End-times False Teachings

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Why do so many people think Jesus is the Messiah foretold by a Jewish prophet thousands of years ago?   The Old Testament foreshadows the arrival of the Messiah, but what does it really say?   

The book in the Old Testament which most directly discusses the arrival of the Messiah is the book of Isaiah, chapter 53.  There are many other passages in the Old Testament, but chapter 53 is all about the Messiah's arrival and was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born.

Below is Isaiah 53, King James Version with "hath" changed to "has" and "ye" changed to "you" for readability.  

Isaiah 53: 1-12

Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?   For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.   

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.   Surely he has borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.   

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.   

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth.    He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.   And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.   

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.   He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.   

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Below is an evaluation Isaiah 53.   Consider each point in regard to your knowledge of Jesus' life. Could he have been the Messiah?

Isaiah 53: 1-12

1. Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

The Messiah will be a "regular" guy. He won't stand out as someone special. He won't be particularly handsome, charismatic, or notable as an individual person.

3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

During his lifetime, The Messiah won't be accepted as THE Messiah. The Messiah will be rejected by people and will know many sorrows. He won't be esteemed as the Messiah.

4. Surely he has borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

People will think God has forsaken the Messiah. The Messiah will feel our grief and sorrow, but people won't appreciate this because the Messiah will seem to be stricken and smitten by God.

5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Due to people's nature, the Messiah will be bruised, wounded and chastised. Because of the Messiah's beating, people will be healed. This seems totally contradictory to all that would seem reasonable.

6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Every person in the world has done things his own way, has put himself first, or has strayed from what is right. God will lay all we have done upon the Messiah.  The Messiah will 'pay' for our sins.

7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth.
8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

The Messiah will be treated horribly. He will quietly take his due and will be killed without protest. He will be killed young and will be killed to pay for the sins of people.

9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

The Messiah will not have done anything deceitful or violent, yet he'll be killed. He'll go to his grave like condemned criminals.

10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

Odd as it may seem, God will be pleased because through the Messiah, the final "Sin Offering" will have been made. Once, for all, and forever, a sin offering has been accepted by God that will pay for all the people's sins. The seed of life shall be planted and from there God's people can prosper without burden. Each person's sins have been paid for by one who died in their place.

11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Although the Messiah will have suffered through agony, he will be satisfied with his work on Earth. Through the knowledge of the Messiah, the sins of people will be carried by him. Many people will thus be saved by the Messiah.

12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Messiah will be great in the end. He will have borne the pain of a wicked person's death, and thus will have paid for the sins of everyone who has done anything wrong.   He will have successfully stepped in to save all who have gone astray.

So, what do we know about the Messiah? We know that the Messiah will be a relative nobody who doesn't do anything wrong. He'll be persecuted and killed even though he didn't do anything wrong. The Messiah will quietly take his punishment.  Through his punishment, everyone else's sins will be paid for and he will save many.

What about Jesus? He was a relative nobody.. A carpenter's son. He was not held in high esteem and nobody thought much of him. Jesus went around talking about God and how to live righteously, not doing anything wrong. People got all up in arms because he said he was a son of God, so they persecuted him, nailed him to a cross and he died. Yet, his teachings did not die with him.

Many criminals were persecuted and killed by crucifixion, but none of them are remembered. Why?  No one remembers the criminals because they did something wrong and 'deserved' punishment. Jesus was lead to slaughter because people didn't want to believe what he said.

In the end of Jesus' life, people realized they had killed a child of God, someone who had not done anything wrong, God's son. The ominous feeling felt by those present when Jesus died, when the earth quaked, and the temple curtain was torn, led many of them to KNOW that Jesus was truly a son of God who did no wrong.

Reports of Jesus' resurrection and appearances after he was crucified, furthered the belief that Jesus was the fulfillment of Isaiah 53's foreshadowing. Only in hindsight could people see that Jesus fulfills every aspect of Isaiah's description of the Messiah. There is no contradiction anywhere in the text.

So what does this mean for you? It means that becoming a child of God is as easy as 1.. 2.. 3.

1) Isaiah 53:6 says, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."  We have ALL turned away from God and done things our way. I have, you have, and everyone we know has. Nobody is perfect on this Earth. The sooner we admit our failures, the sooner we can begin to heal our lives. Are you perfect? Acknowledging your failures to God is Step 1. Simply tell God, "I know I'm not perfect and have done wrongful things."

2) John 3:14-18 says, "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. That Jesus is the Messiah is evidenced by comparing his life with Isaiah's prophecies. Step 2 is simply believing Jesus is the son of God. If you still have doubts, sit down with the Old Testament and read Isaiah, Daniel, and Ezekial. Also read the Books of John and 1 John in the New Testament. These are books that will give you basic knowledge and may shed light on your doubts.

3) John 1:12 & 13 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Everyone who receives Jesus, is given the power to become a son of God just by receiving him. If you receive Jesus, you are granted sonship by God. Step 3 is to receive Jesus, but how do you do that?   By talking to God (praying) and acknowledging that you have done wrong things, that you believe Jesus is the son of God, and by acknowledging that Jesus has already paid for your mistakes. Ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life, and you will be a son of God.

Through our own hands, we put Jesus on the cross and crucified him, and thus He paid for our sins. He let himself be the person on the cross, when rightfully it should have been each of us. By acknowledging his gift, he has saved you and me. Salvation is that simple. Nothing else is required, although you'll be amazed at the difference it can make in your life to have Jesus as Lord over your life, who will guide you, protect you, and lead you. The best way to learn more is to read your Bible. It is God's love letter to you, letting you know all about him, his expectations, his love, and his promises.  

Love and Blessings to you.

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