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Long before the birth of the Christ, ancient civilizations were aware of the prophecy that God would send his son into this world. Though commonly known, it was yet little understood. What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if you can tell? This question, asked by the writer of Proverbs 30:4, is very important. The preceding lines of the verse establish that the writer is speaking of the name of God, and the name of the Son of God.

Psalm 2 is one such prophecy. It predicts the rage of this world against “his Anointed.” Those words are translated as “his Christ,” in the Greek Septuagint, a translation of the Old Testament from the pre-Christian era. Psalm 2:7 calls this Christ, the “Son.” According to John 1:1-3 and 1:14, Christ is the “Word” who pre-existed as God, before his advent into this world. If the prophecies had been made any plainer, there would probably have been even more false claims to Christ’s position than have occurred.

“Why do you ask my name, since it is secret?” This question was asked by the “angel of the Lord,” who appeared to Manoah and his wife predicting the birth of Samson (from “Shemeshone,” meaning “sunshine” in Hebrew). “Shemesh,” means “sun,” and “shamash,” means “servant”). It’s possible that even in those ancient days, common usage of “The Name” was being avoided. The Hebrew word translated as “Secret” in Judges 13:18 of the King James Version, is translated as “Wonderful,” in Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, …and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

The secret name is “YHWH.” Without even knowing its story, our world has been profoundly affected by “The Name.” It is the personal name of God from the Hebrew language, and it is linked linguistically with the Greek word for “son.” Though it appears many times in the Jewish scriptures, those who follow the orthodox Jewish religion do not read the name, nor any of its transliterated forms aloud. Even when reading silently, they are trained to substitute other titles for God, terms such as “Adonai” (Lord), or “HaShem” (The Name).

In deference to this tradition, most translators have substituted words that mean “Lord” as the Bible has been interpreted into other languages. Scriptures that originally used “YHWH” in various combinations with “Adonai,” or “Elohim,” the Hebrew word for “God,” were rendered “Lord God” in older translations such as the King James version. It has now become “Sovereign Lord,” in modern Bibles such as the New International version.

The result of deeming “YHWH” to be “the unutterable name,” is that many implications of related families of words and names have become unknown, and the name YHWH is found in very few translations (Ref. “Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh, the Secret of YHWH,” and other posts in my November 2011 archives, plus all posts in my April 2015 through August 2015 archives. See also my page, “the Messiah,” accessible from the “Home” page of my blog). Note that the Hebrew letter “Vav,” also serves as a “U,” and a “W.”

Who is Jeus Kurios? That is my question. “Google” search suggests Jesus Kurios. That is an excellent suggestion. “Kurios,” the Greek word for “Lord,” is of the same word family as “Christ” (ref. “Crystal, Chrysalis, and Christ,” in my July 2010 archives). “Jeus,” “Ieus,” or “Ias,” as in “Elias” (Helias), the Greek form of “Elijah,” are transliterated forms of “YHWH.” The name “Jeus,” would be commonplace if existing conventions in transliteration had been followed consistently throughout the Bible. “Yah,” or “ia,” is a common shortened form.

I have heard that some ancient church writings represent “YHWH” as “Iaous.” “Iesous,” is the Greek form of the name Jesus. The Hebrew form of “Jesus” is derived from YHWH, and the Greek follows in the same tradition. The actual origin of the term “Jews,” was probably “Jeus,” being derived from the name of God, rather than the Old Testament name of “Judah.” This would lend new meaning to 2nd Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, called by my name, will humble themselves and pray….”

There is a lot of “debate” over incorrect transliterations, but these necessary patterns and procedures have been in use since ancient days. Some of the conventions have existed for thousands of years, and are probably a direct result of the confusion of languages at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9).

In a Greek transliteration of a name such as “YHWH,” “Y,” becomes an “I,” and “H,” becomes an “E,” except at the end of masculine names and such, where an “S,” is used instead. “W,” (or “V”) becomes a “U,” an “OU,” or just an “O.” “J,” is a common transliteration for “I,” in the Old English language. Many spelling variations are common, especially in the use of vowels, as could be expected. Also, many ancient spellings were invented to differentiate between words with similar sounds and meanings. The same thing happens today.

To add to the general confusion of transliteration, although the Greek language has no proper “y,” an upper case “u” (upsilon), is represented by a symbol with a similar shape to an uppercase “Y,” and a lower case “g” (gamma), is shaped like a lower case “y.”

Many Greek words related to brightness contain prefixes or suffixes of “os,” “as,” “oi,” or “ia,”as can be seen in the words for, “bright,” “morning,” and “star,” in Revelation 22:16. “Aster,” is the Greek word meaning “star” in that verse. In Hebrew, one of several corresponding syllabics is “esh” (ref. “Shemeshone” above), “ash,” or “ah.” The most commonly used Hebrew form of the name “Jesus,” is “Yeshua.” The Greek word for “sun” (or “ray”), is “helios,” and the biblical symbolism surrounding the “sun,” and the “son,” is evident in that language. The Greek word for “son,” is “uios” (pronounced “huios”).

The meaning of the name Elias (Helias), the Greek form of “Elijah,” is “God of Jehovah” (God YHWH). “El,” means “God,” and remember that “Ias,” is a form of “YHWH.” Now, is it only coincidence that the name, “Helias,” and the word for the sun, “helios,” are so similar? There are far too many “coincidences” of this sort for that to be true. It makes more sense to think that symbolism, designed into human language, foretells the story of God’s “Son,” and coincides with Old Testament prophecies later fulfilled by Jesus. Some things in life become “incidental” due to a pre-existing foundation. By the way, in Zechariah 6:11,12 of the Septuagint, the name “Joshua, the son of Josedech,” is translated as “Jesus,” and the name “Josedech” means “righteousness.” That is another prophecy concerning “the name.”

