MaranathaMRC.com
Home Site Map   Don's Page Contact Us

 

Maranatha Revival Crusade, PO Box 218, APPLECROSS, Western Australia   6953       

       

Main Menu

Home

MRC
Contact Us
Don's Page
Links
Site Map
 

New Postings

Headlines

Publications
MRC Articles
Books
Millennium Alert
Maranatha! Hope of Glory

Our World

Preparations for War
The New World Order
International Economic Order
Israel & US

God's Word

Prayer/Praise
Prophecy

 

 

THE MESSIAH

     

THE MESSIAH

“For to us a Child is born,
to us a Son is given;
and the government will rest
upon His shoulders.
His Name will be called
WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR,
MIGHTY GOD,
EVERLASTING FATHER,
PRINCE OF PEACE.”
(Isaiah 9:6)

 
By DON E. STANTON
© MARANATHA REVIVAL CRUSADE
APPLECROSS, W. AUSTRALIA
 
CONTENTS

DICTIONARY

INTRODUCTION
 
   
 
CONTENTS
The Messiah Has Come
The Person of The Messiah
The Genealogy of The Messiah
Two NT Genealogy of Y’shua
The Birth of The Messiah
The Pre-Existence of The Messiah
The Names of The Messiah
The Ministry of The Messiah
The Enmity, and the Rejection of The Messiah
The Wounds and Suffering of The Messiah
The Death and Burial of The Messiah
The Ascension and Vindication of The Messiah
The Reign and Kingdom of The Messiah
More Messianic Prophecies
Moses Profiles the Messiah
Joseph Prefigures the Messiah
“Who Do You Say that I Am?”
John's Declaration
Endtime Jewish Believers
The Mediator of a New Covenant
To Grow in Your Spiritual Life
 

DICTIONARY

Some of the terms used in this book.

THE MESSIAH: from the Hebrew word, HaMashiach, which means “The Anointed.” THE CHRIST also means “The Anointed,” and comes from the Greek word Christos.

YHWH: The Name of the Almighty revealed in the Hebrew Bible - The meaning of the Name is “the Eternally-existing One.” It may be pronounced as YAHWEH or Yahwah, but must be spoken with reverence.

Religious Jews do not speak the Name of YHWH, but use substitute words - Adonai (Lord) or HaShem (the Name).

But God never said, “Don't speak My Name!”

In most English Bibles, YHWH is rendered as LORD (four capital letters).
Y'shua is the original Hebrew Name of Jesus, and means, "Yahweh is Salvation."

OT: Old Testament.

NT: New Testament

BIBLE QUOTATIONS

used in this book are from the Clear Preferred Version (CPV), a clear, compared teaching version by Don Stanton. It employs modern English, and uses the original Names of YHWH and Y’shua. Words in italics are not in the original, but are supplied to complete or to amplify the English translation.

The CPV is not complete, but scriptural quotations used in most of our recent publications are from the Clear Preferred Version.

INTRODUCTION

THE English word "Messiah" is a transliteration of the Hebrew word Mashiach, which means “the Anointed One.”

To the Christian, The Messiah means Jesus Christ, God’s Anointed Saviour and returning King.

To the Jew the Messiah is a promised King-Deliverer who will save the Jewish people.

To others the Messiah is often a political or religious leader who speaks with “messianic fervour,” and has the solution to the problems of a country, or of the world.

Strangely, the word Messiah appears only four times in our English Bibles; twice in the OT (Daniel 9:25, 26), and twice in the NT (John 1:41, 4:25).

The word Mashiach is used 39 times in the Hebrew Bible, and is translated into English 37 times as the “Anointed”; many of these scriptures refer to the LORD’s anointed kings - Saul, David, and even to Cyrus in Isaiah 45:1.

So in Scripture Messiah is used of chosen leaders who were anointed of God. Many prophecies in the OT, however, anticipated the coming of The Messiah, and furnished many details about His life, His ministry, His sacrificial death, and His future reign.

The New Testament writers point to Y’shua (Jesus), as being that Anointed One.
“THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS ANOINTED (His Christ, His Messiah).” [Psalm 2:2].

For truly in this city, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against Your holy Servant Y’shua, whom You anointed, to do whatever Your Hand and Your Purpose predetermined to occur.” ... “You know how God anointed Y’shua of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power...” (Acts 4:26-28, 10:38)

“YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE O GOD, YOUR GOD HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.” [Psalm 45:6-7] (Hebrews 1:9)

Y’shua Himself, read Isaiah 61 in the synagogue at Nazareth, and applied the prophecy to Himself:

“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM FREEDOM FOR THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO RELEASE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF YHWH THE LORD.” [Isaiah 61:1-2] (Luke 4:18)

We may ask, why is the word “Messiah” not used more in the New Testament, especially when the NT is very clear that Y’shua is the Messiah? The simple answer is that the NT writers mostly used a Greek word that was already in usage in the Greek world - christos, which, like Mashiach, means anointed.

Christos, generally, has been transliterated into English as “Christ,” but if translated, it would read “The Anointed.”

Today the term, “The Messiah,” is emphasized by Jewish believers who have in more recent times, discovered the truth that Y’shua is indeed the Messiah - the One Israel has been waiting for, for so long.

"There were indeed many other signs that Y'shua also performed in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Y'shua is the Messiah (Jesus is the Christ), the Son of God; and that believing, you may have life in His Name." (John 20:30-31)

I pray that this message will help many readers, Gentiles as well as Jews, to find the Messiah, personally, and to receive the redemption and life that He alone can give.

THE MESSIAH HAS COME

ISRAEL has been waiting thousands of years for the coming of HaMashiach - the Anointed King-Deliverer, the Seed who was first promised to Adam and Eve - the One who would crush the head of the serpent, Satan.

Throughout history many have come claiming to be “The Messiah,” and many followers have believed that their particular leader was the Promised One.

But none of the great political, military or religious Israeli leaders of the past or present have genuinely evidenced the prophesied requirements of true Messiahship.

Except one - Y’shua of Nazareth! But we would not describe Y’shua as political, military or “religious.”

A great number of Jews in the first century AD, firmly believed that Y’shua was the Messiah. And hundreds of millions of people in the nations around the world have been strongly drawn to Him, believing that He is the Messiah and Saviour of the world.

(“Jesus” is an anglicized form of the name Y’shua).

Today there is a growing body of Jewish people around the world who believe with all their hearts that Y’shua is indeed The Messiah.

These Jewish believers, who are now numbered in hundreds of thousands, have dared to examine the life and teachings of the Man of Galilee. Subsequently they have embraced Y’shua as the Messiah, and as their Redeemer.

As they have studied more and more of the Torah, the Psalms, and the Prophets, and compared the prophecies with the NT records of the life of Y’shua, their faith in Y’shua as The Messiah has been strengthened. And as they have followed Him, they have not been disappointed.

Like Gentile believers, they believe that Y’shua died on the cross to pay the penalty of the sin of the world, and that He rose from the tomb and is alive for evermore. They believe Messiah returned to Heaven to intercede at the Throne of Grace so that people everywhere might believe in Him and receive His salvation.

And they believe He will return in the clouds to establish the Messianic king-dom, just as the prophet Daniel foretold.

“In the night visions, I kept looking, and then there was One like the Son of Man, coming in the clouds of heaven. He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.

Then He was given authority, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14)

The Scripture prophecies clearly reveal that the Messianic kingdom will be established by “the Root of Jesse,” the father of King David.

“In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to Him; and His place of rest will be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10)

The NT genealogies of Y’shua document the physical descent of Y’shua from Abraham, Jacob, David and Jesse.

The reaction of many Jews, however, is, “How can Y’shua be The Messiah?

He brought judgment on Israel, and the Jews have suffered tremendously because of Him, and because of His followers - even though He has been dead for nearly 2,000 years.”

This book gives documented evidence of the genuine Messiahship of Y’shua. And I ask my Jewish friends and non-Jewish readers, to weigh this evidence with an open mind.

We will trace the Scriptural prophecies concerning the Anointed One in the OT, and will consider the corres-ponding historical record of Y’shua of Galilee, in the New Testament.

