What's In A Name?

   I opened an email many years ago to my website with someone questioning why I did not use the Son of God’s real name. Since that time, I have received many, many others stating this same thing. In case you have not seen this, or received an email like it, the movement goes into great lengths to explain how there is no “J” in the Hebrew language, and that Jesus is not truly the name of the Son of the Living God.  Even going as far as stating that God’s name can not be Jehovah due to this. Which then puts everyone of us in a quandary who uses the name Jesus. Jesus name is a derivative of the pronunciation of the Jewish tetra gammon, YHWH. See, the Israelites so revered God, and feared Him, they were scared to use his name so the tetra gammon was used in the abbreviated sense to relieve them of this fear. If you don’t have God’s name right, you can’t possible have the Son of God’s name right, and as some articles and movements would tell you, the names used are down-right evil. And you are actually calling on Satan or another false god since you don’t have the right name. Nobody wants that!!! What do we do?

   Let me first give an example before I address the name that these movements want us to use. My family frequents a restaurant that has a waitress we always ask for. Her name, though spelled simple, if confusing to pronounce. Yes no matter how many time we, or anyone else in the restaurant, destroys the pronunciation, she always responds with a smile, doesn’t correct us, and handles what it is we need. I could list COUNTLESS cases of something just like this happening, across the globe. Why? Because the person knows who you are speaking to. So if we as created beings have that concept, why in the world would God not have it also since He searches the hearts and the minds? The fact is, He does. There is POWER in the name of Jesus. I have seen God work mightily with that name in healing people, in a tornado moving its course at the very mention of His name, and many other things that I alone can testify to, not to mention millions of others. These are not powers that even a might angel such as Lucifer is capable of, and that being the case, who then is the only One who can? That’s right, God alone, and glory to Him for that. God is not the author of confusion, so why would He move in such a way as to confuse people by acting in that name? He wouldn’t. Answer to prayer is enough reason to turn a deaf ear to this movement, but let’s address the names, and put a end to it all, shall we?

   The New Testament was written in Greek. Some want to speculate that there were some Hebrew versions, but we don’t have any copies of them… zero. So that is not worth the argument. This was done because many will tell you the name of Jesus should actually be “Yeshua” which is how it would have been in Hebrew. Still others will say the name Jesus is a derivative of Zeus and should not be used so you should pronounce the word the way it is in the Greek. If that were true, and someone wants to take this legalistic stance, every word for God then should always be pronounced in either the Hebrew or Greek, which is simply ridiculous. But the biggest movement on this is not for Greek to be used, but Hebrew, and that’s the whole problem. There is more than one movement, more than one pronunciation, so who is right? Yeshua, Yeshuahua, Yahusha, Yashua, Yahushua, and the list goes on and on. Why? Because even these groups are in a conundrum. Why? Let me explain.

   Remember we talked about the tetra gammon and Jesus’ name is based on that name? The issue is, God’s name, YHWH, how the Israelites pronounced it, has been lost, a very long time ago. Currently, there are 31 different ways that YHWH is pronounced, and they all come from Jewish Mysticism, known as Kabbalah. Every single one of these movements claiming a right to the proper name of the Son of God, is using one of their derivatives. How do they know THEY are right? How do they know THEY are not pronouncing it correctly? The fact is, they don’t.

Chinese pronounce His name “e-a-soo”

Japanese pronounce His name “e-a-suh”

Thai pronounce His name “pri-yay-zu”

Tamil (Indian) pronounce His name “ye-a-zoo”

Korean pronounce His name ‘ye-soo”

   Do you serve a God that understands that there are human barriers that would limit every single person on the earth from being able to pronounce His name exactly the same? Or do you serve a god in a box, incapable of doing something even a human being can? The God of the Bible goes beyond those bounds; He goes beyond your blinders. There will come a day that He will have a name that no-one knows, yet, He will still hear and answer His Bride, just as He does today.


Revelation 19:12-13

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.


In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.




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