“Helos,” a Greek word for “spikes,” or “nails,” is from the same word family as “Helios.” The connection is that a spike has a form similar to a ray of the sun. “Helos” is translated as “nails,” in the words of “doubting Thomas” in John 20:25. Stauros is the Greek word for “cross.”

I realize that this writing may seem to spin the mind in circles, but I am certain these things are more than linguistic “coincidences.” Our planet orbits the “sun,” and our lives should center around the “Son.” It may be difficult to admit, but I think that all the evidence indicates that Iesous (Jesus) is indeed “Yah’s son.” The words, “Yah’s son,” could be translated and transliterated, and represented by the Greek spelling “Iasuios.” Perhaps it should be. When I see the name “Ies,” “Ias” (Yah), and the word “Uios” (Son), they certainly appear connected. These Greek words seem to be as old as the language itself. If so, then it is direct evidence supporting the biblical account of the tower of Babel.

Much history and symbolism from the Bible record became food for imagination in the ancient Pagan mind, and altered forms of God’s name were associated with idols and forces of nature. Pagans today claim to have originated all the celebrations in nature, but God created the people who became pagans, as well as all of nature. We can’t blame God for our twists on everything.

Jesus is Theos (the Greek word for God) and TheEos (the dawn, or the east), the Easter (ref. “Dawn of the Rising Son,” in my April 2011 archives). Jesus is the bright and morning “astar.” How can anyone think that Easter isn’t about Jesus? His story was written in the formation of human language, and in the cosmos above.

The “secret name” identifies Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Suffering Servant, Malachi’s, “Sun of Righteousness,” Zechariah’s, “Jesus the son of righteousness,” the Son of God and man, predicted in the Old Testament. May the helos of helios in the hands of Iesous, pierce the grey sky of Earth’s morning, and bid you “Hello,” from YHWH Theos.

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We don’t know for certain when Jesus was born, but Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate his birth. It’s good to have something to look forward to in winter, and a wonderful time for the birth of hope.

If we could convert God from spirit into matter, what we would then have is Jesus. We couldn’t do that of course, but God did. That is what Jesus is. Born into this world as a baby human being, that is who Jesus is; Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23), “God with us.”

I don’t think there’s a person on God’s earth who can get all these things in proper balance. I think that sometimes we don’t see the real Jesus, can’t see the real God, because we are too preoccupied with “omnipotence,” and “sovereignty.” We want to see God rule the Earth, but we seem to want God to take shortcuts. God wants human beings to listen to reason, and to learn the truth. He wants to persuade people, not force them. Jesus once rebuked his disciples for wanting to “command fire to come down from heaven,” to destroy someone (Luke 9:53-56). He told them that he had not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.

We should study his life on earth microscopically, and not attempt to set him out again beyond the reach of man, to search for him with telescopes. He came to earth as the Christ, and we need to look at him as the man, because Jesus is the full expression of God (Hebrews 1:3). The world can never see the heart of God otherwise.

Many times the church, attempting to show him in his infinite greatness and power, may make him look small to the world instead. The Bible says the weakness of God is stronger than men (1st Corinthians 1:25), and that he was made perfect through his suffering (Hebrews 2:10). In becoming a man, he touched the heart of man, though it crucified him to do so. Such a demonstration of sacrificial love makes him greater to us than he could have been otherwise. Though he was perfect to begin with, he became even more so.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with celebrating the birth of Jesus. I heard all the anti-Christmas propaganda before I was twelve years old, and for a while, they had me believing that stuff, but all days belong to God. Man worships nature (Romans 1:23,25) but the one who gave us all of nature is yet greater than the gifts that he gave us. God’s greatest gift is the gift of himself in the form of Jesus (John 1:1,14, 3:16, 4:10).

Ancient pagans turned altered forms of God’s name into the names of idols (see note below), which they associated with forces and objects in nature. But God created all of nature, the seasons, and the changing of the earth’s relationship to the heavens throughout the year. Genesis 1:14 records God saying of the sun, moon and stars, “Let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” It is wrong to try to disconnect God from the winter solstice, or any other day of the year (Colossians 2:15-17, Romans 14:5).

There is endless evidence to support my statements. The coming of the Hebrew Messiah (Greek, “Christ”) was foretold in ancient history, and witnessed and affirmed by Pagan stories and secular records. The world anticipated his coming, and at least one group of wise men from the east was able to locate him shortly after his birth (Matthew 2:1-12).

I know that practically every sentence in the Bible is disputed by someone, but the story of the life of Jesus became world news at a time when many people would gladly have disproved it if they could. The recorded debate and argument about him from his era is evidence enough that Jesus lived and fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.

Christianity holds celebrations on days that other groups of people observe in other ways, but that doesn’t discredit God. There are only so many days in a year, and someone would claim them all if they could. There is symbolism found throughout the Bible likening the ministry of the Son of God to the sun, providing warmth and light to the earth. There is a prophetic statement in Malachi 4:2 foretelling the advent of the “Son” of God. In that verse, he is called the “Sun of Righteousness.”

To varying degrees, all the ancient world possessed some knowledge of God’s promise to send his Son. That explains the ancient legends and stories containing similarities to the biblical record. As wonderful as the sun can feel as it climbs in the sky, the sun has no feeling for us, but God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten son (John 3:16). The winter’s Son, is the true winter sun. Glory (the rightful credit) to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men (Luke 2:14, K.J.V.).

Note: Practically all yearly celebrations had their origins in the acknowledgement of God, and the names of many major “deities” of the most advanced civilizations began with the confusion of languages at Babel. Ancient attempts to transliterate “YHWH,” the Hebrew name for God, into other languages accounts for many early “names” for pagan “gods” (ref. All posts in my April 2015 through August 2015 archives, and also “Dawn of the Rising Son,” in my April 2011 archives). I pray and intend to follow this writing with another post giving more details.

