All understanding comes from the writings of the prophets (Old Testament or Tanach: they are one and the same) in light of the Mashiach’s death for our sin, His burial and His resurrection the third day. The Law and the Prophets prophesy or foretell the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day: Yeshua of Nazareth is the Mashiach.
John 6:71 states, “He (Yeshua) spoke of Yudah, Iscariot, son of Simon”. Luke 22:3 states that Judas was surnamed (the Greek word for surnamed literally means, “called upon” or “named upon” or nickname) “Iscariot”. In like manner Simon (Shimown) was nicknamed by a Greek word, Petros. Yudah (the Hebrew pronunciation of Judas) was nicknamed with two Hebrew words, “ish carioth”, and Shimown was nicknamed with a Greek word, Petros, meaning rock. Perhaps Peter’s nickname pertains to his stubbornness. Judas on the other hand was given a Hebrew words as a nickname, ” Ish(Strong 377, man) qiryath(7149, city)”. These words mean “man of the city“. Some say that this name comes from a town in Palestine, so would his nickname be “man of Carioth”? This would be a strange nickname, if it was so. Some say Yeshua was called Yeshua of Nazareth, so in like manner, was Yudah called after his home town? Yeshua is called Yeshua of Nazareth, not Yeshua, ish Nazareth, man of Nazareth. There is no witness in the Tanach (Old Testament) of this thought, and thus I reject it.
Beloved, you have read the Hebrew word for “city” (kiryath) in the Tanach but you probably did not know you were reading it. It is found in several passages anglicized in some and translated in others. When anglicized from the Hebrew (kiryath) through the Greek, the word will be found as “kirjath”. (Notice the “j” is used. This is because the Greek has no “y” sound as the Hebrew letter “yod”), and uses a “i or iota” to represent the Hebrew letter, yod. Thus when iota is found in a Greek word and anglicized, a “j” is substituted.) The translation of “kiryath” should be “city”. This word is found in the following verses in the OT: in Gen 23:2, Joshua 20:7, Judges 1:10, Neh 11:25 as Kirjath-arba meaning “city of Arba”. Examples in other verses are the Hebrew word “Kirjath-baal” which is the “city of Baal” or, spiritually the “city of a god that is no god”, an idol. There is also Kirjath-huzoth: “city of streets”, Kirjath-jearim, Kirjath-sannah and Kirjath-sepher.
So we can now see that Judas, son of Simon, nicknamed “Ish kiryath”, interpreted means “man of the city”. He was a man different from the other disciples. He loved the world, more refined and educated. Unlike Peter who was recognized as Galilean on the night of Yeshua’s betrayal, this man would not be recognized as the same. He was a man of the city, a man of the world. He was also an older man, because when he hung himself, his bowels gushed out. A man whom when Yeshua identified him as the betrayer was the one farthest from the thoughts of the disciples as the betrayer, though Yeshua dipped the sop and gave it directly to him. The disciples even made excuses for him, that “he goes to the market”, or “he goes to give money to the poor”, and it was night (contrary to any observation). He was a thief from the beginning. And chosen by Yeshua Himself to fulfill the purpose of God in betrayal. He was the son of perdition. And yet Yeshua remained in the spirit of love to the end and said to him, “Friend, you betray me with a kiss?”
But “man of the city” has other spiritual significances also. There are two prophecies in the Tanach, one speaking of Lot in Gen 19:4 and the other, speaking of the Levite whose concubine was slain in Judge 19. In the midst of these two prophecies lies the understanding of the Mashiach, the secret of iniquity, betrayal. Betrayal is prophesied as part of the purpose of God in the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day (in the Tanach). It is the beginning of judgment as Moshah before Pharaoh prophesies. If there is no betrayal the purpose of God cannot be fulfilled. Betrayal is a part of the eternal purpose of God in the Mashiach. All understanding comes from the scriptures of the prophets (OT) in light of the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. Sometimes in the Tanach the word of God, the prophecy concerning the Mashiach speaks of that which is not written (Heb 7:3). As a witness of this, that the testimony of two confirms the fact, read Exodus 7 about the magis/magicians of Egypt. The word of God only says that the magi were of Egypt. It does not say that they were Egyptian. But Paul with understanding declares that which is not explicitly written in the Tanach, but implied, and writes in 2 Tim 3:8, “Now as Yannah and Yambray withstood Moshah, so do these also resist the truth, men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” The KJV states the men who withstood Moshah as “Jannes and Jambres”. These are Hebrew names, beloved, anglicized from the Hebrew through the Greek. First the “J” should bring attention. There is no “j” in Greek, the “i or iota” is found as the first letter of each name in Greek. Each name should begin with a “Y” in English from the Hebrew letter “yod”. Drop the ending “s”, for it is used to identify the words part in the sentence. We now have “Yanna” and Yambre” representing the Hebrew. Strong’s word 3238 is close to “Yanna” perhaps more closely “Yanah” with a meaning “one who rages or is violent”. For Yambre, there is a Hebrew word “yam” (Strong’s 3220) meaning “to rage”. The closest thing to “bre” is “bar” meaning “son. Thus for “Yambres”, the Hebrew word would be Yambar, meaning “son of rage”. Thus, the Hebrew names and their meaning would be Yanah (meaning rage), and Yambar (meaning son of rage). Both magi were of Hebrew descent, father and son. These were the magi of Egypt who opposed Moshah, two Hebrews. There is betrayal in the midst. Now is there a witness in the Tanach that speaks of these two as more than Gentile magis of Egypt? As it is written, “He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil messengers (literal Hebrew: messengers of evil) among them. He made away to His anger. He spared not their soul from death, but gave their life to the pestilence. And smote all the firstborn of Egypt, the chief of strength in the tents of Ham.” (Ps 78:49) God did not just send Egypt magi, He sent them messengers of evil, these false prophets who themselves were Hebrew: the mystery of iniquity, betrayal, to fulfill the purpose of God in the Mashiach.
Judas (Yudah) was nicknamed the “man of the city”. He was contrary to the words of Yeshua, “a prophet is with honor, except in his own land.” He was honored and highly reguarded as a “man of the city”. It was also the same purpose of God in the following generation concerning “the son of perdition” in the generation of “the not one stone upon another” judgment of Yerushalem in 70 AD. It is also the same in this generation of judgment we abide. “I hate the deeds of those who follow Billy Graham” sayeth Yeshua.