To some, the concept of a Jew believing in Yeshua as the Promised Messiah seems to be a contradiction! About 2000 years ago we discover that Yeshua was a Jew living as a Jew in a Jewish land among (His own) Jewish people! All the apostles were Jewish as well as the writers of the Old & New Covenant and for many years this faith in Yeshua was strictly a Jewish one! From the Book of Acts and other historical evidence, many believe that in the first century there were literally hundreds of thousands of Messianic Jews.* In addition, there were Messianic Synagogues scattered throughout the Roman Empire and beyond!
Century Church we know that they symbolized the Menorah; the “Old
Covenant” and the Fish symbolized (and still is;
see also the background of this site!) the “New
Covenant” in placing them together, forming the
of David”, which symbolizes Israel!
To some, the concept of a Jew believing in
seems to be a contradiction. The reason is, many people have a dichotomy
set up in their minds. On the one hand, you have Jews and Judaism and on
the other hand, Christians and Christianity.
From the Book of Acts
and other historical evidence, many believe that in the first century
there were literally hundreds of thousands of Messianic Jews.* In
addition, there were Messianic Synagogues scattered throughout the Roman
Empire and beyond.**
Today we are seeking to put the
back within His biblically Jewish context.
The real issue we must recognize is not whether it is Jewish to believe in
because the Jewishness of
is historically unquestionable. The real issue at stake here is whether
the Messiah or
not. If He
is, then it is the most Jewish thing in the world to believe in
If He is not the
Messiah, then we
should not follow
According to the JewishScriptures, the Messiah was to come twice:
The Jewish prophet Isaiah answered this question when he said, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the L-rd has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ... For He was cut off (killed) from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people He was stricken". (Isaiah 53:6, 8)
Without G-d there is no hope for mankind! It is obvious that man is separated from G-d when we view the ever-worsening situation in the world today. That is why He sent Yeshua, the Messiah, who came to deliver us from our sins and to bring us into a new life in Him.
For tens of thousands of us today, we know that we have found the Messiah who said, "Do not think that I came to abolish the law or the prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill! (Matthew 5:17)
would like to encourage you to read and study the Jewish Scriptures for
yourself and find out if
Yeshua is truly the One of whom
spoke. Before you research the Scriptures, pray and ask the G-d of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob to guide you and show you His truth.
In our Scriptures - Zechariah 12:10 - "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son."
Scriptures - Isaiah 53: "Surely our sickness
He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him
stricken, smitten of G-d, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for
our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that
brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. All of us
like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the
Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him."
The ancient rabbis not only knew the Messiah would be pierced, but they also knew He would die! In fact, in a discussion in the Talmud1 Sukkah 52A, they cited Zechariah 12:10, which we quoted above, to show they understood that Scripture said that Messiah would have to die.
also partially quoted above, it must have been clear to our rabbis that
this passage was talking about
Messiah. Referencing this chapter in an ancient rabbinical Targum they
said: "...my servant, the Messiah, in whom I am well pleased." When you
scriptures in Isaiah
together with these two commentaries, it is easy to see that our ancient
was to come and
Our prophet Daniel prophesied that 483 years after March 14, 445 B.C. the Messiah would come! Read (Daniel 9:25, 26) for yourself. Note: When you read the word 'sevens' that word is similar to our word decade and means 7 years. So when you read seven 'sevens', that equals 49 years (7 X 7 = 49). When it says sixty- two 'seven' that equals 434 years (62 X 7 = 434).
Now, when you add 49 + 434 you get 483 years. 483 years after the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (March 14, 445 B.C.) Yeshua (the Messiah) walked the earth. Then, just as Daniel prophesied, Jerusalem and our Temple were destroyed in 70 A.D.
In the Talmud1,
in Megillah fol. 3a it says, "...a Bath Kol (voice from Heaven) came forth and
exclaimed, "...Enough! What was the reason? Because the date of
the Messiah is foretold in it." It's amazing what
our ancient rabbis have said, isn't it.
(Tractate Yoma 39:b) records in essence that on Yom Kippur (Day of
it was customary to tie some red wool to the temple gate. Miraculously, after
the lamb died to take away or atone for our sin, the red wool always turned
white as a sign to the people that they had been forgiven. But during the 40
years before the destruction of the temple and the altar in 70 AD, the red wool
tied to the temple gate remained red. The rabbis concluded G-d was saying, "I
will not forgive, I will not forgive." Did you know that the beginning of this
40 year period coincides with G-d providing His own
one final atonement
for all of our sins? In other words, G-d provided His own
to be the sacrifice that would forever
for all of
if and only if we accepted His
new plan of atonement!
The ancient rabbis commenting on Jeremiah 31:31,32 known as the Midrash Tehelim, fol.3, col.4 said, "When the time of the advent of the Messiah will be near, then the blessed G-d will say to him: "With him I will make a new covenant. And this is the time I will acknowledge Him as my son, saying 'This day have I begotten thee.'" So our ancient rabbis saw in this scripture that the new covenant would be ushered in by the Messiah, who would be G-d's own Son.
Another ancient rabbinical commentary on Jeremiah 31:31, 32 known as the Midrash Talpiyot, 58a says, "He will sit and expound the new Torah which He will give through the Messiah."
He be born? (Micah 5:2)
2. When He would be born. (Daniel 9:25)
3. His manner of birth. (Isaiah 7:14)
4. His betrayal. (Zechariah 11: 12, 13)
5. Manner of death (Psalm 22:16-18)
6. Piercing of hands, feet, and side (Zechariah 12:10)
7. People mocking (Psalm 22:7)
8. Burial (Isaiah 53:9)
The compound probability of just these eight prophecies being fulfilled is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Yeshua fulfilled over 300 prophecies in our scriptures!
In the 21st century we are seeking the truth. The Bible is God's truth to us. We can choose to follow the god of time, the god of money, the god of power, and the god of self-indulgence. However, the G-d of the Bible is the one true G-d! We at Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue would encourage you not to follow us, and not to follow other people, even if they are learned or charismatic. Even as wonderful as traditions are, they also are from men. We encourage you to think for yourself and follow G-d. Read the bible for yourself and feel free to call us if you want to discuss what you have read. "May the L-rd bless you and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you! May the L-rd lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace". (Numbers 6:24-26)
Messianic Judaism is a biblically based,
of the Jewish & non Jewish people, who have come to believe
Yeshua is the
Promised Messiah of Israel.
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Nations such as Israel, Canada, Russia, England, France, Brazil, South Africa, South America, and others are experiencing similar prophetic growth in the number of Messianic Jews and Synagogues.
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