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Much of the meaning is shrouded in mystery. Who has slain the Lamb? Who has murdered innocence? Man is wearing the bloody clothes, but in one way or another, all things have been twisted around to make it sound like God is to blame for everything. Theists get it turned around, and Atheists get it turned around, but God himself is the Lamb (Acts 2:22-24, Revelation 22:3, John 1:1-3, 1:14, & 14:6-10).

Many Atheists make use of the theistic teaching of “predestination” to turn people against God. Some of them have personally objected to the way I read the Script, telling me that I am misinterpreting the Bible. That is because it weakens their argument to consider that God is good, and that the Bible can be shown to make sense.

We can truly understand God only in the light of the Lamb (Revelation 21:23). There is nothing else in all the history of creation that reveals God in his true colors as does his suffering on the cross. It is the only way that he can reach us, touch us, change our hearts and minds (John 3:16, Genesis 3:21).

Man gets everything turned around when he eats of the tree of knowledge, makes his own moral judgements, and reinterprets all matters for himself (Genesis 3:5). It is this alienation of mankind from God, and the blame which man places upon him that slays the Lamb. I have read the atheist’s proclamation, “God is dead, we killed him,” but we are all just as guilty. Our rejection of him is the murder weapon. Some of us, having understood this are filled with regret. We become repentant, and are glad that he is back alive.

The English word “repand,” from the Latin word “repandus,” means bent backward. To feel sorrow and regret is considered a “secondary” meaning of the word “repent,” but being sorry is primary to the process of changing from our bent (or bias).

Contrary to what you may have heard preached, God took no pleasure in the suffering of Christ; it’s his own skin. That doctrine is an example of misinterpretation due to the multiple meanings that words have come to have. Because of multiple meanings, the correct interpretation of many Bible verses is not the first thing that comes to mind when it is read. That is one reason why it is so critical for us to trust God. It is similar to the need for us to trust one another in order for understanding to exist.

The literal meaning of the word translated as “pleased” in Isaiah 53:10, (It pleased the Lord to bruise him) is “to bend.” A secondary meaning is “incline.” “Pleased,” is a figurative meaning. There are other meanings but “pleased” is the most commonly used. The Septuagint, the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, translates Isaiah 53:10 to indicate the Lord’s pleasure is not in the suffering and death, but in the great deliverance from it. “The Lord also is pleased to purge (to remove) him from his stroke.”

The same Hebrew word (in its original spelling) is translated as “purpose,” in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” God takes no pleasure in our pain, or death (Ezekiel 18:32). Death is an enemy (1st Corinthians 15:26). Multiple meanings of words are often used by the Lord’s enemy to cause misunderstanding and rejection of God.

The thing that pleases God is that some of our hearts are won by what he has endured, and that is a great comfort to him. Despite the suffering of this world, some of us no longer reject God, even if we don’t understand parts of the Bible. We can begin to see what our mistrust has done to God and our fellowman. Who has slain the Lamb? Man’s DNA is at the crime. Our DNA was in Adam, when he dressed himself in leaves and hid among the trees.

We still have that reaction to God. We need a long walk in the Light. It is God’s desire to walk with people (Genesis 3:8); to live in them, to find them where they are (Mark 2:15-17), and help them. He wants to be born in them, and we never know who will become his child. That is his great desire, his primary will, though he must allow us freedom even when our paths become painful.

People call this God’s “permissive” will, but it is not something that he desires. There we encounter more words with multiple meanings, but I don’t think we should think of that type of thing as “God’s will.” That is like saying that a student’s misbehavior is the teacher’s will when she steps out of the room, or that it is the will of the policeman for us to break the law when he isn’t around.

Sometimes, there seem to be no perfect words to use, for all the words have taken on unfortunate meanings. It isn’t completely right to say that God tolerates, or allows evil, or that he is permissive, assenting, or consenting. God’s momentary silence doesn’t mean that he condones our behavior. “Forbearing” is probably one of the best words to describe God.

He “endures” our world (2nd Peter 3:9), temporarily not fully enforcing that which is right (ref. The Lost Child of Freedom, in my August 2012 archives). The longer that God simply endures us, the harder we become. The Greek word “endurece(r)” is the origin of our word “endures.” It is translated as “hardens” in nearly all English versions of Romans 9:18. That is another verse often taken out of context and misunderstood.

God either endears us, or he endures us. We should all be endeared to God, but if he must only endure us, then there is good reason for it. Time will tell. Anyway, to the extent that God does not intervene, bad things may happen to anyone. That doesn’t mean that it is “God will.”

The paths that we choose in difficult circumstances are often not what we desire, but are influenced by other factors. It is the same way with God. Nevertheless, God is deeply involved in the intricate details of our lives, and our desires and prayers influence certain outcomes in ways that we can’t conceive. We should remain thankful.

In (or through) everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1st Thessalonians 5:18). The first word of that verse, “in,” is one of many words that could have been used. According to The New Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words (for the KJV), the Greek word “en,” is translated as “by” (141 times), “with” (134 times), “among” (117 times), “at” (112 times), “on” (46 times), “through” (37 times), other miscellaneous words (321 times), and “in” (1874 times).

In spite of our circumstances, it is the desire of God for us to find things to be thankful for. I thank God that he is with us through all these things. Though man has slain the Lamb (Acts 2:22-24), I am thankful that he loved us enough to bend to save us. I thank God that we can still make sense of the Bible, in spite of (or sometimes, because of) the multiple meanings of words. I pray that we all have a happy Thanksgiving.

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The pictographic form (early Paleo-Hebrew) of the name “YHWH” is a message from Christ before he came into this world. It is prophetic proof of the existence and identity of God.

The pictograph can be read in different ways that reveal the same truth. The basic message is “I (Yod*) Am the Nailed Man.” In an earlier post (see Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh in my November 2011 archives), I described how “YHWH” was depicted in early Paleo-Hebrew. I’m going to revisit that description. My last three posts are also related to this one.

