Genesis 1:5

Night and Day

God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.

The impression I get from the Scriptures is that names are of particular importance to God. They often carried a particular meaning, a meaning which should not be ignored when studying the Bible. Perhaps most notable was that the Messiah was called “Emmanuel,” meaning “God with us” — no more concise description of the Incarnation could be given than Emmanuel! Likewise, even the Messiah’s given name, Jesus, was the Greek counterpart to “Joshua,” meaning “salvation of the Lord.” No more apt name could have been given the Savior!

Whether renaming Abram to Abraham or Simon to Peter, the Lord makes a point of the names of things. And He here names the “light” and the “dark” (which were separated from one another in the previous verse).

To the light the Creator gave the name “Day.” The word is possibly derived from a root meaning “warm,” which makes sense enough; but the word itself? Well, no surprises, but it means “day.”

The darkness he called “Night,” and while that name also doesn’t carry any sort of special meaning, I found interesting what Strong’s Concordance said about the word, that the Hebrew word used here for “Night” comes from another word which means “to fold back,” and it says that the word for night properly means “to twist (away of the light).”

Isn’t that interesting? The Night — the darkness which God separated from the light — can no longer mingle with the light. It’s nature is wholly different. To the ancients, the darkness twists and writhes away from the light; nowadays we know that “darkness” isn’t a thing in and of itself but is instead the absence of light.

I think that modern knowledge helps us to understand the nature of light and dark in the Scriptures. It’s obvious enough what happens at night — due to the earth’s rotation, the sun’s light is no longer able to fall upon the “night” portion of the planet.

But light and dark are much deeper than that. Read with me a portion of the Gospel of John:

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.

Can you see it there? Even within man darkness hates light — it twists away from it, seeks to suppress it, does whatever it can so that its evil will not be exposed. Do you ever wonder why unbelievers despise our Savior? Do you ever wonder why the world seeks to silence Christians and the Gospel to which they bear witness?

It is because where the light is, darkness cannot exist. In nature, that works fine — day and night exist harmoniously. Within man, however, light & dark will forever be at enmity; they simply cannot coexist!

Before we move on to the next part of this verse, it is important that it be noted that by naming the light “Day” and the darkness “Night,” God provides us with very simple definitions which we must not forget as we progress through the chapter.

And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

The first day of Time has come to pass. What took place?

  • The Father created the formless Earth & the heavens.
  • The Spirit imparted energy to the watery deep.
  • The Son (read: the Word) spoke light into existence.
  • God separated light from darkness.
  • God named the Day & Night.

And that first day wrapped up. During the night, God did not act creatively. In so doing, He was setting up a pattern for who would eventually be His people — work during the day, for the night comes when no man shall work. ((Times were very different before the harnessing of electricity!))

There are many who would make the claim that what is in view here is not a literal 24-hour day, but is instead an indeterminate period of time. This claim is generally made in order to validate the Scriptures in lieu of scientific theory. Fair enough, though it should be noted that is a very pour way to interpret the Scriptures!

Keep in mind that God has already defined for us what the “Day” is — it is when the light is shining! How often does the light of the sun shine on any one point on the planet? Well, it varies depending on where you are, but you’re certainly not going to fit geological ages into those periods of light.

No, these were your typical 24-hour days — complete with mornings and evenings.

It is morning now in this creation account, and we’re ready for the second day to begin and for the second account of the Lord speaking. Stay tuned for verse 6!

Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures quoted within this post come from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.

9 thoughts on “Genesis 1:5”

  1. “Let There Be Light”

    “In The Beginning” The Creator(Our Father) said,

    “Let There Be Light, and There Was Light”

    “The Beginning of The Creation of GOD”

    “Let There Be Light”

    And the revelation that The Messiah gave unto the
    apostle John bore witness to The Truth that The
    Messiah, was “The Beginning of the Creation of
    GOD(Our Father, Creator of ALL)”! (Rev 3:14)

    And The Messiah bore witness to His Brethren
    when He testified, “My GOD is your GOD and My
    Father(Creator) is your Father(Creator).”(Jn 20:17)

    The Messiah testified “I have sent My angel to
    you with this testimony for the assemblies. I am
    the root and the offspring of David. I am the bright,
    Morning Star(Light)”! (Rev 22:16) ) Peter testified
    “We have the more sure word of prophecy; and
    you do well to take heed, as to a lamp shining in a
    dark place, until the day dawns, and The Morning
    Star(Light) arises in your hearts.”(2Pt 1:19) “But
    you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
    a holy nation, HIS own special people, that you
    may proclaim the praises of HIM who called you
    out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”(1Pt2:9)

    And the evening(darkness) and The Morning
    (Light) was the First Day.” (Gen 1:5)

    “The Beginning of The Creation of GOD”!

