The Promised Messiah

“By Rahmyah Ben Yisrael”

What needs to be understood is the noun mashyiach (translated in english as messiah) annotatively Humble Servant, Moreh and Student of YHWHmeans ” one anointed;” it does not, however, imply “savior.” The notion of an innocent, semi-divine being who will sacrifice himself to save us from the consequences of our own sins is a purely Christian concept that has no basis in Hebrew Israelites thought or scripture. The term anointed (mashiyach) was used for all kings, high priests, certain warriors, but never an eschatological figures. In the Tanach, mashiyach is used 38 times: two patriarchs, six high priests, once for Cyrus a non Israelite, 29 Israelite kings such as Saul and David. Not once is the word mashiyach used in reference to an awaited Messiah. There are two places in the book of Daniel, that the word anointed is translated messiah. One of them is addressing Cyrus, Yah’s anointed and the other is a murdered high priest.

None of the prophets in the Scriptures ever foretold the coming of a “messiah”. But they did prophesy that one day Yah will give back to Yisra’el what He took away from us in the year 586 BCE: our Temple, our sovereignty and independence, and our Monarchy. There are numerous prophecies about the Future king who will reign in the happy days when this comes about. According to the prophets, he will be a deeply religious man, one of great humility (so humble in fact that he will shun all publicity and won’t even make speeches in public. -Yeshayahu 42:2, “he will not shout, and he will not raise his voice nor let it be heard outdoors”). He will be part of reuniting Yisra’el, bringing back all those who are scattered in exile all over the World, and he will reign over Israel in justice and righteousness, encouraging the full observance of the Torah‘s laws and ensuring that those laws are kept. All other nations on Earth and their rulers will recognize his authority, and all strife and fighting in the World will end: “the Temple Mount will be considered the most important of all hills and all the nations will stream to it… the many nations will set out saying ‘Come, let’s go up to Yah’s mountain, to the Temple of Yisrael’s Mighty One; He will teach us His ways and we will follow His paths’—because then teaching will emanate from Tziyyon [and] Yah’s words from Y’rushalayim… [the king-mashiyah] will arbitrate between the nations and settle all their disputes, and they will beat their swords into scythes and their spears into shears—never again will any nation take up arms against another and no-one will even study military tactics any more” (Yeshayahu 2:2-4 and Micah 4:1-3).

In Scripture, you can break prophecy into two groups, immediate prophecies and long-term prophecies. Immediate prophecies are prophecies that take place not long after they are given. Long-term prophecies are another category altogether. These prophecies can all be construed as messianic, since they refer to the Messianic Era. These prophecies that refer to a future king are the ones that refer to the anointed King or mashiyach himself. He is called mashiyach by convention because all kings were mashiyach, since they were all anointed.



~ by tellitlikeitizsista on September 29, 2010.

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