The Hebrew name of Jesus is revealed in equidistant letter skip sequences in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22. Evidence of God's hand of design in the original Hebrew text of the Bible.
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In the last session, we started to examine the phenomenon of significant words spelled out in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament at Equidistant Letter Skip Sequences.
There has been a lot written about this so-called "Bible Code" since the early 1990s, and there has been a lot of sensationalism too, but in the midst of it all one fact remains ... words are there. You can check them for yourself. We are looking only at the ones that are easy to verify ... the ones that are at short skip sequences. We can count those manually ourselves. Doubtless, there is much much more. Words, phrases, at skip sequences of hundreds and even thousands of skips.
They exist only in the Masoretic text of the Old Testament. They are not in the Apocryphal books, they are not in the Talmud, or in translations of, for example, Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” in modern Hebrew. They are God’s “watermark”, in the original writing, in the original language. They confirm that the Bible is unique and supernatural.
And they point to Jesus and to God’s way of righteousness by faith in Jesus. Everything we need to know about God is clearly stated in the Bible. This is not new, mystical meaning or new revelation. All it does is confirm what we read in the plain text. You cannot use this phenomenon to foretell the future ... this is not numerology. It has nothing to do with the occult practice of trying to divine the future.
In this session, I am drawing on the work of Yaacov Rambsel, a Jewish believer in Jesus who uncovered the words and phrases I'm about to show you. He painstakingly counted the Hebrew letters without the use of a computer.
First, let us say someone came to you and said that they had found the name of Jesus, – Yeshua – in the Tel Aviv telephone directory, at a skip sequence of, let us say, every 4733rd letter. What would you say? You would have every right to say, “So what?”
A random result like that would not be significant. But, when a word like Yeshua, the name of Jesus, occurs in a relevant passage of Scripture, and when that is not just a word, but the phrase “Jesus is My name” in Hebrew, then it gets your attention. “Yeshua shmi” ... Jesus is My name ... is found at a skip sequence every 20th letter in Isaiah chapter 53.
But wait, it is more interesting than that....
There are four passages in Isaiah that foretell the work and person of the Messiah, the Servant of the LORD.
The first is in Isaiah 42, the first eight verses, which start saying, “Behold My Servant ... My chosen one ... I have put My Spirit on Him ... He will bring forth justice to the gentiles ...”
In verse 6, God says, “I will appoint You as a covenant to the people . .. as a light to the nations ...”
The second passage is Isaiah 49, the first seven verses. In verse 6, God says, “... it is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light to the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth ...”
The third passage of the Servant of the LORD is Isaiah chapter 50, from verse 4 down to 10. Here is where it starts to show that the Servant of the LORD will bear suffering ... bearing the sin of the world.
In verse 6 it says, “I gave My back to those who strike Me ...”
And then the fourth, and the ultimate passage about the Servant of the LORD, the picture of the Messiah bearing the penalty for the sin of the world, starts in Isaiah chapter 52, the last three verses, and then all of chapter 53.
In chapter 53, verses 5 and 6 say, “He was pierced through for our transgressions ... by His scourging we are healed ... the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”
And then verses 8 to 10 say, “By oppression and judgment He was taken away, and who can speak of His descendants, for He was cut off from the land of the living, for the transgression of my people He was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death. Though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the LORD's will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. Though the LORD makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the will of the LORD will succeed in His hand.”
In verse 10, in Hebrew this phrase “ya’arich yamim”, which means “He will prolong His days”.... Starting with the second yud in ya’arich (He will prolong), count back – left to right – twenty letters, and the next letter is a SHIN. Another twenty letters, the letter is a VAV. Another twenty letters, the letters is an AYIN. This spells Yeshua.
Twenty more letters, a SHIN. Twenty more letters, a MEM. Twenty more letters, YUD. “Shmi”. The phrase is “Yeshua shmi”, Jesus (Yeshua) is My name.
