1. The Jewish Bible does not have a Messianic “installment plan” where the Messiah comes, fails in his mission, and then returns thousands of years later to finally succeed. If Jesus actually made these statements recorded in the Gospel, then he was advocating idolatry, with himself as the deity. If this is true, is there any wonder that Jews never accepted him either as prophet, rabbi or teacher? The Jews had one major objection to the Christian Messiah, and that was the fact that he had been unsuccessful. Judaism had always taught that the Messiah would redeem Israel in a political sense, and Jesus had failed to accomplish this task. Instead, he had been scourged and humiliated like a common rebel, and finally crucified along with two ordinary thieves. How could the career of Jesus be reconciled with the glorious picture of the Messiah as taught by the Prophets of Israel?
The Messiah did not fail. The Messiah succeeded. That is why He said, on the cross, “It is finished!” The earlier rabbis who wrote the Babylonian Talmud definitely believed in the Messiah, and believed that he would come as a suffering servant to die for Israel. These rabbis believed in Moshiakh ben Joseph and also in, the conquering king to redeem, unite, and elevate Israel and establish a holy Davidic kingdom on earth, Moshiakh ben David. Two messiahs coming once versus one messiah coming twice. But they did not understand, and had not been clearly told in the Tenakh, that the Messiah was to be God Incarnate as well as a “Son of David.” The “Son of Man” was a term used of prophets quoting the Word of God, as well as being used later by Yeshua to describe Himself. But the writers of the Mishnah, starting with men like Gamaliel and those like Rabbi Akiva and Rashi, who came after the destruction of the Temple and during and after the Second [Roman] Diaspora, were explicitly reinterpreting the Tenakh to exclude the idea of the Messiah coming twice, and to replace the idea of the end of the Levitical sacrificial system with “prayer, fasting, and charity” rather than with faith in the crucified and risen Messiah. Of course the Lubavicher Khasidim went a step further, and claimed the late Rabbi Schneerson was the Messiah, even expecting him to rise from his grave – but they were disappointed and have had to wiggle out of that embarrassing mistake.
This is what the Jewish Bible does say. Micah 5:1 “But thou Bethlehem Ephrathah though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose going forth are from old, from everlasting.” It is clear here that he who will rule in Israel will be born in Bethlehem. Many people were born in Bethlehem, but so far, no one who has been ruler in Israel has been born there. Yeshua in a sense is like David fleeing Saul around the Holy Land – He is the anointed one, the promised king to come, but He is not yet crowned and seated on the throne.
Yeshua was born in Bethlehem as the scripture states. Did his mission fail? Perhaps the Pharisees and the Orthodox rabbis failed. Here’s the proof. In Isaiah 53, the Prophet asks:
Verse 1 “Who would have believed our report” and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” The Orthodox rabbis still do not believe this report although the arm of the Lord (Moshiakh) has been revealed to them.
Verse 2 The object of this prophesy grows up among his people, the Jews, for the scripture states, “when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” In other words, he does not come as the Jews think he should come. Therefore the Jews do not desire him. He does not fulfill Jewish expectations.
Verse 3 “He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised and we esteemed him not.” The men of his time, the spiritual ancestors of the Orthodox rabbis despised and rejected Yeshua. Their unbelief put him to grief because they ensured that the majority of Jews of that time through the present day would despise him and not esteem him.
Verse 4 “Surely he has borne griefs inflicted by us and suffered sorrows we have caused; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” The Jewish authorities of his day certainly caused Yeshua suffering and although they caused his suffering by turning him over to the Romans, they said and the Orthodox say today, this is proof that Yeshua was smitten of God.
Verse 5 “But he was wounded through our transgressions, bruised through our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his wounds we were healed.” Though the Orthodox believe that the Pharisees did well in how they handled Yeshua the scriptures clearly states that they sinned, but Moshiakh bore this chastisement so that they would have peace and he heals us spiritually through his wounds.
Verse 6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him.” Even the Orthodox rabbis have sinned and even they who continue to reject him have had their sins transferred upon the Moshiakh.
