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THe HOPE Of The World

1. Nationhood and Jerusalem: Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E; the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years.

5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

9. Arab and Jewish Refugees In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.

12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.

13. The Arab - Israeli Conflict; The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.

14. The P.L.O.'s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land. Autonomy under the Palestinian Authority has supplied them with weapons.

15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

16. The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs: Of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.

17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

18. The U.N was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.

19. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

20. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

If Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, then why don't most Jewish people believe in Him?

It seems rather strange to many skeptical Jewish people that the Messiah could have come and comparatively so few Jews believe it.  Many times the question sounds like this: “So, with all the scholars and rabbis searching to discover the Messiah, you’re the only genius to figure this out?”  

      The number of living Jewish people who believe in Yeshua (Jesus’ Jewish name) numbers somewhere between 200,000 to over a million.  Though this number is not insignificant, it’s still not the majority of the Jewish people.  For many, there’s the idea that the truth is determined by a majority vote.  But as much as this may play a role in the politics of men, this has little to do with the truth of God.

In the Jewish Scriptures (Tanakh), the prophet Isaiah declares that most Jewish people would not recognize the Messiah when He would first come:

      “Who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him as a tender shoot, as a root out of dry ground; He would have no majesty that would attract us, nor any beauty that we would desire Him. He is despised and forsaken 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” (Isaiah 53:1-3).

God knew and revealed to Isaiah what may not seem all that hard to figure out: 

The majority of people don’t want God’s way of salvation, not even religious people!  In fact, that’s exactly what Isaiah goes on to say:

     “All we like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned his own way; but the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all”  (Isaiah 53:6).

It was prophesied that although He would be our sin-bearer, the true Messiah would be rejected by the majority of the Jewish people when He would first come. Isaiah makes this matter crystal clear by further stating:

     “The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob to the *Mighty God (Isaiah 10:21).

God recognized that only a “remnant”, a very small portion of the whole nation, would believe and make “teshuvah” (repentance).  Only this remnant would “return to the Mighty God”. This prediction is fulfilled in the Jewish people (like myself) who have come to believe in Yeshua.

The New Covenant (see Jeremiah 31:31-34) also compares the present situation of the Jewish majority with their apostate condition in the time of Elijah the Prophet: 

“Even so, then, at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Romans 11:5).

Though the Scriptures make clear the phenomenon of general unbelief,  there will be some who still wonder how the Rabbis could have “missed it”.  The Messiah that God promised and sent was not the 'Messiah' the world or the rabbis were looking for.  They wanted a Messiah who would immediately remove Roman domination from Israel and return Israel to its former glory.

 But the purpose of Yeshua’s coming was to die for sins; and rather than vindicate the self-righteous judgements of the rabbis, He insisted that the religious leaders of Israel repent as well!  That was intolerable for the rabbinical leaders. Though many did accept the Messiah, the majority of the Jewish people and Rabbis rejected Yeshua, just as the prophets predicted.

But there will come a time when our people as a nation will come to believe in Him. The Prophets also predicted:

“I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,  the Spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look on Me whom they have pierced, and mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son” (Zechariah 12:10).

“The stone which the builders rejected shall become the chief of the corner” (Psalms 118:22).

One day our people will trust in Yeshua, their Messiah and King.

We also see it was foretold that today a “remnant of Israel” believes in the Messiah. You can be part of that “remnant”, if you will acknowledge Yeshua for what the Tanakh and New Covenant declare Him to be, the Messiah of our people.  Shalom!

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Messianic Jews Tell their Own Stories of Coming to Jesus

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Y'shua (Jesus) is the Messiah; the son of David; born in Bethlehem of Judah.  He is: Mashiach ben David,   Adonai Yeshua Ha Mashiach.

 

Look to the book of Daniel, 24th verse of the ninth chapter to see that the Messiah should have come exactly 69 sabbatical years from the edict permitting the Israelites to return from their Babylon exile to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple until the Messiah would appear as their Prince.   Then listen to the "small voice of truth" within you about the Suffering Messiah.


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Genesis 1:26 (4000 B.C.): "And God said, Let us make man in our image.."

Proverbs 30:4 (700 B.C.): "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 2:11-12) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 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.

Isaiah 53 3-6 (712 B.C.): "He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
 
What One Rabbi Discovered

In a small town in eastern Hungary, young Leopold Cohn lost both of his parents at the age of seven. His life became a struggle for existence, and he learned to trust in God with all of his heart. At 13 he decided to study to become a rabbi, and when he graduated from the Talmudic academies at 18, he had earned a record of high scholarship. He finished his formal studies, received smikha or ordination, and became happily married. Devoting himself to further research of the sacred writings and to earnest prayer, he sought to find the solution for the sufferings of his people and Messiah's long delay.

Every morning he repeated the 12th article of the Jewish creed: "I believe with a perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, and though he tarry, yet will I wait daily for his coming." Rabbi Cohn's inner hunger grew. He mourned often over the temple's destruction and prayed for the coming of the Deliverer. A passage in the Talmud seemed to indicate that the Messiah should have come long ago and, with mounting frustration, the rabbi decided to study the Prophets' predictions.

Reading in the book of Daniel, he learned from the 24th verse of the ninth chapter that the Messiah should have come 400 years after Daniel received the prophecy of the Seven Weeks. The rabbi saw that the Talmud differed from the Holy Scriptures on this vital matter, and he began to question the reliability of the Talmud. Troubled, he faced the question of whether to believe God's Word or ignore the truth. He prayed for the Lord to open his eyes.

When he disclosed his discoveries publicly, the rabbi found himself the object of such hostility that his ministry became impossible. He left for America, seeking the freedom to continue his investigations. Soon after his arrival in New York in the spring of 1892, Rabbi Cohn met a group of Jews who believed that the Messiah had already come. The first of these with whom he discussed his search was a trained Talmudist who belonged to a famous rabbinical family. This man gave Rabbi Cohn a copy of the New Testament Scriptures in Hebrew. Opening it to the beginning, Rabbi Cohn read from the Gospel of Matthew, "This is the book of the generation of Y'shua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham."

It was a momentous day. He read the book for some 13 hours and later wrote his reflections: "I could at least see that the Messiah's name was Y'shua, that he was born in Bethlehem of Judah, that He had lived in Jerusalem and communicated with my people, and that he came just at the time predicted in the prophecy of Daniel."

Though he was filled with joy, the rabbi's conflict was not over. He despaired at the thought that Y'shua the Messiah, the son of David, was the same Jesus whom the gentiles worshipped. But the Holy Scriptures continued to give him light. He read over and over the 53rd chapter of the prophet Isaiah, who spoke of the suffering Messiah. A small voice inside kept telling him that if this Jesus was indeed the Messiah predicted by the Prophets, then he must follow him, no matter what others had done in his name.

He decided to fast and pray, asking God to clearly reveal the truth to him. He was holding the Hebrew Scriptures as he began to pray. The book fell to the floor, and when he bent to pick it up, he saw that it had fallen open to the third chapter of the book of the prophet Malachi, which begins, "Behold I send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the Angel of the Covenant whom ye delight in: behold he has already come, saith the Lord of Hosts."

Rabbi Cohn was filled with awe and felt the presence of the Messiah pointing to the words, "He has already come." He prayed, "My Lord, my Messiah Y'shua. Thou art the one in whom Israel is to be glorified, and Thou art surely the one who hast reconciled Thy people unto God. from this day on I will serve Thee no matter what the cost."

It was as if a flood of light had filled his understanding. It was no longer difficult to love his Lord, even though he was sure now that it was Jesus to whom he was talking. The following years were filled with struggle as Rabbi Cohn proclaimed to all he knew that the rejected Jesus was the true Messiah of Israel, and that not until the Jews as a people accepted Y'shua could they find peace with God. But his rejection by his own people could never diminish Rabbi Cohn's love for the Lord nor erase the truth that the Messiah had indeed come in the person of Y'shua, who, as predicted by the Prophets, had been rejected by his own people and had died and lived again, and who held the secret of Israel's salvation.


My Life Story
by Evangelist Louis Kaplan

I was born of Russian Jewish parentage in New York City where approximately two and a half million Jews live. I attended Hebrew school (Chader) at yeshua an early age and was later made "Bar Mitzvah" -- "A Son of the Law" -- at the age of thirteen, according to the laws of Judaism. We were taught by the Rabbis to observe rituals, ceremonies and Jewish traditions more than the teachings of the "T'nach" -- the Law and the Prophets. What Jesus described in His day is still true and also characteristic of many Christian churches: "These people draw nigh unto me with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. But in vain they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men," (Matthew 15:8,9).

I rebelled against the dull, monotonous, repetitious teachings of the Talmud, which did not satisfy the inner man and bring peace to the guilty conscience. At an early age, I decided to run away from home to see the world and seek adventure. I roamed all over the United States doing odd jobs, working on farms, and on construction projects.

One day while working in a packing house in Florida, I became acquainted with a real Christian upon whom God put the burden of prayer for the salvation of my soul. He testified to me concerning the claims of Christ as my Messiah. This young man, from the very day he saw me, was impressed by God to go home and intercede in prayer before the Throne of Grace for my salvation. Of course, I simply ignored his testimony about Christ being Savior of the world, for as a Jew, I had been brought up to regard Jesus as just a good man, one of the greatest philosophers of His day, but certainly not the Divine Son of God -- but rather the illegitimate offspring of Mary. Besides. I had been brought up to believe that all Gentiles were Christians, and that they had murdered and massacred, hated, despised, abused and ill-treated the Jews for centuries. The Cross --to me -- was a symbol of brutality, murder, oppression and hatred. Had not these so-called Christians murdered thousands of my own people during the Crusades in Europe and during the Inquisition in Spain?

You see, I did not know the difference -- at that time--between a Gentile and a Christian. A Gentile is not a Christian until he accepts Christ as his Savior and follows in His footstePsalms There cannot be any hatred in his heart, for God is there -- and God is love! Many Gentiles have been raised up in a Christian environment, but they have never been regenerated, or born again by the Spirit of the Living God. Our churches today are full of professing Christians who have never experienced the transforming power of Christ in their lives nor felt the joy of sins forgiven. They have never had a personal contact with Christ as a Redeemer, Deliverer, and Liberator from the power of sin.

This young man was very kind to me and manifested a concern for the welfare of my soul, which no other person before had done. I do not remember a single word he told me at that time but I do remember the LOVE OF GOD he demonstrated, which touched my heart and set me thinking about the Christ he worshipped.

This young Christian left Florida shortly afterwards and I did not meet him again until fourteen years later. While I was conducting an evangelistic campaign in one of the churches in South Carolina, he came to my meeting and made his identity known. He is now pastoring one of the Assembly of God churches in the South.

One night, having learned that the Nazarenes were conducting a revival meeting in town, I attended one of the services just for curiosity -- however, I was also hungering for the precious something that this young man had in his heart which I did not have. The Spirit of God began to move upon me, as the preacher ministered under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and I came to the realization that this was what my poor soul thirsted after. But how could I, a Jew, embrace a Gentile religion? (for that is what I thought it was).

After the service, I hesitantly approached the minister and asked him privately if a Jew could be saved? He replied: "Salvation is of the Jews, and Peter and Paul and the prophets were all Jews." I was astonished at that time to know that Christianity sprang from Judaism and that the first Christians were Jews!

I shall never forget that night as long as I live! I ran as fast as I could to the farmhouse which was now my home. A group of Christians were conducting a prayer meeting there and I opened the door, went in and knelt down along with them with my head bowed low in repentance, feeling the guilt and condemnation of sin. Suddenly, I raised my hands toward heaven as the Spirit of God came upon me. I cried out from the depths of my soul for Christ to save and reveal Himself to me. As I was weeping and repenting of my sins, the Spirit of God came in and I was marvelously saved, and made a new creature in Christ. The whole world looked different: the sun seemed to shine brighter, the birds sang sweeter, the trees and flowers were more beautiful than ever. Oh, the love of God that just flooded my soul like a river! The peace, the quietness that comes with the joy of sins forgiven! Praise His name! from then on, I began to love the Gentiles, for God had broken down the middle wall of partition between us, and made us one in Him.

"For he is our peace, who has made both one and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandment contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man; so making peace: And that he might reconcile BOTH unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby," (Ephesians 2:14-16).

from the foregoing Scriptures we see that the church of God would not be the Jewish nation, nor would it be the Gentile nations, but JEWS AND GENTILES made one in Christ, thus establishing a New Nation, a Holy Nation; "That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs and of the same body and partakers of his pRomansise in Christ by the Gospel,"(Ephesians 3:6).

At that time, I had been away from home for several years, and after my marvelous experience, I immediately made plans to return to my parents in New York and testify to them that Jesus Christ was our Messiah and that I had found Him. When I arrived in New York, I little knew of the persecutions I would have to endure.

My parents were glad to see me again until I commenced to tell them of the wonderful Savior and the change that had come to my life. They were horrified, stunned, and shocked. This was too much for them to bear, for thev thought that I had disgraced and humiliated them and had left the God of their fathers for the false gods of the Gentiles. They even considered sending me to the nearest hospital for observation, thinking that my mental faculties had become impaired during my long absence from home.

Finally, after much persuasion and threatening, they decided it would eventually wear off and that I would forget about Jesus. But, thanks be to our wonderful God, I am still saved and Jesus is more precious to me than ever!  Glory to God! In spite of all the persecution and severe testing and trial I have gone through these years, God has enabled me to be faithful and hold fast to that which I have received.

After seeing that I was not to be shaken, neither would I deviate, or recant in any way from my testimony that Jesus was the Messiah, one night at 12 o'clock midnight, my father, who was enraged at my refusal to relinquish this so-called Gentile religion, ordered me out of the house and told me never to return.

