the Name Yeshua Prophesied to be the Name of the Messiah in the
April 2001 by Asher Intrater
Every now and then, in sharing with Jewish friends here in
Israel about Yeshua (Jesus), I am asked why there is not a prophecy in the
Tenach (Hebrew Scriptures) stating that the name of the Messiah would be
In part, that is an irrelevant question, because if there were such an open
prophecy, every Jewish mother would have named her child by that name. In
Israel, one out of every 10 children is named David, Avi (for Abraham) or
In part, the name of the Messiah is prophesied in the word "salvation," which in the Hebrew is Y'shuah. Every time you see
the word salvation in the Tenach, you are seeing the noun equivalent of the
In addition, the name of Joshua, in Hebrew "Yehoshua," is also a
foreshadow of the Messiah. The plan of God in the redemption from Egypt came
in two parts: first Moses, then Yehoshua (Joshua, Yeshua). Moses himself,
the great lawgiver, was not able to keep all of the Law without sinning in
order to enter the Promised Land. That is a foreshadow of the fact that no one is
good enough of himself to earn salvation by keeping the Law. When religious
Jews tell me that salvation comes through keeping the Law, I point out that
even Moses could not pass that mark.
However, both the name of Joshua and the word salvation are indirect
prophesies, a foreshadow.
Is there a direct prophecy of the name Yeshua? Actually, yes, there is. I
had seen this prophecy years ago, but never mentioned it to anyone.
Recently, in conversation, it came up with a few Israeli friends, and they
were really blessed by it. So I thought I would share it with you.
As an introduction, we need to know that the word "tsemach" in
Hebrew, or "branch" in English, is a title for the Messiah. This is taken from
the book of Jeremiah:
I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Tsemach), a King who will reign
wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
Both Christian and Jewish scholars accept this code word, Tsemach, as a
title for the Messiah.
Knowing this, we can now turn to the direct prophecy of the name of the
Take silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high
priest, Yehoshua son of Yehotsadak. Tell him this is what the Lord almighty
says: Here is the man whose name is the branch...
This passage is talking about Yehoshua, the High Priest at the time of the
return of the Babylonian exile, who served in the time of Zerubbabel. In
referring to him, the Lord says that this is the man whose name is the
branch. The Hebrew says, "Hineh eesh tsemach shmo." This could be
translated as above, but in understanding that Tsemach-Branch is a code for
the Messiah, the phrase could also understood, "Here is the man who has
the name of the branch Messiah," or "Here is a man who has the
same name as the Messiah."
According to Zechariah 6:11 Yehoshua has the name of the messiah. The
messiah, whose code name is branch, will have the same name as Yehoshua the
high priest at the time of Zerubbabel. Simply put, the name of the messiah
will be Yehoshua.
Some might say that this name is Yehoshua not Yeshua. The answer to that
objection is found in the book of Ezra, where the same Yehoshua son of
Yehotsadak is also called Yeshua. That's right, the exact name, "Yeshua." Here is the verse:
In the second month of the second year after their arrival at the house of
God in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Yeshua son of Yehotsadak and
the rest of their brothers the priests and the Levites and all who had
returned from the captivity...
In summary, here is the direct prophecy in the Hebrew Bible that the name of
the Messiah is Yeshua:
1. Tsemach-Branch is the Messiah - Jeremiah 23:5
2. The name of the Tsemach-Branch Messiah is Yehoshua - Zechariah 6:11-12
3. The name Yehoshua is also Yeshua - Ezra 3:8
The name Yeshua for the Messiah is foreshadowed by the word salvation
throughout the Hebrew bible, as well as by Joshua successor of Moses. In
addition, it is prophesied directly to be the name of the Messiah in
Zechariah chapter 6.