The Jews, as a race, have always been surrounded by enemies who have desired to destroy them as a people therefore, because of their desperate need for a might deliverer, ancient Jewry believed that this promise deliverer was to come in the pomp and glory of a mighty king who would be clothed in supernatural power. Thus this erroneous teaching became popular throughout Judaism, blinding their eyes to the fact that this Messiah was to first come as a child, then grow up as a man, be caught up into heaven, and then to return in power and might to deliver Israel from her enemies.
HE WAS TO COME AS A CHILD
The prophet Isaiah had revealed to him in a vision, “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, Counsellor, 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 judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.“-Isaiah 9:6-7
This prophet speaks further. “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 is with us). For before the child shall know how to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.“- Isaiah 7:14,16
This sign came true, the land was forsaken of Herod by his death, and then again by his successor, Archelius, being deposed before this child was seven years old.
Another prophecy concerning the Messiah, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse (David’s Father) and a branch shall grow out of his roots; And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him“- Isaiah 11:1-2. The following events in this chapter carry us through His life before the ascension and after His return.
It was no more for Mary to have a baby through the intervening power of the Almighty, than for Sarah to give birth to Isaac in her old age. However, it was only natural for the people who knew Mary to circulate bad reports about her, and only those who believed in the visitation of the angel to her and Joseph would believe His miraculous life in after years, however, have proven the bad reports to be false, and has confirmed the words of the angel in both Mary and Joseph on these different visitations.
The prophet Micah even tells us that this Messiah to be king of Israel, would come out of Bethlehem-Micah 5:2. The word Bethlehem in Hebrew means “the house of bread” And the Messiah was born in Bethlehem.
THE CHILD WAS TO DIE FOR THE SINS OF HIS PEOPLE
This same prophet speaks again about this Messiah and tells that “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant“-Isaiah 53:2, showing that he is to grow up. Also, he is to despised, rejected, wounded for our sins, and for the transgressions of this prophet’s people, Israel. He tells us, “he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter”…….”taken from prison and from judgement”…..”for the transgressions of my people was he stricken“-Isaiah 53:7-8. His soul was made an offering for sin. His grave was made with the rich, numbered with the transgressors, etc.
We find here the life of this babe of Bethlehem, and a man of Nazareth pre-written over 700 hundred years before He was born, and how wonderfully it came to pass. He was crucified between two thieves (numbered with the transgressors) and He was buried in a rich man’s grave.
ANOTHER WONDERFUL MIRACLE
The prophet Isaiah having written more than any of the other prophets concerning the coming of the Savior and we find his book to be the only one completely preserved in the Dead Sea Scrolls, is a profound miracle. Great significance rests upon the fact when it is known that the 53rd chapter of Isaiah has long been rejected by Jewry, for they claim it was not in the ancient writings of this prophet, and is therefore omitted from the regular Sabbath readings at the synagogues. The Dead Sea Scrolls prove the prophecy is genuine, and it must now have its place in the regular Sabbath readings, regardless of its effect on the hearer in proof as to their Messiah, being the babe of Bethlehem, and the man of Nazareth.
To accept Him as their Messiah comes far short of making them believers, but only makes them better Jews, as they hold to the religion of Judaism, before that pure religion was dressed up in Babylonian garments, and polluted by heathen traditions from Rome. The Savior never gave another religion in opposition to Judaism with Pagan substitutes such as Sunday for the true Sabbath, Sprinkling for baptism, the substitution for pagan holidays for the holidays set forth in the scriptures, also that Spiritual Israel is to usurp the place which was divinely ordained for the literal seeds, etc.
BELIEVED UPON AS A PROPHET
A great change has come over the Jews in Israel in the last few years in their acknowledging the Savior, to be a great prophet, even though the most of them were taught from children that He was a Bastard.
His wonderful prophecies are now coming to light, through the popular readings of the New Testament in the State of Israel, especially those concerning present day event which just precede His second coming, have led many in Israel to come to this wise and correct conclusion. This is only one step toward them going a little further and admitting His rightful place in Jerusalem as their Messiah.
THE ANGEL’S PROPHECY
The testimony of the angel’s appearing to the assembly of men who saw Him taken up into heaven cannot be discredited, for it was confirmed by many witnesses. The angel said “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him to into heaven“-Acts 1:11
The Holy Spirit gave further testimony as follows “And he (the Father) shall send Jesus Chris, which before was preached unto you; Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began“.-Acts 3:20-21
SURE SIGNS OF HIS COMING BY HIS OWN PROPHECY
Just Before He ascended to heaven, He gave his wonderful prophecy concerning the Hews and Jerusalem, and the world’s condition in the last generation before He returns as Israel’s Might Deliverer and Soon coming King, the King of the whole world.- Matt 2:1-2, Rev. 11:15.
HERE IS THE PROPHECY FOUND IN LUKE 21:24-32.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.(KJV)
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;(KJV)
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(KJV)
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.(KJV)
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.(KJV)
And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;(KJV)
When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(KJV)
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.(KJV)
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.(KJV)