Seeing the Suffering the Servant – (Excerpt from The Millennium Chronicles)

The men were all staring at the floor coming to grips with the implications of the evidence.

Many minutes passed.

“There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,” one of the men finally said breaking the silence. “There was nothing to attract us to him. He was even despised and rejected just as we are.”

“A man of sorrows,” Caleb’s mother added.

“Very familiar with suffering,” another interjected, “and just like we are, like one from whom people hide their faces.”

“Yes it’s true; we despised him,” Reu’el pined.

“And we did not value him,”[i] another said. Then there was silence for several minutes.

Caleb looked around and could see tears beginning to well up in the eyes of all the men as the truth began to set in.

“All these centuries,” Reu’el continued choking up a bit, “we turned our backs on him and looked the other way.”[ii] No one said a word as the gravity of the realization that the one they had rejected was the only one that could save them now fully sank in.

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried!” they all mouthed the painful words that began bringing them healing and restoration. “It was our sorrowsthat weighed him down.”

“We wandered away like sheep!” yet another Knesset member admitted candidly. “We have left Adonai’s ways to follow our own. Yet Adonai laid on him all of our rebellion and treason.”[iii]

“We…we thought,” one of the elders stuttered over his words, “thought his troubles were a punishment from Adonai for his own evil!” He said while choking on his words, dumbstruck how Yeshua had been oppressed and treated harshly. “Like a lamb led to the slaughter he didn’t say anything as they led him away to his death.”[iv]

“True. But actually he was crushed for our evil,” Caleb’s father acknowledged. “He was beaten that we might have peace.”

“He was whipped,” Sha’ul said overcome with grief when he finally realized that Yeshua had given up his life-force for his and his people’s wrongdoing, suffering for their violations though he had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone, yet died like a criminal and was put in a rich man’s grave,[v] “– and yet we are healed!” They all looked around the room understanding the conclusion they had come to. They were overcome in a wave of emotion. Hot tears rolled down the cheeks of the men. The women too were crying as they also meditated on their stance toward their gentle deliverer.

“It is like a veil has been lifted from our eyes,” Reu’el said, “and now we can see that it was Adonai’s good plan to crush Yeshua and fill him with grief. Yet when Yeshua saw all that was accomplished by his anguish, he was satisfied, because of the joy set before him.”[vi] The gravity of having rejected the Promised One, the seed of the woman, overwhelmed them; for the first time the leadership of the Hebrews had acknowledged their offense of rejecting the one sent to deliver them.

A gentle wind suddenly blew a fragrance more delightful than roses into the room. “Yet even now,” they heard a faint, breathy whisper say, “Turn back to me with your whole heart. Turn back to me your King for I am gracious and compassionate, slow to become angry, overflowing in kindness.”[vii] Adonai was infusing them with the desire to seek his face with all of their hearts, to discover his great power so that they would petition him as they looked to him, the one whom they had pierced.

Caleb looked around the room. Everyone was weeping bitterly just like they would mourn at the death of an only child! Each person was lamenting alone in profound sorrow, terribly broken and agonizing over the centuries of rejecting their Promised One[viii] – the very one who loved them more than any other. Their hearts were broken with contrition[ix] as they desperately called out to the one they had despised. Their hearts were vexed realizing all the misery that might have been avoided if they had embraced him sooner. They realized that Adonai had consequently given Yeshua the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death, had been counted among those who were doers of wickedness and had born the wrongdoing of many and interceded for wrongdoers.[x] Their tears continued to flow for a very long time as they realized that the one that they had rejected was the one who was still waiting for them to welcome him back.



[i] Isa 53:3

[ii] Isa 53:2, 3

[iii] Isa 53:4-6

[iv] Isa 53:7-9

[v] Isa 53:8, 9

[vi] Heb 12:2

[vii] Joel 2:13

[viii] Zech 12:10, 12

[ix] Isa 66:2

[x] Isa 53:10-12

Angels, Aliens, and the Antichrist Revealed Interview part two

If God made man in His perfect image, then why did the Messiah need to come from the seed of the woman rather than the man? Was the DNA in the seed of the man corrupted during the fall of Adam? Why is the “Y” chromosome potentially problematic in the DNA strands of the male genome? In this fascinating 3-part edition of Prophecy Update Radio host Bill Salus interviews Pastor Doug Hamp, the author of “Corrupting the Image, Angels, Aliens, and the Antichrist Revealed.” Bill and Doug take an in-depth look at the implications of the fall of Adam, flood of Noah, coming strong delusion, and the revealing of the seed of Satan, the Antichrist. Doug Hamp believes that Satan’s seed may actually receive the Devil’s DNA, thus making him supernatural of sorts. This interview is guaranteed to move you to the edge of your seats and present you with new insights about the importance of the virgin birth of the Messiah, and the sinister supernatural schemes of Satan.

