Is Jesus the Messiah?
There are 324 verses in the Tanach that describe Jesus Christ as God, prophet, man, virgin born, as the Messiah and others that depict His work of miracles, suffering and type of death, as well as the reason for His death.
Genesis 3:15 is the first verse with reference to the Messiah’s birth, his power, divine nature and that he will be injured by Satan and will defeat Satan.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
1. Her seed – this is the only place in the Tanach where the pronoun “her” is used in front of the word “seed.” All other places referring to offspring of the mans name or the pronoun he or his is used.
2. Since it says “her seed” it refers to there is no man involved with this conception.
- A. Since the sin nature comes from the male (Romans 5:12) there is no contamination from a male to have a sinful nature.
- B. Without a male, the seed will have to have a divine intervention to conceive the child
- C. Jewish people believe they are the children of Abraham and not Eve or Sara. Showing the start their lineage begins through a male (Jewish people are taught that a child that is called Jewish comes from strictly from the mother)
- D. This seed of the woman has the power to destroy the head or power of Satan. (Prince of the power of the air EPHESIANS 2:2)
- Satan of course does not have a corporal or physical head so figuratively it is Satan’s power, his kingdom and influence over the world
- E. Only the power of God could destroy the power of Satan since Satan cannot be seen by man neither has man the power to conquer Satan. This seed must be a divine individual.
- F. Satan has the power to bruise only the heel of this seed. Bruising the heel showing only a minor injury with the ability to be healed or recover
- G. If Jehovah made Sara’s womb alive at 99 years old, could He, the Creator, not allow a virgin to bear a child?
The fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 comes into view in Isaiah 7:14.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us).
Jewish rabbis argue that Christians use this verse totally out of context saying that the woman is a virgin. They say the Hebrew word “Almah” used for virgin in this verse does not mean a virgin, but a young woman that is not necessarily a virgin. Not to mention “How could a virgin conceive a child?”
The answer is somewhat simple:
Genesis 24:16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
THE WORD FOR “VIRGIN” IS ALMAH
In Genesis 24:16 describes the character of Rebekah, the future wife of Isaac. The Hebrew word for damsel in this verse is “Arah,” which means “damsel, maid or young woman.” Not necessarily a virgin. The Hebrew word for virgin in the verse is”Bethuwlah,” which means “maid or virgin.” Bethulah cannot mean virgin in Joel 1:8 because the word is used for a young widow lamenting.
Genesis 24:43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
The Hebrew word virgin in this verse is “Almah,” which means “damsel, maid, virgin.”
“Does God have a son” a Jewish person may ask. Because they believe that God is one in person and character.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image
Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Twice the LORD uses the term “Let us” revealing plurality in character.
The Jewish rabbis will say the LORD was talking to the angels. Trouble is angels cannot create and angels were created.
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The son that is given to Israel has many significant names that can only refer to a divine person with a divine purity, with divine power and a human existence with a power to rule. The names given by inspiration of Jehovah Himself allows us to know that this individual is God himself. Only the LORD could have the attributes attributed to these names.
Wonderful – because of incarnation, being God and man
Counseller – because he knows the counsel of God
The mighty God – because of his strength and abilities
The Everlasting Father – revealing his eternal existence
The Prince of Peace – He preserves peace, creates peace and gives peace
There shall be peace his government, in his throne and in his kingdom which shall have no end.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Christ as the Angel of the LORD
Genesis 22:11-12 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Angel of the Lord – seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Exodus 3:2-4 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
Angel of the LORD appeared – LORD saw that he turned aside to see.
Exodus 23:20-21 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
Angel of the LORD – Will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
Judges 2:1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
Angel of the LORD – I will never break my covenant with you. Angels never made a covenant with Israel or anyone.
Isaiah 52:4-6 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
Rabbis say that ‘My People” is spoken of is collective singular here.
English dictionary reads people is a plural noun. Referring to Isaiah 53
Isaiah 53 explained through Jewish rabbi thinking
Vs. 1 Israel is the arm of the Lord
Vs. 2 Israel is the root coming out of Babylon and no one wanted to look at them
Vs. 3 Jesus had large crowds following him and was not shunned
Where as Israel has been
Vs. 4 those who view Israel as cursed made Israel to suffer
Vs. 5-6 because of non-Jews Israel was crushed anti-Semites it was because of non-Jews Israel was suffering
Vs. 7 Israel was submissive even during the time being put on cattle cars
Vs. 8 Israel was oppressed judgment – pogroms, crusades, inquisition, murdered, cut off because of their sins by non-Jews
Vs. 9 the rich portrayed as wicked – Israel did nothing to merit ill treatment. Buried in pits and mass graves
Vss. 10-12 Israel will have offspring and long life, Jesus had no children and put to death Israel has suffered for their guilty actions, yet devoted to HaShem fulfilling our role as light to the world making many people righteous but bear the punishment in the meantime
The nations have numbered us as sinner and murdered us because of their beliefs.
This could not refer to Israel in these verses. In English we would never transpose singular pronouns for a group, nation. That would be confusing.
Psalm 2:7-12 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 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.
The Sonship revealed in Psalm 2.
The LORD hath said:
Thou art my Son [ This is a possessive case]
- Jehovah – The self existing one has a person called the Son4
- The Son will have the heathen for an inheritance as well as the entire earth for a possession.
- Jehovah states kiss the Son lest he be angry and ye perish when the Son’s wrath is kindled
Who possibly could have a righteous indignation against those that refuse to fear the LORD.
Who would have the power within himself to make those perish.
Why would the LORD give instruction for all to put their trust in him, the Son taking away honor and glory from the LORD?
Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Who hath ascended into heaven or descended?
Only angels and the LORD would have that ability. At the time of this writing saved people went to Abraham’s bosom.
More qualifiers are:
Who hath gathered the wind in his fists?
Who hath bound waters in a garment?
Who established the ends of the earth or creation and all the commands that operate within creation the earth, living things, oceans, wind, plants, animals, fish etc.
What is his name? And what is his son’s name?
Showing personality, ability to know him, reveals his character (Isaiah 9:6) it is a name that we should know or want to know.
A name to be feared (Psalm 2)
Only the LORD could perform these duties and he has a son that the LORD wants us to know.
If thou canst tell seems to be invoking us to seek out the name.
53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
47 times the pronouns He, Him and His is used.
No where in Scripture (The Tanach) his Israel as a nation ever called by these pronouns. He Him His
Israel has many names in Scripture, but not pronouns.
These pronouns are also singular in nature referring to a single individual male.
He – a male previously mentioned
Him – objective case of He
His – is the possessive case
The Jewish rabbis like to believe and say that chapters 52-53 is speaking strictly about corporate Israel because Israel is called the LORD’s servant in many places. Of course the rabbis have to discredit what we believe to be true.
Isaiah 41:8-9 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend, Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
Isaiah 44:1-2 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
Isaiah 44:21-22 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Rabbis teach that by these verses Israel is redeemed from their sin all we have to do is return to him