At that time, I was only 19 years of age and did not have any money at all -- for it was in the period of the depression years. I was poverty-stricken, alone, homeless, and did not know where to go that night. Oh, how black and dark it was as I packed my handful of meager belongings and left my home in that great cold, unfriendly, calloused city!

Satan began to taunt and tantalize and tell me that I was in trouble now because I had become hoodwinked, blind-folded, and deceived by what I had experienced, and that it must have been just a delusion -- a thing of the imagination. You see -- Jewish people really must pay a terrific price when they accept Christ; that is why there are secret Jewish believers in the United States who know that Jesus is the Messiah, but dare not make a public confession for fear of being put out of the synagogues, as in the time of Christ.

Satan told me my troubles would be over if I would only return home and recant; but praise our God, there had been such a pronounced and drastic change in my life that I would have had to deliberately shut my eyes to the truth that had been unfolded if I were to deny my Savior and Lord. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The veil had been lifted from my eyes and I had been translated from the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light!

Through that night of trial, the Spirit of God suddenly flashed these words of comfort and exhortation to me which have carried me through these many years: "When my mother and father forsake me, then the Lord will take me up." I shall never forget the joy and the peace that filled my soul as God spoke to me through His precious Word.

That night I slept in the city subway because I had no place else to go. The next evening I attended a Full Gospel church located in Jamaica, New York, and gave my testimony, telling the Christians there of the stand I had taken for Christ. They were very sympathetic and kind and counseled me to be faithful and steadfast. A dear, precious Mother-in-Israel, about 71 years of age at that time, told me that God had put it on her heart to take me into her home and give me a roof over my head. Praising God for His goodness in providing a place to stay, I went to her home, little dreaming that what would later take place there would change my entire life.

This dear Mother-in-Christ taught me one of the most precious lessons -- which very few Christians have learned --how to pray and not let go until you have prevailed with God and received an answer! Many hours of fasting and prayer were spent at her home as she led me into the deeper truths of God. I have never forgotten these early days of intercessory prayer, prayers mingled with perspiration, tears and intense desire to get closer to God and be baptized with His Holy Spirit.

This dear old woman was later to reap the benefits of leading this poor Jewish boy into a greater relationship and communion with Christ through consecration and complete abandonment to the will of God; for it was a year later that I launched out into the evangelistic field by faith. One day I received a letter from this dear woman that she was dying and had angina pectoris, and wanted her little boy to come and pray for her. I immediately packed my belongings, took a train, and arrived at her home at midnight. When I walked through the house to her bed, I saw her lying there gasping for breath because of this heart ailment, which is sometimes fatal to persons at that advanced age (she was about 75years of age at that time).

I knelt down at her bedside, lifted up my hands to God,and began to intercede in behalf of her deliverance from this inevitable end. And, thank God, as soon as I had prayed, the Lord Jesus appeared to her and told her that if she would get up out of bed, He would heal her! This she immediately did and was instantly made whole! Glory be to our wonderful God!

After laboring in the evangelistic field for several years, I was forced to return to secular work again because of the tire and gasoline conservation program launched during World War II. I could not get tires and could get very little gas for my car to keep me in the field as an evangelist. I took a job managing a real estate office in New York City and became so successful that I soon opened up my own office and had men working for me. The money was just pouring in and I became satisfied, smug, complacent and secure -- but God had called me to preach the Gospel, and I was not to be engrossed in making money and putting over business deals while souls went to hell.

The Spirit of the Lord began to convict me, and I felt the woe hanging over my head, "If I preach not the Gospel." I became miserable, dissatisfied, unhappy, and depressed because I was out of the will of God. The most mis erable place anyone can be is out of God's will. Faith and confidence cannot operate and prayer is of no avail when there is condemnation in the heart. The Bible tells us: "If our hearts condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and when we do those things that are pleasing in His sight."

I was very reluctant to leave this very remunerative business to go back to self-denial, sacrifice, struggle, and a life of faith. But something happened that put the fear of God into my heart and stirred me to responsibility as a preacher of the Gospel: Hitler at that time embarked on his extermination crusade against the Jews by gas chambers and cremation furnaces, and the Jews began their world wide exodus and flight to Palestine from the four corners of the earth. With prophecy being fulfilled right before my very eyes, I was moved by fear, as Noah was, to return to the ministry again, realizing that the coming of Christ was indeed very near. (The Bible tells us that, "By faith, Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, MOVED WITH FEAR.")

The greatest sign, warning, proof and evidence to the world and to the church of the end of this age is the restoration and resurrection of the House of Israel after being entombed in the graves of exile for many centuries. "And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set his hands again the second time to recover (restore or gather) the remnant of his people which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth," (Isaiah 11:11-12).

I sold my business and launched out again into the ministry and I can truly say that God has blessed and prospered me and I have been the happiest man in the world because I am in the center of His Will. The Lord has privileged me to conduct city-wide evangelistic campaigns in the principal cities of America, and I have seen thousands come to the altars in my ministry.

Do pray that God may use me mightily in reaching my own Jewish people with the Gospel, that they might see Jesus Christ as their own long-awaited Messiah.

"Pray for. the Peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love Thee."

"My Life Story" was first published in 1963.

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Consider the Odds

Messianic Event

Old Testament Prediction

New Testament Fulfillment

Had to be born in Bethlehem

Micah 5:2

Matthew 2:1
Had to have been born of a Virgin Isaiah 7:14 Luke 1:26-31
Must be from King David's lineage Jeremiah 23:5 Revelation 22:16
Attempted murder of Him as a baby Jeremiah 31:15, 16 Matthew 2:13-18
He'd be betrayed by a friend Psalm 41:9 Matthew 26:25,34
His friend to betray Him for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12, 13 Matthew 26:15
His death to be by crucifixion Psalm 22, Zechariah 12:10, Isaiah 53:5 Matthew 27:35
Clothes gambled for Psalm 22:18 Matthew 27:35
His bones were to be unbroken Exodus 12:46 John 19:31-33
Buried in a rich man's tomb Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
The day, year, hour of His death Daniel 9:26, 27; Exodus 12 Matthew 27
Resurrection after 3 days Psalm 16:10, Hosea 6:2 Acts 10:40

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For Heaven's Sake: A Jewish Astronomer's Odyssey
by Dr. David Block


The year was 1969. The event had been advertised on the radio again and again. I arose at four o'clock in the morning and watched a blazing comet with utter awe, as its tail stretched across the eastern skies. My love affair with astronomy had begun.

South African astronomer Jack Bennett, who discovered the comet and whose name the heavenly object bore, became my hero. The next day I telephoned him and asked him rather timidly, "May I meet with you?" To my surprise he said, "Yes, do come over." And it was really then that the little hidden flame which had been ignited began burning to understand the cosmos.

Shortly after that my father bought me a four-and-a-half inch reflector telescope. That was no little thing for a teenager. With that incredible instrument I could start to look at planets like Saturn and at some of the nebulae in which stars are born.

I wanted to pursue studies in astronomy and my father was my biggest supporter. Leon Block always encouraged me to question things, to look beyond the ordinary and to make up my own mind. After all, we were Jews and that was part of our tradition as well.

My Jewish Upbringing
Both of my parents' Orthodox Jewish families have their roots in Lithuania. And we certainly kept to all the traditions as well: My mother would light the Shabbos candles and we would have a traditional Shabbos meal together. I went to shul both on Friday night and Saturday. We kept Pesach. I fasted on Yom Kippur. I was bar mitzvah. We were practicing Jews. And I did all the things expected of a good Jewish boy. Actually, I felt that I was doing the best that I knew how to live out my Jewish faith.

Now that didn't mean that I was unquestioning when it came to the things of God. On the contrary, I'd listen in shul as the rabbis expounded how God was a personal God and how God would speak to Moses, to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, and wonder how I fit into all of it. And by the time I entered university I became concerned over the fact that I had no assurance that God was indeed a personal God. I did know that he was a historical God and that he did deliver our people from the hands of Pharaoh. But that seemed far removed from me in this scientific age. Those were "stories," as it were.

Where was the personality and the vibrancy of a God who could speak to David Block? If God is truly God, I reasoned, then why had he suddenly changed his character? The seeds of doubt were sprouting.

University Years
In order to follow my interest in astronomy I entered the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. I sought a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and computer science. As a professional astronomer, a background in mathematics and statistics was essential.

While still a student, I was appointed as a "demonstrator" on the staff--in other words, I would help students with their tutorial problems on a formal basis. And while a student I also became quite friendly with Lewis Hurst, then professor of genetics and of medicine. He had a great interest in astronomy, if only from an amateur point of view, and he asked if I would give him individual lessons.

Week by week, Lewis and I would sit around the table and I would discuss the complexities of the cosmos with him and also explain fundamental terms in astronomy such as "black holes" and "quasars." It was a full but private course I was giving him.

The friendship grew and I started sharing my feelings about the cosmos with him--that it is so beautiful, that God is so creative, that he's made this stunning world. I even shared my doubts with him:

"Are we, as Shakespeare said, just as a 'fleeting shadow to appear and then disappear'? What is our purpose for living? What's the raison d'etre for being here? Is there a Designer out there?"

Lewis listened thoughtfully and then spoke, "David, there is an answer to all your questions."

"You know, Lewis, what does concern me is that the universe is so large, it's so immense. Do we go anywhere when we die?"

"There's an answer to all the questions you're asking. Would you be willing--I know you come from an Orthodox Jewish family--but would you be willing to meet with a dear friend of mine, the Reverend Mr. John Spyker?"

My parents had taught me to seek answers where they may be found and so I consented to meet with this Christian minister. Of course, in my heart, when I had put my telescope on Saturn, and saw it in all its majesty and splendor--its rings simply encircling that globe--I just knew that there was a Great Designer. In fact, I knew there must be a personal God.

The Reverend Mr. Spyker read to me from the New Testament book of Romansans where Paul says that Y'shua (Jesus) is a stumbling block to Jewish people, but that those who would believe in Y'shua would never be ashamed.

Suddenly it all became very clear to me: Y'shua had fulfilled the messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures, such as where the Messiah would be born and how he was to die. While my people were still waiting for the Messiah, I suddenly knew that I knew that I knew that I knew that Jesus was the Messiah and is the Messiah. And I surrendered my heart and my soul to him that day. That was in October of 1976.

I gave Judaism a chance and I accepted him who is fully, fully Jewish. Paul, before he believed in Jesus, was a student of the great rabbi, Gamaliel. He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews. He had studied. He had examined. Yet, when Paul met the Master face to face, the Master mastered him. The Master mastered me as well.

Faith and Science
It might seem strange to some that a scientist and a Jew could come to faith in Jesus. But faith is never a leap into the dark. It is always based on evidence. All people believe and all scientists believe. They don't all believe in a personal God, of course, but each one of us uses our own measure of faith. Each one of us has a personal world system, a personal belief system.

As a scientist, I always think logically and I reason things out. That was how my whole search for God began. I looked through my telescope at Saturn and said to myself, Isn't there a great God out there? And when I studied relativity, relativistic astrophysics, cosmology and all these beautiful areas of mathematics, they pointed me to the fact that this whole universe is masterfully made, finely-tuned and controlled by the Great Designer. The logical next step was to want to meet this Designer face-to-face.

Among astronomers today there is great theistic sentiment, where even if scientists don't say Jesus has made the universe, they are coming to the very distinct conclusion that the universe is not an accident. The "Big Bang" was not a cosmological firecracker. As the physicist Freeman Dyson put it, the universe seemed to be acting in anticipation for the appearance of mankind.

So it is on the basis of logic that we can understand that we live in a universe made by a personal God. It's logic from start to finish.

When it comes to God, many scientists lean toward assumptions which are philosophically comfortable to them. For example, in the "Big Bang" universe there is an unverifiable assumption called the principle of homogeneity, which asserts that on a large scale there is "no preferred center"--each point is equivalent in every sense to every other point. This, then, is a drastic departure from the cozy framework early cosmologists had worked with in their geocentric universe models.

Let me explain: If we go back to the 1500s, before the impact of the work of Copernicus, the worldview of the universe was a geocentric one. The earth was the center and the sun went around the earth as did all the stars, and to many it was a very reassuring ideal to adopt. In 1543 Copernicus' De Revolutionibus was published and we perceived ourselves to be living in a heliocentric world, (although Ptolemy's earth-centered system was still taught at Harvard University in the first years after its founding in 1636). Mankind was dethroned from his central position in the universe.

Many astronomers have gone to extremes by saying we are simply a "zero" in this large cosmos. After all, there are 100,000 million stars in our Milky Way galaxy. That can make us feel very lonely and unimportant in the light of all the immensity. Yet a simple study shows the opposite is true.

The universe has not always existed. It had a definite beginning. Our early universe expanded at just the critical rate to avoid recollapse. Galaxies and stars then formed, but one must realize that half the stars in the night sky are members of binary or multiple star systems and are therefore unable to support life. (No stable planetary orbits could exist around such star systems.) Of the remaining half there are about 30 parameters which must be met in order for them to support life. With billions and billions of stars, it is improbable that all the conditions which must be met for the existence of life exist elsewhere. I would not be surprised if we were the only intelligent life species in the entire universe. In fact, leading evolutionists, such as Dobzhansky and others have agreed that there has not been enough time for mankind to have assembled spontaneously within the time span of our universe.

We've astronomical evidence that demands a verdict. And I've examined this evidence, not from an emotional point of view, but from a logical point of view. We've got historical evidence that Jesus, the Jew, lived and died and rose again from the dead. When Albert Einstein was asked by a reporter if he accepted the historical existence of Jesus, he responded, "Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene."

To the person who is seriously seeking today I would say, read the gospels from an objective point of view, as Albert Einstein did. As Isaac Newton did. Don't let your emotions override or cloud your decision.

Seek after truth and don't let anyone make up your mind for you. It is far too important. It does matter what you believe.