Angels, Aliens, and the Antichrist Revealed Interview part one

Angels, Aliens, and the Antichrist Revealed 1 click to listen

If God made man in His perfect image, then why did the Messiah need to come from the seed of the woman rather than the man? Was the DNA in the seed of the man corrupted during the fall of Adam? Why is the “Y” chromosome potentially problematic in the DNA strands of the male genome? In this fascinating 3-part edition of Prophecy Update Radio host Bill Salus interviews Pastor Doug Hamp, the author of “Corrupting the Image, Angels, Aliens, and the Antichrist Revealed.” Bill and Doug take an in-depth look at the implications of the fall of Adam, flood of Noah, coming strong delusion, and the revealing of the seed of Satan, the Antichrist. Doug Hamp believes that Satan’s seed may actually receive the Devil’s DNA, thus making him supernatural of sorts. This interview is guaranteed to move you to the edge of your seats and present you with new insights about the importance of the virgin birth of the Messiah, and the sinister supernatural schemes of Satan.

 

 

 

 

Dear Son or Daughter of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

Over the years have you ever asked yourself why Jews have been persecuted for apparently no cause? Everywhere they have gone they have been mistreated, abused, and frequently killed.  The Scriptures prophesied all of this back in the days of Moses – 3,400 years ago.  God promised great blessing if the Jewish people would follow Him and certified they would be persecuted by their enemies if they strayed from Him for too long.

The time of the Judges (1,400 BC to 1,050) demonstrate the the persecution that came when they strayed from God. There were many cycles when they would follow God and then leave Him and every time that they deserted Him they suffered.  But when they turned to Him He then protected them and blessed them.  Under their greatest king, King David, they enjoyed a great time of blessing because David their leader sought the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Sadly, by the time of Ezekiel and Jeremiah they again abandoned God and then one day, His presence left the Temple. But he promised that He would bring them back after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, which He did.  The Temple was destroyed in 586 BC and then the 2nd (new) temple was dedicated in 516 BC – exactly 70 later just as God had promised.  However, another important promise was made, God told them that the coming Messiah, (God promised Abraham that the messiah would be of his descendants) would come exactly 483 years after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem.  That decree was given by Artexerxes in 445 BC and then their Messiah came in to Jerusalem riding a donkey, just as prophesied, on April 6th, 32 AD – exactly 483 years (according to the Jewish calendar).  The prophet Daniel told of how their Messiah would be killed but not for his own sake but our sake.  The prophet Isaiah told them over 700 years earlier that our Messiah would die for our sins:

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, [There is] no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, [our] faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by 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 was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked– But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor [was any] deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put [Him] to grief. When You 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 the labor of His soul, [and] be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53)

We have all broken God’s laws Just like Isaiah said – 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 broken his laws – whether in big ways or small but he is willing to forgive us if they will just ask.  The prophet Daniel put it so clearly almost five centuries before the Messiah came when he wrote: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.”(Dan 12:2)

All of us can be forgiven.  We do not need to go to a synagogue or church, nor become religious nor give money anywhere.  We simply need to humble ourselves before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and ask Him to forgive us.  He will so gladly do it.  He longs for us to return to him just as Isaiah the prophet said: “He shall see the labor of His soul, [and] be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.”(Isaiah 53:11, 12)

Please consider the words of Scripture.  It is a true book.  Just consider some prophecies that have been fulfilled recently and some that are soon to come.  Isaiah said: “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? [Or] shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.”(Isaiah 66:8)

Isn’t that amazing that Israel would be born in one day just as he prophesied?  On May 14, 1948, by decree of the United Nations, Israel became a nation after being in exile for nearly 1900 years.  The Scriptures also said in the book of Ezekiel in the latter days Persia (Persia changed its name in 1935 to Iran) would come against Israel along with several other nations but that God would protect Israel.  We have seen how Persia is seeking to destroy Israel in recent days.  Ezekiel also prophesied of Gomer (modern day Turkey) would come against Israel too.  We have seen in the news that the president of Turkey has declared Jihad against Israel – and just a few years ago Turkey and Israel were friends.  There are so many more evidences.  Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe.  Daniel wrote “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands [watch] over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, [Even] to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Everyone who is found written in the book.” (Dan 12:1) If we call upon God’s name then he will protect us.

