Many Jewish people reject Jesus as their Messiah because they don't take into account ALL the Tanakh prophecies concerning the Messiah. Many Jews believe that the Messiah will establish a physical kingdom on earth and that Messiah will be simply a man and not God. We will prove with the Hebrew Scriptures that Messiah is God also and that it was prophesied that Messiah would die a violent death and would reconcile the people back to God. It was prophesied that Messiah would make two appearances. First time-- to die for the sins of the people and the second time, to establish a physical Kingdom upon this earth in the future.
There are so MANY Old Testament Scriptures pertaining to the Messiah dying for the sins of the people. It was prophesied in Daniel that, "Messiah would be cut off" and "cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken..." found in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 53. The Fifty Third chapter of Isaiah is banned from the reading in most synagogues. Why? Why do they ban the fifty-third chapter? It is the Word of God!
Some even ban the Book of Daniel, why? Who is the authority on what should be read and what should not be read? By whose authority do they ban God's HOLY Scriptures? Ask yourself, should you not read ALL of God's Word? God gave the prophecies to be read!
Did you know that it was prophesied in the Book of Daniel the EXACT time that Messiah would come? Yes, it is in your bible.
Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks (shevuim shivim) are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Messiah was prophesied to come to Israel, as her King, 483 years from the time of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem along with its wall of fortification.
Daniel predicted that Messiah's death had to happen BEFORE the destruction of Israel's second temple (which was destroyed by Rome in A.D. 70). Any person claiming to be the Messiah after Jerusalem's destruction in 70 CE does not meet the BIBLICAL requirement.
After reading this article, hopefully those seeking their Messiah will better understand why Christians believe in Jesus. True Christians do not blindly follow Jesus for no reason. The proof of who Jesus is, is found in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament. We, as Christians, have received Him as our Savior because He is the Jewish Messiah prophesied in the Tanakh. In Isaiah, it says specifically that a child will be born and shall be called "the mighty God". READ ON...
Why did many of the Jewish leaders of Jesus' day reject Him? We must remember that the Jews, in Jesus' day, wanted Jesus to deliver them from the Romans. They wanted a physical deliverance from their enemies. Many Jewish people, today, expect the very same thing-- a physical salvation from their enemies- the Arabs, etc...
It was prophesied in Isaiah that the Messiah would be despised and rejected of men.
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
What many of the Jewish leaders of Jesus' day forgot is that God is concerned with man's sin-- first and foremost. God is always concerned with the spiritual condition of man because sin cannot be allowed in God's presence. Though God loves His creation, sinful man cannot approach a Holy God. Therefore it was prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures that Messiah would "bare the iniquities" of man and reconcile him back to God.
Consider the following very carefully and for those of you who do not believe in Jesus, pray, from the depths of your heart, to the God of Abraham that He would reveal to you HIS TRUTH concerning the Messiah. Read the Holy Scriptures and seek the truth-- for the Truth is found therein.
What many in Jesus' day did not realize is the fact that it was prophesied in the Old Testament that their Messiah would be crucified for the sins of the people. Messiah Jesus would first sacrifice His own life to save them from their SINS. Later, at an appointed time, Messiah would return to rescue Israel from her enemies, as prophesied in Zechariah 12 and in Isaiah 60) and Israel will mourn and weep for Him...Why? Because they rejected Him for so many years. READ ON...
In the book of Daniel and in Isaiah, it was prophesied that Messiah would be "cut off"-- meaning to die a cruel and violent death.
Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Mathew 1:21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
John:18:14: Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
Acts:3:18: But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Luke:24:27: And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He [Jesus] expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
A CHILD SHALL BE BORN AND CALLED "THE MIGHTY GOD"
Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Word (John 1:1) who became flesh and dwelt among us. How can a human child be born and be called the Mighty God? Let's look at the verse. The Bible says that a "CHILD is born" ... "a SON is given." Whose son?
Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?
Psalm 2:6-7 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
BLESSED are they that put their trust in him? Our trust must always be in the Lord...therefore this Scripture pertains to the Lord..."Kiss the Son..."