First, let's read Isaiah’s statement concerning . .

THE PERSON OF THE MESSIAH

"For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government will rest upon His shoulders. His Name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

THE GENEALOGY OF THE MESSIAH

The Old Testament prophecies that Messiah would be ...

1 The Seed of Adam and Eve - (Eve)
“I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed (her descendant - Messiah); He will bruise and crush you on the head, and you will bruise and strike His heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

2 The Seed of Abraham
“And in your Seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 22:18)

3 The Seed of Isaac
“Then God said: ‘No, Sarah your wife will truly bear a son to you, and you shall call his name Isaac. And I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed (descendants) after him’.” (Genesis 17:19)

4 The Seed of Jacob
“I see Him, but not now; I observe Him, but not near. A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the sons of Sheth - tumult.” (Numbers 24:17)

5 The Seed of Judah
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” (Genesis 49:10)

6 The Seed of Jesse
“A shoot will spring up from the stem of Jesse, and from his roots a Branch will bear fruit ... In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to Him; and His place of rest will be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:1, 10)

7 The Seed of David
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will rest upon His shoulders. His Name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government and of peace. He will reign on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of YHWH of Hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

“In those days and at that time I will cause a Branch of Righteousness to spring up for David. He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.” (Jeremiah 33:15)

TWO NT GENEALOGIES OF Y’SHUA

The New Testament gives two genealogies of Y'shua of Nazareth. Both are correct. Matthew, the first writer gives the royal, legal genealogy of Y’shua right back to Abra-ham, through His adoptive father, Joseph.

MATTHEW 1:1-17
“The book of the genealogy of Y’shua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
To Abraham was born Isaac; and to Isaac, Jacob; and to Jacob, Judah and his brothers; and to Judah were born Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and to Perez was born Hezron; and to Hezron, Ram; and to Ram was born Amminadab; and to Amminadab, Nahshon; and to Nahshon, Salmon; and to Salmon was born Boaz by Rahab; and to Boaz was born Obed by Ruth, and to Obed, Jesse; and to Jesse was born David the king.

And to David was born Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah; and to Solomon was born Rehoboam; and to Rehoboam, Abiyah; and to Abiyah, Asa; and to Asa was born Joshaphat; and to Joshaphat, Joram, and to Joram, Uzziah; and to Uzziah was born Jotham; and to Jotham, Ahaz; and to Ahaz, Hezekiah; and to Hezekiah was born Manasseh; and to Manasseh, Amon; and to Amon, Joshiah; and to Joshiah were born Jekoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon, to Jekoniah was born Shealtiel; and to Shealtiel, Zerubbabel; and to Zerubbabel was born Abihud; and to Abihud, Eliakim; and to Eliakim, Azor; and to Azor was born Tzadok; and to Tzadok, Achim; and to Achim, Elihud; and to Elihud was born Eleazar; and to Eleazar, Matthan; and to Matthan; and to Jacob was born Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom was born Y’shua, who is called the Messiah.”

The second writer, Luke, gives a genealogy based on the actual blood descent of Y’shua through Mary, daughter of Eli. Joseph, Mary’s husband, is listed here, as he was the legal father of Y’shua. And the genealogy is traced from Y’shua back through Nathan, David, and Abraham, to Adam and God.

 

LUKE 3:23-38
“And when He began His ministry, Y’shua Himself
was about thirty years of age, being supposedly ...
the son of Joseph, the son-in-law of Eli,
the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai,
the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias,
the son of Amos, the son of Nahum,
the son of Hesli, the son of Naggai,
the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias,
the son of Semein, the son of Josech,
the son of Joda, the son of Joanan,
the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel,
the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,
the son of Melchi, the son of Addi,
the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam,
the son of Er, the son of Joshua,
the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim,
the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
the son of Simeon, the son of Judah,
the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam,
the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea,
the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha,
the son of Nathan, the son of David,
the son of Jesse, the son of Obed,
the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon,
the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab,
the son of Admin, the son of Ram,
the son of Hezron, the son of Perez,
the son of Judah, the son of Jacob
the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham,
the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
the son of Serug, the son of Reu,
the son of Peleg, the son of Heber,
the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan,
the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem,
the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch,
the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel,
the son of Cainan, the son of Enosh,
the son of Seth, the son of Adam,
the son of God.”

THE BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH

8 Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
OT: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too small to be noticed among the clans of Judah. From out of you will come forth for Me the One who will be ruler in Israel.” (Micah 5:2)
NT: “After Y’shua was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, wise men from the East arrived in Jerusalem.” (Matthew 2:1)

9 Messiah would be born to a virgin
OT: “Therefore the Sovereign Master Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and will give birth to a Son, and will call His Name Immanuel (God with us).” (Isaiah 7:14)
NT: “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary ... Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the Name, Y’SHUA ...’

‘How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin.” The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over-shadow you. For that reason the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God ... For nothing will be impossible with God.’

“Then Mary replied: ‘Here am I, the servant of the LORD. Let it happen to me according to your word.’ Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:26-38)

THE PRE-EXISTENCE OF THE MESSIAH

10 Messiah would be from Eternity
OT: “From out of you will come forth for Me the One who will be ruler in Israel. His origins are from of old - from eternity.” (Micah 5:2)
NT: “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)

THE NAMES OF THE MESSIAH

11 Messiah would be called the Son of God
OT: “Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has wrapped the waters in His garments?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His Name or His Son’s Name?
Surely you know!” (Proverbs 30:4)
OT: “I will proclaim the decree: YHWH said to Me, ‘You are My Son. Today I have begotten You.” (Psalm 2:7)
NT: “And a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Beloved, I am well pleased with Him’.” (Matthew 3:17)
NT: “And whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and cry out, ‘You are the Son of God!’” (Mark 3:11)

12 He would also be called “the Son of Man”
OT: “In the night visions, I kept looking, and then there was One like the Son of Man, coming in the clouds of heaven. He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.” (Daniel 7:13)
NT: “ ‘But in order for you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ - then He said to the paralytic, ‘Rise, take up your bed, and go to your house’.” (Matthew 9:6)
NT: “But being full of the Holy Spirit, he (Stephen) gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Y'shua standing at the right hand of God; and he said, ‘Look! I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the Right Hand of God’.” (Acts 7:55-56)

13 He would also be called Immanuel
OT: “Therefore the Sovereign Master Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and will give birth to a Son, and will call His Name Immanuel (God with us).” (Isaiah 7:14)
NT: “Behold! The virgin shall conceive, and will give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel;’ which translated means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from his sleep, he did as the angel of YHWH the LORD commanded him, and took her as his wife; but he did not have sexual relations with her until after she had given birth to her firstborn Son; and he called His Name Y’shua.” (Matthew 1:23-25)

14 The Name of God would be in Him
OT: “Look, I am going to send an angel (Messenger) before you to guard you along the way, and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Pay attention to Him and obey His voice; do not rebel against Him, for He will not pardon your transgression, for MY NAME IS IN HIM.” (Exodus 23:20-21)

The Name of the LORD (YHWH) begins with the initial “Y.” Yodh (Y) stands for Yah which is the short form of the Sacred Name of God, and it prefixes many Hebrew names such as Y’hoshua, Y’hudah, Y’khanyahu (Jeconiah), Y’hoshafat, Y’horam, Y’honachan, Y’hua, Y’shei, Y’hoash, and Y’SHUA. (Y’SHUA means “YHWH is Salvation”).
15 Messiah would be called Master (Lord)
OT: “YHWH says to my Sovereign Master, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ YHWH will send the sceptre of Your strength from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of Your enemies!’ ” (Psalm 110:1-2)
NT: “Y’shua, while teaching in the temple, answered, ‘How is it that the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself said by the Holy Spirit, YHWH SAID TO MY LORD, SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL.” (Mark 12:35-37)
 
 

THE MINISTRY OF THE MESSIAH

16 Messiah came to do the will of the Father
OT: “I have come. In the scroll of the book it is written of Me; I delight to do Your will, O My God.” (Psalm 40:7-8)
NT: “Y’shua said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34)
NT: “Father, if it is Your will, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 11:42)

