Are the Jews still awaiting their Messiah? / by kevin murray

Jesus of Nazareth was born over 2,000 years ago to which there is ample evidence that his existence was real, and that his testimony was considered by many knowledgeable Jews of his time to be in accordance to biblical prophecy that he was, in fact, our Redeemer, the Christ.  However, not all did believe, the Jewish religion that existed at that time still exists, and the basic Jewish position in regards to Jesus of Nazareth, was that he was a false messiah, and that he did not fulfill the prophecies of scripture, as the specific events necessary for this belief, were never fulfilled.  Consequently, our modern-day Jews are still awaiting their Messiah.

 

For Jews, Jesus, was just one of many false messiahs that have come and gone on this earth, to which it is a contradiction of the Jewish faith for a man to proclaim himself as being equal to or part of God, because Jews explicitly believe that God is a unity, he is One, which is unlike any other, and has no corporal form.  The conception that there is such a thing as the Father and the Son, or of the holy Trinity, consequently therefore is foreign to orthodox Jewish belief.

 

Additionally, Jews believe that there are very specific signs that must be met for there to be a true Messiah proclaimed on this earth.  For instance, in Isaiah 2:4, "…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Also, in Zechariah 14:9, "And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one."  Quite clearly, neither of these events occurred during Jesus' time on earth, nor have they been fulfilled till the present time. 

 

Jews are unaware as to the time when their Messiah will come, with some believing that there is a specific date set aside by God for this to take place, while yet others believe that the Messiah, son of David, will not come until certain events will have occurred. 

 

It is generally believed that the advent of the Messiah will be preceded by a great world war. The Messiah, himself, will have the difficult, seemingly impossible task of rebuilding the third Jewish Temple, the gathering back in of exiles to the land of Israel, and ultimately the creation of a one-world government to which there will no longer be conflicts or struggles between nations or between mankind.

 

When the Messiah comes this will not usher in a new religion, that will worship the Messiah as some sort of god or new god, but instead it will be seen as the fulfillment of Mosaic Law.  The Messiah will proclaim that God alone shall be worshipped, that therefore the revelation of God is made known through His prophets and the Messiah, that the Torah is God's revealed word, that there are clearly rewards for those that are good and certain punishment for those that are evil, and that the resurrection of the dead will be the fulfillment of God's commitment to His believers.