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Edition 159 21st April 2013
What’s in a name?
News events and commentary:
My comment begins with ***
● Beware of the language used by the media. There is no such thing as the “occupied territories”. If so, who was it that Israel robbed their land from? No, there never was a Palestinian state. The media condemns Israel always for defending her own land and is silent at calls for Israel’s destruction. Stupid people think that the media speaks the truth.
●In a similar vein the Associated Press (AP) has capitulated to pressures by the Islamist group CAIR to drop the use of the term “Islamist”. The term “Islamist” was created to identify the militant side of Islam. This is all part of the gradual changing of the mainstream media to a more “neutral” position. *** Our Lord says there is no such thing. “You’re either with Me or against Me”
● (Press TV April 18th 2013) According to US Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel, the US is preparing for a massive invasion of Syria via Jordan with 20,000 soldiers! This is the first deployment of US forces in the region. This is a pre-cursor to direct military action. The action will be launched from Jordan. ***Why is this so important? It is of major importance from two points of view. Firstly the doom of Damascus is a well-known Bible prophecy (Isaiah17 and others). In a number of previous editions I’ve spoken of the horrific war of monumental proportions that will soon engulf Jordan. Secondly, with the US a major ally of Israel, this will bring in other Arab nations against the US / Israel. Beware, the moment Israel is dragged into the Syria conflict!
●Israel is preparing the Golan and surroundings for conflict with Syria and the forces of Lebanon. We are on the verge of new prophetic events breaking out in the Middle East!
What’s in a name?
There are many wonderful hidden meanings in original Bible words, names, convocations and places. Seeking them out is like searching for gold. You can’t do this if the names have been changed!
There is one big universal reason behind many of the Biblical name changes done through the ages by the Catholic church and others. It is to re-characterise the Church and our Jewish Messiah. It is Satan’s attempt to keep the Jews from the true Church and thus delay his own casting into hell at the Second Coming. Oh, you didn’t know that the Second Coming was associated with the salvation of the Jews?
Amazingly very few people have any idea what was changed, or why and what the effects are.
You would also be amazed at how resistant to change back to the truth many church leaders are! So many of them are spineless dead chickens, bound up and ready for the oven!
What’s in a name you ask? Well let me inform you that there is very much, and it’s of great importance. This edition addresses many of these name changes, why they were made and who authorised the changes.
We will look at some incredible and shocking aspects of church history and God’s position as revealed in His word.
We will look at changed names, changed days and changed traditions.
The Bible talks of the “Great Restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). It will be complete as we get to the Millennium, but we are most certainly in the run up to that now. There is very much that has been hijacked, interfered with, changed and mutilated, that is in desperate need of “great restoration”.
I recall a great four -hour teaching by the late Keith Green done in the early 80s, entitled “What’s wrong with the gospel?” The series was divided into, “The added parts” and the “removed parts.” His thesis was that the gospel has lost its power because of all the things that have been changed.
If you are a church pastor or leader that really loves our Lord, you would love to break from satanically created changes and participate in the great restoration back to truth, wouldn’t you?
Thank the Lord many are. There is a new automatic, unwritten, unspoken unity amongst those who are part of this great restoration.
Some of these things will amaze you and some will be shocked.
There is action that needs to be taken as we move forward in holiness with our Lord. On the other hand, please do not wield this material as a baseball bat to clobber others that are still in the dark in relation to these things...help them to switch their light on, and not off with the baseball bat!
May I summarise a huge subject on which many books have been written: The true church needs reformation. It needs to identify with God’s prophetic word, His convocations and names. It must uphold the truth of the New Testament epistles and not come under the domain of legalism.
The name above all names: Yeshua HaMashiach
His name is: יְהוֹשׁוּעַ
Adonai (I am), Alpha & Omega (beginning and end), Branch of Righteousness, Bread of Heaven, Bridegroom, Cornerstone, HaMashich (The Annointed One), Faithful and True, God, Great High Priest, The Head of all things, The Holy One, Image of God, Immanuel (God with us), Our Intercessor, Judge of the living and dead, King of Israel, King of the Jews, Lamb of God, Light of the world, Lion of Judah, Lord of Glory, Man of sorrows, Morning Star, Our Passover, Power of God, Prince of Life, Prophet, Rabbi Redeemer, Resurrection, Root of David, Saviour, Shepherd, Son of David, Son of God, Son of Man, The Life, The Lord of Glory, The Way, The Word, Yeshua ben Joseph (Son of Joseph). And more.
