Understanding Messianic Prophecy

October 13, 2019

Messianic Prophecies                         By Moshe Schwab

 

The Tanakh (Old Testament portion) has a lot of prophecies about the Messiah. We should be able to identify who the Messiah is based on the prophecies in the Tanakh.

 

In Micah 5:2, it tells us the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."

 

Isaiah 7:14 NKJV tells us that the Messiah would have a supernatural birth and be born from an unwed single mother who never had sexual relations, a virgin. "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Immanuel in Hebrew means God with us. A virgin will have a son and He will be known as being God with us.

 

It says in Jeremiah 23:5-6 NKJV that the Messiah would not only come from the line of David, but also be God. It uses the exclusive name for God to describe Him. "'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'that I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."

 

The word LORD is the exclusive name for God; Ye-ho-váh,  יְהֹוָה. The Messiah will be a man who came from the line of David and be God, יְהֹוָה. Also, we should understand that Yeshua didn't become God; He came as God. Also, notice that Micah 5:2b NKJV says that the Messiah would God, "Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."

 

It also says in 2 Samuel 7:16 NKJV that the Messiah would come from the line of David. "And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever." How long is forever? It is forever; this is referring to eternal kingdom with the Messiah as its king.

 

Daniel 7 and Isaiah 9 tell us that the Messiah would be God. Daniel 7:13-14, "I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed."

 

Isaiah 9:6 CJB, "5 (6) For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo'etz El Gibbor Avi-'Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace]."[1]

 

Some say that this is not about God. He will be called "Mighty God" it reads in the Hebrew. He will be called Father of Eternity. It can't get any plainer. People try to explain away the obvious. The question is, will we listen to them? The Messiah is God.

 

The book of Daniel was written around 600 BC and prophecies that the Messiah would come before the destruction of the second Temple. The quote has some symbolic language and it turns out that Yeshua died exactly according to the prophecy and then the 2nd Temple was destroyed just as the prophecy predicted.

 

"Since verse 25 calls out two groups of time as “seven weeks,” and then “sixty-two weeks” we understand them to cover a period of 49 years and 434 years. Since the command to build and restore Jerusalem came in 444 B.C., the 49 years end in 395 B.C. which corresponds to the time that the last of the Old Testament books was written. It also corresponds to the end of the ministries of Ezra and Nehemiah. Is there some other significant event to which this date corresponds? We do not know. The remaining 434 years when added to the 49 years equals 483 years, which take us to the last week in which Jesus died."[2]

 

Daniel 9:25-26 NKJV

"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary."

 

Since the Jewish records have been destroyed, it is presently impossible to know if someone is from the line of David. Since the Messiah came before the destruction of the second Temple, had to be born in Bethlehem, and is to be Jewish; it clearly points to Yeshua (Jesus) being the Messiah. He meets all these qualifications.

 

The unbelieving rabbis say we must believe everything they say. They have even made up false stories about Yeshua.[3] We are to believe what the Bible says and not what men say. Anyone can make up stories. Four people wrote books about Yeshua (Jesus) and you can read them. Why not see for yourself? Even Jewish historians like Josephus back up those accounts.

 

The Bible records that Yeshua was born in Bethlehem and was from the line of David. The book of Matthew gives the genealogy of Miryam His mother. It just so happens that the book of Matthew records the number of generations of the genealogy in Matthew 1:17. The count falls one short. If we change Joseph to the father of Miryam we end up with the correct count. Therefore, Joseph in the genealogy of Matthew was the father of Miryam.

 

It turned out then that Miryam married a different man by the name of Joseph. Some of the Hebrew manuscripts of Matthew actually show a man by the name of Joseph as the father of Miryam. Someone must have changed the Greek manuscripts because they didn’t understand that there were 2 Josephs. One was the father of Miryam and another man by the name of Joseph was her husband. Matthew gives the genealogy of Yeshua and He is from the line of David!