    It is very important to both know and experience
    The Messiah as He Is, Was and always Will Be,
    and also to know the “glory He had with Our
    Father” before He was born in “the likeness of
    sinful flesh”. (John 17:5, Rom 8:3) For what The
    Messiah Was and Is, Is that which He will always
    Will Be.”The Only Begotten Son” of “Our Father”!

    First, let me simply state that I do not believe the
    “catholic” and “christian” theo’ry’logical doctrines
    concerning “The Only True GOD, Father ALL”. For
    they “image”ine a three-headed “god” they call
    their “trinity”, or they declare their “christ” to be
    their “god and father”, or they believe that The
    Messiah was but an exalted messenger(angel)
    or prophet.

    John The Baptist testified, “And I saw, and bare
    record that The Messiah is the Son of GOD(Our
    Father).”(John 1:34) Peter testified, “You are The
    Messiah, The Son of The Living GOD(Father of
    ALL)”!(Matt 16:16) And the Ethiopian eunuch
    testified, “I believe that The Messiah is The Son
    of GOD(Our Father)”. (Acts 8:37) “Seeing then
    that we have a great high priest, that is passed
    into the Heavens, The Messiah, The Son of
    GOD(Our Father), let us hold fast our profession.”
    (Heb 4:14) “These things are written so that you
    might believe that The Messiah is The Son of GOD
    (Our Father)”. (John 20:31) The Messiah testified
    that He was “The Son of GOD”, and that His GOD
    was “The Only True GOD(Father of ALL)”.
    (John 10:36,17:3)

    And The Messiah also testified that He was the
    “Son of man” and “The Light of the world”.
    (Matt 26:64, John 8:12)

    It is needful to believe that The Messiah Was, Is
    and always Will Be “The Son of The Living GOD”,
    and that there is but “One GOD, HE WHO is
    Father of ALL”. (Mat 16:16, Eph 4:6) The Messiah
    bore witness to His Brethren when He testified
    after being “raised from among the dead”, “My GOD
    is your GOD and My Father(Creator) is your Father
    (Creator)” (John 20:17)

    Is The Messiah’s GOD and Father your GOD
    and Father?

    Who are The Brethren of The Messiah?

    “Let There Be Light”

    Once again, It is very important to both know and
    experience The Messiah as He Was, Is and always
    Will Be. The Messiah simply testified in John 17:5
    “And now O Father, glorify Me with YOUR own self
    with the glory that I had with YOU before the world

    Prior to that testimony The Messiah had testified,
    “Yet a little while is The Light with you. Walk while
    you have The Light, lest darkness comes upon
    you: for he that walks in darkness does not know
    where he goes. While you have Light, believe in
    The Light, that you may be the children of Light.”
    (John 12:35-36)

    And the apostle John testified: “In the beginning
    was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and
    The Word was GOD. (John did not testify that
    The Word is GOD)The same was in the beginning
    with GOD. All things were made by Him, and
    without Him was not any thing made that was
    made. In Him was Life; and The Life was The
    Light of men. And The Light shined in darkness;
    and the darkness comprehended it not. There
    was a man sent from GOD, whose name was
    John. The same came for a witness, to bear
    witness of The Light, that all men through Him
    might believe. He(John the baptist) was not that
    Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
    That was the True Light, which enlightens every
    man that comes into the world. He(The Messiah)
    was in the world, and the world was made by
    Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto
    His own, and His own received Him not. But as
    many as received Him, to them He gave power
    to become the sons of GOD, even to them that
    believe on His name: Which were born, not of
    blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will
    of man, but of “The Only True GOD, Father of
    ALL”.” (John 1:1-13)

    It is needful to realize that The Messiah testified
    of “The Only True GOD” in John 17:3, and so it is
    that The GOD and Father of The Messiah IS,
    WAS and always WILL BE “The Only True GOD”.

    “The Only True GOD” is “Father of ALL”.

