By – Stuart H. Pouliot
Yahweh Has Become My Yeshua—Soteria!
March 2019
July 31, 2012 was a very interesting day as the Lord shared many things with me in the span of
one hour. Thinking that He was finished, I sat quietly and meditated on all that He had shared,
but He was not done. I heard: "I want you to google soteria." I actually saw the word written out.
Someplace in the recesses of my mind I recalled the word, but I had no idea what it meant.
At first, I wondered why the Lord would direct me to the Internet. After all, if it related to
something in scripture, surely, I could find it with the references at my disposal. The Lord knows
best, so I obeyed. There is a reason why it had to be done this way.
Soteria is a transliterated word from the Greek, but it is not an Anglicized word that is used in
English Bible translations. With a few clues I could have discovered its meaning, but I had no clues
to go on. The Lord knew that and spared me from spending unnecessary time searching.
So, the lesson learned from this is to obey the Lord to the letter (actually literally, in this case).
This is what I discovered.
The first citation that appeared in the search was in reference to a secular service provided for
the mentally ill.
According to Wikipedia, Soteria is a community service that provides a space for people
experiencing mental distress or crisis. Based on a recovery model, common elements of the
Soteria approach include primarily non-medical staffing; preserving a resident's personal power,
social networks, and communal responsibilities; finding meaning in the subjective experience of
psychosis by "being with" clients; and no or minimal use of antipsychotic medication (with any
medication taken from a position of choice and without coercion). … Soteria houses are often
seen as gentler alternatives to a psychiatric hospital system perceived as authoritarian, hostile or
violent and based on routine use of psychiatric (particularly, antipsychotic) drugs. Soteria houses
are sometimes used as "early intervention" or "crisis resolution" services.
We will come back to this at the end.
The second citation that appeared in the search was from Greek mythology. Soteria was the
name for the Greek goddess or spirit of safety, and of deliverance and preservation from harm.
The third citation that appeared in the search was a Bible study tool using a Greek Lexicon to
explain the word soteria according to scripture. Obviously, this is what the Lord wanted me to
see and to study.
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Soteria is the transliteration of the Greek word ˃ωτηˁ́α and is most often translated into English
as the word salvation .
According to Strong's Concordance , soteria [G4991] is the" feminine of a derivative of G4990 as
(properly abstract) noun; rescue or safety (physically or morally): - deliver, health, salvation, save,
saving." G4990 is the transliterated word soter , which comes "from G4982, a deliverer , that is,
God or Christ: - saviour." G4982 is the transliterated word sozo , which comes "from a primary
word sos (contraction for the obsolete saos , "safe"); to save , that is, deliver or protect (literally
or figuratively): - heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole."
According to the New Englishman's Greek-English Concordance and Lexicon , soteria appears in
the New Testament 45 times. Here are a few examples (transliterated words added):
(69) And He raised up a Horn of salvation [ soteria ] for us in the house of His servant David;
(70) even as He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from the age before: (71)
Salvation [ soteria ] from ones hostile to us, and from the hand of all the ones hostile to us,
… (77) to give a knowledge of salvation [ soteria ] to His people by remission of their sins….
(Luke 1:69, 70, 71, 77 LITV)
"And there is salvation [ soteria ] in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven
that has been given among men by which we must be saved [ sozo ]." (Acts 4:12 NASB)
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation
[ soteria ]—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise….
(Ephesians 1:13 NASB)
But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love,
and as a helmet, the hope of salvation [ soteria ]. For God has not destined us for wrath, but
for obtaining salvation [ soteria ] through our Lord Jesus Christ…. (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9
After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,
"Hallelujah! Salvation [ soteria ] and glory and power belong to our God…. (Revelation 19:1
I do not believe the Lord meant for me to simply do a word search. When presented with the
word salvation or deliverer , most Christians understand the significance of these words even if
they have no clue as to their Greek origin in the word soteria . So, what did the Lord want me to
see in this word?
Perhaps, it is discovered by comparing the Hebrew and the Greek. In scripture, the Hebrew
language sets the meaning for the Greek, especially when Hebrew text (Old Testament) is quoted
in Greek text (New Testament). Consider two verses (transliterated words added).
