Some thoughts on persecution
Many years ago I was attending a football game between my university’s team and another university from a nearby city. I don’t remember if we won or lost that game but I do remember there was a guy there handing out pamphlets from an organization called “Athletes in Action” which I looked at briefly. Listed among the group’s objectives was “fighting anti-Christian bigotry in the culture.”
It was the first time I ever came across the term “anti-Christian bigotry” and it prompted me to snort in disgust and declare to my buddy who was sitting next to me that it had to be the stupidest thing I’d ever heard.
This was over twenty years ago, and I was sitting at the time in the great American middle-west, not QUITE the so-called “Buckle of the Bible Belt” but not far from it. So, maybe in the context of that specific time and place my attitude can be understood, if not justified.
But in 2019, in much of what we once called the “Free World” the existence of anti-Christian bigotry is no longer something which can be denied. It is not just an occasionally encountered phenomenon, it is rapidly becoming the norm in polite society and it’s not difficult to imagine that it could very easily become codified in law. It is already the de facto law on many university campuses all over the world and even in some aspects of government policy in countries that, again, are core members of what we once called the “Free World” because they had democratic forms of government.
At the same time, Anti-Semitism, that most ancient of evils, has also made a startling comeback to the mainstream of politics, society and culture in many countries just 70 years after the Nazi Holocaust shocked the world into banishing it to the margins.
What is going on?
I think it’s an entirely predictable outgrowth of the fact that the Enemy knows his time is short and he’s stirring up this hatred in the hearts and minds of those who, whether they’re aware of it or not, are serving his kingdom and its agenda for the human race in this season of history.
The Church, the Jewish People and Israel all remind non-Believers of the Bible and the God who wrote it, which they’d rather not be reminded of. So, they get angry at these things and they lash out at them.
As scary and unpleasant as this phenomenon is, we are told many times in the New Testament that we should expect it and, with all due respect, compared to the persecution suffered by the Church in previous epochs or, for that matter, compared to what is currently being suffered by many of our brethren in the non-Western world, it’s it is, so far, not so bad.
But it’s likely to get worse. A lot worse.
Good thing we’ve got so much encouragement from Scripture, including James 1:2-3 which says “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance”
The Church in much of the Western world is pretty flabby and ineffective because, for most of the last few centuries, it hasn’t really cost anything to be a Believer. Sadly, human nature is such that most people don’t place much value on something that doesn’t cost anything, even if it’s priceless.
That no doubt explains why, historically, the Church has seen the most growth in times of torment and persecution. The “Great End Times Revival” alluded to in the Eschatological prophecies will thus almost certainly be fuelled in large part by the terrible persecution that the Church is also prophesied to suffer during that season.
Are we in that season? It sure is starting to look that way.
But it’s not a time to despair and it’s not a time to be afraid. It’s a time to take courage, be strong and reinvigorate our efforts to serve our King and bring as many people as we can into His Kingdom.
As Luke 21:28 says, “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
And, obviously, pray for the Jews and Israelis as God works out His plans and purposes for them by bringing them through these difficult times as well.
Aaron is a member of Jerusalem Assembly, House of Redemption.
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As the days of Noah
“And just as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the Son of Man”- Luke 17:26
“Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence (hamas). And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.” “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of men was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” – Genesis 6:11-12, 5 (Noah)
A short time ago few ever heard the word Hamas. Today that name is part of the daily vocabulary of populations across the Earth. The Biblical Hebrew word hamas- being the reason for the flood in the days of Noah- has as its meaning not only violence, but corruption, deceit, lawlessness and lies. In Isaiah chapter 53:9 the servant of God is described, “neither was any deceit (hamas) in his mouth.” The term is related to another Islamic term, jihad, which is “holy war” in Arabic. Here in Israel we are facing the ongoing and relentless hatred of the Arab Islamic world, and recently fought a war of missiles sent from Hamas in Gaza, the ancient homeland of the Philistines, from which the term Palestine is derived. Since vacating that area some years ago in an experiment of “Land for Peace,” the Palestinians under the rule of their elected Hamas leadership have chosen instead of using that now Jew-free territory to create a viable economy and a peaceful life, to smuggle in and launch thousands of rockets into Israeli civilian towns and cities. One can only wonder what armaments would be in use had there not been some control over their ports. This is a situation that no country would tolerate.