17 Messiah would be a Prophet
OT: “I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18)
NT: “So the crowds were saying, ‘This is Y’shua, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee’.” (Matthew 21:11)

18 He would be a Priest
OT: “YHWH has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever, according to the order of Malkitzedek’.” (Psalm 110:4)
NT: “Therefore, holy brethren (you who are consecrated, sanctified and set apart for God), you who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Y’shua - meditate on Him, the Apostle and High Priest whom we publicly confess.” (Hebrews 3:1)

19 He would be a Judge
OT: “A throne will be established in kindness, and One will sit on it in truth, in the tent of David; judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.” (Isaiah 16:5)
OT: “O God, give Your judgments to the king, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son. May He judge Your people with righteousness and Your poor with justice.” (Psalm 72:1-2)
NT: “In the presence of God and the Messiah, Y'shua, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I solemnly charge you: Preach the Word!” (2 Timothy 4:1-2)

20 He would be a King
OT: “There will be no end to the increase of His government and of peace. He will reign on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of YHWH of Hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:7)
NT: “Pilate therefore said to Him, ‘Are You a king then?’ Y’shua answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice’.” (John 18:37)

21 He would be Anointed by the Spirit of YHWH
OT: “The Spirit of YHWH will rest upon Him - The Spirit of Wisdom and of Understanding, The Spirit of Counsel and of Power, The Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of YHWH.” (Isaiah 11:2)
NT: “As soon as Y’shua was baptized, He went up out of the water; and at that moment, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting upon Him. And a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Beloved, I am well pleased with Him’.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

22 He would have great zeal for the House of God
OT: “Because zeal for Your House has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.” (Psalm 69:9)
NT: “Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and Y’shua went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money-changers sitting doing business. And having made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ coins and overturned the tables. And He said to those selling doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Do not make the House of My Father a house of merchandise!’ Then His disciples remembered that it was written, THE ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE HAS EATEN ME UP.” (John 2:13-17)

23 He would be preceded by a Messenger
OT: “A voice is crying in the wilderness; ‘Prepare the way of YHWH, make straight in the desert a highway for our God’.” (Isaiah 40:3)
NT: “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.' This is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet, 'THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDER-NESS, PREPARE THE WAY OF YHWH (the LORD), MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'” (Matthew 3:1-3)

24 He would minister in Galilee
OT: “But there will be no more gloom for her who was in distress; as when at first He lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphthali, but later on He will honour her, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who live in the land of the shadow of death, the light has shone.” (Isaiah 9:1-2)
NT: “Now Y’shua, having heard that John had been put in prison, He withdrew to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

THE LAND OF ZEBULUN AND THE LAND OF NAPHTALI, BY THE WAY OF THE SEA, BEYOND THE JORDAN, GALILEE OF THE GENTILES; THE PEOPLE WHO SAT IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND UPON THOSE WHO SAT IN THE REGION AND SHADOW OF DEATH LIGHT HAS DAWNED.

“From that time Y’shua began to preach, crying out, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near’.” (Matthew 4:12-17)

25 His ministry would include miracles
OT: “Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. The lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy. For the waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Arabah.” (Isaiah 35:5-6)
NT: “And Y’shua was going about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness.” (Matthew 9:35)

26 He would often teach through parables
OT: “I open My mouth in a parable; I utter hidden things of old.” (Psalm 78:2)
NT: “All these things Y’shua spoke to the multitudes in parables, and He did not say anything to them without using a parable. This was in fulfilment of what was spoken through the prophet, I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD.” (Matthew 13:34-35)

27 He would suddenly enter the Temple
OT: “The Master whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple.” (Malachi 3:1)
NT: “Then Y’shua went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Y’shua said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things? I tell you the truth, not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down’.” (Matthew 24:1-2)

28 He would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey
OT: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and having salvation, humble, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)
NT: “Now when they came near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Y’shua sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loosen them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Master needs them,” and immediately he will send them.’

“All this was done that it might be fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet, saying: TELL THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, LOOK! YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, MEEK, AND SITTING ON A DONKEY, AND ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A DONKEY. So the disciples went, and having done as Y’shua commanded them, they brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and He sat on them.” (Matthew 21:1-7)

29 He would be a Light to the Gentile nations
OT: “I, YHWH, have called You in righteousness, and I take hold of Your hand and guard You, and give You for a covenant to the people, and a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, and to release from the dungeon those who sit is darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7)
NT: “And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: THE PEOPLE WHO SAT IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND UPON THOSE WHO SAT IN THE REGION AND SHADOW OF DEATH LIGHT HAS DAWNED.” (Matthew 4:13-14, 16)

“Master, now You will let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your Salvation (Your Yeshu’ah) which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a Light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the Glory of Your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)

THE ENMITY, AND THE REJECTION OF THE MESSIAH

30 He would be a "rejected stone," but would become the Chief Cornerstone
OT: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner - the cornerstone or captsone. This was from YHWH; it is marvellous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:22-23)
NT: “Because it is also contained in the Scripture, SEE, I LAY IN ZION A CHOSEN AND PRECIOUS CORNER STONE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES ON HIM WILL BY NO MEANS BE PUT TO SHAME. Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER - THE CORNERSTONE or CAPTSONE, and A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENCE. They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” (1 Peter 2:6-8)

31 He would be betrayed by a friend
OT: “Even my friend and ally, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9)
NT: “‘I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, HE WHO EATS BREAD WITH ME HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME. From now on I am telling you, before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He’ ... When Y’shua had said this, He was troubled in spirit and testified. He said, ‘Most definitely, I tell you, that one of you will betray Me’.” (John 13:18-19, 21)
“... and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him.” (Matthew 10:4)
This Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve close disciples of Y’shua, ate the Passover with Y’shua on the same night he betrayed Him.

32 He would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver
OT: “And I said to them, ‘If you think it good, give me my wages; but if not, don’t give!’ So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.” (Zechariah 11:12)
NT: “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought a good opportunity to betray Him.” (Matthew 26:14-16)

33 The Messiah’s “blood money” would be cast into the House of the LORD
OT: “And YHWH said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’ - that handsome price at which they priced me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the House of YHWH for the potter.” (Zechariah 11:13)
NT: “Then he (Judas Iscariot) threw down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary and departed, and went and hanged himself.” (Matthew 27:5)

34 The “blood money” would be given for a potter’s field
OT: “And YHWH said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’ - that handsome price at which they priced me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the House of YHWH for the potter.” (Zechariah 11:13)
NT: “And the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.’ So they took counsel and bought with the silver the potter’s field, for the burial of strangers.” (Matthew 27:6-7)

35 He would be forsaken by His followers
OT: “O sword, awake against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My companion, declares YHWH of Hosts. Smite the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” (Zechariah 13:7)
NT: “Then Y’shua said to them, ‘All of you will be offended because of Me this night -you will all flee away;for it has been written; I WILL STRIKE THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP WILL BE SCATTERED ... Then all the disciples deserted Him and fled.” (Mark 14:27, 50)

36 His friends would stand afar off
OT: “My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my neighbours stand afar off.” (Psalm 38:11)
NT: “But all the acquaintances of Y’shua, including the women who accompanied Him from Galilee, were standing at a distance, watching these things.” (Luke 23:49)

37 He would be accused by false witnesses
OT: “Violent and ruthless witnesses rise up; they question me on things I know nothing about.” (Psalm 35:11)
NT: “Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council were seeking false testimony against Y’shua in order to put Him to death, but found none, even though many false witnesses came forward.” (Matthew 26:59-60)

38 He would remain silent before His accusers
OT: “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)
NT: “And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He gave no answer.” (Matthew 27:12)

39 He would be rejected by His own people
OT: “He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3)
NT: “Then Pilate, having called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them. ‘You have brought this Man to me, as one who incites the people to rebellion. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; and neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and look, He has done nothing worthy of death. I will therefore punish Him and release Him.’
“(For it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast.)
“But they all cried out - the whole crowd, saying, ‘Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas’ - a man who had been thrown into prison for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder.
“Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Y’shua, again called out to them. But they kept shouting, ‘Crucify Him, crucify Him!’ And he said to them the third time, ‘Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him.’
“But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.
“So Pilate gave sentence that their demand should be granted. And he released to them the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder; but he turned Y’shua over to their will.” (Luke 23:13-18, 21-25)

40 He would be hated without a cause
OT: “Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. They are mighty who would destroy me - my lying enemies!” (Psalm 69:4)
NT: “But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which was written in their law, THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.” (John 15:25)

Even though Y’shua had done nothing wrong, He was hated, and the crowd clamoured for His death.