HOW CAN A CHILD BE CALLED THE EVERLASTING FATHER? HOW CAN A CHILD BE CALLED THE MIGHTY GOD?
In Isaiah 9:6, this child's name shall be called, "Wonderful". The Hebrew word literally means "miracle". A miracle is also prophesied in Isaiah 7:14:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
A sign is given: "a virgin shall conceive..." A woman conceiving is no sign at all. Women conceive everyday. But A VIRGIN shall conceive is a SIGN! The Hebrew words are so much richer than the English translation. "Call his name" could be translated "call his character" for "Immanuel" means "God is with us". So this child will be born of a virgin, will be called the Everlasting Father, The Mighty God and the Prince of Peace. Who is this child?
The Old Testament or Tanakh prophesied that the Messiah would be killed and would rise again. The Hebrew Scriptures speak about a suffering Servant in Isaiah 53, which many Jews omit out of their synagogue sermons. Why do they omit this? It makes one wonder. If they were to read this, they would have to come to a conclusion-- that this suffering servant makes atonement for the sins of the people. Many Jews who do read this become believers in Messiah Yeshua because it is an indisputable fact that this innocent person prophesied in Isaiah 53 is brutally killed for the sins of the people-- a crucifixion death which was not even invented at the time of the prophecy. Who else but the Messiah could the Bible be talking about? Who else but the Messiah could bear the iniquities of the world? Jesus fulfilled these prophecies approximately 2000 years ago.
Psalm 22:16: For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:8: He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isaiah 53:9: And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
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Isaiah 53:10: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isaiah 53:11: He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Isai:53:12: Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
The Bible tells us of a day coming when ALL of Israel will recognize Jesus as their Messiah. They shall look at the scars from His pierced feet and hands and realize that He is their Messiah for He shall rescue them from their enemies who will try to destroy Jerusalem at the end of the age. The Lord will rescue Israel from the antichrist and the armies of the world. Consider the words the Lord speaks in Zechariah:
Zechariah 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Zechariah 12:10: And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.
Who will Israel mourn for if not the One that they have so rejected for 2000 years?
WHY will they cry so bitterly? Because they will finally realize who their Messiah is-- The Lord Jesus Christ-- Yeshua!
If you do not believe in Jesus/Yeshua, pray with all of your heart to the God of Abraham to reveal Himself to you. Pray that the Lord will lead you into all truth and search the Scriptures and pray for understanding. If you desire the truth, you shall find it. Do not seek truth in Rabbinical books but seek the truth found in the Scriptures. The Scriptures are God's Holy Word. They are infallible! Read the Scriptures and seek truth with a sincere heart. It is your duty to seek the truth for yourself. Do not expect someone else to do it for you. Don't let someone else decide for you. Ask the L-rd, the God of Abraham, to show you His truth.
Jesus said in John 5:39: "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:
WHY HAS THERE BEEN NO TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM FOR OVER 1900 YEARS? (Jesus foretold that the Temple would be destroyed and it was in 70A.D. Jesus told us that Jerusalem would be in the hands of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled in the Last Days.)
Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Luk 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
WHY WOULD GOD ALLOW JESUS' PROPHECIES TO COME TRUE IF HE WERE NOT THE MESSIAH? Jesus said that He was God's Only Begotten Son. Jesus said that He was the only way to Heaven. Jesus taught the Scriptures with authority. Jesus healed thousands and performed many miracles. Jesus raised the dead back to life. The fame of Jesus went all over the world. God would never allow Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, be of the lineage of David, perform countless miracles, predict His own death and then die on Passover, rise from the dead three days later (see facts below), fulfilling the Scriptures if He were not the Messiah. God is not the author of confusion. The Lord wants us to search the Scriptures for in them, we shall find the purpose of Messiah and why He came and why He will come again.