For so hath the Lord commanded us: I have set thee for a light of nations—for thy being for
salvation [G4991, soteria ] unto the end of the earth.' (Acts 13:47 YLT)
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And He saith, 'It hath been a light thing that thou art to Me for a servant to raise up the
tribes of Jacob, and the preserved of Israel to bring back, and I have given thee for a light
of nations, to be My salvation [H3444, yeshuah ] unto the end of the earth.' (Isaiah 49:6 YLT)
The last part of Acts 13:47, which uses the word soteria , is quoted from the last part of Isaiah
49:6, which uses the word yeshuah , thus giving soteria the same meaning as yeshuah .
Yehoshuah to Yeshua to Jesus
To further understand the word soteria , we need to see that yeshuah is one of several words that
have the same or similar meaning.
The Greek name Īsous or Jesus is of Hebrew origin and is derived from the Hebrew word
yehoshua transliterated into Yehoshuah or Joshua [Strong's Concordance H3091].
Strong compares this word to Hosea or Hoshea , meaning "deliverer" [H1954], and to Yeshua ,
meaning "he will save" [H3442]. Both Hoshea and Yeshua come from the Hebrew word yasha
[H3467], which is a primitive root word meaning to "be open, wide or free, by implication, to be
safe." The words salvation , save , deliver , preserve , and rescue are built into its meaning. The
feminine passive participle of yasha is yeshuah [H3444], meaning "something saved" or
"salvation." The Hebrew word shua is a noun that refers to "a cry for help" or "a saving cry, such
as a shout when in need of rescue." We could say that God is a saving cry.
In an article titled The Messiah's Hebrew Name: "Yeshua" or "Yahshua"? Dr. Daniel Botkin wrote:
"The English form Jesus is derived from the New Testament Greek name Ihsouß,
pronounced "Yesous." According to Strong's, Yesous (Strong's #2424) is "of Hebrew origin"
and can be traced back to Joshua's Hebrew name, Yehoshua (#3091, [wvwhy]). But how do
we get the Greek Yesous from the Hebrew Yehoshua ? Someone armed with nothing more
than a Strong's Concordance may have difficulty answering that question. Someone who
reads the Bible in Hebrew, though, knows that the name Joshua sometimes appears in its
shortened form, Yeshua (wvy). In Neh. 8:17 it is apparent even in English: "Jeshua the son
of Nun." (The letter J was pronounced like a Y in Old English.) Strong does not tell the reader
that the Greek Yesous is actually transliterated from this shortened Hebrew form, Yeshua ,
and not directly from the longer form Yehoshua . The process from "Yehoshua" to "Jesus"
looks like this:
Hebrew Yehoshua à Hebrew Yeshua
Hebrew Yeshua à Greek Yesous
Greek Yesous à English Jesus
There is no "sh" sound in Greek, which accounts for the middle "s" sound in Yesous . The " s "
at the end of the Greek name is a grammatical necessity, to make the word declinable.
In Neh. 8:17, Joshua's name is 100% identical to the name which today's Messianic Jews
use for the Messiah, Yeshua (wvy). Strong's confirms this pronunciation, and tells us that
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there were ten Israelites in the Bible who bore this name (#3442). Therefore, the
shortening of Yehoshua to Yeshua predates the Christian era by at least 500 years. ... The
form Yeshua existed for several hundred years before the Messiah was even born. Even in
the pre-Christian Septuagint, we see the Greek form IHSOUS ( Yesous ) in the title of the
Book of Joshua. (This is also proof that Yesous has no connection to the pagan god Zeus.)"
Putting all of this together, we can clearly see that at the heart of all these Hebrew words is the
whole matter of salvation or deliverance by means of a savior or deliverer, and this all speaks of
Yeshua or our Lord Jesus who is the Savior and deliverer of the whole world and of all mankind.
Yeshua for Salvation
Now, here is a question: Since the word soteria is equivalent to the word yeshuah , or the
shortened form yeshua , which also is the Hebrew name for Jesus , that is, Yeshua , what if we
substituted the word Yeshua for salvation where it appears in scripture? Perhaps, it would make
scripture come alive in a new way, and even offer further proof that the Lord of old testament
scripture is the same Lord of new testament scripture.
Consider these verses (transliterated words added).
"The LORD [Yah] [H3050] is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation [H3444,
yeshua ]; this is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him." (Exodus
15:2 NASB [TSS])
Making the substitution reads: The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my Yeshua .