Verse 7 The object of this prophesy goes to the slaughter and does not put up any resistance. This verse eliminates Israel or the Jewish people from being the object to this prophesy because the Jewish people are sinners just like the gentiles and through history have put up resistance when they suffered at the hands of the Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greco-Syrians, Romans, Muslims, Crusaders, Russians, Poles, Germans, and Arabs
Verse 8 “He was taken away from rule and judgment; and his life who shall recount? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; through the transgressions of my people he was stricken.” Yeshua was arrested at night and sent to the home of Joseph Caiaphas, who was the Roman appointed High Priest, i.e., he was acceptable to the Romans. At his home, rule and protocol were thrown to the wind. These Jews then sent another Jew (Yeshua) to the pagan Romans for execution. Pilate, the Roman Governor, was ready to release him when the ancestors of modern day Orthodox rabbis insisted upon his crucifixion. The Sanhedrin was deeply divided on many issues, including whether or not there even would be a Messiah [two Sanhedrin members were secretly disciples of Yeshua; several were Sadducees; several others including Gamaliel were Pharisees; but they were all separate from the Kohanim of the Hasmonean line who were the priesthood in Yeshua’s time]. To avoid a riot the Roman governor gave the Pharisees the execution spectacle they wanted and unknowingly helped fulfill Isaiah 53, Zechariah 12, Psalm 22 and many others.
Verse 9 “And one made his grave among the wicked and his tomb among the rich; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” This cannot possibly refer to Israel or the Jewish people. Yeshua was crucified between two thieves and rich man Joseph of Arimathea received his dead body for burial. Yeshua did not commit violence against any person nor did he deceive anyone. The rabbis accuse him of idolatry, but he did not sin when he said that he and his Father were one when it was true. One does not sin when the rabbis cannot accept what is true.
Verse 10 “But it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; if his soul shall consider it a recompense for guilt, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” The Orthodox rabbis are told that this was God’s plan to bruise and have his Moshiakh put to grief as compensation for guilt. Now we all know that Yeshua was crucified but because he willingly gave himself as a sin offering God will see his son (seed) and his days on earth will be prolonged when he takes his place among the Jewish people in the future as Moshiakh ben David.
Verse 11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied; by his knowledge shall my servant justify the righteous before many and he shall bear their iniquities.” God will see the suffering of his Moshiakh and consider it acceptable because the Moshiakh willingly bears the sins of his people. Since the Moshiakh Yeshua possesses the wisdom of the Father he justifies those who accept him before others.
Verse 12 “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has opened his soul unto death and was numbered with the transgressors; he took the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” The Orthodox rabbis believe there is no mediator between man and God, but their claim is clearly not true. For the one who poured out his soul to death, and was numbered as a sinner by the Pharisees and their spiritual descendents, he (Yeshua) made intersession for transgressors who accept his sacrifice. Moses stated in the Torah, Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; I have given it to you upon the alter to make an atonement for the soul; for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.” This is exactly what the Torah and Tenakh affirm yet the Orthodox rabbis claim that Leviticus 17:11 no longer applies since the Temple sacrifice ceased 1943 years ago when the temple was destroyed by the very same people who received Yeshua from the priests and scribes for execution. Since the Orthodox rabbis also deny that Isaiah 53 applies to Yeshua, despite a waterfall of evidence that states otherwise, they violate the Torah by stating that blood atonement no longer applies to the Jewish people.
As for the future promise for the one who opened his soul to death, kindly read what the Prophet states. Daniel 7:13-14, “ I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the son of man came with the clouds of heaven and came to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed.”
The 2nd Diaspora Rabbis have long insisted that Israel, not Yeshua, is the suffering servant, and that Israel suffered for mankind’s sins rather than Yeshua. While of course Israel was not without blemish or sin, the Jews see themselves as the eternal scapegoat, having been invaded, persecuted, exiled, and their Temple destroyed and suffering this by God’s will to redeem mankind. Of course this is not true, but this is what they have insisted for over a millennium and a half. Isaiah 53 is both completely clear and completely misinterpreted by the Rabbis [as are the clearly Messianic psalms like 2 and 22, and the timing in Daniel 9]. This is an argument the rabbis can never win. If you want to remain within the fold of modern Judaism, you accept the rabbinical misinterpretation. If you want to find God, you accept the clear meaning of the text.