41 People would shake their heads at Him
OT: “And I, I have become a reproach to them; when they see me, they shake their heads.” (Psalm 109:25)
NT: “And those passing by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads.” (Matthew 27:39)

42 People would stare at Him
OT: “I can count all My bones. They look, they stare at Me.” (Psalm 22:17)
NT: “Now the people stood watching, but the rulers scoffed and sneered at Him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘let Him save Himself if He is really the Messiah, the One chosen by God’.” (Luke 23:35)

THE WOUNDS AND SUFFERING OF THE MESSIAH

43 He would be pierced
OT: “But He was pierced through for our transgressions.” (Isaiah 53:5)
NT: “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and instantly blood and water came out.” (John 19:34)

44 He would be bruised
OT: “He was bruised for our iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:5)
NT: “Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others slapped Him, saying, ’Prophesy to us, Messiah! Who is the one who struck You?’” (Matthew 26:67-68)

45 He would be scourged
OT: “The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
NT: “Then he released Barabbas to them; and after scourging Y’shua, he delivered Him over to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26)

46 His hands would be wounded
OT: “And someone will say to him, ‘What are these wounds in your hands?’ Then he shall say, ‘These are the wounds I received in the house of those who love me’.” (Zechariah 13:6)
Y'shua was nailed to the execution stake. Nails were driven through His hands. After His resurrection, He showed the wounds in His hands to His disciples.
NT: “And having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples therefore rejoiced when they saw the Master.” (John 20:20)

47 He would be smitten and humiliated
OT: “I gave my back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from humiliation and spiting.” (Isaiah 50:6)
NT: “Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others slapped Him.” (Matthew 26:67)

48 He would be mocked
OT: “All who see Me, mock Me; they grimace and shake the head, saying, ‘Cast yourself on YHWH! Let Him deliver Him! Let Him rescue Him, since He has delighted in Him’.” (Psalm 22:7-8)
NT: “Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left. And those passing by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads, and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the stake.’ Likewise the chief priests, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking and saying, ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the stake, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, “I am the Son of God”.’ Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same insults.” (Matthew 27:38-44)

49 He would be weak, and an object of scorn
OT: “My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh has grown lean, without fatness. And I, I have become a reproach to them; when they see me, they shake their heads.” (Psalm 109:24-25)
NT: “And those passing by were blaspheming Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Ha! You who destroy the Temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the stake!’” (Mark 15:29-30)

50 He would be put to death alongside transgressors
OT: “He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)
NT: “Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.” (Matthew 27:38)

51 His hands and feet would be pierced
OT: “A band of evildoers has encircled Me. They pierced My hands and My feet.” (Psalm 22:16)
NT: “And when they came to Calvary, the place called 'The Skull,' there they crucified Him along with the criminals - one of His right, the other on His left.” (Luke 23:33)

Roman crucifixion usually demanded the nailing of the victim to a stake. Nails were hammered into the hands, or wrists, and the feet of criminals in various ways. After His resurrection, Y’shua showed His wounded hands and side to His disciples.
NT: “And having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples therefore rejoiced when they saw the Master.” (John 20:20)

52 His bones would be out of joint
OT: “I am poured out like water, all My bones are out of joint.” (Psalm 22:14)
NT: “There they crucified Him.” (Luke 23:33)
In this cruel form of Roman execution, a person was first nailed to a stake. The stake was then dropped into a hole in the ground so that it stood upright. Because of the nail-ing of the hands and feet, the body of Y’shua, as with all crucified victims, was wrenched, and His joints dislocated.

53 But none of His bones would be broken
OT: “He keeps and protects all His bones; not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:20)
The Romans would, when necessary, hasten the death of a crucified person by breaking his legs.
NT: “Therefore, because it was the day of preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate to have their legs broken, and that they be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man, and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Y’shua and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.” (John 19:31-33)

54 He would intercede for His persecutors
OT: “He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)
NT: “Then Y’shua prayed, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’.” (Luke 23:34)

55 Lots would be cast for His garments
OT: “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” (Psalm 22:18)
NT: “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Y’shua, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. So they said to each other, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it - whose it shall be,’ that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says, THEY DIVIDED MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS. [Ps 22:18]. Therefore the soldiers did these things.” (John 19:23-24)

56 He would suffer thirst
OT: “For my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” (Psalm 69:21)
NT: “After this, Y’shua, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I am thirsty!’ ” (John 19:28)

57 He would be offered gall and vinegar to drink
OT: “They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” (Psalm 69:21)
NT: “They gave Him wine mingled with gall to drink. And after tasting it, He would not drink.” (Matthew 27:34)

Gall is a poisonous, bitter herb. A stupefying drink, made of wine with gall, was offered to Y’shua, but He would not drink it.

58 He would utter a forsaken cry
OT: “El-i, El-i, lemah shebachtani? My God, my God; Why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from saving Me, and from the words of My groaning?” (Psalm 22:1)
NT: “And about the ninth hour Y’shua cried out with a loud voice, saying, E-li, El-i, lemah shebachtani? that is, ‘MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?’ ” (Matthew 27:46)

59 He would commit Himself to God
OT: “Into Your hand I commit My spirit. You have redeemed me, O YHWH, God of truth.” (Psalm 31:5)
NT: “Then Y’shua, called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.’ And with these words He gave up His spirit and breathed His last.” (Luke 23:46)

60 His heart would break
OT: “My heart has become like wax; it has melted within Me.” (Psalm 22:14)
NT: “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and instantly blood and water came out.” (John 19:34)

The blood and water which came forth from His side is believed to be evidence that Y’shua’s heart had literally burst. The appearance of both blood and water indicate that He had been dead long enough for the blood to separate into its component elements.

61 His side would be pierced
OT: “And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication, so they will look on Me, the One they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly for Him, like the bitter weeping over a lost first-born.” (Zechariah 12:10)
NT: “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and instantly blood and water came out.” (John 19:34)

62 The sun would go down at midday
OT: “And it shall be in that day, declares the Sovereign Master YHWH, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and darken the earth on a bright day.” (Amos 8:9)
NT: “Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.” (12 noon to 3 pm). (Matthew 27:45)

63 The Festival would be turned into mourning as for an only son
OT: “I will turn your festivals into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, and baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, and its end like a day of bitterness.” (Amos 8:10)
This prophecy was fulfilled when Y’shua died. There was great mourning in Israel, for many people had seen His mighty miracles, and had believed in Him.
There will also be another day, as Zechariah declared, when Israel will mourn because of the One they pierced. This will occur on the coming day when the Messiah will be revealed to Israel.
OT: “And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication, so they will look on Me, the One they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly for Him, like the bitter weeping over a (lost) first-born.” (Zechariah 12:10)

64 The iniquity of men would be laid on Him
OT: “All of us like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way, but YHWH has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” (Isaiah 53:6)
NT: “So the Messiah, the Anointed One, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not bearing sin again, but bringing salvation to those who are eagerly expecting Him.” (Hebrews 9:28)

THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF THE MESSIAH

65 He would be buried in a rich man’s tomb
OT: “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, yet with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9)
NT: “Now when evening came, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Y’shua. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Y’shua. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. After taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and went away.” (Matthew 27:57-60)

66 He would rise from the dead
OT: “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; (the grave or place of the dead), neither will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10)
NT: “And the angel said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Y’shua of Nazareth who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here; See the place where they laid Him’.” (Mark 16:6)
NT: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that the Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of who remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles ... But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, and He became the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep - (believers who have died).” (1 Corinthians 15:3-7, 20)

