Thursday, 10 February 2011 21:36

The Yeshua Pictographs

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Today's Hebrew study will focus on the name of Jesus, which in Hebrew was 'Yeshua'. Once again, the pictographs will be quite revealing, providing information in a nutshell that is revealed throughout the course of the entire New Testament.

YeshuaThe name of Yeshua is composed of four Hebrew letters, which reading right-to-left are the 'Yud', the 'Shin', the 'Vav', and the 'Ayin'. We're all familiar with the common translation of "He Saves" that is associated with this name, and certainly that corresponds to scriptures such as Matthew 1:21, which states "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” But there is a little more to the story. Hidden within His name are a few other attributes in addition to the fact that he saves.


 As with each of our other studies, we'll now substitute the ancient Hebrew pictographic letters for the modern Aramaic Square Script letters, and see what kind of mnemonic meanings emerge.

YudThe first letter is the 'Yud', which has a 'Y' sound and is represented by the arm and hand of a man. This letter carries the implied meanings of 'work' or 'throw' or 'worship', along with a few other similar connotations that are all related to working or doing something. It can also mean simply 'arm' or 'hand'.

ShinThe second letter is the 'Shin', which has a 'Sh' sound or an 'S' sound, and is represented by two front teeth. This letter has the potential meanings of 'two' or 'sharp' or 'press' or 'eat', but it can also mean 'consume' or 'destroy' or anything that relates to the function of teeth or eating.

VavThe third letter is the 'Vav', which today has a 'V' sound, an 'O' sound, or a 'U' sound depending on how it is used, but in ancient times it was called a 'Waw', and carried a 'W' sound. It is represented by a tent peg, and has the potential meanings of 'add' or 'secure' or 'hook', but it can also mean simply 'peg' or 'nail'. 

AyinThe last letter is the 'Ayin', which has a short 'A' sound, and is represented by a human eye. Potential meanings include 'watch' or 'know' or 'shade', or anything that relates to the functions of the eyes such as to 'see', 'understand', or 'reveal'. And as with the other pictographic letters, it can simply mean 'eye'. 


When we combine the various meanings that are available for each letter, and consider the context provided by the person they are describing, I think the message that they convey becomes clear;

"He who creates, destroys, saves, and reveals"

Jesus was our Creator (John 1:1-3), and it is He who will destroy those who destroy the earth (Revelation 11:18). He is also the only name by which we are saved (Act 4:10-12), and He is also the revealer of mysteries (Daniel 2:28). The fact that all of these qualities are wrapped up in his name is certainly no coincidence.

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#23 Jonathan Lankford 2013-09-27 13:18
Quoting Mike:

I'm running out of time to blog, since my schedule turns very heavy now beginning this afternoon and running through the next few weeks. But let me conclude with this;

As Christians, we have to build our theology on the full counsel of scripture. Many Old Testament passages indeed point to YHWH, but again, Yeshua is Yahweh, and salvation ('yeshuah') is indeed found in the name of the Messiah ('Yeshua') as stated by Peter;

“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

The Holy Spirit (YHWH) directed Peter to say that "no other name" under heaven would save us. Does he intend to exclude YHWH also? No, because again, Yeshua is YHWH. So calling on the name of Yeshua is quite appropriate. If we have the Son, then we automatically have the Father also;

“No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1John 2:23)

Based on John's statement above, if I call on the name of Yeshua, it is imputed that I have also called on the name of YHWH. So it is my belief that your grandfather is safely in the hands of God. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

Hope that helps. If not, I suppose we will just have to disagree agreeably.



Who is the agent of this "yashua" (salvation)? And how can Acts 2:38 also affirm the Messiah's commandment Himself in Matthew 28:19 to baptize in the name of the Father?
+1 #22 Joshua Kirk 2013-09-07 23:02
I John 2:22
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that YHWH is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
I John 4:3
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that YHWH is Messiah 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.
Joshua Kirk
#21 Joshua Kirk 2013-09-07 23:02
Jeremiah 23:5-6
5 Behold, the days come , saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper , and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved , and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called , YHWH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Joel 2:32
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YHWH shall be delivered : for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said , and in the remnant whom the YHWH shall call
Acts 10:43
43 To him give all the prophets witness , that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Isaiah 53
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of YHWH revealed ? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised , and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken , smitten of God, and afflicted . 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed . 6 All we like sheep have gone astray ; we have turned every one to his own way; and YHWH hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed , and he was afflicted , yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb , so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the YHWH to bruise him; he hath put him to grief : when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the YHWH shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied : by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors ; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors .
...The Prophets NEVER gave witness to
Iesous...Iesus. ..Yeshua...Yahs hua...or any other name other than YHWH!!!

Joshua Kirk
#20 mike 2013-04-17 13:57

That is another potential interpretation by Rob Skiba that I mentioned in another post, and yes, it is also accurate. I saw his interpretation on his website some time after I'd written this post, and it just demonstrated once again the depth of interpretation available in the ancient Hebrew pictographs.

The pictographs each have several meanings that are related to each other, which provides for slightly variant translations, of which this is one. No individual pictograph means only one thing, therefore no set of pictographs mean only one thing. In fact, the more letters in a word, the more expansive the possible interpretations .

Jeff Benner's website called 'The Ancient Hebrew Research Center' provides detailed explanations of each letter and what they can potentially suggest, and most letters have 3 or 4 related meanings. Some have more.

