greek, and the capital sigma "Σ" looks rather like a sideways "M" [see pic]. I found no evidence of the earliest ιεσ (ies) ever being used. This shows that the later Greek was rendered into the Old Latin script as
"IHS", proving without a doubt that the Messiah’s name was written with an "H", and did not contain an "e" in either Greek or the original pre-3rd century Latin. The presence of the "H", rather than an "E", is noted in the NewAdvent Catholic Encyclopedia.
"IHS: A monogram of the name of Jesus Christ. From the third century the names of our Saviour are sometimes shortened, particularly in Christian inscriptions (IH and XP, for Jesus and Christus)"…. These Greek monograms continued to be used in Latin during the Middle Ages. Eventually the right meaning was lost, and erroneous interpretation of IHS led to the faulty orthography "Jhesus"." (New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia,http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07649a.htm)
Note that the IH(S) pertains to the proper name, not the title! As we have seen, IHS is a Latin monogram for the Hebrew YaHShua. What was "faulty" in "Jhesus" is the letter "J",
which did not exist until the late 15th century this era, the fact that there was no "e" in the Greek Ιησου, that the dipthong* "ou" is dropped and replaced with a short "uh" sound, that the Greek grammatical ending stigma becoming a part of the proper name … and is represented as IHS in spite of the fact the "S" character is entirely Latin, and that there is no "S" character in the Greek script! That is, the "S" character is peculiar to Old Latin! Incredible as it may seem, the Old Latin script preserving IHS as a monogram of Messiah’s Hebrew name is proof of the ancient prophetic name witnessed by time, and this in spite of there being no Latin usage of the correct name in their "Iesu" texts!
*Dipthong": the Greek letters "ou", are a combined sound, called a “dipthong”, having the sound of a ū (long “u”), as in “shoe”, and is an exact phonetic duplication of the second syllable in this Hebrew name. The Roman, and subsequent renditions of English, however, still vocalize the short "u" intonation of "--us", as in Iesius!
You should be aware that "Jesus" is an Anglicized version of IESU,"IESU", the Roman version of Iesius! Therefore, the popular, but not biblical, "Jesus" is linguistically connected to the Greek Pantheon (son of Zeus), and not the Hebrew "YaH’Shua".
Are you trusting in Iesius, a.k.a. IESU…a.k.a."Jesus", the son of Zeus, for your salvation?
Next: Prophecy Speaks : Why His Name MUST be Yah’shua!