Hebrew alphabetical symbols possess individual meanings, and also serve as numerals. Syllabics formed by combinations of letters may also convey “hidden” meanings, but this becomes much more subject to misinterpretation. Terms such as the “Self-Existent One,” are abbreviated translations of the meaning of the full name of YHWH. This may divert our attention from the meaning of the individual symbols. The development of the modern alphabet has also obscured background information though much of it is yet preserved in history.

The early Paleo-Hebrew pictograph for “Y” (called “Yod,” with varying spellings) means “hand,” but is shaped more like a child’s stick-figure drawing of an arm. There is a short upper arm, elbow, forearm, and an “open hand,” reaching out as if offering a handshake. Erase the upper-arm and elbow, rotate the forearm and hand 90 degrees clockwise, and you have our modern “Y” symbol. Don’t forget that Hebrew is written from right to left, so the symbol for “Y” is on the right-hand side.

The symbol for “H” (Heh, with varying spellings) can mean “Behold” (Look), “Breath,” “Window” (Hole or Air Hole), “Existence” (Life or Being). The early Paleo-Hebrew pictograph for “H” is a “stick-drawing” of a man with the arms held up, in something like a crucified position, as if to say, “Stop.”

The early Paleo-Hebrew symbol for “W” is called “Vav” (spellings vary), and means “nail,” or “hook.” It is shaped like an English “Y.” The modern Hebrew symbol is shaped more like an actual nail with the head slightly bent. Then, there is the final “H,” in “YHWH.”

He holds out his hand (Yod). Look (Heh) man, at the nail (Vav) marks! Hey, (Heh) look man! YHWH is our friend, and he became a man, extending his hand to offer eternal life, but for the preservation of all creation, he must yet remain God.

“Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but (yet) a body thou hast prepared me…” “Then I said, Behold, I come. In the volume of the book it is written concerning me.” That is from Psalms 40:6-7 in the Greek Septuagint, which was translated from the Hebrew Old Testament long before Christ was born into this world. This prophetic message from the Septuagint is quoted by the New Testament writer of the book of Hebrews (Hebrews 10:5-7).

Note that Psalms 40:6 is worded differently in our current Bible translations of the Old Testament. This should not be thought of as a contradiction. It is evidence that older Hebrew manuscripts of Psalms once existed, one of which was available to the translators of the Septuagint. Punctuation, as well as the numbering of the verses, is something that was added much later in history.

The descendants of Adam and Eve are not the supreme intelligence of the universe. In spite of the “promise” of the Tree of Knowledge (Genesis 2:17), we are not “gods.” In eternity with God, we would have time for all the explanations, but for now, we need to put some trust in Jesus. It is time for a hand-take, and a handshake. Peace with God. He holds out his hand. Look man, at the nail marks. Hey, look man.

I may soon attempt to post some graphical depictions of the name “YHWH.” Graphics would make these things I’ve been writing about much easier to understand.

*Note; The Greek symbol for “G,” is shaped like a lowercase “Y” (ref. the Hebrew “Yod,” and Greek “Iota”), which could have led to a mispronunciation. Then, the Greek symbol for “U” is an uppercase “Y” (ref. the shape of the early Proto-Hebrew “Vav” (nail). “Vav,” the Hebrew “W,” also represents “U,” and “V.” These things may have been factors in the formation of the English word “God.”

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Some Atheists, as well as some Messianic Jews (Jewish Christians) believe that the name “Jesus” was derived from the name “Zeus.” That’s one reason why many Messianics think we should call Jesus only by his Jewish name “Yeshua,” rather than an English transliteration of the New Testament Greek name “Iesous.”

Actually, there is evidence that the name “Iesous,” predates the mythology connected with the name “Zeus.” “Iesous” is a very old Greek transliteration of the name “Yehoshua” (Joshua), though the Jews consider it incorrect. The ancient Greek “Septuagint” name for the book of Joshua is “Iesous.” This is important evidence in favor of the Bible.

Atheists have also suggested a connection between “Zeus,” and “YHWH,” the personal name of God in the Hebrew Old Testament. Here again, evidence shows the name “YHWH” to be the oldest. Much of the following information may be difficult to find in print, but I suspect that many have been aware of it, and have rejected it without thinking it through. This may be one underlying reason for much of the argument over the name of Jesus.

My last post mentioned the difficulty of representing the Hebrew name for Jesus in the Greek language. That post is very important to the understanding of this one. The ancient Greeks would have had a similar problem with “YHWH,” the namesake of Jesus. To keep this short and simple, I’ll say that they lacked a proper “y,” as well as a proper “h.” The use of a “u” to represent the Hebrew “w” is fairly accurate.

A strange thing occurs if the transliteration process (from Hebrew, through Greek, to English) used in our old English versions of the Bible (Ref. King James version) is applied to “YHWH.” I have not been able to find such a transliteration of “YHWH,” or “Yah” (Jah), the shortened form of the name, anywhere (note; it’s possible that our word “God,” came from the pronunciation of “yod,” the “Y” of “YHWH”).

Perhaps we do have the transliteration, but we haven’t recognized it because it isn’t what we would expect. When I’ve attempted an internet search, what I find instead is psychological warfare against the name of Jesus. We do have another interesting Greek transliteration of “YHWH” which I intend to write about shortly.

The name “Jehovah,” is sometimes called a transliteration, but it does not follow the same pattern as Old Testament names which recur in the New Testament. It is only “JHVH” with vowels added to suggest a pronunciation, and has not come to our English Bible through the Greek language of the New Testament. That is because of the ancient tradition of always translating “YHWH,” as the word “Lord” instead, and not attempting to write, or pronounce the actual name (Ref. Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh, The Secret of YHWH, in my November 2011 archives). The name “YHWH” would appear, in some form, in many places in the New Testament if not for that tradition.

