About Judaism and Christianity
The Epiphany of the Messiah
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Our intent with this document is to air out some conceptions and
misconceptions, facts and fallacies, truths and lies about Judaism and
Christianity as related to the Messianic role of Jesus.
To examine and talk about the Messianic role of Jesus at this point may
sound redundant, but it is not since most Jews do not practice true
Judaism (as Jesus did) nor Christians practice true Christianity (as
(a) Jews are thought of as being
smarter and more accomplished than Christians.
(b) Jews have been the object of innumerable persecutions from almost
the very beginning of their history.
(c) Jews insist on denying the Messianic role of Jesus.
(d) Christians have demonized all Jews in the New Testament
conveniently forgetting the fact that Jesus is a Jew.
With those realities on the table, how can anyone expect a just and
peaceful world at any time in history - past, present or future -
without direct Divine intervention?
How can any expect a "Great King" and "Holy Pontiff" to establish
justice and peace in the whole world when God, in the Person of Jesus,
could not by natural means?
Anyone who does so is completely out of touch with reality - a reality
confirmed by thousands of years of recorded history.
We will attempt to address this matter in a very brief form since not
many words are needed to express and explain the truth.
Jews are thought of as being smarter,
more talented and more accomplished than Christians
From birth Jews are taught (programmed)
that they are the Chosen People of God; that they are truly special.
has conclusively proven that positive reinforcement leads to success.
When the reinforcement is that of "one that has been chosen by God",
the proverbial sky is the limit for what that individual can and will
End of the Jews are smarter and more
Jews have been the object of
innumerable persecutions from almost the very beginning
The persecutors did so (and still do) out of jealousy and
envy for their accomplishments and steadfastness based on the "Chosen
People" belief (see above). God allowed such persecutions in an effort
to catch their attention and bring them back to the fold (1) of the true God as Jesus
tried to do.
End of excuses for the Why me, Lord?
Jews insist on denying the Messianic
role of Jesus
This is a manifestation of the basic
and fundamental Denial Syndrome.
Jesus, a practicing Jew, admonished the Jewish Establishment of the
time that they had drifted far from the course set by God and that they
must come back or the consequences would be even worse than before.
It did not matter that Jesus fulfilled all Prophecies (3) regarding the expected
Messiah. The problem was that He just did not tell the Administrators
of Judaism what they wanted
We have looked into and inquired about as to why Jews will not accept
Jesus as the Messiah and what we have been told by a Jewish Scholar is
the prophecies that would support the belief of Jesus as the Messiah, I
have no problem with. I closely associate my Jewish beliefs with the
However, the zeal of the early church
fathers to propel Jesus into G-d is another story. The simplest
explanation would be the mistranslation of Isaiah 7:14 in which most
Christian editions state "...and a virgin shall conceive..."
Most Christian editions have accepted
the Greek translation of the Hebrew word "almah" as meaning a virgin.
The original Hebrew word that Isaiah used was almah meaning a young
woman (possibly a virgin but also possibly not).
If Isaiah had meant to say a virgin,
he would have said in Hebrew "betulah" which literally meant virgin.
Therefore, the concept of a virgin birth is not scriptural according to
this specific chapter of Isaiah.
Just because early Christians chose to
assume that a "young woman" meant a "virgin" and that Jesus was called
"the son of God", do not seem enough reasons to interfere with the
Messianic role of Jesus.
We see God, in the Old Testament, speaking as follows: I will be to him a father, and he shall be
to me a son [2 Sam 7:14]
. So where is the
problem with God being "a father" to Jesus and Jesus being "a son" to
God if they do not want to believe the truth that Jesus IS the Son of
But there is more. The mainstream Jews (4)
(as opposed to
Ebionites) claim that:
Jews do not accept Jesus as the Messiah because:
(a) Jesus did not fulfill the messianic
(b) Jesus did not embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah.
(c) Biblical verses "referring" to Jesus are mistranslation.
(c) Jewish belief is based on national revelation.
But there is even more!
In the same source (4)
we read the definition of "Messiah" as:
The word "Messiah" is an English
rendering of the Hebrew word Mashiach, which means "anointed." It
usually refers to a person initiated into God's service by being
anointed with oil. [Exodus 29:7, 1-Kings 1:39, 2-Kings 9:3]
Interestingly enough, their reason to deny Jesus' Messianic role
confirms the Divinity of Jesus. How could He be initiated into the
service of God (anointed) when He Is God Himself! Yes, He was baptized to set a living example
the requirements for a human being who would accept Him as the Messiah
announced by the Baptizer himself.
However, if we need an "anointing equivalent" we have the magi who....
entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and
falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered
him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. [Matthew 2:11]
Let us review the meaning and significance of the gold, frankincense
and myrrh (5)
that the magi presented to Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
These valuable items were standard
gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a
precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as
In fact, these same three items
were apparently among the gifts, recorded in ancient
inscriptions, that King
Seleucus II Callinicus offered to the god Apollo at the temple in
Miletus in 243 B.C.E.
The Book of Isaiah, when describing Jerusalem's
glorious restoration, tells of nations and kings who will come and
“bring gold and frankincense and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord”
Furthermore, it is claimed that Jesus did not fulfill Messianic
of the central themes of biblical prophecy is the promise of a future
age of perfection characterized by universal peace and recognition of
God. [Isaiah 2:1-4, 32:15-18, 60:15-18; Zephaniah 3:9;
Hosea 2:20-22; Amos 9:13-15; Micah 4:1-4; Zechariah 8:23, 14:9;
In other words, they have the same expectations of those Catholics who
are looking forward to the already mentioned "Great King" and "Holy
Pontiff" - "a future age of perfection characterized by universal peace
and recognition of God"
Such claims, position and expectations would be laughable if they would
not have brought, and will
still bring more
, misery to so many misled Jews and Catholics.
Christians have demonized all Jews in
the New Testament conveniently forgetting the fact that Jesus is a Jew
How can anyone expect children being
brought up in the Christian Faith not to develop an ingrained hatred
There is no way, as the New Testament is written, that Jews can come
across in any other way than as "the really bad guys"; the assassins of
a gentle and loving Jesus.
has also conclusively proven that rejection, in the best of cases, and
hatred, in the worse of cases, would be the logical result of such
Expecting anything else would be contrary to logic and the way the
Only those who have Ears, will Hear, and have Eyes, will See, that
Jesus Is the Messiah and only when He returns He will indeed initiate
the "age of perfection characterized by universal peace and recognition
of God" after:
he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts. And who shall be able to think of
the day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a
refining fire, and like the fuller' s herb: And he shall sit refining
and cleansing the silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and
shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer
sacrifices to the Lord in justice. And the sacrifice of Juda and of
Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the
ancient years. [Malachi 3: 1-4]
Humanity was given a chance to learn, the easy way, how to attain "...
a future age of perfection characterized by universal peace and
recognition of God":
Living what Jesus taught and lived...
but humanity rejected it.
God then sent Mary repeatedly for the last 200 years (6) in the hopes that we
would finally respond to the teachings of Her Son. That effort was
commercialized and its urgent spiritual message ignored. Now, finally
mankind will learn - just as Malachi announced. Such will the pain be!
(1) Pain is the
megaphone God uses for the deaf to hear
Lord? Why Do You Allow This?
(3) Fulfilled Prophecies
(4) Source: Why Jews Don't
Believe In Jesus
Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?
Marian Apparitions - A
Published on January 6th, 2016
- The Epiphany of the Lord
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