A shortened version reads: Yah has become my Yeshua , or the LORD has become my Jesus.
Behold, El [God] is my salvation [H3444, yeshua ]; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for in
Yah Yahweh [LORD GOD] [H3050] is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation
[H3444, yeshua ].'" (Isaiah 12:2 TSS [NASB])
Making the substitution reads: Yahweh is my strength and song, He has become my Yeshua . A
shortened version reads: Yahweh has become my Yeshua , or the Lord God has become My Jesus.
Further proof is discovered in the next verse of Isaiah 12, which is quoted by Jesus in John's gospel
in light of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Therefore, you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation [ yeshua ]. (Isaiah 12:3
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone
is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said,
'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" (John 7:37-38 NASB)
The springs of salvation and the rivers of living water are Yeshua . They are not simply things or
concepts; they are the person of our beloved Lord Yeshua . He is the living water, the very springs
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of life. You will joyously draw water from the springs of Yeshua ! From your innermost being will
flow rivers of Yeshua !
Undoubtedly, the ancient Hebrews prayed about the springs of salvation many times without
realizing that their words were acknowledging that the Lord of the old testament era would be
and is Jesus of the new testament era. Simply, the Son of God is the Lord of the Bible, and He is
life itself; everything associated with life springs forth and flows forth from Yeshua and is Yeshua .
Salvation for All
In this light, it is vital that we see that He is more than Yeshua to His body of believers; He is the
salvation of all mankind. Yeshua is salvation of the whole world. He was salvation, the Yeshua of
the whole world then , and He is the Yeshua of the whole world today and for the ages to come .
He is Yeshua of all the peoples to the ends of the earth.
"All the earth will worship You, and will sing praises to You; they will sing praises to Your
name." Selah. (Psalm 66:4 NASB)
Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, "It is no
longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know
that this One is indeed the Savior of the world." (John 4:41-42 NASB)
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (1
John 4:14 NASB)
And so, all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "THE DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION,
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who
is the Savior of all men, especially [ but not exclusively ] of believers. (1 Timothy 4:10 NASB
[writer's comment])
For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself
being the Savior of the body. (Ephesians 5:23 NASB)
That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation [ Yeshua ] among all nations. Let
the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and
sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the
earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. The earth
has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us, that all the ends of the
earth may fear Him. (Psalm 67:2-7 NASB)
The cry of the Psalmist (67:2) could be reworded: That Your Yeshua may be known among all the
nations! Yeshua does not merely offer salvation or deliverance to the world; He is salvation itself.
Again, salvation is the person of the Lord Jesus. He is the Savior of the individual believer. He is
the Savior of His body. He is the Savior of new covenant Israel. But—He is not exclusively the
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Savior of these, which are simply different ways of describing the same thing; He is the Savior of
the whole world, which includes all of the adamic race—past, present, and future, none excluded.
Yeshua Comes with His Reward
Consider another verse from Isaiah.
Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say to the daughter of Zion, "Lo,
your salvation [ yesha , H3468] comes; behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense
before Him." (Isaiah 62:11 NASB)
Here we have another word meaning deliverance , safety , or salvation derived from yesha .
Perhaps, this could be rephrased: "Lo, your Jesus or Joshua comes, behold His reward is with Him."
This is not far off the mark, for these are Jesus' exact words; offering yet another proof that
Yeshua is Jesus .
"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according
to what he has done." (Revelation 22:12 NASB)
He is doing this in some measure in this age, but He will especially do it in the age(s?) to come.
Yeshua Unto the Ends of the Earth
Let us reconsider these two verses (transliterated words added).
For so hath the Lord commanded us [believers]: I have set thee [refers back to us ] for a
light of nations—for thy being for salvation [ soteria, yeshua ] unto the end of the earth.'
(Acts 13:47 YLT)
And He saith, 'It hath been a light thing that thou art to Me for a servant to raise up the
tribes of Jacob, and the preserved of Israel to bring back, and I have given thee for a light
of nations, to be My salvation [ yeshuah, soteria ] unto the end of the earth.' (Isaiah 49:6
Who is to be My yeshua unto the ends of the earth? God's salvation unto the ends of the earth
is none other than His Son. Jesus is to be unto the ends of the earth. Yeshua is to fill the earth
with His very life until He is all in all so that, at the consummation of the ages, God the Father
may be all in all (Colossians 3:11; 1 Corinthians 15:28).