There are many examples in older versions of the Bible, such as the King James version, where an “h,” at the end of Old Testament names, becomes an “s,” in the New Testament. This has happened because the names were first adopted into the Greek language before coming to us. For example “Judas,” in Matthew 1:3, is “Judah” in the Old Testament.

Modern versions of the Bible, attempting to make the Bible easier to read, sometimes drop this information by spelling the names alike in both Testaments. This type of thing sometimes occurs even in older versions such as the King James.

In the transition from Hebrew to Greek, an “h” usually becomes an “e,” (eta) except at the end of a word. This is a general rule often followed in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament from the pre-Christian era. Many variations in spellings exist, and other Hebrew letters sometimes become an “e” so caution must be used in this study. The name Jehu (in Hebrew spelled Yhw ending with an “aleph”) isn’t found in the New Testament, but in 1st Chronicles 2:38 in the Septuagint, it becomes “Jeu.” The silent “aleph” may have been added to this name to distinguish it from “YHWH.”

The English “J” in “Jeu” was a “Y” in the Hebrew, and an “I” in the Greek. The “h” in the Hebrew name became an “e” (eta) in the Greek, remaining the same in the English translation of the Septuagint. The Hebrew “w” became “u” in the Greek, and was carried over to English. If there had actually been an “h” at the end, that final “h” would have become an “s” in a Greek transliteration. Following this procedure, a transliteration of “YHWH” through the Greek language into King James English could have given us the name “Jeus.”

That begins to look a bit mysterious because “Djeus,” or “Dyeus,” is considered to be the Proto-Indo-European origin of the name “Zeus.” This appears to also be the origin of “Deus,” the Latin word for God, as well as the Greek word “Theos.” The evidence suggests that “Zeus,” is a very ancient transliteration of the Hebrew name “YHWH.”

The use of a “Z” in the name “Zeus,” probably originated with the way some languages combine a “d” with other sounds, as in “Djeus,” or “Dyeus.” The Greek “Z” (Zeta) is pronounced “dzay’-tah.” “Z” is also often combined with other sounds. According to the Wikipedia article, “Jesus (name),” “Jesus” in Limburgish is “Zjezus.”

A “Y” in Middle Paleo-Hebrew is shaped like a “Z” with the addition of a short horizontal bar. That is another possible origin for the “Z” in “Zeus.” I intend to supply more details later.

Here is a very important fact which many atheists would ignore in an attempt to put their own spin on this information. The evidence shows the Hebrew name is the older, because there would be no need to transliterate “Zeus” to the Hebrew. The Hebrew alphabet could perfectly capture the pronunciation of “Zeus” in several different ways without a change in the sound of the name.

The Greek alphabet, on the other hand, would not permit the name “YHWH” to be written without significant changes. If the ancient Greeks wanted to record something about YHWH, they would have to either change (transliterate) the name, translate it as “Lord,” or use Hebrew letter symbols which would be meaningless to most Greeks.

Evidence shows that the Greeks tried all three methods at different times. That is probably why some stories about Zeus have elements in common with records from the Bible.

Except for pronouncing it, I have no problem with using the Hebrew name “YHWH” for God. I’m not going to use the name “Zeus” for God, because for most people, there is too much myth attached to the name. Only God himself could demythologize the name, but it probably began with an honest attempt by some ancestor of the Greeks to record the name of God.

For the record, some Aramaic Christians believe that Jesus should only be called by the Aramaic name “MarYah (Mar-Yah),” which is usually interpreted to mean “Lord.” I didn’t know that particular fact when I wrote my page “The Messiah.”

I ask any Christians or Jews who happen to read this to please understand that I am not equating ancient myths with the Bible. I think there’s proof that the Bible contains an accurate record of God’s interaction with man, and that some of its writings are the oldest in existence regardless of the age of our copies. If there is any truth in what the atheists are saying about “Jesus” and “Zeus,” then it is actually evidence that supports my statement. Atheists would have a stronger argument if they simply attribute the “zeus” sound in the name “Jesus” to coincidence.

There is much evidence however, that many of the ancient pagan myths are simply distorted, and fanciful, retellings of ancient events reported in the Bible. Likewise, many names of the “gods,” and heroes of the myths appear to have some foundation in the Bible. Biblical events are sometimes the source of information that has devolved into myth, but not the other way around.

The information I’ve given here needs to be studied and further refined, but it is very important. Whether atheist, or theist, whoever is aware of this has kept the secret. That may be because it runs counter to what many atheists would want to believe, and many theists would simply misunderstand it. The usual attitude is, “shout (or shoot) first and ask questions later.”

We need to get over that, if we’re going to get anywhere. The roots of this controversy may go back to the Tower of Babel, and it’s likely that God has preserved evidence of his truth in the design of languages.

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The name Jesus means “the salvation of YHWH.” When the Greeks transliterated the Hebrew name “Yeshua” (Yeshuah, or Yshwh), as “Iesous,” it was primarily because that’s as close as their alphabet would permit them to reproduce it. “Iesous,” in turn has been adopted into our language as “Jesus.”

Peculiarities of different alphabets often create an inability to write, or pronounce a foreign word precisely though it may yet be recognizable. “Yes,” in different languages becomes “yah,” or “jah,” and sometimes the “h” is dropped. In English a “y” is sometimes used instead of an “i,” and in French, the word “Je,” means “I.”

In Exodus 3:14, God told Moses to tell the children of Israel; “I Am,” has sent me to you. If God had spoken part of that in French, it would be; “Je suis,” has sent me to you. It may be only coincidence that “Je suis” in the French language means “I Am,” but the resemblance to the name Jesus is striking. In the transliteration of names, “y,” “i,” and “j” are often interchanged.

Multiple words or syllables are often combined to form personal names. To form the name “Yeshua,” “Yah,” (YH) the short form of “YHWH,” the Hebrew personal name of God, is combined with “shuwa,” which like an S O S, means “a cry for help.” “Yeshua,” could be taken to mean either “the cry for God” or “the cry of God.”