To all who are of the Jewish people, who are sons and daughters of Abrahama, Isaac, and Jacob, my heart yearns for you.  I desire for you to have eternal life even more than earthly life.  Could it be that somewhere in your heart, that little boy or girl who had questions about God would still like answers?  Don’t let the lack of answers keep you from the God who loves you now. I suspect that you do not reject God for a lack of evidence.  Many people believe in evolution not because of the supposed evidence but because they like their world view – however, a world view without God is misguided and in error.  Look around you and see that the God of your fathers made the world and all that is in it.  However, if you die in your sins without being forgiven of your sins and being born from above, then you will remain forever lost.  Think of it this way, the Scriptures tell us that God is a consuming fire – that is, his nature is great energy radiating fire.  By being forgiven through your Messiah you can receive a heavenly body like God so that they can be with him.  However, if they die in our sins then you will remain in a corrupted body which will be consumed and destroyed – but forever.  I want you to avert that and to be forever with your God and with your forefathers.

It is very easy to ask God to forgive you.  Tell him that you have broken his laws and that you desire to turn from them.  Then look to your Messiah who gave this illustration:

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)

He also said:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Place your trust in your Messiah and God today. Contact me if you have any questions!

Rabbinic Quotations on Messiah

Rabbinic Messianic Quotations

Rabbinic Quotations on Messiah (click on link to visit source)Submitted by Jean Gibson on Mon, 05/22/2006

The following quotations are an amazing collection of statements from the Rabbis over the years confirming that the many passages which speak of the Messiah point to Yeshua (Jesus). See Jewish Messianic Texts and The Zohar, Three in One and Exodus Rabbah

RASH MISHLE [10:21]:   Rab Huna counted amongst the seven Names of Messiah also:   haShem Zidkenu [Referring to Jer. 23:6].

 

R. JOSEPH ALBO OF TOLEDO [SEPHER IKKARIM 28:54]:   The Scripture calleth the Names of Messiah also:   L-rd Zidkenu, because He is the Mediator through Whom we shall get the righteousness of the L-rd.

 

R. ELIJAH DE VIDAS:   The meaning of He was wounded for our transgressions bruised for our iniquities is that since Messiah bears our iniquities, which produce the effect of His being bruised, it follows that whoso will not admit that the Messiah thus suffers for our iniquities must endure and suffer for them himself [on Isa. 53].

 

SANHEDRIN [93B]:   Messiah…What is His name?   The disciples of the school of the Rabbi [Yehudah Hanassi, the author of the Mishnah] said:   Cholaja [the sickly] for it says [Isa. 53:4]:   Surely He hath borne our sicknesses and carried our pains; and we did regard him stricken, smitten of G-d and afflicted.

 

ZOHAR [To Deut. 6:4]:   Hear O Israel:   HaShem our G-d, HaShem is One.   Why is there a need of mentioning the Name of G-d three times in this verse?   The First HaShem is the Father above.   The Second is the Stem of Jesse, the Messiah Who is to come from the family of Jesse through David.   And the Third One is the Way which is below [meaning the Holy Spirit Who shows us the way] and These Three are One   (Zohar quotes from Amsterdam Version).

 

Rabbi Moshe el Sheikh, Chief Rabbi of Safed…

“I will do yet a third thing, and that is, that ‘they shall look unto Me,’ for they shall lift up their eyes unto Me in perfect repentance, when they see Him Whom they pierced, that is Messiah, the Son of Joseph; for our Rabbis, of blessed memory, have said that He will take upon himself all the guilt of Israel, and then shall be slain in the war to make an atonement in such manner that it shall be accounted as if Israel had pierced Him for on account of their sin He has died; and therefore, in order that it may be reckoned to them as perfect atonement, they will repent and look to the Blessed One, saying that there is none beside Him to forgive those that mourn on account of Him who died for their sin; this is the meaning of ‘They shall look upon Me….’”