    And “The Father of ALL” is “Our Father”, HE WHO
    IS “The Only True GOD” and Father of The Messiah
    and His Brethren.

    And the apostle John testified in John 3:17-21:
    “For Our Father sent not his Son into the world
    to condemn the world; but that the world through
    Him might be saved. He that believes on Him is
    not condemned: but he that believes not is
    condemned already, because he has not believed
    in the name of the only begotten Son of GOD(Our
    Father). And this is the condemnation, that Light is
    come into the world, and men loved darkness
    rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.
    For every one that does evil hates The Light,
    neither comes to The Light, lest his deeds should
    be reproved. But he that does Truth comes to The
    Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that
    they are wrought in GOD(Our Father).”

    In John 12:34 the people asked, “Who is this Son
    of man? Then in John 12:35-36, “The Messiah said
    unto them, yet a little while is The Light with you.
    Walk while you have The Light, lest darkness come
    upon you: for he that walks in darkness does not
    know where he goes. While you have Light, believe
    in The Light, that you may be the children of Light.
    The Messiah spoke these things, and departed,
    and hid Himself from them.”

    Simply, “In The Beginning” The Only True GOD
    spoke The Word, “Let There Be Light”, “And there
    was Light”! “And there was evening(darkness) and
    there was morning (Light), The First Day”. (Gen 1:5)
    Certainly such “Light” was not “natural” light, for
    “natural” light, the sun, moon, and stars were not
    created until the “fourth day”. (Gen 1:14-19)

    “In the beginning”, “The First Day”, The Father of
    All created “The Light”, without which Creation and
    Life, as we now know and experience it, could not
    have been.

    The First Day, “The Light”, The Messiah, “The
    beginning of the Creation of GOD(HE WHO is
    The Only True GOD and Father of ALL)”!
    (Gen 1:3, Rev 3:14, John 17:3, Eph 4:6)

    And “The Only True GOD” created all “things” by,
    through, and for “The Light”, The Messiah, “The
    Son of The Living GOD” and “Son of man”.
    (Col 1:15, Eph 3:9, Mat 16:16, Mat 12:32)

    And “The True Light which enlightens every man
    coming into the world”, was born as a child
    destined to be The Messiah. (John 1:9, Mat 1:21)

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”.
    (John 8:12, 9:5)

    The Messiah, “The firstborn of every creature
    (all creation)”. (Col 1:15)

    The Messiah, “Begotten of Our Father”,
    “The firstborn among many Brethren”.
    (Heb 1:5) (Ps 2:7) (Rom 8:29)

    The Messiah, “A servant of The Only True GOD
    (Father of ALL)”. (Isa 42:1-7)

    The Messiah, “The Lamb of GOD”.
    (John 1:29,36)

    The Messiah, “The firstborn from among the dead”.
    (Col 1:18)

    Once again: “In The Beginning” Our Father, “The
    Only True GOD” spoke: “Let there be Light, and
    there was Light”! The Messiah, “The Beginning of
    the Creation of GOD”, “the firstborn of every
    creature(all creation)”. (Gen 1:3, John 17:3,
    Rev 3:14, Col 1:15)

    Thanks Be To “Our Father”!

    The Messiah, The Creation of “The Only True
    GOD, Father of ALL”! (Rev 3:14)

    The Messiah, “made so much better than the
    angels”! (Heb 1:4)

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”!
    (John 8:12, 9:5)

    “The Lamb of GOD”, “The Light of The New
    Heavenly Jerusalem”! (Rev 21:22-23)

    Paul experienced “The Light ” on the road to
    Damascus. “And it came to pass, that, as I
    made my journey, and came near unto
    Damascus about noontime, suddenly a great
    Light from Heaven shone round about me.
    And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice
    saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why do you
    persecute Me? And I answered, “Who are
    You, Master”? And He said unto me, I am
    Yehowshuwa'(Yahshua, Joshua) of Nazareth,
    Whom you persecute. And they that were
    with me saw The Light, and were afraid; but
    they did not hear the voice of Him that spoke
    to me. And I said, “What shall I do, Master”?
    And He said unto me, arise and go into
    Damascus, and there you shall be told all
    things which are appointed for you to do.
    And when I could not see for the glory of
    that Light, I was led by the hand into
    Damascus.” (Acts 22:6-11)