Dr. David Block is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at the multiracial University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and computer science, a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in applied mathematics, a Master of Science degree in relativistic astrophysics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in astronomy dealing with "The Morphology of Spiral Galaxies." He has been a visiting astronomer at the European Southern Observatory near Munich, West Germany and at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Hawaii. He resides in Johannesburg with his wife, Liz, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus.

Reference: Jews for Jesus site


I Escaped from Hitler Twice:
The Fred Wertheim Story

When a Jew comes to believe in Jesus, it not only affects his life but the lives of those closest to him--his family. This was certainly the case when Steve Wertheim, the son of a Jewish immigrant, came to believe in Jesus.

Steve's father, Fred, was born in Germany in 1925. The son of a baker, he lived in a small village of 2,000 people. The town had very few Jews, ten families to be exact. Fred, as a young boy, had to look among the non-Jews for playmates because the only other Jewish children were his two older sisters and an older Jewish girl. It didn't bother him to have gentile friends, but it started bothering them to have a Jewish one.

By the time Fred was eight, the Aryan philosophy of Hitler was well on its way to acceptance by most Germans. Fred's best friends did not want to play with him anymore. His parents, who were prospering in the bakery business, held to the illusion that Hitler would lose his popularity and that things would get better once again for the Jews. Instead they got worse.

The Wertheim family finally decided to leave Germany for America. However, wanting to leave and getting out of the country were two different things. Because of immigration quotas, they needed to apply to the Consulate for clearance. The family had no papers prepared by a United States citizen for them, and that made emigration difficult. They were given a number--a very high one--48,878, which represented the number of people allowed to come from Germany before them. It would be a while until they could expect to go.

Meanwhile, on July 2, 1938 Fred became bar mitzvah. He was to be the last Jewish boy to undergo the ceremony in his district. Four months later came Kristallnacht. His synagogue, along with hundreds of others was destroyed. Six days later, it was ordered that Jewish children be expelled from the schools. At the same time, Jewish males that were thirteen or older were being conscripted for "labor camPsalms" Fred was small for his age and because of his size was overlooked. Before long, entire Jewish families were being deported to the death camPsalms Yet, for some mysterious reason, his family was spared. Their immigration number came up, and in May of 1941 the Wertheims left what had become Hitler's Germany. They traveled by way of France, Spain and Portugal and arrived on the shores of what they saw to be heaven on earth--America.

Fred learned the English language quickly and after having been in the States only two years, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. The eighteen-year-old went through basic training and was shipped out to England. He was then given additional training and assigned to the First Infantry Division as part of the combat engineers. This was a front-line unit that was trained to remove mines or build emergency bridges so others could advance. Front-line units like Fred's had dangerous duty and high casualties.

Fred took part in the invasion of Europe on D-Day. He fought his way through France and across the Rhine River, ironically, into his native Germany. Then Fred and some of his fellow Army soldiers were captured there. Says Fred,

"I remember they had us lined up. The Germans were talking among themselves, loud enough for me to hear. Since I understood what they were saying, my body started to shake. Some of my buddies started asking me, 'What's happening? How come you're ready to pass out?' I told them, 'This is the way it's going to be. They don't know what to do with us and so they're going to shoot us."'

Yet, for some reason they changed their minds and took the group to a prisoner of war camp near Hanover--Stalag 11B. Fred was spared again.

Most of the prisoners at Stalag 11B had been there throughout most of the war and were very weak. Some couldn't even stand up. No work was assigned to the prisoners, for it would have probably killed most of them who were in a state of physical debilitation. Each morning, Fred and the others answered a roll call and then spent the rest of the day wandering within the boundaries of the high wire fences.

The conditions in the camp were not up to Geneva Convention standards. The clothes of the prisoners were burned regularly because they were lice infested. Many had their hair shorn very short to minimize the infestation. Their breakfast and lunch was combined into one "meal" which consisted of a tin can filled with black coffee. In the late afternoon they were given a stew which contained vegetables and occasionally a few strings of horsemeat. Fred remembers,

"It smelled so rotten that I literally held my nose while I was eating. Once in a while, very late at night, some Germans from outside the camp would throw food over the fence and run away." It proved that not all Germans were Hitlerites.

Meanwhile, back in the States, Fred's family had gotten a telegram delivered by a woman dressed in black. It was from the War Department saying that Fred was missing in action. Germany didn't turn over names of prisoners, so his family had no way of knowing if he was alive.

Eventually the Allied Forces conquered Germany and General Montgomery's Ninth Division liberated Stalag 11B. Fred first had to recuperate from tapeworm and other maladies received as a result of his imprisonment. Then, around Mother's Day of 1945, he was sent home.

"The convoy I was in was the first batch of American POW's to get back to New York City and we got a tremendous welcome--fireboats and everything. The following Saturday I got a big reception in the synagogue from the rabbi and the entire congregation."

Fred felt very grateful to be back in a safe place. He couldn't forget, however, the horrors of war or the miracle of his preservation. "God has done so many good things for me. He brought my immediate family out of Germany. He kept me alive in a prisoner of war camp. And there was the time that I was in a German halftrack that turned over on top of me. Two Germans lay dead next to me. The halftrack was so heavy with equipment that I couldn't move. Then water started to come up as we were pressed down in a field. I thought my life was over. I said the Sh'ma and I spoke to God pleading for His help. At that moment, several of my German captors were able to lift the halftrack and slide me out from under it. I was safe once again."


"First I escaped from Hitler as a Jewish refugee. Then I was liberated as an American prisoner of war. But I was never free until Messiah saved and rescued me."

Fred Wertheim believed in God and felt that God had preserved him for a purpose. He didn't know what it was, but reasoned that he should just go on living, that God would show him some day. Fred married a nice Jewish girl from his synagogue and he and Laura settled down in the Bronx. They raised two sons and things were going fine until he got a phone call from his oldest son Steve. Steve had moved to California after graduating from college. Fred could not believe his ears, but Steve's words were clear: "Dad, Mom, I've come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah."

Fred took the news very hard: "After all I had been through, here I saw my own flesh and blood had turned against me." Fred worked as a mail carrier, and for weeks after the phone call, he would just suddenly start crying on his route. People asked him what was wrong, but he couldn't tell them. He was ashamed to let them know that his son had become a Christian.

Steve tried to explain to his father that his decision to believe in Jesus was not intended to hurt Fred. It was a decision based on conviction--the conviction that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel. Steve told his father about a Mr. Goldstein who had originally told him about Jesus. Mr. Goldstein was a Jew for Jesus who Steve had met and through whose Bible study meeting Steve became more and more convinced of his spiritual needs and of Jesus' sufficiency.

Fred, while depressed over Steve's decision, became angry with Mr. Goldstein. When Steve told him that Goldstein was coming to New York and wanted to visit with him, Fred agreed. He said to his son, "I want to meet the man who did this to you and I want to kill him. I'm going to throw him off of our terrace!"

Goldstein and his wife visited the Wertheims and instead of a violent or angry interchange, the two couples discussed things over coffee and a danish pastry ring.

Says Mrs. Wertheim, "We asked them many questions. After a while, Mr. Goldstein pointed out prophecies in the Jewish Bible. I was a little shocked to see that my husband was very curious to know more."

Fred Wertheim's curiosity continued past that evening. He started attending Bible study meetings in New York:

"I became a very conscientious student. Each week we were asked to prepare for the next lesson by reading a particular passage from the Scriptures. One week the assignment was to read the first letter of John (in the New Testament), but I read the Gospel of John by mistake. I couldn't put it down. Then, on the morning of September 29, 1975, I woke up at four o'clock. I saw what was the outline of a figure standing in the doorway of my bedroom. I couldn't see a face, but I knew it was Jesus. I was convinced that he was real and that I wanted him in my life. I knew he was my Messiah. For me to become a believer, it took a supernatural event like this one. I know it's not that way for everybody who believes in Jesus, but that's how it happened to me. I didn't tell my wife until later in the day."

Laura Wertheim was upset about the news. First her son and now her husband too! To compound things, their youngest son Robbie, announced that he too was a believer. He didn't want to say anything until his father came to believe because he was afraid that it would be too traumatic an experience for Fred. In Robbie's words, "I didn't think he could take another one."

But could Laura Wertheim take another family member believing in Jesus? Says Mrs. Wertheim,

"I was very stubborn. While I felt surrounded by believers, I kept reminding myself that so many people were killed in the Holocaust. So many Jews were killed. I couldn't betray my upbringing."

Then the Wertheim family went to see a movie called "The Hiding Place." Laura watched this true story about a Christian woman and her family in Holland during the war. Says Laura,

"It showed the suffering this woman went through, yet she kept her faith in God. It made me see that God was working during the Holocaust -- through people like this dear woman. Because she believed in Jesus, she helped Jews -- she had real reason to hope. I just sat there and wept and sobbed through the entire picture."

The next week, she too accepted Jesus as her Messiah. Four years later, Fred and Laura Wertheim renewed their marriage vows. Portions of the ceremony follow:

"Love and commitment have come to have a diminished meaning in today's world. Yet, we can see the true meaning of love and commitment as we behold Fred and Laura Wertheim, a couple united in God, showing forth His faithfulness. In a world where pRomansises are seldom kept and faithfulness is scorned, they stand here to declare and reaffirm their love for one another.

"In Jewish tradition, it is considered a blessing and privilege to be an invited guest at a wedding. To be able to rejoice with a bridegroom and his bride as they begin a new life together is something that brings joy to the heart. How much more, then, can we rejoice with Fred and Laura as we witness the profession of their continued love. Thirty years ago on the 22nd day of October of 1949, Fred and Laura were joined under the chupah.

"Today, they reaffirm their vows in our presence. They rededicate their lives to one another with a new dimension and depth--that they are joined to God Almighty. He is the center of their union with one another. Their children have always been able to recognize the mutual devotion and deep respect that Fred and Laura have had for each other throughout their marriage. Yet, when the Wertheims met Jesus their Messiah, their relationship truly blossomed. The faith that they came to four years ago has made a good relationship far sweeter. Their relationship with Jesus increased their capacity to love each other in the everyday practicalities of their life together. Their relationship with Jesus increased their capacity to love others.

"Because God has been so faithful to them, they desire to publicly declare and demonstrate that faithfulness and have come today to dedicate their lives afresh in serving Him.

"Fred and Laura, God has given both of you much, and the Scriptures say, 'from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.' However, when God gives us a responsibility, He also pRomansises to supply what we need to fulfill that which he requires. We have the great pRomansises of God to rely upon as we live our lives in Messiah. 'Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Messiah Jesus' (Philippians 1:6).

"...As they stand before you, the Wertheims wish to reaffirm their commitment to one another in Jesus and their desire to reflect God's image together.

Fred: 'As the days seemed short to Jacob in serving for Rachel, so have the years seemed that we have shared. Laura, my wife, I pRomansise you, as a child of God, that I will continue to love and respect you, honor and uphold you, and give of all that I have to you. As we continue to walk together in the love of Messiah Jesus, I pray that we will become a true reflection of the love and faithfulness Jesus has for the Holy Congregation.'

Laura: 'Fred, throughout our marriage you have been both my beloved and my friend, the one whom I can fully trust with all that I am. As a child of God, I pRomansise you, my husband, that I will continue to love and respect you, honor and uphold you, and give of all that I have to you. I will faithfully stand with you and help inspire you, that God's will might be the focus of our lives.'"

"May God's love surround you, Fred and Laura, as the mountains surround Jerusalem; and may that love emanate forth to all who you touch with your lives. May your next thirty years together increase your joy and gladness as Messiah reigns in your lives."


Did you know?

The Azazel (Scapegoat) - While the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were standing, the Jewish high priest would go out into the Temple court and lay his hands over the head of the scapegoat, confessing over it the sins of the people of Israel. Then the goat would be taken outside the city and released into the wilderness. This symbolized the removal (carrying away) of the sins from the people of Israel. According to the Talmud, a scarlet cord was tied around the neck of the scapegoat. The cord was reported to have turned white as the goat was led away from the city.

The Babylonian Talmud records that for the last forty years before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. - that would have been just about the time Yeshua (Jesus) was offered up as the final sacrifice - the scarlet cord around the neck of the scapegoat failed to turn white.

In Yeshua, all our sins are carried away "as far as east is from west" (Psalm 103:12). Yeshua is not only our High Priest, but He is also the final sacrifice who takes away our sins.

Because of Yeshua/Jesus's sacrifice, Your Name is Written in the Book of Life.

 


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365 Messianic Prophecies

The following is a list of prophecies in the Jewish scriptures that Jesus fulfilled.