 

G-d will set His own crown upon the head of King Messiah, and clothe Him with honor and majesty…Midrash Tehillim on Ps. 21:3….   Rabbi Hann, in the name of Rabbi Aha, continues the thought…G-d will bestow a portion of His supernatural glory on Messiah….   The Midrash then continues with two designations of Messiah; HaShem, a man of war and HaShem, is our righteousness.

 

[On Isa.9:6:   R. Aben Ezra:]…There are some interpreters who say that “Wonderful, Everlasting Father” are Names of G-d and only “Prince of Peace” is the Name of the Child.   But according to my view, the interpretation is right (which says):   all are the Names of the child.

 

[Midrash Echa (1:51)]:   …What is the Name of King Messiah:   To this answered Rabbi Abba bar Kahana:   HaShemis His Name, for it is written:   “This is the Name whereby He shall be called:   HaShem Kidkenu.”

 

[See also, Midrash Rabbah [999:8), (Ps. 45:6), (Prov. 30:4), (Ps. 2:7), (Sukkah [52a]), (Zohar [part III, fo. 307, Amsterdam edition]), (Ps. 2:12 Leesor’s trans.)…{etc.…also, verses in Tanach may be one or two verses difference depending upon your translation}… [Zohar vol. III]…The Ancient and Holy One is revealed and described as being Three; it is because the Other Lights are Two complete Ones, yet is the Ancient and Holy One described and complete as One, and He is One, positively One; thus are the Other Lights united and glorified in One, because They are One…[Rabbi Simeon further states]…Thus are the Three Lights united in One.   The Spirit which is downward, Who is called the Holy Spirit, the Spirit which is the Middle Pillar, Who is called the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, also called the Spirit below.   The Upper Spirit is hidden in secret; in Him are existing all the Holy Spirits [the Holy Spirit and the Spirit that is the middle pillar], and all that is light.

 

{see also, (Bereshis rabba 2), (R. Simeon on Song of Songs 2:6, Zohar Tanchuma), (R. Tzvi Nassi’s book, The Great Mystery), (Burt Yellin’s book, Messiah, A Rabbinic & Scriptural Viewpoint) (Sukkah 52a; Rabbi Dosa), (Rabbi B’rekhyah:   From the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, S. Driver & A. Neubauer, Hermon Press, New York.

 

Our Rabbis have a tradition that in the week in which Messiah will be born, there will be a bright star in the east, which is the “star of the Messiah.” – Pesikta Sortarta.   (fo. 58c.1).

 

The thought of Torah changing in the “Age to Come” is again made perfectly clear in the rendering of Deuteronomy 17:18, in Sifra.   Here it is stated that the L-rd wrote a copy of Mishna-Torah for Himself, and that He would not be content with the Mishna-Torah of the father.   The question is asked… “Why does He say Mishna-Torah?   Because it is destined to be changed.”

 

“The Torah which a man learns in this world is but vanity compared with the Torah of Messiah” Midrash Qohelet on Eccl. 11:8.

 

And I will put enmity between thee and the WOMAN and between thy seed and her SEED; He shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise His heel.   Gen. 3:15 Leesor’s.

 

It is not written that we may preserve [sic] a son from our father, but SEED from our father.   This is the SEED that is coming from another place.   And Who is this?   This is the King Messiah.

 

Ber. Rabbah (51, ed. Warsh. p. 95a, on Genesis 19:32)…This is that SEED that is coming from another place, and Who is this?   This is the King Messiah.   – Ber.   Rabbah 51,ed.   Wars.   P.95,a, on Gen.   19:23).

