WHY? -- because the Torah requires it.
The Torah is generally considered to be the first five books of the Bible:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Where in the Torah do we find the requirement for the real name of salvation? Let’s see what Deuteronomy 29:20 tells us:
“Yahweh will not spare him, but then the anger of Yahweh and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in the book shall lie upon him, and Yahweh shall blot out his name from under heaven.”
Compare this reference about curses to that mentioned in Galatians 3:13 where we are told that Messiah became a curse for us: “Messiah hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.” Messiah is the one who had all the curses put on him and he is the only one who suffered this.
Only one human died in sin -- Messiah Yahshua. The apostle John confirms this in 1 John 1: 7 where we are told: “Messiah his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” John the Baptist confirms this when he is quoted as saying: “The next day John seeth Yahshua coming unto him, and saith, Behold the lamb of Yahweh, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
Messiah died in sin, not just for your sin or my sin, but also for all the sin in the world. We are told this in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For he hath made him (to be is not in the Greek) sin for us.” The Father allowed his Son to absorb, take upon himself, all the sin belonging to mankind. This means all the sin for every human being that was or is to be conceived.
The prophet Isaiah foretold this about Messiah in Isaiah 53:6: “Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
You will not die in sin. I will not die in sin. Only Messiah died in sin. His blood actually absorbed all the sin of mankind. This is why his blood was poured out into the ground after death. (John 19:33- 34) The blood was not to be resurrected. It remained in the ground and was not placed in the tomb. All sin will be totally destroyed when the new heavens and earth are created. (2 Peter 3: 10, 13)
Two more verses in the Torah support what we are told in Deuteronomy 29:20, and refer only to Messiah. They are in Deuteronomy 21, verses 22- 23:
“And if a man has committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: His body shall not remain on the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day: (for he that is hanged is a accursed of Elohim;) that thy land be not defiled, which Yahweh thy Elohim giveth thee for an inheritance.”
Those three verses in Deuteronomy can only refer to Messiah Yahshua, the lamb of Yahweh. Only he died in sin. He was hung on a tree, and not on a cross. (1Peter 2:24; Acts 10:39) His body was not allowed to remain on the tree overnight, but was quickly prepared for burial, as the Sabbath would begin at sunset. (Matthew 27: 58-60; Mark 15: 43; Luke 23:50-54)
Does the Torah lie? No, it does not! It foretold that only one man would die in sin. This man taketh away all the sin in the world. This one man can only be Messiah Yahshua. The Messiah is the only man to have his name blotted out.
We are told 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.” Messiah needed a new name after his death. This is why this lonely verse in Hebrews alerts us to a name change. Messiah’s human name was not a special name. It was a common Jewish name. He lost his inferior, common name in death. Because, according to the Torah, this had to happen. The defiled blood that absorbed all sin could only be identified by the name of Yahshua. We are told in Leviticus 17:11 that: “The life of the flesh is in the blood:” Messiah gave his life, which was in the blood, to absorb all the sin of mankind.
So Messiah inherited a more excellent name. What is this more excellent name? Psalm 148:13 answers this for us: “Let them praise the name of Yahweh: for his name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven.” The name he inherited is above all names in heaven and earth. This name is greater than the angels and all mankind. This is a unique, special, more excellent name. Messiah was given the family name of Yahweh. He became YahwehShua: Yahweh saves!
This knowledge is critical to a correct understanding of Acts 4: 12 which says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The name YahwehShua was given after Messiah’s death. This is the only name that the firstfruits must be baptized into to strive for the first resurrection.
On the Pentecost following Messiah’s death, when the Holy Spirit came upon thousands, Peter proclaimed this: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of YahwehShua Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2: 38) YahwehShua was the only name available to Peter and the disciples for baptism. The human name of Messiah was gone; blotted out!
This is why Peter quoted Joel 2: 32 in Acts 2: 21: “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.” Compare this to the verse in Joel 2: 32. With Messiah’s human name gone, there was only one name that mankind could call upon for salvation. He was our Savior and Redeemer. Thus, his name reveals what he performed. Paul confirmed this by also quoting Joel 2:32 in Romans 10:13. Both men were taught by Messiah. They knew the correct name to use for baptism. Even though all translations use the human name for baptism, this contradicts the Torah.
This age, from Pentecost in Acts 2 and until Messiah’s return, is a day of salvation. (Isaiah 49:8) There is no “the” in the original scripture. The King James Version (2 Corinthians 6:2) of the Greek New Testament says the, but when we read the properly translated verse from the Greek, we find a, not the. There are two days of salvation: now and after the 1000 years. In both of these ages, the Holy Spirit of Yahweh is poured out.
This day of salvation is for the firstfruits that will be resurrected when Messiah returns. Many are called and few are chosen. This is why there will be only 144,000 firstfruits in the better resurrection. (Revelation 14:1)
All the rest of mankind will have their day of salvation after the 1000-year reign of Messiah. They too will have the opportunity to be in New Jerusalem in the new heavens and earth.
Messiah told us in Luke 11:52 that the key of knowledge was hidden. The name of Yahweh was declared to be ineffable by the Levitical leadership and was not permitted to be used by the common man. You will not have a chance unless you are baptized in the name of YahwehShua. No other name is acceptable to Yahweh.
As I explore the Internet, I have encountered many students of the Bible who have discovered important elements of Yahweh’s truth. However, despite their knowledge, they have not had the name of YahwehShua revealed to them. Some know the name, but have not taken the next step and become baptized in that name.
I encourage all of you who are brought to this website to apply your talents, knowledge, and interest in things biblical to pray to Yahweh for understanding of the firstfruits and the importance of the names of Yahweh and YahwehShua. This is true wisdom. It is the mission of the Light of YahwehShua to provide support to those called to this wisdom and understanding.
Does being baptized in the name of YahwehShua really make a difference? My experience has confirmed that it makes a big difference. Since my baptism, I have grown as a student, and as a brother in the faith, and Yahweh has demonstrated that he hears my prayers.
It requires more than just knowledge of the name. You have to have faith to become baptized. James teaches this in James 2:19: “The Devils also believe, and tremble.” Yes, they know the true name, but they are not able to act on their knowledge. However, we can. Baptism is an act of faith. Are you guilty of Messiah’s admonition: “Oh, ye of little faith?”
You must believe that the Scriptures are true. If you cannot believe Deuteronomy 29:20 or 21:22-23, you are denying the Scriptures and are not Torah compliant. Do you believe the Messiah died in sin? Refer again to 2 Corinthians 5:21, which says he became sin. Messiah was the only man to die in sin and have his name blotted out. This is why Hebrews 1:4 makes sense. He had to have a new name. He inherited a more excellent name.
Do the study! Pray to Yahweh for truth. Challenge yourself to take action and become baptized in the name of life, YahwehShua. Don’t just be a spectator. Position yourself to be a firstfruit, resurrected when Messiah returns and eventually enter New Jerusalem. What a great destiny! An amazing future awaits you.
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