1. Genesis 3:15.....Seed of a woman (virgin birth).....Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18-20
2. Genesis 3:15.....He will bruise Satan's head.....Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 3:18
3. Genesis 5:24....The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated....Mark 6:19
4. Genesis 9:26-27...The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem...Luke 3:36
5. Genesis 12:3...As Abraham's seed, will bless all nations...Acts 3:25,26
6. Genesis 12:7...The
The Promise made made to Abraham's Seed...Galatians 3:16
7. Genesis 14:18...A priest after Melchizedek...Hebrews 6:20
8. Genesis 14:18........A King also........Hebrews 7:2
9. Genesis 14:18...The Last Supper foreshadowed...Matthew 26:26-29
10.  Genesis 17:19.......The Seed of Isaac.......Romans. 9:7
11.  Genesis 21:12 …Seed of Isaac…
Romans 9:7, Hebrews 11:18
12.  Genesis 22:8...The Lamb of God promised...John 1:29
13.  Genesis 22:18...As Isaac's seed, will bless all nations...Galatians 3:16
14.  Genesis26:2-5..The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer..Hebrews11:18
15.  Genesis 49:10...The time of His coming...Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
16.  Genesis 49:10.......The Seed of Judah.......Luke 3:33
17.  Genesis 49:10......Called Shiloh or One Sent......John 17:3
18.  Genesis 49:10...To come before Judah lost identity...John 11:47-52
19.  Genesis 49:10...To Him shall the obedience of the people be...John 10:16
20.  Exodus 3:13,14........The Great "I Am".......John 4:26
21.  Exodus 12:5...A Lamb without blemish...1 Pet. 1:19
22.  Exodus 12:13...The blood of the Lamb saves Romans wrath...Romans. 5:8
23.  Exodus 12:21-27...Christ is our Passover...1 Corinthians 5;7
24.  Exodus 12:46...Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken...John 19:31-36
25.  Exodus 13:2…Blessing to first born son…Luke 2:23
26.  Exodus 15:2...His exaltation predicted as Yeshua...Acts 7:55,56
27.  Exodus 15:11...His Character-Holiness...Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27
28.  Exodus 17:6...The Spiritual Rock of Israel...1 Corinthians 10;4
29.  Exodus 33:19...His Character-Merciful...Luke 1:72
30.  Leviticus14:11...The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood..Luke5:12-14; Acts 6:7
31.  Leviticus16:15-17...Prefigures Christ's once-for-all death...Hebrews 9:7-14
32.  Leviticus16:27...Suffering outside the Camp...Matthew 27:33; Hebrews 13:11, 12
33.  Leviticus17:11...The Blood-the life of the flesh...Matthew 26;28; Mark 10:45
34.  Leviticus17:11...It is the blood that makes atonement...1 John 3:14-18
35.  Leviticus23:36-37...The Drink-offering: "If any man thirst." ..John 19:31-36
36.  Numbers 9:12...Not a bone of Him broken...John 19:31-36
37.  Numbers 21:9...The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up...John 3:14-18
38.  Numbers 24:8… Flight to Egypt…Matthew 2:14
39.  Numbers 24:17...Time: "I shall see him, but not now."...Galatians 4:4
40.  Numbers 24:17-19…A star out of Jacob…Matthew 2:2, Luke 1:33,78, Revelation 22:16
41.  Deuteronomy 18:15..."This is of a truth that prophet."...John 6:14
42.  Deuteronomy 18:15-16..."Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me."...John 5:45-47
43.  Deuteronomy 18:18...Sent by the Father to speak His word...John 8:28, 29
44.  Deuteronomy 18:19...Whoever will not hear must bear his sin...John 12:15
45.  Deuteronomy 21:13-23…As a prophet…John 6:14; 7:40, Acts 3:22,23
46.  Deuteronomy 21:23...Cursed is he that hangs on a tree...Galatians 3:10-13
47.  Ruth 4:4-9...Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us...Ephesians 1:3-7
48.  1 Samuel 2:10...Shall be an anointed King to the Lord...Matthew 28:18; John 12:15
49.  2 Samuel 7:12...David's Seed...Matthew 1:1
50.  2 Samuel 7:14a...The Son of God... Luke 1:32
51.  2 Samuel 7:16...David's house established forever...Luke 3:31; Rev. 22:16
52.  2 Samuel 23:2-4…would be the “Rock”…1 Corinthians 10:4
53.  2 Samuel 23:2-4…would be as the “light of the morning”…Revelation 22:16
54.  2 Kings 2:11...The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated...Luke 24:51
55.  1 Chronicles 17:11...David's Seed...Matthew 1:1; 9:27
56.  1 Chronicles 17:12, 13a...To reign on David's throne forever...Luke 1:32, 33
57.  1 Chronicles 17:13a..."I will be His Father, He...my Son."...Hebrews 1:5
58.  Job 19:23-27...The Resurrection predicted...John 5:24-29
59.  Psalms 2:1-3...The enmity of kings foreordained...Acts 4:25-28
60.  Psalms 2:2...To own the title, Anointed (Christ)...Acts 2:36
61.  Psalms 2:6...His Character-Holiness...John 8:46; Rev. 3:7
62.  Psalms 2:6...To own the title King...Matthew 2:2
63.  Psalms 2:7...Declared the Beloved Son...Matthew 3:17
64.  Psalms 2:7, 8...The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated...Acts 13:29-33
65.  Psalms 2:12...Life comes through faith in Him...John 20:31
66.  Psalms 8:2...The mouths of babes perfect His praise...Matthew 21:16
67.  Psalms 8:5, 6...His humiliation and exaltation...Luke 24:50-53; 1 Corinthians 15:27
68.  Psalms 16:10...Was not to see corruption...Acts 2:31
69.  Psalms 16:9-11...Was to arise from the dead...John 20:9
70.  Psalms 17;15...The resurrection predicted...Luke 24:6
71.  Psalms 22:1...Forsaken because of sins of others...2 Corinthians 5:21
72.  Psalms 22:1...Words spoken from Calvary, "My God..." Mark 15:34
73.  Psalms 22:2...Darkness upon Calvary...Matthew 27:45
74.  Psalms 22:7...They shoot out the lip and shake the head...Matthew 27:39
75.  Psalms 22:8.." He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him "...Matthew 27:43
76.  Psalms 22:9......Born the Savior......Luke 2:7
77.  Psalms 22:14...Died of a broken (ruptured) heart...John 19:34
78.  Psalms 22:14,15...Suffered agony on Calvary...Mark 15:34-37
79.  Psalms 22:15........He thirsted........John 19:28
80.  Psalms 22:16...They pierced His hands and His feet....John 19:34,37;20:27
81.  Psalms 22:17,18...Stripped Him before the stares of men...Luke 23:34,35
82.  Psalms 22:18.....They parted His garments.....John 19:23,24
83.  Psalms 22:20,21...He committed Himself to God...Luke23:46
84.  Psalms 22:20,21..Satanic power bruising the Redeemer's heel.. Hebrews 2:14
85.  Psalms 22:22.....His Resurrection declared.....John 20:17
86.  Psalms 22:27...He shall be the governor of the nations...Col 1:16
87.  Psalms 22:31......"It is finished"......John 19:30
88.  Psalms 23:1...."I am the Good Shepherd"....John 10:11
89.  Psalms 24:3......His exaltation predicted......Acts 1:11; Phil. 2:9
90.  Psalms 27:12…Accused by false witnesses…Matthew 26:60,61, Mark 14:57,58
91.  Psalms 30:3......His resurrection predicted......Acts 2:32
92.  Psalms 31:5..."Into thy hands I commit my spirit"...Luke 23:46
93.  Psalms 31:11...His acquaintances fled from Him...Mark 14:50
94.  Psalms 31:13...They took counsel to put Him to death...John 11:53
95.  Psalms 31:14,15..." He trusted in God, let Him deliver him"...Matthew 27:43
96.  Psalms 34:20.....Not a bone of Him broken.....John 19:31-36
97.  Psalms 35:11....False witnesses rose up against Him....Matthew 26:59
98.  Psalms 35:19...He was hated without a cause...John 15:25
99.  Psalms 38:11.....His friends stood afar off.....Luke 23:49
100.  Psalms 40:2-5...The joy of His resurrection predicted...John 20:20
101.  Psalms 40:6-8....His delight-the will of the Father....John 4:34
102.  Psalms 40:9....He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel....Matthew 4:17
103.  Psalms 40:14...Confronted by adversaries in the Garden...John
104.  Psalms 41:9.....Betrayed by a familiar friend.....John 13:18
105.  Psalms 45:2...Words of Grace come from His lips.. Luke 4:22
106.  Psalms 45:6...To own the title, God or Elohim...Hebrews 1:8
107.  Psalms 45:7...A special anointing by the Holy Spirit...Matthew3:16; Hebrews1:9
108.  Psalms 45:7,8...Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)...Luke 2:11
109. Psalms 49-15…His Resurrection…Acts 2:27; 13:35, Mark 16:6
110.  Psalms 55:12-14...Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy...John 13:18
111. Psalms 55:15...Unrepentant death of the Betrayer...Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
112. Psalms 68:18...To give gifts to men...Ephesians 4:7-16
113. Psalms 68:18...Ascended into Heaven...Luke 24:51
114. Psalms 69:4...Hated without a cause...John 15:25
115. Psalms 69:8...A stranger to own brethren...Luke 8;20,21
116. Psalms 69:9...Zealous for the Lord's House...John 2:17
117. Psalms 69:14-20...Messiah's anguish of soul before crucifixion...Matthew 26:36-45
118. Psalms 69:20..."My soul is exceeding sorrowful."...Matthew 26:38
119. Psalms 69:21...Given vinegar in thirst...Matthew 27:34
120. Psalms 69:26...The Savior given and smitten by God...John 17:4; 18:11
121. Psalms 72:10,11...Great persons were to visit Him...Matthew 2:1-11
122. Psalms 72:16...The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground...John 12:24
123. Psalms 72:17...His name, Yinon, will produce offspring...John 1:12,13
124. Psalms 72:17...All nations shall be blessed by Him...Acts 2:11,12,41
125. Psalms 78:1.2...He would teach in parables...Matthew 13:34-35
126. Psalms 78:2b...To speak the Wisdom of God with authority...Matthew 7:29
127. Psalms 88:8...They stood afar off and watched...Luke 23:49
128. Psalms 89:26...Messiah will call God His Father...Matthew 11:27
129. Psalms 89:27...Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings...Luke 1:32,33
130. Psalms 89:35-37...David's Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever...Luke 1:32,33
131. Psalms 89:36-37...His character-Faithfulness...Rev. 1:5
132. Psalms 90:2...He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2)...John 1:1
133. Psalms 91:11,12...Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ...Luke 4;10,11
134. Psalms 97:9...His exaltation predicted...Acts 1:11;Ephesians 1:20
135. Psalms 100:5...His character-Goodness...Matthew 19:16,17
136. Psalms 102:1-11...The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary...John 21:16-30
137. Psalms 102:16…Son of Man comes in Glory…Luke 21:24
Revelation 12:5-10
138. Psalms 102:25-27...Messiah is the Preexistent Son...Hebrews 1:10-12
139. Psalms 109:4…Prays for His enemies…Luke 23:34
140. Psalms 109:7,8…Another to succeed Judas…Acts 1:16-20
141. Psalms 109:25...Ridiculed...Matthew 27:39
142. Psalms 110:1...Son of David...Matthew 22:43
143. Psalms 110:1...To ascend to the right-hand of the Father...Mark16:19
144. Psalms 110:1...David's son called Lord...Matthew 22:44,45
145. Psalms 110:4...A priest after Melchizedek's order...Hebrews 6:20
146. Psalms 112:4...His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al... Matthew 9;36
147. Psalms 118:17,18...Messiah's Resurrection assured...Luke 24:5-7;1 Corinthians 15:20
148. Psalms 118:22,23...The rejected stone is Head of the corner...Matthew 21:42,43
149. Psalms 118:26a...The Blessed One presented to Israel...Matthew 21:9
150. Psalms 118:26b...To come while Temple standing...Matthew 21;12-15
151. Psalms 132:11...The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body)...Luke 1:32
152. Psalms 138:1-6...The supremacy of David's Seed amazes kings... Matthew 2:2-6
153. Psalms 147:3,6...The earthly ministry of Christ described...Luke 4:18
154. Psalms 1:23...He will send the Spirit of God... John 16;7
155. Proverbs 8:22-23…The Messiah would be from everlasting…John 17:5
156. Proverbs 30:4…Declared to be the Son of God…
John 3:13, Romans 1:2-4, 10:6-9, 2 Peter 1:17
157. Song of Solomon 5:16...The altogether lovely One...John 1:17
158. Isaiah 2:2-4…Repentance for the nations…Luke 24:47
159. Isaiah 4:2…Messiah reigning
160. Isaiah 5:1-6…Son of God’s vineyard: a parable of judgment
161. Isaiah 6:1...When Isaiah saw His glory... John 12:40-41
162. Isaiah 6:9-10...Parables fall on deaf ears...Matthew 13:13-15
163. Isaiah 6:9-12...Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words...Acts 28:23-29
164. Isaiah 7:14...To be born of a virgin...Luke 1:35
165. Isaiah 7:14...To be Emmanuel-God with us... Matthew 1:18-23
166. Isaiah 8:8...Called Emmanuel...Matthew 28:20
167. Isaiah 8:14...A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense... 1 Pet. 2:8
168. Isaiah 9:1,2...His ministry to begin in Galilee...Matthew 4:12-17
169. Isaiah 9:6...A child born-Humanity...Luke 1:31
170. Isaiah 9:6...A Son given-Deity...Luke 1:32; John 1;14; 1 Tim. 3:16
171. Isaiah 9:6...Declared to be the Son of God with power... Romans. 1:3,4
172. Isaiah 9:6...The Wonderful One, Peleh...Luke 4:22
173. Isaiah 9:6...The Counselor, Yaatz...Matthew 13:54
174. Isaiah 9:6...The Mighty God, El Gibor...Matthew 11:20
175. Isaiah 9:6...The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth...John 8:58
176. Isaiah 9:6...The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom...John . 16:33
177. Isaiah 9:7...To establish an everlasting kingdom...Luke 1:32-33
178. Isaiah 9:7...His Character-Just...John 5:30
179. Isaiah 9:7...No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace...Luke 1:32-33
180. Isaiah 11:1...Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer...Matthew 2:23