THE ASCENSION AND VINDICATION OF THE MESSIAH

67 He would ascend to Heaven
OT: “You have ascended on high; You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that Yah God may dwell there.” (Psalm 68:18)
NT: “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was caught up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9)

68 He would be seated at the Right Hand of YHWH
OT: “YHWH says to my Master, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet’.” (Psalm 110:1)
NT: “The Son being the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His very being and nature, upholds all things by His powerful word. And after He had, by offering Himself, purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3)

69 He would be crowned with glory and majesty
OT: “You have made Him a little lower than the angels of God, and have crowned Him with glory and honour!” (Psalm 8:5)
NT: “But we do see Y’shua, who was made for a little while lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because He suffered death - for the grace of God, working for the salvation of sinners, required that He should taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory, it was most appropriate that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:9-10)

70 He would rule over everything
OT: “You made Him rule over the works of Your hands; You put everything under His feet.” (Psalm 8:6)
NT: “For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, ‘All things are put in subjection,’ it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:27-28)

THE REIGN AND KINGDOM OF THE MESSIAH

71 He will come with the clouds
OT: “In the night visions, I kept looking, and then there was One like the Son of Man, coming in the clouds of heaven. He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.” (Daniel 7:13)
NT: “Look! He is COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even THOSE WHO PIERCED HIM; and all the tribes of the earth WILL MOURN BECAUSE OF HIM. Even so, Amen (let it be)!” (Revelation 1:7)
NT: “For the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. Then the dead in Christ - those who died in union with the Messiah - shall rise first. Then we, the living believers who remain, will simultaneously be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air. And so we will be with the Master for ever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

72 He would be given a kingdom and an eternal dominion
OT: “Then He was given authority, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:14)
NT: “These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in the Messiah, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right and in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.
“And He put all things under His feet, and made Him the Head over all things for the Church - the universal assembly of believers who are in fellowship with Y’shua - which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:19-23)
NT: “Therefore (because He stooped so low), God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Y’shua every knee should bow - in heaven and on earth and under the earth - and every tongue confess that Y’shua the Messiah is Lord (the Heavenly Master), to the glory of YHWH, God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

MORE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES AND DECLARATIONS

An Angelic Declaration
NT: “And an angel of the LORD suddenly appeared to them, and the Glory of YHWH the LORD shone around them; and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people; for today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you. He is Christ, the Messiah, the Sovereign Master’.” (Luke 2:9-12)

Y’shua’s Declaration about His Ministry
NT: “For YHWH, the Almighty God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten (His unique) Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him, should not perish, but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16)

The Authority and Exaltation of Y’shua the Messiah
NT: “And Y’shua came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’.” (Matthew 28:18)
NT: “These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in Christ, the Messiah, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:19-21)
NT: “In these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the ages and the universe. The Son being the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His very being and nature, upholds all things by His powerful word. And after He had, by offering Himself, purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:2-3)

MOSES PROFILES THE MESSIAH

IN the 5th book of the Old Testament, Moses told Israel of the promise of God to raise up a similar type of prophet:
OT: God said: “I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And whoever will not listen to My words which He shall speak in My Name, I Myself will call him to account.” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19)

This promise of God establishes two facts about The Messiah.
1. The Messiah would be like Moses in various ways, but He would be singularly distinguished from all other prophets.
2. The Messiah would have unique authority - more than any other prophet, and if anyone should refuse to hear Him, God would bring judgment on that person.
In the 5th book of the New Testament, the apostle Peter explained how this prophecy applied to Y’shua of Nazareth, whom he boldly declared was The Messiah.

“‘For Moses truly said to the fathers, THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN. HIM YOU SHALL HEAR IN ALL THINGS, WHATEVER HE SAYS TO YOU. AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT EVERY SOUL WHO WILL NOT HEAR THAT PROPHET SHALL BE UTTERLY DESTROYED FROM AMONG THE PEOPLE.

‘Likewise, all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Y’shua, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your wicked ways’.” (Acts 3:22-26)

A careful comparison of the lives of Moses and Y’shua, reveals at least twenty-seven distinct parallels between them.

1 Both Moses and Y’shua were born in a period when Israel was under foreign rule
OT: “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph ... So they set slave-masters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.” (Exodus 1:8, 11)
NT: “In those days a decree was issued by Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the entire (Roman) world. (This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to register for the census, each to his own town or city. And Joseph also, because he was of the house and line of David, went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the town of David which is called Bethlehem; in order to register, along with Mary, his betrothed wife who was expecting a child.” (Luke 2:1-5)

2 Cruel kings decided that both Moses and Y’shua should be killed as infants
OT: “Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah, and he said, ‘When you deliver the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but kept the male children alive.” (Exodus 1:15-17)
NT: “Then when Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the wise men, he became furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the wise men.” (Matthew 2:16)

3 The faith of both Moses’ and Y’shua’s parents saved the babies’ lives
OT: “And the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took a papyrus basket for him, daubed it with tar and pitch, put the child in it, and set it among the reeds by the edge of the Nile river. And his sister stood at a distance, to know what would happen to him.” (Exodus 2:2-4)
NT: “By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after he was born, because they saw he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid of the king’s decree.” (Hebrews 11:23)
NT: “When they had departed, an angel of YHWH the LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up!’ he said, ‘take the Child and His mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you otherwise; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.’ So he got up, took the Child and His mother during the night and departed for Egypt.” (Matthew 2:13-14)

4 Both Moses and Y’shua found protection for a time with the people of Egypt
OT: “And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, ‘Because I drew him out of the water’.” (Exodus 2:10)
NT: “So he got up, took the Child and His mother during the night and departed for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the LORD has said through the prophet: OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON.” (Matthew 2:14-15)

5 Both Moses and Y’shua displayed unusual wisdom and understanding
NT: “‘And Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and works’.” (Acts 7:22)
NT: “After three days they found Him (the 12-year-old Y'shua) in the temple, sitting among the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and answers.” (Luke 2:46-47)

6 Both Moses’ and Y’shua’s characters were marked by meekness and humility
OT: “(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)” (Numbers 12:3)
NT: “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

7 Both Moses and Y’shua were completely faithful to God
OT: “Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house.” (Numbers 12:7)
NT: “Therefore, holy brethren (you who are consecrated, sanctified and set apart for God), you who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Y’shua - meditate on Him, the Apostle and High Priest whom we publicly confess. He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all of God’s household. [Numbers 12:7]. For Y’shua has been counted worthy of greater honour and glory than Moses, inasmuch as the builder of the house has greater honour than the house itself.
“For every house is built by someone, but the One who has built all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all His household as a servant, and this was a testimony to the things which were to be spoken in the future. But the Messiah - was faithful as a Son over His Father’s house. And we are His household, if we hold firmly to the end, our confidence and triumphant hope in Him.” (Hebrews 3:1-6)

8 Both Moses and Y’shua were rejected by Israel for a time
OT: “And he went out the second day and saw two Hebrew men fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, ‘Why are you striking your companion?’ Then he said, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?’ Then Moses feared and said, ‘Surely this thing is known!’ ” (Exodus 2:13-14)
OT: “Now when the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, ‘Come, make us gods that will go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him’.” (Exodus 32:1)
NT: “But the governor answered and said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, ‘What then shall I do with Y’shua who is called the Messiah?’ They all said to him, ‘Let Him be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:21-22)

9 Both Moses and Y’shua were criticized by their brothers and sisters
OT: “Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite (Ethiopian) woman whom he had married - for he had married a Cushite woman.” (Numbers 12:1)
NT: “For not even His brothers were believing in Him.” (John 7:5)

10 Both Moses and Y’shua were received by Gentiles after being rejected by Israel
OT: “When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well ... Then Moses was willing to live with the man, and the man gave Tzipporah his daughter to Moses in marriage.” (Exodus 2:15, 21)
NT: “And the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the Word of God. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy; and contradicting and speaking evil, they opposed what Paul was saying.
“But speaking out boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, ‘It was necessary that the Word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, see, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Master commanded us; I HAVE SET YOU TO BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BRING SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
“Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the Word of the LORD. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:44-48)

