A short note on what is a Messiah.
To the Christians, it is a common belief that Jesus Christ (The Messiah) who was born in the line of David and subsequently died on the Roman Cross and resurrected on the 3rd day after His death some two thousand years ago, will return again or so called second coming of Jesus Christ. The problem is there are so many factions in Christianity that there are those who did not believe that he died and rose again. Many more Christians dispute the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth and adhere to their view that He is not the God of Israel who created all of the Heavens and the Earth but merely a Prophet or a special created being who separate from God. Who then is Jesus of Nazareth?
The many stories in the New Testament itself are always somewhat contradicting and full of paradox in terms of what Jesus was doing and what He was “testifying” or preaching.
For one example, why did He say that no sign shall be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah, but in fact at the same time, He was doing so much healing the sick and “raising the dead” miracles, signs and wonders continuously for 3 and a half years?
The issue that Christians should be truly concerned with and struggle to understand is NOT whether Jesus is just the Messiah (Psalms 146:3) but whether Jesus is also the God of Israel, who is the Creator of the Universe (Psalms 146:5-6).
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
For who is greater?
Is a Messiah greater than the God of Israel?
Does the Son come before the Father?
Does LIFE come from the Father or the Son?
Is your Salvation dependant upon the Father or the Son?
Where most Christians went wrong is when they worship the image of the Son (a Jewish man named Jesus of Nazareth) when God specifically tells us not to worship a graven image and they do not know the Father at all, thinking that the Father is unapproachable or a "cannot be seen" being.
Well, the Father is unapproachable to the vile and sinful man, not so much as you cannot go near God or that He cannot draw near to the sinful man, for even Satan/Lucifer always has an audience with the LORD to converse with God face to face, but because a normal man in his weakened fallen condition may feel too pressurized or pulverized by the awesome presence of the LORD, that for his own sake, he is banished from the sight of the LORD; But if you are Born-Again, you are made new in the spirit and you will be able to see the LORD face to face without being grind to powder.
Israel too is often referred to as the Son, so, do the Christians want to start worshipping every Jew that they see? In the book of Zechariah 12:8 mentions that the house of David shall be as God. Similar to the first generation of unfallen children of Adam are called sons of God and even so, Adam was called a Son of God.
Christians!!! Worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. When the truth has been revealed, please do not refer to Jesus as the Son of God anymore for that was His mantle 2000 years ago, he came in the flesh to represent us as “Son of God” to reconcile Himself to us. So now worship the LORD as the Father for who He really is, as the God of Israel, the King of the Jews. Call the LORD, Father, do not call the LORD "Son" because all Born Again Jews and Gentiles are called "Sons of God".
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Preceding Jesus of Nazareth’s first coming was John the Baptist (Luke 1:17).
As such, preceding to Jesus a.k.a. God of Israel’s second coming, there must be also a Messenger in the similar office that of John the Baptist with the spirit and power of Elijah.
After a short while in the near future, as in (John 3:30) Israel will increase, but I must decrease. I must stand outside of Israel because now that I am a Gentile, I am just a friend of the bridegroom but my joy is complete when Israel is restored unto the LORD.
(I hope Israel does not think of me as an enemy anymore but as a friend forevermore, I am so happy to be able to hear your voice again, I can finally decrease and go away in peace.)
Gentiles who are "born again" are individual “spiritual Melchizedek”, kings and queens of righteousness and peace.
Israel is God’s inheritance, as sons of God and they shall serve Him forever in Jerusalem as representatives of God as salt of the earth and light unto this world.
Israel will prepare themselves as a Bride adorned to receive her Husband, the God of Israel, King of the Jews, Jesus of Nazareth. I do not know the hour of the return of Jesus but it will be anytime after the completion of the Third Temple in Jerusalem (Malachi 3:1), in accordance to the detailed description in the Book of Ezekiel. It is not a "Temple of Solomon" as mentioned by some people. The Temple according to the vision of Ezekiel is many times larger than the first Temple of Solomon.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
To the Jews, Jesus Christ is just a prophet. Many Jews did not see Him as The Messiah because he prophesied the destruction of the Temple instead of ushering in eternal peace and they believe that there is another one or two Messiahs coming to restore Jerusalem and to rebuild the 3rd Temple of Jerusalem as one of the credentials of “a” Messiah. But worse of all, many did not see Jesus as the God of Jacob.
