By David Ben Yakov
The Delusion Resistance
There are many people who come to our Delusion Resistance website and they sometimes write to ask us why we use a lot of Hebrew words in our writings? Some have said that it confuses them a bit. For this reason we have put a page onto the site that lists the main words that we use in our writings so that the readers can refer to that page and see what or who we are talking about. In many of the writings we have put the English name within parenthesis so that people can identify with the names that we use. We try our best to be accommodating but still the question exists; why do we use these terms?
There is a threefold answer to that question. Come on now, you didn’t think that this was going to be easy, did you? Just kidding around a bit. People often accuse me of being long winded and some say that our articles and our Journal is too long, but I guess that folks have to accept us for who we are and in the Love of Yahweh they have to bear this burden.
The Name “God” is too generic anymore:
Living in California has many more bad points than it has good ones. We’re taxed to death and state governmental fees eat up the rest of anything that we could sock away for a rainy day. Although it is getting better, the air is polluted with smog and we’re plagued with allergies because things grow around here all year around shedding pollen and other allergens. Finally, one has to admit that there are quite a few people in California that aren’t wrapped to tightly. And before you blame us for the strange people just remember that they moved here from your state, so we did you a favor by letting them move here.
We have quite a diversity of people here in the Golden State. I think that I have met people from most of the nations of the Earth and they all live here it seems. Diversity has blessings but it also causes a lot of problems. For instance, lunchtime at work in quite interesting. In just one half hour you can here dialects from India, Laos, China, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and the Philippines. When everyone is talking at the same time and it makes one want to go outside and pray that the confusion will somehow empty out before I go back to work.
The one thing that I took particular notice of is that there are people of many different religions at work. When you consider the ethnicities that I mentioned in the last paragraph it becomes clear that there are Hindu’s at work as well as Moslems, Buddhists and Russian Orthodox all added to the Catholics, lukewarm Christians, atheists and those of us who are Born Again Believers in Yeshua. Quite a mix for sure I would like to note.
One particular day I had returned to work after the worse ravages of a virus had abated but I still had the sniffles and I sneezed from time to time. At one point I sneezed and I was blessed with a “God Bless You,” from several different people. I went back to my work station and realized that members of several different religions blessed me in the name of their God. I am certain that when they blessed me they weren’t thinking about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their image of god. The Hindu might have been thinking of Vishnu, or Shiva or one of their countless number of gods. The Hindu’s were probably thinking of Buddha or the force of the universe when they blessed; the Russian Orthodox lady probably thought of a different Jesus when she blessed me and the Moslem was probably thinking of Allah when they bestowed their blessing.
This “multicultural” god fits in very well with the aspirations of globalists. They have conditioned the people of America to believe that God is some multifaceted diamond sort of god who has different faces but they all belong to the one stone. They try to assert that all religions have the same foundational truths and in some cases this might be true, but when we get down to brass tacks, only one belief stands out on its own; because its author had the honesty to point out that He is the way, the truth and the life, and that no man can come to the Father except through Him.
Well, this multicultural workplace with all of its flavor and flair leaves me with a problem. When sneezing I am going to get blessings from those who adhere to other gods, or who mistakenly think that the Judeo/Christian God is one and the same with Allah; which is a bold face lie and as far from the truth as east is from west. Don’t get me wrong; I realize that when my coworkers bless me they are sincere and they think that they are doing a nice thing. It is a wonderful gesture and it shows that they regard me with esteem, but blessings given out in the name of other gods aren’t necessarily blessings. For instance, when a Hindu or a Buddhist blesses you they want you to prosper in the the things that their religion holds sacred. The ultimate goals of these two religions are for its adherents to go through successful lifetimes of karma so that they can reach Nirvana or its equivalent as the case may be. Frankly, wishing something akin to that upon someone isn’t a blessing, but a curse. Again, this is not willingly done nor is their intent evil, but the ends to their blessings is just what I have illustrated.
These things have caused me to do two things in regard to what I have spoken about thus far at work. When the need arises for one of my coworkers to bless me I thank them because they truly mean to bless me and that is a wonderful thing to do. I slip away to a quiet area and I renounce the blessing, ask Yahweh to bless the one who blessed me and then I ask Yahweh to bless me in His Name.
I have started to use the name Yahweh and the name Yeshua when I talk to people. Sure they look at me like I am strange but after I explain who Yahweh is and who Yeshua is they seem to understand better and they accept things. I want my coworkers to know that there is a great distinction between their gods and my God who is the only true God. I want them to know that I don’t buy into the melding of religions to fit into a one world religion. But while I feel that perhaps the Buddhists and Hindu’s realize that there is a difference, the Muslims don’t. They believe that they are serving the God of the Bible and that their revelation of Him is new and fresh and that it supersedes any of the prior revelations of Yahweh. It also causes them to ask questions and when they ask questions it opens up the door for me to tell them about salvation through the Blood of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. They may not agree with me, but the seed is planted and I can pray thereafter that Yahweh will water the fertile land of their heart where that seed now resides.
