Jews: What about all the seemingly conflicting prophecies regarding the Messiah?
I have recently learned that according to the Jewish rabbis, the prophecies regarding the Messiah often seem to conflict, and that in an attempt to logically explain this, they have come up with these possible theories:
1) There will be 2 Messiahs; one will suffer and die and one who will rule and reign
2) The Messiah’s coming depends upon our behavior: If righteous, he will come with the clouds. If sinful, he will come on a donkey
3) There is a “potential” Messiah in every generation, and it is up to Jews to recognize him and become worthy of him
4) Per the followers of Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson – the Messiah will be resurrected and then return and reign as king (?)
What if the life of Joseph was a foreshadowing of the Messiah...?
Called by God to be a leader among his siblings (an “anointed one”)
Hated and rejected by his own, sold as a slave (~Crucified)
Honored by foreigners (~Gentiles)
His own family didn’t recognize him the first time they visited (Yeshua rejected in his first coming)
Recognized him the second time they visited, feared him, though he received them with great love (Yeshua yet to be received in love by many repentant Jews in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah, 12:10—14:21!)
At first abased, but later exalted (first the “suffering servant”, but later to be the “reigning king”)
First esteemed by Gentiles, then later honored by his own flesh and blood
Are these just wild coincidences, or could it be the Messiah was and is to come twice to fulfill ALL prophecy...and that we just live *in-between* his first and second coming?
If not, how do you explain all the *conflicting* prophecies regarding the Messiah?