Messiah Had Two Names: One Defiled, One Exalted

What a remarkable assertion:  Messiah had two names!  I am not counting Jesus, or Yeshua versus Yahshua.  I believe Yahshua was His human name, but He must have had a second name later.


What would make me think this?  In Matthew 7:22-23 Messiah is teaching and proclaiming this interesting statement:


Many will say to me in that day, Sovereign, Sovereign, have we not prophesied in Thy Name?  and in Thy Name have cast out devils?  and in Thy Name done many wonderful works?


And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.


These people, who thought they were true disciples of Messiah, were blind-sided with the revelation that they were workers of iniquity and not to be recognized by Him.  They called on His name to prophesy, cast out devils and perform wonderful works.  They must have done something wrong.  What was it?


Perhaps they were not authorized to use His name?  However, in John 14, He exhorts us to use His name.  In verse 13, He says:  “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  Again in verse 14, He says:  “If ye shall ask anything in My Name, I will do it.”


Messiah spoke these words before His death.  Did something change after His death?  Paul tells us in Philippians 2:9:  Wherefore Yahweh hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name.


Again, Paul tells us this in Hebrews 1:4:  “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”


There it is!  A change did occur after death.  He inherited a new name.  This was more excellent and exalted above the human name, Yahshua, which He was given at birth.


This is significant!  We do not want to be shunned by Messiah.  We desire to hear “well done, good and faithful servant.”


Notice in Matthew 25, Messiah told the parable of the wise and foolish virgins.  In verse twelve, He says, “I know you not.”  This chilling statement is similar to what He said in Matthew 7:23, “I never knew you.”


In this parable, we learn that the wise virgins had something the foolish ones did not have.  Both groups began with lamps containing oil.  But the wise virgins carried an additional container with oil.  When the bridegroom came, the wise had the oil necessary to enter the wedding supper.  The foolish did not.


In the Song of Solomon 1:3, we are informed:  “Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.”  The word, ointment, is from the Hebrew in Strong’s Concordance, 8081, which means olive oil.  The name is compared to oil. 


The wise virgins and foolish virgins started out with the same oil (name) in their lamps.  But the wise ones carried additional oil (or name), which the foolish did not have.  The foolish were not able to enter because they lacked the other oil or the other name.


The oil in the lamp was the name of the Father, Yahweh.  What was the name (or oil) that the wise had but not the foolish?  They had the name (oil) that allowed them to enter the wedding supper.  They did not hear, “I know you not.”


Is it all right to be half right?  To know the Father’s name but not the Son’s name?  Please note that in Revelation 14:1, the 144,000 virgins who were in the better resurrection had both the Father’s name and the Son’s name on their foreheads.


Now the KJV refers only to the Father’s name.  However, this is not a correct translation.  The Greek actually reads, “having the name of him and the name of the Father of him.”


These 144,000 are in the better resurrection after Messiah returns and will therefore attend the wedding supper.  They would also have prophesied, cast out devils, and performed wonderful works, but in the “inherited name” of Messiah, not His human name.


The five foolish virgins did not have the “inherited name” nor did those in Matthew 7.  The human name was defiled when Messiah died in sin.  Deuteronomy 29:20 explains that he who dies in sin has his name blotted out.  Only one human died in sin and that was Yahshua, the Messiah.  Therefore, that name could not have been the name referred to in Acts 4:12:  “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”



It is interesting to note that we find ourselves in a similar situation as the Jews when Pilate proposed the release of Barabbas, the thief, or Yahshua, the Messiah (Matthew 27:15-26.)


They too had to choose between two names.  One was Bar Abbas (Yahshua, son of the Father) or Yahshua (son of a soldier.)  We are reminded in John 8:41 that the Rabbis had taught that Yahshua the Messiah was the illegitimate son of a Roman soldier.


Yahshua was a common name.  A thief had this name, which was defiled with sin.  The Messiah, who was without sin and the true Son of the Father, also had this name.


The Jewish people were confused by the similarity of the names.  They heard “son of the Father” for one and identified the other Yahshua as an illegitimate Jew fathered by a Roman soldier.  They were misinformed and therefore deceived.


Those who do not acknowledge the inherited name of Messiah and therefore choose the human name are also deceived.  As the Torah confirms in Deuteronomy 29:20, His human name is blotted out.  With the loss of this defiled human name a new unblemished name is required (Hebrews 1:4.)


We must not make the same mistake as the Jews who stood before Governor Pilate.  We must choose well.  Our eternal life depends on it!


Without this additional oil, you will not be in the better resurrection and attend the wedding feast.   Please pray for truth to Yahweh, study this information and search the Scriptures.  Please ask, seek and knock.