The following is an extract from Nathanael Kuechenberg’s post from Feb 17 2021.
Jewish Rabbis don’t go out of their way to convert the Goyim to Judaism. If you think you are being fed the truth by anyone who’s speaking adamantly about how Jesus supposedly did NOT fulfill legitimate Messianic prophecies, please think again!
The first precept in Judaism states that, “All the prophets prophesied ONLY of the days of Messiah” (Sanhedrin 99a), which includes seemly unrelated statements in the prophets like “out of Egypt I have called my son” in Hosea 11:1.
The second maximum of the Rabbis, “The world was created ONLY for the Messiah” (Sanhedrin 98b) places the Messiah as the blueprint for all of history, just like Colossians 1:16, which states, “All things were created by him and for him.”
This statement made by the Apostle Paul in his epistle was directly in line with the Rabbis of the Rabbinical faith.
According to the Rabbis, “Seven things were created before the world was created: Torah, repentance, the Garden of Eden, Gehinnom, the throne of Glory, the Temple, and the name of Messiah” (Pesachim 54a).
Since the name of the Messiah was created prior to the existence of the world, by the Rabbinical train of thought, then don’t you suppose that this name should be extremely important? These Jewish anti-missionaries would like to claim that the apostle Paul misquoted the Prophet Isaiah when he placed Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the statement “that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” [Isaiah 45:23]. Does this match the Jewish mentality to place the Messiah in the shoes of Isaiah 45’s claim? Or is this blasphemy to claim that Jesus Christ could fulfill this prophecy instead of Ha-Shem? Well, take a look at the context. Let us back up to the first verse of chapter 45, which reads: “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus…”, which in Hebrew the word for ‘anointed’ is the same as “Messiah”. All the Rabbis agree that Cyrus was a shadow picture of the True Messiah which is to come and rule the world. Paul’s interpretation of the Messiah fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy was exactly in line with the Rabbis’ interpretation of the Scriptures themselves.
The Rabbis also teach, “From the beginning of creation of the world king Messiah was born, for he entered the mind of God before the world was created” (Pesikta de-Rab Kahana 152b).
This teaching parallels with the Apostle Paul in every which way. It is obvious to anyone who has studied Orthodox Judaism that the Apostle Paul was a true student of both the Oral and Written Torah. He wasn’t making up goofy stories and / or plagiarizing myths and legends — like some mistakenly claim.
Instead, the Apostle Paul was speaking the exact same teachings which he was taught by Rabbi Gamliel and using his educational background to explain how Jesus Christ was that Messiah of whom the Rabbis were speaking.
The Rabbis also wrote: “You find that at the very beginning of the creation of the world, the king Messiah had already come into being, for he existed in God’s thought even before the world was created . . . But where is the proof that the king Messiah existed from the beginning of God’s creation of the world? The proof is in the verse And the spirit of God moved (Gen 1:2), words which identify the king Messiah, of whom it is said And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him” (Isa 11:2; Peskta Rabbati, Piska 33.6).
Please feel free to contact me and get more information about this theological issue. I have witnessed many people stray from the Faith of Yeshua after joining the Hebrew Roots Movement or Torah Observant parties and then jump off the deep-end into the dark side. But never fear! The truth is out there. Apart from my own research and knowledge of the scriptures, I have also been able to get some very good information from my Hebrew professor Dr. Fuller who’s a PhD graduate of Hebrew Union College, which is orthodox by faith. Dr. Fuller is a Believer in the redemption of the blood of Yeshua / Jesus Christ and also a theological professor. What my professor has been able to articulate is how the Torah and Prophets are exactly paralleled in the Gospels and epistles. He has written a 16-page essay which I could email you if you are interested in reading through a fuller discussion about this matter.
This post is entirely my own, written by myself. But my references to the Rabbinical writings were all quoted from my professors 16-page essay and reworded. Even though I have done a lot of research and studying myself, it always helps to have a professor’s guidance and directions in order to stay away from the lies of the enemy and combat the errors with the truth.
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