I haven’t seen anything about the international Morse Code distress signal, S O S, having anything to do with “soza,” (ref. sos and sais) the Greek word for “saved,” but that could yet have been a factor. If not, then it’s  another handy coincidence. The Hebrew word for saved or savior (open, wide or free, safe), is “yasha.” The Greeks would have converted the ”sh” in the word to a simple “s,” and there’s probably a linguistic connection between yasha and soza.

When studying the name of Jesus in different languages, I ran upon writings of atheists claiming a connection between the names “Jesus” and “Zeus.” There’s much to be said about that also, and I pray to have a separate post written soon. It is nothing for a believer to fear. I also found writings by Messianic Jews correctly arguing for the truth of the New Testament, but agreeing with the atheists about the transliteration of the name “Jesus.” Some Messianic Jews (not all) think that we should call Jesus only by some form of his Jewish name. I also read writings of Christian apologists arguing for the accuracy of the English name, but denying any connection between “Zeus” and “Jesus.” Behind all the argument lies a psychological attempt to demoralize and weaken the faith of those who call on the name of Jesus. The same attitudes and forces that nailed Jesus to a cross, continue to crucify his good name. As I’ve seen this, I have better understood why the name of Jesus means so much to God (Philippians 2:5-11).

Transliteration processes vary with times and languages, but the English name, “Jesus,” follows an established method of adopting foreign words or names into our language. When all is said and done, I think that the name Jesus is a very good transliteration, and translation, of the name Yeshua.

It is fine for you to pronounce the name of Jesus in the way that it comes to you in your language. Wikipedia has a good online article with the title, “Jesus (name).” Include the parenthesis in your search. The article lists his name in many languages.

English-speaking Christians should not abandon the use of the word “God,” the name “Jehovah” (which is an attempt to pronounce YHWH), or our way of pronouncing Jesus. The confusion of languages at the tower of Babel trips our tongue and tricks our mind, but don’t let it get to you. Whichever way that we pronounce his name, the thing that matters most is that we are speaking of the only begotten Son of God, who was executed by crucifixion at Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago, and resurrected three days later.

It is the time of year when it happened, and a special time to remember his suffering, death, resurrection, and his promise to return. His name is a one word prayer; “JE S O S.” All that call on the name of Jesus shall be saved (Acts 2:21-36).

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If you have ever been in a situation, or a relationship, where you have felt continually compelled to prove yourself, then you’ll know that it doesn’t work very well. I honestly believe that God deeply desires to prove himself to man, but how is the best way to do so? The ways in which we attempt to test him are shallow, and unfair. Our “tests” for God are usually ultimatums requiring him to cater to us in some way.

Before the fall, nature would have been a good witness for God, but now it seems to tell two stories. Nature yet testifies of God, but it is also shows evidence that something is very wrong with our world. Besides knowing that God exists, we also need to understand that he is good. Knowledge can be misunderstood, and it can be abused and used in deceptive ways.

Except for the authority to judge all knowledge, with its infinite facets relating to good and evil, God gave the world to Adam and Eve. He gave them practically everything, only withholding something infinitely harmful. Don’t let anyone con you with the shallow idea that this was about sex, for God had already told Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:27-28) to “multiply, and fill the earth.” The forbidden fruit has something to do with the interpretation of all knowledge.

Adam and Eve took from the tree of knowledge, and the harm that God warned them of has befallen us. Now, the world blames God for it. The world can’t go on forever in this condition. How is God supposed to prove his love to a misguided world that cannot be sustained forever in its current state? What if he were willing to die with us, assuring those who will trust him of resurrection and paradise?

According to the Bible record, that’s what God has done. His sacrificial suffering, and death on the cross, proves his love to us in a way that nothing else would, and his resurrection shows us that death is not the end. God is offering us a new world (Luke 23:39-43). By the way, the word “world,” (werald, or weralt) means “old man.” According to the dictionary, it comes from the old English words “wer,” which meant “man,” and “eald,” an ancient spelling of “old.” By the same token, the word “werewolf” simply means wolf man.

Getting back to the subject, this present world is harsh, and unfair in the greatest extremes. It is the contribution of created beings, primarily man, to God’s creation, but this isn’t the final state of things. Whether we accept it or not, God has revealed himself to man (John 1:1-4, and 1:14). His appearance in this world (Christmas) shows us what God is really like. He proves his existence, and the truth of the Bible, by fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies. The remaining prophecies will be fulfilled upon his return to Earth.

Christmas (the sending of Christ) means that someday there will be peace upon the earth. It means that God yet holds good will toward mankind. That was God’s greeting to us in Luke 2:13-14. Christmas means that God isn’t just out there somewhere, but that he is with us. That’s what the term “Emmanuel” means (Matthew 1:22-23, and Isaiah 7:14).

The Septuagint, a Greek version of the Old Testament, was translated in the centuries preceding the birth of Jesus. That is a matter of historical record, and the prophecies concerning the coming Christ were already written there. Christmas celebrates a coming salvation, freedom, and life in an incorruptible paradise. Our loved ones are not gone forever, but we can be reunited with them. This is all real, and has nothing to do with “religion,” That is what Christ’s advent into this world means.

I’m wishing you every good thing, and a whole new world, when I wish you Merry Christmas. Please don’t let any of a million things keep you from receiving Christ. When Jesus was born into my life, he entered a place much more unpleasant than a dirty stable.

Whatever we say in this life must be said in few words, and this post is already long. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Happy New Year

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I remain skeptical of the “Bible code” generated by computer from alphabetical characters in the Hebrew Bible. There’s too much room for chance in the process. If such a code exists, we haven’t unlocked its secrets. A computer search for messages hidden in letters a certain number of spaces apart would yield mixed results. It would take a lot of “hits” to confirm the existence of a code.