11 Both Moses and Y’shua prayed asking forgiveness for God’s people
OT: “Then Moses returned to YHWH and said, ‘Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! ‘Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, please blot me out of Your book which You have written’.” (Exodus 32:31-32)
NT: “Then Y’shua prayed, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’.” (Luke 23:34)

12 Both Moses and Y’shua were willing to bear the punishment for God’s people
OT: “Then Moses returned to YHWH and said, ‘Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! ‘Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, please blot me out of Your book which You have written’.” (Exodus 32:31-32)
NT: “For indeed the Messiah died for sins once for all, the Righteous on behalf of the unrighteous, so that He might bring us to God. He was put to death in the body, but was brought to life by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)

13 Both Moses and Y’shua endured a forty-day fast
OT: “So he was there with YHWH forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.” (Exodus 34:28)
NT: “And fasting for forty days and forty nights, He, Y’shua, then became hungry.” (Matthew 4:2)

14 Both Moses and Y’shua spoke with God face to face
OT: “Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house. I speak with him mouth to mouth, and plainly, and not in riddles. And he sees the form of YHWH. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:7-8)
OT: “But since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom YHWH knew face to face.” (Deuteronomy 34:10)
NT: “No man has seen God at any time; but ‘he only begotten’ - the unique Son who is, and who has been eternally in the bosom of the Father (that is, in the intimate Presence of the Father), has made Him known.” (John 1:18)

15 Both Moses and Y’shua went up into a high mountain to have communion with God, taking some of their closest followers with them
OT: “Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet it was like a pavement of sapphire stone, as clear as the sky itself.” (Exodus 24:9-10)
NT: “And after six days Y’shua took with Him Peter and Jacob and John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves ... while he was still speaking, look! suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them; and then a voice was heard out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I delight. Hear Him!’.” (Matthew 17:1, 5)

16 After their mountaintop experiences, both Moses’ and Y’shua’s faces shone with supernatural glory
OT: “But whenever Moses went in before YHWH to speak with Him, he would remove the veil until he came out. And whenever he came out he spoke to the children of Israel whatever he had been commanded, and the children of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.” (Exodus 34:34, 35)
NT: “And He (Y'shua) was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” (Matthew 17:2)

17 God spoke audibly from heaven to both Moses and Y’shua
OT: “And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and the voice of God answered him. Then YHWH came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And YHWH called Moses to the top of the mountain; and Moses went up.” (Exodus 19:19-20)
NT: “And Y’shua answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified’ ... ‘Father, glorify Your Name.’ Then a voice came from heaven: ‘I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again’.” (John 12:23, 28)

18 Both Moses’ and Y’shua’s places of burial were attended by angels
NT: “But even Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring an abusive condemnation against him, but (simply) said, ‘The LORD rebuke you’.” (Jude 9)
NT: “Then suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of YHWH the LORD came down from heaven and came to the tomb, rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. Then the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Y’shua, the One who was crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised, just as He said, Come, see the place where He lay’.” (Matthew 28:2, 5-6)

19 Both Moses and Y’shua appeared alive after their deaths
NT: “And then they saw Moses and Elijah appear to them, talking with Him.” (Matthew 17:3)
NT: “When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were together, for fear of the Jews, Y’shua came and stood in their midst, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ And having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples therefore rejoiced when they saw the Master.” (John 20:19, 20)

20 Both Moses and Y’shua were teachers
OT: “‘Now, O Israel, listen to the laws and the judgments which I am teaching you to do, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which YHWH, God of your fathers is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 4:1)
NT: “Now there was a man of the Pharisees - Nicodemus was his name - a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Y’shua by night, and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could do these signs that You do if God were not with him’.” (John 3:1-2)

21 Both Moses and Y’shua were shepherds to God’s people
OT: “You led Your people like a flock, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” (Psalm 77:20)
NT: “I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep ... My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:11, 27)

22 Both Moses and Y’shua revealed God’s Name to the people
OT: “Then Moses said to God, ‘Behold, when I come to the sons of Israel, and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they say to me, “What is His name?” What shall I say to them?’ And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘This is what you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you”.’ ” (Exodus 3:13-14)
NT: “I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word ... Now I am no longer in the world; but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name, the Name which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are. While I was with them in the world, I was keeping them in Your Name. Those whom You have given Me, I have kept, and not one of them perished except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” (John 17:6, 11-12)

23 Through both Moses and Y’shua God gave His people food from a supernatural source
OT: “And when the layer of dew evaporated, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread which YHWH has given you to eat’.” (Exodus 16:14-15)
NT: “And having directed the crowds to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed; and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the crowds. So they all ate, and were satisfied; and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces left over. And there were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:19-21)

24 Both Moses and Y’shua brought deliverance to God’s people
OT: “And YHWH said, ‘I have indeed seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their slave-drivers, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites ... So now come; I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt’.” (Exodus 3:7-8, 10)

NT: “And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. When He opened the scroll, He found the place where it was written: THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM FREEDOM FOR THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO RELEASE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF YHWH. ... The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on Him, and He began by saying to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’.” (Luke 4:17-19, 21)

25 Both Moses and Y’shua brought healing to God’s people
OT: “Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. But the people became very impatient on the way. So YHWH sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Then the people came to Moses, and said, ‘We have sinned, for we have spoken against YHWH and against you. Intercede with YHWH that He may remove the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. Then YHWH said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and then, when anyone is bitten, and he looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a serpent and looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” (Numbers 21:4, 6-9)
NT: “And Y’shua was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)
NT: “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

26 Both Moses and Y’shua worked great miracles
OT: “But since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom YHWH knew face to face, for all the signs and wonders which YHWH sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh and all his servants, and in all his land, and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.” (Deuteronomy 34:10-12)
NT: “Men of Israel, hear these words: Y’shua of Nazareth, a Man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as yourselves also know.” (Acts 2:22)

27 Both Moses and Y’shua established and sealed with blood a covenant between God and His people
OT: “Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, ‘All that YHWH has spoken we will do, and obey.’ And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, ‘Look! The blood of the covenant which YHWH has made with you concerning all these words’.” (Exodus 24:7-8)
NT: “But when the Messiah appeared as High Priest of the better things to come, and that are now here, He entered into the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with human hands, that is to say, not of this material creation.
“He entered once and for all into the Holy of Holies in Heaven. And He entered, not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of His own blood, having secured eternal redemption for us.

“For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a burnt heifer sprinkled on those who have been defiled, is sufficient to sanctify for the purification of the flesh so that they become ceremonially clean, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, the Anointed - who by virtue of His eternal Spirit (His eternal divine personality) offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God - cleanse your conscience from dead works, so that we may serve the living God!

“For this reason - His sacrifice - He is the Mediator of a new covenant. Because a death has taken place which redeems people from the transgressions committed under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.” (Hebrews 9:11-15)

JOSEPH PREFIGURES THE MESSIAH

1 Both Joseph and Y’shua were the beloved of their Fathers
OT: “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a distinctive, ornamented, multi-coloured robe.” (Genesis 37:3)
NT: “And a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My Son, My Beloved, I am well pleased with Him.” (Matthew 3:17)

2 Both Joseph and Y’shua prophesied of future glory
OT: “He said to them, ‘Please listen to this dream which I have had. Look; we were binding sheaves in the field, and then my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and suddenly your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf’.” (Genesis 37:6-7)
NT: “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY [Daniel 7:13] with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:30)

3. Both Joseph and Y’shua prophesied of their future rulership/authority
OT: “Now he had still another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, ‘Look! I have had still another dream; and I saw the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me’.” (Genesis 37:9)
NT: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy messengers.” (Luke 9:26)

4 Both Joseph and Y’shua were rejected by their brothers
OT: “Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.” (Genesis 37:5)
NT: “ For not even His brothers were believing in Him at that time.” (John 7:5)

5 Both Joseph and Y’shua walked with their Father
OT: “Then he said to him, ‘Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me’.” (Genesis 37:14)
NT: “Let the same attitude and purpose be in you which was in the Messiah, Y’shua, who, although existing in the form of God - being in very nature God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself (of all rightful dignity), taking the form of a bond-servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:5-7)