It is pointing back to all that has gone before. To the prophecies we have just read, in part. And it is saying, “This is Me. Jesus, Yeshua ... that is My name. I am the One who fulfills the work and person of the suffering Servant of the LORD. I am the one who comes to bear your sin.”
This skip sequence is interesting enough. But Yaacov Rambsel has found many other names in this “suffering servant” chapter. Apart from the name of Yeshua, he has found:
And the Hebrew names:
And the phrases:
... and many others, all embedded at varying skip sequences within this great Messianic passage.
The other great Messianic passage that prophesied Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross is Psalm 22. Within the space of 18 verses we find the name of Jesus embedded three times, and Messiah embedded twice.
I'll read from Psalm 22 in Eglish. The Hebrew will appear on the screen.
What we consider a sub-heading is part of the original text. In the Hebrew text, it is treated as verse 1, so what we in English translations list as verse 1, is actually verse 2 in the Hebrew.
(1) For the choir director, upon Ayelet Ha’shachar. A Psalm
(2) My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from My deliverance are the words of My groaning.
(3) Oh my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, and by night, but have no rest.
(4) Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
(5) In You our fathers trusted. They trusted and You delivered them.
(6) To You they cried and were delivered. In You they trusted and were not disappointed.
(7) But I am a worm and not a man. A reproach of men and despised by the people.
(8) All who see Me sneer at Me. They separate with the lip. They wag the head, saying “Commit to the LORD. Let Him deliver Him.”
(9) Let Him rescue Him, because He delights in Him.
(10) Yet You are He who brought Me forth from the womb. You made Me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.
(11) Upon You I was cast from birth. You have been My God from My mother’s womb.
(12) Be not far from Me because trouble is near, because there is no one to help.
(13) Many bulls have surrounded Me. Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
(14) They open wide their mouth at Me as a ravening and roaring lion.
(15) I am poured out like water and all My bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, it is melted within Me.
(16) My strength is dried up like a potsherd and My tongue cleaves to My jaws, and You lay Me in the dust of death.
(17) For dogs have surrounded Me. A band of evil-doers has encompassed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet.
(18) I can count all My bones. They look, they stare at Me.
(19) They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.
Verse 7 on the screen ... in English we would say “I am a worm and not a man”. In Hebrew, “Ve’anochi tolaat ve’lo-ish”. Starting with the YUD (the last letter in the first word, “ve’ anochi”), every eleventh letter, from right to left, spells “ Yeshua”, YUD SHIN VAV AYIN. Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus.
In verse 12 on the screen in front of you, the last phrase: “because there is no-one to help”. In Hebrew, “Ki en ozer”. Starting with the middle letter in “en”, the YUD, every forty-fifth letter, counting from left to right, spells “Yeshua Mashiach”. YUD SHIN VAV AYIN ... MEM SHIN YUD CHET. Yeshua Mashiach ... Jesus Messiah ... Jesus Christ.
In verse 15 on the screen: “I am poured out like water and all My bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax. It is melted within Me.” In Hebrew, “Ka’mayim nishpachti ve’hitpardu kol-atzmotai haya libi ca donaag namess be’toch me’ai.”
Starting with the middle letter in “haya”, the YUD. Count every twenty-sixth letter, right to left, spells “Yeshua”, YUD SHIN VAV AYIN. Yeshua ... Jesus.
Starting with the first letter in the last word “... namess be’ toch me’ai”, this letter MEM. Every ninth letter, right to left, spells Mashiach, MEM SHIN YUD CHET. Mashiach ... Messiah ... the Anointed One.
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With understanding of Hebraic thought, and awareness of design elements in the Scriptures, we take a journey of growth in Christ Jesus.
The seminar “Bringing sons to glory” starts with Session 1: “You are gods” What did Jesus mean? ... and continues through the Psalms of Ascent.
This series will increase your knowledge of biblical Hebrew.