    Paul also testified, “At midday I saw in the
    way a Light from Heaven, ABOVE THE
    BRIGHTNESS OF THE SUN, shining round
    about me and those who journeyed with me.
    And when we were all fallen to the earth, I
    heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying
    in the HEBREW tongue, Saul, Saul, why do
    you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick
    against the pricks.” (The Messiah could not
    have told Paul, “I am jesus” for He spoke in
    the “HEBREW tongue”) (Acts 26:13-14)

    Paul saw “The Light” that was The Messiah
    and he was blinded(naturally, not Spiritually)
    for a time. Now when The Messiah was in
    the “likeness of sinful flesh”, born as “the
    Son of man”, He could only reflect “The
    Light”, liken unto the moon which but reflects
    the light of the natural sun.

    “Let There Be Light”

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”!

    And consider the natural light provided by
    the sun, which was Created on the fourth
    day. Does not the natural light of the sun
    reveal outwardly, all the earthly, natural
    things? Consider what happens when
    that which you thought was clean is
    exposed to the light of the sun? Is not
    the least outward particle of uncleanness
    readily seen in the light of the sun? And
    so it is with “The Light” that is The Messiah.
    For His Life, “The Life”, exposes all the
    uncleanness in the life that is of The “I” in
    all of us! The “I” is the creation of mankind’s
    “imag”ination! And “The Light” penetrates
    deeply, cleansing even the innermost
    recesses of the heart, “rightly dividing the
    soul and spirit”!

    Yet for such a cleansing to begin one must
    “experience The Messiah(The Light) and
    The Power that raised Him from among the
    dead”!(Php 3:10) Oh, there are many who
    know of a “messiah”, yet who has
    experienced “The Light”? For “The Light”
    was “The Beginning of Creation” both the
    old, which was natural and earthly and The
    New, which is of The Spirit and Heavenly.
    Those who “love this world and it’s things”
    yet desire that which “decayed, waxed
    old and vanished away” (Heb 8:13) They
    are of those “whose ‘god’ is their belly,
    and whose glory is in their shame, for
    they mind earthly things”. (Phlp 3:19)

    Sadly, those who “love this world and it’s
    things” yet love darkness more than The
    Light and they will abide in the darkness
    they loved forever ;-( (1Jn2:15,Jn3:19-20)

    Sadder yet, systems of religion that are of
    this world, such as “catholicism”, “christianity”,
    “judaism”, “islam”, etc., have so perverted
    The Testimonies, that today, as in the two
    thousand or so, years gone by, “The Way
    of Truth is evil spoken of”! All because of
    the theo’ry’logical, heretical doctrines that
    are of men! And especially those
    theo’ry’logical doctrines which seek to
    define “The Only True GOD, Father of All”.
    (2Peter 2:1-2)

    All such doctrines are but the product of
    mankind’s “imag”ination and mankind’s
    “imag”ination is destroying and perverting
    Creation(land, air, water, creatures, Light,
    Truth, Love, Peace, Joy, Hope, .etc.)

    Yes, sadly ;-( Creation is being destroyed
    by self-willed men who could care less
    about that which is of The Truth(What Is,
    Was, and always Will Be), and care even
    less about those things which they can
    not comprehend apart from their
    “natural” senses and mental processes ;-(

    And The Truth testifies, The Creator “will
    destroy those who destroy the earth(HIS
    Creation)”(Rev 11:18).

    Sadly, in this wicked world, those who
    seek profit will naturally overcome those
    who do not ;-(

    Yet, There Is Hope!

    For The Life is of The Spirit!

    And Miracles do happen!

    And Faith rejoices against profit(greed)
    and theo’ry’logy(logic)!

    Hope is there would be those who experience
    The Miracle that is receiving “a love of The
    Truth” for they will “see” “The Light”.
    (2Thes 2:10, John 8:12, 9:5)

    And they will receive peace, in spite of the
    dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world, for
    they will clearly “see” that “The WHOLE
    world is under the control of the evil one”.
    (1John 5:19) And they will clearly “see”
    things as they are and not as “imag”inative,
    world-loving humans would have others
    believe them to be, for they will “see” The
    Light that is The Messiah……. francisco

  2. Aha, Francisco! but why see The Light that you claim to be The Messiah if he is not God? If I wanted a mere man to reconcile me to God, I could embrace Judaism or Catholicism openly. Why should the Messiah, be better than a priest of the Old Testament as both are God-instituted means of access to God? The Messiah thus is not exclusively the saviour of the world, IF He IS NOT God.