What I have illustrated above is a very important reason for using the Hebrew words for God and other things. As the one world religion becomes more of a reality we will need to make the distinction; and why not start now when it is easy and not against the law.
We’re Jews That Believe in Yeshua (Jesus):
Another reason why we like to use the Hebrew names of Yeshua and Yahweh and even more of the names like Elohim, El Shaddai and others is to identify ourselves in our physical heritage. While we recognize and accept that there is no ethnicity in the Kingdom of Yahweh we do recognize that there are those in our lineages that do not know or they do not accept that belief.
For millennia the Jewish people have been the victim of gentiles. They’ve been kicked out of countries, forced to survive Inquisitions, pogroms and genocides. It is sort of hard for people who have been through these things, many of them done by false Christians in the name of Jesus, to accept a message brought in that name. To many Jews the name of Jesus equals persecution and it just isn’t productive in bringing some Jews to salvation. Unless a person has endured persecution or constant malevolent behavior from another person or people they really cannot understand the fear that comes with words, pictures, smells and other things that bring back the memories of what was actually experienced.
If one understands that being Jewish isn’t just a religion, but it is a kinship that goes right down to the bone. For this reason it is easier for a Jewish person to listen to a message from anyone who brings the gospel to them in our ancestral vernacular. For this reason we use Yeshua for “Jesus” and Ha Mashiach for “Christ,” Adonai for “Lord,” and Yahweh for “LORD.” It is not different than using Gesú when talking to an Italian about Yeshua or using Isa when talking to someone who speaks Arabic. The person behind the name is the same but the idiom is different.
We’ve found that using the Hebraic terms tends to enrich reading the Word of Elohim. When one uses the original words and one studies those words it adds spice to the Bible. The meanings are accentuated. For instance, when we read in Exodus that God tells Moshe that His Name is I Am that I Am it is wonderful but to me it left things sort of unexplained. If however one studies the Hebrew “Ehyeh asher Ehyeh one comes to discover that this name is really translated to mean; “I Am what I was and I was what I will be,” or “What I was in the beginning I Am now and I will always be.” In the phrase Yahweh was telling Moshe and all of Israel that He was the eternal God; The God of Gods! See how the flavor of even the Name of Yahweh is accentuated when we use the original language?
Many Believers in Mashiach Are From The Lost Tribes of Israel:
Don’t worry, we’re not Jehovah’s Witnesses or anything of the like. We just happen to think that (for many biblical reasons) that those who have come to a Born Again faith in Yeshua just so happen to also be descendants of the Lost Ten tribes of Israel. We won’t try to explain it in this document, but if you are interested in learning more you can visit some pages that we have placed on the internet that talk about such things. The page on the Resistance site is located at: http://www.delusionresistance.org/wp3 .
Believe it or not, there are many believers who feel the calling back to the Torah, to practice the Feasts of Israel and to return to their Israelite roots. These people grew up in Gentile families that have supposedly no ties to anything Jewish, but after they are saved they feel the urge to be Jewish, so to speak. Knowing that Yahweh will number the seed of Abraham like the stars of the sky and the grains of sand of the seashore it would make sense that the limited number of Jewish (Tribe of Judah’s descents) could possibly be numbered. However, if the Ten Lost Tribes were scattered throughout the Earth, then their descendants would could be innumerable.
Anyway, seeing that so many people get Saved in the Blood of Yeshua and then they want to be identified as being children of Israel, then it would seem obvious that they would want to learn at least some of the vocabulary of the Hebrew Language, and to speak it especially in times of Praise and Worship.
We’re Heading Toward A Showdown:
And finally we have to consider that this world is heading for a showdown. The things that I mentioned earlier about the diversity in my workplace will someday be a national and international problem. There will be some in the multicultural religion that will use the name of Jesus simply they will be worshipping a perverted form of the true Jesus. All over the earth people will be using the name “God,” but they will be talking about their local gods or the man of perdition who will rule the world, or perhaps they will be ascribing the word “God” to Satan, whom they will ultimately worship.
It would only make sense that those who follow, love and live for Yeshua would make a very clear distinction of who they place in charge of their eternal security. Since we worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and he has a distinctive name, then perhaps in honor of Him we should use that name. The New Age has a Jesus and a Christ Consciousness, but they do not have a Yeshua Ha Mashiach. They have various gods, but they do not have a Yahweh.
We know that there are those out there (they visit our chatroom constantly) who think that using the name of Jesus is a pagan tradition. They say that anyone who uses that name is blasphemous and such. Well, throughout the ages Christendom has used that name and as long as they were using it to describe Yeshua that is okay. We do not cast condemnation or dispersion toward those who still choose to use the name Jesus Christ if their faith proves that they follow Yeshua Ha Mashiach. To us at the Delusion Resistance, any person or group that tries to Judaize through force or coercion anyone else are no better than those in 15th century Spain who tried to convert Jews to Christianity. Like our good friend Jim often says about this matter. “I choose to use the name Jesus when talking about my Lord. Someday we might to have to start using the name Yeshua in order to bring clarity and when that time comes I will say Yeshua. Until then I see nothing wrong with using the name Jesus in conversation and I will continue to do so.”