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The Messiah of the ISRAELITE’S Vs the Messiah of Christendom

Since the beginning of Christendom it has been implied the Israelites somehow missed the coming of their Messiah, but was that the case?

When the Savior arrived in Jerusalem near His 30th birthday, He was not the Messiah for which the Jews were waiting; leastwise, not at that time.  According to Old Testament scriptures and prophecies, the Israelites were waiting for an entirely different kind of Messiah and not the loving, humble and love your “enemies” type of Messiah.  Below is a list of Messianic scriptures which should help to identify the Messiah Israel expected to encounter during the years of Christ’s ministry:

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis. 49:10 

  • Genesis 49:10 does not sound like it’s speaking of a meek and gentle Messiah, submissive to the oppressive government of that day.
  • Rather, the verse depicts a potentially powerful domineering Messiah.
  • At the very least, the verse depicts a Messiah who is coming to gather warriors and take authority over a nation.

He shall pour water from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters.  “His king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. 8 “God brings him out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox; He shall consume the nations, his enemies; He shall break their bones and pierce them with his arrows.                             (Numbers 24:7-8 NKJV)

    • Again, this Messianic text sounds like a king coming to take charge, exalt and elevate the nation to a place of power and prominence.
  • The passage does not sound like a submissive Savior bringing a message of humility and submission to the current authority and government.  Not a turn the other cheek king.
  • Jesus as Savior is humble and meek riding in on the foal of an ass (The prophecy: Zechariah 9:9; the prophecy fulfilled: Matthew 21:5).

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Numbers 24:17 

  • Based on similar Messianic messages, the Israelites were expecting a powerful God-like Messiah coming in power to overthrow the current heathenism of Rome which enslaved their nation.
  • In The Latter Days when the two mighty federations come, nations which have been formed out of the previous dominions of Moab and Sheth will be overthrown, harassed and barely escape the hands of The Beast. Prophecies relating to The Messiah are speaking of a powerful ruler and definitely not the meek and mild Savior which the priesthood beheld during Christ’s ministries.

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.  Psalms 110:3 

  • The majority of the Israeli peoples during the time of Christ’s ministry were not willing to follow a meek Messiah.
  • The Messiah did not arrive in the power they expected. Rather, Jesus swooped down with the beauty of His holiness, in the morning of the covenant and in the refreshing and loveliness of His youth as Savior.

They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. Psalms 72:5 

  • During Christ’s ministry He did not inspire fear in the common man.
  • Jesus came into Jerusalem meekly riding on a beast of burden like a peasant.  In this way He fulfilled prophecy for the Christ and not The Messiah.

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.  Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)

In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endures.  Psalms 72:7 

    • Righteousness did not and does not flourish, nor does an abundance of peace thrive throughout the earth.
  • However, the righteous will thrive and peace will last after Jesus returns as The Messiah during The Second Advent.

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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 

  • Isaiah 9:6 contains split versing.
  • An element in this verse applies to the 62 weeks segment of The Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy.  Jesus was born at the end of the 62 week segment.
  • Another segment of the verse applies to Jesus’ life during His ministry as The Prince of Peace.
  • And yet a further component within the verse pertains to Jesus ascending into His place of glory.
  • What an amazing and powerful verse.  Elements of The Great Consummation and The Millennial Reign are also alluded to in the following verse, Isaiah 9:7.

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 zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.  Isaiah 9:7

  • The verse even points out the anointing of Christ as King on David’s throne when the Millennium begins.

Based on everything the Israelites had to work with at that time, it is not too difficult to understand why the priesthood could not see Jesus as their Messiah at that time.  However, let us examine these verses through the eyes of those who will see Jesus as The Messiah when He returns with The Body of Christ at the time of The Battle of Armageddon and Millennial Reign.

 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis 49:10

  • When Jesus returns with tens of thousands of His saints after The Marriage Supper of the Lamb and The Wrath of God He will return as a conqueror and king (Jude 1:14-16).
  • Jesus will cast The Beast and False Prophet into The Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:19-21).
  • The Messiah will then destroy the armies of The Beast and deliver the Israelites from sin.  It could not be the Christians scripture is referring to at this juncture.  After all, the Christians have been raptured (Romans 11:25-29).

 He shall pour water from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters.  “His king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. 8 “God brings him out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox; He shall consume the nations, his enemies; He shall break their bones and pierce them with his arrows.  (Numbers 24:7-8 NKJV)

  • At the Messiah’s return, the lands of Israel will begin to flow abundantly with God’s blessings.
  • Living waters will flow into the Nation of Israel thru the shed blood of Jesus, salvation.
  • Jesus, the Son of God is greater than Agag, having a kingdom more highly exalted and existing forever.

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.[1]  Numbers 24:17 

  • Jesus, as Messiah will become the reigning king of Israel sitting upon the throne of David.  He will also be earth’s reigning King.
  • The children of Sheth are thought to represent those who stand against God.

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.  Psalms 110:3 

  • Following The Battle of Armageddon Israel will follow Jesus as Messiah and Savior.
  • Christ’s holiness will flow out from Jerusalem into every corner of the globe.

In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endures. Psalms 72:7 

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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

  • After The Second Advent Jesus will rule every government and people on earth.
  • The Body of Christ will assist leadership in a subordinate position under Jesus Christ.

During The Latter Days when Jesus returns for The Second Advent, The Battle of Armageddon will be in full swing.  At that time the Messianic verses will be fulfilled and will more accurately depict the Israeli concept of The Messiah for which Israel has been waiting.  When considering the sequence of events during the time of Christ, it would be unjust to blame the Israelites for misinterpreting Christ’s role.  The Jewish Messiah, or concept thereof, is yet to come in His appropriate time.  At that time He will take His rightful place on the throne of David in accordance with God’s Word.  I believe the Messiah of the Jews is just waiting for the Day of the Lord so that He can take His rightful place among His people, the Christians and the Jews.

Just food for thought!

[1] Sheth, the sons of tumult: The Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition by M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., 1897.