    Further, your “logos”ic does not make any sense. Throughout you add extra-biblical definitions to make your point, many of which are contradictory to clear scriptural teaching. On pain of being redundant I give just one.

    “dis-ease(no-peace)” – This definition is against scripture, no matter how etymologically profound it may seem to you. Peace is the result of reconciliation to God, even if my body is decaying as scripture says it is, and nature punctuates for me. ‘All peace’ is in Jesus Christ and is aside from any sickness, circumstance, or idea of this world.

  3. I hate to sound like a killjoy, but regardless of whatever message you are trying to preach, if you are attempting to point out that all Orthodox Christianity is wrong, might I suggest writing using proper English?

    It’s difficult to imagine that you’ve come upon a truth unknown to most everyone else in Christendom when you rattle off sentences like, “All religious systems, muslin, jewish, buddhist, catholic, christian ,,etc,, are Anti-Messiah!” and say things like, “‘imag’ined.”

    On a more serious note, you’re doing little more than making wild claims without doing a whole lot to substantiate them biblically. You concluded your post with 1 John 5:19, which I assume you were directing at all of us “other” Christians while exempting yourself.

    Brandon is absolutely correct — if the Messiah was not God in the flesh, then He would not have mattered. He would have been no more capable of saving mankind than Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Ezekiel, Paul, Buddha, Mohamed, Will Smith, George Washington, or Bozo the Clown.

    The Scriptures state, and they do not lie, that in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). Jesus Christ is that Word, and in Him is our only Hope — Hope which I pray you share.

  4. DISCLAIMER: The following testimony is given regarding the religious systems of this wicked world, not individuals. Recorded for revelation, not condemnation, in hopes there would be those who would “see” and “hear”, for all who do so will “come out from among them(this world and it’s systems of religion) and be separate”. They will “Come out of her” indeed and Truth!

    “The Way of Truth is evil spoken of” because of pagan “catholicism” and her harlot pagan “christian” daughters ;-( Their “imag”ined “jesus christ” is not The Messiah! It was some five hundred years ago that they named one head of their three-headed pagan “god”, “jesus”, during a time that has been called the “reformation”. Prior to that time there was no “j” sound in the english language…….period…….

    Yet the “reformation” was an aptly named time! For it was a time when “catholicism” birthed her harlot “christian” daughters ;-( Her “christian” daughters are of her substance ;-( Her substance was merely “reformed” so that her “christian” daughters might appear a bit differently outwardly, yet inwardly they remained liken unto their pagan harlot mother ;-(

    “christianity” is but the byproduct of the fornicative relationship pagan “catholicism” has always had with “the god of this world”, he who is “the father of lies”, he who is “the angel of light”, ‘d’evil spirit that rules over this wicked world ;-(
    All religious systems, muslin, jewish, buddhist, catholic, christian ,,etc,, are Anti-Messiah!

    Religious systems of this world, all alike they are,
    Their captives have fought, killed and died, both near and far ;-(

    And then once a week, or multiple times a day they may pray,
    Yet as hypocrites they begin each new day ;-(

    Days that are filled with deceit and lies,
    For in a “religious system” Truth can not abide ;-(

    And so the fruit of death is born of religion’s way,
    Because life is but a pawn in the wicked game they play ;-(

    Faith will not create a religious system!

    The Messiah testified of a “wicked world”, and of His disciples being “in, not of, this world”.

    John exhorted those who believed “to love not the world or it’s things” for “the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one”!

    And James testified, “whoever is a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD(Father, Great Spirit, Creator,,)”!

    Those of this wicked world and it’s religious systems are destroying and perverting Creation and The Creator, Our Father, has promised that HE “will destroy those who are destroying HIS Creation(earth, air, water, creatures, Truth, Love, Peace, .etc.)”!

    May there be those who take heed unto The Call of The Only True GOD and “Come out of her, MY people”!

    All who heed GOD’s Call will exit “the broadway to destruction” and they will follow The Messiah on “The Way to The Truth of The Life”! They no longer will have their portion with the pagan “catholic” and “christian” LIES, or with any other religious system of this world.

