The name Jacob in Hebrew is “Ya‛ăḳōbh”,
Meaning is “to take hold of by the heel” and is confirmed in Genesis 25:26, “And after that his brother came out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel. And his name was called Jacob”.
What most people do not know is this. This name comprises of two syllables: the name of God (Ya) and the verb (ăḳōbh).
The Word ăḳōbh means by proper interpretation “to take by the heel by force and prevail”, “to restrain.” (Genesis 25:26).
In Hosea 12:3, it confirms that this action of taking hold of the heel or restraining by force was a prophetic action, where Jacob would later take hold and restrain the Angel of God by force and prevail. Genesis 32:28, “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
This therefore would bring us to the most known meaning, “crooked”. Hosea 12:3, “He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God.” This scripture shows us two things”:
He had power with God; hence his name begins with God’s name “Ya”
Jacob restrained [has the ability to restrain]; hence we have the word: ‛ăḳōbh”, (“Ya‛ăḳōbh” aka Jacob)
Many interpreted this to mean “supplant” or “deceiver” based on Genesis 27:36, “And Esau said, “Is he not rightly called Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times—he took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.”
The question is, how would we explain the name of God “Yah” or “Ya” added to the verb “ăḳōbh” which means supplanter? Together it would mean by compound definition “Yah is supplanter”.
Is Yah a supplanter? No!; therefore, the true meaning of the name Jacob has been missed and misinterpreted.
Here is the true understanding behind the name, inspired by the Spirit of understanding.
Based on Hosea 12:3, “He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God.”
A deeper meaning derives from the verb ăḳōbh, “to keep guard over”, which is confirmed in Genesis Gen 27:37, “Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brethren I have given him for servants.”
The most profound meaning is “to take the place of another”; as we know, Jacob took the place of Esau.
The name also means “to succeed,” by taking by force and we see this in Genesis 30:31-43, Genesis 27:27-29.
Therefore, the name would mean in its deep-rooted definition, “power with God to restrain and take hold, by trickery.”
This was considered as crookedness, but in Isaiah 40:4, 42:16, God says, “and the crooked shall be made straight”.
This is seen in the meaning of the two names; Ya‛ăḳōbh” [ability to restrain by crookedness] and Yashar, “to be right”, “prosperous”, “just”, “righteous”, but most profoundly “straight”. Therefore, when God changed his name from Jacob to Israel (Yashar-El), God was making the crooked thing strait.
MYSTERY OF ISRAEL, SON OF ISAAC (Yashar’el)
In Hebrew, Israel is Yashar’el, but some say “Yisra-El” or Yasra-El. Modern interpretation is said to mean “Prince of God” or “to wrestle with God and prevail”, but the correct interpretation is “prince with power with God”, though the name Ya-shar’el) actually means “Yah the Prince is God”. We see this in the name Yashar’el which starts with the name of God and ends with the name of God; Ya and El
True name is Yashar’el came from the root word “shar”. “Shar” means a head person i.e., captain, chief, general, governor, lord, master, ruler, but most of all “Prince”. This would confirm Genesis 32:28, “And he said: Your name shall be called no more Ya‛ăḳōbh, but Yashar’el: for as a prince you have power with ELOHIYM and with men and have prevailed.”
Why was Jacob be given the name Yasherel and called a Prince? The name YashraEl which mean “Yah the Prince is God” is an Angelic name. But why would God give Jacob an angelic name?
Jacob is the first and only human to actually physically hold an Angel for a long period of time. Abraham touch Angels when he washed their feet (Gen 18:4,) and Lot and his family (Gen 19:16), but not as long as Jacob did.
Touching an Angel for that long will cause molecular transformation and transfer of divine essence, thus changing the mortal material to ethereal material. This means, Jacob was changed into an Angelic being, and therefore could no longer have the name of a human. He became a Principality (from which you get the word Prince), therefore, because he was changed God had to give him the name of a Principality and call him Prince, Prince with power with EL.
MYSTERIOUS ORIGIN OF 12 TRIBES OF PRINCES – PART 2
Jacob/Israel is the one whom God made straight, as opposed to “being crooked”.
It was only after this encounter that Jacob was able to face his brother who wanted to kill him, and this meeting went beyond everyone’s expectation. Esau was expecting to meet the old trickster Jacob, but when he saw him, he suddenly saw a different person; he saw Israel. There was something different about Israel that turned the entire event into a love and reconciling scene. The brothers wept and kiss and reconcile and were at peace.
YasharEl became the Personification of the Hebrew Nation. Israel who was changed to a heavenly prince did not remain in a that ethereal bodily form, but was changed back to a man, yet retained the name, for he had to bring forth 12 princes which would be the representation of the 12 Principalities in Heaven.
Each Principality has a Jewel stone and a colour and Flag, therefore, the 12 sons of Israel each had a Jewel stone, and a flag [traditionally and historically, a tribe always has a flag as their symbol]. Exodus 28:17 – 21 says that 12 Jewels had to be placed on the breastplate of the High priest, each with the name of one of the Tribes. These 12 Stones are the very stones of the 12 Principalities who represents the 12 Tribes of Israel [Revelation 21:12, “at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel”, and are the builders of the New Jerusalem. Rev 21:14, “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations”,
In order for Yashar-El to bring forth these heavenly operations on the earth, he had to be changed, thus birthing 12 personification of the 12 Archangels on the Earth. No human has ever done that; neither before nor after. These 12 Principalities which represents the 12 Tribes are represented in the New Testament by 12 Apostles of Christ.
Hence, each apostle has a Stone and is represented by one of the Princes of Heaven.
12 Jewels of the 12 Principalities which are the 12 Tribes of Yasher-El and the 12 Apostles are seen in Rev 21:18 – 21.