WHY WOULD GOD COMMAND THE JEWS TO MAKE SACRIFICES IN THE TEMPLE FOR THEIR SINS and yet after Jesus died upon the cross, as prophesied in Isaiah 53, the Jews have no place to fulfill this obligation-- no Temple for over 1900 years? How can sin be atoned for today? Leviticus 17:11 says, "it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
WHY IS IT THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO SACRIFICES MADE BY THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE LAST 1800 YEARS? Either God has abandoned the Jewish people-- which we know that He would never do--or the Messiah, the Son of David, already came and died in 30A.D. on Passover and His one time death fulfilled and replaced animal sacrifices. The Bible says that God alone is Savior. The "LORD hath laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all". That is why there is no need for animal sacrifices because Messiah has come.
Hos 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Hos 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
WHERE IS JESUS TODAY?
Jesus, knowing that the time drew near when the people would crucify Him did not hide Himself or run away. Instead, He was compelled to go to Jerusalem to pay the price for our sins-- to make atonement for our sin. For this reason He came into the world...He died for us. When He looked upon Jerusalem, He said these words:
Luke 13:34-35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Jesus is now seated at the Right hand of God the Father:
Psalm 110:1 <A Psalm of David.> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
1Cor 15:25-28 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. Zechariah 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Consider the Resurrection of Jesus
Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
How can the Messiah die and yet afterward have his days prolonged? The Messiah was raised from the dead. He did not see corruption.
Consider the facts: the disciples (all Jewish) were very afraid after Jesus was crucified. They went into hiding. They were fearful that they would die next. Their hearts were heavy. They believed in Jesus, that He was the Messiah, and yet Jesus died. They forgot what Jesus had told them, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day." (Luke 9:22) The disciples also did not understand the purpose of Messiah. Once Jesus arose from the dead, He explained the Scriptures to them. After the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they were bold as lions. They did not care if they were tortured for the Lord Jesus' sake or put to death. They knew that Jesus is the Messiah and that He is alive. They beheld Him and ate with Him. They had seen Him being taken up to Heaven. Jesus was seen by over 500 witnesses. People will not die a torturous death for something they willingly know is a lie. Consider the words of Peter (the one who denied Jesus out of fear being killed on the night of Jesus' trial) now on the Feast of Pentecost gets up in front of a large crowd and starts to boldly preach to them this message:
Act 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. Act 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Act 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. Act 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Act 2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Act 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Consider the words of Stephen, a Jewish follower of the Lord Jesus, just before his death: Acts 7:55-60 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
The man, Saul, mentioned above was one who persecuted the Jewish Christians relentlessly. Later, on mission to capture Christians in Damascus, Saul was converted himself after seeing a light from Heaven and the Lord Jesus talked with Him. Saul's name was changed to Paul and he was imprisoned many times for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. He, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote much of the New Testament from a prison cell. (Read Acts, chapter 9)
God is concerned with the condition of man's heart.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Can a Jewish person accept Jesus and still remain Jewish? Yes, of course! Jesus, Himself, is Jewish. Jesus is the Jewish Messiah! Read His genealogy in Matthew, Chapter 1 and in Luke, Chapter 3. All the Apostles were Jewish. The early Christian Church was Jewish. The Gospel is to be preached first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. True Christians are NOT anti-Semitic. True Christians love the Jewish people and pray for them. So-called "professing Christians" who persecuted or still persecute the Jewish people are not True Christians and they do not follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul, (the Jewish leader who first persecuted Christians, later became a Christian himself after Jesus appeared to him,) wrote in Romans 1:16: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
There are many Jews, today, who believe that Jesus is the Messiah. These believers sometimes call themselves "Messianic Jews." No matter if one is Jew or Gentile, that person becomes a Christian by believing that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah-- Who fulfilled the Hebrew Scriptures.
Examine the Hebrew Scriptures for yourself and pray to the God of Abraham to reveal His truth to you. Read also the New Testament, starting in the Book of Matthew, and pray that the Lord would open your eyes to see what He wants you to see.
You may also check out a couple of Messianic websites here and read their testimonies of how they found Jesus as their Messiah and how their life has changed since believing in Him: