(By Juan R. Rains)
To really appreciate this subject, we must begin with the
understanding that the “Jesus” to whom the title refers, is the
Christ or the Messiah – the Anointed One – who came into the
world to save His people from their sins.

We should comprehend that the name “Jesus” would be a
foreign name for Jewish parents to give to their male child.  
For the English reader, it would have been more accurate to
translate the Christ’s name as Joshua.  In His native tongue,
His name would be Yahshua.

It is manifest that many men of Judea had the same first name
as the Messiah; for this reason, in the New Testament
Scriptures, we observe supplemental identification, in
reference to His name, such as “Jesus of Nazareth” or “Jesus
(the) Christ of Nazareth” some 19 times.  The writers
included the location of His childhood home, or His title, to
identify Him from some other “Jesus”.  He was the “Son of
David” on His human side; He referred to Himself as the “Son
of Man”; and the demons called Him the “Son of God”.  In
addition, the Apostles referred to Him as the “Son of God”
after His resurrection.

Matthew 26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another
[maid] saw him, and said unto them that were there, This [fellow] was
also with Jesus (Yahshua) of Nazareth.

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus, Christ our Lord, which was
made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do
with thee, Jesus (Yahshua), thou Son of God?  Art thou come hither to
torment us before the time?

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of
the stature of the fullness of Christ:

The KJV use of the name “Jesus” in the New Testament and
“Joshua” in the Old Testament for the same Hebrew name,
hides from us the fact that just as the Christ was the second
Adam, so also was He the second Joshua.  Here we speak of
Joshua the son of Nun, who led the Children of Israel into the
Promised Land as a type of Joshua the Christ who leads the
spiritual Children of Israel into the Kingdom of God.

Many of us are aware that Hebrew, the root from which the
name of the son of Nun and the name of the Son of God came
does not have a J or J-sound in its alphabet.  Therefore, a
little more explanation is necessary.  

Hoshea was the original name of Joshua of Old Testament
fame:

NKJ:
Numbers 13:8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of
Nun;

However, Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Yehoshua
(“Joshua” in the KJV-OT; and “Jesus” <Acts 7:45 & Heb. 4:
8> in the KJV-NT):

NKJ:
Numbers 13:16 These [are] the names of the men whom Moses sent to
spy out the land.  And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua
(Yehoshua).

Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus
(Joshua – Yehoshua) into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God
drove out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

Hoshea = Salvation whereas, Yehoshua = YHWH is Salvation.  
In other words, the name Hoshea honored “Joshua” as a
source of salvation – while the name Yehoshua reveres
YHWH as the true source of Salvation.  Therefore, YHWH
was the author of Israel’s physical Salvation through the
human instrument, Yehoshua or Joshua.

Now, Joshua’s name change was no doubt inspired of God, for
the Messiah is indeed our salvation and His name is Yahshua,
the shortened form of Yehoshua.  For some reason, the Jews
preferred the shorter form of the name, after their
Babylonian captivity.  Yahshua is simply the short form of
Yehoshua, which is the full form of the name that Moses gave
to “Joshua”.  Yahshua = YHWH is Salvation, the same
meaning as Yehoshua.  

In other words, God named “Joshua” of OT fame and “Jesus”
the Messiah, each according to his achievement.  “Joshua” led
the Israelites into their tangible Promised Land, becoming
their physical salvation; and “Jesus” (Yahshua) leads us into
the Kingdom of God, providing for our spiritual salvation.  
Canaan was the Rest of physical Israel and the Kingdom of
God is the Rest of Spiritual Israel.

Hebrews 4:8 For if Jesus (Joshua son of Nun) had given them rest,
then would he (God) not afterward have spoken of another day.

Hebrews 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any
man fall after the same example of unbelief.

The Father gave His Son the name Yahshua – the same name
as Joshua of the Old Testament – “for He shall save His
people from their sins”.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his
name JESUS (Yahshua): for he shall save his people from their sins.

From one perspective, it is regrettable that these names have
been confused – thus clouding the intended message.  On the
other hand, this confusion causes those who investigate the
matter to excavate the truth and thereby focus more intently
on its true meaning.

It should not escape us that Yahshua, the Messiah is the
YHWH of the Old Testament, for salvation comes through the
Messiah.  Yahshua saves His people from their sins.  In other
words, YHWH is our Salvation.

Paul’s statement in Philippians 2:10 is a quote from Isaiah 45:
23.  However, Paul uses this affirmation in reference to
Yahshua, “Jesus” of the New Covenant whereas Isaiah makes
the same statement to refer to YHWH of the Old Covenant!  
This confirms that Yahshua of the New Testament and YHWH
of the Old Testament had the same unique spirit.  Read Isaiah
45:23 in its context a little further below and observe that it
refers to YHWH.

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus (Yahshua) every knee
should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things]
under the earth;

Isaiah 45:23 I (YHWH) have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of
my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every
knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Christ created all things:

Colossians 1:16 For by him (Yahshua) were all things created, that
are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether
[they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him, and for him:

We know that YHWH created the heavens including the
earth.  Therefore, Yahshua and YHWH are two different
names for the same unique person.  YHWH = “the existing
one” or “the eternal” – the Messiah’s name before He
became the begotten Son of God, Yahshua.  Yahshua =
YHWH our Salvation.  In other words, the name Yahshua ties
the mission of the Christ with His former name of YHWH, the
God of the Old Covenant.

Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD (YHWH) that created the
heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I
am the LORD (YHWH); and there is none else.
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not
unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD (YHWH) speak
righteousness, I declare things that are right.
20  Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are
escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of
their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together:
who hath declared this from ancient time?  Who hath told it from that
time?  Have not I the LORD (YHWH)?  And there is no God else
beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am
God, and there is none else.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in
righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall
bow, every tongue shall swear.

From this information, we should deduce two truths: 1) The
Earth Project is that of Yahshua, the Messiah; and 2) Yahshua
is the YHWH of the OT because He is our Salvation – His
name tells us that He is YHWH our Salvation.

As to the idea of YHWH being the one and only God as stated
in the above Passage from Isaiah 45, we should understand
that this is from a perspective.  The message was to the
people of the earth in relationship to false gods.  God the
Father gave YHWH the Earth Project.  YHWH was the only
true God known to the people of the earth, at that time.  The
Father was mostly unknown until Yahshua came to reveal Him
in the New Covenant.

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no
man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father,
save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man
knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the
Son, and [he] to whom the Son will reveal [him].

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son,
which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].

The following inset gives us the meaning of the name “Jesus”
(Yahshua) and informs us of five different men named “Jesus”
(Yahshua) in the New Testament!  Three men are specifically
called “Jesus” in the KJV: the Christ, Joshua – the son of
Nun, and Justus: Colossians 4:11.

Online Bible:

2424 Ihsouv Iesous ee-ay-sooce’

Of Hebrew origin 03091 ewvy; TDNT-3:284,360; n pr m

AV-Jesus 972, Jesus (Joshua) 2, Jesus (Justus) 1; 975

Jesus = “Jehovah (Editor’s note: YHWH) is salvation”

1) Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, God incarnate
2) Jesus Barabbas was the captive robber whom the Jews begged
Pilate to release instead of Christ
3) Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses’ successor
(#Ac 7:45, Heb 4:8)
4) Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of Christ (#Lu 3:29)
5) Jesus, surnamed Justus, a Jewish Christian, an associate with Paul
in the preaching of the gospel (#Col 4:11)

We should focus a little more on the phrase, “for he shall save
His people from their sins” in Matthew 1:21.  We are His
people for He – Yahshua – created us and He died for us.  
Moreover, He intercedes with God the Father for us and
justifies our sins to Him.  Especially, it should not escape us
that Yahshua, the Christ introduced us to the Father in the
New Testament, for in the Old Testament we hardly see Him
at all.  Only with the New Covenant project for begotten sons
do we see the Father more clearly.  

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his
name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

1John 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin
not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous:

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son,
which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].

Beyond all of this, the Messiah had the name Immanuel (OT-
KJV) or Emmanuel (NT-KJV), which equals: “God is with
us”.  

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold,
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being
interpreted is, God with us.

Even before we begin our study of who “Jesus” is, we are
receiving answers.  Yahshua = “YHWH is Salvation” and
Emmanuel = “God is with us”.  Therefore, “Jesus” is YHWH
our Salvation and He is the One who came down and dwelt
among men as God.

However, before we jump to false conclusions, we should
understand that Yahshua was flesh during His 30-plus years of
humanity.  The Apostle John made this very clear and
impressed upon us the importance of getting this information
correct.  Those who believe that Yahshua the Christ came in
the flesh are of God.  Those who do not believe that Yahshua
the Christ came in the flesh are not of God.  Furthermore,
those who teach that Yahshua the Christ did not come in the
flesh are deceivers and adversaries of the Messiah.  
Therefore, anyone who teaches that the Christ went to preach
to demons in prison, or that He did any other activity, while
He was dead, is a false teacher!  The bible teaches no such
thing!  (Read our article,
Spirits in Prison?”)  Furthermore,
anyone who teaches that the Messiah raised Himself from the
dead is a false teacher.  

Many do not properly construe figures of speech – they turn
figures into literal speech and the literal language into figures,
turning the Word of God upside down to serve their false
philosophy.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that
confessed that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confessed not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof ye
have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the
world.

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess
not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an
Antichrist.

How do we reconcile that Yahshua was both God and man
while here on earth to become the sacrifice for all His
people?  

Understanding the answer to this question leads us to the
knowledge of who “Jesus” is.  Therefore, let us begin at the
beginning.

IN THE BEGINNING

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

John speaks of a beginning, in the first verse of the first
chapter of his Gospel.  We know that this beginning is before
the beginning of Genesis 1:1.  As Yahshua was the One who
created all things, He already existed in the statement of
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created”.  Therefore,
John 1:1 was a beginning that preceded Genesis 1:1.  Genesis
1:1 was the beginning of the physical universe.  John 1:1 was
Yahshua’s beginning.

John 1:1 is the earliest “beginning” of which the bible tells us
directly.  John validates this doctrine in the Revelation telling
us that Yahshua was the beginning of the creation of God.  If
we are able to receive it, there was a time when the unique
spirit of Yahshua did not exist.  If we do not accept this
knowledge, we cannot acquire the other mysteries that lead us
to the understanding of who ‘Jesus’ is.

Revelation 3:14  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans
write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the
beginning of the creation of God;

The bible contains several mysteries surrounding this subject
– some of the keys to these mysteries are themselves
extremely obscure.  It seems evident that God did not intend
to lay open these secrets so that all could understand who the
Christ is, at a first glance.

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