In my experience, I find that the pictographic interpretations of the Hebrew names or words lead to four or five potential corporate meanings, and each of those meanings tell a similar story from a different perspective.

In that vein, my interpretation in this post perfectly represents the role Jesus plays as the Judge of this world, and Rob Skiba's interpretation also represents the role Jesus plays as the Judge of this world. They are related, and not contradictory. That's the way the pictographs work, and it's actually quite fascinating.


+1 #19 Joe 2013-04-17 01:37
YESHUA: "The Hand that Destroys the Establishment of the Eye."
The name "Yeshua" is made up of the letters "Yud," which means "Hand"; "Shin," which means "destroy"; "Vav," which means "secure or establish"; and "Ayin," which means "Eye." So, the name Yeshua can be translated to mean, "The Hand that Destroys the Establishment of the Eye"

What about that?
#18 Mike 2013-03-02 20:44

I gave you Acts 4:10-12, which makes it quite clear that Yeshua/Jesus is the only “name” (not ‘title’) given to men by which we are saved (with my emphasis added);

“…then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the NAME of JESUS Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Peter affirms that “Jesus” was a “name”, not a title, and this name is recorded as “Yeshua” in the B’rit Chadashah. That squares with Romans 10:13 because it recognizes that Yeshua and YHWH are one.

Years ago I had a lengthy debate with a Pentecostal Oneness adherent who claimed the exact opposite...that Yeshua is the only ‘name’ of God, and that YHWH was only a ‘title’. One thing I learned from that endless debate is that there is no further point in this debate.

Believe as you will, but be very careful about denying the given name of the Son. What you are doing would seek to rob Yeshua/Jesus of the power of His given name as the Messiah. I’ve seen many people healed and/or delivered in that name, and I can assure you that spirits fear it for good reason.

And don’t give me this nonsense that Jesus is a variant of the pagan god Zeus, because the spellings and pronunciations in Koine Greek are entirely different. People can find the true etymology of the name 'Jesus' online, and it has nothing to do with Zeus.

-1 #17 Joshua kirk 2013-03-02 17:27
Shabbat shalom Mike!...I Completely agree that the Yah-Shoo-Ah means Salvation or "He Saves" As it is used in Scripture...But you are taking the "Descriptive Title" Yah-Shoo-Ah And Makeing it a "Proper Name"...As {em-man-oo-ale' } means God(El) is with us...It is a Descriptive Title!As we see in Jerimiah 23:5-6 That YHWH is Righteousness!! ! It puts Our Creator Name in its Discriptive Form...So I will Ask you From the TORAH Give me the Plan Of Salvation?... And also give me ONE SCRIPTURE that says our Messiah was ever called "YESHUA"...With out Giving me "Your Theory" or what "You Beleive"...and again I give you KJV Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.....Notic e the word "NAME" is in its singular form. Also again I give you Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the יְהוָה shall be delivered:...An d Yet again we have YHWH Messiah saying in John 5:43 I come in my Fathers Name...You give me the name of the Father...And I will give you the Name of the Son.
Sir, why is it so hard for you too understand that the Father and the Son have the same Name?...I can say YHWH is Yah-Shoo-Ah...A nd by this I am saying he was and is our Salvation...And you call this "STRAW DOGS"???I have not given you one time What "I Think" or what "I believe"...I have just given Scripture.
The Name JESUS Does not even appear in the original 1611 I know by this that Our Father in heaven does not carry a Greek Latin Name with a letter "J" that is less than 300 years old.And The PROPHETS never gave WITNESS of The Name "Jesus" "Yeshua"...

KJV Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

DLZ Romans 10:13 כִּי־כֹל אֲשֶׁר־יִקְרָא בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה יִמָּלֵט

Joshua Kirk
+2 #16 Mike 2013-02-28 05:59

Yeshua, or Yahoshua in some Hebrew versions, is the Hebrew name used in the Hebrew New Testament, called the B'rit Chadashah. So it was obviously not in any of the English translations I quoted here. I would direct you to the B'rit Chadashah to make that point.

You seem to be building straw dogs with what I've said in order to have something to knock down. So I'm sure further debate would be needlessly quarrelsome.


#15 Joshua kirk 2013-02-28 02:46
Again I thank you for your time and urge you too study the History of the Name "Jesus" and it's pagan roots and the Greek deities that follows it's history. and also urge you too study the Council of Nicea...and the History of the letter "J" and the deity Zeus.
With love,
Joshua K.
-1 #14 Joshua kirk 2013-02-28 02:25
Thank you again for your response. But I see by "your response" that you did not thoroughly read my posts. And you have yet failed again too give me "Scripture" where you come up with the Name of Yeshua. Nor have you given "One Scripture"'wher e the Messiah was ever given the Name Yeshua. And with the Bases that you set "Any" Name that carries "YAH" could be the Messiahs Name. So if you can say that... then any one in there "Theology" ( as you stated) could "pin" any name such as Joshua (Yeshua) or Jeri-mi-yah (Jerimiah) or Ben-yah-min (Benjamin) c. This is the problem with the church today they are so stuck in there own theology and religion and doctrin that they go completely out of there way to bypass truth... I ask you in all honesty and sincerity to give me ONE Scripture in where the Messiah ever was given the Name Jesus or Yeshua. Cause any Theologian or scholar of Hebrew including a student of Hebrew knows that you Can Not Translate nor Transliterate Jesus too Yeshua much less either too YHWH.