From studying some things that are more evident, I am certain that background information does exist in the Bible however. The ancient Hebrew language is highly organized, and innuendo exists in the Bible. There are many instances where particular words hint at the broader meanings of a family of words, and interesting connections exist between languages also. I have written about a few of these things (ref. “Truth” in my March 2010 archives, “Altar, Alter” in January 2014, “Crystal, Chrysalis, and Christ” in July 2010, and also my blog page, “The Messiah”).

Such word associations can determine whether a passage of the Bible has special meaning to the reader. Sometimes one language might also reveal a facet of God’s truth that another may not.

Some would object to calling these language enigmas a code, but they have obviously been used as such in Bible prophecies. Hebrew letters each have an individual name and meaning, while the original pictographic precursor of the letter may convey a further thought. Other meanings may yet be communicated when letters are combined into syllables (ref. Syllabic writing). Shortened words acting as syllables, prefixes, and suffixes, are part of all languages, and all languages have families of words with related meanings. Some words may have an opposite meaning, but yet be related.

Hebrew letters also serve as numerals, as do letters of the Greek alphabet (and others), so a numerical code could be contained within the original writings of the Bible. Sections of it could remain intact, in spite of translations and transliterations. That would give even greater meaning to Bible warnings concerning the altering of the text.

We probably should have a word of caution here, because people often disagree on the interpretation of a simple reading of the Bible. Although a deeper study of the Bible can resolve many perplexing passages, other problems may arise in the process. I think we should set a rule for ourselves, that an interpretation of underlying meanings should not contradict a plain reading of the text.

Besides the Bible, it’s possible for other ancient writings to contain hidden information. The Copper Scroll, found in the same cave as some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is an ancient document that might make use of such secrets of language.

The Copper Scroll is neither an ancient commentary, nor a copy of a biblical writing, as are the other scrolls. It is a list of various treasures, mostly silver and gold, presumed to be from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, hidden in separate places prior to the Temple’s destruction. Altering a few words or numbers in the interpretation of the scroll could jeopardize its value as a map.

There’s a good chance that the claims of the scroll are truthful, but many of the landmarks have been lost. If some of the treasures are yet hidden somewhere, it’s possible that the scroll contains encrypted clues that could lead to a discovery. The writing is in a different dialect from the other scrolls, and a few Greek letters are inserted here and there in a mysterious fashion. Some serious scientists think the Greek letters do involve some sort of code. It could be interesting to apply “Bible Code” software, and other code-breaking techniques to the Copper Scroll.

The ultimate goal of truth is complete revelation, but concerning the Bible, just as it is in war, some knowledge must not be revealed to the enemy too soon. Foreknowledge must sometimes be kept secret from those who would seek to alter the future from the paths predicted by the Bible. Otherwise, God would be robbed of biblical evidences for Christ.

Many atheists claim they would be accepting of God if he would openly reveal himself, but that’s not necessarily true. Some people might be receptive, but many would not. God only knows. I’m sure that all of us would abuse knowledge of the future in some fashion if we actually had control of it. That is one of the reasons for some of the obscure passages of the Bible.

The Bible plainly says that Christ’s enemies would not have crucified him if they had fully known who he was (1st Corinthians 2:8). Some, while they wouldn’t have hesitated to torture a fellow human being, would have feared to treat the living God in the same manner (Jesus is recorded in Matthew 25:40 as saying that mistreatment of others is equal to mistreatment of God). Some people directly involved in the crucifixion would have feared to expose their true nature, and others would simply have tried to avoid fulfilling Bible predictions.

If earlier attempts on the life of Jesus, had been successful (Luke 4:28-30), he wouldn’t have completely fulfilled the prophetical writings concerning the suffering Messiah. The writings had to convey these prophecies to a later generation, and yet do so in a way that the enemy would not be able to alter them. The suffering of Christ is the foremost attempt of God to reveal his heart to a doubting world. Only one who truly loved mankind (the good shepherd, John 10:11-14) would have endured the cross when he could have avoided it (Matthew 26:50-56). The prophecies had to be fulfilled for God to gain our trust.

Knowledge of the future is considered in the Bible to be an evidence of authenticity. The “dark sentences” (Daniel 8:23-25), enigmas, and paradoxes of the Bible are there for a purpose. My last few posts have been about the tower of Babel, but endless books could be written on the subject. It’s all in the Bible, often in a condensed form, some of it written between the lines in undiscovered codes, and (ref. Proverbs 1:6, Psalms 49:4, and Numbers 12:8) in the “dark sayings of the wise.”

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The dove has universally become known as a symbol of peace. I suspect that’s primarily because of the ancient influence of the writings of the Bible upon many nations, but also because of the dove’s gentle nature. Doves have long been sacrificed as food for man. Until I did some research on them, I had no idea that they were so often hunted for food and sport. Pigeons are of the dove family, and the Passenger Pigeon was hunted to extinction in the early 1900’s.

The scientific name for the dove family is Columbidae. Columbine, the Colorado community where several school children were shot and killed by two other students in 1999, is named after the Columbine flower. The flower in turn, received its name from the scientific name for the dove family. That apparently came about because the individual petals of the flower can resemble a dove when viewed from a certain angle.

I certainly don’t believe that our names, or the names of places, determine our fate. That would be contrary to the Bible’s call for us to have faith in God, but strange things do occur. I don’t believe that everything can be dismissed as coincidence. God knows beforehand that the freewill of man will lead to tragedy after tragedy (Matthew 18:6,7). It’s possible that God, foreseeing the Columbine tragedy, could have suggested the name for this flower and community. It’s even possible that he could have created this flower beforehand because of these children.

God is identified in the Bible with a gentle bird that is sacrificed by man, and the dove has become a symbol for the Spirit of God. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Spirit of God came down in the form of a dove and rested upon him (Matthew 3:16, John 1:32-33). Jesus is the resting place of the dove.

