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Q.  Naaman writes, after reading Names do Matter -- "What happened to HIS name EMMANUEL which was prophesied by IsaYaH who's prophesies were often read and quoted by the MessiYAH for being fulfilled. How come that the angel of YAH contradicted himself by commanding the name YaHshua (jesus) and refering to the name EMMANUEL? 'No one else' from Acts 4:12, 'every name that is named' from Ephesians 1:21 and 'a name wich is above every name' from Philippians 2:9 should also include the name YaHshua (joshua) of the old testament. Proverbs 30:4"

Mat 1:23  "Behold, the virgin shall conceive in her womb, and will bear a son. And they will call His name Emmanuel," which being interpreted is, God with us.

A. So the question is, "What happened to His Name, Emmanuel, why does it appear only once?"

(Php 2:9-11) Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of YaHshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that YaHshua the Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

It is not really a contradiction it is an explanation, a clarification, if you please.  It is not that His name is "Emmanuel' but the His Name, YaHshua, is a declaration of "God with us", or "among us", which is the translation of "emmanuel".  While this word, or phrase is considered a name today it is really a statement.  We find the same thing in the revealing of YHWH (YaHWeH) to Moses in Exodus 3:14, "...IAM that IAM..."  then in the very next verse Moses is told it is the Name YHWH is the Name he is to tell to the Israelites and to be for all generations.  Some then say His, our Creator's name is IAM (YAM) and many commentators then become all twisted up on this as a name and as connected with the term we use as "I am", like me personally, not realizing the "IAM" is really "YAM" and a revelation that YHWH, YaHWeH, was and is the God of the flood.  The God of the Flood was known as YAM Surf, the God of the raging oceans and crashing surf.  This then leads Moses to the true identity of the True God, YHWH.

This is a similar thing with the Name of our Savior being declared to Maryam (Mary, Mariam) and Yoseph (Joseph), the birth name of our Savior is revealed to them as YaHshua, not Emmanuel.  Reading the verses of Matthew 1:21-24 it seems like a contradiction but you will notice the statement "... which being interpreted..." and should actually be just that, "interpreted", while the name YaHshua, given as His Birth Name, is given the reason why this Name as opposed to an "interpretation".  In the English it is very possible this verse should be the interpretation as opposed to the Aramaic expression, so in the English it should be read as "God with us" and not need to be explained as an interpretation.  When understood, in this light, there is no contradiction. There is anothe possibility and explaination to explain.

Isaiah 7:14 is the prophetic statement which is repeated in Matthew 1:23, "...and they shall call his name Emmanuel...", this is where the question comes up, that no one seems to ask, "Who is the "they", in Isaiah and Matthew?  We have already read in verse 21 where the angel Gabriel told both Joseph and Mary the Name to name Him and here, two verses later, we read, "they" apparently named Him, "God with us", or Immanuel.  This is a fulfillment of the prophetic pointing from Isaiah to the time of YaHshua being born of a "young, virgin, woman".  The angel of YaH, Gabriel, told them specifically what name to Name Him, YaH'shua, which they did,  Read the next two verses of this account --

(Mat 1:24-25) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name YaH SHUA.

The "They" of verse 23 is so general I think it means the general population, not meaning the parents in custody of the new born child.  Mary and Joseph both received instructions to name Him YaHshua and they did, while He was known to them as YaHshua, others of the world (they), of the community of believers still to come, on into the furture will say, the Messiah of Scripture is Immanuel, or is "God with us", and the "US" being understood as "we of the world", as humanity in general.  It does not seem reasonable that in one instant Mary is told to Name the Child, YaHshua, then say "they", Mary and Joseph would rename Him Immanuel, does it?  Then in the next two verses we are told  Joseph follows the "angel of the Lord's" instructions and names Him YaHshua. Perhaps Mary and Joseph did refer to the Child as "God with us"  but even then, we have the two instances of Him being given a birth name and that name, delivered by the Angel of the Lord (Gabriel) was YaHshua, and is YaHshua (A transliteration of His original Hebrew Name). We can see from the following verse that at the childs time of circumcision He is Named, as instructed, YaHshua, not Immanuel, or any other name.

(Luke 2:21) And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called YaHshua, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

He is to Come Again

When our Savior, YaHshua, stands on the Mount and the dust settles and Israel is raised, and David sits on the Thrown once again, and YaHshua establishes His Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, at the very place He has choosen, YaHusalem (Jerusalem) there will be the raise, physical Kingdom of Israel, and the spirit Kingdom of God administered by resurrected saints and angel under YaHshua as King of Kings, then the people of the world will say, "God is among us", they will say, YaHshua, King of Kings is now Immanuel, that is to say, "God with us".  

Email:  dan@servantsofyahshua.com

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