The modern Hamas movement has declared in its charter as its sole raison d’etre the destruction of Israel. Unfortunately, they are in accord with others of their Islamic faith to the north of Israel’s border in Lebanon, Hezbollah (the Party of Allah), who are now well-armed with many thousands of missiles. Iran, the powerful center of the Islamic revolution, is the supplier of these deadly weapons, and has for years officially declared its intention of wiping Israel from the map. At the same time Syria is in the upheaval of a civil war in which more than 500,000 Syrians have thus far been killed and maimed by their own people. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Yemen to Sudan, the Islamic world is filled with violence and fear. And all these events seem to comply with prophecies found in the Bible, including Ishmael “will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers” (Gen. 16:12).
The Islamic world is not a happy one. The constant fomenting of its unhappiness from North Africa across the Arabian peninsula of the Middle East to the Persian Gulf arises from the very worldview of Islam itself. But as is so often the case, unhappiness seeks to find blame in another rather than itself for its unfortunate predicament. In the Islamic world the favorite and perennial scapegoat is very tiny Israel, for which they find justification in their holy books, especially the Islamic hadit, or commentary of the Quran. And that blame is also aimed at the entire western world, where we also see its violence spreading.
At the same time Islam states as its purpose the spreading of their religion and its worldview to the western world, and thus share its perennial unhappiness with others. Their efforts are succeeding brilliantly in Europe and the USA by the use of Jihad in all its subtle forms, the most effective being the Cultural Jihad. The other form is fear of the Violent Jihad.
Islam is the very antithesis of the Judeo-Christian message, which is based on the foundation stone of one commandment in the Bible, Old and New Testaments, which is one word in the original Hebrew: v’ahavta (“you shall love”). Love is not at all the central message of the Quran, but its motivating force is the diametrical opposite: fear.
As Judeo-Christianity cools to a dying ember in the confused and naïve western world, extinguished by both corruptions in the churches and the ongoing efforts of the radical Left to erase the Biblical worldview from its populations, that vacuum created will quickly be filled with its antithesis. One might just take a look at the historical modus operandi of the unhappy Communist takeovers, of the unhappy Nazi takeover, as well as the Islamic takeovers, which is to erase the existence of Judeo-Christianity as a worldview. In all cases, it was to exterminate the Jews carrying their old ideas of the one God, as well as to destroy the church and its message of love.
It is only to be hoped that intelligent people will consider these facts, and will take intelligent action to prevent such an outcome and downfall of the West in our time, a time which seems much like the predicted days of Noah.
Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.
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Why the US and Israel were right to leave UNESCO
In October 2016, UNESCO’s executive board ratified a resolution that attempted to erase 3,000 years of Jewish religious history in Jerusalem.
The resolution was drafted by Jordan and submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan — with the enthusiastic support of the Palestinian Authority, a full member of UNESCO since 2011.
The central aim of the resolution was to formalize criticism of Israel’s conduct in Jerusalem. It referred to Israel as the “occupying power” and blamed the Jewish state for the spike in violence in the region.
Condemnation of alleged Israeli aggression has long been a standard talking point in the United Nations; that alone did not set off any alarms. What disturbed Israelis about the UNESCO resolution was that it made Jerusalem’s Holy Basin an exclusively Islamic prerogative. By only referring to the Temple Mount by its Arabic name “Al-Haram al-Sharif,” the resolution’s language severed ties between Judaism and the Temple Mount. The Western Wall was reduced to Al-Buraq Plaza — the place where Muhammad tethered his horse.
In the resolution, the Arabic name was only twice followed by the Western Wall’s Hebrew name; but when that happened, it was placed in quotation marks — a grammatical detail that Israelis took as direct belittling of Judaism’s linkage to the site.
The resolution made no mention of the Jewish temples that stood at the site for a thousand years, or the next 2,000 years of continuous Jewish attachment to Jerusalem. Only once did the drafters soften their bias by making a generalized reference to the importance of the Old City and its walls to “the three monotheistic religions.”
The resolution also accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship on the Temple Mount and inciting violence. Yet no mention was made of the ban on Jewish worship or the regular assaults on Jewish visitors to the site. The same week as the vote, two Israelis were killed in Jerusalem by a Palestinian man on a rampage with a knife.
