The TRUE Messiah — Who IS He?: What’s In a Name?

2.1     What’s In A Name?

Neither is there salvation in any other;
for there is none other NAME under heaven
given among men,
whereby we must be saved
.” Acts 4:12

The Key of David, the Key to the Kingdom, has been hidden from the world long enough. It is time to reveal what that Key is and to uncover the 2,000 year plot that almost closed the Kingdom to the majority of mankind.

You need to understand this diabolical plot and its implications. It is time that you and the world learn what the Door to the Kingdom is, and just exactly what the Key is that opens the Door to Salvation.

2.2     OPEN “SESAME”

In Arabian mythology there is a tale about a cave with a special door. If someone wanted to enter through that door, he had to be able to pronounce the “password.” Correctly pronounced, the door would open. Once opened, the door revealed a wondrous treasure to the one knowing the “password.” In this tale, the password turned out to be “Open Sesame.”

For nearly 2,000 years there has been a plot to hide the password to salvation from mankind. That plot has been so subtle and so “believable” that the majority of all mankind has fallen into this deception.

Luke 11:52 is a verse showing that the ancient lawyers began hiding the “key of knowledge” from the people. It says,

Woe unto you lawyers! For ye have taken away the  key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

The lawyers wanted to do away with the “Open Sesame” to the Kingdom. Do you know what that key or password IS? And, do you know how it was almost totally hidden from mankind? It is vital that we understand this plot, for it has a great deal to do with revealing The TRUE MESSIAH.


For the past 1,900 years, the Messiah has been labeled by the world with the wrong Name. That label, believe it or not, is “Jesus.” This may surprise or even shock you some. However, you will be more than pleased at the results when you see what I mean.

It is the purpose of this book, then, to reveal to you, the reader, the truth of this shocking deception. This deception is so subtle that it is obviously the work and plan of a mastermind of lying and deception.

That arch deceiver is none other than Satan. He is out to destroy the Work of Salvation begun by YHWH through the birth of His Son. Of course, the world doesn’t believe he exists. Let me tell you now, for sure, he does.

When Satan could not conquer the Messiah during His temptation in the wilderness, Satan pulled out all the stops and developed a plan to change the Saviour’s identity. By making just a subtle “little” change, the world would not think the difference could be important!

Except for a very few down through the years, the majority of mankind has been worshiping the false “image” of the Messiah. This “image” was created by Satan, and is a fictitious creation of his imagination.

How was this done you might ask?

In chapter one, we gave a brief synopsis of how Satan has been working through the “Jews” and the “Greeks.” His purpose has been to destroy the only avenue to salvation for mankind. Since he wishes to wreck YHWH’s plan for mankind, He has gone, and will go, to any extreme to keep man from being placed above him in power. This very attitude is evident today even among men who constantly argue over authority in the body of Messiah. It is this attitude of wanting power over others that caused Satan to create and use this plot to deny salvation to man. That is, destroy the real Messiah from history, and gradually replace the goddess religion of Revelation in His place.

Since he could not overcome the Messiah, Satan decided that he would “use” the Messiah to his own ends. Satan developed a plan to cover up, and hide the “keys to the Kingdom.” With no keys, locked doors cannot be opened. If doors cannot be opened, no one can enter. If no one can enter, no one receives salvation. Or, so he thought.

So, in the rest of this chapter we will outline how the keys were hidden. In the rest of the book, we will go back in history to show the complete process step-by-step – the process of changing the Real Messiah into an “image.” Once this process is completely revealed, it will become quite evident who the “Man of Sin” is.
And it is at this end time that that man is revealed. Once this is revealed, and as it is being revealed, prophecy will now begin to speed up. The roller coaster ride toward Armageddon will now begin.


In the book of Revelation there is an interesting scripture. It is a description of the Assembly in Philadelphia. It might be noted in passing that the importance of this Assembly is not in the translation of its name. Its importance is based on the description of the Assembly.
Let’s see.

And   to   the   messenger   of   the   Assembly   in
Philadelphia write: These things saith He that is holy,
He that is true, He that hath the KEY OF DAVID, He
that openeth, I KNOW YOUR WORKS: Behold, I have
set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:
for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word,
and HAST NOT DENIED MY NAME.” Rev. 3:7-8.

What kind of door is so strong that no man can open or shut it? What is on the other side of that door? And what is the KEY to that door? Understanding this helps unlock the truth of THE TRUE MESSIAH—Who is He?

In Matthew 25 is a very interesting verse also. It is a description of some of the virgins coming to a door and knocking on it. They received a disturbing answer.

