Both Moses and Joshua contain the Hebrew letter Shin - שׁ - and their meanings are associated with salvation:
- Moses - משׁה - ‘Mosheh’ - 'Drawing out, rescued' = Salvation
- Joshua - יהושׁוע /יהושׁע - ‘Yehowsha/Yehowshua’ - 'Yahweh saved' - which is a joining of the two names:
- - Yahweh - יהוה
There is a difference, however, between the two biblical characters and what they teach us concerning salvation; and both names when put together, reveal the more precise name of Yahweh the Son who may be called upon to save the Jewish remnant towards the end of the Great Tribulation, which directly fulfills Zechariah 13:9,
“I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them
as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They
will call on My name, and I will answer them…”
Moses and Yeshua
The following aspects about Moses natural life amazingly parallel spiritual facets of Yeshua in His first coming:
Moses, as we know from the biblical record, was saved out of water as a baby (that's why he was called 'Moses' as his name means drawn out, rescued); he lead the Israelites out of Egypt through the Red Sea, thus saving them through water, and was the instrument that provided water from the rock in the wilderness. But because He disobeyed Yahweh by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it as commanded, he was not permitted to enter the land of Canaan; the Jews refused to enter the land because of their unbelief in Yahweh’s promises (Deuteronomy 1:26-33), and Moses died outside the land. Through Moses the Jewish people were ‘born of water’ - were physically saved through water, and their thirst was satisfied with the water from the rock.
Yeshua was baptised physically with water; He was the Rock in the wilderness providing the thirst-quenching water; He secured salvation for the Jews and Gentiles by baptising them with the Holy Spirit - the Living Water. He did not take the generation of Jews into the promised Kingdom in His first coming because of they were partly responsible for His death (they struck the rock), and did not believe in His Messiahship and divinity, and He died outside the gates of Jerusalem.
Joshua and Yeshua
The following things concerning Joshua also astoundingly match the characteristics of Yeshua in the Old Testament/Tanakh and in His second coming:
Joshua mysteriously appears and disappears from the biblical narrative. He first appears as the leader of an army (Exodus 17:9); next as Moses’ assistant who goes with him up Mount Sinai, but he is not said to come down again (Exodus 24:13); he hears the multitude singing and sees the golden calf (Exodus 32:17); then he is introduced as the LORDS’s servant, the ‘son of Nun,’ a young man who did not leave the Tabernacle (Exodus 33:11). He is not mentioned again until Numbers 11:28, and in verse 29, Moses declares that Joshua is a prophet and has Yahweh’s Spirit upon him. Numbers 13:8 says his name is Hoshea which means deliverer. As the drama unfolds in the Book of Joshua, he takes the mantle after the death of Moses, guides the Israelites across the Jordan River that was parted when the soles of the feet of the priests’ rested in the river, and takes them into the land of Canaan, the land of ‘milk and honey,’ (Exodus 33:3) the promised land that later becomes Israel, and then he fights the enemies of the Israelites to secure and cleanse the land for them.
Yeshua is the Captain of the armies of heaven, the Servant of the Father (Isaiah 42:1), the Son and Heir - ‘son of Nun’ in Strong's Concordance means ‘son of perpetuity and heir.’ He is All Knowing, a High Priest and Prophet, and the Spirit of His Father rested upon Him when He was baptized in the Jordan River (that His feet were resting in). His name 'Yeshua' is related in meaning to ‘Hoshea’ - deliverer and savior. When He returns, He fights His enemy and the enemies of the Jews and cleanses the land of Israel. Finally, Yeshua, the eternal priest, ushers the believing Jews and Gentiles into the Millennial Kingdom, they ‘cross over’ into the land of ‘milk and honey,’ the Promised Land, which is the redeemed land of Israel.
A Mystery Revealed in Moses and Joshua
- The Name of Yahweh the Son
In Matthew 23:37-39, we learn that Yeshua lamented over the coming future judgment of Jerusalem because of her continual adultery, the killing of the prophets sent to her, and their lack of faith in His Messiahship (particularly not believing that He was the Son of God). He declares in verse 39:
“for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say,
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' ”
So then, what is 'the name of the the LORD' that the Jewish remnant are going to use to cry out for their physical rescue - which will lead to their collective spiritual salvation?? To answer this, let's study the names of Moses and Joshua more closely.
The Jews were born physically through water through Moses, and born of the Spirit through Joshua, as we have seen. Perhaps that was the true meaning in John 3:5 when Yeshua said, particularly of the Jewish people:
“….unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot
enter the kingdom of God.”
Hence, Moses represented the water, Joshua foretold the Spirit, and Yeshua types them both. Contained in these two Hebrew names is the key to the mystery of the ‘name of the LORD. ’
Moses in Hebrew is משׁה. If we swap the first and last letters, another word is formed:
מ שׁ ה - Moshe/Moses
השׁם / השׁמ - HaShem/The Name
[Interestingly, Yeshua said in Revelation 1:11, "I am the First and the Last.."! ]
Hence, Moshe/Moses becomes 'HaShem' (one of the substituted names of יהוה ('Yahweh') the Jewish people will not pronounce for fear of breaking the 3rd Commandment), which literally means 'The Name'.
Joshua in Hebrew is יהושׁע - Yehowsha. It is a contraction from Yahweh - יהוה, and yasha/yesha - ישׁע. When we put the swapped letters of Moses (HaShem) and Joshua together it literally reads as:
יהושׁע השׁם - HaShem Yehowsha
......which translates as, ‘The name of Yehowsha’ AND is also ‘The name of the LORD.’
Enter the Hebrew Letter Hey - ה
The two word picture meanings for the letter ה are spirit and behold (to look on). In Jesus’ name Yeshua - ישוע , the letter ה in connection to the Spirit of Yahweh is missing, but with Yehowsha it is present - יהושׁע. The moment Yahweh pours His Spirit out on the Jewish people is when they recognise (behold) that Yeshua is Yahweh, Zechariah 12:10 aptly describes this moment when Yeshua - ישוע becomes Yehowsha - יהושע:
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the
inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and
supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.”
Hence, after the Spirit (ה) is poured out on the remnant of Jews, and they are compelled to plead ‘in the name (שם) of the LORD’ to be saved, it is then they will behold (ה) their salvation (ישע). When we add these Hebrew words together, ‘the name of the LORD’ is revealed:
ה + שם = השם
HaShem = Name + The ה + ו + ישע = יהושע
Yehowsha = Salvation + 'and' + The Spirit
Hence the Jewish remnant may be calling out to ‘HaShem Yehowsha,’ and it will be in the Hebrew tongue because Zephaniah 3:9 says of the last-days:
“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that
they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with
The Hebrew language was resurrected almost single-handedly by Eliezer Ben Yehuda in the late 1800’s after 2000+ years of dormancy, and he was instrumental in the commencement of the re-gathering of the Diaspora back to the Promised Land for their 'rebirth' in 1948!