181. Isaiah 11:1...A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse...Luke 3:23,32
182. Isaiah 11:2...The anointed One by the Spirit...Matthew 3;16,17
183. Isaiah 11:2...His Character-Wisdom, Understanding, et al....John 4:4-26
184. Isaiah 11:4...His Character-Truth...John 14:6
185. Isaiah 11:10...The Gentiles seek Him...John 12:18-21
186. Isaiah 12:2...Called Jesus-Yeshua (salvation)...Matthew 1:21
187. Isaiah 16:4,5…Reigning in mercy…Luke 1:31-33
188. Isaiah 22:21-25…Peg in a sure place…Revelation 3:7
189. Isaiah 25:8...The Resurrection predicted...I Corinthians 15:54
190. Isaiah 26:19...His power of Resurrection predicted...John 11:43,44
191. Isaiah 28:16...The Messiah is the precious corner stone...Acts 4:11,12
192. Isaiah 29:13...He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word...Matthew 15:7-9
193. Isaiah 29:14...The wise are confounded by the Word...I Corinthians 1:18-31
194. Isaiah 32:2...A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place...Matthew 23:37
195. Isaiah 33:22…Son of the Highest…Luke 1:32; 1 Timothy 1:17 6:15
196. Isaiah 35:4...He will come and save you...Matthew 1:21
197. Isaiah 35:5...To have a ministry of miracles...Matthew 11:4-6
198. Isaiah 40:3,4...Preceded by forerunner...John 1:23
199. Isaiah 40:9..."Behold your God."...John 1:36;19:14
200. Isaiah 40:11...A shepherd-compassionate life-giver...John 10:10-18
201. Isaiah 42:1-4...The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer... Matthew12:18-21
202. Isaiah 42:2...Meek and lowly... Matthew 11:28-30
203. Isaiah 42:3...He brings hope for the hopeless... John 4
204. Isaiah 42:4...The nations shall wait on His teachings... John 12:20-26
205. Isaiah 42:6...The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles...Luke 2:32
206. Isaiah 42:1,6...His is a Worldwide compassion... Matthew 28:19,20
207. Isaiah 42:7...Blind eyes opened... John 9:25-38
208. Isaiah 42:13-25…Messiah’s actions at His second coming…Revelation
209. Isaiah 43:11...He is the only Savior... Acts 4:12
210. Isaiah 44:3...He will send the Spirit of God... John 16:7,13
211. Isaiah 45:23...He will be the Judge... John 5:22;Romans. 14:11
212. Isaiah 48:12...The First and the Last...John 1:30;Rev. 1:8,17
213. Isaiah 48:17...He came as a Teacher...John 3:2
214. Isaiah 49:1...Called from the womb-His humanity...Matthew 1:18
215. Isaiah 49:5...A Servant from the womb...Luke 1:31;Phil. 2:7
216. Isaiah 49:6...He is Salvation for Israel...Luke 2:29-32
217. Isaiah 49:6...He is the Light of the Gentiles...Acts 13:47
218. Isaiah 49:6...He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth... Acts 15:7-18
219. Isaiah 49:7...He is despised of the Nation... John 8:48-49
220. Isaiah 50:3...Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation... Luke 23:44,45
221. Isaiah 50:4...He is a learned counselor for the weary... Matthew 11:28,29
222. Isaiah 50:5...The Servant bound willingly to obedience... Matthew 26:39
223. Isaiah 50:6a..."I gave my back to the smiters."... Matthew 27:26
224. Isaiah 50:6b...He was smitten on the cheeks... Matthew 26:67
225. Isaiah 50:6c...He was spat upon... Matthew 27:30
226. Isaiah 52:4-5…Suffered vicariously…Mark 15:3,4,27,28; Luke 23:1-25,32-34
227. Isaiah 52:7...To publish good tidings of peace... Luke 4:14,15
228. Isaiah 52:13...The Servant exalted...Acts 1:8-11; Ephesians 1:19-22
229. Isaiah 52:13...Behold, My Servant... Matthew 17:5; Phil. 2:5-8
230. Isaiah 52:14...The Servant shockingly abused... Luke 18:31-34; Matthew 26:67,68
231. Isaiah 52:15...Nations startled by message of the Servant... Romans. 15:18-21
232. Isaiah 52:15...His blood shed to make atonement for all... Rev. 1:5
233. Isaiah 53:1...His people would not believe Him... John 12:37-38
234. Isaiah 53:2a...He would grow up in a poor family.... Luke 2:7
235. Isaiah 53:2b...Appearance of an ordinary man... Phil. 2:7-8
236. Isaiah 53:3a...Despised.... Luke 4:28-29
237. Isaiah 53:3b...Rejected... Matthew 27:21-23
238. Isaiah 53:3c...Great sorrow and grief... Luke 19:41-42
239. Isaiah 53:3d...Men hide from being associated with Him... Mark 14:50-52
240. Isaiah 53:4a...He would have a healing ministry... Luke 6:17-19
241. Isaiah 53:4b...He would bear the sins of the world... 1 Pet. 2:24
242. Isaiah 53:4c...Thought to be cursed by God... Matthew 27:41-43
243. Isaiah 53:5a...Bears penalty for mankind's transgressions... Luke 23:33
244. Isaiah 53:5b...His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God... Col. 1:20
245. Isaiah 53:5c...His back would be whipped... Matthew 27:26
246. Isaiah 53:6a...He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind...Galatians 1:4
247. Isaiah 53:6b...God's will that He bear sin for all mankind... 1 John 4:10
248. Isaiah 53:7a...Oppressed and afflicted... Matthew 27:27-31
249. Isaiah 53:7b...Silent before his accusers... Matthew 27:12-14
250. Isaiah 53:7c...Sacrificial lamb... John 1:29
251. Isaiah 53:8a...Confined and persecuted... Matthew 26:47-27:31
252. Isaiah 53:8b...He would be judged... John 18:13-22
253. Isaiah 53:8c...Killed.... Matthew 27:35
254. Isaiah 53:8d...Dies for the sins of the world... 1 John 2:2
255. Isaiah 53:9a...Buried in a rich man's grave... Matthew 27:57
256. Isaiah 53:9b...Innocent and had done no violence... Mark 15:3
257. Isaiah 53:9c...No deceit in his mouth... John 18:38
258. Isaiah 53:10a...God's will that He die for mankind... John 18:11
259. Isaiah 53:10b...An offering for sin... Matthew 20:28
260. Isaiah 53:10c...Resurrected and live forever.... Mark 16:16
261. Isaiah 53:10d...He would prosper... John 17:1-5
262. Isaiah 53:11a...God fully satisfied with His suffering... John 12:27
263. Isaiah 53:11b...God's servant... Romans. 5:18-19
264. Isaiah 53:11c...He would justify man before God... Romans. 5:8-9
265. Isaiah 53:11d...The sin-bearer for all mankind... Hebrews 9:28
266. Isaiah 53:12a...Exalted by God because of his sacrifice... Matthew 28:18
267. Isaiah 53:12b...He would give up his life to save mankind... Luke 23:46
268. Isaiah 53:12c...Grouped with criminals... Luke 23:32
269. Isaiah 53:12d...Sin-bearer for all mankind... 2 Corinthians 5:21
270. Isaiah 53:12e...Intercede to God in behalf of mankind... Luke 23:34
271. Isaiah 55:1…Every one come who is thirsty…New Testament
272. Isaiah 55:3...Resurrected by God... Acts 13:34
273. Isaiah 55:4...A witness... John 18:37
274. Isaiah 55:5…Foreign nations come to God…Acts
275. Isaiah 59:15-16a...He would come to provide salvation... John 6:40
276. Isaiah 59:15-16b...Intercessor between man and God... Matthew 10:32
277. Isaiah 59:20...He would come to Zion as their Redeemer... Luke 2:38
278. Isaiah 60:1-3…Nations walk in the light…Luke 2:32
279. Isaiah 61:1-2a...The Spirit of God upon him... Matthew 3:16-17
280. Isaiah 61:1-2b...The Messiah would preach the good news... Luke 4:17-21
281. Isaiah 61:1-2c...Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death... John 8:31-32
282. Isaiah 61:1-2...Proclaim a period of grace... John 5:24
283. Isaiah 62:1-2…Called by an new name…Luke 2:32, Revelation 3:12
284. Isaiah 62:11…Thy King Cometh, Entered Jerusalem on Colt…Matthew 21:7
285. Isaiah 63:1-3…A vesture dipped in blood…Revelation 19:13
286. Isaiah 63:8,9…Afflicted with the afflicted…Matthew 25:34-40
287. Isaiah 65:9…The elect shall inherit…Romans 11 5-7, Hebrews 7:14, Revelation 5:5
288. Isaiah 65:17-25…New heaven/New Earth…2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1
289. Isaiah 66:18-19…All nations come to God…New Testament
290. Jeremiah23:5-6a...Descendant of David...Luke 3:23-31
291.  Jeremiah 23:5-6b...The Messiah would be God... John 13:13
292.  Jeremiah 23:5-6c...The Messiah would be both God and Man... 1 Tim. 3:16
293. Jeremiah 30:9…Born a King…John 18:37, Revelation 1:5
294. Jeremiah 31:15…Massacre of infants…Matthew 2:16-18
295.  Jeremiah 31:22...Born of a virgin... Matthew 1:18-20
296.  Jeremiah 31:31...The Messiah would be the new covenant... Matthew 26:28
297.  Jeremiah 33:14-15...Descendant of David... Luke 3:23-31
298.  Ezekiel17:22-24...Descendant of David... Luke 3:23-31
299. Ezekiel 21:26,27…The humble exalted…Luke 1:52
300.  Ezekiel34:23-24...Descendant of David... Matthew 1:1
301.  Daniel 2:34-35...Stone cut without hands...Acts 4:10-12
302.  Daniel 2:44,45...His Kingdom Triumphant...Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Revelation 11:15
303.  Dan. 7:13-14a...He would ascend into heaven... Acts 1:9-11
304.  Dan. 7:13-14b...Highly exalted... Ephesians 1:20-22
305. Dan. 7:13-14c...His dominion would be everlasting... Luke 1:31-33
306. Daniel 7:27...Kingdom for the Saints...Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Revelation 11:15
307. Dan. 9:24a...To make an end to sins... Galatians 1:3-5
308. Dan. 9:24b...He would be holy... Luke 1:35
309. Dan. 9:25...Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem... John 12:12-13
310. Dan. 9:26a...Killed... Matthew 27:35
311. Dan. 9:26b...Die for the sins of the world... Hebrews 2:9
312. Dan. 9:26c...Killed before the destruction of the temple... Matthew 27:50-51
313. Dan. 10:5-6...Messiah in a glorified state... Rev. 1:13-16
314. Hosea 3:5...Israel restored...John 18:37, Romans 11:25-27
315. Hosea 11:1, Numbers 24:8...Flight to Egypt...Matthew 2:14
316. Hosea 13:14...He would defeat death... 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
317. Joel 2:28-32...Promise of the Spirit...Acts 2:17-21, Romans 10:13
318. Joel 2:32...Offer salvation to all mankind... Romans. 10:12-13
319. Micah 2:12-13...Israel Regathered...John 10:14,26
320. Micah 4:1-8...
The Kingdom established - place of Birth Bethlehem...Luke 1:33, Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4,10,11
321. Micah 5:2a...Born in Bethlehem... Matthew 2:1-2
322.  Micah 5:2b...God's servant... John 15:10
323.  Micah 5:2c...from everlasting... John 8:58
324.  Haggai 2:6-9...He would visit the second Temple... Luke 2:27-32
325.  Haggai 2:23...Descendant of Zerubbabel... Luke 3:23-27
326. Joel 2:28-32...Promise of the Spirit...Acts 2:17-21, Romans 10:13
327. Amos 8:9...The Sun Darkened...Matthew 24:29, Acts 2:20, Revelation 6:12
328. Amos 9:11-12...Restoration of tabernacle...Acts 14:16-18
329. Habakkuk 2:14...Earth filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord...Romans 11:26, Revelation 21:23-26
330. Zechariah 2:10-13...The Lamb on the Throne...Revelation 5:13, 6:9, 21:24
331. Zechariah 3:8...God's servant... John 17:4
332. Zechariah 6:12-13...Priest and King... Hebrews 8:1
333. Zechariah 9:9a...Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem... Matthew 21:8-10
334. Zechariah 9:9b...Beheld as King... John 12:12-13
335.  Zechariah 9:9c...The Messiah would be just... John 5:30
336.  Zechariah 9:9d...The Messiah would bring salvation... Luke 19:10
337.  Zechariah 9:9e...The Messiah would be humble... Matthew 11:29
338.  Zechariah 9:9f...Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey... Matthew 21:6-9
339.  Zechariah 10:4...The cornerstone... Ephesians 2:20
340.   Zechariah 11:4-6a...At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders... Matthew 23:1-4
341.  Zechariah 11:4-6b...Rejection causes God to remove His protection.. Luke 19:41-44
342.  Zechariah 11:4-6c...Rejected in favor of another king... John 19:13-15
343.   Zechariah 11:7...Ministry to "poor," the believing remnant... Matthew 9:35-36
344.  Zechariah 11:8a...Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them... Matthew 23:33
345. Zechariah 11:8b...Despised... Matthew 27:20
346.  Zechariah 11:9...Stops ministering to the those who rejected Him... Matthew 13:10-11
347.  Zechariah 11:10-11a...Rejection causes God to remove protection... Luke 19:41-44
348.  Zechariah 11:10-11b...The Messiah would be God... John 14:7
349.  Zechariah 11:12-13a...Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver... Matthew 26:14-15
350.  Zechariah 11:12-13b...Rejected... Matthew 26:14-15
351.  Zechariah 11:12-13c...Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord... Matthew 27:3-5
352.  Zechariah 11:12-13d...The Messiah would be God... John 12:45
353.  Zechariah 12:10a...The Messiah's body would be pierced... John 19:34-37
354.  Zechariah 12:10b...The Messiah would be both God and man... John 10:30
355.  Zechariah 12:10c...The Messiah would be rejected... John 1:11
356.  Zechariah 13:7a...God's will He die for mankind... John 18:11
357.  Zechariah 13:7b...A violent death... Matthew 27:35
358.  Zechariah 13:7c...Both God and man.. John 14:9
359.  Zechariah 13:7d...Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him... Matthew 26:31-56
360.  Malachi 3:1a...Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah... Matthew 11:10
361.  Malachi 3:1b...Sudden appearance at the temple... Mark 11:15-16
362.  Malachi 3:1c...Messenger of the new covenant... Luke 4:43
363.  Malachi 3:3...Our Sins Are Purged...Luke 1:78, John 1:9; 12:46, 2 Peter 1:19, Revelation 2:28; 19:11-16; 22:16
364. Malachi 4:5...Forerunner in the spirit of Elijah... Matthew 3:1-2
365. Malachi 4:6...Forerunner would turn many to righteousness... Luke 1:16-17

