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Saturday, July 4, 2009

HalleluYah He Reigns!!

In my Scripture studies I found a connection to "All God's Children singing Glory Glory HalleluYah He Reigns!!"

The popular song by the group the "Newsboys" inspired me this Sabbath morning. Many have sung songs with the Hebrew word Hallelujah for years... but did you know what it means?

Translated into English from Hebrew, HalleluYah means: "Praise Yah" and it conveys the thought of permission to "approach the King"! HalleluYah can break the language barrier!

Here's the thing, "Yah" is a Biblical short name for God's name, much like Dan for Daniel or Sam is for Samuel. Short names point to relationship. People rairly use a short name without permission, most often you get that through friendship.

A big time Biblical name is "Yehoshua." Today, modern English has morphed it into Joshua. In its shorter form, Yehoshua is Yeshua and it means salvation!!

God's goal is that all mankind be saved. This great name Yeshua has wandered through the wilderness of time and transliteration from Hebrew to Greek (Iesous) to Latin (Ieosus) and into the English name we now know as Jesus. Just check out almost any Dictionary or Encyclopedia. It's simple, Jesus' name is Yeshua and it means "salvation".

Austin, Texas based Hebrew teacher Robert Allon tells the shocking truth about Jesus: "There was no letter "j" in the Hebrew or Greek languages in Biblical times or the sound we now associate with it. When the name was finally transliterated not from the Hebrew but from the Greek, the letter, j, was used to make the, y (ye) sound. So even when the KJV was translated [1611], our Lord was not called, Jesus, He was called, Yeh-soos, which was taken from the Greek transliteration of His Hebrew name."

To verify this, just check out the Bible that was in use by the Pilgrims, the 1599 Geneva Bible they brought to America on the Mayflower. Jesus was not in that Bible, it listed the name as "Iefus".

There are many people listed in the Bible that carry "Yah" as a Biblical short name. They include these men:
• Abiah – Yah is my father
• Abijah – Yah is my father
• Adaiah – Ornament of Yah
• Adalia – Yah is just
• Adonijah – My lord is Yah
• Ahaziah – Vision of Yah
• Ahiah – Brother of Yah
• Ahijah – Brother of Yah
• Amariah – Yah has promised
• Amaziah – Strength of Yah
• Athaliah – Yah is exalted
• Hananiah – Yah has given
• Hezekiah – Yah has strengthened
• Hodiah – The splendour of Yah
• Hodaviah – Give thanks to Yah
• Isaiah – Salvation of Yah
• Jabin – Yah is a son
• Jekamiah – Yah raises
• Jeremiah – Yah has appointed
• Joab – Yah is father
• Joel – Yah is God
• Jonathan – Gift of Yah
• Josiah – Supported of Yah
• Matityahu – Gift from Yah
• Neariah – Servant of Yah
• Nedabiah – Yah impels
• Obadiah – Yah's worshiper
• Odelia – Thanks to Yah
• Pedaiah – Redemption of Yah
• Pelatiah – Yah has delivered
• Pelaiah – Yah has distinguished
• Pelaliah – Yah has judged
• Pekahiah – Yah has observed
• Seraiah – Servant of Yah
• Shecaniah – One intimate with Yah
• Shephatiah – Judged of Yah
• Zebadiah - Gift of Yah
• Zedekiah – Righteous is Yah
• Zephaniah – Yah hides or protects
• Zechariah – Yah remembers
They all describe The Father. The most extensive list that I have found is an amazing name tree from Behind the Name, a website dedicated to provide the etymology and history of Biblical names. It is well worth your view and study.

One key to understanding God's name is to believe God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us and He never changes His mind. Yah teaches us some very simple guidelines about how we are to live in the Kingdom of God. It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer. It's a lie.

What does this all mean?

Consider a prayer: Please, God, guide me as to what I should do.

It's time for you to repent and return to God's voice, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.  God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now!

HalleluYah and Shalom ya'll.

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