Twenty-four countries voted in favor of the resolution, 26 abstained, and six countries voted against it, including the US, UK, and Germany.
It was considered a diplomatic victory in Israel that the 33 countries that originally supported the draft resolution dropped to 24. France and Spain’s abstentions were especially appreciated. Even the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, made statements after the vote that reflected her disapproval. In her official statement, she said, “To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justified the Temple Mount’s inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list.”
Bokova received death threats from Islamic terrorists shortly after her statement.
The UNESCO resolution was more than a public insult. It raised the stakes in the battle over the Temple Mount. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied UNESCO’s authority to rewrite human history. He stated, “These distortions of history are only reserved for the Jews. Does anyone claim that the pyramids in Giza have no connection to the Egyptians? That the Acropolis in Athens has no connection to the Greeks? That the Coliseum in Rome has no connection to the Italians? It is ridiculous to try and sever the connection between the Temple Mount and the Jewish people.”
And Israelis refused to cower and lick their wounds. Two days after the ratification of the resolution, 50,000 Jews gathered at the Western Wall to receive the blessing recited annually during Sukkot. A record number of Israelis — 3,000 in three weeks — also ascended the Temple Mount, including IDF soldiers in uniform. The message was clear: Jerusalem is the center-point of the Jewish faith; its holy places are not the exclusive domain of Islam.
Since UNESCO’s public insult, Jewish visits to the Temple Mount remain historically high. Though the drafters of the UNESCO resolution tried to abuse an international body to sever the ties between Judaism and the Temple Mount, the results have had the opposite effect, at least for Israelis.
One year ago, Donald Trump announced that the United States was pulling its membership from UNESCO and canceling the $80 million that we paid in dues each year. In fact, even under Obama, the US had withheld its dues since 2011 because of a US law passed in the 1990s that allowed our country to withhold American funding to any international institution that unilaterally recognized an independent Palestinian state. That meant that we owed $500 million to UNESCO in back dues. President Trump declined the bill.
This, however, hasn’t stopped UNESCO’s anti-Israel aggression.
UNESCO has most recently gone after Hebron and Bethlehem. On October 10 of last year, UNESCO’s executive board adopted two resolutions labeling the two holy cities as Palestinian. Praising their consensus-building efforts, current UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay proudly endorsed the outcome as a result of UNESCO’s ability to “foster international dialogue and cooperation” and “show goodwill.”
Is it any wonder why Israel joined the US and formally severed ties with UNESCO? The Psalmist said it best: “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.”
Shelley Neese is the author of the newly released book The Copper Scroll Project and Vice President of the Jerusalem Connection.
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HOW? … “All Israel will be saved”
“In this way”… in what way? This is an important question because this is the way in which “all Israel will be saved,” and that is really important to me!
This comes from Romans 11:26, a well-known verse to anyone in Jewish ministry. It is the climax of Paul’s discourse on the connection between natural Israel and the Gentile believers in Romans 11. This is where he is informing and teaching the Roman church about God’s plan for Israel. The church in Rome seemed to have embraced an unbiblical, anti-Israel theology—that God was finished with her (Israel) and had, indeed, rejected her.
No! May it never be!
He explains that God has not rejected Israel (v. 1, 11) saying literally in the Greek, no, may it never be. He expounds on the beauty of God’s plan, that the enlightened Gentiles will make Israel jealous. Israel’s future acceptance of Yeshua will lead to a “greater riches” revival (v. 12) that could be characterized by the phrase, “life from the dead.” (v. 15)
But then Paul makes a dark statement, warning that, while born again Gentiles are grafted into the household of God/olive tree, they can be cut off if they judge Israel, God’s firstborn (v. 17—23). Why? Because it will take the embracing of their backslidden older brothers, not rejection, to bring about God’s plan—the “in this way.”
Paul then illuminates his readers to the mystery of God’s plan for Israel and the nations. And caps it off with one of the most exciting statements in the New Covenant, as we say in Hebrew, col yisrael yivasha—all Israel will be saved.
Don’t be Ignorant!
Well, he gives us a clue in those few words before: In this way. So, our question must be: What way?In order to understand that, let’s go back one verse.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (Romans 11:25)
Let’s break it down:
- Paul is concerned that the Romans had become arrogant.
- They became arrogant because of ignorance.
- They were ignorant of something that was not obvious—he calls it a mystery.
