Reflects Truth as opposed to theorizes truth
Equally, I don't say that what Judaism teaches is inherently wrong nor do I say that what Christianity teaches is inherently wrong. I recognize the mixture of truth with falsehood in both....[Hence, religiosity, self righteousness, pride, separation or division and justification, condemnation, murder, abuse and disunity....are all born from the words of hasatan]
But first...When God prophecies a matter...he is 100% accurate. Please consider the scriptures that declare Yeshua would come:
LETTER: Writer disagrees with columnist
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 6:00 am
As a native born Israeli Jew and a Messianic Rabbi who was raised within Observant Judaism, I must respectfully disagree with Rabbi (Holly) Cohn’s thesis. She claims that Jesus can’t be the Messiah because there’s no world peace. But the Hebrew Scriptures state that Messiah must come first as our atonement, to deal with sin, before He returns to rule and reign and usher in an era of world peace.
Indeed, the Jewish sages in the Talmud even liken Messiah (the last Redeemer) to Moses (the first Redeemer).
Just as Moses was rejected the first time he came to our people in Egypt, and only was accepted later on, so also Messiah will at first be rejected and then accepted upon His return. Likewise, just as the Jewish people rejected the Word of God (the 10 Commandments) the first time and Moses smashed the tablets, and only received it the second time, likewise Messiah, the Living Word of God, will be rejected the first time and then received upon His Second Coming. The belief in a Messiah who will come as a redeemer is rooted within the Hebrew Scriptures. However, in
Isaiah 53, Messiah is described as One who is despised and rejected, a Suffering Servant, “the Leper Messiah,” who has come to take the sins of the Jewish people and all humanity. The suffering Messiah had to come and to deal with the issue of sin and atonement once and for all, which is why the Temple was destroyed (and the blood sacrifices done away with) within one generation of Messiah’s death and resurrection, just as the Jewish Talmud describes.
The Talmudic Sages came up with one of two possible Messiahs based on the spiritual condition of the Jewish people. If they are worthy they will receive the King that will come on the clouds of Heaven (as prophesied in Daniel); if they are not worthy they will receive a Messiah that is lowly riding on an ass (as prophesied in Zechariah). This approach of two possible Messiahs falls short because a “conditional prophecy” means that either the prophecy of Zechariah or the prophecy of Daniel must end up being untrue. The answer is not two different Messiahs (a Suffering Servant Messiah and a King Messiah) but rather the same Messiah coming twice. This is Jesus of Nazareth.
Messiah will return, and all the Prophecies in the Hebrew Bible concerning Him coming to usher in world peace, will be fulfilled when the Jewish people “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” and cry out “Baruch Haba” or Welcome in the name of the Lord, just as our sages predicted. Before one can do true “restoration of the world (“Tikkun Olam”),” he must receive “restoration of the Soul” or in Hebrew Tikkun Nefesh. This restoration can happen only through T’Shuvah (repentance) and trusting in God’s Pesach Lamb, who by His sacrifice takes away the sins of the world. Look around us, the world today is falling faster than any other time in our history. The answer is not “Tikkun Olam” but rather surrender to the God of Israel through his son Yeshua.
R. Cohn’s narrow view of a messiah is not fully agreed upon within all of Judaism. The Lubavitchers expect R’ Schneerson to appear again as reincarnation of God any day now. Some within the reform movement reject the idea of a messiah altogether, and some are yet awaiting the Messiah’s appearance.
R. Cohn makes it sound like Judaism speaks with “one voice” on the identity of the Messiah. This is clearly not the case.
Historically the Jewish people have embraced many potential Messiahs, yet their followers were not seen as “un-Jewish.” What gives R. Cohn or anybody authority to define faith in Yeshua of Natzerth as un-Jewish? The great Jewish Talmudist Daniel Boyrain for example argues for the Jewishness of the New Testament as a Jewish book. What defines something as Jewish is an important question. For instance, in Israel, Rabbinical ordination and conversion by Reform Judaism is not accepted, as Orthodox Judaism does not accept any form of Judaism except their own.
The truth of Yeshua must be looked at in a proper context with the appropriate lenses. Sadly, some of the context has been lost through 2,000 years of pogroms, inquisitions, Nazism and much more. However, we must make a separation between these things and the pure Messianic faith. Let us set the record straight:
In reality, Yeshua was the greatest Jewish Rabbi who ever lived. His message, the New Testament, and His disciples, were all extremely Jewish. His disciples were not only Jews, but lived a Jewish lifestyle based on the traditions and Halachot of their time. Boyrain continued to declare:”The theological controversy that we think exists between Jews and Christians was already an intra-Jewish controversy long before Jesus.”
The picture that R. Cohn is trying to paint of a “Christian Messiah” simply does not exist when the NT read in its proper 1st century Jewish context. Rabbi Daniel Zion (Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria), Rabbi Lichtenstein (leading Rabbi in Hungry) among many others who read the New Testament under Jewish eyes without bias, came to the conclusion that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah while maintaining their Jewishness. I challenge anybody that claims that “Jews and Jesus don’t mix” to locate a single occurrence in the New Testament where Yeshua broke the Torah or Judaism. If R. Cohn can find an instance to support her position, I am willing to reconsider my position. However, if she can’t prove her statement, would she be willing to consider the Jewishness of the Gospels?
In fact, if Yeshua is not the Jewish Messiah, He is not anybody’s Messiah. According to Daniel the prophet the Messiah had to come before the destruction of the second Temple as well as provide true atonement to the Jewish people from their sins. So if Yeshua is not the Messiah, there is no Messiah, as the second Temple was destroyed some 2,000 years ago.
I urge R. Cohn to reconsider her position on the basis of the words of the Torah and the New Testament based on its contextual truths.
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