    The Messiah testified, “whoever lives and believes in Me(His Teachings and Life example) shall never die.” And then The Messiah questioned, “Do you believe this?” YES!

    And you? Do you believe? Or do you believe in death?

    While there is breath(spirit) there is hope!

    For Miracles Do Happen! Thankfully so!

    Hope is that there would be those who “come out” of the “strong delusion” that is the religious systems of this wicked world. Hope is that there would be those who believe in and receive of The Life. Hope is that there would be those who would “experience The Messiah and The Power that raised Him from among the dead”.

    Hope is you will, or have experienced The Miracle that is “receiving a love of The Truth”.

    All who have “received a love of The Truth” will have:

    …….Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(religion) that is of this wicked world…….

    “For the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one”! (1 John 5:19)

  5. I guess I am just confused about who or what you think the Messiah is; you say, “yes, there is hope! for Miracles do happen!” and I cannot help but wonder if you are placing your hope in those miracles?

    The hope of Jesus Christ was and is “God with us”; He was Emmanuel, God in the flesh. Separately from Him, there is no hope for eternal salvation — at least none which the Scriptures testify to.

    If you want to think ill of Roman Catholicism and various other Christian churches, fine, but you’re not going to convince many Christians of anything if you are not going to engage them at the scriptural level. What biblical reasons can you give for Jesus not being the Messiah?

  6. simply, “christianities” “imag”ined “jesus christ” is Anti-Messiah!

    and because of pagan “catholicism”, and her harlot ” christian” daughters, “The Way of Truth is evil spoken of” ;-(

    yet, there is hope!

    for Miracles do happen!

    hope is there would be those who experience The Miracle that is
    receiving “a love of The Truth” for they will “see” “The Light” that
    is The Messiah!

    peace, in spite of the dis-ease(religion) that is of this wicked
    world……. francisco

  7. sadly, your “god” is but the colored marks written on a dead tree
    in that which this world calls it’s “bible” ;-(

    The GOD and Father of The Messiah and His Brethren, HE IS
    Alive! And HE yet communes with HIS Children!

    As for the “imag”ined “jesus”.

    What is the name of The Messiah?

    Is it a Greek or a Hebrew name?

    Should not a disciple of The Messiah know The Messiah’s
    GOD given birth name, and it’s pronunciation, as given by
    the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:31), when he prophesied to
    Miriam (Mary)?

    Or when The Messiah spoke His name from heaven to Paul
    on the road to Damascus, what name did He use, since Paul
    said that he heard an utterance from His mouth? “And when
    we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice SAYING to me
    in the HEBREW dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting
    Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said,
    ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am ??????? Whom
    you are persecuting'” (Acts 22:14; 26:14-15). Surely the apostle
    Paul was not puzzled over language when told “Arise, and be
    baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on The Messiah’s
    Name” (Acts 22:16).

    What then was the utterance from the mouth of The Messiah
    that proclaimed His Name, since it is very clear that HE SPOKE
    IN HEBREW? Many names are promoted these days besides
    the “christian” name of “jesus”: Y’Shua, Yeshua, Yahshua,
    Joshua, Yehoshua and in the Hebrew Yehowshuwa’.

    Shouldn’t we be able to know His Name?

    “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other
    Name under heaven given among men, by which we must be
    saved” (Acts 4:12). Should not a man, especially The Son of
    GOD and Son of man, be called by the same Name all over
    the world?

    …….Who is “Iesous”?…….

    Hundreds of times in the New Testament the Greek name
    Iesous is translated as “Jesus”. But if you have ever read an
    older King James Bible you might have noticed something
    odd in Acts 7:45. In his speech to the Jewish council,
    Stephen refers to the man who led Israel into the earthly
    Promised Land as “Jesus”, not Joshua! Is this an error?

    Well, yes and no, since the Greek name in verse 45 is Iesous,
    the same word translated as “Jesus” everywhere else. However,
    Stephen could not possibly have been referring to anyone else
    but the leader Joshua who took over after Moses and led the
    israelites into the earthly promised land. And immediately
    afterwards, in verse 59, Stephen cried out when being stoned,
    “Lord ???????, receive my spirit!” Again the name is Iesous in
    the Greek. Was Stephen crying out to the historical figure
    Joshua, long dead, to save him, or was he calling upon the
    Son of GOD, since both names in the Greek are Iesous?