And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom
came, and those who were prepared went in with Him to
the wedding, and the door was closed. And later there
come also the rest of the virgins saying, Sir, Sir, open
at once to us. And answering He said, Assuredly, I am
saying to you, I DO NOT KNOW YOU. Be ever on the
watch therefore, because you DO NOT KNOW THE
DAY, NEITHER THE HOUR.” vs. 10-13.

Did you notice that no MAN could open that door? And, that the “keeper” of that door did not KNOW them? There is a reason. Let’s see if we can understand.

If we know what kind of door we are facing, as a locksmith, then we can decide what tools to use in getting it open. Can we know what this door is? Yes, most assuredly.

Then, if we can know what the door is and the kind of lock on it, we can find the KEY. That KEY will open the door. Not just any key, but THE KEY that will open THE DOOR.


In John 10, we read an interesting parable that explains what the door is. It actually explains what is on the other side of the door.

Here is the entire parable from verse 1 to 10.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not
by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some
other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that
entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep HEAR HIS
VOICE: and he calleth his own sheep BY NAME, (yet in
Mt. 25, He said, ‘I don’t know you.’) and leadeth them
out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth
before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know
his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will
flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Then said Yahshua unto them again, Verily, verily
I say unto you, I AM THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP, all
that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but
the sheep did not hear them. I AM THE DOOR; by ME
shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh
not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
come that they might have life, and that they might
have it more abundantly.”

Yahshua is the door that no man can open or shut. Why? Because mortal man cannot overpower a spirit being. The only way any man can enter through the door is to be given the key to it by the owner. So, what is the key?

Salvation lies behind the door. This is confirmed by verses 9 and 10 of the above parable. Therefore the Key of David is the key to salvation. What is the only thing that offers salvation? The True Name of the Messiah and THAT NAME ONLY!

“Neither is there SALVATION in any other; for there
is NONE OTHER NAME under heaven given among
men, whereby we must be SAVED.” Acts 4:12.

So, the KEY is the Name YAHSHUA. Why? Because it is a name that carries the meaning of salvation within itself, and because the owner of one’s name will answer to that name and to no other’s name. And, because it carries the Creator’s Name within it also. YAH–SHUA, i.e. “Yahweh IS Salvation.” If you are “Bill” do you respond to “George?” Those in Matthew 25 used the wrong key or name. Thus the doorkeeper said He didn’t know them.

2.6     THE “KEY” OF DAVID

The “Keys” to the Kingdom involve both the names “Yahweh” and “Yahshua.” But it is only Yahshua that can be called THE Key of David. You see, YHWH, the Father, was never a man with a man’s genealogy. Yahshua, the Son, however, had a genealogy. Matthew 1:1,

The  book  of  the  GENERATION  of  Yahshua
Messiah, the SON OF DAVID…”

It is this Key [Son] of David that Satan tried to hide through the religions leaders of Yahshua’s day. And he nearly succeeded.

Here in Matthew 1:21, we learn why the Name Yahshua is so important. IT’S VERY MEANING HAS TO DO WITH SALVATION. The name “Jesus” does not, as we shall see shortly.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name
Yahshua: (the margin says, ‘Saviour’) for He shall SAVE His people
from their sins.”

The world today does know the correct meaning of this Name. Yet they are afraid to give it its full importance and refuse to use it.

Here is what Dr. Kenneth S. Wuest has to say about it. If you will do some of your own research, you will find other references showing the true meaning.

The name ‘Jesus’ is the English spelling of the
GREEK word ‘Iesous’ which in turn is the Greek spelling of the
Hebrew word we know in its transliterated form as ‘Yehoshua,’
the ‘h’ disappearing, since the Greek language has no letter ‘h.’
(Remember this.) The HEBREW WORD MEANS ‘YAHWEH’
SAVES.” Kenneth S. Wuest, The Pastoral Epistles in the Greek New
Testament, c. 1952, Eerdmans Printing Co., Grand Rapids. p 22,

Yes, they know the meaning of the True Name of the Messiah, but they have ignored the meaning of the name “Jesus.” When you learn the meaning of this name, you will begin to understand why Satan has come close to deceiving the whole world.


Satan used, as we mentioned, the religious leaders of Messiah’s day in spawning this deception. The Jewish religious leaders wanted to, but found they couldn’t, deny His existence. Nor His power to heal, perform miracles, and yes, to SAVE. So they decided to hide the key to this knowledge.

With what the Jews came up with, the Greeks could copy and use, without becoming ”Jewish.” That is, a new name. This NAME that was finally spawned upon the world because a “curse” for the Jews, and a homonym for the Greeks, in place of Zeus and Dionysis whom they worshipped. Remember, as we proceed, the Greek language has no “h” sound in it. There is a breathing accent though, which is not used with this name.


