Hebrew doesn’t have vowels per se, but uses silent letters which are used as placeholders. Hebrew is a very logical language based on root words with prefixes and suffixes added to convey the meaning intended. So “yeshua” (ישׁועה) (translated Jesus in English from the Latin from the Greek Iesous) is “something saved” whereas “yesha” (ישׁע) means “liberty, deliverance, prosperity”. The difference is the vav (ו). Remember the vav from Genesis 1:1 (http://www.abdicate.net/blog/?p=188) represents the Man Jesus connecting heaven and earth, hence Yeshua, the Man of yesha (salvation). How is it then that “yesha” and “yeshua” are have the same meaning without the “u” – vav? The vav is considered a soft letter meaning that with or without it, the word is still spelled correctly. The other letter hey (ה) is a suffix meaning from where the action came from; literally “what comes from salvation” – Liberty, Deliverance and Prosperity! In the King James bible yesha is translated as “safety, salvation, saving”.
English Pronunciation: Yeshua
Hebrew word: ישׁועה
The meaning of salvation according to each letter from the chart above:
deed (י), changes (שׁ), and (ו), experience (ע), revelation (ה)
Notice the meaning by letters: The deed (work on the cross) changes you (you’re no longer dead, but alive) and you experience a revelation – that God died for YOU saving you! When Yeshua entered Jerusalem on the donkey, the crowed yelled out “Hosanna” which is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew “Yeshuah-na!” meaning “Salvation Now!” The –na suffix indicates request for immediate action.
Isaiah 12:2-3 (KJV) “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Jacob declared “I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.”
Every time “salvation” is used in these verses, and others, you can change it to Yeshua – ’cause that’s what He is!
John 7:38 (KJV) “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
For those who don’t believe in Jesus or that His Name is in the OT, have them read these verses in the Hebrew and they’ll say His Name – Yeshua (Yesha in the text).
Isaiah 62:11 (KJV) “Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”
Isaiah shows “salvation” is a person!
Habakkuk 3:13 (KJV) “Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.”
In Hebrew, “salvation with thine anointed” is “Yesha et Mashiach” and can be translated “Salvation your Anointed One” or Yeshua (Jesus) Your Messiah or Jesus Your Christ! Notice in this verse not only has Yeshua’s Name given but His title “anointed (mashiach)” meaning Messiah!