    So what does Iesous mean, Jesus or Joshua? Was Stephen,
    a man so righteous that heaven opened up at his martyrdom,
    was he so overcome by the stress of the moment that he
    couldn’t tell a long-dead forefather from The Messiah whom
    he saw standing at the right hand of GOD?

    …….Jesus or Joshua?…….

    Modern translations of the Scriptures, and even recent revisions
    of the King James version, have noticed this contradiction and
    changed the name in Acts 7:45 to Joshua so that it makes sense.
    (The same problem is found in Hebrews 4:8 also.) But where did
    these translators get their authority to change the Scriptures?

    Is it through integrity and honesty that Iesous is translated “Jesus”,
    except when it obviously has to mean Joshua? Or are the traditions
    of men so strong that translators can take liberties with the Word
    of GOD?

    At least the translators of the original King James Version were
    consistent enough to translate Iesous as Jesus in Acts 7:45
    and Hebrews 4:8 even when it made no sense.

    So if the new translations change Jesus to Joshua in Acts 7:45
    and Hebrews 4:8, why didn’t they also change Jesus to Joshua
    in all the other Scriptures where they found the name Iesous?

    In Acts 7:45 the name Iesous is obviously Joshua, and could
    not possibly refer to anyone else. Isn’t the name Iesous really
    Joshua everywhere it is found?

    Isn’t His name really Joshua instead of Jesus? If it would be
    tampering with the Scriptures to change Jesus the Savior’s
    name back to Joshua, would it not also be tampering with the
    Scriptures to change Jesus back to Joshua in Acts 7 and
    Hebrews 4? It’s all the same Greek word – Iesous!

    We want to know GOD’s mind about these things, because
    it doesn’t make sense that the translators would change the
    Holy Scriptures in one place and not the other.

    Not wishing to disturb tradition, do they hang on to the name
    Jesus for the sake of selling bibles? For certain, one thing is
    true. Miriam and Yoseph (Mary and Joseph in English) named
    the child just as the angel commanded them. Did the angel
    speak to them in Hebrew or did the angel speak Greek?

    Everything would be more understandable if he had spoken
    Greek to them. Then could be that Jesus would have come
    out of his mouth and we today pronounce The Messiah’s
    name exactly as the angel did. Except that there never has
    been a “J” sound in Greek … or Hebrew … or even English
    until the 1500’s.

    So what is the answer? Why should there be confusion
    concerning the Name by which all men could be saved?

    Did not GOD reveal to HIS followers the name HE gave
    and which was the given name above all given names to
    whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess?

    Will all GOD’s people gather around HIS throne someday
    and mumble but distorted sounds as if we were gathered
    around the tower of Babel? Are we not speaking of the
    GOD who longs to speak to the human heart, to save all
    men who call upon the name of ??????? ..

    ?what name?

    …….What The Messiah’s Name Means…….

    Does the name of the Son of GOD have any meaning other
    than as a label? It certainly did to Yoseph: “And you will
    name Him ???????, because He will save His people from
    their sins” (Matthew 1:21, New Century Version).

    If His Name is “Jesus”, this Scripture makes no sense, since
    obviously the Name of The Messiah means that He will save
    His people from their sins.

    But do you know what the name Jesus literally means?

    No, you don’t, and neither does anyone else, because it has no
    meaning as a word in any language. It is, at best, a mere tag.

    We might take a mere tag somewhat lightly, but not the Jews.
    When Yoseph and Miriam brought the child to the Temple in
    Jerusalem to dedicate Him, they dared not even utter such a
    name as Iesous(jesus). The Jewish priests jealously guarded
    the holiness of the Temple, and considered Greek to be a
    loathsome language.

    If Yoseph and Miriam had dedicated their child in a Greek name
    it would have been viewed as an abomination, and they would
    have been roughly ejected from the Temple! Obviously, this did
    not happen, and they performed everything according to the Law
    (Luke 2:21-39).

    But if the Greek Iesous really is Joshua in Hebrew, the language
    that Yoseph, Miriam, and every other Jew spoke including the
    Savior Himself, then the angel’s proclamation makes total sense.

    Hebrew names in the Bible are always meaningful, and so were
    all names until recently, and the name Joshua is even more than
    that. The name Joshua is prophetic.

