A nickname is a name added to or substituted for the proper name of a person or place as in affection, familiarity or a way to describe the person’s character but sometimes it is used as a way to ridicule. Yah and the Prophets and sometimes even Yahoshua Himself described His personality or character in scripture. Let’s read some of His nicknames (they are in no special order):
Set-apart Child or Qodesh Child (KJV): Acts 4:30, other translations read ‘Set-apart Servant’
Shiloh: Genesis 49:10
Truth Way Life: John 14:6
Lamb of Yah or Passover Lamb: John 1:29,36: Isaiah 53:7: 1 Corinthians 5:7
Lion of Yahudah: Revelation 5:5
EmanuYL: Isaiah 7:14
Shadow of a Great Rock: Isaiah 32:2
Shepherd 1 Peter 5:4: John 10, 11, 14
High Priest: Hebrews 2:17: Hebrews 4:14
Law Teacher: John 3:2: John 11:28, Isaiah 8:20 law and testimony
Hiding Place: Isaiah 32:2
Morning Star: 2 Peter 1:19: Numbers 24:17-19: Matthew 17:2: Revelation 1:16: Revelation 2:28: Revelation 22:16: Malachiyah 4:2, the sun of righteousness
Living Water or Gift of Yah: John 4:10: 2 Corinthians 9:15
Friend of sinners: Mattithyah 11:19: Luke 7:34. I did not know they called Yahoshua a glutton and a wino.
The Bread: 1 John 6:32-33, 35: Incorruptible Bread Exodus 16:23-24 and Psalm 16:10
Balm of Gilead or Physician: Yeremiyah 8:22, Mattithyah 9:12: Luke 4:23
Arm of Yah: Isaiah 53:1
Last Adam: 1 Corinthians 15:45: Also see the First Fruit 1 Corinthians 15:23
Branch: Isaiah 4:2: Isaiah 11:1: Yeremiyah 23:5: Zechariyah 3:8: John 15:5, Yahoshua is the vine and we are the branches or He is the main branch and we are the little branches
Bridegroom: Mattithyah 9:15: John 3:29: Revelation 19:7-9: Revelation 21:9
Brightness and Image of Yah’s Esteem: Hebrews 1:3
Deliverer Redeemer or Savior Sent by Yah: Romans 11:26
Door or Narrow Gate: John 10:7,9: Mattithyah 7:13
Friend of Yah: Zechariyah 13:7, some translations say friend, associate, fellow and/or companion
Forerunner: Hebrews 6:20
I AM (He): John 8:24, like Yah is I AM in Exodus 3:14
Plant of Renown: Yahezqyl 34:29
Blessed Prince: Acts 3:15: Acts 5:31
Prophet: Acts 3:22-23
Morey or Teacher: John 3:2: Mattithyah 26:25: John 20:16
The Rock: 1 Corinthians 10:4: Romans 9:33: 1 Kepha 2:8
The Word: John 1:14, like Yah is the Word in John 1:1
The Stone: 1 Kepha 2:4-10: Psalm 118:22: Yeremiyah 23:9, like Yah is the Stone in Genesis 49:24
Wonderful: Isaiah 9:6
Like Moshe: Deuteronomy 18:15-22
Like David: Yahezqyl 37:24
Like Yliyah: Mark 8:27-28, the Israylites thought Yahoshua was John the Immerser or Yliyah (also see Malachiyah 4:5) because He has similar character as they. (The children of Ysrayl compared Yahoshua to John the Immerser and Yliyah). Yahoshua dealt with the Pharisees similar to how Yliyah dealt with the prophets of Baal. Yahoshua will bring down fire like Yliyah. John the Immerser ‘made way for/was the horn or shofar/ or the entrance/or announced’ Yahoshua and Yahoshua is the door to Yah. This is how He is like John the Immerser.
Like Yonah: Mattithyah 12:40
Like Ylishua healing lepers, raising the dead and feeding many: Ylishua cried for Ysrayl 2 Kings 8:11-13
Like Yahoshua Ben Nun: Yahoshua Ben Yah will bring the children of Ysrayl into the kingdom also
Like Iyob: Yahoshua prayed for and forgave His enemies
Like Yeremiyah: Yeremiyah cried for the children of Ysrayl as Yahoshua also wept: Yeremiyah 9:1 Luke 19:41 and John 11:35: Yeremiyah was struck as Yahoshua was struck Yeremiyah 20:2
Micaiyah the prophet was slapped as Yahoshua was slapped 1 Kings 22:24
Like Solomon: Zechariyah 6:12 Yahoshua will rebuild the temple: Also filled with the Set-apart Spirit and wisdom at a young age like Solomon Luke 2:40-50 and 1 Kings 3:7. Yahoshua rode into the city on a donkey like Solomon.
These are just a few nicknames. The nicknames that surprised me the most on this list was ‘friend of Yah’ and ‘Set-apart Child’. That melted my heart to read.
I found out that I was an Israylite through one congregation and I found out about Yah and Yahoshua through another congregation. One congregation would say Jesus, Lord and God but one Shabbat they said they knew the true names were Yah and Yahshua. They tried to justify using Revelation 19:12 as in there are many names. But this new name in Revelation 19:12 is a nickname or characteristic way to describe Him. The Messiyah’s (Proper) name will always be Yahoshua, Acts 4:12. It took me a few months to get this concept. If you are a newbie, I hope that I have broken it down well enough for you to understand.
Can you describe Yah’s Personality? How did the Prophets describe Yah?
Update: 9/26/2015: Book of Yasher, Chapter 68:24-31 Moshe had many names to describe his character, too!
Update: 10-05-2015: Yahqob and Solomon both had dual names to describe their personalities.
Update: 11-21-2015: Like Moshe, Yahoshua was hidden as baby in Egypt when Hebrew male babies were being slaughtered.