The correct name or title for God the Father is Yahweh or Yah. Exodus 3:15 Isaiah 42:8 (translated Jehovah).
The correct name for the Son is Yeshua Hamashiach. “Hamashiach” meaning “the Messiah” in Hebrew. This name can also be rendered Yahshua as it was at first, containing the word Yah, which is the Father’s name.
The name Jesus is of Roman descent. It is the Latin form of the Greek acronym “Iseous.”
Yeshua was a true Jew. He would have had a Jewish / Hebrew name. Jesus is not Jewish; it is Latin / Greek. Latin was the language of Rome. Hebrew is the language of Jerusalem.
Some think Jesus is the English version of Yeshua. No it is not! The English version of Yeshua is Joshua!
His name is not and never was Jesus. It always was and still is Yeshua. Let me quickly add that if you call Him Jesus and you mean the One who was crucified at Calvary and rose again, at least we are on the same page, but its far more important than you may think to get these things right.
Some go completely overboard with these things. For example, “The Sacred Name” movement maintains that if you use the name “Jesus” you are praying to a false god and are not part of His covenant people. That is rubbish, but we must still get things right!
By the way, when we pray or call on the name of our Messiah, it is Him the person and not the name we are calling on.
On the other hand there are heavy curses mentioned in the Bible upon those that do change the Word.
You may contend that you’re not a Hebrew so why use the Hebrew name? The answer is because God said so! If you object to using the Hebrew name, then why use the Greek / Latin name -Jesus? By the way if you are born again, you have the Holy, Hebrew One in your heart and not some Roman or Greek.
It was the Catholic church that authorized and changed many names essentially to get rid of anything Jewish in nature and to re-characterise the Church so that it could be brought under their dominion.
If you want to be obedient to the Catholic, early church forefathers and get rid of all things Hebraic in character, you must get rid of Yeshua. He is the very essence of the true, pure Jew. You must also reject the Jewish blood-stained, scarlet thread of redemption running right through the history of Israel, which produced the Messiah. If you reject all things Hebraic and of Jewish origin you will be left with an unholy religion, with no blessing or power on it.
Matthew 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son and you will call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.”
Here the name ‘Jesus’ is translated from the Greek ‘Iesous’. However the root word in Strongs H3091 is Yeshua, meaning “Jehovah is salvation.” The English is Joshua, also in Strongs.
Some important analogies:
Your good works will not save you. You will go to hell with many great works done, if you do not have salvation through the new birth. (There are no ‘good’ works in God’s sight until you are saved.)
The law of Moses can’t save anyone. Even Moses couldn’t keep the law he delivered. Because he disobeyed God and thus broke the law, God forbade him from leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land, but allowed him to see it and divide the Red Sea for the others to go through.
But Joshua did lead the people into the Promised Land. The analogy is that the Promised Land is our salvation. The name Joshua is the same name as Yeshua, they are the same. Moses can show what sin is through the law, but only Yeshua can save you! Moses stands in the desert pointing the way, but only our Lord can lead you to glory.
The name Moses means “deliverer”. The name Yeshua means “salvation”. Deliverance leads to salvation, but they are not the same thing.
In the Bible Egypt is a type of the world system.
Many Egyptians fled Egypt with the children of Israel.
About 2.5 million Jews left Egypt. (Genesis 12:38) Great multitudes of Egyptians also left with the Jews. Some estimate 2.4 million. God promised that a great multitude of Gentiles would leave Egypt with them. (Exodus 12:38). God called these Gentiles / Egyptians a “great treasure” (Numbers 15:14).
The type here is that salvation goes to the Jew and Gentile. Also note that God calls the saved Gentiles “a great treasure.” Some Messianic believers I know need to read that verse again!
What is not well known is that only about one fifth of the Jews left Egypt. The others had become acclimatised to Egypt and feared leaving. They stayed behind and perished in Egypt.
Here is the amazing analogy: In these end times and especially in the tribulation period, large numbers of Jews will be saved from the world even though many will be pursued and killed by Satan. Many Gentiles are and will be saved from the world, but many Jews and Gentiles will remain in the world system under the power of Satan. This analogy can also be extended to demonstrate that there will ultimately be few that will be saved and many who will be lost.
Please note that the direction is from Egypt to the Promised Land. We are not to be overly involved in making the world (Egypt) a better place.
It is also important to realise that the story of the fall of Jericho has prophetic overtones relating to the fall of the world at the Second Coming. Again, it is Joshua, who has with him the Ark of the Covenant (God’s presence). He has with him seven priests and seven trumpets that bring the walls down. (Joshua 6:6)
At the Second Coming our Lord Yeshua, who is God’s presence will bring down the “walls’ of the whole world system after seven trumpet judgements.
A tale of two songs, which one will you sing? It’s a well known fact that the Nazi leadership played Wagner symphonies every time the Holocaust ovens were filled.
The children of Israel sang songs to the Lord on their salvation through the Red Sea. (Exodus 15:1-20) Miriam took instruments and sang to the Lord after crossing into the Promised Land. The name Miriam comes from two root words. Mara = bitterness and Meri = rebellion. She rebelled against bitterness in her own heart and sang to the Lord.
In the same way they (Catholics) call Mary “the mother of God.” God had no mother. Mary was the mother of His human form, not His deity! This obviously elevates Mary. She is not nor ever was the mother of God.
The Feasts of the Lord and the Sabbath:
Today many ministers of the gospel speak about the Jewish Feasts, as if they are for the Jews. The Bible speaks about the feasts of the Lord. They are for the Lord’s people.
Amos 5:21 “I hate, I despise your feast days and I do not savour your sacred assemblies.”
This amazing verse above is followed by the reasons! In verse 26 the people are told that because they mixed idolatry and pagan practices with their true worship, God rejected it all! In fact the context of this is the end -time Day of the Lord!
It is important to get all these right. It is actually simple to get right what is clearly in the Bible.
The early Catholic church changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Modern man has changed even that to be an ordinary day!
Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”
Genesis 2:3 “God blessed the seventh day.” (Saturday)
Zechariah 14:16-19 Speaks of Gentile nations keeping the Feast of Tabernacles.
The following verses are shocking indeed and apply to everyone, especially Gentiles who encourage the defiling of the true Sabbath!
Isaiah 56:2-7 “Blessed is the man who does this, who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the Sabbath. Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord (Christian) speak saying. “The Lord has utterly separated His people”; To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what please Me and hold fast My covenant, even to them I will give my house and a place and a name, an everlasting name. Also the sons of the foreigners, who joined themselves to the Lord to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, all who keep from defiling the Sabbath – even them I will bring to My holy mountain...”
Many would not agree with this and be offended, but it is true. If you celebrate Easter, Christmas, Lent, infant sprinkling and the like you are honouring the founders of it...the Catholic popes and Satan himself!
Can you see what this amazing verse is saying? It is speaking of the non-Jews who have joined themselves to the Lord and it commands them not to mess around with the Sabbath or other covenant things!
If you change Passover to Easter, you must also change the day, because Easter was designed by the Catholics never to fall on the same day. So you must change the day and the name. This obviously brings up problems. 1Corinthians 5:7 “...Christ our Passover (not Easter) was sacrificed for us.”
We are to celebrate Passover with the bread and wine and not the “Eucharist.” Passover is of God while Easter is of Satan. I have never found one argument by anyone ever that can justify Easter or Christmas. If you are not familiar with these things please look up the meaning of the word Easter and the origins of Christmas.
All of the Feasts of the Lord have been bannished from church tradition and practcise. Little does the church know that they are rich with symbolism and meaning and vital to Bible prophecy. The church needs to at least identify with all of the Feasts.
The way of salvation has been changed:
The Bible outlines what salvation is in numerous passages. The nutshell version is this. It is the new birth (a deliberate calculated act and decision in space and time), adult water baptism, (baptismal regeneration is a fraud), baptism in the Spirit. These are the elementary foundational doctrinal practises. Upon these you build your spiritual building.
Both law keeping for salvation and doing a bunch of works for salvation are equally wrong and flawed.
The Catholic church changed the new birth to church membership and Biblical adult water baptism by full immersion to infant sprinkling, which has its roots in Babylonian occult practises as seen in the dedication of children to pagan gods.
All but a few in the Catholic church as well as orthodox denominations and most other denominations replace the new birth with a few religious ideas. They equate believing in church doctrine to salvation. They believe they are okay because they use the title Christian. They have no indwelling living Holy Spirit. They are dead deep inside.
A true believer is one who has the spark of God alive in his heart. He loves the Lord and His other children as well as His word.
Original Catholic changes:
The First Council of Nicea was hosted by the pagan worshipping Roman emperor Constantine, the forerunner of the Catholic church.
Constantine’s intention at Nicea was to create an entirely new god for his empire, who would unite all religions under one deity. Some 53 gods were tabled for discussion. This was then brought down to a short list of five. Constantine then legally deified these gods into one, presenting them as new Christianity. This was totally different from the early church.
From here on numerous changes were made to early Christian tradition, which was rooted in Hebraic Biblical tradition.
In the days of the early Catholic church they made their ignorant people call their leaders “father”. Even the word – ‘pope’ means father. I hate using the word for the very reason that none of those deceived people are or ever will be any sort of father to me...ever!
Mathew 23:9 “Do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He is who is heaven.” (This is talking in spiritual terms, obviously it’s okay for your own your physical father.)
The central theme was to break the church away from a Hebraic / Jewish identity and to give it a completely new Gentile, Roman pagan flavour, and to turn it into a church/state.
Throughout history the Catholic church has had a legacy of contempt for the Jews. This can be found in thousands of historical documents of councils, teachings and opinions by so-called church fathers and Catholic leaders. This was continued by all the leaders of the reformation, except the Wesley brothers. (If they could see what their church has become!!)
Truth or error in practice:
So, you think it doesn’t matter if you mix a bit of pagan devil worship with Christianity? So, you think it doesn’t matter if you worship the true God but use the names of Baal? So, you think that tradition is right and couldn’t be wrong? Christmas, Easter and a host of other convocations that the church practises are evil and founded in devil worship and paganism. (Look it up if you don’t believe me.)
Pastor, reading this, you teach your flock that it’s okay to use satanic names to identify your traditions! You think that the names don’t matter? I’ve heard many of you say just that, and I mean many...perhaps the great majority of you.
Here’s what God thinks. Perhaps, pastor, you don’t care.
Zephaniah 1:4 “...Against the inhabitants of Jerusalem, I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, the names of the idolatrous priests, with the pagan priests.”
2 Kings 17:32-34 “...Priests of the high places sacrificed in the shrines of the high places. They feared the Lord, yet served their own gods according to the rituals of the nations...to this day they continue practicing their former rituals; they do not fear the Lord...”
Exodus 23:13 “Be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.”
Jeremiah 10:2 “Do not learn the way of the pagans.” (This goes on to condemn the cutting down of the fir tree and decorating it with gold and silver!)
Deuteronomy 12:30-31 “Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not enquire after their gods, saying ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way...”
This amazing discourse ends in verse 41 “So these nations feared the Lord, yet served their carved images; also their children and their children’s children have continued doing as their fathers did even to this day.”
Here is a spectacular short verse, the exact opposite of the verses above:
►Isaiah 43:12 “There was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witnesses says the Lord.”
Do you know that the tribe of Dan was omitted from the book of Revelation because of their attachment to paganism in their history, and their unwillingness to break from it? There is a powerful message for the church in that!
You see, the verses above condemn paganism, but note the emphasis on the names as well.
Truth, born of God and revealed in His word by His Spirit is holy, eternally safe, secure and will endure forever. How wise it is to line up with it now! Biblical truth is like bread and wine in the desert!
God has every right to change names as He has done and authorised many times in the scriptures. No man has the authority to change anything in the Bible. When this is done you can be sure an evil spirit is at work and the end result will be of that spirit!
Other issues in names and practices:
The name Hollywood:
The origin of Hollywood: The word comes from ancient Druid and Wicca witchcraft practices in which a wand was made of a holly-tree branch. The hollywood is this magic wand.
Within Hollywood and in fact the entire entertainment industry, Satan is at work in many ways. MK Ultra Mind Control is a form of subtle manipulation to produce control. It’s just like a magic wand! It is deep rooted in and rules Hollywood and the cities like Las Vegas and others. I resent even talking about these things, so do yourself a favour and Google “Hollywood magic wand” and “MK Ultra Mind Control in Hollywood.”
Excuse me for saying this, but most people, Christians included, deserve to be deceived by these things. They worship the great Satanic god Hollywood and the entertainment world, thinking it is good. They pay to be entertained by the devil and then wonder why they are spineless puppets or floppy dolls in the hands of Satan’s world system and its opinions.
Christians who frequently bow down to Hollywood have no fear of the Lord and little or no understanding of end-time events! (I know some of you are thinking, “I can’t believe he said that”)
Too many Christians have been moulded in all their ways and opinions by Satan’s mind control methods in the entertainment world. They are one with it. They are useless, spineless followers of the crowd!
Exodus 23:1-2“...Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. You shall not follow the crowd to do evil...”
Hollywood is the manifestation of Satan’s plans in the world now. It is the bible of the masses including many modern Christians. This evil bible will be most significant in the end time plan of Satan. It will present and make acceptable many things born in hell. You would be shocked to know what Satan is planning through Dan Brown. It will deceive the whole world! I will share it in another edition related to the subject
Meetings with the glory of the Lord:
Beware the hogwash!
It’s not my purpose to question the validity of all the many claims out there of people who say, “I saw the Lord”, or who say, “The Lord spoke to me in an audible voice.” Neither is it my purpose to question the validity of the many near-death experiences or the actual death and return-to-earth experiences of some believers.
It is my purpose to show what the effects were of these experiences on people in the Bible and to warn you of deception working through the pride of some. Beware of the biggest and main tool of the devil in these end times which is deception.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “Beware of false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. No wonder, because Satan transforms himself into an angle of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness.”
A direct personal meeting with the risen Lord was nothing like meeting Him in His humanity before the resurrection. On every occasion people who encountered the risen Lord were struck with life changing fear...the “fear of the Lord.”
Revelation 1:17 “When I saw Him (context is His glorified state) I fell at His feet as dead”.
Isaiah 6:3-5 “Holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory...Woe is me for I am undone...”
The following verses speak of the dramatic effects of this encounter upon Isaiah. God tells him that his sins are forgiven and then says to Him “Whom shall I send” and he says “Lord here I am send me.” But note the effects of the encounter...”Woe is me.”
Genesis 32:24 “Then Jacob was left alone and a Man wrestled Him until daybreak.” The following verses speak of the effects of Jacob’s wrestling with God. Our Lord blessed him, but “touched his hip” and left him partially crippled, walking with a limp for the rest of his days.
Acts 9: 1-19 Reveals the discourse in which Paul the apostle meets our risen Lord on the road to Damascus. He falls from his horse to the ground and was left temporarily blind.
At the end of the day we must judge all “experiences” by the word of God and not the claims of people alone. People who’ve had these experiences have been broken, drastically, radically, changed with enduring effects.
Many testimonies that I’ve heard are fishy to start with. Many have absolutely no effect on the individuals concerned except for a few cheap words. They remain worldly, fleshly and suspect! Many (not all) of these people were and still are self orientated and filled with self indulgence.
Why these things are important:
In all these things we must go back to beginnings. We must look at what was anointed and truly successful from God’s point of view.
So successful has Satan been through all the evil changes made by the Catholic church, that very few church leaders will even question these things - never mind change them back to the truth.
Switching the light on:
As you can see from previous editions, I’ve mostly referred to our Lord as Yeshua / Jesus. Well, from now I’ll be using Yeshua alone. I am not a Greek and this is not a Greek publication, but I’m not at war with those who use the name Jesus. We do mean and refer to the same person.
In this day there is a fast -growing number of ministries and people who have a passion for truth. More and more are casting off Greek, Roman and Babylonian influences.
If you love someone you will love their words.
It really is all about your love for truth and your desire to be right with God, or to stay right with wolves.
My aim is to present truth, correct error, but not cause division. If truth causes division, so be it.
In Godly truth there is Godly unity, love and peace. In Satanic error there is un-godly unity, love and peace.
Psalm 36:9 “In His light we see light.”
A clear mark of the believer who will go on with our great King, Lord and Saviour is his /her passion for Him and His truth. Getting important Biblical names and convocations and commands right will be a pleasure.
Many are saved by the Jew of all Jews, the Hebrew Messiah, but are enslaved to Rome, Babylon and the traditions of Satan.
The most wonderful and amazing thing is that so many are waking up to these very things around the world at the same time. Many have realised that their churches are stuck in a deadly rut. They want more. They can sense and feel that something is missing. These people, with an open heart are the ones that God will move forward into an exciting new world of restoration.
There is a huge number of ministries worldwide that are changing back towards original truth.
Truth sets you free.
Philippians 2:15 “Will you become blameless and innocent children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world.”
Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold onto his ways, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”
Here’s a picture I did from a chopper recently above the Drakensberg. We are to tower up above and out of the cloudy confusion of the world below.
Shalom and grow in grace!