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“Now the Lord said unto Abram, ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee, and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing.” Genesis 12:1.2.
At this time, Abraham had no son. He was seventy five and Sarah ten years younger.
Many years later, the aged patriarch wondered how he could ever bear a son, and said, “Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless… Behold, to me thou hast given no seed; and lo, one born in my house – Eliezer - is mine heir…” Genesis 15:2.3.
The Lord replied, “This shall not be thine heir, but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.” Genesis 15:4. Taking him outside under the stars, God said to Abraham, “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them; and he said unto him, ‘So shall thy seed be… Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac.” Genesis 15:5. 17:18.19.
When Abraham was one hundred years old, “Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son… whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.” Genesis 21:2.3.
According to the promise, the descendants of Abraham became a great nation, through his son Isaac, through Jacob and through his twelve sons. God “remembered his covenant for ever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations, which covenant He made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac, and confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant…” Psalm 105:8.9.10.
During their slavery in Egypt, the Hebrew people longed for One who would deliver them from bondage. He became known as -- the Moshiach -- the Messiah or Anointed One. Although His goings would be “from of old, from everlasting”, He would be born “a son” in the little town of Bethlehem Ephratah. Micah 5:2 Isaiah 7:14. 9:6.
The Messiah would “proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all that mourn, to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… that He might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:2.3.
Today the Jewish ‘Thirteen Principles of Faith’ states,
I believe with perfect faith
in the coming of the moshiach,
and though he may tarry,
still I await him every day.
Thirteen Principles of Faith, No.12.
A modern rendition says, “I am certain, with complete certainty, that the Moshiach will come. And even though it takes a long time, even so I anticipate his coming every day.” From web address: http://members.aol.com/LazerA/moshiach.htm
“In the Shemoneh Esrei prayer, recited three times daily, we pray for all of the elements of the coming of the moshiach: ingathering of the exiles; restoration of the religious courts of justice; an end of wickedness, sin and heresy; reward to the righteous; rebuilding of Jerusalem; restoration of the line of King David; and restoration of Temple service.” From web site: www.jewfaq.org/moshiach.htm
The Jewish faith states, “The moshiach will be a great political leader descended from King David” (Jeremiah 23:5). He is often called the “moshiach ben David”, meaning Messiah, son of David.
He will be recognised in the following ways:
He will be a father-to-son descendant of King David.
He will be a messenger from HaShem.
He will be completely immersed in the study of the Torah.
He will follow the entire Torah, both Written and Oral.
He will not change the laws in the Torah in any way.
He will lead all the Jews back to the Torah to follow all its laws.
He will be a great prophet, with higher prophecies than any other, except Moses
He will not need to do miracles, not even one.
He will not atone for the sins of any person. Each one must atone for their own sins.
He will be a normal human being born from human parents, and not a god, or a “son of god”.
The Messiah “will be a human being, not a god, demi-god or other supernatural being. It has been said that in every generation, a person is born with the potential to be the moshiach.” From web site: http://www.jewfaq.org/moshiach.htm
He will be mortal, will die like any king, and be succeeded by his son.
If a man fulfils these conditions, it can be assumed he is the Moshiach, but these are the minimum requirements. Until a person succeeds in fulfilling all the requirements of this first stage, He is not even to be considered as the Moshiach.
The second stage will give positive proof of His Messiahship:
He will be successful in rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.
He will be successful in gathering all the Jewish people in the land of Israel.
When these have been fulfilled, everyone may be certain this man is the Moshiach. Adapted from: http://members.aol.com/LazerA/moshiach.htm
The Talmud states, “Anticipate his daily coming, as it is written, "Though he tarry, wait for him..." - based on the Scripture which states, "For there is still a vision for the appointed time. It speaks concerning the end, and does not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, for it will surely come; it will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3). From web site: http://www.ldolphin.org/messiah.html
“Finally, he (Moshiach) will perfect the world, leading all humanity to serve HaShem in unity. The entire world will realize that HaShem is the only God and they will all worship HaShem together. The world will be completely at peace.” From web address: http://members.aol.com/LazerA/moshiach.htm
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