Many people, including the priests, began to believe on Yahshua after His death. And if you remember Nicodemus’s statement, the priests knew who He was even before His death, especially considering the miracles and manifestation of the Holy Spirit they had seen on that day of Pentecost. You might read Acts 2.

Then, as the witness, preaching and miracles of the Apostles and Disciples became more powerful, the religious leaders in Jerusalem began to become even more upset And that is putting it mildly. You might read all of Acts 4. But for now, we will quote several of its passages. This is the beginning of the plot to stamp out the True Name of the Messiah. Remember, it is His REAL Name that carries the meaning of salvation within it.

“And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders,
and scribes, and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and
Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were
gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the
midst, they asked, BY WHAT POWER, ,OR BY WHAT NAME,

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, Ye rulers of
the people, and elders of Israel… Be it known unto you all, and to all the
people of Israel, that BY THE NAME OF YAHSHUA MESSIAH OF
NAZARETH, whom ye have [slaughtered], whom Elohim raised from
the dead, EVEN BY HIM doth this man stand here before you whole,. .
none other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be

Vs. 15, “But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the
council, they conferred among themselves, saying, What shall we do to
these men? For that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is
manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; AND WE CANNOT
DENY IT. But that it spread no further among the people, let us
straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man IN THIS

After warning the Apostles and disciples, the priests let them go.

So when they had further threatened them, they let them go,
of the people…” Acts 4:5-21

Since threats and violence ultimately did not work (in fact, it only caused the Apostles and disciples to witness with that much more enthusiasm) the Priests, lawyers and Sadducees, etc., concocted a plan to destroy the very meaning of Yahshua’s coming. And of His Name. Again, read Luke 11:52 in the introduction of this chapter.

From that time on, the religious leaders went “underground” with their plotting and scheming. In order to see what they finally did, we have to turn to the writings of the Jews And, we can also understand what they did by watching the end result of the Apostolic Assembly and its teachings and miracles.


For many, many years, scholars could find no written reference to the Messiah outside of the “New Testament.” Thus, many, even today, claim He was not an historic figure. But finally, “Christian” scholars began to gain access to the Talmud and other religious records of the Israelite peoples. Sure enough, they ran across “proof” of the Messiah and “proof” that the name they were using was “accurate,” that is, the name “Jesus.”

Here are some interesting comments taken from the Jewish writings. They are quoted in a book called, Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., San Bernadino, CA., 1972. If you have access to a large university, you can probably read these yourself from translations of the Talmud, etc. We are not going to quote everything, but just the comments referring to the Name they called Yeshu.

From the Baraila: “On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu [of
Nazareth]…” Babylonian Sanhedrin 43a.

The Amoa “Ulla,” “And do you suppose that for Yeshu of

In most of these sources He is not called Yahshua but “Yeshu” of Nazareth, or “Yeshu Pantere”. Quoted from pps 85 & 86 of the
above-mentioned book.

If you have been paying close attention, the name they called Him is “Yeshu,” not “YahshuA” or even “YeshuA.” WHY???

In Greek this name would be, and could be transliterated as “Iesou,” and it is. It sounds like Ye-zeu(s). In fact, as we shall show, the word “Iesius” in Greek means “the son of Zeus.” You may now begin to get an inkling of why we said this name had a double meaning. What a wonderful deception, so well conceived that it could only have been done by a mastermind.


Failing the use of violence to stop the Disciples of the Messiah and their teaching, the Jewish leaders turned to a LIE. They CHANGED THE NAME OF THE MESSIAH FROM YAHSHUA TO YAHSU OR YESHU. If you will notice, they removed the “A” from the name. What a clue this becomes. When you find out what this did to the “Key of David,” the “Key to Salvation” we feel you will have the shock of your lives. By the way, this is not the vowel “a” that was removed, as you will see later.

You who know the name Yahshua, can you imagine how the world will react and feel when they learn the truth? We believe they
will drop the name Jesus and begin using, wholesale, the Name Yahshua, or a close variation of it. This would begin to fulfill the
prophecy in Matthew 24 about many deceivers coming “upon MY NAME.”

Just what does “Yeshu” or Yahsu” without the A mean???

Here is a quote taken from a book called Jewish Expressions on Jesus, An Anthology, c 1977, KTAV Publishing House, Inc., pp 482.
Think about what you are saying then, after you read this, when you say “Jesu(s)” or “Yeshu!” Do you want to continue pronouncing and thinking this CURSE against the True Messiah, and Only Son of the Most High Father, YHWH???