- If they remain in arrogance, they could be cut off.
- Thus, Paul seeks to reveal this great mystery.
Whenever Paul uses the word mystery, he is mostly referring to Jew/Gentile relationship in light of the New Covenant. In Ephesians, he uses this word seven times and, in chapter three, he uses it four times, in verses 3, 4, 6 and 9, to explain the mystery of the ecclesia, the one new man, made up of Jew and Gentile.
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Messiah Jesus. (v. 6)
So let’s go back to Romans 11:25. Paul is concerned that the Romans had missed this mystery, that God has an awesome plan for natural Israel, in the end times, which will release revival in the nations. And missing this mystery led the Romans to become conceited or proud against Israel. He is worried, because he loves the Roman congregation and wants to see them prosper. But he is also prophesying to the future global Church, begging them to not turn against the “natural branches,” Israel.
He knows that this anti-Israel attitude could bring judgement upon generations. As he said earlier:
Do not be arrogant (against Israel), but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches (unbelieving Israel), he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness (to Israel). Otherwise, you also will be cut off. (Romans 11:20-22)
God’s Plan is Important to Him
This is a terrifying passage. This is the value God places on his plan. And the church missed it violently. They ignored God’s plan and, sadly, there is a massive 1,900-year break here. It is as if through disobedience, the pause button was hit on Gods plan. The Church, now nearly completely non-Jewish, did not listen to Paul’s prophetic warning and instead became the greatest persecutor of the Jewish people. Yes, even Hitler quoted Martin Luther to justify his actions!
But, thank God that in our lifetime we are seeing a reversal of this attitude towards Israel. It has been brewing ever since the Guttenberg press shattered the shackles that the Catholic church had placed on every believer, forbidding them to read the scriptures for themselves. However, even once the Bible began to be massed produced, replacement theology was so ingrained that only a small pocket of believers rejected it.
China, Africa, India!
Now, we are seeing revival in traditionally non-evangelical regions such as China, India and Africa. These people are reading the Bible without 1,900 years of European anti-Israel (and in many cases anti-Semitic) theology and are able to grasp God’s heart for Israel—His firstborn. Now, we are back on track to the “in this way” path to Israel’s full spiritual restoration—even world redemption (Tikkun Haolam).
It has already begun! There are more Jewish believers than ever before. And, unlike in centuries past, most continue to identify as Jews. This Jewish acceptance is releasing revival in many nations of the world (Romans 11:12, 15).
God used Israel to bring the Gospel to the nations and now God will use believers from the nations to provoke Israel to jealousy (v.11) and bring her to Yeshua. This plan was stymied by Christian anti-Semitism for 1900 years! But now God is opening up the eyes of the believing Gentiles to this truth and Jewish people are embracing Yeshua like never before! The act of Gentile believers loving Jews is completely connected to Jewish people finding Yeshua.
So, let’s go back to our original question. What does Paul mean, “In this way”?
- Israel receives the gospel.
- The majority of Jews and the leadership reject the gospel.
- The gospel then goes to the nations.
- Breaking from God’s plan, the church of the nations turns against Israel for roughly 1,900 years.
- But getting back on track, the nations then seek to “provoke Israel to jealousy.” (v. 11)
- Israel’s acceptance of Yeshua in the end-times, leads to a greater richesrevival in the nations.
- This leads to the final move of God amongst the Jews, so great that people could say: All Israel has been saved.
- And Yeshua returns on a white horse (Rev. 19:11) to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Zech. 14:3-4) and becomes King of all the earth!
So yeah, in this way, all Israel will be saved.
This article originally appeared on Messiah’s Mandate, January 11, 2019, and reposted with permission.
Ron and wife Elana make their home in Tel Aviv. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua—the Glory of Yeshua—a Tel Aviv-based, Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregation. Ron is a published author with Destiny Image Publishers, having written books like “Identity Theft”, “Leave Me Alone, I’m Jewish” and “The Jerusalem Secret”. Ron is a sought-out conference speaker and shares passionately about the Jewish Roots of the New Testament and God’s broken heart for His ancient people Israel.
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I never left Judaism for another religion by believing in my Jewish Messiah!