6 Both Joseph and Y’shua were betrayed into the hands of the Gentiles
OT: “Then some Midianite traders passed by, so his brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.” (Genesis 37:28)
NT: “But Y’shua said to him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?’ ” (Luke 22:48)

7 In both cases, God turned the adversity around to bring salvation to His people
OT: “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Genesis 45:7)
NT: “So then, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation to all men, so also the result of one righteous act was justification of life to all men.” (Romans 5:18)

8 Both Joseph and Y’shua were tempted to the utmost, but did not sin
OT: “It came about as she spoke to Joseph day after day, that he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.” (Genesis 39:10)
NT: “For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to understand and sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

9 Both Joseph and Y’shua prospered
OT: “The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because YHWH was with him; and YHWH gave him success in whatever he did ...
“He (Pharaoh) had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, ‘Bow the knee!’ And he set him over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 39:23. 41:43)
NT: “Therefore (because He humbled Himself), God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the Name that is above every name.” (Philippians 2:9)

10 Both Joseph and Y’shua were falsely accused
OT: “She called to the men of her household and said to them, ‘See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed’.” (Genesis 39:14)
NT: “And the chief priests and the scribes stood there, accusing Him intensely.” (Luke 23:10)

11 Both Joseph and Y’shua were featured with two criminals
OT: “Then the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt, who were confined in jail, both had a dream the same night, each man with his own dream and each dream with its own interpretation. When Joseph came to them in the morning and observed them, he saw they were dejected.” (Genesis 40:5-6)
NT: “Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.” (Matthew 27:38)

12 Both Joseph and Y’shua were betrayed by a Judah/Judas
OT: “Judah said to his brothers, ‘What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come let us sell him to the Ishmaelites …” (Genesis 37:26-27)
NT: “While He was still speaking, a crowd suddenly came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Y’shua to kiss Him. But Y’shua said to him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?’ ” (Luke 22:47-48)

13 Both Joseph and Y’shua had a servant’s heart
OT: “Joseph provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number in their families.” (Genesis 47:12)
NT: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

14 Both Joseph and Y’shua were forgotten by those they helped
OT: “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.” (Genesis 40:23)
NT: Then all the disciples left Him and fled.” (Matthew 26:56).
OT: A Messianic Psalm 31:12-13: “I have been forgotten like a dead man - out of sight and out of mind. I am like a missing and perishing vessel. For I have heard the slander of man; and there’s fear on every side; in uniting together against me, they scheme to take my life.”

15 Joseph was given a Gentile bride; Y’shua has been given a predominately Gentile bride
OT: “Then Pharaoh named Joseph, Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went forth over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:45)
NT: And they sang a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You have redeemed us to God out of every tribe, language, people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)

16 Both Joseph and Y’shua were destined for exaltation
OT: “The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors, up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the one who was separated from, and distinguished among, his brothers.” (Genesis 49:26)
NT: “Therefore (because He humbled Himself), God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Y’shua every knee should bow - in heaven and on earth and under the earth -and every tongue confess that Y’shua the Messiah is Lord (the Heavenly Master), to the glory of YHWH, God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

17 Every knee would bow to Joseph, and to Y’shua
OT: “He had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, ‘Bow the knee!’ And he set Joseph over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:43)
NT: “That at the Name of Y’shua every knee should bow - in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Philippians 2:10)
NT: “And they were saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom, and might and honour and glory and blessing’.” (Revelation 5:12)

18 Both Joseph and Y’shua were not recognised at first
OT: “But Joseph had recognised his brothers, although they did not recognise him.” (Genesis 42:8)
NT: “Now while they were talking and reasoning, Y’shua Himself drew near, and went with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.” (Luke 24:15-16)

19 Both Joseph and Y’shua were mistakenly identified as Gentiles
OT: “Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.” (Genesis 42:6)
NT: “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:11)

Because Y’shua was largely rejected by the Jewish people, the concept of the Messiah took on a Gentile (European) appearance, especially in paintings. The Jewish people came to regard “Jesus” as a Gentile “god.”

20 Both Joseph and Y’shua wept bitterly
OT: “He (Joseph) wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.” (Genesis 45:2)
NT: “During the days of His life on earth, Y’shua offered up both prayers and petitions, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him out of death; and He was heard because of His reverent submission to God.” (Hebrews 5:7)

“WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?”

COMMENTING on what people were saying about His identity, Y’shua asked His disciples this question.
NT: “ ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ (The Messiah) of God’.” (Luke 9:20)
Peter, one of the closest disciples, walked closely with the Messiah, and ultimately died for His Name. He was em-phatic that Y’shua alone is the Saviour. He boldly declared:
NT: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven than Y’shua, that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The foregoing pages have provided much evidence to support our firm faith that Y’shua, Jesus, is indeed the promised Redeemer.

Dear reader, in case you have any lingering doubts about Jesus being the Messiah, I want to present a few more facts.

Y’shua claimed to be the Messiah
NT: “The woman (of Samaria) said to Him, ‘I know that the Messiah is coming, the One who is called The Messiah - the Anointed. When that One comes He will declare all things to us.’ Y’shua said to her, ‘I am He, the One speaking to you’.” (John 4:25-26)

Y’shua claimed to be the Way to the Father
NT: Y’shua said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no-one comes to the Father, except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Consider these statements of contemporaries of Y’shua ...

John the Baptist recognised Y’shua as the Redeemer

John was a great prophet and the son of a Levitical priest named Zechariah. He testified of Y’shua:
NT: “The next day John saw Y’shua coming to him, and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ ” (John 1:29)
Pilate the Roman Governor in Israel at the time, acknowledged that Y’shua was called the Messiah.
NT: “Pilate said to them, ‘What then shall I do with Y’shua who is called the Messiah?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:22)

And Y’shua was executed on a stake; He had come into the world for this very purpose - to give His life a ransom for many, as He Himself declared.

NT: “For YHWH, God, so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten (His one-and-only unique eternal) Son, so that whoever believes (trusts) in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16)
NT: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28).

(“Son of Man” was a Messianic term [Daniel 7:13], which Y’shua used referring to Himself.)

Paul’s Radical Change and Declarations
Paul was an orthodox Jew of Tarsus, a Pharisee of the tribe of Benjamin, and he became a fierce persecutor of the followers of Y’shua. But after his encounter with the risen Saviour, Paul was absolutely convinced that Y’shua was indeed The Messiah and the Heavenly Master. And his life was radically changed. Paul wrote:

NT: “But whatever things were gain to me, these I have counted as loss because of the Messiah. More than that, I count all things to be loss because of the surpassing value of knowing the Messiah, Y’shua my Master, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain the Messiah, and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in the Messiah, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, I want to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Philippians 3:7-10)

NT: “For when we were still weak, the Messiah at the right time died for the ungodly. Now very rarely will someone die even for a righteous man, though possibly for a good man someone might even have the courage to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah) died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:6-9)

NT: “Therefore (because the Messiah humbled Himself), God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Y’shua every knee should bow - in heaven and on earth and under the earth - and every tongue confess that Y’shua the Messiah is LORD (the Sovereign Heavenly Master), to the glory of YHWH, God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

NT: “If you confess with your mouth Y’shua as LORD, the Heavenly Master, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved ... for WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF the LORD WILL BE SAVED. [Joel 2:32].” (Romans 10:9, 13)

John’s Declaration

The majority of the nation of Israel rejected Y’shua; and the closest apostle, John, said:
NT: “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe and trust in His Name, Y’shua, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:11-12)

But John also testified:
NT: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life - and the Life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and declare to you the Eternal Life that was with the Father and that was manifested to us - that which we have seen and heard we declare to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ, (Y’shua the Messiah).” (1 John 1:1-3)

Reader, is it reasonable for anyone to maintain that the 72 Messianic prophecies we have quoted, were accidentally fulfilled in the life of Y’shua; or that they were only “apparently” fulfilled?

Is it reasonable to maintain, as some do, that events were stage-managed so that it just looked like Y’shua was fulfilling the prophecies?