 

My Son art Thou; I have indeed this day begotten Thee.   *Do homage to the Son, lest He be angry, and ye be lost on the way; for His wrath is so speedily kindled.   Happy are all they that put their trust in Him.   – Psalm 2:7-12 Leesor’s

 

*[Ps. 2:12, Heb. ‘Bar’ = 202]…Thou art the Son, the faithful shepherd; of Thee it is said, “Kiss the Son.”   {note:   this has been removed in English in many new Jewish Tanach translations, but it is there in the Hebrew!}   Thou art the Governor of the Universe, the Head of Israel, the Lord of ministering angels, the Son of the Highest, the Son of the Holy and Blessed One, yea the very Shechinah.   {note:   The Schechinah is the VERY HOLY SPIRIT OF HA-SHEM!}

 

Our doctors expound the Psalm of the Messiah – (Jarchi (mass) [ref. Ps. 2])

 

Whosoever is not willing to praise This Son, his sins shall be brought before the Holy King.   – Zohar (Dent. fol. 109) [ref. Ps. 2]

 

It is a tradition of the Rabbis that Messiah, The Son of David, Who is to be revealed speedily…the Holy One said unto Him, Ask of Me anything and I will give it thee, for it is said, “I will declare the decree, etc.   Today have I begotten thee.” – Talmud Bab.   (Succah, fol. 52) [ref. Ps. 2]

 

*This is the faithful Shepherd; Of Thee it is said, “Kiss the Son,” Thou art the Prince of the Israelites, the L-rd of the earth…The Son of the Most High, the Son of the Holy G-d …and the gracious Shekinah.   – Zohar (Gen. fol. 88, c. 348) [ref. Ps. 2]

 

They He [My Servant Messiah] will become despised, and will cut off the glory of all the Kingdoms; they will be prostrate and mourning, like a man of pains, and like One destined for sickness; and as though the Presence of the Shekinah had been withdrawn from us, they will be despised, and esteemed not.   – Targum Jonathan Isaiah 53:3.

 

Our Rabbis with one voice accept and affirm the opinion that the prophet is here speaking of the Messiah.   – R. Mosheh El-Sheikh [ref. Isa. 53:3]

 

The L-rd is the King Messiah; He is also the Angel of the Covenant.   – Kimchi

 

The L-rd is both the Divine Majesty, and the Angel of the Covenant, for the sentence is doubled.   – Aben Ezra

 

The L-rd may be explained of the King Messiah.   – Mashmiah Jeshua, fol. 76

 

For to us a Son is born, to us a Son is given:   and He shall receive the Law upon Him to keep it; and His Name is called from of old, Wonderful, Counselor, ELOHA, The Mighty, Abiding to Eternity, The Messiah, because peace shall be multiplied on us in His days.   – Isaiah 9:6 Targum Jonathan

 

Rabbi Samuel, the son of Nachman, said, “When Esau met Jacob he said unto him, ‘My brother Jacob, let us walk together in this world.’   Jacob replied:   ‘Let my L-rd, I pray thee, pass over before his servant’” (Genesis 3:14).   What is the meaning of, “I pray thee, pass over”?   Jacob said to him:   I have yet to supply the Messiah, of Whom it is said: “Unto us a Child is born.”   – Midrash (Deuteronomy 2:4)

 

But the wise man, R. Abraham Ben Ezra, has interpreted this prophecy of the great wars which shall be in all the world in the days of the Messiah, the Son of Joseph… The Messiah therefore is the Person to be smitten before the scattering of the sheep. – R. Kimchi [ref. Zech. 13:7]

 

While He bore the sins of many and for the transgressors He let (evil) befall Him.   – Isaiah 53:12.b Leesor’s

 

And when Israel is sinful, the Messiah seeks for mercy upon them, as it is written, “By His stripes we were healed, and He carried the sins of many; and made intercession for the transgressors.” – B’reshith Rabbah (pp. 430, 671)

 

…And they will look up toward Me (for every one) Whom they have thrust through, and they will lament for Him as one lamenteth for an Only Son, and weepeth bitterly for the Firstborn. – Zechariah 12:10 Leesor’s.

 

And the heathen will look unto Me to see what I will do to those who have pierced Messiah, the Son of Joseph. – Aben Ezra

 

It must be granted him that says, for Messiah the Son of Joseph that shall be slain as it is written, And they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced.   – Talmud Bab.   (Succah 52, 1)

 

He will revive us after two days; on the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His Presence.   – Hosea 6:2 Leesor’s

 

This passage is applied to the resurrection and to the Messiah by R. Moses Hadarshan in Genesis 22:4.   – Ber Rabbah (Frey)

 

R. Alexander said R. Joshua ben Levi objects to what is written, “And behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven; and it is written, “Poor and riding upon an ass”; if they {Israel} are worthy, He {Messiah} comes with the clouds of heaven; but if they are not worthy, He comes poor and riding on an ass. – Talmud Babl. (Sanh., fol. 98, 1)