The Holy One of Israel, the God of Israel has given us many names for Himself and for His Messiah in the Torah and the Tanakh; He is called the King of Glory, and He is also called the LORD of hosts. Psalm 24:10
In 1973 God made the Messianic Scriptures of the Torah and the Tanakh come alive off the pages of the Jewish Holy Scriptures and into my heart with His divine Love, and every day, for about three months. And then in the spring of 1982 I was suddenly raised up into Heaven where I stood before the King of Glory, who saved me and delivered me from my many lost years in drugs, the occult, and eastern religions.
For a Jewish person to believe in his God, the One and only God of Israel, and also to believe in and study God’s Holy Words as found in the Torah, the first five books of Moses, and also in the Tanakh, the rest of the books of the Jewish Holy Scriptures, does not mean that this Jewish person has ever left Judaism and converted to another religion from Judaism. And also to believe in the Messiah, as found in the Jewish Holy Scriptures, also does not mean that this Jewish person has ever left the Jewish faith of their forefathers. To say that he has done this is a lie!
There are over 225 Messianic Scripture prophesies in the Torah and the Tanakh about God’s promised Messiah, the One whom God said would be our Savior, the One that the God of Israel promised would bring us Salvation and also save us from all of our sins.
This letter is being directed primarily to encourage the Messianic Jewish believers not to be intimidated by other Jews; perhaps this can also help other Gentile believers.
To believe in our Jewish Messiah does not mean that a Jew has ever converted from his or her God given religion of Judaism to some other religion. To believe such a thing is a terrible lie, either his own lie, or even a lie perpetrated upon him by others. But it is still really just a lie!
The Israel Government tells many Jews who believe in Yeshua, “If you believe in Yeshua you have converted to another religion, and you are no longer a Jew!” But this is actually just a lie which so many Jews have believed! Yes, this is a big lie, a very big lie! But it is still just a lie!
Which religion has a Jewish person who believes in Yeshua as his Messiah converted to? In fact no where in the Torah or the Tanakh, or even in the Brit Hadashah (the New Covenant) did Messiah Yeshua ever tell anyone to form another religion. No where! It cannot be found!
Yeshua announced the Kingdom of Heaven coming to earth, with Himself reigning as Heaven’s King, who had come to earth to save mankind from all their sins and also to save the earth. This is the only Truth that can be found in the Torah and Tanakh, and also in the Brit Hadashah.
Why do we allow other Jews to put Jews who believe in Messiah Yeshua in a box that denies our Jewishness, about who we really are, and what we believe in from the Jewish Holy Scriptures? Yes, I believe in Judaism, and
I also believe in God’s Word found in the Jewish Holy Scriptures. And I have never left Judaism, nor will I ever convert to any other religion; but I do obey, and will obey God’s Word in the Torah, the Tanakh, and the Brit Hadashah as best that I can. I believe only in the God of Israel, and also in His Holy and unbreakable Word! ‘For He has magnified His Word above all of His name.’ Psalm 138:2
What exactly did our God, the God of Israel, prophesy about His Messiah in the more than 225 places in Tanakh?
Let’s take a look at a few of these Messianic Scripture prophesies from the Torah and the Tanakh, and read them, and learn the Truth about our promised Messiah, and also just what the God of Israel had told us that His Messiah would do for mankind.
Here we see God’s Promised New Covenant with Israel and Judah:
Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My Covenant which they broke though I was a Husband to them (a New Marriage Covenant with God) says the LORD. But this is the Covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My Torah in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” [This is what it means to be ‘born again’.]
Ezekiel 36:24-27 “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” [to be ‘born again’!]
Here is Messiah our Savior, God’s Suffering Righteous Servant, who would die in our place for all our sins, to set us free from sin: Isaiah 53:4-12 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. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living. For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked, but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My Righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. [Read all Isaiah 53]
Here Father Almighty God is speaking to His Son, the Messiah:
Psalm 110:1 a Psalm of David. (נְאֻם יְהֹוָה לַאדֹנִי) The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
Here we see the Messiah, as the Son of Man who would be given God’s rulership over the earth by His Father, the Ancient of Days: Daniel 7:13-14 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him (the Son of Man) was given Dominion and Glory and a Kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His Dominion is an Everlasting Dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”
God said He would never give His Glory to anyone, but to Himself: Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD, that is My name; and My Glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images.”
Isaiah 48:11 “For how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My Glory to another.” [Therefore this Son of Man has to be God Himself!]
