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February 11, 2014
What is his name and what is his son’s name? – Proverbs 30:4

Fri Jan 17, 2013

Many people will want to believe that the answer to the above passage is Jesus. Others will say that it is Yahshua. Let us now prove the veracity of this matter.{{more}}

We must realize that the Messiah has a Hebrew name and he spoke the Hebrew language. Some people desperately began fabricating a way to circumvent having to use the true Hebrew name for the Messiah, revealing their hereditary anti-Semitism.

Christianity believed that the New Testament was originally written in Greek; therefore, the name “J-sus” is acceptable for common use. Firstly, scholarship will not support such a claim. Secondly, if this was so, the scribes were to retain the Hebrew transliteration of the Saviour’s name instead of using a name linked to Greek etymologically.

Since it is provable that there was no consonantal “J” sound in the English language before 1565, when it was created by a printer named Gille Beys, the question is, how was the Saviour’s Name pronounced before then? We are, therefore, forced to believe that the word Jesus is no older than the 16th or 17th century. This can be proven from various dictionaries and early printed versions of the New Testament.

Another glaring difficulty with accepting a “second-hand” name of recent origin like ” J-sus” for the answer to Acts 4:12 is the fact that it is strikingly similar to the name of the pagan Greek deity Zesus. In the pagan Greek religion a deity called “Dionysus” was worshipped. He was parallel in mythology to Bacchus, the deity of wine. In the Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology (Paul Hamlyn, London), we find the startling and forthright statement: “Dionysus is etymologically the Zeus of NYSA and seems, by several similarities of legend and function, to be the Greek form of the Vedic god Soma.”

The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, page 71, states: “From this point let the well-known name of Bacchus in Greece be looked at. The name was Dionysus or Dionusos. What is the meaning of that name? Hitherto it has defied all interpretation. But deal with it as belonging to the language of that land from which the god himself originally came, and the meaning of it is plain. Dionnuso-s signifies ‘The Sinbearer,’ a name entirely appropriate to the character of him whose sufferings were represented as so mysterious, and who was looked up to as the ‘great purifier of souls’.” A note at the bottom of the page shows how this name was originally derived from the Hebrew words for bearing iniquity in Exodus 28:38.

On page 72 of The Two Babylons. Zeus was known as the Saviour, proving that he was worshipped through Dionysus as the Great Sinbearer in ancient Greece. Obviously, the etymology proves that the reason for selecting the suffix for the word J-sus was because of Dionysus or Zeus, who was known as the Greek Saviour when the Bible was translated into that language. These are glaring instances of how the pure worship of the inspired Scriptures was corrupted by the thoughts and ideas of men.

It is imperative that we seek to eliminate all relics of paganism from our worship, or we will be denied acceptance by Almighty Yahweh. And that catharsis should begin with the name which we call our Redeemer and Messiah, who was an Israelite and a Hebrew, and whose real name was Yahshua the Messiah.

Sheldon Govia

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