And for leap year, you can have Psalm 21 as a Messianic Hymn and David's praise.

The Jewish definition of monotheism seeks to leave no room for a plurality in the Godhead. Many Jewish people mistakenly believe the Christians worship three Gods. It is important for a believer to point out to his Jewish friend that the Jewish Bible uses a word for ONE to describe God that allows for a plurality. The great confession, "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One," uses the word ECHAD to describe the oneness of God. Had a different word been used, they could claim the oneness of God was absolute, but the word ECHAD allows for a composite unity. It is the word used in Genesis 2:24 when the man and woman marry, "...and the two become one flesh." The scripture speaks of a oneness of plurality. Like one wall made up of many bricks. The Trinity does not mean three gods, but rather ONE God in three persons; a Tri-unity, a oneness of three. As New Covenant believers we affirm the monotheism of scripture.
 

Rabbi Harlon Picker
Photo by Sara Sloan
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Jews and Gentiles at Beth Yachad Messianic Congregation come together to worship God. The service opens with a blast from a ram’s horn, known in Hebrew as a shofar. People walk around to shake hands and greet each other with “Shabbat Shalom (Greetings for a peaceful Sabbath).”

The praise music starts. Some people get to their feet and join hands to participate in the dancing of the traditional Jewish Davidic dance. Around the room they dance and sing while others sit in their seats and sing along with the praises, “Baruch Adoni—Give him glory, Baruch Adoni, praise his name. He has given life to us; he has shown us the way. Yeshua Messiah is our Lord; he has destroyed our enemy.” After the worship music is over, people hear a sermon in a traditional style. At Beth Yachad Messianic Congregation, the sermon is focused on the Messiah and Savior Jesus Christ, whose Hebrew name is Yeshua.

What are the differences between Messianic Jews and Traditional Jews? Are Messianic Jews still considered Jewish?

Messianic beliefs and traditional Jewish beliefs are different, but they follow similar traditions and customs. Messianic Jews believe Yeshua is their Messiah and Savior, while most traditional Jews believe Yeshua was a charismatic speaker and a good person, but not the Messiah or Savior.

Rabbi Harlon Picker, the congregational leader for Beth Yachad Messianic Congregation in Scottsdale, says that he and other Jews who believe in Yeshua did not convert from Judaism.

“We don’t convert. Yeshua was a Jewish rabbi. All 66 books of the Bible were (Jewish). Everything having to do with Yeshua was Jewish,” says Picker. “If you’re a Jew, you’re still a Jew. You just believe the Messiah has come. What’s important is that he rose, he’s alive and he’s free.”
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  'If you're a Jew, you're still a Jew. You just believe the Messiah has come'
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Picker believes that Yeshua saves men from their sins through grace.

Rabbi Erica Burech, who is an assistant head of a Jewish day school in the Valley, believes differently from Picker. Burech considers herself to be an observant, traditional Jew.

“Messianic Jews are not Jews,” she says. “You cannot call yourself a Jew if you say Christ is your Messiah. It’s contradictory.”

Burech believes that Jesus was a charismatic person who was really good. He was capable of getting people to follow him and was a good teacher, but nothing else. She does not believe in the resurrection of Jesus or that God could be incarnated as a person. Traditional Jews are still waiting for their Messiah to come.

Traditional Jewish beliefs follow the teachings from the Torah, the Hebrew term for the first five books of the Old Testament. Messianic Jewish beliefs follow both the Old and the New Testament..

Sometimes there are personal costs that Messianic Jews endure for their faith in Yeshua. These costs range from being shunned by their families to being excluded from the local Jewish Community Center.

Picker believes that Yeshua is “the rock and salvation” and that he will deliver them. “Be filled with his light because then there’s healing,” says Picker.

Some people who believe in Yeshua blame traditional Jews for his death. Picker says that Jews are not the only ones responsible for Yeshua’s death.

“Yeshua came for the lost, and he loved us no matter how we were or who we were,” says Picker. “He paid a debt he did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.”

At Beth Yachad, which means “house of prayer,” the messianic congregation keeps its Hebraic roots and specifically teaches, preaches and keeps the biblical feasts and festivals. The congregation holds night services of prayer for Israel and keeps the Shabbat, which means Sabbath. Congregation members do not eat shellfish—not because it is forbidden, but because they are keeping their Jewish customs.

Both Messianic Jews and traditional Jews celebrate Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. They also celebrate Yom Kippur among other Jewish biblical feasts and festivals. Burech says the only difference between traditional and messianic celebrations is that Messianic Jews add Yeshua.

“We don’t celebrate Easter or Christmas. We celebrate Passover and Hanukkah,” says Picker. “We celebrate God’s feast and festivals, not man’s.

“The holiest holiday is the Shabbat, which is every Friday evening until sunset on Saturday when there’s stars in the sky,” says Burech. "People think about creation on the Shabbat and how everything took place and how God declared the seventh day Holy."

Traditional Jews participate in seder meals during Passover. “We were enslaved, but we were redeemed. We try so hard to feel like we were there,” says Burech about Moses leading the Jews out of slavery by God’s commands.

Burech says that ultimately the traditional Jews want to take part in making this world a better and more peaceful place. “We need to take part in fixing the world, being environmentally aware and helping others—like taking care of the sick,” says Barech.

Picker says that Messianic Congregations like Beth Yachad are safe places for Jews to worship and for Messianic Jews to show other Jews they believe that Yeshua was and still is the Messiah. “Ask God who he is and if he has a son and who his son is. Then see what God says to you,” he adds.

What is Messianic Judaism

Messianic Jews are Jewish people from all walks of life who have come to believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as the promised Jewish Messiah of Israel. The name Yeshua itself means "salvation" in Hebrew. Since the establishment of the first Messianic synagogue in 1967, tens of thousands of believers have joined congregations in every major city in the US. Presently, there may be as many as 100,000 Messianic Jews in the US alone, with many thousands more joining congregations in Canada, England, Israel, and a number of republics of the former Soviet Union. In a very short time Messianic Judaism has become a worldwide movement and is experiencing rapid growth throughout western civilization.

Is it Jewish to believe in Yeshua (Jesus?) To some, the concept of a Jew believing in Yeshua seems to be a contradiction in terms. The reason for this is that many people have set up a dichotomy in their minds. On the one hand, you have Jews and Judaism, and on the other, Christians and Christianity. You are either one or the other . . . or so the thinking goes.
But this simple dichotomy is not so simple in reality. If we go back 2,000 years, we find Yeshua was a Jew living in a Jewish land among his Jewish people. All the apostles were Jewish. So were the writers of the New Testament. And for many years this faith in Yeshua was strictly a Jewish one.

From the Book of Acts in the New Testament and from historical evidence as well, many believe there were hundreds of thousands of Messianic Jews in the First Century. Their many synagogues were scattered throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. These First Century Messianic Jews remained highly loyal to their land and to their people.

Whether it was Jewish or not to believe in Yeshua was never an issue to them. Of course, it was! What else could it be?

The Big Question

The big question back then was whether or not Yeshua was also for the Gentiles. But God showed the Messianic Jews that He was the Messiah for both Jew and Gentile alike, and Gentiles from every nation began to pour into this Jewish faith.

Throughout the years, as the numbers of Gentile believers increased, they began to predominate in this Messianic faith; and with the passing of the Jewish apostles, the Jewish roots of the faith were totally lost. This “de-Judaizing” process continued until, in one of the greatest paradoxes in history, it became alien for a Jew to believe in Yeshua as his Messiah.

The Real Issue

Today, believers are trying to restore the Messiah to his proper Biblical and Jewish context. Messianic Judaism is in a sense a spiritual renaissance. It is a revival... an attempt to return to the pure and simple faith held in the First Century that was unencumbered by "tradition". It is a return to a fresh faith that was based upon having a living, vibrant and personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, through the Messiah Yeshua.

The real issue today is not whether or not it is Jewish to believe in Yeshua, but whether or not Yeshua is the true Messiah. If he is, then it is the most Jewish thing in the world to believe in him. If he is not, then we should not follow him.
Historically, this appears to be self-evident. But the only true test is to go back to the Jewish Scriptures themselves and study the Messianic prophecies. According to the Tenach (Old Testament), the Messiah was to come twice. The first time to suffer and die, and the second time to usher in the Messianic era of peace upon the earth.

The Answers

Why did He have to die the first time? The Jewish prophet Isaiah answered this question when he said, “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way. And the Lord has lain upon him (the Messiah) the sin of us all.” (Is. 53:6).
Without God there is no hope for mankind. When we view the ever-worsening situation in the world today, It appears painfully obvious that man has become separated from God. That is why he sent his son, Yeshua, as the Messiah, to deliver us from the chains of ours sins and to bring us into a new life in Him.
For thousands of us today, we know that we have found the Messiah who said, “I am the resurrection and the life. . . and I have come that you might have life and that more abundantly.” We would like to encourage you to read and study the Scriptures yourself and find out if Yeshua is truly the one of whom the prophets spoke. And before you research the Bible, please pray... and ask God to guide you, and show you his truth.

What is Messianic Judaism?


By Rabbi Loren Jacobs

My name is Loren Jacobs. I'm typical of a growing number of Jewish people today. I grew up in a Jewish home, went to synagogue, and had my bar mitzvah, but I felt that something spiritual was missing from my life. As a teenager I started investigating Eastern philosophy. When I went to Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois I studied western philosophy. It was during college that I started reading the Bible for the first time on my own. Within a very short time my life was completely revolutionized and hasn't been the same since.

What was it that transformed me? I had a supernatural encounter with the Jewish Messiah. He opened up a whole new dimension of spirituality to my life that I never dreamed possible. He enabled me to develop a personal relationship with the God of Israel that is still going strong twenty years later. I discovered the Messiah, who came to earth 2000 years ago, died in the city of Jerusalem on Passover, but miraculously came back to life. I encountered Yeshua - Jesus of Nazareth.

Many Jewish people are looking for a deeper sense of spirituality. They are looking for it in all kinds of places - the occult, psychics, and the new age movement. Maybe that's you - maybe you are searching for something more. It might come as a surprise to learn that you don't have to leave the realm of Judaism in order to meet that need!

What is Messianic Judaism?

Messianic Judaism is a movement of Jewish people who believe that Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) is the promised Messiah for Israel, and the Savior of the world. He is the One that the prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures told us was to come. Messianic Jews have not stopped being Jewish. On the contrary, we are even more Jewish in our identity and lifestyle. I enjoy telling people that Yeshua made me kosher - because it's true.

When did Messianic Judaism originally begin?

Messianic Judaism is actually 2,000 years old, dating back to the time of Messiah Yeshua. Yeshua was born in a Jewish home. He was raised in a Jewish family. He was a rabbi who taught Jewish people in a Jewish land - Israel. The apostles were Jewish. The writers of the New Testament were Jewish, and for a time, the Faith was strictly Jewish. There were tens of thousands of Jewish people who believed that Yeshua was the Messiah in the first century (see the New Testament book of Acts 2:37-42, 4:4, 21:20).

When did the modern movement of Messianic Judaism begin?

Messianic Judaism faded from the ancient scene around the seventh century A.D. Beginning in the 1800's increasing numbers of Jewish people began to believe in Yeshua once again. The movement picked up speed after 1967, when thousands of Jewish people suddenly accepted Yeshua.

How many Messianic Jews are there in the United States?

It has been estimated that there are 100,000 Messianic Jews in the United States, and this number is growing all the time. Just as Messianic Judaism is not new, Messianic synagogues are not new either. From Biblical and historical records, we know that Messianic synagogues existed as early as 50 A.D. A Messianic synagogue is a place where we can worship the God of Israel, believe in Messiah Yeshua, live a Jewish lifestyle, and raise our children to be Jews.

Currently there are 150 Messianic synagogues in the United States and another 40 or 50 in Israel. Messianic Synagogues are in other countries as well. Bible prophecies indicate that Messianic Judaism is a direct result of God revealing Himself once again to the Jewish people, and that one day soon all Jewish people will recognize Yeshua. We are just the beginning. Messianic Judaism is the Judaism of the future.

If Messianic Judaism was strictly Jewish at first, how did Gentiles come into the Faith?

At first the early Messianic Jews only proclaimed Yeshua to Jewish people. Ironically, the big controversy in the first century was not if it was Jewish to believe in Yeshua, but whether Gentiles could become part of the Messianic Faith without having to become Jewish first! When Messianic Jews finally recognized that Messiah was also for the Gentiles, they began to share Yeshua with non-Jews as well as with Jews. As a result many Gentiles came into the Messianic Faith.

By the end of the first century A.D., the number of Gentile Believers outnumbered the Jewish Believers. As the number of Gentile Believers increased, they began to dominate the Messianic Faith. Some Gentile Believers, not understanding the Jewish roots of their Faith and God's eternal covenant with Israel, wanted to split off and form a separate religion divorced from their Jewish roots (see Romans 11:1-2). This "de-Judaizing process" continued until the Gentile expression of Christianity emerged as the dominant form of faith in the Jewish Messiah. Then in one of the greatest paradoxes in history, it became alien for a Jew to believe in Yeshua as the Messiah!

Who is a Christian?