These prophecies were not a few obscure, vague riddles that could be “tailored to make the suit fit.”

They were very clear pronouncements.

If there were only a few prophecies, you might be inclined to think their fulfilment could be by “chance,” or that they could have been contrived by deluded followers.

But 72 statements?

It would have taken an enormous amount of planning to stage-manage even a few of the events that fulfilled the prophecies. His enemies were determined to prove that Y’shua was not the Messiah, but their very actions and their very words fulfilled prophecy, and added to the confirmation that Y’shua was indeed the Promised One.

Is it a coincidence that Moses could profile Y'shua in 27 very significant ways as we have seen? And is it a coincid-ence that Joseph, a prophetic foreshadowing of the Messiah, could also profile Y'shua in at least 20 ways?

No!

When we seriously study the contents of the Old and New Testaments, and grasp the unity of the whole Bible, we come to the firm conviction that it is the uniquely inspired revelation of God.

The only other conclusion would be that the Bible is the most cunningly devised document ever written.

The contents, in fact, preclude it from being simply a collection of ancient Jewish religious writings.

 

ENDTIME JEWISH BELIEVERS IN Y’SHUA ARE A FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY

THE prophet Zechariah looked down the corridors of time and foresaw a time when the Jews would recognise the Crucified One, and find forgiveness through Him.

OT: “And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication, so they will look on Me, the One they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly for Him, like the bitter weeping over a lost first-born.” (Zechariah 12:10
OT: “In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and uncleanness.” (Zechariah 13:1)

For 1,900 years, the Jews scattered throughout the world, except for a very small number, have rejected Y’shua, Jesus. In the last fifty years, however, hundreds of thousands have received Him as their Messiah and Saviour.

But Y’shua is not just the Messiah that Israel has awaited; He is the Messiah - the Anointed One, the Saviour for the whole world.
NT: “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this is indeed the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.” (John 4:42)

“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ (the Messiah), and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was personally present in the Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not counting men’s trespasses against them; and He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Messiah; it’s as though God was right here personally appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of the Messiah; be reconciled to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

THE MEDIATOR OF A NEW COVENANT

AS God’s Anointed One, Y’shua established a covenant that provides a way of Redemption for the world’s sin-laden, condemned humanity. The New Covenant was promised through Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-34), and it became a reality through the Messiah.

NT: “For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a burnt heifer sprinkled on those who have been defiled, is sufficient to sanctify for the purification of the flesh so that they become ceremonially clean, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, the Anointed - who by virtue of His eternal Spirit (His eternal divine personality) offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God - cleanse your conscience from dead works, so that we may serve the living God!

For this reason - His sacrifice - He is the Mediator of a new covenant. Because a death has taken place which redeems people from the transgressions committed under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.” (Hebrews 9:13-15)

Under the New Covenant, God receives and freely forgives and justifies everyone who comes to Him through the Messiah. The apostle Paul said:
NT: “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this One forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is declared righteous - justified from all things, from which you could not be justified through the Law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39)

Paul was a learned man who had a deep understanding of the Old Testament. And in his writings, guided by the Holy Spirit, Paul proves very powerfully from the OT that not only has every person sinned and been condemned by the Law, but also that through faith in the Messiah and His sacrifice, every repentant, believing sinner can be justified by the grace of God and the promise given to Abraham.

NT: “Just as Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS [Gen 15:6] ... And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, announced the Good News in advance to Abraham: ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED IN YOU. [Gen 12:3]. So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham, the man of faith ... Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his Seed. He does not say, ‘and to seeds,’ meaning many, but ‘and to your Seed,’ meaning one, that is, Messiah ... But the Scripture shuts up all men as prisoners of sin, so that the promised righteousness which is through faith in Y’shua the Messiah might be given to those who believe.” (Galatians 3:6, 8-9, 16, 22)

So Paul proves from Genesis that Abraham was counted righteous; he was justified through faith, by believing in God’s promise. Then he shows that the promise of God would be fulfilled in all who believe in the Messiah Y’shua.

NT: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified (declared right) freely (without payment) by His grace through the redemption which is in the Messiah, Y’shua, whom God set forth as a mercy seat to make atonement and reconciliation by His blood through faith.” (Romans 3:23-25)

NT: “Therefore having been justified (declared right) by faith, we have peace with God through our Master, Y’shua the Messiah ... For when we were still weak, the Messiah at the right time died for the ungodly.

“Now very rarely will someone die even for a righteous man, though possibly for a good man someone might even have the courage to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, the Messiah died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:1, 6-10)

So it is essential to know who the Messiah is - for He is the Saviour, the Redeemer. He is the Anointed One who came from God, the One who was with God, and the One who was God from eternity. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. And Y’shua said ...

NT: “I am the door; whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (John 10:9)

My dear reader, have you come to God through that door - the Messiah? Are you saved for eternity? If not, I want you to know that Y’shua Himself is inviting you to come to Him, to receive His gift of eternal life.
NT: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in the Messiah, Y’shua our Master.” (Acts 6:23)
NT: “Y’shua did many other signs also in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Y’shua is the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in His Name.” (John 20:30-31)

If you now do believe that Y’shua is the Messiah, will you pray to God and receive Y’shua as your personal Saviour.

Just bow down before Him, and pray, confessing that you are a sinner and are in need of His forgiveness and salvation. Express your faith that Y’shua died on the cross, paying the penalty of your sins, and that He rose again and is the living Saviour.

Simply believe in Him, and ask Him to be your Saviour and the Master of your life.
NT: “If you confess with your mouth Y’shua as LORD - the Heavenly Master - and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

Pray in simple words like those in the following decision prayer.

 

DECISION PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

I come to You just as I am, a sinner needing Your grace and salvation. I come in simple faith, not trusting in anything I have done, but believing that Y’shua is the Messiah, the Saviour who died to pay the penalty of my sin.

Father, forgive me, that I have refused to receive Your Anointed One for so long. Be gracious unto me, O God. I stand in need of Your saving grace and forgiveness. I trust in You and Your promises to save me from the penalty of my sin. Create in me a new heart, and set me free from the bondage of sin. Declare me righteous in Your sight, my God.

I receive Y’shua as my personal Saviour and Master. I believe that He rose to life, and is the living Saviour. By Your grace I will follow Him all the days of my life.

Master, thank You that You loved me and gave Your life to redeem me. Now teach me Your ways, Master, and live out Your life in me. Make me a faithful witness for You.

Thank You, Father, for Your grace, and for Your salvation and eternal life.

Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer which I pray in the Name of Y’shua the Messiah.

Praise Your holy Name.

Amen.

 

Signed.......................................................... date .....................


If this is your prayer, my dear reader, keep this signed prayer with you. And I would be delighted to hear from you, and will pray for your spiritual growth.

Please write to me . . .

Don Stanton, at one of the addresses inside our front cover. And may Yahweh richly bless you and keep you.

 

TO GROW IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE

RECEIVING Y’shua the Messiah as your personal Saviour is the beginning of a new life. You have experienced a spiritual birth. Now you are a child of God, and have become a part of His family. Already you are noticing various changes in your life. Now the Scripture says:

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Master and Saviour, Jesus Christ - (Y’shua the Anointed). To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity - for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 4:18)

1. To grow in grace and knowledge you need a daily in-take of the Word of God. Read the Bible daily. It will give you spiritual strength, direction, encouragement and will teach you much about your Heavenly Father and Saviour.
“Like newborn babes, crave for the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow in respect of salvation, now that you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” (1 Peter 2:2-3)
2. Like a small child, learn to talk to your Father. That’s what prayer is - it’s communion or fellowship with God.

“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Y’shua Messiah.” (1 John 1:3)

3. Take an open stand for the Messiah. Do not be ashamed to own Him as your Saviour and Master. Tell others about His love and salvation.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of the Messiah, for it is the power of God for salvation to every one who believes.’ (Romans 1:16)

4. Find a gathering of true believers and have regular fellowship with them. This could be a spiritual home for you, and will help you to grow stronger in the Messiah.

“Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

God bless you,
 

Expression Web Templates

The One who is coming will come, He will not delay