Here the Messiah is announced coming from the Seed of Eve: Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He (the Messiah) shall bruise your (Satan’s) head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
Here we see that God’s Messiah would be born from a virgin: Isaiah 7:13-14 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanu El.” [This virgin would be from king David’s and high priest Zadok’s family.]
Here Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide the Lamb: Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide Himself the Lamb for a burnt offering.”
Here again we see God’s Promised Messiah born as a Child, a Son, whose name would be Everlasting Father and Mighty God: Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the Government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful (Miracle), Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and Peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The…Lord of hosts will perform this.
Here we see the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, in Israel: Micah 5:2-5 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from Everlasting. Therefore He shall give them up, until the time that she who is in labor has given birth. Then the remnant of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel. And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they shall abide, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth; And this One shall be peace.”
Here we see Messiah prophesied to come and also to die for others: Daniel 9:25 “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be 7 weeks and 62 weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. 9:26 And after the 62 weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; Here we see our Messiah returning to Israel and again saving His people, with Israel looking upon Messiah who was pierced for us:
Zechariah 12:9-11 “It shall be in that Day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem …”
Here God tells Israel they must obey God’s Prophet (Messiah): Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear … 18:18-19 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and I will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him!”
Question, ‘What is God’s name and what is His Sons’ name’: Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into Heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?
Here Messiah walks into the fiery furnace and saves three men: Daniel 3:23-25 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Here we see the Messiah as God’s own Arm that will save Israel: Isaiah 59:15-20 Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor. Therefore His own Arm brought Salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head. He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the LORD.
Here King Messiah comes and offers His Blood for all mankind: Zechariah 9:9-11 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having Salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem; the battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations. His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, and from the River (Euphrates) to the ends of the earth.’ As for you also, because of the Blood of your Covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.”
Here we see Messiah as God’s Servant offering His life for us: Isaiah 42:1-8 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth Justice for Truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established Justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law.” Thus says God the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, the LORD, have called You in Righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a Covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. I am the LORD, that is My name…”
Here we again see Messiah coming and offering His Life for us: Isaiah 49:5-9 “And now the LORD says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength), Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My Salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.” Thus says the LORD, “In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the Day of Salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a Covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; that You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’ ”
Here we see the Messiah, as the King and High Priest of Heaven, building the Jerusalem Temple, and also sitting on His throne: Zechariah 6:11-13 “Take the silver and gold, make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Jehoshua, the son of Jeho-zadok, the high priest. [This high priest Yehoshua is also called Yeshua in Ezra 5:2] Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying, “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH (Tzemach)! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the Temple of the LORD; Yes, He shall build the Temple of the LORD. He shall bear the Glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a Priest on His throne, and the counsel of Peace shall be between them both.” ’
I find it so amazing that our Messiah and Savior Yeshua, Heaven’s King and Great High Priest was born the fulfillment of these two families, king David’s family and high priest Zadok’s family, and later from family of Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah (from king David’s family) and also from family of Yehoshua (Yeshua) high priest of Aaron, (from Zadok’s family) through Yeshua’s virgin mother Miriam. Jeremiah 33:18, 24; Zechariah 3:1, 8; and 6:11-13
To believe in the Holy Words of the God of Israel that our God has written in His Torah and in His Tanakh about our promised Messiah and Savior, is not about leaving one’s Jewish religion, Judaism, and going to some other religion, as so many have told the Messianic Jews, and perhaps which many Messianic Jews have also come to believe. For this is such a great lie, which must now be collectively challenged! This stronghold over Judaism which denies Yeshua as our Jewish Messiah (and also as the Messiah of all peoples) must be broken.
It’s time for us to stand against this great lie of who the Messianic Jews are with the Truth from God’s Holy Word, which King Yeshua also did just before going to the Cross. Yeshua died to bring us Eternal Salvation with His Father because of His Great Love and Mercy for all of mankind!
John 18:37 Yeshua answered, “You say rightly that I am a King. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth hears My voice.”
John 5:39-40 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have Eternal Life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have Life.”
John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He (your Messiah and Savior and Lord), you will die in your sins!”
Luke 24:44 Then He (Yeshua) said to them, “These are the Words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms concerning Me.”
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Yeshua (Jesus), for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD (Yeshua) shall be saved!” Joel 2:32
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