There is a difference between anti-Semitic Gentiles who are nominally Christian, like an Adolph Hitler, and true Christians. Moishe Rosen once said: being born in a Christian home doesn't make you a Christian any more than being born in a bakery makes you a bagel! A true Christian must have a spiritual rebirth. True Christians should have a genuine love for the Jewish people (see Romans 11:11). There have been many real Christians who gave their lives to save Jewish people. Yad V'Shem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial, has a grove of trees planted in honor of these Christians who sacrificed themselves to save Jews. While we are spiritually united with true Christians, and consider them our spiritual brothers, Messianic Jews have our own expression of the Faith. We observe the Jewish holidays and the Sabbath. We practice circumcision. Many of us keep kosher. We have Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Jewish weddings and funerals. In other words, we live as Jews.

Can Gentile Believers be members of a Messianic synagogue?

According to the New Testament, Gentile Believers have entered a Jewish faith (see Romans 11:24). They are spiritually circumcised and become part of the Commonwealth of Israel (see Ephesians 2:11-13). To be a member of a Messianic synagogue, a Gentile Believer should love the Jewish people. He needs to understand what God is doing among the Jewish people. He needs to be able to say, along with the Ruth of the Bible: your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God (Ruth 1:16). We thank God for the many wonderful Gentiles who have such a love for Israel.

A Messianic Synagogue can be the ideal place for intermarried couples. Many have expressed that we have the best of both worlds - the rich Jewish heritage and a vibrant spirituality that comes from knowing the God of Israel and Messiah Yeshua in a personal way.

What is the difference between Messianic Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism? How can you say that Messianic Judaism is more faithful to the Jewish Bible than Rabbinic Judaism?

Rabbinic Judaism, whether it is Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform, is centered around the teachings of the rabbis. After the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 A.D. the rabbis reorganized Judaism and added many new laws, rules, customs and traditions to the Bible. Their writings, like the Talmud, form the foundation of Rabbinic Judaism. Of all the various Judaisms that existed in the first century, Messianic Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism are the only ones that remain. We claim that Messianic Judaism is more faithful to the Jewish Bible than Rabbinic Judaism.

The Jewish Bible teaches that it is wrong to add man made rules to the Word of God.

It is a terrible mistake to add the laws of men to the pure revelation of God. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it (Deuteronomy 4:2). But the rabbis have added many rules to the Word of God. These man made traditions have complicated and confused things, and helped us miss the true goal of the Jewish Bible - Messiah. The prophet Jeremiah put it this way: My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water (Jeremiah 2:13). By adding man made rules to the Bible, by elevating rabbinic writings to the same level as God's Word, and by taking away from the Word of God by not accepting the true Messiah, the rabbis have done terrible spiritual damage to the Jewish people. Messianic Judaism differs in that we are based totally on the Bible, both the Older Testament as well as the New Testament. Our Judaism is the Judaism of the entire Bible and only the Bible. We believe that the Bible is a supernatural book, divinely inspired by the Creator of the universe. It is a priceless treasure that contains wisdom for this life and guidance for eternal life. Because we believe the Bible is the inspired communique from God, we believe everything that it teaches. We believe in angels and demons, in heaven and hell, in resurrection and eternal life, in miracles and the world to come.

The Jewish Bible teaches the necessity of having a personal relationship with God.

In most synagogues today we never hear about developing a personal relationship with our Creator. Where is that relationship with God that Abraham and Moses had? Almost no one can say as King David did: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2). Can you honestly say that you have a personal relationship with God like that?

Instead most synagogues emphasize ritual and ceremonies. Isaiah the prophet put it this way: This people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of traditions learned by rote (Isaiah 29:13). Rabbinic Judaism today for the most part does not emphasize having a personal relationship with the Creator. Prayers, ceremonies and rituals can be nice, but they are no substitute for a personal relationship with God.

Messianic Judaism believes that it is essential to have a personal relationship with God. God is not just a concept or an idea for us, but a living Person, and coming to know Him is our primary responsibility in life. Only through Messiah is it possible for us to enter into this kind of personal relationship with our Creator. God is a living Person, and a personal relationship with God must always be emphasized as central to true Judaism.

The Jewish Bible teaches that we must come to God on His terms - not our terms. There are two essential components to approach God on His terms: a sacrifice and a mediator.

The Jewish Bible teaches that we need to approach God with a sacrifice. Moses put it this way: The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement (Lev. 17:11). Every day at the Jerusalem Temple animals were sacrificed. Their blood was poured out on the altar to make atonement for our souls. The pure animal took on the sin of the human who had sinned, and the person who sinned was cleansed by the blood of the sacrifice. Rabbinic Judaism today is without the sacrifice that the Jewish Bible teaches is essential for atonement and approaching God on His terms.

Messianic Judaism believes in this principle of atonement based on sacrifice. We believe that all the sacrifices in the Jewish Bible were pointing us to the ultimate sacrifice - Messiah Yeshua. The prophet Isaiah, who lived 700 years before Yeshua came, gave us this amazing prediction: He (referring to the Messiah) was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His stripes we were healed (see Isaiah 53:5). 700 years after Isaiah predicted the Messiah's death to atone for sin, Yeshua died on a cross in Jerusalem so that all who believe in Him, both Jew and Gentile, can be reconciled to God and be eternally forgiven.

The Jewish Bible teaches that we need not only a sacrifice, but we need someone to offer the sacrifice. In the Jewish Bible that person was called a cohen - a priest. The job of the cohen was to function as a mediator to help us approach God. Rabbinic Judaism teaches that we can approach God without any mediator. But according to the Jewish Bible no one except the High Priest of Israel could enter the Most Holy Place of the Jerusalem Temple, the place where God manifested His presence on earth. The High Priest could only enter the Most Holy Place on Yom Kippur, and only by taking the blood of a sacrifice with him.

When the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD the rabbis were faced with a dilemma. What were they to do without the Temple, without the sacrifices, and without the priests that were essential to approach God on His terms? The rabbis solved their dilemma by replacing the Temple, the sacrifices and the priests. They replaced the Temple with the synagogue. They replaced the priests with the rabbis. They replaced the sacrifices with repentance, prayer, studying the Bible and doing good deeds. Repentance, prayer, Bible study and good deeds are fine, but they are not adequate substitutes for the way God told us to approach Him.

The Judaism of the Bible is a Judaism of priests and sacrifices, Temple and atonement. That is the way to approach God on His terms that He revealed. Without a God ordained priest offering up a God ordained sacrifice in God's Temple in Jerusalem, no true atonement is taking place, Biblical Judaism is not occurring, and no real approach to God is happening - we are only fooling ourselves.

Messianic Judaism took another approach. We recognized that Yeshua was sent by God to fulfill the Biblical requirements for approaching God on His terms. Messianic Judaism retains the original principles in the Jewish Bible - approaching God His way on His terms - through a sacrifice and a priest. There is only one way to legitimately approach God - by accepting Messiah Yeshua the High Priest of the New Covenant, and the Final Sacrifice.

The Jewish Bible teaches that Messiah is an essential central Jewish concept. God, speaking through Moses predicted: I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen, like you (Moses), and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak all that I command him. And it shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him (Deut. 18:18-19). Messiah is the greatest of the prophets. We must listen carefully to everything that He said. He speaks for God. He represents God. Messiah is the key to coming back to God, finding atonement and receiving eternal life. We believe that Messiah already came the first time to make atonement for the sins of Israel and the world, that God raised Him from the dead, and that Yeshua will return soon to fulfill everything that God has revealed. It is essential to believe in Messiah now. Messianic Judaism already knows Him. Rabbinic Judaism is missing the Messiah.

The Jewish Bible teaches that God will make a New Covenant with the Jewish people, different from the one He made with us at Mount Sinai. Like me you probably were never taught that the New Covenant is found in the Jewish Bible in the book of Jeremiah: Behold days are coming declares the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them declares the Lord. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days declares the Lord. I will put My Torah within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

Messianic Judaism believes this New Covenant has already been made. Through His death and resurrection Messiah Yeshua put into effect this new relationship with God. Another way of saying "New Covenant" is "New Testament." Messiah Yeshua already established this Covenant, and if we believe in Him we can enter into this new relationship with God right now. Rabbinic Judaism is missing the New Covenant. God wanted the Jewish people enter the New Covenant with Messiah, not take the path of Talmudic Judaism.

Messianic Judaism is the Judaism that is consistent with the Jewish Bible. We retain the principles of approaching God on His terms - by having a sacrifice and a priest. We have entered the New Covenant which is already in effect. We believe in the Messiah who makes a personal relationship with God possible. We are the Judaism that is most faithful to the Jewish Bible. It is Rabbinic Judaism that has deviated from the authentic original Biblical Judaism - not us.

You base a lot on the Bible. How do you know that the Bible is true?

Many of the greatest archaeologists believe that the Biblical manuscripts are authentic, accurate and reliable. Ever since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940's there has been ever increasing confidence among scholars that the Bible was transmitted very accurately over the past 3500 years.

The Bible is accurate scientifically. There are thousands of scientists who believe that the Bible is scientifically true, and that there is no conflict between true science and the Bible.

Very few books claim to be a divine revelation from God. The Bible is one of the very few books that makes that claim. That in and of itself is unusual and makes it worth taking a closer look at.

Consider the amazing unity of the Bible. It was written by forty authors from different backgrounds over 1500 years and yet reads like it was written by one author. That makes the Bible unique, and hints that it is a supernatural message system.

Consider the tremendous impact that this Book has made. The Bible has affected the world more than any other book ever written. It's the most widely published book ever written. It has influenced morals, law, politics, literature, the arts and science more than any other book.

Perhaps one of the strongest evidences that the Bible is supernaturally inspired by God is its ability to tell the future. Let me give you some detailed prophecies in the Bible about the nation of Israel.

  • The Bible predicted that the Jewish people would undergo a world wide diaspora. It was predicted in Deuteronomy 28:62-68 and has literally taken place.

  • The Bible predicted that the Jewish people would have a very difficult time in the diaspora, and yet we would be preserved (see Leviticus 26:31-45, Jeremiah 31:35-37).

  • The Bible predicted that just before the Messiah's Second Coming, the Jewish people would be regathered and established as a nation in our ancient homeland, which has miraculously occurred within the past fifty years (see Isaiah 49:8-13, Isaiah 43:1-8, Isaiah 11:11-12, Zechariah 10:8-12, Ezekiel 36:24-32).

  • The Bible predicted that prior to Messiah's Second Coming, God would begin to revive us spiritually and the Jewish people would start turning to Yeshua. We believe that the Messianic Jewish movement is the beginning of the fulfillment of this prophecy (see Jeremiah 32:36-44, Isaiah 59:18-21, Ezekiel 37:1-29, Joel 2:28-32).

  • The Bible predicted that right before Messiah's Second Coming, the entire world would turn against the regathered state of Israel, and a united nations task force would invade (see Zechariah 12:2-3, Jeremiah 30:7). It isn't too hard to see how this prophecy could easily come to pass in the current political climate.

These amazing prophecies were written between 2000 and 3500 years ago, and yet they accurately describe the history of the Jewish people. How can we explain this except that the Bible is a supernatural Book inspired by God, who is able to operate beyond the confines of time, and is able reveal the future to His prophets?

How can I know that what you believe about Yeshua is true?

The first line of evidence that Yeshua is the Messiah is Messianic prophecy. There are many prophecies in the Jewish Bible that tell us about Messiah. God wanted us to be able to recognize the Messiah when He came. All of the prophecies that I am about to mention were considered to be legitimate predictions about the Messiah by various rabbis, both ancient and modern. They are not being taken out of context.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to be born in the city of Bethlehem. Any other place of birth disqualifies one from being the Messiah (Micah 5:2). See Matthew 2:1-6, Luke 2:1-20.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah had to come before 70 A.D. Messiah had to appear before Jerusalem was destroyed the second time, which took place in the year 70 (Daniel 9:24-27). See Luke 1:5, 2:1-7.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah had to be a direct descendant of King David, a member of the royal family of Israel (Jeremiah 23:5-6, Isaiah 9:6-7). See Matthew 1.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to enter Jerusalem triumphantly on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). See Matthew 21:1-9, John 12:12-16.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to be tried and condemned even though He was perfectly innocent (Isaiah 53:8). See Matthew 27:1-2, Luke 23:1-25.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to be silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7). See Matthew 27:12-14, Mark 15:3-4, Luke 23:8-10.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to be beaten and spit on (Micah 5:1, Isaiah 50:6). See Matthew 26:67, Matthew 27:30, Mark 14:65.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to be mocked and taunted (Psalm 22:7-8). See Matthew 27:39-43, Luke 23:11, 35-36.

  • The prophets predict that the people would cast lots for Messiah's garments (Psalm 22:18). See Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to be pierced (Zechariah 12:10). See John 19:18, 34-37.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah was to die by crucifixion (Psalm 22:14-17). See Matthew 27:31, Mark 15:20, 25.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah would die to make atonement for the sin of Israel and the world (Isaiah 53:5-6, 8, 10-12, Daniel 9:24-27, Zechariah 9:9, 12:10, Psalm 16:10, 22). See John 1:29, 11:49-52, 1 Corinthians 15:53.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah would be more than a man - He was to be God in human form (Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Psalm 110:1, Proverbs 30:4). See John 1:1, 20:28, Hebrews 1:8.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah would not be immediately recognized by the majority of the Jewish people. Only a minority within the Jewish people would initially recognize Him. One of the strongest indicators that Yeshua is the true Messiah of Israel is that the majority of the Jewish people did not recognize Him (Isaiah 53:1-3, Psalm 118:22). See John 1:11, 12:37-43, Acts 4:1-12.