 

Jerome who lived 342-420 AD, was familiar with the Hebrew gospel of Matthew and Jerome says about the Greek manuscripts, “It is marked by discrepancies.”[4] So, another man by the name of Joseph was Miryam's father and the genealogy in the Hebrew Matthew shows Yeshua to be in the line of David.

 

The unbelieving rabbis deny the prophecy about Yeshua being born from a virgin. They say that the word in Isaiah 7:14 doesn’t mean virgin, but the translation made by some 70 rabbis in the 2nd century BC (called the Septuagint) uses the word virgin. "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Emmanuel;" – Septuagint.[5]  

 

So, they are just making up excuses not to believe in their Messiah. Moshe said they will have to give an account to God for not listening to the Messiah. "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him. Whoever doesn't listen to my words, which he will speak in my name, will have to account for himself to me;" Deuteronomy 18:18-19 CJB.

 

The unbelieving rabbis say that a man cannot be God, but the Bible clearly says that the Messiah would be God. Strangely, the unbelieving rabbis overlook the fact that Abraham sat and ate with 2 angels and God. The two angels went off to Sodom and God (יְהֹוָה) talked to Abraham before God went His way. Anyone who reads Hebrew can see that Abraham was talking to God (יְהֹוָה). "So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham;" Genesis 18:33 NKJV. The word for Lord is Ye-ho-váh,  יְהֹוָה. God appeared as a man and talked to Abraham.

 

Yeshua alludes to being with Abraham! John 8:56-58 NKJV says, "'Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.' Then the Jews said to Him, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.'"

 

Since the 2nd Temple and records were destroyed in 70 AD, the Messiah had to come before that. The record of Yeshua’s genealogy is given in Matthew and it shows Him to be in the line of David. No one in our present time knows if they are in the line of David. Yeshua was not only born in Bethlehem, but we see Him actively living in Israel, keeping God’s feasts, and performing countless miracles and healings, and sometimes healing everyone in the town where He was.

 

This also fulfill another prophecy. "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 'He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.'" Matthew 8:16 NKJV.

 

There is no one in history that better fits being the Messiah. Yeshua warned us not to believe in false Messiahs. Lubavitch, who some claim is the messiah could never be the messiah because he didn't fulfill prophecy. He wasn't born in Bethlehem and that ends the discussion. Yeshua is known throughout the world and brings us spiritual peace.

 

The rabbis look for what man can do (world peace), but God can give us true peace and a relationship with God. Man cannot bring peace. The rabbis look for what is worldly, Yeshua gives us eternal life and that is where we will have peace everlasting with the Lord. "And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God;" Job 19:26 NKJV. We look forward to a real eternal life through Messiah Yeshua. This is for those who follow God's commandments and believe in the Messiah both from the Tanakh and New Testament portion era.

 

Yeshua said, "This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day;" John 6:39-40 NKJV. Yeshua will raise us from the dead because He is God. Lubavitch will raise no one from the dead because He is not the messiah.  

 

Those that don't believe in the Messiah will have to give an account to God. "So then each of us shall give account of himself to God;" Romans 14:12 NKJV. The word Christ in these verses means Anointed One, the Messiah. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;" 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 NKJV. Do you want to know the goodness of God or the terror of God, your choice?

 

There are a number of books that show some 400 prophecies about Yeshua being the Messiah. That is absolutely amazing. Here is one book available for download, The Prophecies of The Messiah: The Words of The Prophets Are Fulfilled, by Robert Robinson. If you need some help with understanding that Yeshua is the Messiah, this book will help you. Just what I shared is enough to convince me. Don't think your rabbi will tell you the truth. Examine the evidence yourself.

 

 

 

[1] CJB – the Complete Jewish Bible sometimes uses different verse numbers.

 

[2] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/is-it-significant-that-the-7-weeks-and-62-weeks-are-separated-in-dan-925/

 

[3] They lie so people don't think for themselves.

 

[4] Dr. Miles Jones, Sons of Zion Versus Sons of Greece, (ZionsnoiZ, Kerrville, Texas, 2019), p. 171.

 

[5] http://ecmarsh.com/lxx/Esaias/index.htm

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