What's He Talking About
(I just want to say that I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything or trying to change anyone's belief, opinion or viewpoint. I'm not here to debate anyone. I'm only sharing my view of the subject. No harm meant. If you can't dig what I'm saying in this hub so be it, move on to hubs that you can dig. Now on to my topic)
I know some of you are probably saying "What the hell is this fool talking about!" "The second coming hasn't happened!"
I know, I know it sounds crazy because of what we've all been taught to believe....but it has happened. So bear with me and I'll explain.
Jesus is not Jesus' real name. It's the English transliteration of his name. So if Jesus isn't Jesus' real name what name was he called by when he was alive?
Jesus' Real Name?
Let's take a look at the derivation of the name Jesus.
(Jesus:c.1175 (O.E. simply used hælend "savior"), from Gk. Iesous, attempt to render Aramaic proper name Jeshua (Heb. Yeshua) "Jah is salvation," a common Jewish personal name, the later form of Heb. Yehoshua (see Joshua). As an oath, attested from late 14c. For Jesus H. Christ. Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper)
So the name Jesus is derived from the name Yeshua or Joshua and means "Jah is salvation". And it's a "common Jewish personal name".
Let's look at the meaning of Joshua.
(Joshua: masc. proper name, biblical successor of Moses, from Heb. Yehoshua, lit. "the Lord is salvation." Joshua tree (1867) is perhaps so called because its shape compared to pictures ofJoshua brandishing a spear (Josh. viii.18). In the top 10 list of names for boys in the U.S. since1979.Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper )
Joshua is a translation of the Hebrew name, Yehoshua, meaning "Jah ( or Yah) is salvation" and that's why Jesus is called the "savior". Again we see the idea of salvation associated with Joshua's name as it is with Jesus' name because they're the same name in different languages. I think we all can agree on that.
In the Hebrew Bible, (the Christian Old Testament), Moses' right hand man is Yehoshua (in English, Joshua). In the 2nd century BC, in the Septuagint,( the Hebrew Bible translated into Greek), Yehoshua's name was transliterated as Iesous pronounced "ieesus" . This was the first time the name that would eventually become Jesus was known to history.
In the 4th century AD in the Latin Vulgate (the Bible in Latin this is the first Christian bible) , Iesous was translated as Iesus. In 1600 AD in the Kings James Bible, Iesus was translated into English,as the name we all know and love, Jesus. The l in lesus was changed to a J in English.
Very interesting don't you think?
So those who say that Jesus is the only name you can be "saved" by have a problem, because during his lifetime (if he ever lived). Jesus was probably called Yeshua or Yehoshua, in English it would be, Joshua, but definitely not Jesus. So how can you be saved by that name?
The Bible the early Christians used was the Septuagint (the old Testament in Greek). When they saw the name, Iesous, they knew it was referring to Moses' successor and right hand man, Yehoshua (Joshua). (The English name ,Jesus, didn't exist during that time). This was the first coming of the messiah.
When the New Testament was written ( it was written in Greek) and when the early Jewish Christians saw the name Iesous, they saw it as referring to the second coming of Yehoshua (Joshua) the messiah who led their ancestors out bondage in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan, who was Moses' right hand man, Joshua.
The First And Original Savior
Yahoshua (Joshua) was the first and original savior. So that makes the Jesus we all know and love the second coming of the savior (Yehoshua, lit. "the Lord is salvation" Dictionary.com.) If Yehoshua is salvation he's your savior as well wouldn't you say?
So the second coming has already happened but you probably didn't know that. If you're still waiting for Jesus to return that would be the third coming of the messiah. There have been many messiahs. All the kings of Israel were messiahs, meaning they were "anointed" or chosen by the God of Israel to be kings.
(Messiah: c.1300, Messias, from L.L. Messias, from Gk. Messias, from Aramaic meshiha and Heb. mashiah "anointed" (of the Lord), from mashah "anoint." This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Gk. Khristos (see Christ). In O.T. prophetic writing, it was used of an expected deliverer. Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper)
Isaiah 45:1 backs up what I said about messiah or christ (khristo) meaning anointed and that there were other messiahs before Jesus was said to be the messiah.
"Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will lose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;" Isaiah 45:1. Amazing!
Do you really realize the meaning of what Isaiah said?