    In John 17:11 our Master prayed, “Holy Father, keep them in YOUR
    Name, the Name which YOU have given Me, that they may be one,
    even as we are.” Since according to the words of the Savior, The
    Father’s Name is in His Name, it will help to know the Father’s

    Fortunately this is pretty easy, because the Old Testament was only
    written in Hebrew and a number of verses are very clear in proclaim-
    ing The Father’s name, such as, “Sing to GOD … whose name is
    YAH” (Psalm 68:4). Also the Scriptures are full of the expression
    Hallelujah, a phrase very familiar to Christians, but do you know what
    it means in Hebrew?

    It is actually Hallelu YAH, a command meaning, “Give praise to YAH.”

    None of this is secret stuff, for it is found in the marginal readings of
    many bibles today; for example, look at Psalms 116:19 in the New
    American Standard Bible.

    So how do you say the Savior’s name in His language? Well, it would
    be Joshua, except that the letter “J” in English was originally a “Y”
    sound. So His name, which has His Father’s name in it, is Yahshua.
    And it has such a wonderful meaning that both Yoseph and Miriam
    marveled over it, because they knew full well what that name meant
    in their native Hebrew language.

    It means YAH (translated “I Am”, Exodus 3:14) Shua (“mighty and
    powerful to save”). So when the angel told this name to them, they
    were astounded, for His name was a declaration from The GOD of
    Heaven to mankind that there would be born a man who would be
    “mighty and powerful to save”.

    “And you shall call His name Yahshua, for it is He who will save His
    people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

    Now that scripture makes total sense.

    …….The Weight of Tradition…….

    But does it really matter to GOD what name we call The Messiah?

    It certainly was important enough for the Savior to cry out during the
    last hours before He was betrayed, “Holy Father, keep them in Your
    NAME, the Name which YOU have given Me” (John 17:11).

    And as stated before, it was clear to the Jews what that name was
    and how to pronounce it. HalleluYAH is a universal expression, and
    YAH is the universal name of GOD. Yet so great is the weight of
    tradition that men have been blindly clinging to a name that has no
    meaning and makes the Scriptures mentioned have no meaning,

    Can anyone possibly maintain that The NAME of The Father is
    somehow incorporated into the name Jesus, or that the name
    Jesus means that “He will save His people from their sins”?

    Those with “eyes to see”, can see that The Messiah’s GOD
    given Name at birth was Yahshua, and if you prefer the modern
    day English transliteration of The Messiah’s GOD given birth
    Name, then that would be Joshua, in Spirit and Truth…….

    The vain “imag”inations of the “catholic” and “christian” systems
    of religion have caused “The Way of Truth to be evil spoken of”,
    so why continue to use their “imag”ined name for “The Son of
    Living GOD”?

    As for me, my preference is to call The Messiah, Immanuel, for as the apostle Paul testified, “GOD was IN The Messiah”, Paul did not testify that “god was the messiah”.

    Immanuel(GOD with us)! The Messiah in Spirit and Truth…….

    And if The Only True GOD is not IN you, then you are not HIS…….

    And while there is breath(Spirit) there is hope!

    For Miracles do happen!

    Hope is there would be those who experience The Miracle that is
    receiving “a love of The Truth”, for apart from such a Miracle the words in what this world calls it’s “bible”, remain but “colored marks written on a dead tree”!

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this wicked world and it’s systems of religon, for “the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth……. francisco

  8. sadly, your “god” is but the colored marks written on a dead tree
    in that which this world calls it’s “bible” ;-(

    Your position is still unclear to me: Do you or do you not accept the Scriptures as the Word of God? If you do not, upon what basis do you claim He who was called Emmanuel as the Messiah? If you do, then how do you translate the verses in which most versions have “Jesus”?

    Also, if using “Jesus” is wrong as it’s only a “tag,” how do you get away with calling God “God”? At best it is just a title, His actual name being shrouded in great mystery. In that your position is *very* inconsistent, especially if you do not accept the Messiah as God: If what the Messiah is called is so important to you, how much more so should you be careful about what you call God!

    Also, it seems as though you have copied and pasted several portions of that comment from elsewhere; whether you wrote those or not, copy/pasting does not make for very interesting discussions; if you are not willing to take the time to write personal responses, then I have little interest in carrying on the conversation. Perhaps you could find more willing (and knowledgeable) participants in #prosapologian?

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