But, how will our Lord Jesus, the Yeshua of the whole world, reach the ends of the earth? He will
do it through His body, the deliverers [ yeshua ] of the world. How can this be?
The body is the temple of the spirit of God (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Ephesians 2:22). The body
has the seed of God abiding within each member (1 John 3:9). This seed is a treasure hidden in
earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7) that is being matured to birth into an immortal, glorified,
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spiritual body through resurrection and transfiguration into the image of the Yeshua of the world.
Christ in you , the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
The body of Christ is the complement of Him who fills all in all! This is the new covenant Israel,
the ones who are having His laws put into their minds and written on their hearts (Galatians 6:16;
Hebrews 8:10). New covenant Israel may be a new term to some and perhaps a controversial one
for others. According to Paul, the Israel of God, today, is the new creation where there are no
more barriers based on bloodline; it is all based on faith, the faith of Abraham.
What a destiny for all who are called and chosen to reign with Christ in the ages to come!
The phrase the end of the earth has been underlined in the above verses to highlight again the
fact that deliverance is universal in its application.
'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the
earth as Your possession.' (Psalm 2:8 NASB)
Do we not think that the Son has asked and the Father has given this to His Son?
And Jesus [ Yeshua ] came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me
in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18 NASB [CJB])
These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought
about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the
heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name
that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in
subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His
body, the fullness [Complement] of Him who fills all in all [the One completing the all in
all]. (Ephesians 1:19-23 NASB [CLV])
Many more verses could be presented, but these prove the point.
But, what does soteria or deliverance mean from one end of the earth to the other? What will it
look like?
Due to the rebellious nature of the ancient sons of Israel, the Lord threatened to destroy all of
them and start over, but Moses pleaded for their lives and the Lord responded.
So, the LORD said, "I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed, as I live, all
the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD." (Numbers 14:20-21 NASB)
In other words, in spite of man's carnal nature, which the ancient Israelites were a prime example
of, God is going to fill the whole earth with His glory. Habakkuk makes it very clear that glory will
be extensive.
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"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters
cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14 NASB)
The waters cover the whole of the seas, for that is the nature of the seas or oceans. In like fashion,
the glory of the Lord is going to fill the whole earth, nothing excluded, for that is the purpose of
God. Jesus is the Man in glory, and He is going to fill the whole earth with His glory. This is as
comprehensive as it can get. ALL!
As believers in this present age, we have much to be encouraged about and much to encourage
the world with, even a world that it appears antichrist at the moment. A day is coming very soon
when the world will want to know the good news of the kingdom of God, that is, the kingdom or
reign of the heavens. What is the kingdom of God? It is the all in all of God, ta panta or the all.
See: Ta Panta-The All http://www.kingdomandglory.com/art/art56.pdf
The inhabitants of the earth will seek answers from a people who have a hope to share with
them—a people who will be yeshua to them because they have been fully conformed through
bodily resurrection and transfiguration (Matthew 17:2; Romans 8:23-25, 29; Philippians 3:11; 1
John 3:2) into the image of the Yeshua of the world. They will be in the all of God. Think about it!
Soteria House
We started with the world's use of the word soteria as a service for those with mental illness and
Soteria houses that provide "crisis resolution" services. In the days to come, many are going to
find themselves in the midst of crisis and may, in fact, seek for mental health.
See: An Engedi Moment is Coming! ̶ http://www.kingdomandglory.com/art/art55.pdf
The good news is that true crisis resolution is available in Yeshua . He is the only way out of crisis
and into glory, and we, as His people, are to be the Soteria House to the whole world. This is what
it means to be part of new covenant Israel, even unto the ends of the earth.
Finally, the word soteria has a gematria of 1419, and so do the following verses that speak of
Yeshua , our Joshua who is coming to lead us into the promised land of the kingdom—our
immortality (1 Corinthians 15:22-23, 50-57; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5) brought about through the
redemption of our body (Romans 8:23) through resurrection and transfiguration.
Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah. (Psalm 3:8 NASB)
"I also shall make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth." (Psalm 89:27
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
(Psalm 145:5 NASB)