Here is another one from the Jews for Judaism blog, by ‘Yehoshua’

Interesting to note, as well, that RPP posted a section of this article, with the introduction but ignoring the meat of the article – I guess a similar tactic to the way the authors of the Christian Bible chop and change the Jewish Bible.

Enjoy!

For those uninitiated in Jerusalem night-life, the number one place to be on a Saturday night is Ben Yehuda Street – a mall literally teeming with young tourists and Israelis as well as live music, entertainment and food. Due to this popularity, if you have an interest in spreading a message, Ben Yehuda Street is the place to go to do so and this is why you will very frequently find this area peppered with Christian missionaries, Messianics and Korean Christian gospel singers. On my first Saturday night in Jerusalem, I was approached by a missionary from Holland called Brett. Brett used a particularly clever opening line:

“There are the Breslovs who think that Rebbe Nachman is the Messiah, Chabad who think that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is the Messiah and I think that Yeshua [Jesus] is the Messiah. Who do you think it is?”

Regardless of how factual Brett’s assumptions about who these various Jews believe who the Messiah is are, the brilliance in his statement is that he has grouped himself in with two well known groups of Jews and thus boosts the apparent validity of his beliefs. However, can you really say that it is just as valid to believe the Lubavitcher Rebbe is Mashiach or that Jesus is?

The truth is, the discussion of who the Messiah is between Jews and Christians can be compared to the discussion between a thief and a coffee-drinker over the meaning of ‘mug’. While the Jews await the coming of a future king to bring peace on earth and a universal knowledge of Hashem, the Christian awaits the return of a Messiah that has come once before, purportedly who died for the sins of the world. There is no indication anywhere in Jewish scripture that the Messiah needs to achieve this, and in fact, the scripture seems to contradict this belief as it says in Isaiah 59:20 “And to Zion will come a redeemer, to those who have turned from sin from Jacob”. We can see that the redeemer only arrives once the Jews have turned from their sin – not to do it for them!

From reading the Jewish Bible (the Tanach), it can be seen that the Messiah will achieve several things:
– Bring universal knowledge of Hashem to the world (Jeremiah 31:33, Isaiah 11:9-10)
– Rule as king over Israel during an age of universal peace and harmony (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
– Rebuild the Jewish Temple, which will stand forever (Michah 4:1)
– Return all the Jewish people to Israel (Isaiah 11:12)

So in response to Brett’s suggestion, to determine who the Messiah will be, one needs to adopt a ‘wait and see policy’. Only once the above-mentioned prophecies are fulfilled would it make any sense to claim without question that someone is the Messiah. Until that time – make sure you are talking about the same mug!

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