|I am writing this page at
the prompting of my teenage daughter. She has been accused by classmates
of not being Jewish because she believes Y'shua is the Messiah, and has
been told she is offending them by trying to push her beliefs on them.
It is not our purpose to either offend or coerce. We are defending our right to call ourselves Jews, because that immutable position is the result of our being born of Jewish parents; and we are explaining how our belief in Y'shua is consistent with Jewish Scripture, not trying to convince anyone to believe it. Only the Holy Spirit can convince anyone of the Truth; our job is merely to express what we, personally, believe, and allow God to work in hearts.
|There are already many sites
with very detailed Messianic prophecy, and I have no desire to duplicate
what they already do so well. I will just list a few of the clearest prophecies
here, followed by links for more detailed lists and explanations. If you
are interested in going into more depth, follow these links.
What should be clear is that there are many, many Messianic prophecies, some of which were fulfilled by Y'shua during His time on earth and some of which remain to be fulfilled when He returns to set up His Messianic Kingdom.
|My FEASTS OF ISRAEL page contains a more detailed study of Y'shua's prophetic significance in the holy days which God ordained for the Jewish people, and how those feasts will fit into the prophetic calendar yet to be fulfilled.|
|"Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He grew up before
Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has
no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance
that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men
hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our
griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed
Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through
for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening
for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All
of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;
but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. 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. By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the
land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke
was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich
man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit
in His mouth. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief;
if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper
in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and
be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify
the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him
a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong;
because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors."
|Can anyone really read this
passage and not see that it is describing Y'shua's death?
It pictures the Suffering Servant, being put to death to pay for the iniquities of the Jewish people.
It describes His silence at His trial, His burial in a rich man's tomb, and the results of His offering of Himself as our guilt offering ...
that His sacrifice would pay the atoning price for all our sins.
|"Seventy weeks have been
decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression,
to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting
righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy
place. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a
decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there
will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza
and moat, even in times of distress. Then after the sixty-two weeks the
Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince
who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will
come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the
middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering;
and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even
until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the
one who makes desolate."
|A period of "70 weeks," or
70 "sevens" (490 years) was determined for God's dealing with Daniel's
people, the Jews. First there would be a decree to rebuild Jerusalem (historically
this occurred in 444 BCE), and then, after 69 "weeks" (483 years), the
Messiah would come and be "cut off" (die), and Jerusalem would be destroyed.
Y'shua was crucified around 33 CE, and Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman
troops in 70 CE ...
There is an intervening period of unspecified length, commonly referred to as the Church Age, in which we are now living. But at some point in the future God will resume His dealings with the Jewish nation. This final "week," or seven years, is referred to in Scripture as the Time of Jacob's Trouble, or the Great Tribulation (see my teaching on Yom Kippur in the Feasts of Israel), during which time the rebuilt Temple will be desecrated before Messiah returns.
|"For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the
everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government
and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his
kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice
from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform
|Messiah was to be God incarnate,
born as a human child, reigning forever. Y'shua came first as a Child
... "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which
is Messiah the Lord"
(Luke 2:11); and will return as the Prince of Peace and King of Kings.
"... they pierced my hands and my feet."
"And they crucified him ..."
|"And I will pour upon the
house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace
of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."
|Messiah was to be pierced
and die. Later, Israel would mourn for Him as their own Son.
"But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knows that he says true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, 'A bone of him shall not be broken.' And again another scripture says, 'They shall look on him whom they pierced.'"
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
When God cursed the Serpent (Satan), He promised One would come who would slay Satan ...
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."
|The Messiah was prophecied
to be born in Bethlehem, and Y'shua was born as a human child in Bethlehem
but His existence has been from eternity past
|"And I will make you a great
nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall
be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses
you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
|The Messiah was prophecied
to be a descendant of Abraham ...
and Y'shua is!
|Psalms 2 and 22||These psalms both contain numerous Messianic prophecies which Y'shua fulfilled.|
"The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner."
|"Y'shua saith unto them,
'Did ye never read in the scriptures, "The stone which the builders rejected,
the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lords doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes?"
"The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, 'Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.'"
|Messiah would be a priest,
but not from the priestly line of Aaron. Since He would be a descendant
of Judah, not Levi, He could not be an ordinary priest ...
but His priesthood would be of the line of Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20).
"... the forerunner is for
us entered, even Y'shua, made a high priest for ever after the
"The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool."
"Y'shua asked them, saying, 'What think ye of Messiah? whose son is he?' They say unto him, 'The son of David.' He saith unto them, 'How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?" If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?'
|"Who has ascended up into
heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound
the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his Son's name, if you can tell?"
|Only God could have done
these things ...
ascended into heaven, descended from heaven, controlled the winds and bound the waters, established the ends of the earth ...
Yet Proverbs clearly states that He, God, has a Son ...
Can you tell what this Son's name is?
|"Therefore the Lord himself
shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall call His name Immanuel."
|"Then said Mary unto the
angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered
and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of
the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which
shall be born
of thee shall be called the Son of God."
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Y'shua: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 'Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, "God with us."'"
|"Come ye near unto me, hear
ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time
that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, has sent me."
|The Triune nature of God is seen in this prophecy, which includes the Lord God, the Spirit, and "the Sent One," Messiah Y'shua|
|"And he said, 'It is a light
thing that thou should be my Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and
restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou may be my
salvation unto the end of the earth.'"
|It was Messiah's mission
not just to provide redemption to the Jewish people, but to bring salvation
to the Gentiles, as well.
"For so has the Lord commanded
us, saying, 'I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou
|"The Spirit of the Lord God
is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto
the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty
to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of
our God; to comfort all that mourn;"
|Y'shua claimed this prophecy:
"And there was delivered unto
him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he
found the place where it was written, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent
me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
|"Behold, the days come, says
the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall
reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this
is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
|This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. When Y'shua returns to set up His Millennial Kingdom on earth, Israel will finally dwell in safety and Messiah's Peace will reign.|
|"Behold, the days come, says
the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and
with the house of Judah:"
|Jeremiah prophecied a new
covenant for the people of Israel ... the new covenant sealed with Messiah's
"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
|"I saw in the night visions,
and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven,
and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before Him. And there was given Him
dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
|"And, behold, thou shalt
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Y'shua.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the
Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall
reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall
be no end."
"But unto the Son he says, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom."
|"I will ransom them from
the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will
plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction."
|"O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength
of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us
the victory through our Lord Messiah Y'shua."
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
|"And it shall come to pass,
that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for
in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said,
and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."
|"For there is no difference
between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto
all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved."
|"Rejoice greatly, O daughter
of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King comes unto thee:
he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and
riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
|"And a very great multitude
spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees,
and strew them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that
followed, cried, saying, 'Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that
comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.' And when
he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, 'Who is this?'"
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