The name Yeshu by which ‘Jesus’ is here mentioned is probably
a shortened form of the name Yahshua . . . But since such an
abbreviated form of the name is not used in any other case of a
person named Yehsha or Yehshua, but persistently used when the
name refers to ‘Jesus,’ it may be assumed that this shortening of
the name was probably an intentional mutilation by cutting off
part of it.. . . Elias Levita thinks that the reason was that the
Jews, unwilling even to suggest [Yahshua] might have been a
Saviour, or redeemer, which THE NAME YAHSU WITH AN AYIN
AT THE END SIGNIFIES, dropped the letter ayin from his

At any rate, here in the talmudic text, this shorter form of the
name was ‘not’ meant [so the writer says] to represent the curse.
although in the later Jewish works about the life of [Yahshua]
this form of the name was understood to be an abbreviation of
the three words (in Hebrew, like an acrostic) constituting this

Do you now wish to use the name the world uses??? Do you wish to deny the Key to Salvation, by pronouncing this curse upon the True Messiah every time you say “Jesus”???

Here is another quote from a book, The Three Languages of Palestine In the Time of Jesus Christ. On page six we find this,

And the Palestinian Jews, in order not to pronounce the real name,
changed [Yahshua] to Yeshu. It is not credible that this was only
done because the concluding guttural was no longer pronounced
in Galilee. . . for the name Yeshu is used in Jewish literature
only of persons who were despised for one reason or another.. .

The Jewish leaders, then, for their part, were able to change the name of the Messiah from meaning “Salvation,” to one that was a curse meaning, “May this name be blotted out and forgotten.”


This change of name was right down the alley for the Greeks, who were still steeped in their paganism. They thought Paul and the other disciples were actually bringing them a message about Zeus and Dionysis! All of the descriptions that Paul gave only convinced them that much more that Zeus, or his son Dionysis, had finally come in the flesh, but to the Jewish race first. Even if the Jews thought he was a Jew, the Greeks “knew better.”

Later on as the Jewish religious leaders started spreading this “new” name of the Messiah, the Greeks became even more convinced. Why, the name Yeshu, in Greek, had the sound of the name Zeus. In fact, their word Iesius had an interesting meaning and fit in with this fellow “Yeshu.”

In Bell’s Pantheon, a two volume work by John Bell, we find this definition on p. 1 of Volume II,

Iasion and Iasius, son of Jupiter and Electra, daughter of Atlas. . .”

Jupiter is the Roman name of the Greek mighty one Zeus. (Garland Publishing, Inc., N.Y. & London, 1979.)

There is more, much more, but you should begin to do some of the research on your own. Begin to prove these things to yourself
so you will know without a shadow of a doubt whom you are worshipping.

We can now see that two things had happened with the name of the True Messiah. First, the Jewish leaders turned it into a curse by
removing the ayin from the ending.

Just imagine the number of times throughout the last 1900 years the True Messiah has been cursed by the mouths of men, even our own mouths, before we learned the truth.

Secondly, the Jews, by changing the name, gave the Greeks a powerful weapon in spawning their pagan religion upon the world.
Today what is taught about the Messiah differs completely from the writings about Him. The world is worshipping a Greek “Christ” and practicing his pagan teachings. He is not the Jewish Messiah of your Bible!

You may think that this is something new. It isn’t. The Apostle John spoke of this deception beginning even in his day. Read all of
John’s epistles and you will begin to see.

If you read the Apostle Paul, you will see he also knew it was being done in his day. Both wrote enough for you to recognize this deception, if you will read and understand.

II Thessalonians 2:5-8: “Remember ye not, that when I was yet
with you, I told you these things? FOR THE MYSTERY OF
INIQUITY DOTH ALREADY WORK: only he [the Separating
Spirit] who now withholdeth, will withhold, until he [the Man
of Sin] be taken out of the way [revealed]. And then shall that
Wicked One be revealed, whom Yahshua shall consume with the
spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His

You are now beginning to have revealed to you the “spiritual” Man of Sin who portends climactic events on the world scene.

The Man of Sin is taught as having DONE AWAY WITH THE LAW. Do you know anyone who is said by the world to have done

You are also beginning to have the True Messiah Yahshua revealed to you, the One who FULFILLED AND KEPT the law. He is the door to Salvation and the Key to that door is His REAL and CORRECT NAME which the Jews tried to blot out. He is the Man of Righteousness who came to fulfill and MAGNIFY the law. He is not sinful, nor is He lawless.

Do you begin to comprehend the importance and danger of the information you now have in your hands?

Author: Bob Petry

Student of the Bible since 1953. And am still learning.

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