This is the Messiah?
(What Missionaries Don't Tell You)
It is truly surprising how many people there are who confess a belief in J as the Messiah, without having first obtained an adequate knowledge and understanding of the New Testament, the main source of information about him. It is very sad when a Jew falls within this category, for he or she has then exchanged G-d and His Torah for another (R"L).
It has been our experience that when a person is calmly shown the factual mistakes and absurdities that are in the New Testament, and sees where it misinterpreted and mistranslated the Hebrew Bible, it awakens the realization that he or she was misled, by people whom they thought were friends.
We only ask of you to seriously consider what we have written here with an open mind and heart.
Before one hastily accepts J as the Messiah, one should be aware of the fact that Paul, who was the author of ½ of the New Testament, a founding father of the early church, and the most successful missionary that ever lived, confessed to using deception and lies to make converts:
Romans 3:7 If through my lies G-d's truth abounds to His glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?
Philippians 1:18 In every way, whether in pretence or in truth, J is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
The veracity of everything that Paul said and wrote is called into question by the fact that these quotes are found in the books he himself authored.
Matthew 1:20 and Luke 1:31 describe "angels" appearing to J's mother and her husband informing them of her forthcoming "immaculate conception" and "virgin birth" to the "Son of G-d" the "Messiah". When compared with the way J's family and neighbors treated him, it is absurd to believe that "angels" really visited them:
Mark 3:21 Upon hearing of it, his family went out to seize him, for they said, 'He is beside himself'.
To offset the startling fact that J's family thought that he was insane, some New Testament editions replace "they" with "people", although "they" is in the original Greek text.
John 7:5 For even his brothers did not believe in him.
Luke 4:16 And J came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day...
There J hinted to his friends and neighbors that he was the Messiah, however:
Luke 4:28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up, and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong.
How very strange it is, that during all the years in which J grew up with them, his brothers, friends, and neighbors did not notice that he was a "divine being"? And could it have been that his parents forgot or didn't tell anyone what they experienced? This stretches one's imagination.
In its zeal to "prove" that J is a descendant of King David, a criteria for one to be the Messiah, the New Testament has not one genealogy of J, but two! They both list only male names, and are completely different:
Matthew 1:6 traces J to Solomon, David's son.
Luke 3:23 disagrees and has J descending from David through his other son, Nathan.
It was a lucky break for the editors that in their time most people could not read.
Incidentally, if J did not have a human father, then his ancestral line to David was cut off. In Judaism, one's family lineage is only through the father's male ancestors. Thus, in the Hebrew Bible, women are not listed in any genealogy (see Chronicles).
The following quotes convey the Christian doctrine stating that J came to Earth to voluntarily die for the sins of mankind, thus enacting the "ultimate sin atonement" and becoming the "Savior of the world":
I Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you, it being most important, what I also received, that J died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.
Mark 10:45 For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
I Peter 3:18 For J also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous.
However, one should question this tenet of faith upon evaluating J's state of mind prior to his crucifixion:
Hebrews 5:7 J prayed with loud crying and supplications and tears to Him Who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because he feared.
Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour J cried out with a loud voice: 'My G-d, my G-d, why have You forsaken me?'
Luke 22:43 And there appeared an angel to him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was as great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Because this verse is excessively revealing, some editions of the New Testament omit it from the text, and have it in the footnotes.
The Messiah is an individual who has attained such an exalted spiritual level as to be prepared to commune with G-d at any time.
As the leader and role model for all the human race, he will need to be capable of relating to and interacting with all nations, cultures, and individuals. He will be the perfect servant of G-d:
Isaiah 11:12 The Spirit of G-d shall rest on him
The spirit of wisdom and understanding
The spirit of counsel and might
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of G-d.
In the situations quoted below, determine for yourself if J could have been this towering spiritual giant:
John 2:13 In the Temple, J found those selling oxen, sheep and pigeons and the money changers sitting, and when he made a whip of cords, he drove them all, with their sheep and oxen, out of the Temple, and he poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
From Mark 11:16 we learn : And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the Temple.
Matthew 8:21 Another of the disciples asked him, let me first go and bury my father. But J answered him 'Follow me and leave the dead to bury their own dead.'
To those who disagreed with him, J responded:
Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?
The Jewish People, after having seen and heard J in person rejected him, because he simply did not meet the criteria for one to be the Messiah, as our Prophets had taught us during the previous 1300 years.
Non-Jews, on the other hand, were at a double disadvantage concerning J. Firstly, they had only learned of his existence after his death, and secondly, they did not have in their possession G-d's teachings about the real Messiah and Messianic era, as did the Jews. Therefore, they could only rely on what missionaries told them.
From these facts, one can understand why missionaries consider it worth the enormous amounts of money, time and effort they devote to converting Jews. We are the only eyewitnesses as to whether J is the Messiah or not.
In the 12th century C.E. Moshe Maimonides included in his Code of Jewish Law specifically what an individual must accomplish before he is known to be the real Messiah
(Mishne Torah Kings 11:4)
"If a king will arise from the House of David, who is learned in Torah, observant of the commandments, as prescribed by the Written Law and Oral Law, as David his ancestor was,
and he will compel all Israel to walk in the way of the Torah, and reinforce the breaches in its observance, and he will fight the wars of G-d,
we may presume that he is the Messiah.
If he does these things, and is fully successful, builds the Third Temple in its place and gathers the dispersed of Israel, then he is definitely the Messiah.
If he did not succeed to this degree, or he was killed, he surely is not the Messiah promised in the Torah".
It is quite obvious that according to Jewish Law and Tradition, the only basis for identifying the Messiah, Jesus was definitely not him.