  • The prophets predict that the Messiah would have an impact on all the nations of the world. Isaiah prophesied that Messiah will be a light to the nations so that God's salvation may reach to the end of the earth (Isaiah 49:6). Yeshua has been that light to the Gentiles. Yeshua has become the most popular, the most studied, the most influential figure in the history of mankind. He is the most famous Jew who ever lived: more famous than Abraham, more famous than Moses, more famous than king David, more famous than Freud or Einstein. If people throughout the world know about Israel, or pray to the God of Israel, or read the Holy Scriptures of Israel, it is because of Yeshua. He put Israel on the map. No Jewish person should be indifferent to the fact that this Jew should have had such a tremendous part in the religious history of mankind. The love He has inspired, the comfort He has given, the good He has engendered, the hope and joy He has kindled are unequalled in human history. He truly has become the light of the world - which is one of the major accomplishments that the Messiah of Israel had to fulfill (see Isaiah 49:6).

These are just some of the Messianic prophecies. There are more. Do you have any idea if anyone has fulfilled these prophecies, or has come even close? History tells us that only one man - Yeshua of Nazareth - fulfilled these prophecies and many others. No other man in history even comes close. The probability that one person could fulfill all these prophecies by chance is infinitesimally small. There is only one rational conclusion: Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel that the prophets told us to expect.

What is the second line of evidence that Yeshua is the Messiah?

The second line of evidence that Yeshua is the Messiah is His resurrection from the dead. Unfortunately supernatural concepts like the resurrection, heaven, hell, and eternal life have become foreign to most Jewish people today. That is unfortunate because people have an innate desire to live forever. We feel that something is very wrong if only nothingness awaits. People can despair if they don't believe that they can live forever.

God wants us to be very sure that eternal life is a possibility. Not surprisingly the reality of the resurrection is found throughout the Jewish Bible. It is found in concepts like:

Heaven: which is a real place, the dwelling place of God and angelic beings (see 2 Chronicles 30:27).

The Tree of Life: Lest he stretch out his hand, take from the tree of life and eat and live forever (see Genesis 3:22).

The new heavens and the new earth: they are eternal in duration (see Isaiah 65:17).

The final Judgment: the wicked often prosper. The righteous and innocent often suffer. Life would be a cruel mockery if there were no final judgment where God righted all wrongs, judged the wicked and rewarded the righteous. In order for the final Judgment to take place there must be resurrection.

Resurrection is made clear by Hebrew words for "forever" or "everlasting", like "nehtzach" and "olam". In Your presence is fullness of joy, in Your right hand there are pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11). Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom (Psalm 145:13).

Resurrection is explicitly stated in the Jewish Bible: Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground shall awake, these to everlasting life (Daniel 12:2). I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take his stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God (Job 19:25-26). Your dead will live; their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy (Isaiah 26:19).

In light of the Jewish Bible's teaching on resurrection, the Messiah's resurrection is to be expected. In fact it was specifically foretold by the prophets (see Isaiah 53:8-12, Psalm 16:10, 118:21-24, Zechariah 12:10). Yeshua even predicted His own death and His resurrection from the dead (see Matthew 16:21).

The resurrection of Yeshua is the central fact which validates the New Testament. It is the cornerstone upon which it rests. There is no way to overemphasize its importance. Yeshua's resurrection forms the basis for the Messianic Faith. Messianic Judaism stands or falls with the Resurrection of Yeshua.

If Yeshua's resurrection is true, if He really rose from the dead, then it is the most important event of history. Yeshua's resurrection validates Him, His ministry and His message. It is God's seal of approval on everything that Yeshua did and taught. Why? Because God would never allow a liar or a deceiver or a false Messiah to be resurrected. If Yeshua rose from the dead, it is God's declaration to the world that Yeshua is Israel's Lord and Messiah.

When considering the case for Yeshua's resurrection, we need to know that scholarly evidence exists in abundance to document that the New Testament can survive the most severe scrutiny by modern archeology. There is better manuscript evidence for the accuracy of the New Testament than for any other ancient text.

When considering the case for Yeshua's resurrection, we must be open to the possibility of the supernatural. Many have ruled out the resurrection on the basis of their presuppositions. They presume that miracles can't happen. That is not good methodology. We must be open to the possibility of the supernatural and that the same God who created the universe and brought us out of Egypt can raise the dead.

When considering the case for Yeshua's resurrection, we need to understand that the scientific method isn't applicable. Science can't be used in investigating the resurrection because the scientific method can only be used with phenomena which can be repeated in observable, testable fashion. The same criteria must be applied when investigating the resurrection as are applied to any other event in history. By those standards the case for the resurrection is extremely strong.

We investigate the resurrection by the criteria of history, not science. Dr. Simon Greenleaf, Professor of Law at Harvard, wrote a book called A Treatise on the Laws of Evidence around 1842. He was one of the greatest authorities on the laws of evidence, and his book is still considered an authoritative book on evidences in law. Dr. Greenleaf was a religious skeptic. Once he was challenged by a student to use his knowledge of evidences and apply it to the resurrection of Yeshua. Dr. Greenleaf did so, and after investigating, he concluded that the resurrection of Yeshua is one of the best established facts of history, and that there is more evidence for Yeshua's resurrection than for almost any other event in human history!

What is some of the evidence for Yeshua's resurrection?

There is the evidence of the empty tomb: Both Jews and Romans admitted that the tomb was empty (Matthew 27:11-15). Any theory must deal with this fact. All that the authorities who were hostile to Yeshua would have had to do to crush the Messianic movement in its infancy would have been to produce Yeshua's body. They never did.

We have the evidence of transformed lives: The New Testament records that Yeshua appeared to a wide variety of Jewish people, under varying conditions, in varying numbers, under varying circumstances. He appeared to Miriam (John 20:11-18), to some other women (Matthew 28:8-10), to Simon Peter (Luke 24:34), to two on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), to ten of the Apostles (Luke 24:36-43), to all eleven Apostles eight days later (John 20:24-29), then to seven by lake Kinneret (John 21:1-23). Yeshua appeared to five hundred people at once, most of whom were alive and could verify the event when the New Testament was written (1 Cor. 15:6)! Yeshua appeared to His brother James, who became the leader of the Jerusalem Congregation (1 Cor. 15:7), and to rabbi Saul of Tarsus, who became better known as the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-16).

The followers of Yeshua were not ignorant nor naive. They were practical men raised in a tough environment who knew the difference between fact and fable. Yeshua's disciples were in no frame of mind to fabricate His resurrection. In fact they refused to believe it when they first heard about it! What could motivate them to make up a resurrection story about their rabbi? Almost all of them suffered terribly and died for their belief in the resurrected Yeshua. They could have spared themselves much pain and suffering by denying Him. But they didn't.

Something transformed frightened disciples. Something transformed Simon Peter who denied Him three times. Only Yeshua's resurrection could have transformed them from a frightened dispirited group into a fearless band that were willing to give up their lives and within a generation change the course of world history. Something transformed hostile family members like James, the brother of Yeshua, who at first didn't believe in Him but later became the leader of the Messianic Jewish movement in Jerusalem. Something happened to rabbi Saul of Tarsus, who went from the most zealous opponent of the early Messianic Jews into the greatest proponent of the Messianic Faith that the world has ever seen.

Since the first century there have been millions of people who have claimed to have encountered the resurrected Yeshua, including some of the greatest thinkers, philosophers and scientists. What transformed these people? Only one explanation makes sense - the resurrection of Yeshua.

I think that any informed, unbiased, rational person should agree that the evidence points overwhelmingly to the fact that Yeshua rose from the dead, that He is alive now, and He is the Lord and Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world.

If Yeshua really was resurrected, what does that mean? What are the implications?

Yeshua's resurrection makes Him absolutely unique in the history of the world and puts him on a level far higher than any of the prophets of Israel or any other religion or any philosopher. It sets Messianic Judaism apart from all the other major world religions. Buddha is still in his tomb. Mohammed is still in his grave. Confucius is still buried. Marx and Lenin and Freud are still in their graves. Of all human beings only Messiah Yeshua has been raised from death and overcome it. We ought to listen very carefully to every word He ever uttered. You can trust Him and His words, more than any other man's. All men's words are a mixture of truth and error - all men except for Messiah Yeshua. He always spoke the 100% pure truth without any error. We must believe everything He said.

Messiah's resurrection guarantees our resurrection, if we believe in Him. Yeshua once said to a Jewish woman named Martha: I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26). Yeshua's resurrection is meant to give us hope for our resurrection. It also gives us power to overcome our bad habits and the ability to please God now.

How can I develop a personal relationship with the God of Israel like Abraham, Moses and David had?

God has promised us in the prophet Jeremiah (29:13) You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. We must seek Him the way He has revealed Himself: through the Bible and through the Messiah and through prayer. You might want to pray the following prayer: God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I admit that I have sinned. Thank You that You have provided atonement for me. I believe in Messiah Yeshua and receive Him into my life to be my Lord and Savior. I promise to follow Him with all my heart and soul. Thank You for forgiving my sins and coming into my life as You promised.

Amen.

If I believe in Yeshua as the Messiah, won't I lose my Jewishness?

No you won't! God made you a Jew and no one can ever change that, regardless of what the majority of rabbis might say. You are still a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Besides, the real question is, "Is Yeshua the Messiah?" If He really is the Messiah, then believing in Him is the most Jewish thing that you can do. If God sent Yeshua, and commands us to believe in Him, then faith in Yeshua is Jewish, no matter what the majority may say. Truth is determined by God - not by a majority vote.

Remember that Messianic Judaism is Jewish. Yeshua was a descendant of King David. He was raised in a Jewish home and went to synagogue. He perfectly kept the entire Torah (see Galatians 4:4). Yeshua was the most Jewish of Jews. Yeshua taught that He fulfilled, not set aside, the Torah (see Matthew 5:17-19). All His early disciples lived very Jewish lives. The Messianic movement was entirely Jewish at its inception. Our Scriptures are Jewish. The Jewish Bible provides the foundation of our faith and the New Testament was written by Jews. The early Messianic movement was an authentic Jewish movement that existed for 700 years. Messianic Judaism has been miraculously reborn by God's Spirit in the past 25 years. You can be part of this exciting movement with Messiah that will last forever and ever. The decision is yours.

[I'm indebted to David Chernoff and Josh McDowell for parts of this message - Rabbi Jacobs]

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The word "Messiah" means "Anointed One," the name given to the promised Deliverer who would some day come to the people of Israel as their great Savior and Redeemer, "anointed" as Prophet, Priest, and King by God Himself.

Some, of course, are still looking for the fulfillment of these Old Testament promises in the future, when the "Messiah" will come to establish a world kingdom of peace and justice centered around the chosen nation, Israel.

On the other hand, the group of Jewish believers who became the first founders of Christianity were convinced that Jesus of Nazareth was their promised Messiah. The name "Christ" is the Greek equivalent of "Messiah," so that the name Jesus Christ really means "Jesus the Messiah," or "Jesus the anointed." They preached this truth with such conviction and power that not only many Jews but, later, a still greater host of Gentiles, believed on Jesus, both as the Christ and also as the Lord and Savior of all men.

And indeed they had good reason for such faith. The Old Testament Messianic prophecies were found to be uniquely fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. There are hundreds of these prophecies, so that the possibility of their accidental convergence on any ordinary man is completely ruled out by the laws of probability.

Some of the prophecies are so framed, in fact, as to preclude their fulfillment by anyone living after the first century A.D. For example, the patriarch Jacob said, in Genesis 49:10, "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come." The name "Shiloh" is a title of the Messiah, and the prophecy states that Judah's tribe would remain the chief tribe in Israel, in particular providing their kings, until Messiah would come. The prophecy must have been fulfilled prior to the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem in A.D. 70, by which time certainly all semblance of a scepter had departed from Judah.

Similarly the promise was given to King David that the Messiah should be one of his descendants, as the King eternal, the one of whom God said, "I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever" (II Samuel 7:13). Isaiah said, "There shall come forth a rod out of the stem (literally 'stump') of Jesse (that is David's father), and a Branch shall grow out of his roots" (Isaiah 11:1). This is another name of the Messiah, and indicates that, even after it would appear that the family tree of Jesse has been cut down, yet one Branch will grow out of the stump. Evidently the very last one who could be known to have come of this lineage would finally prove to be the promised Messiah!

This was fulfilled uniquely in Jesus. His foster father, Joseph, was in the royal line from David and thus held the legal right to the throne (Matthew 1:1-16). His mother, Mary, was also a descendant of David, as shown by her genealogy in Luke 3:23-31. But ever since the time of Jesus, it would be quite impossible to establish the legal or biological lineage of any pretender to David's throne, as all the ancient genealogical records were destroyed soon after that.

An even more striking prophecy is given in Daniel 9:24-27. There Daniel was told explicitly that Messiah would come 69 "sabbaths" (that is, 69 sabbatical years - a total of 483 years) after the decree was given to rebuild Jerusalem, which at that time lay in ruins after Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had destroyed it.

Such a decree was given later by the Persian emperor. Although the exact date of the decree is somewhat uncertain, the termination date of the prophecy must have been some time in the first century A.D. In fact, it must have been before the destruction of the city and the temple by the Romans in A.D. 70, because the prophecy said quite explicitly: “After (the 483 years) 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” (Daniel 9:26). Not only must Messiah come before this destruction, but He was also to be“cut off,” rejected and killed, before it came.

Jesus MosaicIt is obvious that no one but Jesus could have fulfilled these prophecies. The prophecies absolutely preclude any still future Messiah, except that even that hope also will find its fulfillment in the second coming of Christ.

And then, of course, there are still hundreds of other prophecies, all of which were fulfilled by Jesus Christ: His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14); His birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); His sacrificial death (Isaiah 53:5); His crucifixion (Psalm 22:14-18); His bodily resurrection (Psalm 16:10); and many others. All of these unite in their witness that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).

The probability that hundreds of such specific predictions, each quite independent of the others, could all be fulfilled concurrently in one individual, is unlikely in the highest degree, especially in view of the miraculous nature of many of them (e.g., the virgin birth, the resurrection, etc.). No rational conclusion seems possible except that Jesus is all He claims - Messiah, Savior, Lord and God.

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