2. The Jewish Messiah is truly human in origin. He is born of ordinary human parents, and is of flesh and blood like all mortals. Ultimately, redemption comes from G-d alone, and the Messiah is only an instrument in His hands. He is a human being, consisting of flesh and blood like all mortals.
I’ve already shared with you Micah 5:1 where the Ruler of Israel born in Bethlehem has an origin from “old from everlasting”. This same ruler, i.e., King of Israel rides to his people on an ass. We see this in Zechariah 9:9. Then in Zechariah 14:9 it states that the King of Israel is the Lord. This same Lord who is King was previously rejected by his people. 1 Samuel 8:7 “And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me as King, that I should not reign over them.” Given these scriptures, the Jewish people who are really seeking after truth must ask where the Orthodox rabbis are coming to these conclusions. In the Book of Daniel, one in human form descends from the heavens at the end of time to receive a global kingdom that will never end. A messiah who has never come to the Jewish people according to the Orthodox rabbis, and who will be mortal could never fulfill Daniel 7:13-14.
Unfortunately, citing the prophets isn’t going to counter the Rabbis, who assert that the Oral Law supersedes the prophets. Rabbinical Jews are the direct descendants of the Pharisees, and primarily follow the Talmud, which they mislabel “Oral Law.” The Oral Law was created to keep the Jews apart from everyone else. This occurred initially to keep them apart from the pagans [the Babylonian Talmud], but later to keep them apart from Christians and Muslims [the Mishnah]. Rabbinical Jews only secondarily refer to the Torah – which cannot be fully adhered to without a Temple. They rarely even reference the prophetic and wisdom books which they consider very secondary and only read selectively. The Rabbis do not consider them at all equal to the Torah, much less the Oral Law. Ultimately, when Rabbinical Jews speak of the promised messiah, they are not speaking of the Messiah we know and follow, any more than the Mormons do. The Rabbinical Jews and Mormons speak of a human messiah elevated by God. Christians speak of a fully divine and fully human Messiah who is an integral aspect of God.
3. Conversion to another faith is an act of religious treason. It is one of the worst possible sins that a Jew can commit. Along with murder and incest, it is one of the three cardinal sins which may not be violated even under pain of death. Our sages teach us that keeping the Sabbath is particularly effective for such atonement.
Rabbinical Judaism claims to be, intrinsically, the ethnic identity of the Jewish people. From their perspective, you are a bad Jew if you are not a “practicing” Rabbinical Jew, and you aren’t a Jew if you apostatize and follow a different religion. To them, being Jewish is BOTH genetic [through the mother] as well as ideological. The closest analogy is that Hindu Indians believe that the only ethnic Indians are Hindus, and only Hindus are Indians. By law, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, etc. are Indian citizens, but devout Hindu Indians view them as unclean aliens.
Despite the rabbinical conclusions shared in this piece the rabbis also unload a heavy burden of guilt sprinkled with fear to prevent Jews from embracing their Moshiakh. I wrote this piece for two reasons. The rabbis call me an idolater for my faith when they worship the Talmud and its interpretations above the written Torah and the Jewish Prophets who their spiritual descendents persecuted. My heart is also heavy for the Jewish people who do not want to be labeled traitors to their people and faith. The rabbis have levied this on you not your heavenly Father. These rabbis quote sages who claim keeping the Sabbath equates to atonement. This cannot be found in the Torah nor are the sages given special blessing or authority in the Torah. However, the importance of the Sabbath under the Law cannot be underestimated. Honoring the Sabbath is the 3rd commandment, right after acknowledging the LORD as God with no others “before Him,” and not taking His Name in vain. The Sabbath takes precedence over all other holy days even in the Torah – it is the only one in the Decalogue, the only one for which open violation is a capital offense under the Torah.
You owe it to yourself for the remission of your sins according to the Tenakh to study these scriptures and introduce yourself to the Yeshua of the New Covenant. Then pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for guidance. I’ve showed you the path for right standing before a Holy God who will not permit sin in his presence. It is up to you to accept his provisions for blood atonement found in the Hebrew Scriptures. May the God of Israel bestow his Spirit and blessings upon Israel and all the Jewish people.