 

Therefore will the Lord Himself give you a sign; behold this almah/young woman [in LXX trans.   done by 70 Rabbis, it is the Greek word for virgin] shall conceive, and bear a Son and she shall call His Name Immanuel (G-d with us).   – Isaiah 7:14 Leesor’s

 

R. Huni, in the name of R. Ide and R. Joshua, said that this man is the King of Messiah of Whom it is said, Psalm 2:7, “This day have I begotten Thee.” – Talmud Bab

 

Out of thee Bethlehem shall Messiah go forth before me, to exercise dominion over Israel.   Whose Name has been spoken from of old from the day of eternity.   – Micah 5:2 Targum Jonathan

 

Out of thee ( Bethlehem) shall come forth unto me Messiah, the Son of David.   – R. Jarcdhi

 

Behold, I will send my messenger, and He shall clear out the way before me: and suddenly will come to His Temple the L-rd Whom ye seek; and the Messenger of the Covenant Whom ye desire, for behold He is coming saith the L-rd of hosts.   – Malachi 3:1 Leesor’s

 

DAVID FLUSSER, PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY AT HEBREW UNIVERSITY, JERUSALEM:   I do not think that many Jews would object if the Messiah – when He came – was the Jew Jesus.

 

We may all feel thankful that the Jewish race was so prolific in great men, that even so late in history, it produced one {Jesus} Who deserves to be compared with Moses, Isaiah and Hillel.   – Rabbi Adolph Moses in Courier-Journal 1885

 

Many ancient rabbinic sources understood Isaiah 53 as referring to the Messiah.   Here are quotations from some of them:

 

Midrash Ruth Rabbah:   Another explanation (of Ruth ii.14): – He is speaking of king Messiah; “Come hither,” draw near to the throne; and “eat of the bread,” that is, the bread of the kingdom; “and dip thy morsel in the vinegar,” this refers to his chastisements, as it is said, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.

 

Zohar:   “He was wounded for our transgressions,” etc…There is in the Garden of Eden a palace called the Palace of the Sons of Sickness; this palace the Messiah then enters, and summons every sickness, every pain, and every chastisement of Israel; they all come and rest upon him.   And were it not that he had thus lightened them off Israel and taken them upon himself, there had been no man able to bear Israel’s chastisements for the transgression of the law:   and this is that which is written, “Surely our sicknesses he hath carried.”

 

Rabbi Moses Maimonides:   What is the manner of Messiah’s advent…there shall rise up one of whom none have known before, and signs and wonders which they shall see performed by him will be the proofs of his true origin; for the Almighty, where he declares to us his mind upon this matter, says, “Behold a man whose name is the Branch, and he shall branch forth out of his place” (Zech. 6:12).   And Isaiah speaks similarly of the time when he shall appear, without father or mother or family being known, He came up as a sucker before him, and as a root out of dry earth, etc …in the words of Isaiah, when describing the manner in which kings will harken to him, At him kings will shut their mouth; for that which had not been told them have they seen, and that which they had not heard they have perceived. (From the Letter to the South (Yemen), quoted in The Fifty-third Chapter of Isaiah According to the Jewish Interpreters, Ktav Publishing House, 1969, Volume 2, pages 374-5.)

 

Rabbi Mosheh   Kohn Ibn Crispin:   This rabbi described those who interpret Isaiah 53 as referring to Israel as those:   “having forsaken the knowledge of our Teachers, and inclined after the stubbornness of their own hearts,” and of their own opinion, I am pleased to interpret it, in accordance with the teaching of our Rabbis, of the King Messiah… This prophecy was delivered by Isaiah at the divine command for the purpose of making known to us something about the nature of the future Messiah, who is to come and deliver Israel, and his life from the day when he arrives at discretion until his advent as a redeemer, in order that if anyone should arise claiming to be himself the Messiah, we may reflect, and look to see whether we can observe in him any resemblance to the traits described here; if there is any such resemblance, then we may believe that he is the Messiah our righteousness; but if not, we cannot do so. (From his commentary on Isaiah, quoted in The Fifty-third Chapter of Isaiah According to the Jewish Interpreters, Ktav Publishing House, 1969, Volume 2, pages 99-114.)