Incidentally, in the Old Testament sacrifice (Leviticus 1:17), after the dove was killed, its wings were pulled out of joint much as the arms of Jesus would have been on the cross. I believe that this Old Testament sacrifice offered a prophetic picture of the crucifixion of Jesus. At least the dove was killed before its wings were torn apart.

The Hebrew word for “dove” in Genesis 8:8-12 is “jonah.” Jonah means dove, though the biblical prophet Jonah wasn’t very dove-like. “Jonah,” is the English form, or transliteration, of the Hebrew word “yownah.” The Hebrews didn’t actually have a “j” in their alphabet. I intend to write more on the substitution of letters in the transliteration of words later.

In answer to demands by certain people for Jesus to prove by signs that he was the Messiah (Matthew 12:39,40), he said that no sign would be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah, “for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly (or hollow) of the whale, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Both doves, and ravens are highly intelligent birds. I’ve never heard of a raven being awarded a war medal as homing pigeons have, but ravens are generally thought to possess greater intelligence. Ravens and crows are from the same family, and are among the birds that can imitate human speech. Ravens are more at home with the violence of this world than are doves. The old poem, “The Twa Corbies,” has two crows talking about a knight who has fallen in battle becoming their next meal.

The Hebrew name for a raven is “oreb.” There are several interesting words that come from this same word family. I mentioned in my last post that the name Noah (Noach) means “rest,” and that a similar Hebrew word was used for the resting place of Noah’s ark. “Arabets,” (compare to Ararat) is a word from the same family as “oreb” and also means “rest,” but in the darker sense of something lurking around. “Oreb,” also means “dusk,” or “dark.”

In myths, ravens have long been associated with the forces of darkness. Naturalists tend to look upon the ravens as simply performing a necessary function in the cycle of life. Superficially, the Bible sometimes seems to go along with this view, but at its core the Bible teaches that things are no longer as God created them to be. The Bible also teaches that one day God will restore nature to a state where nothing harmful exists ( Isaiah 65:25).

It’s interesting to me that it was orebs (ravens) that brought bread and meat twice a day to Elijah when he was hiding in the wilderness (1st.Kings 17:5,6). I would have been concerned about where the meat came from if it had been me. I’m thankful that I’ve never been in Elijah’s situation. A little later when Elijah was running from Queen Jezebel, he fled to Horeb (1st. Kings 19:5-8), the mountain where Moses saw the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-3) The name Horeb, means “desolate,” and is from the same word family as “Oreb.”

The type of information in my last post, and in this one, has sometimes been taken to be Bible trivia. I suppose it could be. I believe however, that the keys to unlocking great mysteries are sometimes hidden behind that which may seem trivial about the Bible. I don’t know if any of this is relevant to whether remains of Noah’s ark yet exist, or its location; I’m mainly taking note of some things that are interesting to me about the Hebrew names for ravens and doves, the birds that Noah released while the waters of the great flood were receding (Genesis 8:4-12).

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In spite of the fact that the Bible most often gives only a condensed account of events, it is very repetitive in certain areas concerning Noah’s flood. The writer doesn’t want us to miss certain facts. In Genesis 7:1 to 8:17, we are repeatedly given information about the extent of the flood, how long it took for the water to recede, and for the earth to dry.

The writer wants us to know that the flood completely covered the earth until it was 15 cubits (about 25 feet) over the highest mountain, and that all land animals perished except for those on Noah’s ark (Genesis 7:19-24). It was a hundred and fifty days before the water receded enough for the ark to run aground (8:3-4), and then another two months and thirteen days before the peaks of other mountains could be seen.

When ancient sailors observed certain birds flying over the ocean, they knew that land was near. I’ve also read that sailors sometimes released birds to see if they would head for land that couldn’t yet be seen from their ship.

Noah released a raven, and then a dove, perhaps in an attempt to determine if it was dry enough nearby for plants to begin to regrow. Ravens will eat decaying flesh and just about anything. The raven may have been able to find something on top of a mountain somewhere. The dove would have looked for vegetation and didn’t land anywhere when Noah first released it.

If we could have seen the earth at that time through the eyes of the dove, it would have looked like an alien world, mud and water everywhere, and nothing green anywhere in sight. The dove found “no rest for the soul of her foot,” and she returned to the ark (Genesis 8:9). When released again, seven days later, she returned to Noah with a leaf from an olive sprout in her mouth. Virtually everything in the Bible, and in life, can be viewed as having a spiritual application (2nd. Timothy 3:16). Sometimes, that is even the main consideration, and I intend to write more about the raven and the dove later on.

Repeating the same basic thing in multiple ways can accomplish several things. It can protect information from changes in language and in the meanings of words over a period of time. That helps to keep translations more accurate. It can also be used to encrypt information. I hope to go into more detail when I get to the tower of Babel later on, but the Bible contains a great deal of such information.

While the Bible seems to give only a general area for the resting place of the ark, it’s yet possible that more details could be hidden in the wordplay of the Hebrew language of Genesis. Biblical Hebrew may not be the original language of the earliest chapters of Genesis, but it is the language that has been used to transmit the Old Testament to us. There is definitely some Hebrew wordplay in this section of the Bible, which makes it even more repetitive than is evident in our translations. It could possibly be there for some reason other than simply being an aid to memorization.

The name Noah (“Noach” in Hebrew) means “rest.” The Hebrew word for “rested” in Genesis 8:4, (when the ark rested) is “nowach.” It is from the same root word as the name Noah. The word “manowach,”  translated as “rest” in Genesis 8:9 when speaking of the dove, is also from the same root.

There are other Hebrew words that could have been used in these verses, but this family of words seems to indicate more permanence than others. The ark settled down on the mountain. The dove found no place to settle when she was first released. The raven flies in search of destruction, and the dove in search of peace.

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