The fact is that both the Christians and the Jews are correct in certain ways. It is of vital importance to always remember what Jesus said, that salvation is of the Jews.
Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.
He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
What ye think of Christ? How can Jesus be the Son of Man or Son of God when David called Him LORD? (Matthew 22:42-45) How can Jesus be the son of David when King David himself called Him LORD?
Gabriel declared Jesus to be “Called” the Son of God because of what He came to do; as a “Job Description” but not “Who” He really is, that He is the God of Israel = Creator of the Heavens and the earth. There is only ONE CREATOR and we the rest of the people are His servants, His spiritual children.
The LORD was to represent us as part of what He came to accomplish and that is to take Israel’s/Isaac’s place as the scapegoat (a male Ram) for Isaac (Luke 4:29) and a spotless lamb for a sin sacrifice (female Lamb – Leviticus 4:32) for all the children of God. Jesus of Nazareth was the spiritual Melchizedek “King of Righteousness”.
And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish.
The physical person “Melchizedek” also known as the first King of Salem (Jerusalem) was the Lamb of God, just one of the sons of Adam and Eve, (a daughter in this case, who was betrothed to Abel but he was murdered by Cain, so later she was married off to Seth, husband of one wife for over 900 years) a king and high priest of the Lord Most High, just like her brothers, the other sons of Adam and Eve, the sons of God born before the fall (12 sons and 1 daughter), this number is reflected in Jacob/Israel’s household of 12 sons and 1 daughter.
And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
To keep in mind that the word “Messiah” or “Christ” or “Anointed” is not a word that is used exclusively to “THE” LORD MOST HIGH, creator of the Heavens and the Earth. This is where the Christians made a mistake when they try to match all the puzzles in the Bible to Jesus of Nazareth and thinking that the word Messiah is equaled to GOD.
Messiah = God?
A messiah is not equaled to God but is a person anointed by the LORD to do His work or carry out His assignments.
A simple and yet clear understanding of the basics of the word “Messiah” is referring to a person or persons anointed with the Holy oil and Holy spirit of the LORD Most High from whom all blessings and anointing flow out to all His creations. All Kings of Israel and Judah and all High Priests and Prophets of the LORD in the entire Bible were referred to as the anointed of the LORD.
So it is even safe to say that ALL Kings of Israel, Judah / High Priests / Prophets / and ALL genuine Born Again Christians are anointed by the Holy Spirit of the Lord and hence = to “Messiah” or people anointed either with the Holy Oil or Holy Spirit of the LORD.
Even King Cyrus, King Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia. who followed the commandment of the God of Israel to allow and assist the Jews to rebuild the second temple in Jerusalem are so called Gentile Messiah.
In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits;
And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,
Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:
In order to build a Temple of the LORD, there must be both a Spiritual and a Political representative liken unto King David / King Solomon and Prophet Nathan or King Cyrus, Ezra and Haggai.
In the office of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest was to anoint a governor in the office of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel. In this case the office of Zerubbabel is Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, a man liken after King David whose name is the BRANCH (Zechariah 3:8, 4:9, 6:12, Jeremiah 33:15). His hands shall accomplish the will of the LORD and to complete the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem and he shall serve the Lord in righteousness in the Land of Israel.
The original King of Salem (Jerusalem) Melchizedek was the pure olive tree while Israel is the wild olive tree. While Jesus represents the Spiritual pure olive tree and all His Children both Jews and Gentiles are His branches. Only the unfallen can be defined as “pure” olive tree.
Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.
The two olive branches are the present representatives of the LORD in the offices of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest and a governor of Israel in the office of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel. They are the same two olive trees in Revelation 11:4 standing before the LORD God of Israel, Jesus Christ.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.